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JGT’s Bucket List Trip
Galapagos Islands June 2022
10 Night Escorted Group Trip San Cristobal – Baltra on Silversea’s brand new ship – Silver Origin.
Departs Dublin on 30 June 2022
Fly-stay-cruise from €9,900 pps
Huge discounts – exclusively for JGT’s “Bucket List” clients!
The first destination specific ship built by Silversea, Silver Origin is the height of experiential travel in the Galapagos. 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.
Prepare to be astounded. As you hike through otherworldly lava fields, snorkel in crystalline waters or set off on a Zodiac excursion, the creatures of the Galapagos will amaze you. Whether it is seeing lava lizards on land, manta rays underwater or petrels in the sky, the experiences you have in the Galapagos will change your perspective— just as it did Darwin’s. Made famous by David Attenborough’s series, the Galapagos has enthralled viewers around the world for years. You can experience this incredible beauty for yourself in the lap of luxury aboard Silversea’s brand new, deluxe expedition ship “Silver Origin”. Even though you are on an expedition to one of the most remote parts of the world, you can enjoy 5-star service, cuisine and surroundings, aboard this beautiful ship.
15 Ports, 1 Country – Ecuador
Quito – San Cristóbal, Galapagos : Saturday 2 July 2022
Take an early morning flight from Quito to San Cristobal. You will be met off the plane and whisked straight to the ship.
Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal 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 existing 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.
Kicker Rock – Arrival 12:00
Kicker Rock is the vertical remnant of a former tuff cone less than 5 kilometers to the west of San Cristobal. Both its Spanish name “Leon Dormido” (Sleeping Lion) and English name Kicker Rock imply that it is one rock only -when in fact it is a larger one 300 meters long by 100 meters wide with a maximum height of approximately 150 meters and next to it an obelisk-like rock separated by a narrow channel some 20 meters deep. When approaching Kicker Rock, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and Frigate birds can be observed in the air, while sea lions can be seen along the shore. Snorkelers and divers have reported manta rays, hammerhead sharks and turtles. The Spanish name implies that the geological formation seen from the south resembles a sleeping lion. An interesting explanation for the English name suggests that James Colnett in 1794 likened it to famous landmarks in Portsmouth.
Galapagos : Sunday 3 July 2022
Our ship anchors in sight of the volcanic moonscape of Isla Bartolomé, at Sullivan Bay. Zodiacs bring guests ashore to ascend a boardwalk of 388 steps. Passing through the arid volcanic landscape provides a chance to watch for Lava Lizards, Galapagos Hawks, and Blue-footed Boobies. However, the climber’s ultimate reward is one of the most beautiful panoramas in all of the Galapagos Islands – the view towards Pinnacle Rock with black, volcanic cones of Baltra, Daphne Major and Daphne Minor in the distance. On the way down watch how the sunlight catches the green of pioneering plant species in stark contrast against dark volcanic rock, and look forward to time swimming and snorkeling from the golden beach.
3 Included Shore Excursions: Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team, Hiking with Silversea Expedition team or Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
Buccaneer Cove – Arrival 12:00
Buccaneer Cove is a colourful inlet on Santiago or James Island. It owes its name to some of the first visitors to the area: pirates. They came searching for water, tortoises, and some people say even places to hide their treasures. We don’t know about any pirate’s gold, but the area’s landscape is a treasure. The geology combines some tuff red cones with impressive basalt lava dikes and sills. The erosion has carved caves and shaped some rocks into unique forms such as the Bishop’s Rock. Palo Santo trees and some giant Prickly pear cactus cover the area, and at a distance, you can observe the impressive volcanos of Isabela Island. We will explore the area from our Zodiacs, searching for sea birds such as Nazca Boobies, Blue Footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. We can often find sea turtles and even reef sharks in this place. Also, in Buccaneer Cove, we can observe the two sea lions species: the Galapagos sea lion basking on the beaches and the fur seal looking for shade on the collapsed rocks along the coast.
2 Included Shore Excursions: Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team or Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
Punta Vincente Roca
Galapagos : Thursday 7 July 2022
Galapagos : Friday 8 July 2022
Price: 30 June 2022 Group from €9,900
(Classic Veranda Suite)
INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE:
Fares shown are per guest. There are options to extend this trip to visit Machu Picchu in Peru or other exciting possibilities.
To book this Bucket List trip, call John Galligan Travel on
(01) 207 6555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org