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VACAYA BRINGS THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY TO GALÁPAGOS WITH THE FIRST FULL-SHIP CHARTER IN NEARLY 20 YEARS!

There are fantastical destinations and then there are FANTASTICAL DESTINATIONS! Galápagos is one of earth’s FANTASTICAL DESTINATIONS. In fact, it may be THE MOST fantastical destination of all – one filled with pre-historic beasts and otherworldly wonders.

Located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador in South America, its remote location offers true adventurers a wholly unique experience for 7 wondrous nights on the ultra-lux 5-Star+ Silversea Silver Origin. Couple that with a 2-night pre-cruise stay at the JW Marriott in exciting Quito and this 9-night luxury adventure will be the trip-of-trips for 100 lucky seafarers.

What makes Galápagos so special? The 19 islands that make up Galápagos were the world’s very first UNESCO Heritage Site, home to an astonishing 9,000 species of flora and fauna that make it the strangest and most wonderful place on Earth by far.

EXPEDITION CRUISE

What is an Expedition Cruise? Remote ports and secret harbors are accessed via Zodiac (inflatable 12-person lightweight motorized boat) so you’ll be some of the few people to explore these special spots. The wild beauty and unique ecology of the Galápagos Islands make for the perfect expedition cruise. And with all excursions included, you’ll go deeper than you ever could’ve imagined with Silversea’s world’s best Expedition Team. Throughout these lands, and in their surrounding waters, you’ll admire the Galápagos’ rich variety of wildlife, as well as the volcanic landscapes. Each included experience will nurture a connection with this magical destination, fostering a deep appreciation for the majesty of nature.

SILVERSEA SILVER ORIGIN:
DESIGNED FOR GALÁPAGOS

The first destination-specific ship built by Silversea, Silver Origin is the height of experiential travel in the Galápagos. Never before have the islands been so superbly presented: a team of Ecuadorian national expert guides, the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos, 8 Zodiacs, seamless hybrid spaces that offer an extraordinary voyage for extraordinary people. With all-suite accommodations, Horizon Balconies, butler service, sophisticated interiors, interactive basecamp, and Ecuadorian inspired cuisine, no aspect of Silver Origin has been left to chance. Origin is the most environmentally conscious ship Silversea has ever built – a perfect way to experience this magnificent destination.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS

Italian whispered luxury combined with amazing expedition experiences redefine luxury in the Galápagos.

SILVER ORIGIN IS THE MOST LUXURIOUS SHIP SAILING GALÁPAGOS

YOUR DESTINATION BEGINS ONBOARD. INCLUDED.
No matter where you are on Silver Origin, you’ll feel like the Galápagos is right there with you. The natural beauty of the archipelago makes it one of the best destinations in the world and Silver Origin makes sure that no view is left unseen. The ship features 24-hour sweeping views over the Galápagos, thanks to large floor-to-ceiling windows that extend throughout the ship, while the Observation & Stargazing Platform offers uninterrupted views, which follow you to your suite.

EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE. INCLUDED.

Preparation is key to enjoying the archipelago, and we know our guests are hungry for as much information as possible. This is why we ensure all our guides – more per guest than any other ship – are not only experts in their field but are certified by the National Park of the Galápagos. For the same reason, we are also proud to introduce Basecamp. A welcoming and innovative “knowledge lounge,” Basecamp features materials and tools that provide a wealth of inside knowledge. Opening out directly onto the Marina, Basecamp gives easy access to the Zodiac deck.

AUTHENTIC LOCAL CULTURE. INCLUDED.

Throughout Silversea’s many years sailing the Galápagos, one thing has remained constant: the love guests feel for local customs and cuisine. What are the ingredients that make up Silver Origin’s signature dishes? How does one prepare local recipes like Origin’s world-famous ceviche at home? We’ve made sure Silver Origin provides only the most authentic culinary experience possible. In the kitchen, truly authentic Ecuadorian recipes using only the freshest local ingredients and accompanied by the best regional wine are the standard. And in our live gourmet preparation sessions and seminars, you’ll experience for yourself how to create and recreate all the flavors Ecuador and the Galápagos have to offer.

COMFORT AND SERVICE. INCLUDED.

After a busy day of discovery, Silver Origin’s careful and attentive crew is more welcome than ever. Sink back into the unparalleled luxury and industry-leading personalized service that Silversea is famous for. And did you know that Silver Origin is the only ship in the entire Galápagos region to offer butler service in every suite? In fact, with the highest ratio of crew per guest in the area, we’re happy to give our guests that personal touch that makes their stay on board as enjoyable as their visits to the islands themselves.

