15/17 Nights Kamchatka & Chukotka

15/17 Nights Kamchatka & Chukotka

$17,295.00 Regular Price
$13,836.00Sale Price

Enter a world of mystery and wonder, where 29 of more than 300 volcanoes are active, creating a dynamic landscape of immense beauty. Soak in coastal hot springs serenaded by thundering waterfalls. Zodiac cruise along black-sand beaches, where Kamchatka brown bears and cubs forage, and share swift rivers with Steller’s sea eagles diving on salmon. Visit the Commander Islands (‘South Georgia of the North Pacific’) where seabirds populate a breathtaking maze of arches and sea stacks. Red-legged kittiwakes, red-faced cormorants, parakeet and whiskered auklets and perhaps even laysan albatross are on show. Visit the grave of explorer Vitus Bering near waters bustling with sea lions, fur seals and busy sea otters, while orca and humpback whales patrol the bays. In Chukotka enjoy tundra wildflowers, cliff-climbing bears and a warm welcome by reindeer herders and more.

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    * Early bird Up to 20% Off for 2022 departures

    * Additional 5% Off for back to back voyages on the same ship

     


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    For July 6 2022 Departure -

     

    Day 1 Tokyo

    Upon check-in at Hotel Nikko Narita Airport, reception staff will provide you with cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow us to deliver your luggage to your cabin ahead. At our voyage briefing, enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners, before spending the night in preparation for your charter flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.  

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Nikko Narita Airport

     

    Day 2 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

    Board our charter flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to embark the Sylvia Earle. After boarding, there is time to settle into your cabin before our important safety briefings. This evening meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

     

    Day 3 Morzhovaya Bay, Zhupanova River

    Wake to the wild beauty of Kamchatka’s east coast. Remnant snow fields dot surrounding mountains as we watch for harbour seals in Morzhovaya Bay. We Zodiac cruise the salmon-rich Zhupanova River, dodging rippling shallows to look for brown bears and magnificent Steller’s sea eagles.

     

    Day 4 Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve, Kamenistaya Bay

    Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve offers stunning (active) volcanoes and Eurasia’s greatest concentration of brown bears, Steller sea lions, fur seals and a range of whales. Keep your binocular focussed for geese, loons and perhaps the spoon-billed sandpiper. Soak in soothing hot springs of Kamenistaya Bay and trek lowlands covered in cottongrass, aspens and birch. As we turn towards the Commander Islands, our team of experts share enthusiastic, informative talks on the adventures that await us.

     

    Days 5-7 Commander Islands

    Spectacular bird cliffs, arches and stacks signal our arrival to the Commander Islands. Pay tribute to explorer Vitus Bering at his grave and memorial. On both land and sea, the wildlife abundance is staggering. At Peregegrebnaya Bay we visit red-legged and black-legged kittiwake rookeries; spot albatross and whales at Cape Monati, and at Ariy Kamen be surrounded by thousands of guillemots. Tufted Puffin Rock speaks for itself. At Nikolskoye village, the Aleut community entertains us with lively performances and a fascinating museum.

     

    Day 8 Soldatskaya Bay, Tymlat Village

    We land on the terraced, uplifted coastline of Soldatskaya Bay, and search out endangered seabirds like the long-billed murrelet. At Tymlat village, Koryak reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters warmly greet us with an amazing cultural performance of dance and game that ultimately includes those of us who wish to take part. Time permitting, we get a glimpse of life in one of Kamchatka’s more remote coastal villages.

     

    Day 9 Govena Peninsula, Lavrova Bay, Yuzhnaya Glubokaya

    A Zodiac cruise along Govena Peninsula reveals the broad fjord of Lavrova Bay and the narrower Yuzhnaya Glubokaya where bears often visit the abandoned herring factory. Orcas and Bryde’s whales frequent surrounding waters and an afternoon walk reveals succulent roseroot, magenta-coloured pixie eyes, and cheery purple-blue of Jacob’s ladder and chance sightings of Arctic hare. Continue past waterfalls to a glacial moraine and a spectacular vista of the rugged Pylginsky Range.

