Bering Sea: Russia to Alaska

Russia Far East, Alaska Cruise

  • Silver Discoverer
  • Expedition Ship
  • 120 Capacity
  • 13 Days
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  • Price from
  • $9,450

Summary : Discover a variety of wildlife including reindeer, walrus, fur seal, otter, red fox and the enormous Kamchatka brown bear. Explore remote villages, meet local people and partake in a dogsled ride. Marvel at spectacular natural landscapes, pristine tundra and massive volcanoes. Follow historic routes of explorers and traders. Spot rare wildlife including the western grey whale and Steller’s sea lion. Identify countless birds: puffins, guillemots, cormorants, Steller’s sea eagle, Brown-headed Thrush, Siberian Ruby-throats, Alder-thickets, Black legged Kittiwakes, and Crested or Whiskered Auklets. Travel in the company of experts including a geologist, ethnologist and historian, marine biologist and climatologist.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Seward, Alaska, USA

Embark the Silver Discoverer for this amazing expedition. Meet your Expedition Team and attend a safety briefing. Familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, and meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2 – 5
Alaska Peninsula

Journey along the Alaska Peninsula, which extends 400 miles (644 km) from mainland Alaska toward the Aleutian Island chain. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful with active volcanoes, towering mountain peaks, rolling tundra, rugged, wave-battered coastlines and the largest brown bear population in the state.

Chiswell Islands, Katmai National Park
Almost 40 million birds representing 30 species congregate in colonies along the coast of Chiswell Islands. Over 20,000 Horned and Tufted Puffins return to make their nests every summer. Visit rookeries teeming with birds, including Parakeet Auklets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Ancient Murrelets and Red-faced Cormorants.

Katmai National Park, Geographic Harbour, Amalik & Kukak Bay
Katmai National Park is on the top of many “Best of Alaska” lists because of its otherworldly landscape, including 15 active volcanoes. Enjoy the opportunity to get up close and personal to abundant wildlife and raw beauty. The scenery is magnificent at Geographic Harbour at the head of Amalik Bay, and the bears are plentiful. Kukak Bay is well known for its concentration of bears and the salmon on which they feed, and this is one of the prime areas in this region for bear viewing. The Silver Discoverer’s Expedition Team will lead a variety of natural history walks and Zodiac tours in search of bears, sea mammals and birds.

Semidi Islands
This stunning and nearly uninhabited archipelago is home to some of the largest populations of native and undisturbed wildlife in the United States. There are 2.5 million birds here, almost half the breeding seabirds of the Alaska Peninsula. You’ll find huge numbers of Horned Puffins, Northern Fulmars and Jaegers, and over a million Murres. Ancient Murrelets and Parakeet Auklets are among the other species found, while the surrounding sea is home to sea otters, sea lions, seals, porpoises and whales.

Unga Island
Explore by Zodiac, watching the sea lions laze on the rocky shores and the delightful sea otters play in the extensive bull kelp beds that surround. End your day at Unga Island. This bar reveals an ancient petrified forest embedded in its sea cliffs.

Day 6
Dutch Harbour, Unalaska Island, Aleutian Islands

Together with the city of Unalaska, Dutch Harbour, is a bustling community with about 4,000 residents. It is connected by bridge to the rest of Unalaska on Amaknak Island, and its name is frequently applied to the entire town. During your city tour, visit the World War II bunkers and the spectacular Russian Orthodox Church.

Day 7
St. Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska

Explore on a guided walk to the Salt Lagoon, Town Cove and the Rift Point fur seal haul out. While one of the most notable sights on the island are the northern fur seal rookeries, Saint Paul Island is renowned as a bird watching haven.

Day 8
St. Matthew Island, Alaska / Hall island

Today you will step upon an Island few have ever even seen. Known as Alaska’s most remote location, and designated in 1909 by Teddy Roosevelt as one of America’s first wildlife refuges, St. Matthew’s will be yours to explore together with your Expedition team. The focus today is on botany and birding. Add McKay’s Bunting, Lapland Longspur, and a myriad of other seabirds to your “life list,” as well as plants alive in purple, pink and blue hues. Another treat you may see is the adorable singing vole, endemic to St. Matthew and the largest mammal on the Island, the red fox. During lunch the Silver Discoverer will reposition to Hall Island where we use our fleet of Zodiacs to explore the rugged coast of the uninhabited island. Here we hope to witness the vast numbers of Kittiwakes and Guillemots that make their nest on the steep cliffs. Be on the lookout for Arctic Fox, Horned Puffins and Walrus that are regularly seen from the Zodiacs.

Day 9
Provideniya, Russia

After clearance into Russia through the former Soviet military port of Provideniya, enjoy a traditional welcome of Vodka, black bread, and sweets before watching a cultural dance performance and joining our local guides for a walking tour of the town and its small museum.

Day 10
Cape Dezhnev / Big Diomede Island, Russia

An early morning expedition by Zodiac will have you exploring Cape Dezhnev, an Inuit people heritage site. Next is Big Diomede, located 28 miles (45 km) off Cape Dezhnev and set right in the middle of the Bering Strait. This Island, once a military base during WWII and into the Cold War, is now unpopulated, housing only a Russian weather station and a base of Russian Border guard troops. Less than one mile east lies the International Date Line between Russia and the United States. In addition to learning about the indigenous Inuit heritage we hope to encounter hauled out walrus.

Day 11
Lorino lage / Yttygran Island, Russia

Our next two stops are located in the Providensky District of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia. The small village of Lorino is known for its reindeer herding and the Chukchi people. After a short welcome ceremony, the villages will show their skill on dog sleds. Enjoy the chance to take a ride on a sled, “cruise” in a local Skin boat, or participate in a regatta! Before returning to the ship, try some of the local food that the villagers will prepare. Say goodbye and head for Yttygran Island which is situated in the Bering Sea and often has Grey Whales off its shores. Visit the island’s Whale Bone Alley, aptly named for its large number of carefully arranged whale skulls, whale bones and stones.

Day 12
Provideniya, Russia

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature.

Day 13
Nome, Alaska, USA

Following breakfast, disembark the vessel.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Included:
Suite accommodations; onboard meals and entertainment; butler service; parka; backpack; water bottle; gratuities aboard ship (except spa); complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soda, water and coffee).

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; optional shore excursions; park entrance fees; government fees and taxes; passport and visa expenses; Visa Invitation Letter $40; some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars; laundry or valet services; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases, medical care, and spa services; fuel surcharge may apply.