COMFORT MEETS DESTINATION. INCLUDED.

Imagine taking a bath with a sea lion. Or transforming your suite at the touch of a button. With Silver Origin’s ocean-view bathtub, balcony showers, and pioneering Horizon Balcony, seeing the Galápagos up close has never been easier. Designed by Giacomo Mortola and his firm GEM, Silver Origin’s all-suite accommodation has been conceived with the islands in mind. Not forgetting our superb butler service for every suite, regardless of category, Silver Origin is the definition of travelling deeper in luxury.

ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS. INCLUDED.

The Galápagos Islands are the largest National Park in Ecuador and one of the most important protected natural areas in the world, so we want to be sure our carbon footprint is well below standard. Silver Origin will be one of only two ships sailing in the Galapagos to feature dynamic positioning – ensuring heightened protection of the seabed’s delicate ecosystem. She’ll also be plastic free – guests will be gifted a metallic reusable bottle and reverse osmosis (whereby sea water is turned into drinking water) refilling stations will save at least 17,000 plastic bottles.

There are currently no extensions for this trip.

Now, before we go any further, let’s talk about the elephant in the room… there’s no cheap way to get to Galápagos. Full stop. It’s in a category without compare – the most expensive cruise destination on earth, but its rewards are almost incalculable. With VACAYA and the all-inclusive luxury of Silversea, this 2024 adventure will end up being among the most memorable of your life.

We’re releasing the trip 18 months in advance to give you the opportunity to finance this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with our interest-free monthly payments – putting what would normally be an untouchable Luxe experience within arm’s reach for many. Yes, still expensive, but certainly more manageable.

 It’s difficult to call any trip at this price point a great value, but when you begin to look deeply at all that’s included, you’ll quickly discover that luxury at this level rarely comes at a fairer all-inclusive price:

  • 7 Nights aboard the astonishingly gorgeous Silversea Silver Origin
  • Multiple open-seated restaurants, serving diverse cuisine and an in-suite 24-hour dining service
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including sparkling and selected wines, premium spirits, soft drinks, and more
  • Round-the-clock Butler Service
  • WiFi
  • Highly-qualified Expedition Team, comprised of Naturalists, Zoologists, & Botanists
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, shore-side activities, and enrichment lectures
  • All Galápagos National Park and Immigration Fees
  • Complimentary backpack, water bottle, snorkeling mask, and snorkel
  • 2 Pre-Cruise Nights at the JW Marriott in Quito, Ecuador
  • Daily Breakfast at JW Marriott
  • Pre-Cruise Quito by Night City Tour
  • All transfers in Ecuador (airport-to-hotel, hotel-to-airport)
  • Economy air from Quito to Galápagos May 11, 2024
  • All transfers in Galápagos (airport-to-ship, ship-to-airport)
  • Economy air from Galápagos to Guayaquil or Quito May 18, 2024

Our guests will be flying into Quito from all over the world today – ready for the incredible adventure that lies ahead!

Today is all yours to explore, but tonight, we’ll get the very best of Quito all together on our included tour.

Today, we’ll fly from Quito to Galápagos. Like so many of the islands in the Galápagos, San Cristóbal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 8,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

Genovesa is one of the northernmost islands of the archipelago. Genovesa’s southern side of the shield volcano’s crater collapsed, and a protected bay known as Darwin Bay was formed. The island is often referred to as the “Bird Island” as the numbers and species of land and seabirds on Genovesa are quite extraordinary. There are two visitor sites, and Prince Philip’s Steps give access to the flat plateau above the bay. Named after Prince Philip who visited the Galapagos on two occasions, the “steps” are mostly natural. The steep cliffs are home to Red-billed Tropicbirds, while Magnificent Frigatebirds, Nazca and Red-footed Boobies prefer the top. The plateau above Prince Philip’s Steps has a palo santo forest and an extensive lava field. This is an area where one of the Galapagos’ top predators, the Short-eared Owl, is hunting storm petrels. The Short-eared Owls are extremely well camouflaged and are not always easy to spot in between the rocks.

2 Included Shore Excursions

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

Darwin Bay, Genovesa
At Genovesa Island the ship tucks into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature. By heading inland a short distance, you’ll encounter seabirds of all shapes and sizes nesting in the vegetation. Scores of immature Red-footed Boobies perch on branches within an arm’s reach of the path. In addition, watch for Great Frigatebirds and Yellow-crowned Night Herons along the walk. There is also fantastic snorkeling in the waters of Darwin Bay with the opportunity to see large schools of reef fish and brightly colored sea stars.

