Galápagos Islands Aboard the Six-Star Silver Origin

This incredible 10-day voyage follows Charles Darwin’s revolutionary observations of this remarkable world. Experience the astounding biodiversity of the UNESCO-inscribed Galápagos archipelago, home to unique reptiles, birds, plants and aquatic life.  Cruise aboard the Six-Star, all-Suite Silver Origin, designed specifically to navigate the remote archipelago of the Galápagos. Only here can you get up close to the spiny-backed iguanas and sea birds, and snorkel alongside playful seals. Quito Pre-Program Option or Post-Program Option to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Dates
Feb 10 - Feb 19, 2023  (10 days)
Cost

from $9,995, per person, double occupancy

For more Information
travel@commonwealthclub.org

(415) 597-6720

    Friday, February 10
    Depart the U.S.

    Depart home city and fly to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hilton Colón Guayaquil hotel.
    Hilton Colón Guayaquil

    Saturday, February 11
    Guayaquil/ San Cristóbal, Galápagos

    Fly into San Cristóbal to embark the Silver Origin. San Cristóbal is one of the oldest islands in the Galápagos Archipelago, formed by dormant volcanoes. Here, approximately 8,000 people live and work in the fishing industry, farming the rich volcanic soil of the highlands, in government or tourism. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital city of the Galápagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s. When approaching Kicker Rock, frigate birds, Nazca boobies and blue-footed boobies can be observed in the air, while sea lions can be seen along the shore
    Silver Origin (B,L,D)

    Sunday, February 12
    Isla Bartolomé/ Buccaneer Cove, Santiago

    Anchor in sight of the volcanic moonscape of Isla Bartolomé, where Zodiacs will bring guests ashore to ascend a boardwalk of 388 steps. View one of the most beautiful panoramas in all the Galápagos Islands towards Pinnacle rock, with the black volcanic cones of Baltra, Daphne Major and Daphne Minor in the distance. Buccaneer Cove is a colorful inlet on Santiago Island, owing its name to some of the first visitors—pirates. They came searching for fresh water, tortoises and even to hide their treasures. At a distance you can observe the impressive volcanoes of Isabela Island.
    Silver Origin (B,L,D)

    Monday, February 13
    Punta Vincente Roca (Isabela)/ Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

    Punta Vincente Roca is one of Isabela Island’s beautiful marine sites. Geological formations, underwater caves and lava tubes offer fascinating views of the coastline. It is common to see Pacific green turtles, sharks, rays, whales and dolphins. Blue-footed boobies, brown noddies and other seabirds nest in the cliffs, while the endemic Galápagos penguins and flightless cormorants have established small colonies nearby. Explore the young island of Fernandina, with a high density of marine iguanas, sea lions, sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.
    Silver Origin (B,L,D)

    Tuesday, February 14
    Tagus Cove (Isabela)/ Elizabeth Bay

    Northwest of Isabela lies secluded Tagus Cove, which provided anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike leads to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. Elizabeth Bay is found at Isabela’s narrowest east-west extension where the lava flow of two volcanoes connects to each other. Las Mariela’s, three rocks at the entrance to the bay, are favored by blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants and Galápagos penguins as a resting place, while the mangrove area is preferred by great blue herons for hunting or the magnificent frigate birds for perching. The bay is used by turtles, rays and sharks for feeding or resting. Silver Origin (B,L,D)

    Wednesday, February 15
    Post Office Bay (Floreana)/Champion Islet/Punta Cormorant

    Near Post Office Bay, explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. Champion Islet is one of four marine sites surrounding Floreana and offers excellent deep-water snorkeling opportunities. Curious sea lions approach the snorkelers while turtles slowly swim by and sharks, sting rays and colorful fish can be seen. During a Zodiac cruise around Champion Islet, look for Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds and the rare Floreana mockingbird. Visit Punta Cormorant, Floreana’s northernmost point, named for the British Naval vessel HMS Cormorant. Follow a short trail from the beach to the island’s shallow lagoon, famous for its flamingo population. The trail continues through the trees to a white-sand beach on the other side of the point. Here, observe the local colonies of birds and look for the sea turtles that are known to lay eggs in the dunes. 
    Silver Origin (B,L,D) 

    Thursday, February 16
    Santa Cruz/Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Puerto Ayora

    Santa Cruz Island reaches an altitude of 864 meters (2,835 ft), where weather changes create microclimates. The species of flora and fauna found near the shoreline vary extremely from those on the highlands. In Puerto Ayora, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station housing the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas, where guides interpret the center’s breeding and reintroduction programs. Throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the Galápagos cactus finch.
    Silver Origin (B,L,D) 

