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Russian Far East

Russia Far East Cruise

Summary : Discover a variety of wildlife including reindeer, walrus, and brown bear. Marvel at spectacular natural landscapes, massive volcanos and pristine tundra. Follow historic routes of explorers and traders. Watch for rare wildlife including the western grey whale. Identify countless birds: Puffins, Auklets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, guillemots, cormorants, and Steller’s Sea Eagle. Cruise and explore by Zodiac, watching for Sea Otters at play in the surrounding waters. See Northern Fur Seals and Steller Sea Lions in their natural habitat.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Photography


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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 – Cross the International Date Line

Though today is technically considered Day 2 of your voyage, it is one very long day that includes crossing the International Date Line and approximately 19 hours of cruising the Bering Sea before arriving in Russia and the former Soviet military port of Provideniya. This coastal area is the easternmost point of the Chukotka region. After making your first shore landing by Zodiac, be treated to a cultural dance performance and join local guides for a walking tour of the town and its small museum.

Day 3 – 5
Chukotka Province

Today begin your exploration of Russia’s remote northeast, specifically the land of the indigenous Chukchi people. Your adventures will be determined by weather, sea and wildlife conditions. So, in the true spirit of expedition cruising, embrace this flexibility and pursue the best possible opportunities the day provides. Here are some of the places you may visit:

Gabriel Bay:
Take a hike among the wetlands that dot the coastline, revealing the wildflowers that carpet the tundra, such as forget-me-nots and dwarf azaleas. The animals here regularly move between locations, so finding them is a matter of luck. However, we will be on the look-out for walruses, Brown Bears and Beluga Whales.

Dezneva Bay:
Cruise and explore this region by Zodiac, hoping to spot many of its animal species, which include Gray Whales, walrus, reindeer and Brown Bears. Birders will be on the lookout for White-fronted Bean Geese and Whooper Swans.

Lavrova Bay:
Go ashore by Zodiac for nature walks amid a landscape surrounded by jagged peaks and steep cliffs, separated by valleys with waterfalls and tumbling streams.

Day 6
Verkhoturova Island / Tymlat Village

A Zodiac cruise along the cliffs of Verkhoturova Island will expose you to a magnificent seabird colony with fantastic views of Tufted Puffins, Brünnich’s Guillemot, Pelagic Cormorants and Black-legged Kittiwakes.

Located in the Russian Far East on the Tymlat River that flows into the Bering Sea, is the Tymlat village. Arriving on Zodiac, be treated to warm local hospitality and a sampling of their food, which includes: salmon, navaga (a member of the cod family), herring, and caviar. You may even be treated to a performance of folk songs and dance by the renowned cultural group “Mengo.”

Day 7
Karaginskiy Island

The proposed landing site is a patchwork of boggy tundra, ponds, and shingle spits. Mostly uninhabited, this is a great site to view an interesting range of waders including the Pacific Golden Plover, Red-necked Stint and Red-necked Phalarope.

Day 8
Komander Islands, Bering Sea

The Komander Islands are named after famed commander Vitus Bering who had been commissioned by the Russian Tsar to search for a land bridge between Asia and America. Again, your experiences will be determined by weather, wildlife and sea conditions. Here are some of the places you may visit:

Cap Severo-Zapadnyi:
Cruising by Zodiac you will get close to many Horned and Tufted Puffins.

Established in 1826 by fur traders, this fishing village on Bering Island has a small museum where you will learn about the Aleut people and their culture. During your visit, enjoy a concert and be entertained by a presentation of local games.

Day 9 – 10
Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

Scenic bays, picturesque waterfalls, and the rugged crater landscape of extinct volcanoes are characteristic of the panorama that awaits. Here are some of the places you may visit:

Kamenistaya Bay:
Walk in the meadows and see the amazing landscape of extinct volcanoes and rugged coves.

Chazma River
Follow the lead of the Expedition Team on a nature hike to the area’s hot springs. Birders will be keen to spot at least one Steller’s Sea Eagle – a species known to frequent this area, and incredibly impressive simply for its sheer size.

