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Russian Far East – Best of Kamtchatka

Russian Arctic Cruise

  • Le Soleal
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 264 Capacity
  • 16 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Sep 15 Tue Offer
  • Price from
  • $11,850

Summary : Set sail from Nome, Alaska on a luxury expedition ship for the wild landscapes of the remote Kamtchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East. This volcanic region is spectacular and home to a diverse and abundant wildlife. Visits include Whalebone Alley, Anastasia Bay, Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve, and the Commander Islands. Encounter the traditions of Chukchi and Koryak peoples. Experience natural wonders such as lush taiga, volcanoes and geysers, vast expanses of tundra, birch forests, beaches of black sand, crater lakes and rivers.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture

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Itinerary
Day 1
Anchorage, Alaska / Nome, Alaska

Board your charter flight in Anchorage taking you to Nome. Depart the airport by local school bus for a half-day tour of Nome to learn about its history and traditions. For centuries, the Bering Strait region has been home to the Eskimo people and their territories for hunting; it is still home today to three culturally distinct groups. During this tour, you will explore the fascinating history of the Nome Gold Rush. At the end of your tour, you will be transferred to the pier to embark Le Soléal.

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Commander Islands / Nikolskoye

The majority of the islands' area, as well as much of the adjoining marine habitat, are comprised of a nature preserve. The Islands are the westernmost extension of the Aleutian Islands, though they are separated from the remainder of the chain by over 200 miles. Containing folded-block mountains, volcanic plateaus, plains and low mountains, over 180 bird species have been recorded in the area including sea eagles and gyrfalcons. Over a million seabirds gather to nest in numerous large colonies along almost all the coastal cliffs: fulmars, guillemots, puffins and cormorants. On land and in the water keep an eye out for arctic fox, reindeer, northern fur seals, stellar sea lions and sea otters.

Day 11
Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve

Over 750 plant species grow in the reserve, which has volcanoes rising up to a height of over 11,500 feet. The nature reserve boasts over 700 brown bears, some of the largest in the world that can grow to over 1,200 pounds. Watch for bears at the mouths of streams fishing for salmon. It also contains Russia's only geyser basin. The Valley of Geysers has the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. This 6 km long basin with approximately ninety geysers and multiple hot springs is situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Day 12
Avacha Bay / Lisvenichnaya

Sail Avacha Bay which is one of the greatest natural harbors in the world. On the shores of the Bay is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the capital and administrative center of the Kamchatka Region.

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Petropavlovsk, Russia

Situated on high hills and surrounded by volcanoes, Petropavlovsk is nestled in amongst volcanoes and mountains. Experience its remote location as no roads connect the Kamchatka Peninsula to the rest of the world.

Day 15
Petropavlovsk, Russia / Seoul, South Korea

Conclude the expedition and disembark in Petropavlovsk. You will stop in front of the main historic monuments and at several viewpoints in town. You will also visit the Orthodox Cathedral. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Seoul, South Korea. Arrive in Seoul and transfer to your included hotel.

Day 16
Seoul, South Korea

After breakfast, check out of your hotel.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Passengers shall be responsible for subscribing to cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s). ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
Chartered flights Anchorage/Nome and Petropavlovsk/Seoul in Economy-class; meet and greet by representatives at the destination airport, transfer from airport to ship and from ship to airport; meals on board ship; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; water, tea, coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); port and safety taxes; gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection); park entry fees in protected areas. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare other than mentioned above; airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; day rooms and other services at arrival and departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation; passport and visa fees; disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees; optional shore excursions;travel and medical insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, use of spa, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.