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Kamchatka Coast

Jewel of the Russian Far East: Kamchatka Coast

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In this 21-day journey of the Heritage Adventurer .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.
Kamchatka Coast
Highlights
  • Explore the coastline of Bukhta Gavrilla which is rich in marine mammals
  • Visit Lavrentiya village, home to Chukchi, Yupik and Russians
  • Enjoy whale watching in Yttygran Island
  • See the beautiful fiords along the Koryak Coast
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Nome, Alaska | Embark

Make your way to the designated meeting point for your transfer to Heritage Adventurer (times and meeting point will be confirmed with your voyage documents) where the captain and expedition team will be waiting to welcome you aboard. 

Day 2: Provideniya, Russia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After clearing Russian Customs and Immigration there will be an opportunity to explore this fascinating former Soviet military port and administrative centre followed by an expedition afternoon.

Day 3: Cape Dezhnev | Lavrentiya

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, we plan to be at Cape Dezhnev, the northeastern most point of the Eurasian continent. On the cape is a lighthouse, a monument and the remains of a Border Guard base. If the weather and sea conditions are suitable we plan to land here and give you the opportunity to explore the area. A few miles south of Cape Dezhnev we visit Lavrentiya village, home to Chukchi, Yupik and Russians. Explore the town square, sample local delicacies and experience traditional cultural performances with the friendly locals.Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley, where whale bones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. 

Day 4: Yttygran Island | Bukhta Penkingney

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley, where whale bones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. Gray and Humpback Whales are frequently seen around the island. This afternoon we plan to visit Bukhta Penkingney. This long fiord, cut into the coastline by glaciers, is a popular spot for whale watching. Exploring this scenic location we will be looking for wildlife including brown bear.

Day 5: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As we sail across Anadyr Bay there will be opportunities to look for whales and walrus from the deck, relax in the ship's bar. 

Day 6: Bukhta Gavriila | Pika River

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  • 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 7: Bukhta Natalii

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  • 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 8: Tintikun Lagoon

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  • 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 9: Verkhutova Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Verkhoturova Island has some huge seabird colonies which we plan to get close to by following a short, but steep trail to the clifftop. We should be able to enjoy some fantastic views of Tufted Puffins, Brunnich’s Guillemots, Pelagic Cormorants and Black-legged Kittiwakes. We may also see some Steller Sea Lions, as they are often hauled out on offshore rocks nearby.

Day 10-11: Commander Islands

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  • 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 12: Olga Bay | Zhupanova River

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  • 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. In the afternoon, 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: Bukhta Russkaya, Kamchatka

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If the weather condition is good,  fantastic views of the many snow-covered volcanoes that dominate the southern part of the peninsula will greet us as we sail up Bukhta Russkaya. Near the entrance of this isolated fiord, roughly 150 miles north of the southern tip of Kamchatka, there have been sightings of both the Long-billed Murrelet and the endangered Kittlitz’s Murrelet. 

Day 14: Petropavlovsk- Kamchatskiy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day exploring Petropavlovsk- Kamchatskiy, the capital and administrative centre of the Kamchatka Region. There is the option to join our inclusive tour, or upgrade to join a tour to the Valley of Geysers – the second largest geyser field in the world – via helicopter.

Day 15: Ptich’i Rocks and Atlasova Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning we will arrive at the wildlife rich Ptich’i or Bird Rocks. The plan is to Zodiac cruise these fascinating formations where an abundance of birds, seals and Sea Otters reside. We then plan to sail through the Second Kuril Strait between Shumshu and Paramushir Islands on route to Altasova Island where Alaid, the tallest volcano in the archipelago with an elevation of 2,340 metres, can be found.

Day 16: Onekotan Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we plan to make a landing at Onekotan Island, an uninhabited island comprising two stratovolcanos connected by a flat stretch of land and part of the Kuril Islands chain. Exploring the island you will find extensive evidence of fortifications built by the Japanese during World War II.

