BERING SEA
KATMAI TO KAMCHATKA

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22 DAYS

An amazing voyage to the Russian Far East, visiting many remote communities and encountering some wonderful wildlife including; brown bears, Steller’s Eagle, Steller’s Fur seal, tufted and horned Puffins and many species of whale.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceItinerary
1Anchorage, SewardEmbark the National Geographic Orion
2 - 3Katmai National ParkExplore this beautiful national park, great photo opportunites of brown bears
4 - 5At Sea, UnalaskaSail through Baby Pass, spot sea otters, fur seals and sea birds
6 - 10Aleutian IslandsRemote and rugged Volcanic Islands, vast colonies of seabirds, marine mammals
11Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russian FederationCross the international Date line
12 Zhupanova RiverExplore the river by zodiac, in search of one of the world's largest raptors
13 - 14Commander IslandsWatch for whales, sea otters and seabirds, on land visit gravesite of Danish explorer Vitus Bering
15 - 19Koryak & Chukotka CoastsHikes, brown bears, walruses, seals, learn about Koryak reindeer-herding culture
20ProvideniyaVisit the museum, witness a traditional Yupik dance
21At SeaCrossing the Bering Strait, look out of whales and sea birds
22Nome, AnchorageDisembark in Nome and fly to Anchorage
National Geographic Bering Sea, Katmai to Kamchatka

SHIP OFFERING THIS ITINERARY

National Geographic Orion
National Geographic Orion. Antarctica.

National Geographic Orion is a modern, elegant ship with an intimate ambiance. She is perfectly suited to luxury Arctic cruising. The window-lined main lounge and library offer spectacular views while the expedition community are gathered each evening for cocktails and a recap of the day’s activities. High atop the vessel, the cosy observation lounge is ideal for taking in the 270º views, or you might choose to brave the outdoor bar (with ambient heaters) on the same deck. The 53 cabins accommodate 102 guests and all are exterior, with most featuring picture windows that connect you with the incredible Arctic landscapes of the Russian Far East.

Day 1 Anchorage, Alaska – Seward

Anchorage, Alaska
Overview:

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to Seward, where we embark the National Geographic Orion.

Days 2-3 Katmai National Park & Preserve

Enjoy two full days to explore the shores of Katmai National Park & Preserve, home to one of the largest concentrations of brown bears in the world. Watch the resident grizzlies fish for salmon, and board a kayak or Zodiac to explore the park’s wildlife-rich inlets, including Geographic Harbor and Kukak Bay.

Days 4-5 At Sea/Unalaska

Watch from on deck as our ship transits Baby Pass en route to the Baby Islands. Dynamic tides here offer the chance to spot sea otters and fur seals, as well as rare seabirds. Arrive at Dutch Harbor in the city of Unalaska—site of a Japanese air attack during World War II, and now an important fishing port for crab, salmon, and a host of other species.

Days 6-10 Aleutian Islands

Spend the next several days discovering the Aleutian Islands, a super-chain of rugged volcanic isles that span roughly 1,200 miles, separating the North Pacific Ocean from the Bering Sea. Cruise past some of the many active volcanoes that form the Ring of Fire’s concave northern rim, and seek out diverse marine life, including northern fur seals, Steller’s sea lions, and multiples whale species. By special permission, disembark to visit the uninhabited isles of Kiska and Attu, both of which were occupied by Japanese forces during World War II. See rusted out war relics and shipwrecks, as well as craters left by Allied bombing campaigns. These islands are also home to large colonies of least, whiskered, and crested auklets and red-faced and pelagic cormorants.

Days 11-12 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia/Zhupanova River

Cross the international date line and sail into Avacha Bay, the sea gate to Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula. Visit the port town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, framed by a trio of soaring snow-capped volcanoes: Koryaksky, Avachinsky, and Kozelsky. The next day, continue north and head inland along the pristine Zhupanova River, teeming with rainbow trout, salmon, and char. As we glide along the lower portion of this 100-mile-long waterway, seek out massive Steller’s sea eagles, as well as spotted seals hauled out on the sandbars.

Days 13-14 Commander Islands

Whale

Watch for whales, large rafts of sea otters, and countless nesting seabirds who inhabit the rich waters surrounding the Commander Islands. On land, visit the gravesite of Danish explorer Vitus Bering. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to the fur seal rookery at Cape Zapadnyi.

Days 15-19 Coastal Kamchatka and Chukotka

Over the next several days, we’ll make our way up the seldom-visited Bering Sea coasts of Kamchatka and Chukotka, in the Russian Far East. Hike between secluded bays, surrounded by volcanic mountains and tundra flora. Photograph brown bears fishing, Pacific walruses feeding, and three species of seals in onshore rookeries. Learn about the local Koryak reindeer-herding culture during a visit to either Tymlat or Ossora village.

Days 20-21 Provideniya/Bering Strait

At the western edge of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is known as “The Gateway to the Arctic.” Visit the local museum, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. The next day, we’ll cross the legendary Bering Strait en route to our disembarkation point of Nome.

Day 22 Nome-Anchorage

Fly from Nome to Anchorage and catch your flight home.

To book this cruise contact us on 1300 323 194 or email: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.