Next year, Silversea Cruises begins to offer high-end land tours as pre- and post-cruise option.
The "Couture Collection" of the cruise line will feature vintage rail in India, private helicopter service in Mongolia, and Gulfstream jets in and out of Antarctica. Prices average US$34,000 per guest for each of the 5‐ to 11‐day adventures, with 11‐day South Pole itinerary from US$78,000 per passenger.
The first offering, departing January 2, is the excursion named "White Desert & South Pole" that offers flights in/out of Antarctica on Gulfstream business jet as well as a stay at Whichaway Camp. This can be combined with a December 18 voyage aboard Silver Spirit to Antarctica.
Another trip in the collection is the "Revealing the Legends of Fire and Ice," a 5-day trip in Iceland from US$45,199 that includes mountain biking, kayaking, passage through a man-made ice tunnel, lunch on top of a glacier-capped volcano, and a stay at Deplar sheep farm, now turned into luxury lodge.
Departures on August 2 or 8 are easily combined with Silver Cloud expeditions which depart July 27 or August 8.
The least expensive of 9 selections in the collection, 6-day "Namibia & Rovos Rail," features a stay at Little Kulala Camp in Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a hot-air balloon trip, flight-seeing excursion, and a journey to Cape Town via luxury Rovos Rail. January 8 or March 14 departures are listed at US$11,299 with connections to Silver Spirit's January 15 cruise or Silver Cloud's March 21 voyage.