     

    Day 10 Natalia Bay, Bogaslov Island, Glybokaya Bay

    Wake to spectacular mountains rising above Natalia Bay. Zodiac cruise beneath Bogoslov Island’s cliffs where puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and cormorants breed and climbing bears raid their nests, while walrus haul out nearby. Hike to hidden alpine lakes and gaze upon the dramatic glacier-carved valleys of Peter and Glybokaya bays. Golden rhododendron and dwarf azaleas carpet the tundra and if you listen carefully, you might hear the song of bluethroat.

     

    Day 11 Anastasia Bay, Dezhneva Bay

    Encounter a walrus haulout in Anastasia Bay, also a great spot for birdlife, including bluethroat and Siberian rubythroat. Dezhneva Bay offers a coastal lagoon that’s heaven for birders. Keep your binoculars ready to spot white-fronted bean geese and nesting whooper swans. Other wildlife that you may encounter here include gray whales, walrus, reindeer, and brown bears.

     

    Day 12 Gabriela Bay

    Explore Gabriel Bay’s wide river mouth and lagoon, classic stone tundra country dotted with cheery pale-blue blossoms of forget-me-not. We may encounter local Chukchi fisherman still living a traditional lifestyle, and inspect an abandoned polar weather station. Listen for the alarm whistle of ground squirrels, watch for brown bears, and offshore, beluga whales.

     

    Day 13 Expedition Day

    Weather dictates our plans today. We may visit Arakamchechen Island, home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets, where walrus haul out and gray whales stir the waters. Yttygran Island is home to the ancient Chukchi whaling camp where the remains of bowhead and gray whales stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre, earning the name Whale Bone Alley.

     

    Day 14 Providenyia

    Provideniya, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, is Chukotka’s administrative centre where we visit an excellent museum, enjoy a traditional Yupik dance performance and say goodbye to Russia.

     

    Day 15 Bering Sea, King Island

    As we pass through Bering Strait, separating Russia and North America by only 100km, we hope to see beluga and grey whales. Conditions permitting, we land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events. Murres and kittiwakes frequent the surrounding sea cliffs. As we depart, we celebrate the voyage end with a farewell dinner.

     

    Day 16 Nome & Anchorage

    Disembark in Nome, farewell your expedition team and crew, and transfer to the airport and board our charter flight to Anchorage, where we spend the night.

     

    Accommodation: Hilton Anchorage (or similar)

     

     

    For Aug 14 2022 Departure -

     

    Day 1 Anchorage

    Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to our group hotel. Upon check-in at Hilton Anchorage Hotel, reception staff will provide you with cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow us to deliver your luggage to your cabin. At tonight’s voyage briefing, enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners. 

     

    Accommodation: Hilton Anchorage Hotel (or similar)

     

    Day 2 Nome

    Transfer to Anchorage airport, board our charter flight to Nome and embark the Sylvia Earle. After boarding, there’s time to settle into your cabin before our important safety briefings. This evening meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. In the evening, meet the expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

     

    Day 3 Bering Sea, King Island

    As we pass through the Bering Strait, separating Russia and North America by only 100km, we hope to see beluga and grey whales. Conditions permitting, we land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events. Murres and kittiwakes frequent the surrounding sea cliffs.

     

    Day 4 Crossing the International Date Line

    Crossing the Date Line

     

    Day 5 Providenyia

    Provideniya, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, is Chukotka’s administrative centre where we visit an excellent museum, enjoy a traditional Yupik dance performance and say goodbye to Russia.

     

    Day 6 Expedition Day

    Weather dictates our plans today. We may visit Arakamchechen Island, home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets, where walrus haul out and gray whales stir the waters. Yttygran Island is home to the ancient Chukchi whaling camp where the remains of bowhead and gray whales stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre, earning the name Whale Bone Alley.