Morzovaya Bay:
Be on the lookout for the Kamchatka Brown Bears that often can be seen along the bank of the river that flows into the bay. See an abandoned trapper’s hut and an old Japanese shipwreck.

Zhupanova River
Cruising the river by Zodiac, stop and go ashore to find the best birding and nature walks. Heading upstream, spot up to 40 different bird species and maybe even see Brown Bears fishing for salmon in the river.

Day 11

Petropavlovsk is the only major city on the peninsula and one of the oldest towns in the Russian Far East. It is also the scientific and cultural center of the region, and today see just why that is, as local guides take you on a comprehensive tour of the city’s highlights. Visit the museum of ethnography and natural history, the art school, the gold-domed Orthodox Cathedral and the marketplace.

Day 12 – 15
Kuril Islands

This chain of volcanic islands stretches over 800 miles from the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula to the north-easternmost point of Japan, where the archipelago is instead known as the Chishima Islands. As you travel southward, here are some of the places you may visit:

Shumshu Island:
Watch Sea Otters at play in the waters surrounding the Zodiacs, and observe the activities of the many cormorants that reside in the bird cliffs.

Atlasova Island:
At a height of over 2,000 meters, Alaid is the highest volcano in the Kurils. Together with your Expedition Staff land by Zodiac on the black lava beach of the island. Walk to see the remains of the Taketomi tufa cone.

Lovyshki Islands:
The clusters of rocks that comprise this island group are home to huge populations of sea mammals and birds. At Skala Luvushkky, go in search of Northern Fur Seals and Steller Sea Lions and hope to get good views of the Pigeon Guillemots that often swim around the rocky outcrops of the islands.

Matua Island:
Matua is home to one of the Kuril’s most active volcanoes with more than 14 documented eruptions in the past 250 years. Learn about the Japanese military base that was set up here during WWII and how the Japanese used to capture geothermal heat from the volcano to keep the runway, which normally freezes over during winter, permanently usable. Hikers will be rewarded with good views of the abandoned military positions and hopefully get a glimpse of the island’s population of Brown-headed Thrush and Siberian Rubythroats.

Yankicha Island:
Yankicha is a fascinating place. It is actually a sinking volcanic caldera, accessible only by Zodiac and only during high tide. Once inside the magnificent lagoon, see traces of the tremendous forces that created the island long ago. The island is also home to thousands of Crested Auklets and (if lucky) you may also catch a glimpse of an Arctic Fox or even the rare and elusive Whiskered Auklets during your nature walks.

Chirpoy Island:
Huge numbers of fulmars, kittawakes, puffins, auklets and Steller Sea Lions are regularly seen in the area surrounding Chirpoy. Watch for them by exploring with the Zodiacs.

Day 16 – 17
Sea of Okhotsk, Russia

Located off the east coast of Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Okhotsk, witness a natural paradise ideal for observing large colonies (over 250,000) of Northern Fur Seals and Steller Sea Lions, as well as tens of thousands of Common Guillemots and Black-legged Kittiwakes that have made their nests in the cliffs above.

Korsakov once served as a penal colony and achieved literary fame after a travel report by Anton Chekhov. Catch a glimpse of this city during a brief morning excursion before returning to the ship and beginning the process of immigration clearance out of Russia.

Day 18
Otaru, Japan

Following breakfast, disembark the vessel.


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

Birding Expedition:
Join the Expedition Team on this highly immersive Birding Expedition voyage for an experience like no other, and one that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home. Together with passionate ornithologists, you can enjoy onboard lectures to discover and study a large variety of faraway bird species.

Photography Expedition:
Together with a professional photographer, you can enjoy onboard lectures, workshops and receive informal tips to help you get the best out of your photography equipment and capture some of nature’s unexpected moments. Join a professional photographer on photo walks and Zodiac tours; learn how to take pictures like a pro; and review and learn to edit the images you’ve taken.

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, tea and coffee); 1 hour of internet access per guest/per day for passengers booked in Explorer and View Suites; unlimited internet access for passengers booked in Vista, Veranda and Medallion Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; optional shore excursions; park entrance fees; government fees and taxes; passport and visa expenses; 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.

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