About Shore Excursions


Shore Excursion Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Can I purchase shore excursions on this website?

A: Yes, most Seabourn shore excursions can be purchased in advance online once you have booked your cruise and know your itinerary. To purchase a shore excursion online, click the Find Shore Excursions link above.


Q: Do I have to buy the shore excursions online?

A: No. Purchasing a shore excursion online provides immediate confirmation. You can also contact us by phone to purchase tours from our Destination Specialists by calling 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187. You can also purchase excursions after boarding your ship. Space is limited, so book early for the best selection.


Q: Can I purchase tours for both myself and my companion?

A: Yes, you can purchase tours online for all guests on the booking.


Q: How do I know which tours are right for me?

A: Excursion descriptions are marked with various symbols to indicate the amount and difficulty of walking, as well as occasional special interest content. In addition, specific information about restrictions or suggested cautions is included in the tour descriptions. Once you are on board, the Tour Manager can help you assess the suitability of a specific tour in a personal consultation.


Q: What if I need to cancel my excursion?

A: We understand plans change. However, last minute cancellations can result in costs to us or to our third party service providers. Cancellations of shore excursions, spa services or gift orders made more than three days prior to embarkation will be fully refunded; cancellations made onboard or within the three day window prior to embarkation may be subject a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees for certain shore excursions may be up to one hundred percent (100%) of the shore excursion price, depending on the shore excursion. For onboard cancellations of shore excursions, therefore, please speak with the Shore Excursion department onboard for the actual cancellation fee amount. Cancellations of spa services within twenty-four hours of the appointment are subject to a fifty percent (50%) cancellation fee. All cancellations made onboard will be refunded in the form of onboard credit, regardless of whether the purchase was made by a guest or a third party.


Q: What if I want to do two tours in the same day?

A: In many ports, it is possible to do two tours in the same day. However we recommend that you confirm with a destination specialist at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 at the time you are booking your excursion. If there is a time conflict, you will be able to select the tour you prefer.


Q: What if I want to do something that’s not offered on a tour?

A: In most ports Seabourn's staff, both ashore and on board, are capable of arranging a wide range of individualized activities. You can make your custom request by calling us at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 and speaking with one of our Destination Specialists to arrange your experience before you sail. Our hours of operation are 6am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).


Q: What if a tour is cancelled?

A: If Seabourn cancels a tour due to safety, security of other conditions beyond our control a full refund will credited to your onboard account.


Q: Is it customary to extend gratuities to local tour guides?

A: Yes. Seabourn tour prices do not include gratuities for guides, drivers and other tour operator staff.

UNESCO Churches of Chiloe: A UNESCO Partner Tour


Approximately 5½ Hours
Moderate Walking 
Discovery Tour

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Churches of Chiloé represent a successful fusion of indigenous and European culture, with full integration of architecture, landscape and environment. They are the surviving examples of an outstanding form of ecclesiastical wooden architecture, embodying the intangible riches of the Chiloé Archipelago and the spiritual values of its communities. Local craftsmen used shipbuilding techniques to build the churches entirely of wood, right down to the fasteners. Today, only sixty Chiloéan typology churches remain, of which sixteen are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All sixteen churches are being restored. The Friends of the Chiloé Churches Foundation has implemented a multi-dimensional program that includes training for carpenters, employment for the local people as site guides, and internationally recognized advances in restoration techniques.

This morning you will leave the pier and head to Nercón, located south of Castro. Here you will visit one of the restored churches -- Nuestra Señora de Gracia de Nercón. Originally built in 1890, this is now one of those protected by UNESCO.

Next, head north to Dalcahue to discover a village that grew up around the cattle farming and timber industry booms of the late 19th century. At the ferry terminal you will board a ferry and cross to the island of Quinchao. Only eight minutes later, you are on the other side, and will head to Curaco de Velez. This is a very small village with approximately 500 inhabitants. Its heyday has come and gone -- it was around 1850 when cattle raisers and whalers lived the high life here. Today, though, some beautiful houses remain as a testament to better times. Along the coastal avenue watch for black-necked swans.

Ten miles on, you'll find Achao -- a town founded as a Jesuit Residency in 1743 and now with 2,500 inhabitants. This is a very lively town indeed, as boats from all the surrounding islands converge here, making it one of the busiest ports in the area. The highlight here is the Achao Church, built in 1730. Step inside to see some beautiful Baroque imagery.

Before leaving town, you'll enjoy a snack and listen to some typical local music.

Stop in Dalcahue to hear about this village that grew up around the cattle farming and timber industry booms of the late 19th century. Visit the handicraft market and shop for souvenirs made from local materials.

Back in Castro, you'll step inside the Church of San Francisco, built in 1906. This interesting building was intended for masonry construction by Italian architect Edward Provasoli, but the local craftsmen interpreted the plans differently and so it is made from local lumber.

Please note: Your guide will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the remoteness of the port/ limited tourism infrastructure here is part of the city's charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.

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Learn more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/971