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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky cityscape and Koryaksky volcano

Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands

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An elongated archipelago that marks the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, the Pacific Ring of Fire forms a natural bridge between Kamchatka and Alaska, extending in an arc over nearly 2,000 km. Board your ship in Petropavlovsk, the oldest city in the Russian Far East, before heading eastward. Get up close to the most active volcanoes in the world and see for yourself the exceptional diversity of wildlife that reigns in these parts. Surrounded by waters that are particularly rich in nutrients, the string of Aleutian Islands is home to an incredibly rich fauna. It is common to see whales, orcas, and seabirds here. Le Soléal then continues to sail eastward to reach the sublime landscapes of Alaska, including glaciers, old-growth forest, luxuriant vegetation, and superb bays where grizzlies roam.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Flight from Seoul | Petropavlovsk | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Attu Island, Aleutian Islands
Day 4 : Kiska Island | Amchitka
Day 5 : Atka Island
Day 6 : Yunaska Island | Chuginadak Island
Day 7 : Dutch Harbor, Unalaska
Day 8 : Chankliut Island, Alaska
Day 9 : Geographic Harbor, Alaska
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Tsaa Fjord, Icy Bay
Day 12 : Elfin Cove, Alaska
Day 13 : Juneau | Disembark | Flight to Seattle

Highlights

  • Visit the famous and historic Military Glory Museum at Petropavlovsk
  • Discover an exceptional site: Unalaska Island and its port, Dutch Harbor
  • Enjoy the Aleutian Islands’ forest and perhaps explore the former gold mine
  • Reach the heart of the beautiful Katmai National Park and Preserve
  • Cruise along volcanic islands, glaciers, old-growth forest, and villages

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky cityscape and Koryaksky volcano Travelers exploring a glacier on an Alaska tour Traveler on a glacier tour of Alaska. Alaska wildlife tours and brown bear fishing for salmon Glacier streams wind across the Alaskan landscape

Day 1 Flight from Seoul | Petropavlovsk | Embark

Petropavlovsk, the oldest town in the Russian Far East, was established in October 1740 when the ships Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, captained by Vitus Jonassen Bering, the Danish explorer working for the Russian Navy, first entered the bay. The Military Glory Museum, found in the town center, is the most important in all of northern Russia. Keep your camera at the ready, though, as nearby is the picturesque Petrovskaya Hill, which also has some surprises in store for you - don’t forget to admire the sumptuous views across the Bay of Avacha from its summit. The bay’s circular shape creates a natural protection against the impetuous wind, all the while providing ships with easy access into port.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Attu Island, Aleutian Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located at the western edge of the Aleutian Islands, Attu Island, belonging to the Near Islands group, also represents the westernmost part of the United States. Caught in a vice between the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, it has to contend with a difficult climate, characterized by storms and often violent winds. During the Second World War, it was the scene of a forgotten battle. In June 1942, the Japanese landed on the island in order to occupy it. On 11 May 1943, it was the Americans’ turn to disembark on Attu and drive out their enemy after a fierce battle lasting several days that left very few survivors on the Japanese side.

Day 4 Kiska Island | Amchitka

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kiska belongs to the Rat Islands group, located to the west of the Aleutian Islands. It is home to a cone-shaped active volcano, culminating at over 1,200 meters. Along with Attu Island, some kilometers further west, it makes up the only two American territories to have been occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War. During the summer of 1943, American troops disembarked in order to bring this enemy occupation to an end. They discovered, to their surprise, that the Japanese had already fled the island, under the cover of bad weather.

Amchitka is also located in the Rat Islands Group and is a volcanic, tectonically unstable island. It’s part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and it’s recognized for wilderness qualities.

