Russian Far East Luxury Expedition
Russian Far East Luxury Expedition 12 days aboard Silver Explorer
This wildlife rich expedition starts with views of the smoking volcanoes of Kamchatka and follows in the wake of the explorer Vitus Bering up to Chukotka, encountering bears, whales, walrus and myriad birds on the way.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Spectacular and varied scenery
- Prolific land, marine and avian wildlife
- Exciting Zodiac excursions and landings
- Follow the footsteps of traders and explorers
- Highly qualified expedition team
- Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac
- Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage
- Personalised service with a butler for all suites
- Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
- Free WIFI throughout the ship
- Onboard Gratuities
ITINERARY11 Nights 12 Days
- 1 -2 | Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
- 3 | Zupanova River
- 4 | Komander Bay
- 5 | Severozapadniy Cape and Nikolskoe
- 6 | At Sea
- 7 | Yuznaya Bay and Tintikyn Lagoon
- 8 | Peter Bay & Bogoslaf Island
- 9 | Anastasiya Bay
- 10 | At Sea
- 11 | Yttygran Island and Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs
- 12 | Providenya
- 12 | Nome
Spend time exploring this remote city with its interesting port, museum and cathedral, all overlooked by towering volcanoes
Northeast of Petropavlovsk, on the eastern side of the Kamchatka Peninsula, is the mighty Zhupanova River. Strewn with ever changing shallows and sand bars, the 160kmriver is used year-round by rainbow trout. At the mouth of the river is a fish processing factory that is busy with local salmon during the summer season. Kamchatka brown bears also like salmon and there is a high chance of spotting a Steller’s Sea-Eagle fishing the river.
On the east side of Bering Island is Commander Bay and Vitus Bering’s final resting place on this windswept isolated island after his ship, the St Peter, was wrecked. Despite trying to survive on seaweed and the now-extinct Steller’s Sea Cow, Bering and several of his men perished here. These days Commander Island is protected as a Nature Reserve. A small monument accompanies the graves of Bering and the men who died there. Close to the graves is a creek that runs into Commander Bay and teems with salmon. The surrounding area is lush with diverse vegetation ranging from elegant grasses to plump crowberries.
Severozapadniy Cape and Nikolskoe
Today we intend to visit a Steller sea lion rookery on the north side of Cape Severozapadniy. Apart from the sea lions arctic foxes can often be seen
Nikolskoye is a settlement of around 750 inhabitants established in 1826 by fur traders. This fishing village on Bering Island has colorful buildings and an Orthodox Church – one of Russia’s newest and one of the eastern-most. It has a small museum about the Aleut people and their culture, which also contains much information on Bering, as well as the bones of a Steller’s sea cow. .
Enjoy the onboard facilities
Yuznaya Bay and Tintikyn Lagoon
On the eastern side of stunning Govena Peninsula is Yuzhnaya Glubokaya Bay. The mountains around Yuzhnaya Glubokaya give some protection from the wind and the remains of a fishing village are at the western end of the bay. Salmon often gather in the little river to swim upstream, and therefore sightings of Kamchatka brown bear from a viewpoint up on the hill behind the village are not unusual. Depending on tidal conditions we will either do a Zodiac cruise in Lavrova Bay or at Tintikyn Lagoon. The entrance to Tintikyn Lagoon is extremely tidal dependant, and we will only be able to enter at rising tide. The mountains surrounding the lagoon are well liked by brown bears and, if we do enter the lagoon, we should be able to spot them grazing on the slopes.
Peter Bay & Bogoslaf Island
Peter Bay is a small inlet at the foot of the Koryak Mountain range well north of the Kamchatka Peninsula. At the entrance of the bay is a Largha seal haul-out site and a small hidden lagoon flanked by the ocean and the bay. The southern end of the bay has several small lakes that are dammed behind a moraine ridge; the remnant of an ancient glacier. The lakes feed a spectacular waterfall. The western and eastern sides of the bay have steep cliffs that seabirds favour for nesting sites.
Six nautical miles south of the entrance to Natalii Bay are the spectacular sea cliffs of Bogoslaf Island, a perfect place to spot pigeon, Brünnich’s, and common guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, harlequin ducks, horned puffins, white wagtails, pelagic cormorants and slaty-backed gulls. Walrus can also be seen at a nearby haul-out.
A U-shaped bay beneath mountainous cliffs that make up the land that surrounds the tundra-like Koryak Mountains in Kamchatka Krai. Hope to see Pacific walruses and seals, slaty-backed gulls, pelagic cormorants, horned and tufted puffins, black-legged kittiwakes, white wagtails, white-fronted and bean Geese and Whooper Swans. A great area for walking.
Watch for birds and marine animals from deck.
Yttygran Island and Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs
Yttygran offers a unique natural history experience on this voyage. An array of bowhead whale bones and rock arrangements is stunning – it is a place of great archaeological importance combined with natural beauty.
At the Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs, we will go ashore by Zodiac, enter a small lagoon and walk across tundra and some rolling hills to reach a stream with some hot springs. You can choose to either enter a small pool prepared by the local fishermen, or to go into the stream.
Provideniya is a main port of entry to the Russian Far East and since the decline of the Soviet Union eco-tourism has boosted the local economy. The town has a Technical School and a fascinating museum with interesting and well-presented exhibits about the natural history and wildlife of the region. Additionally, displays highlight the housing styles and clothing of local Chukchi people from various villages in the area
Gain a day crossing the dateline
Arrive and disembark
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The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
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I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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