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Kamchatka and Chukotka

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Sylvia Earle
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During this 16-day cruise aboard Sylvia Earle, soak in coastal hot springs serenaded by thundering waterfalls. Zodiac cruise along black-sand beaches, where Kamchatka brown bears and cubs forage, and share swift rivers with Steller’s sea eagles diving on salmon. Visit the Commander Islands (‘South Georgia of the North Pacific’) where seabirds populate a breathtaking maze of arches and sea stacks. Red-legged kittiwakes, red-faced cormorants, parakeet and whiskered auklets and perhaps even laysan albatross are on show. Visit the grave of explorer Vitus Bering near waters bustling with sea lions, fur seals and busy sea otters, while orca and humpback whales patrol the bays. In Chukotka enjoy tundra wildflowers, cliff-climbing bears and a warm welcome by reindeer herders and more.
Exploring volcanic islands by zodiacArctic fox peeking out from the greeneryKayak along the waters of KamchatkaWatch for humpback whalesChukchi herding their reindeersKamchatka brown bear and cubs
  • Encounter Kamchatka’s abundant brown bears
  • Meet nomadic Chukchi reindeer herders and learn about their way of life
  • Cruise up swift-flowing rivers in search of nesting Steller’s sea eagles
  • Delight in walks through stone birch forests and grassy meadows
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Tokyo, Japan

Upon check-in at the hotel, reception staff will provide you with cabin tags. At your voyage briefing, enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners, before spending the night in preparation for your charter flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

Day 2: Fly Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy, Russia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board your charter flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to embark the Sylvia Earle. After boarding, there is time to settle into your cabin before your important safety briefings. This evening meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: Morzhovaya Bay | Zhupanova River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake to the wild beauty of Kamchatka’s east coast. Remnant snow fields dot surrounding mountains as you watch for harbour seals in Morzhovaya Bay. Zodiac cruise the salmon-rich Zhupanova River, dodging rippling shallows to look for brown bears and magnificent Steller’s sea eagles.

Day 4: Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve | Kamenistaya Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve offers stunning (active) volcanoes and Eurasia’s greatest concentration of brown bears, Steller sea lions, fur seals and a range of whales. Keep your binocular focused for geese, loons and perhaps the spoon-billed sandpiper. Soak in soothing hot springs of Kamenistaya Bay and trek lowlands covered in cottongrass, aspens and birch. As you turn towards the Commander Islands, your team of experts share enthusiastic, informative talks on the adventures that await.

Day 5-7: Commander Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spectacular bird cliffs, arches and stacks signal your arrival to the Commander Islands. Pay tribute to explorer Vitus Bering at his grave and memorial. On both land and sea, the wildlife abundance is staggering. At Peregegrebnaya Bay, visit red-legged and black-legged kittiwake rookeries; spot albatross and whales at Cape Monati, and at Ariy Kamen be surrounded by thousands of guillemots. Tufted Puffin Rock speaks for itself. At Nikolskoye village, the Aleut community entertains you with lively performances and a fascinating museum.

Day 8: Soldatskaya Bay | Tymlat Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land on the terraced, uplifted coastline of Soldatskaya Bay and search out endangered seabirds like the long-billed murrelet. At Tymlat village, Koryak reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters warmly greet you with an amazing cultural performance of dance and game that ultimately includes those of you who wish to take part. Time permitting, get a glimpse of life in one of Kamchatka’s more remote coastal villages.

Day 9: Govena Peninsula | Lavrova Bay | Yuzhnaya Glubokaya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A Zodiac cruise along Govena Peninsula reveals the broad fjord of Lavrova Bay and the narrower Yuzhnaya Glubokaya where bears often visit the abandoned herring factory. Orcas and Bryde’s whales frequent surrounding waters and an afternoon walk reveals succulent roseroot, magenta-coloured pixie eyes, and cheery purple-blue of Jacob’s ladder and chance sightings of Arctic hare. Continue past waterfalls to a glacial moraine and a spectacular vista of the rugged Pylginsky Range.

Day 10: Natalia Bay | Bogaslov Island | Glybokaya Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake to spectacular mountains rising above Natalia Bay. Zodiac cruise beneath Bogoslov Island’s cliffs where puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and cormorants breed and climbing bears raid their nests, while walrus haul out nearby. Hike to hidden alpine lakes and gaze upon the dramatic glacier-carved valleys of Peter and Glybokaya bays. Golden rhododendron and dwarf azaleas carpet the tundra and if you listen carefully, you might hear the song of bluethroat.