Day 5 Atka Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Atka Island is the largest island in the Andreanof Islands of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. In the northeast of the island, you can find the Korovin volcano, which reaches a peak of 5,030 feet. After the Japanese attacked Unalaska and seized Attu and Kiska, the U.S. Government evacuated Atka residents and burned the town to the ground to prevent Japanese forces from using it and advancing. The community was rebuilt after the War. Discover this traditional Unangan settlement and its customs and lifestyle during your visit to the island.

Day 6 Yunaska Island | Chuginadak Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Yunaska Island is the largest of the Islands of Four Mountains group in the Aleutian Islands of southwestern Alaska. It offers a stunning volcanic landscape as the island is formed by two volcanic mountains, with a flay valley between.

Chuginadak Island is located in the Islands of Four Mountains of the Aleutian archipelago. The western part of the island is dominated by Mount Cleveland, one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc. A narrow strip of land separates the volcano from the rugged and lower eastern side of the island.

Day 7 Dutch Harbor, Unalaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your cruise, discover an exceptional site: Unalaska Island and its port, Dutch Harbor. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, on the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor is the only deepwater port in the archipelago. As for the island itself, it offers you unique landscapes: volcanic summits swept by the wind and surrounded by the sea, lush green valleys, sometimes covered with bright summer flowers, sometimes with deep winter snow… Unalaska is not only an island with astonishing nature and very varied wildlife, but it is also rich in history, where ancient indigenous cultures and remains from World War II can be seen and their tales be told.

Day 8 Chankliut Island, Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off the Alaska Peninsula hides a small gem: Chankliut. From mountainous terrain to flowery moors and valleys covered in sea Lyme grass, this island, which is part of the Aleutian archipelago, offers landscapes with a unique charm. During your walk around a lake, you will cross a sumptuous meadow where beautiful aconite and willowherb vie for attention. The more courageous will venture onward to the neighboring valley and its ancient calderas to admire the splendor of the scenery. This uninhabited island bears no trace of any past settlement. Small, curious heads will catch your attention, however: crested puffins and horned puffins bask on the water near spotted seals…

Day 9 Geographic Harbor, Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Here you are in the heart of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Here, the rocky cliffs are punctuated with white marks. These are the remains of ash deposits that accumulated following a volcanic eruption in the past. A little further south, you will explore every part of Geographic Harbor and its tall cliffs covered in vegetation and plunging into the sea.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 11 Tsaa Fjord, Icy Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Formed by the retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse and Tyndall glaciers over the past 100 years, Icy Bay is one of those timeless places where silence reigns supreme. Let yourself be enthralled by landscapes of breathtaking beauty, enhanced by magnificent views over the Saint Elias Mountains, visible in the background. The bay, several kilometers wide, is often scattered with icebergs sliding on clear and deep waters. It will let you access several sounds, among which are the Tsaa fjord, very close to the Guyot glacier. Many marine mammals and sea birds have chosen to live on this territory with very few visitors in the south of Alaska.

Day 12 Elfin Cove, Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the tip of an island in the Alexander Archipelago, not far from the Canadian border, peaceful Elfin Cove shelters a fishing community that’s only linked to the rest of the world by the sea. There are just a dozen wooden houses, a long wooden pontoon and a tiny port surrounded by crystalline waters. It doesn’t get any quainter than this. Choose from a network of hiking paths that weave through a pristine forest, to lead you to secret beaches where silence reigns. The wonders of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, accessible by a short boat trip, are many.

Day 13 Juneau | Disembark | Flight to Seattle

  • 1 Breakfast
In 1880, gold diggers flocked here, and it didn't take long before Juneau was singled out, getting itself a solid reputation and henceforth becoming the capital of Alaska. Along the Gastineau Strait, in the heart of the spectacular Inside Passage, the 31,000 or so inhabitants of Juneau enjoy some of the world’s most incredible fauna and scenery every day of their lives. Perhaps you are even able to watch the antics of humpback whales against a backdrop of majestic glaciers. Culture and shopping are certainly not lacking; the city is full of places to experience and enjoy.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
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  • Pre or post-cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
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