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Russian Far East Explorer

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  • Jul-Aug
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Russian Far East Explorer

from £12,495 excluding flights

  • 16 nights
  • Jul-Aug

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Marvel at Kamchatka's volcanoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Encounter brown bears foraging on the shorelines

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Keep watch for sea lions, sea otters, orcas and humpback whales

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Meet the indigenous resident's of the Russian Far East

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Enjoy spotting Steller's sea eagles, puffins, guillemots and other birdlife

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Cruise between continents on the Bering Strait

Why this trip...

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Style of vessel

This holiday is based on a ship ideally suited to the areas visited and the conditions

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

Overview

The wild and remote coastlines of Russia’s Far East are scattered with over 300 volcanoes, secluded hot springs, and thundering waterfalls. Kamchatka brown bears and cubs can be seen foraging on black sand beaches, while in fast-flowing rivers Steller’s sea eagles compete for salmon.

During this fascinating voyage of discovery you may visit the Commander Islands, often referred to the as the ‘South Georgia of the North’, where seabirds populate a breathtaking maze of rock arches and sea stacks. Red-legged kittiwakes, red-faced cormorants, parakeet and whiskered auklets and perhaps even laysan albatross are on show.

Visit the grave of explorer Vitus Bering near waters bustling with sea lions, fur seals and busy sea otters, while orcas and humpback whales patrol the bays. In Chukotka enjoy tundra wildflowers, cliff-climbing bears and a warm welcome by reindeer herders and more.

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Itinerary

Day 1 arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in the vibrant Japanese capital of Tokyo and, this evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travellers at a pre-voyage briefing.

Arrive in the vibrant Japanese capital of Tokyo and, this evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travellers at a pre-voyage briefing.

Day 2 embarkation in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

Board a charter flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, where you will embark the ship and begin your expedition cruise. There will be time to settle into your cabin before meeting the expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Board a charter flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, where you will embark the ship and begin your expedition cruise. There will be time to settle into your cabin before meeting the expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 3 Morzhovaya Bay & Zhupanova River

Wake to the wild beauty of Kamchatka’s east coast. Remnant snow fields dot surrounding mountains as you watch for harbour seals in Morzhovaya Bay. Zodiac cruise the salmon-rich Zhupanova River, dodging rippling shallows to look for brown bears and magnificent Steller’s sea eagles.

Wake to the wild beauty of Kamchatka’s east coast. Remnant snow fields dot surrounding mountains as you watch for harbour seals in Morzhovaya Bay. Zodiac cruise the salmon-rich Zhupanova River, dodging rippling shallows to look for brown bears and magnificent Steller’s sea eagles.

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Day 4 Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve & Kamenistaya Bay

Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve offers active volcanoes, Eurasia’s greatest concentration of brown bears, Steller sea lions, fur seals and a variety of whale species. Keep your binoculars focussed for geese, loons and perhaps the spoon-billed sandpiper. Soak in the soothing hot springs of Kamenistaya Bay and trek lowlands covered in cottongrass, aspens and birch. As you turn towards the Commander Islands, the expedition team will give informative talks on the adventures that await.

Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve offers active volcanoes, Eurasia’s greatest concentration of brown bears, Steller sea lions, fur seals and a variety of whale species. Keep your binoculars focussed for geese, loons and perhaps the spoon-billed sandpiper. Soak in the soothing hot springs of Kamenistaya Bay and trek lowlands covered in cottongrass, aspens and birch. As you turn towards the Commander Islands, the expedition team will give informative talks on the adventures that await.

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Days 5-7 Commander Islands

Spectacular bird cliffs, arches and stacks signal your arrival to the Commander Islands. Pay tribute to explorer Vitus Bering at his grave and memorial. On both land and sea, the wildlife abundance is staggering. At Peregegrebnaya Bay, visit red-legged and black-legged kittiwake rookeries; spot albatross and whales at Cape Monati, and at Ariy Kamen be surrounded by thousands of guillemots. Tufted Puffin Rock speaks for itself. At Nikolskoye village, the Aleut community entertains visitors with lively performances and a fascinating museum.

Spectacular bird cliffs, arches and stacks signal your arrival to the Commander Islands. Pay tribute to explorer Vitus Bering at his grave and memorial. On both land and sea, the wildlife abundance is staggering. At Peregegrebnaya Bay, visit red-legged and black-legged kittiwake rookeries; spot albatross and whales at Cape Monati, and at Ariy Kamen be surrounded by thousands of guillemots. Tufted Puffin Rock speaks for itself. At Nikolskoye village, the Aleut community entertains visitors with lively performances and a fascinating museum.

Day 8 Soldatskaya Bay & Tymlat Village

Land on the terraced, uplifted coastline of Soldatskaya Bay, and search out endangered seabirds like the long-billed murrelet. At Tymlat village, Koryak reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters provide a warm greeting with an interactive cultural performance. Time permitting, you may get a glimpse of life in one of Kamchatka’s more remote coastal villages.

Land on the terraced, uplifted coastline of Soldatskaya Bay, and search out endangered seabirds like the long-billed murrelet. At Tymlat village, Koryak reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters provide a warm greeting with an interactive cultural performance. Time permitting, you may get a glimpse of life in one of Kamchatka’s more remote coastal villages.

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Day 9 Govena Peninsula, Lavrova Bay & Yuzhnaya Glubokaya

A Zodiac cruise along the Govena Peninsula reveals the broad fjord of Lavrova Bay, and the narrower Yuzhnaya Glubokaya where bears often visit the abandoned herring factory. Orcas and Bryde’s whales frequent surrounding waters and an afternoon walk reveals succulent roseroot, magenta-coloured pixie eyes, and cheery purple-blue of Jacob’s ladder and chance sightings of Arctic hare. Continue past waterfalls to a glacial moraine and a spectacular vista of the rugged Pylginsky Range.

