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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky cityscape and Koryaksky volcano

Across the Bering Sea: The Russian High Arctic

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
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Covering more than 3,800 nautical miles, and nearly circumnavigating the Bering Sea, this wide-ranging Arctic voyage explores one of the most rugged and wildlife-rich regions of the planet. Spot coastal brown bears from Katmai National Park to the Kamchatka Peninsula, search for Steller’s sea eagles along the scenically stunning Zhupanova River and be awed by the abundance and variety of marine mammals and seabirds from the Aleutians to the Commander Islands. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Anchorage | Seward | Embark
Days 2-3 : Katmai National Park
Days 4-5 : At Sea | Unalaska
Days 6-10 : Exploring the Aleutian Islands
Day 11 : Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russian Federation
Day 12 : Zhupanova River
Days 13-14 : Commander Islands
Days 15-19 : Exploring the Koryak and Chukotka Coasts
Day 20 : Provideniya
Day 21 : At Sea, Crossing the Bering Strait
Day 22 : Nome | Disembark | Anchorage | Home

Highlights

  • Observe Pacific walrus, northern fur seals, gray, humpback, and sperm whales, sea otters and Steller sea lions
  • Watch brown bears digging for clams or fishing for salmon in Katmai National Park
  • Enjoy millions of seabirds—from horned and tufted puffins to murres and rare whiskered auklets
  • Visit a Koryak village in northern Kamchatka, and Vitus Bering’s gravesite in the Commander Islands

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky cityscape and Koryaksky volcano Sea Otters play in the water Do you think I am a handsome fur seal? Two Kamchatka brown bears enjoy the view Kamchatka brown bears lumber by in the Russian Far East

Day 1 Anchorage | Seward | Embark

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to Seward, Alaska to embark National Geographic Orion in the late afternoon.

Day 2-3 Katmai National Park

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days exploring the shorelines and waters of coastal Katmai National Park & Preserve, observing and photographing its abundant brown bear population. Explore Geographic or Hidden Harbors and Kukak Bay by ship, Zodiac, or, conditions permitting, kayak.

Day 4-5 At Sea | Unalaska

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Watch from deck as Orion transits Baby Pass en route to the Baby Islands, just to the east of Unalaska. Dynamic tides here offer exciting potential to spot sea otters and fur seals, as well as rare seabirds. Arrive at Dutch Harbor, site of a fierce WWII battle and now one of the world’s most important fishing ports. 

Day 6-10 Exploring the Aleutian Islands

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
These rugged and remote volcanic islands, which separate the North Pacific from the Bering Sea, support vast colonies of seabirds, and marine mammals such as northern fur seals, Steller sea lions, and a variety of whales. WWII history buffs will recognize names like Attu and Kiska, islands you’ll explore during these days.

Day 11 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russian Federation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After crossing the international date line, sail into the protected waters of Avacha Bay, and dock at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the gateway to Kamchatka. Be on deck for the approach, as Koryaksky, Avachinsky, and Kozelsky volcanoes provide a stunning backdrop to this port city.

Day 12 Zhupanova River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This 100-mile long immaculate waterway in Kamchatka is teeming with enormous rainbow trout, salmon, and char. Explore the lower river by Zodiac, in search of one of the world’s largest raptors, plus numerous wading birds, other waterfowl, and spotted seals hauled out on sandbars.

Day 13-14 Commander Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 Severo-Zapadnyi.

Day 15-19 Exploring the Koryak and Chukotka Coasts

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
There’s much to explore as you make your way up the seldom-visited east coasts of Kamchatka and Chukotka, in far eastern Siberia. Hike from one bay to the next, surrounded by volcanic mountains and tundra plants. Photograph brown bears, walruses feeding, and three species of seals in rookeries onshore. Learn about Koryak reindeer-herding culture in either Tymlat or Ossora village.

Day 20 Provideniya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called “The Gateway to the Arctic”. It’s also the administrative center where you will conduct your outbound clearance from Russia. Visit the excellent museum, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance.

Day 21 At Sea, Crossing the Bering Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the final day at sea, crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. Linger on deck with binoculars in hand—the chances are high to spot whales and rare seabirds

Day 22 Nome | Disembark | Anchorage | Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Nome this morning, transfer to the airport for flights to Anchorage and onward. 

National Geographic Orion

Per person starting at
$25,850
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
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Category 1
Cat 1 #316, 318-321. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Your  Category B Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 1 Single
Cat 1S #301, 322, 323. These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door.
A Category A Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 2
Cat 2 #302-312, 314, 315, 317. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
A lovely category 3 suite on the National Geographic Oion
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Category 3
Cat 3 Suite with Window #401-412, 414-419. These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa–except slightly smaller #401 & #402–an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable (call for details). Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
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Category 3 Single
Cat 3S Suite with Window #512. This solo suite features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
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Category 4
Cat 4 Deluxe Suite with Window #511, 515. These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable (call for details). Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities.
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
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Category 5
Cat 5 Suite with French Balcony #501, 503-506, 508. These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable (call for details.) A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor.
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
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Category 6
Cat 6 Owner’s Suite with French Balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510. These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available but is subject to availability.

Inclusions:

Aboard ship
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Exclusions: 

Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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