Silversea Cruises has unveiled details of its 2018 Couture Collection, an exclusive series of nine pre- and post-cruise travel experiences in the most remote and untouched regions of the world.
The series of 5- to 11-day ocean and land adventures has been custom-designed down to the smallest detail, drawing on the inspiration of Silversea guests and a survey of North American travelers’ “dream destinations” and most sought-after cultural experiences. The programs are limited to small groups and include most meals, beverages and exclusive culinary events. Guests will stay in luxury accommodations such as boutique hotels, lodges and private tents specifically built for these adventures. Each bespoke adventure is fully escorted and includes amenities such as a private helicopter service in Mongolia, vintage rail travel in India, and Gulfstream jets in and out of Antarctica. Prices average at $34,000 per guest, with the 11-day South Pole adventure starting at $78,000 per guest.
“Our guests are seasoned luxury travelers looking to discover the least accessible corners of our planet, where nature can still astound with its untouched beauty,” said Silversea’s executive chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio in a press release. “The Couture Collection reveals the most exotic places, cultures and people on carefully curated journeys that feature all the extraordinary touches of comfort and luxury for which Silversea is renowned.”
Sample tours include Rwanda & Serengeti: Walking in the Footsteps of Giants, where guests will explore the rainforests of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park while searching for mountain gorillas on a 2-day trek, and then seek out big game in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its annual migration of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras. The 8-day tour starts at $19,959, departs on Nov. 20 or 27, and is combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on Nov. 16 or 27.
The Tibet: Standing on the Rooftop of the World tour visits Jokhang Temple, considered the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism, includes a meditation class led by a monk at Sera Monastery, and takes in Norbulingka, the splendid former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. The 5-day tour starts at $12,499, departs on Oct. 7 or 14, and is combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing Sep. 28 or Oct. 14.
The White Desert & South Pole: Standing on the Bottom of the Earth tour explores the vast white desert of Antarctica. Guests will explore spectacular ice caves and tunnels, climb a glacial island and photograph a colony of emperor penguins at Atka Bay. The 11-day tour starts at $78,000, departs on Jan. 2, and is combinable with Silver Spirit’s Dec. 18, 2017 voyage.
While the India: In the Path of Powerful Titans tour lets guests track tigers in the Ranthambore wildlife reserve, journey by vintage rail to the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, visit the ancient city of Jaisalmer, and explore the desert dunes on a jeep or camel safari. The 6-day tour starts at $32,799, departs on Oct. 23, and is combinable with Silver Muse’s Oct. 8 cruise.
Each program has been created to perfectly complement select Silversea cruises as an extension to the travel experience. For full details of the 2018 Couture Collection, visit silverseacouture.com.