One of the most amazing expedition cruises I’ve taken was my journey to the Galapagos Islands aboard ultra-luxury line Silversea’s intimate expedition ship, Silver Galapagos. But it was also one of the most involved places to reach, requiring overnight stays in Quito, Ecuador and Guayaquil, coupled with charter flights to and from Baltra on the Galapagos Islands.

Bartolome, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

For the cruiser that just wants to see this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, the logistics of arranging separate flights and hotel stays – plus the additional cost – can be daunting. Fortunately, Silversea is making it easier than ever to cruise to the Galapagos: they’ve introduced special fares for all Silver Galapagos sailings departing after March 4 that include both airfare and hotel stays.

A two-night pre-cruise stay at the JW Marriott Quito is also included. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

A two-night pre-cruise stay at the JW Marriott Quito is also included. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Available for new bookings made on or after March 4, Silversea’s new inclusive air package includes roundtrip economy-class airfare between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, along with a two night pre-cruise hotel stay at the JW Marriott Quito. Also included in the package are all pre-and-post transfers between the hotel and the airport; an evening tour of historic Quito; pre-and-post transfers between Silver Galapagos and the airport in Baltra; and a post-cruise hotel day room at the Oro Verde Hotel in Guayaquil for those guests with flights departing after 22:00 (10:00 p.m.). The package also includes transfers to and from the Oro Verde hotel, the Galapagos National Park and Ingala Transit Card Fees (which are fairly hefty at $100 per person); and all baggage handling fees.

Click here to read our full Live Voyage Report from onboard Silver Galapagos!

“With these new all-inclusive air and land packages, designed with the highest levels of comfort, convenience, and value for our guests, the award-winning Silversea experience continues to be the perfect choice for travelers seeking an enriching holiday in the exotic Galápagos,” said Kristian Anderson, Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager for the Americas.

October 7, 2014: Guests from onboard Silversea's Silver Galapagos explore Caleta Tagus, Galapagos, Ecuador at sunset. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

 Guests from onboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos explore Caleta Tagus, Galapagos, Ecuador at sunset. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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