Jul 22, 2014 – Eleven new overland adventures in some of the world’s most exotic locales are among more than 60 extended mid-voyage excursions ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will be offering in 2015. Unlike a partial-day shore tour, single- or multiple-day inland adventures offer a more intimate, in-depth and personal encounter with the local people, history, wildlife, and natural attractions that lie just beyond the ports of call.
Darius Mehta, Silversea’s vice president of air and land programmes, said: “We always strive to offer fresh, innovative programmes that provide a variety of authentic onshore options. These new mid-voyage adventures are carefully designed for travellers seeking one-of-a-kind experiences that will take them further into a region, giving them plenty of time to actively engage in its scenery, activities, and cultural heritage.”
From the soaring Andes to the glistening lakes of Patagonia, from the beaches of Polynesia to the glaciers of New Zealand, from the grasslands of Kenya to the monuments of India, Silversea’s new overland adventures offer rare access to transformational places and experiences. On these exciting overland tours, participants may come face-to-face with a giant tortoise in the Galapagos, track mountain gorillas in Africa, or marvel at unique marine life from the balcony of an overwater bungalow in Polynesia.
The following is a sampling of the new mid-voyage Silversea Cruises land adventures for 2015:
Tsavo East National Park Bush-Walking Safari
(2 Days / 1 Night — Depart / Rejoin Ship: Mombasa)
The Tsavo East National Park offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush washed by the azure and emerald meandering of the Galana River. Visitors who explore the diversity of the park on foot may observe lions, cheetahs, serval cats, zebras, elephants, monitor lizards, and more. Two game drives are included. Available on Silver Whisper’s 6 March voyage (#4506).
Gorillas in the Forest
(6 Days / 5 Nights — Depart: Cape Town / Rejoin Ship: Luanda)
A truly inspiring experience awaits visitors to the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda and home to half the world’s mountain gorillas, the sanctuary’s tented camp is the ideal base for launching guided safaris to track and interact with these amazing primates in the wild. Available on Silver Whisper’s 5 April voyage (#4508).
Taj Mahal & Jaipur – A Magical Journey to India
(4.5 Days / 4 Nights — Depart: Phuket / Rejoin Ship: Colombo)
There are few places in the world that evoke such profound impact on its visitors as the Taj Mahal in Agra. Once the capital of the great Mughal Empire, Agra itself is well worth a visit for its repository of some of the Mughals most famous monuments. And there are few places in the world that compare with the Pink City of Jaipur, where guests stay on this magical journey into India’s wonders. Available on Silver Whisper’s 6 March voyage (#4506).
(1.5 Days / 1 Night — Depart: Moorea / Rejoin Ship: Papeete)
Perched above the water on stilts, the overwater bungalows of Moorea’s InterContinental Resort & Spa offer a unique escape. They are iconic, thatch-roofed symbols of a tropical paradise. Guests can watch marine life from their balcony or climb down steps to snorkel directly in a Pacific lagoon. Available on Silver Whisper’s 5 January voyage (#4501) and Silver Spirit’s sailing of 22 January (#5502).
New Zealand Explorer
(4 Days /3 Nights — Depart: Akaroa / Rejoin Ship: Milford Sound)
New Zealand’s highest peaks, longest glaciers, and many of its most beautiful lakes are revealed with scenic drives through its two famous national parks – Mount Cook and Fiordland – both located in the Te Wahipounamu area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Memorable highlights include a ski plane flight to the Tasman Glacier, a cruise on Lake Tasman, and a jet boat excursion on the Shotover River. Available on Silver Spirit’s 12 February voyage (#5504).
The Andes & the Train to the Devil’s Nose
(5 Days / 4 Nights — Depart: Manta / Rejoin Ship: Callao)
Travellers can immerse themselves in the cultural and natural diversity of Ecuador’s majestic Andean region, witnessing up-close its grassy highlands, cloud forests, mountain lakes, active volcanoes, colonial towns, and haciendas. Highlighting the programme is the Devil’s Nose, a thrilling train ride through the Andes featuring a 45-degree descent. Available on Silver Shadow’s 7 January voyage (#3501).
(5 Days / 4 Nights — Depart: Manta / Rejoin Ship: Callao)
There is no place on earth quite like the Galápagos Islands, carved out by roaring volcanoes and titanic geothermic upheavals. Visitors may come face-to-face with a giant tortoise, or admire blue-footed boobies and sunbathing sea lions. The programme includes two days exploring the islands by boat, plus accommodation at the Royal Palm Hotel, located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Available on Silver Shadow’s 7 January voyage (#3501).
(3 Days / 2 Nights — Depart: Punta Arenas / Rejoin Ship: Ushuaia)
The southern cone of South America, known as Patagonia, is home to ice-clad mountain peaks, ancient forests, dazzling lakes, and immense glaciers. Visitors can experience this spectacular scenery in the national parks of Torres del Paine, in Chile, and Los Glaciares, in Argentina, both included in this tour. Available on Silver Shadow’s 25 January voyage (#3502).
The optional mid-voyage land programmes feature deluxe accommodation (if overnight stays are required), all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. Prices for the above-listed adventures range from USD$1,899 to $8,999 per person, based on double occupancy.
About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Discoverer, Silversea Cruises’ itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 700 fascinating destinations in between.
In the US, Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Condé NastTraveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and awarded “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by CruiseReport.com (2012) and “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” by Global Traveler (2014). International awards include “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2013); “Best Small Ship Cruise Line” in the Readers’ Choice survey conducted by Britain’s Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2013); “Best Expedition Cruise Ship” by Australia’s Cruise Passenger magazine (2013); “Best Small Luxury Cruise Line” by China’s Travel + Leisure (2013); and “Star Luxury Cruise Company” according to UK’s Travel Bulletin (2013).
SOURCE: Silversea Cruises