    Friday, February 17
    Cerro Dragon/ Guy Fawkes/ Bahia Borrero

    Explore a landscape of volcanic rock as you walk along Cerro Dragon. This visit mixes a brackish water lagoon inhabited by elusive pink flamingos and a volcanic rock cover dry enough to be the perfect ecosystem for the Galápagos land iguana. The Guy Fawkes islets have beautiful underwater cliffs filled with marine invertabrates such as corals, sea stars and urchins. These conditions result in immense aggregations of fish, making it an ideal place for deep water snorkeling. In the northern area, Bahía Borrero is a beautiful white coralline beach used as a nesting site by green sea turtles. Behind the dunes is a forest of typical vegetation from the arid zone—Palo Santo, leather leaf and salty bushes. This welcomes yellow warblers and some species of the Darwin finches, such as the common cactus finch or the small ground finch. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception at the end of the day. Silver Origin (B,L,D) 

    Saturday, February 18
    San Cristóbal, Galápagos/Guayaquil

    Disembark the ship at San Cristóbal and fly to Guayaquil. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before an overnight flight back to your home city.

    Sunday, February 19
    Arrive to the U.S.
    Quito: Feb 8 -11, 2023

    Explore the UNESCO treasures, rich indigenous traditions and contemporary verve of Quito, South America’s prettiest and most beguiling capital city. Walk the streets of the Old Town, where Spanish colonial grandeur and pre-Columbian rituals coalesce in a panoply of Baroque cathedrals, ornate palaces and lively plazas. Uncover Quito’s artistic soul along La Ronda, one of the city’s oldest streets. Visit a local artisanal chocolatier and see a demonstration on how they make their chocolate. Accommodations are for three nights in the Five-Star JW Marriott Hotel Quito.

    Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
    Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley: Feb 18-25, 2023

    Explore Peru’s UNESCO-inscribed archaeological treasures and landscapes on this tour featuring Machu Picchu, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Cradled by the soaring peaks of the Andes Mountains, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu inspires awe like few other places. Admire the spectacular sites of the Sacred Valley, where ancient engineering marvels, such as the fortress of Ollantaytambo, stand as lasting testimony to the Inca Empire. Here, village craftspeople employ age-old techniques to spin, dye and weave tapestries and sculpt pottery painted with artistic patterns. In the historical Inca capital of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the stone fortress of Sacsayhuamán and Baroque- and Renaissance-style churches that provide a mix of pre-Columbian and colonial influences. Enjoy deluxe, ideally located accommodations in Lima, Machu Picchu and Cuzco.  

    Cabin Categories (Prices shown are per person, double occupancy, excluding taxes, and include the Early Booking Discount now extended until August 31, 2022. See full brochure after August 31.)  

    All suites have two twin beds convertible to one queen bed, butler service, a private veranda, mini-bar with local snacks and a range of soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, in-suite freshwater purification systems and refill stations, pillow choices, eco-friendly bath amenities, plush robes and slippers, hairdryer, flat-screen television with interactive media library, 110/220 volt and USB outlets, direct dial telephone, 24-hour room service and in-suite dining, complimentary expedition gear (waterproof backpack, raincoat & premium metallic water bottle), personal safe.

    Classic Veranda Suite – $9,995  Floor to ceiling sliding doors with veranda and sitting area. Deck 5, midship to forward. 325 sq ft (including 72 sq ft veranda), veranda with patio furniture and floor to ceil glass doors, sitting area, bathroom with large vanity and walk-in shower, walk-in wardrobe, writing desk.
    Superior Veranda Suite – $10,995  Private veranda with horizon balcony and sitting area. Deck 6, midship to forward. 325 sq ft (including 72 sq ft veranda), veranda with patio furniture and floor to ceil glass doors, sitting area, bathroom with large vanity and walk-in shower, walk-in wardrobe, writing desk.
    Deluxe Veranda Suite – $11,895  Private veranda with horizon balcony and sitting area. Deck 6, aft. 325 sq ft (including 62 sq ft private veranda with horizon balcony), sitting area, bathroom with large vanity, ocean-view walk-in shower, walk-in wardrobe, writing desk.
    Medallion Suite – $15,795  Private veranda with horizon balcony and sitting area. Deck 6, forward. 355 sq ft (including 88 sq ft private veranda with horizon balcony), sitting area, bathroom with large vanity, ocean-view walk-in shower, fitted wardrobe, writing desk, premium sound system, premium coffee station, binoculars, laundry service.
    Silver Suite– $19,395  Large veranda with patio furniture, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and living room with sitting area. Deck 5, forward. 536 sq ft (including 109 sq ft veranda), large veranda with patio furniture and floor to ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, bathroom with large vanity, whirlpool bath and separate shower with exterior view, walk-in wardrobe, vanity table(s), 2 large flat-screen televisions, premium sound system, premium coffee station, binoculars, laundry service. 
    Royal Suite – $21,795 Large veranda with patio furniture, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and living room with sitting area. Deck 5, aft. 897 sq ft (including 305 sq ft veranda), large veranda with patio furniture and floor to ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, bathroom with double vanity, powder room, ocean-view whirlpool bath, and separate shower, walk-in wardrobe, vanity table(s), 2 large flat-screen televisions, premium sound system, premium coffee station, binoculars, laundry service.
    Grand Suite  – $25,795  Large veranda with patio furniture, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, separate dining area. Deck 5, aft. 1,025 sq ft (including 271 sq ft veranda), large veranda with patio furniture and floor to ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, separate dining area, bathroom with double vanity, powder room, ocean-view whirlpool bath and separate shower, walk-in wardrobe, vanity table(s), 2 large flat-screen televisions, premium sound system, premium coffee station, binoculars, laundry service.,
    Owner’s Suite – $29,995  Large veranda with patio furniture, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, separate dining area. Deck 6, aft. 1,722 sq ft (including 646 sq ft veranda), large veranda with patio furniture and floor to ceiling glass doors, living room with sitting area, separate dining area, bathroom with double vanity, powder room, ocean-view whirlpool bath and separate shower, walk-in wardrobe, vanity table(s), writing desk(s), 2 large flat-screen televisions, premium sound system, premium coffee station, binoculars, laundry service.

