Great Northern Expedition – Russia's Far East

Russia Far East Cruise

  • Silver Discoverer
  • Expedition Ship
  • 120 Capacity
  • 15 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Jul 31 Thu Offer
  • Price from
  • $11,050

Summary : Discover a variety of wildlife including reindeer, walrus, and brown bear. Explore remote villages, meet local Inuit people and partake in a dogsled ride. Marvel at spectacular natural landscapes and pristine tundra. Follow historic routes of explorers and traders. Watch for rare wildlife including the western grey whale. Identify countless birds: White-fronted bean geese, Whooper Swan, Red Knot, Puffins, Auklets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and the critically endangered Spoon billed Sandpiper. Marvel at the skulls, bones and stones at Whale Bone Alley. Travel in the company of experts including an ethnologist and historian, marine biologist and climatologist.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Nome, 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
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 3
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 4
Lorino Village, Russia

Our next stop is 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.

Day 5
At Sea

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. Knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields.

Day 6
Anastasia Bay / Dezneva Bay

Anastasia is the perfect place for bird watching. Time permitting, the onboard ornithologist will offer a hike ashore to see the variety of shore birds that nest in this area. You may even have the opportunity to photograph the walruses hauled-out along the beach.

The Zodiac fleet is at the ready to explore the region of Dezneva Bay. Some of the animal species you may spot include grey whales, walruses, reindeer, and brown bears. There’s something for birders as well. Keep on the lookout for white-fronted bean geese and whooper swans.

Day 7
Mainapilgino Village / Cape Navarin

Taste local caviar and salmon, and glimpse life infused with time old traditions in the small Chukchi fishing village of Mainapilgino, set on a long spit of land along the Bering Sea. Treating us to some real Chukchi hospitality, the village ensemble will perform some of their traditional dances. Birders rejoice, as the village is a breeding spot for many species of migratory birds, including Red Knot and critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

Boasting one of the most abundant seabird colonies in northeast Russia, is Cape Navarin, located in the northwestern part of the Bering Sea to the south of Anadyr. Tens of thousands of seabirds can be seen on this cape’s spectacular cliffs. Setting out on Zodiac, we will have the chance to look out for birds such as the Tufted Puffin and Black-legged Kittiwake. Another sight to see is the Walrus haul-out. If fortunate, you may also come across a grey whale, which occasionally move through these waters.

Day 8 – 9
Anadyr Bay / Anadyr Port

Located at the mouth of the Anadyr River is Anadyr Bay and Anadyr Port, the administrative center of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia. Search for brown bears, and beluga and grey whales in Anadyr Bay. Mix with the locals at the Russian Orthodox Church in Anadyr Port, visit the local museum, and attend a cultural performance.

Day 10
Kresta Bay

Travel by Ural truck inland from the small harbor of Egvekinot across the expansive tundra, to the point where the 180 Meridian intersects the Arctic Circle. This is an incredible opportunity to experience firsthand the amazing habitat that dominates so much of Chukotka.

Day 11
Konergino Village / Meechkin Island

Hosting us today is the small village of Konergino, located on the eastern shore of Kresta Bay, south of Egvekinot. Konergino is a reindeer-herding settlement, like other villages in the Iultinsky District of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. The village's name is derived from the Chukchi Kei'i'yergyn, meaning "curved valley." Later venture on to Meechkin Island, where a large walrus haul-out can be found.

Day 12
Enmelen Village / Rudera Cape

The small village of Enmelen is populated by a mixture of Chukchi and Yupik people, who support themselves through a combination of reindeer herding, and the hunting of sea mammals. Enjoy a warm welcome from villagers, who will treat us to a concert, local food, and Inuit Games.

Day 13
Preobrazheniya Bay / Achen Lagoon

Roam the blossoming tundra in Achen Lagoon, and observe the wealth of bird life in Preobrazheniya Bay. Keep a watch for common puffins, horned puffins, and least auklets. A walk to the cliffs will reveal a fantastic panoramic view of the bay.

Day 14
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. Knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields.

Day 15
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.