Day 11: Anastasia Bay | Dezhneva Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Encounter a walrus haulout in Anastasia Bay, also a great spot for birdlife, including bluethroat and Siberian rubythroat. Dezhneva Bay offers a coastal lagoon that’s heaven for birders. Keep your binoculars ready to spot white-fronted bean geese and nesting whooper swans. Other wildlife that you may encounter here include gray whales, walrus, reindeer, and brown bears.

Day 12: Gabriela Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Gabriela Bay’s wide river mouth and lagoon, classic stone tundra country dotted with cheery pale-blue blossoms of forget-me-not. You may encounter local Chukchi fisherman still living a traditional lifestyle, and inspect an abandoned polar weather station. Listen for the alarm whistle of ground squirrels, watch for brown bears, and offshore, beluga whales.

Day 13: Expedition Day

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weather dictates the plans today. You may visit Arakamchechen Island, home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets, where walrus haul out and gray whales stir the waters. Yttygran Island is home to the ancient Chukchi whaling camp where the remains of bowhead and gray whales stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre, earning the name Whale Bone Alley.

Day 14: Providenyia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Provideniya, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, is Chukotka’s administrative centre where you visit an excellent museum, enjoy a traditional Yupik dance performance and say goodbye to Russia.

Day 15: Bering Sea | King Island, Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you pass through Bering Strait, separating Russia and North America by only 100km, hope to see beluga and grey whales. Conditions permitting, land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events. Murres and kittiwakes frequent the surrounding sea cliffs. As you depart, celebrate the voyage end with a farewell dinner.

Day 16: Nome | Disembark | Fly Anchorage

Disembark in Nome, farewell your expedition team and crew, and transfer to the airport and board our charter flight to Anchorage, where we spend the night.

Note: Today we will cross the International Date Line, resulting in today (20th July 2022) being repeated.
Accommodation: Hilton Anchorage (or similar)

After check out, transfer to the airport for onward arrangements.


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Sylvia Earle Aurora Stateroom Twin
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Aurora Stateroom Twin
215.27 ft2 - There are two Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. May be converted into a Triple Share cabin with additional bed on request.
Greg Mortimer-Aurora Stateroom Triple
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Aurora Stateroom Triple
22.67m2 (244ft2) - There are two Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms.
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Aurora Stateroom Superior
19.9m2 - 20.8m2(214.2ft2 - 223.9ft2) - Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.
Greg Mortimer-Balcony Stateroom
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Balcony Stateroom C
19.5m2 - 28.7m2 (209.9ft² - 308.9ft2) - 11 Balcony Stateroom C cabins - most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 6.
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Balcony Stateroom B
19.5m2 - 28.7m2 (209.9ft² - 308.9ft2) - 17 Balcony Stateroom B Cabins - standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups. These cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 and 6.
Greg Mortimer
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Balcony Stateroom A
19.5m² - 28.7m² (209.9ft² - 308.9ft²)- 23 Balcony Stateroom A cabins - premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.
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Balcony Stateroom Superior
29.2m2 - 35.2m2 (314.3ft2 - 378.9ft2) - Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
Junior suite
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Junior Suite
Up to 41.6m2 (447.8ft2)- 4 Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
Greg Mortimer-Captain's Suite
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Captain’s Suite
43.8m2 (471.5 ft2) - Captain's Suite - the largest of all our rooms, will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.


Important note: In the spirit of travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea and other conditions beyond our control.

  • One night’s hotel accommodation at Hotel Nikko Narita Airport including breakfast on day 1 
  • Charter flights: Tokyo-Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy // Nome-Anchorage 
  • Transfer from pier to airport in Nome on day 16 
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Anchorage on day 16 
  • One night’s hotel accommodation at Hilton Anchorage Hotel including breakfast on day 16 
  • Transfer from hotel to airport on day 17 
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service 
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage 
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner 
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages 
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises 
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team 
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult) 
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket 
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage 
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information 
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees  
  • Gratuities for ship crew

International or domestic flights. Flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen is not included in the voyage price 
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes 
  • Passport, visa, and vaccination charges 
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges 
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary 
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary 
  • Optional activity surcharges 
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges



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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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