Silversea Cruises has announced its newest travel line for 2018: the Couture Collection. The inaugural collection is an exclusive series of pre- and post-cruise ocean and land adventures ranging from five to 11 days, offering authentic and immersive travel experiences in remote regions of the Earth.
The Couture Collection includes exclusive amenities ranging from private helicopter service in Mongolia to vintage rail in India and Gulfstream jets in and out of Antarctica. Guests travel with small groups and most meals, beverages and exclusive culinary events, accommodations, tour guides, and excursions are included.
The Couture Collection Includes:
Rwanda & Serengeti
Travelers explore rainforests of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park while looking for the mountain gorilla in an exclusive two day trekking experience. Go on a game drive seeking the Big Five from a custom 4×4 in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site best known for its annual migration of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras. This excursion is eight days; departures on November 20 or 27; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on November 16 or 27.
White Desert & South Pole
Guests will explore ice caves and tunnels, climb a glacial island, and photograph a colony of emperor penguins at Atka Bay. Accommodations will be at Whichaway Camp and guests will fly in and out of Antarctica on a Gulfstream business jet. The excursion is 11 days, with departure on January 2; combinable with Silver Spirit’s Decemeber 18, 2017 voyage.
Namibia & Rovos Rail
Highlights of this tour include “flightseeing” over the Skeleton Coast, exploring the Sesriem Canyon, and seeing the Namib Desert by hot air balloon. The luxury Rovos Rail will take travelers from Pretoria to Cape Town. This excursion is six days. Departures are on January 8 or March 14; combinable with cruises on Silver Spirit (January 15) or Silver Cloud (March 21).
Traveling by private flights and vintage rail throughout India, guests will track in the Ranthambore wildlife reserve and take part in a dinner at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Guests will also explore the ancient city of Jaisalmer from the comfort of the Serai luxury camp as well as see desert dunes on a jeep or camel safari and sample delicacies at an elegant bush dinner. This tour is six days with departure on October 23; combinable with Silver Muse‘s October 8 cruise.
Enjoy private air travel to and from Darwin to experience an authentic outback adventure at the Bullo River Station, a cattle ranch in Australia’s Northern Territory. Explore Aboriginal rock art galleries. Cruise up the spectacular Bullo River Gorge. Discover the landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range. Swim in the jade-green natural rock pools of the Cascades. Departures are July 23 or 29 for five days; combinable with Silver Discoverer expeditions departing on July 19 or 29.
Guests will take a private helicopter to explore Iceland’s wonders and have a champagne toast at the famous Godafoss Waterfall. During at stay at Deplar, a sheep farm-turned-luxury lodge, travelers will go kayaking, mountain biking, whale watching and more. They will also visit Drangey Island for bird watching, have lunch atop a glacier-capped volcano, and enter a manmade ice tunnel at Langjokull Glacier. Five days; departures on August 2 or 8; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on July 27 or Aug. 8.
Guests will watch morning prayers at a Buddhist nunnery and visit the Jokhang Temple, considered the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Monks will debate at Sera Monastery before leading a yoga class. Other highlights include a picnic at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, a walk through Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and a stop at the gigantic gilded statue of Maitreya Buddha at Tashilhunpo Monastery. Five days; departures on October 7 or 14; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing September 28 or October 14.
Travelers will visit with Tsaatan community of Northern Mongolia, one of the last remaining groups of reindeer herders, and learn about the culture of the Kazakh people. At the Naadam Festival (Three Games of Men), guests will watch an ancient spectacle of horse racing, archery and wrestling, valued as sports of strength, wisdom and courage. Six or seven days; departures on May 2 or 10; combinable with a Silver Shadow cruise departing April 25 or May 10.
While in ice-capped Sajama, travelers will explore volcanoes, hot springs and 3,000-year-old plants. The will also visit Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, and stay in a unique luxury camp of geodesic dome tents and discover the small village of Tahua, at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano, then hike to the cave of the Coquesa mummies and learn about their history. Stays include the luxury Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa. Eight or ten days, departures on October 17 or 26; combinable with Silver Cloud expeditions departing on October 15 or 26.