Expedition Cruise to Kamchatka and Russia's Far East
Experience an expedition cruise to one of the world's last true wildernesses - Kamchatka and Chukotka in Russia's Far East. In this remote place, the only destination in the world where you can see active volcanoes, brown bears, beluga, eagles , albatross, sea lions, fur seals, sea otters, orca and humpback whales in one location, you will feel like you dropped off the map.
Landscapes of incredible beauty, thundering waterfalls, rivers filled with salmon, in their turn attracting Stellar's sea eagle and brown bears, tundra wildflowers and even local reindeer herders. You will find it all on this incredible voyage to Siberia.
Start off with a flight from Tokyo to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy you board your ship and set sail for Morzhovaya Bay where you may encounter harbour seals. A Zodiac cruise along the Zhupanova River may turn up brown bears fishing for salmon. We then continue to the Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve where active volcanoes dominate the landscape and where we will encounter Eurasia’s greatest concentration of brown bears, Steller sea lions, fur seals and a range of whales. We hike the lowlands of Kamenistaya Bay before setting off for the Commander Islands, a haven for birdlife which abounds in staggering numbers.
At Soldatskaya Bay we visit a village and enjoy a cultural performance by Koryak reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters.
Along the Govena Peninsula we hope to see more brown bears, along with Orcas and Bryde’s whales. A hike will reveal the plant life as we walk to a glacial moraine and pretty waterfalls.
Beautiful mountains tower over Natalia Bay where we take a Zodiac cruise beneath the bird cliffs of Bogoslov Island, looking for breeding puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and cormorants breed and the climbing bears that raid their nests. We will hike to hidden alpine lakes for some incredible views over glacier-carved valleys.
Anastasia Bay is home to a walrus haul-out and along with Dezhneva Bay are well-known for birds, including whooper swans. Gray whales, walrus, reindeer, and brown bear also make a regular appearance.
At Gabriela Bay we visit an abandoned polar weather station and are on the look out for beluga whales and more brown bears.
Our last wildlife-filled day in Russia is spent cruising the coast looking for tufted puffins, auklets, guillemots, walrus and gray whales. We enjoy a traditional Yupik dance performance before we leave Russia and set sail for King Island where we hope to visit an abandoned village. We then reach Nome, where the cruise ends with a flight to Anchorage, Alaska.
Activity / Theme
Expedition Cruise, Canoe / kayak, Culture, Nature & Wildlife, Hiking
Purpose-built small luxury expedition ice-strengthened cruise vessel
Luxury triple and twin cabins or suites with balcony, all with private facilities
Months of Operation
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:
This is the only destination in the world where you can see active volcanoes, brown bears, beluga, eagles , albatross, sea lions, fur seals, sea otters, orca and humpback whales in one location.
(The itinerary runs both ways; in July we travel from Tokyo to Anchorage and in August we sail in the opposite direction. Because we cross the international date line, the July departure is 16 days and the August departure 18 days)
DAY 1 Tokyo
DAY 2 Fly to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, board ship
DAY 3 Morzhovaya Bay, Zhupanova River; seals & bears
DAY 4 Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve, Kamenistaya Bay
DAYS 5-7 Abundant wildlife of the Commander Islands
DAY 8 Soldatskaya Bay, Koryak reindeer herders
DAY 9 Govena Peninsula, Lavrova Bay, Yuzhnaya Glubokaya
DAY 10 Natalia Bay, Bogaslov Island, Glybokaya Bay
DAY 11 Walrus at Anastasia Bay, Dezhneva Bay birding
DAY 12 Gabriela Bay - beluga & brown bear
DAY 13 Expedition Day
DAY 14 Providenyia - Yupik dance performance
DAY 15 Whales of Bering Sea, King Island cliffs
DAY 16 Disembark Nome, fly Anchorage
DAY 17 Anchorage, fly home
One night’s hotel accommodation at Hotel Nikko Narita Airport including breakfast on day 1
Charter flight Tokyo-Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
Comprehensive pre-departure information
Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Gratuities for ship crew
Transfer from pier to airport in Nome on day 16
Charter flight Nome-Anchorage
Transfer from airport to hotel in Anchorage on day 16
One night’s hotel accommodation at Hilton Anchorage Hotel including breakfast on day 16
Transfer from hotel to airport on day 17
Brown bear image by Richard I'Anson
Krenitsyn Volcano and Crater Lake courtesy of Aurora Expeditions
Sample tour. Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice. Please inquire.
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