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The Russian Far East can sometimes feel inhospitable, but always beautiful

Kamchatka Coast: Jewel of the Russian Far East

2020 - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Spirit of Enderby
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In this 13-day journey of the Spirit of Enderby from Anadyr to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, make numerous landings along the remote coastlines and discover for yourself untamed and beautiful landscapes. The eastern seaboard of Russia dominates the North Pacific and yet very few people know anything about it. This isolation has protected one of its most valuable assets – its wilderness and to some degree, its wildlife. This expedition is perfect for the natural history enthusiasts, photographers, historians and travelers as the itinerary includes selected sites that few people visit such as river mouths, fjords, bays and islands. Don't miss this chance to discover the jewel of the Russian Far East.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Anadyr, Russia | Embark
Day 2 : Egvekinot, Russia
Day 3 : Bukhta Gavrilla, Russia
Day 4 : Pika River | Meinypil’gyno
Day 5 : Bukhta Natalii
Day 6 : Tintikun Lagoon
Day 7 : Koryakskiy Reserve | Verhoturova Island
Day 8 : Karaginskiy Island
Days 9-10 : Commander Islands
Day 11 : Olga Bay
Day 12 : Zhupanova River | Bukhta Bechevinskaya
Day 13 : Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the coastline of Bukhta Gavrilla which is rich in marine mammals
  • Marvel at the richness of the local flora in Karaginskiy Island
  • Go bear watching in an undisturbed habitat within the Koryakskiy Reserve
  • See the beautiful fjords along the Koryak Coast

Ship

Spirit of Enderby

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The Russian Far East can sometimes feel inhospitable, but always beautiful Remote and scenic landscapes Tintikun Lagoon Sea lions lying on the beach by a group of penguins. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky cityscape and Koryaksky volcano

Day 1 Anadyr, Russia | Embark

All expedition members arrive in Anadyr, the administrative center of the Chukotka region, and transfer to the Spirit of Enderby.

Day 2 Egvekinot, Russia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend this day in and around the town of Egvekinot on the shores of Kresta Bay. The town was built by Gulag prisoners who were then forced to construct a road to the mine. Explore the town which has an excellent museum, the road and tundra as well as the Arctic Circle.

Day 3 Bukhta Gavrilla, Russia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This coastline is rich in marine mammals and one creature to look for, in particular, is the walrus. The bukhta (or bay) was named after Commander Vitus Bering’s ship, St. Gabriel of the First Kamchatka Expedition. Behind the expansive beach, there is a lagoon you can explore for waterfowl and waders.

Day 4 Pika River | Meinypil’gyno

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start this day with a visit to the delta of Pika River – a well-known walrus haul-out. Later in the day, visit Meinypil’gyno, a small settlement located on a 40 km long shingle spit. It is a traditional village although renovated under the recent Chukotka government. Enjoy the hospitality and the performance of some of the traditional dances of the locals from the village.  

Day 5 Bukhta Natalii

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Along the Koryak Coast, there are many beautiful fjords (bukhtas or bays) and none are more beautiful than Bukhta Natalii. This fjord has two smaller ones that drain into it from the south. Hike from one bay to another whilst surrounded by the magnificent mountain landscapes and tundra vegetation.

Day 6 Tintikun Lagoon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Much of the southern Govena Peninsula was recently made into a state reserve. There are a number of fjords included in the reserve; one of the most spectacular and the most picturesque location in the world is the Tintikun Lagoon. A large population of brown bears inhabits this area, you may fortunately see a number of them.

Day 7 Koryakskiy Reserve | Verhoturova Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start this morning with a bear watching activity in an undisturbed habitat within the Koryakskiy Reserve in Kamchatka Brown Bear country. Brown bears frequently visit this area which is completely protected and rarely visited. In the afternoon, visit Verkhoturova Island where tufted and horned puffins, pigeon, common and Brunnich’s guillemots and also parakeet and least auklets can be seen. In the nearby rocky islets, there is a regular non-breeding haul out of Steller sea lions.

Day 8 Karaginskiy Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A few miles to the south of Verhoturova Island is the much larger Karaginskiy Island. Here you can encounter some of the first ‘forests’ of the voyage. It is a change from the tundra that you have seen, a sure sign that you are getting further south. Autumn is the best time for the wild berries. Marvel at the richness of the local flora as many of them should be at their best in this season.

Day 9-10 Commander Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The wildlife-rich Commander Islands were first discovered by Commander Vitus Bering when his ship was wrecked here in 1741. He perished on the island along with many of his men. The reports from those that survived led to a ‘fur rush’ and the settlement of the islands. There are two large islands (Bering and Medny) with two smaller islands, Ariy Karmen and Toporkov. Explore these islands through a combination of landings and Zodiac cruises. Have a stop at the village of Nikolskoye. Visit the fur seal rookery at North-West Cape and Zodiac cruise around the impressive bird colony at Ariy Kamen. A visit to the gravesite of Commander Vitus Bering or the remarkable Medny Island is also possible.

Day 11 Olga Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Olga Bay is a part of the very large Kronotskiy Reserve, which also includes the world-famous Valley of the Geysers. The habitat has lush Kamchatka forests coming right down to the beach. The area around Olga Bay is frequented by large numbers of gray whales that are usually quite friendly to visiting boats. The rising volcanoes in the background will provide a beautiful setting to explore real Kamchatka wilderness.

Day 12 Zhupanova River | Bukhta Bechevinskaya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, make your way along the Zhupanova River by Zodiac. This journey is an exploration of a river habitat which is common in Kamchatka. Steller’s sea eagles are known to nest in the lower reaches of the river.

Day 13 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
During the night, the Spirit of Enderby enters Avacha Bay which is one of the greatest natural harbors in the world. On the shores of Avacha Bay is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the capital and administrative center of the Kamchatka Region.

Spirit of Enderby

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Main Deck Triple-Spirit of Enderby
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Main Deck Triple
One cabin located on the Main Deck, with two lower bunk beds, one upper bunk bed, outside porthole, wash basin, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and shared bathrooms on same deck.
Main Deck-Spirit of Enderby
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Main deck
Thirteen cabins located on the Main Deck, with two lower bunk beds, outside porthole, wash basin, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and shared bathrooms on same deck.
Superior Cabin-Spirit of Enderby
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Superior
Four cabins located on the Middle Deck,with one lower and one upper bunk, side-facing windows, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
Superior Plus Cabin-Spirit of Enderby
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Superior Plus
Eight cabins located on the Upper and Middle Decks,with two lower bunk beds, side-facing windows, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space. and private bath facilities.
Mini Suite- Spirit of Enderby
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Mini Suite
Two cabins located on the Upper Deck, with one double bed in separate room, side-facing windows, separate lounge area with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
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Heritage Suite
One cabin located on the Upper Deck, with one double bed in separate room, forward- and side-facing windows, separate lounge area with a single pull-out bed, desk and table area, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.

Notes

- Travel Insurance is mandatory for all passengers aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
- Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.

Cruise fare includes:
  • Pre & Post cruise transfers
  • All on board ship accommodations and meals
  • All expedition shore excursions
Cruise fare does not include:
  • Government landing fees
  • All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, and gratuities
  •  International/domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
Private Charter Flight Option:
  • Optional private charter flight from Nome, Alaska to Anadyr $1,000 pp
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