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Petropavlovsk to Nome - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Silver Explorer
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A geothermal wonderland of volcanoes and hot springs await as you follow in the footsteps of Vitus Bering. Remote and rarely visited destinations offer sensational wildlife spotting opportunities with countless birds nesting in the area. Magical Zodiac tours through fascinating, extraordinary topography captivate on this enthralling journey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Petropavlovsk, Russia
Day 2 : Petropavlovsk
Day 3 : Zhupanova River
Day 4 : Commander Bay
Day 5 : Cape Severozapadniy | Nikolskoye Village
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Yuzhnaya Glubokaya | Lavrova Bay or Tintikyn Lagoon
Day 8 : Pyotr Bay | Bogoslav Island
Day 9 : Anastasia Bay
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Yttygran | Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs
Day 12 : Provideniya (Cross the International Date Line and Gain a Day)
Day 13 : Nome, Alaska


  • Discover Petropavlovsk and explore its cultural and scientific highlights
  • Spot the exotic and rare Steller sea eagles at Zhupanova River
  • Learn about the traditions and culture of the Aleut people
  • Visit Yttygran, a place of great archaeological importance


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Steller's sea eagle Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky cityscape and Koryaksky volcano Silversea zodiac trip. Alaska wildlife tours and brown bear fishing for salmon Silver Explorer

Day 1 Petropavlovsk, Russia

Once all guests have embarked, participate in the safety drill. Later be introduced to important members of the crew and your Expedition Team. This evening familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travelers, and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 Petropavlovsk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the second day have an opportunity to explore Petropavlovsk. The town of Peter and Paul derives its name from the two sailing ships used by Vitus Bering when the great explorer reached Avacha Bay in 1740. It is the only major city on the peninsula and one of the oldest. Petropavlovsk is also the scientific and cultural center of the region, and today local guides take you on a comprehensive tour including the museum of ethnography and natural history, the art school, the gold-domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and the marketplace.

Day 3 Zhupanova River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By cruising the Zhupanova River with highly maneuverable Zodiacs, have the ability to stop and go ashore wherever to find the best birding and nature walks. Heading upstream, spot up to 40 different bird species and even see brown bears fishing for salmon in the river. Your main goal today is to spot Steller sea eagles. This majestic bird is known to frequent this area, and you hopefully can have good views of at least one of the eagles.

Day 4 Commander Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Komandorskiye or Commander Islands are named after famed Commander Vitus Bering who had been commissioned by the Russian Czar to search for a land bridge between Asia and America. After having been to Alaska he was forced to overwinter here. He was buried on the island, but part of the crew managed to return to Petropavlovsk. Go ashore to see the graves of Bering and some of his crew.

Day 5 Cape Severozapadniy | Nikolskoye Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today intend to visit a Steller sea lion rookery on the north side of Cape Severozapadniy. If the ship manages to land, walk along a sometimes waterlogged dirt road which leads to a blind overlooking the rookery. Apart from the sea lions arctic foxes can often be seen – they are curious, and watch you from a safe distance.

Before lunch sail to Nikolskoye, which was 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 easternmost, and a small museum to learn about the Aleut people and their culture. It also contains much information on Bering, as well as the bones of a Steller’s sea cow. During your visit enjoy a concert and be entertained by a presentation of local games.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While the ship cruises the Bering Sea, help your birders looking for albatrosses or learn a few tips for better editing your photographs by the onboard Photographer. Attend a lecture by one of your specialists and test your knowledge at Team Trivia.

Day 7 Yuzhnaya Glubokaya | Lavrova Bay or Tintikyn Lagoon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the early morning arrive at Yuzhnaya Glubokaya, and take a short Zodiac cruise and visit an abandoned fishing village that today is covered in wildflowers. This is an area well-liked by brown bears and activities much depend on their presence. Depending on tidal conditions you can either do a Zodiac cruise in Lavrova Bay or at Tintikyn Lagoon. Lavrova Bay features a Russian shipwreck dating back to the 1970s and another abandoned fish camp where a Zodiac cruise and short nature walk is offered. The entrance to Tintikyn Lagoon is extremely tidal dependant, and you may be able to enter at rising tide. The mountains surrounding the lagoon are well-liked by brown bears and, in case you enter the lagoon, you should be able to spot them grazing on the slopes.

Day 8 Pyotr Bay | Bogoslav Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the morning enjoy time for a talk or seminar. Shortly before noon arrive at your destination. Named after one of the ships used for the Bering expedition, Pyotr Bay is a sheltered bay and offers two hikes: one near the lighthouse close to the entrance of the bay with little climbing and only a short distance to cover; the other at the end of the bay, heading towards two lakes situated well above sea-level. While Largha seals can be expected at the first landing, the other promises a longer hike, spectacular landscape, and more birding. In the afternoon cruise and explore Bogoslav’s shore by Zodiac. Arches and caves can be found along the coast around most of the island and you can see a walrus haul-out and slaty-backed gulls, pigeon guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, tufted puffins, horned puffins, common guillemots, and harlequin ducks.

Day 9 Anastasia Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise and explore this region by Zodiac, hoping to see a walrus haul-out and seals. Birders be on the lookout for slaty-backed gulls, pelagic cormorants, horned puffins, tufted puffins, black-legged kittiwakes, white wagtails, white-fronted geese, bean geese, and whooper swans. Depending on the conditions go ashore by Zodiac for nature walks amid a landscape surrounded by conical peaks and jagged cliffs, separated by valleys with lakes, waterfalls and tumbling streams, and glimpses of arctic voles and ground squirrels.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While the ship heads north you have another opportunity to learn more about this remote part of the world, its nature, and its inhabitants. Attend a lecture, partake in a seminar, or perhaps watch the chef prepare a delicacy before lunch. There are many ways to spend a relaxing day at sea.

Day 11 Yttygran | Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. An early morning landing adds to the magic and mystery of the place due to the soft hues and the muffled light conditions. For the more energetic passengers a hike up the steep nearby hill provides an excellent leg stretch. During lunch the ship repositions to be closer to the Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs. Go ashore by Zodiac, enter a small lagoon, and hike 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.

Day 12 Provideniya (Cross the International Date Line and Gain a Day)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While the Russian authorities make sure all formalities are completed, start your last day on board with final lectures, summing up your experiences during the last 11 days. Though today is technically considered Day 12 of your voyage, it is one very “short” day that includes approximately 19 hours of cruising the Bering Sea and crossing the International Date Line. Actually arrive in Alaska before you left Provideniya – thanks to 24 hours gained crossing the International Dateline from west to east.

Day 13 Nome, Alaska

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer.

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Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

- The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Included in cruise fare:
  • Suite accommodations, onboard meals, and entertainment
  • Gratuities aboard ship (except spa)
  • Complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee) 
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalized service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service
  • One hour free WIFI per day for all guests. Unlimited free WIFI for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society
 Not included in cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Transfers and luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Meals ashore
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations whilst ashore
  • Casino gaming, laundry, or valet services
  • Purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare and may not be available at all times
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