2 Included Shore Excursions

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, you’ll arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the Galapagos land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead. At certain times of the year, pairs of Blue-footed Boobies dance here in a ritualized mating dance that reinforces their pair bond and shows off their vivid blue feet. The snorkeling here is well-known for schools of colorful creole wrasses and parrot fish.

3 Included Shore Excursions

  • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition Team
  • Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

The lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island will inevitably remind visitors of the surface of the moon. As brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the black volcanic shores, learn about the formation of the islands through geological forces from your guides. The lava flows here are just over 125 years old, dating back to 1897. The lava took on a rope-like appearance and geologists have adopted a Hawaiian word, pahoehoe, as the technical name for this kind of volcanic rock.

2 Included Shore Excursions

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

Among the impressive new lava fields of Fernandina Island hides a cove surrounded by mangroves… a rewarding place for bird watching as the bay is the point where the land meets the sea, joining the two environments, with sea birds, shorebirds, and land birds all in the same place. The different species of mangroves: Red, White, and Black, have formed a root system that serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including juvenile sharks and green sea turtles. Snorkeling is especially rewarding here with unique sightings like marine iguanas feeding on algae, or flightless cormorants diving for their prey.

2 Included Shore Excursions

  • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
  • Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

Explore the impressive Pahoehoe lava field that lies between two active volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the south coast of Isabela Island. The rich waters of Cromwell Current wash the shores, and as a result, you can see the largest marine iguanas of the archipelago basking on the rocks, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins diving for food. During the walk, you’ll experience an oasis in a desert of lava. With coastal lagoons in the middle of the field, you’ll find shorebirds such as White-cheeked Pintail Ducks, Black-necked Stilts, and even sometimes Flamingos here.

2 Included Shore Excursions

  • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team

Santa Cruz Island reaches a maximum altitude of 864 meters (2,835 ft) above sea level; at high altitudes, weather changes creating microclimates. The species of flora and fauna found near the shoreline are extremely different from those on the highlands. Life in the highlands is much easier due to the presence of fresh water, from the constant drizzle that happens during the dry season to heavy rains that occur during the wet season. Local people take advantage of this climate to cultivate a large number of crops and giant tortoises love this ideal weather to mate, feed and rest before their next long migration to the shorelines.

1 Included Shore Excursion

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team

Isla Santa Fé is home to a reptile that exists nowhere else in the world: The Santa Fe Land Iguana. A beach covered by sea lions is the beginning of our adventure where sea lions’ pups welcome the visitors with their naive curiosity. Then a rocky terrain will guide us to explore the island and the view from the cliff becomes a reward unto itself. View some of the tallest and the widest prickly pear cactus of the islands. Also known for beautiful snorkeling and kayaking.

4 Included Shore Excursions

  • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team

Located on the northern coast of Española, the turquoise colored water and white sandy beach stand out from far away. This beach is made out of pulverized shells, and corals offers a sandy patch of up to 1 kilometer in length. Española is considered one of the oldest islands in the Galápagos and has thus developed species that are endemic. Along the coast of Gardner, a subspecies of colorful marine iguanas are living among Hood Mockingbirds. The apex predators Galápagos Hawks commonly visit the coastline and a occasionally a giant tortoise has been seen here.

5 Included Shore Excursions

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Snorkeling from the beach with Silversea Expedition team
  • Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
  • Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team

Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be seen on the point, along with sea lions and colorful marine iguanas.

1 Included Shore Excursion

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team

An impressive tuff cone has been carved by erosion into an outstanding natural sculpture, and has become a resting place for marine birds such as blue-footed bobbies and brown pelicans. One of the most beautiful white sand beaches of the Galápagos (swim or snorkel). View sea lions, sally light footed crabs, blue-footed bobbies. Behind the dunes, you’ll find a coastal lagoon, which was visited in the past by the locals to extract salt. Today, it’s home to shorebirds such as stilts and plovers.

2 Included Shore Excursions

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
  • Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team

We have walked in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, exploring this other-worldly destination anew. Today, we leave Galápagos and return to either Guayaquil or Quito – all better for the adventures of the past week.

Bookings for the Galápagos Cruise 2024 range from $13,997 to $36,997 Suites. Please contact us directly at alan@conciergetravel.cc or +17132530041 for real-time availability of spaces and for reservations.

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