A Zodiac cruise along the Govena Peninsula reveals the broad fjord of Lavrova Bay, and the narrower Yuzhnaya Glubokaya where bears often visit the abandoned herring factory. Orcas and Bryde’s whales frequent surrounding waters and an afternoon walk reveals succulent roseroot, magenta-coloured pixie eyes, and cheery purple-blue of Jacob’s ladder and chance sightings of Arctic hare. Continue past waterfalls to a glacial moraine and a spectacular vista of the rugged Pylginsky Range.

Day 10 Natalia Bay, Bogaslov Island & Glybokaya Bay

Wake to spectacular mountains rising high above Natalia Bay. Zodiac cruise beneath Bogoslov Island’s cliffs, where puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and cormorants breed and climbing bears raid their nests, while walrus haul out nearby. Hike to hidden alpine lakes and gaze upon the dramatic glacier-carved valleys of Peter and Glybokaya bays. Golden rhododendron and dwarf azaleas carpet the tundra and if you listen carefully, you might hear the song of bluethroat.

Wake to spectacular mountains rising high above Natalia Bay. Zodiac cruise beneath Bogoslov Island’s cliffs, where puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and cormorants breed and climbing bears raid their nests, while walrus haul out nearby. Hike to hidden alpine lakes and gaze upon the dramatic glacier-carved valleys of Peter and Glybokaya bays. Golden rhododendron and dwarf azaleas carpet the tundra and if you listen carefully, you might hear the song of bluethroat.

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Day 11 Anastasia Bay & Dezhneva Bay

Encounter a walrus haulout in Anastasia Bay, also a great spot for birdlife, including bluethroat and Siberian rubythroat. Dezhneva Bay offers a coastal lagoon that’s heaven for birders. Keep your binoculars ready to spot white-fronted bean geese and nesting whooper swans. Other wildlife that you may encounter here include grey whales, walrus, reindeer, and brown bears.

Encounter a walrus haulout in Anastasia Bay, also a great spot for birdlife, including bluethroat and Siberian rubythroat. Dezhneva Bay offers a coastal lagoon that’s heaven for birders. Keep your binoculars ready to spot white-fronted bean geese and nesting whooper swans. Other wildlife that you may encounter here include grey whales, walrus, reindeer, and brown bears.

Day 12 Gabriela Bay

Explore Gabriela Bay’s wide river mouth and lagoon, classic stone tundra country dotted with cheery pale-blue blossoms of forget-me-not. You may encounter local Chukchi fisherman still living a traditional lifestyle, and inspect an abandoned polar weather station. Listen for the alarm whistle of ground squirrels, watch for brown bears, and offshore, beluga whales.

Explore Gabriela Bay’s wide river mouth and lagoon, classic stone tundra country dotted with cheery pale-blue blossoms of forget-me-not. You may encounter local Chukchi fisherman still living a traditional lifestyle, and inspect an abandoned polar weather station. Listen for the alarm whistle of ground squirrels, watch for brown bears, and offshore, beluga whales.

Day 13 Arakamchechen Island

Weather permitting, it may be possible to visit Arakamchechen Island, home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets, where walrus haul out and grey whales stir the waters. Or perhaps land on Yttygran Island, home to the ancient Chukchi whaling camp where the remains of bowhead and grey whales stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre, earning the name Whale Bone Alley.

Weather permitting, it may be possible to visit Arakamchechen Island, home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets, where walrus haul out and grey whales stir the waters. Or perhaps land on Yttygran Island, home to the ancient Chukchi whaling camp where the remains of bowhead and grey whales stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre, earning the name Whale Bone Alley.

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Day 14 Providenyia

Provideniya, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, is Chukotka’s administrative centre. Here you will visit the excellent museum and enjoy a traditional Yupik dance performance before departing Russia.

Provideniya, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, is Chukotka’s administrative centre. Here you will visit the excellent museum and enjoy a traditional Yupik dance performance before departing Russia.

Day 15 Bering Sea & King Island

Pass through the Bering Strait, which separates Russia and North America by just 100kms. You may be lucky enough to spot beluga and grey whales in this narrow stretch of water. Land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events. Murres and kittiwakes frequent the surrounding sea cliffs. Tonight’s farewell dinner provides a chance to reminisce on all the sights and experiences of the past 2 weeks.

Pass through the Bering Strait, which separates Russia and North America by just 100kms. You may be lucky enough to spot beluga and grey whales in this narrow stretch of water. Land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events. Murres and kittiwakes frequent the surrounding sea cliffs. Tonight’s farewell dinner provides a chance to reminisce on all the sights and experiences of the past 2 weeks.

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Day 16 disembarkation in Nome & Anchorage, Alaska

Disembark in Nome and board a charter flight to Alaska’s capital city, Anchorage. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this frontier city, surrounded by mountains and the calm water of Cook Inlet.

Disembark in Nome and board a charter flight to Alaska’s capital city, Anchorage. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this frontier city, surrounded by mountains and the calm water of Cook Inlet.

Day 17 Depart Anchorage

Your adventure comes to an end as you check out this morning and begin your journey home from Alaska.

Your adventure comes to an end as you check out this morning and begin your journey home from Alaska.

Accommodation

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Sylvia Earle

The Sylvia Earle features cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology, and is custom-built for expedition cruising in remote areas.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £12,495 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • One night’s pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Tokyo
  • Charter flight from Tokyo to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
  • Charter flight from Nome to Anchorage
  • One night’s post-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Anchorage
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Tips for ship's crew
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2022 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
06 Jul 2022 17 days Sylvia Earle £12,495
14 Aug 2022* 17 days Sylvia Earle £12,495

* this departure operates in reverse, from Anchorage to Tokyo

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