Day 17: Simushir and Yankicha Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an early breakfast we plan to board the Zodiacs and cruise into a vast flooded caldera at the northern end of Simushir Island. Within the stunning setting of this huge caldera, we can expect to find a good range of species with one of the most common birds likely to be the spectacular Siberian Rubythroat which can often be seen singing from the tops of scrubby bushes. Over lunch we plan to cruise to Yankicha Island, the summit of a submerged volcano.  Subject to weather and sea conditions, we will use the Zodiacs to circumnavigate part of the coastline and then enter the flooded caldera. The concentrations of Crested and Whiskered Auklets here are simply spectacular and we can also expect to get great views of Brunnich’s and Common Guillemots and both Tufted and Horned Puffns. 

Day 18: Chirpoy and Urup Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we plan to anchor off Chirpoy Island where there are some dramatic headlands covered in breeding seabirds. Blacklegged Kittiwakes and Brunnich’s Guillemots are among the more numerous species that we are likely to find here. As we continue south towards Urup there is an excellent chance of observing Sperm Whale and Orca from the ship. Laysan Albatross, Ancient and Long-billed Murrelets, Brunnich’s Guillemot, Crested and Rhinoceros Auklets and Tufted Puffns are often seen in good numbers on this crossing. 

Day 19: Iturup Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we make our way to the community of Kurilsk. where local buses will take us into the volcanic highlands of Iturup. Passing through some spectacular scenery as we steadily climb up towards the Baranskiy volcano, there may be an opportunity to soak in the thermal pools. The higher altitude and different vegetation provides a great contrast to recent days. On our return to Kurilsk there should be an opportunity to explore the village on a nature walk with our expedition guides or do some further birding.

Day 20: Sakhalin Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We arrive at the Port of Korsakov on Sakhalin Island where we will clear Russian Customs and Immigration before setting sail for Otaru, Japan. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner and recap of our adventure.

Day 21: Otaru, Japan

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning we arrive in Otaru, a port city in Hokkaido known for glassworks, music boxes, sake distilleries and picturesque Otaru Canal flanked with shops and cafes built within repurposed 1920s warehouses. After breakfast and clearing Japan Customs and Immigration, there will be a complimentary coach to a central hotel or to the airport.

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Superior Triple Cabins on Deck 5 are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, two single beds, and one Pullman bed which folds down from the wall, comfortable lounge, writing desk, private en-suite with shower, ample storage, and a flat-screen entertainment system.
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Main Deck Triple
Main Deck Triple Cabins on Deck 3 is a spacious 22m2 and feature two porthole windows, two single beds, and one Pullman bed which folds down from the wall, comfortable lounge, writing desk, private en-suite with shower, ample storage, and a flat-screen entertainment system.
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Deck 4 Superior
Superior Cabins on Deck 4 are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, king or two single beds, comfortable lounge, writing desk, private en-suite with shower, ample storage, and a flat-screen entertainment system.
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Deck 5 Superior
Superior Cabins on Deck 5 are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, king or two single beds, comfortable lounge, writing desk, private en-suite with shower, ample storage, and a flat-screen entertainment system.
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Main Deck Single
Main Deck Single Cabins on Deck 3 is a spacious 22m2 and feature two porthole windows, king bed, comfortable lounge, writing desk, private en-suite with shower, ample storage, and a flat-screen entertainment system.
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Superior Single
Superior Single Cabins on Deck 5 are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, king bed, comfortable lounge, writing desk, private en-suite with shower, ample storage, and a flat-screen entertainment system.
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Worsley Suite
Located on Deck 6, Worsley Suites are a spacious 22m2 and feature large panoramic windows, king or two single beds, comfortable chaise-style lounge suite, writing desk, private en-suite with shower, ample storage, and a flat-screen entertainment system.
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Heritage Suite
Located on Deck 6, Heritage Suites are an expansive 44m2 and feature large double panoramic windows, king bed, large living area with a sofa, coffee table, and chairs, and grand marble bathroom with a double basin, bathtub, and shower, large writing desk, floor to ceiling cabinetry for storage and a flat-screen entertainment system.

Notes

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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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