     

    Day 7 Gabriela Bay

    Explore Gabriel Bay’s wide river mouth and lagoon, classic stone tundra country dotted with cheery pale-blue blossoms of forget-me-not. We may encounter local Chukchi fisherman still living a traditional lifestyle, and inspect an abandoned polar weather station. Listen for the alarm whistle of ground squirrels, watch for brown bears, and offshore, beluga whales.

     

    Day 8 Dezhneva Bay, Anastasia Bay

    Dezhneva Bay offers a coastal lagoon that’s heaven for birders. Keep your binoculars ready to spot white-fronted bean geese and nesting whooper swans. Other wildlife that you may encounter here include gray whales, walrus, reindeer, and brown bears. Encounter a walrus haulout in Anastasia Bay, also a great spot for birdlife, including bluethroat and Siberian rubythroat.

     

    Day 9 Glybokaya Bay, Natalia Bay, Bogaslov Island

    Hike to hidden alpine lakes and gaze upon the dramatic glacier-carved valleys of Peter and Glybokaya bays. Golden rhododendron and dwarf azaleas carpet the tundra and if you listen carefully, you might hear the song of bluethroat.  

     

    Zodiac cruise beneath Bogoslov Island’s cliffs where puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and cormorants breed and climbing bears raid their nests, while walrus haul out nearby. Zodiac cruise below spectacular mountains rising above Natalia Bay.

     

    Day 10 Lavrova Bay, Yuzhnaya Glubokaya, Govena Peninsula

    A Zodiac cruise along Govena Peninsula reveals the broad fjord of Lavrova Bay and the narrower Yuzhnaya Glubokaya where bears often visit the abandoned herring factory. Orcas and Bryde’s whales frequent surrounding waters and an afternoon walk reveals succulent roseroot, magenta-coloured pixie eyes, and cheery purple-blue of Jacob’s ladder and chance sightings of Arctic hare. Continue past waterfalls to a glacial moraine and a spectacular vista of the rugged Pylginsky Range.

     

    Day 11 Tymlat Village, Soldatskaya Bay

    At Tymlat village, Koryak reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters warmly greet us with an amazing cultural performance of dance and game that ultimately includes those of us who wish to take part. Time permitting, we get a glimpse of life in one of Kamchatka’s more remote coastal villages. We land on the terraced, uplifted coastline of Soldatskaya Bay, and search out endangered seabirds like the long-billed murrelet.

     

    Days 12-14 Commander Islands

    Spectacular bird cliffs, arches and stacks signal our arrival to the Commander Islands. Pay tribute to explorer Vitus Bering at his grave and memorial. On both land and sea, the wildlife abundance is staggering. At Peregegrebnaya Bay we visit red-legged and black-legged kittiwake rookeries; spot albatross and whales at Cape Monati, and at Ariy Kamen be surrounded by thousands of guillemots. Tufted Puffin Rock speaks for itself. At Nikolskoye village, the Aleut community entertains us with lively performances and a fascinating museum. As we return to the Kamchatka coast, our team of experts share enthusiastic, informative talks on the on the adventures that await us.

     

    Day 15 Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve, Kamenistaya Bay

    Soak in soothing hot springs of Kamenistaya Bay and trek lowlands covered in cottongrass, aspens and birch.  

     

    Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve offers stunning (active) volcanoes and Eurasia’s greatest concentration of brown bears, Steller sea lions, fur seals and a range of whales. Keep your binocular focussed for geese, loons and perhaps the spoon-billed sandpiper.

     

    Day 16 Zhupanova River, Morzhovaya Bay

    Wake to the wild beauty of Kamchatka’s east coast. We Zodiac cruise the salmon-rich Zhupanova River, dodging rippling shallows to look for brown bears and magnificent Steller’s sea eagles. Remnant snow fields dot surrounding mountains as we watch for harbour seals in Morzhovaya Bay.

     

    Day 17 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy & Tokyo

    Disembark in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, farewell your expedition team and crew, and transfer to the airport and board our charter flight to Tokyo, where we spend the night.  

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Nikko Narita Airport

     

    Day 18 Depart Tokyo

    Enjoy free time until check-out before continuing your journey.  

     

    Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea and other conditions beyond our control.