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 such as walrus, sea otters, reindeer, brown bears, bird colonies, and whales. 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, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$10,780 to $19,350
Board your flight in Seattle 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. At the end of your tour, you will be transferred to the pier to embark your ship.
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.
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.
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.
Situated on high hills and surrounded by volcanoes, Petropavlovsk is nestled in amongst volcanoes and mountains.
An optional flightseeing tour (additional fee) is offered this day with a chance to visit the Valley of the Geysers and the Uzon volcano caldera via helicopter.
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 included flight to Seoul, South Korea. Arrive in Seoul and transfer to your included hotel.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel.
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.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
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.
Valley of Geysers Flightseeing Option:
This tour must be prebooked and prepaid at least 60 days prior to departure. Weather permitting, experience a unique chance to visit the Valley of Geysers and the Uzon volcano caldera by helicopter. Excursion may be cancelled if enough participants don't sign up.
Flights Seattle/Nome and Petropavlovsk/Seoul in Economy-class; 1 night post-voyage hotel in Seoul; transfers between airport and ship; meals on board ship; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; coffee, juice, soft drinks and open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare other than mentioned above; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; passport and visa fees; optional flightseeing; travel and medical insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.