The Monaco-based luxury cruise line Silversea has launched Silversea Grand Expeditions—a group of five new itineraries for fall and winter. Each trip starts at about $11,000 a person and kicks off with a cruise around the Galápagos Islands before heading along the coast of Central America, South America, or Antarctica. Ranging from 18 to 34 days, the packages include cruise fares for the ships Silver Galapagos and Silver Explorer, land tours, hotel accommodations, return air travel, and ground transportation.
Aboard the 18-day Latin American Delights tour, taking place October 1 through 19, guests cruise the western Galápagos Islands and then spend a night on land in Ecuador before heading back onto the ship and sailing along the jungle-covered coastlines of Panama and Colombia.
The South American Sojourn runs for 25 days, from October 8 to November 2, offering a tour of Genovesa Island (a southeast island in the Galápagos) and two nights on land in Ecuador before heading south along Peru to Chile.
The Frigatebirds, Ice Fields & Fjords 23-day excursion, occurring from October 22 to November 14, kicks off with a seven-day cruise through the north-central region of Galápagos. Off the ship, guests will spend a night in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and then fly to Santiago, Chile, for an evening stay. The trip then culminates with majestic views of Chile’s lakes, fjords, and snow-tipped mountains as the ship sails from Valparaíso, Chile, to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Finally, wrapping up the year are the last two Grand Expeditions itineraries: the Conquer South America and Antarctica, 34 days from October 29 through December 2; and the Southernmost South America trip, 26 days from November 26 through December 22. Both offer an adventure-filled cruise to the western Galápagos Islands, a land excursion to Machu Picchu in Peru, and on to Iguazu Falls in Argentina. From there the ship hits the seas again for Antarctica’s ice-dredged shores. (silversea.com)