    Singles occupant cabins are available in any category at 160% of the double rate.
    Taxes are an additional $130 per person and are subject to change.
    Round-trip airfare between Guayquil and San Cristobal (internal air) is included. International flights are not included in the rates above.

    Included
    ♦ 8-night cruise aboard the 6-star Silver Origin ♦ 1 night hotel in Guayaquil ♦ 1 day room in Guayaquil on departure ♦ Round-trip flight from Guayquil/San Cristobal ♦ All meals on board the ship ♦ Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and 24-hour-in-Suite service ♦ Gratuities to local guides and drivers ♦ Gohagan’s “Always Included” Features
    Not Included
    ♦ International airfare ♦ Taxes of $130 per person ♦ Gratuities to ship personnel ♦ Hotel staff gratuities (Pre-/Post-Program Options) and gratuities for activities on your own ♦ Passport and visa fees ♦ Meals and alcoholic beverages not listed as included ♦ Transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s) ♦ Accident/sickness, trip cancellation and baggage insurance ♦ All other services not specifically mentioned in the “Always Included” section in the brochure.

    Optional Pre-Tour: Quito
    Double Occupancy $795, per person
    Single Occupancy $995, per person

    Optional Post-Tour: Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
    Double Occupancy $2,895, per person
    Single Occupancy $3,795, per person

     

    What to Expect

    This is an active tour in a remote location.  For the safety and enjoyment of each participant and the group, participants must be able to:

    • Walk on excursions often covering distances of at least one mile or more. 
    • Be able to walk ashore over rugged or uneven and/or slippery terrain.
    • Negotiate a steep gangway and get in and out of the Zodiac inflatable landing crafts with minimal assistance.

    Travel with a team of expert naturalists and guides.
     

    Trip Educators

    Please view the Terms and Conditions at gohagantravel.com/terms/

    Reservations: 
    An $800 per person deposit will reserve a place for participants on this program. The balance of the trip is due 95 days prior to departure and must be paid by check or wire transfer.

    To make a reservation please email travel@commonwealthclub.org or call (415) 597-6720 to sign up.

    Cancellations
    Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of The Commonwealth Club. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply:

    CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 95 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows: 
    96 days or more prior*: Full refund
    95-61 days prior: 50% of program price 
    60-45 days prior: 75% of program price 
    44-0 days prior: 100% of program price (no refunds)

     *In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. 

    A “no-show” or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs.

    In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees, and administrative fees may apply. 

    Discounted Reservations
    Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of The Commonwealth Club in writing, accompanied by the required deposit. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be canceled, no replacement reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.  

    Trip Insurance
    We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event you must cancel your participation in the travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Information will be sent upon registration and can be viewed Travel Insurance Services website

    Eligibility
    We require membership to the Commonwealth Club to travel with us. People who live outside of the Bay Area may purchase a worldwide membership. To learn about membership types and to purchase a membership, visit our membership page or call (415)597-6720.

    Airfare
    Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.

    Luggage
    Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without notice.

    Physical Accessibility
    All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.

    Rates
    Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs that include Gohagan purchasing interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.

    Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Binding Arbitration Agreement Responsibility  
    The Commonwealth Club and Thomas P. Gohagan & Company and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party. In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels, or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line. Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. Gohagan is not responsible therefore and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan, however, is not required under these circumstances to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

    Binding Arbitration
    Any dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Agreement, the brochure or any other literature concerning the trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. Sections 1-16, either according to the then existing Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or pursuant to the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS). Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) Illinois law and will take place in Chicago, IL. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionably, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable. Please understand that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the participant and Gohagan are waiving the right to a trial by jury.

    Acceptance of Contract
    By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.

    Registration 
    Commonwealth Club CST#: 2096889-40; Gohagan CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666, OST#: TA 0905.