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Jewel of the Russian Far East
Jewel of the Russian Far East

Chukotka, Kamchatka and Commander islands

Jewel of the Russian Far East
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 50 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

12 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
31 August 2020
  • 31 August 2020
End date:
12 September 2020
451 148 RUB

Despite the fact that the Russian Far East seaboard stretches for thousands of kilometers, there are less people than in Moscow. The main inhabitants of these lands are brown bears, killer whales, walruses and countless birds colonies. All of them you can see in this journey travelling along the Kamchatka coast.

Jewel of the Russian Far East
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 50 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

12 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
31 August 2020
  • 31 August 2020
End date:
12 September 2020
451 148 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Cruise to Russian Far East

On this journey from Anadyr to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy you will make numerous landings along remote Pacific coastlines in sites that few people visit such as river mouths, fiords, bays and islands. It will give you great opportunities to discover the untamed and beautiful landscapes as well as to get acquainted closely with the nature and wildlife of the Russian Far East.

During this cruise you will visit three regions of the Russian Far East: Chukotka, Kamchatka and the Commander Islands

Highlights of the route:

  • you will get acquainted with the inhabitants of the Commander Islands and learn about the history of the expedition headed by Vitus Bering, in honor of whom the islands got their name
  • visit the "Brown Bear country" — the Koryakskiy Reserve and watch bear fishing on the Zhupanova river and in the Tintikun Lagoon
  • watch the performance of an ethnic dance ensemble in the Chukchi village of Meynypilgyno
  • visit the village and port of Egvekinot, built by the prisoners of GULAG (Soviet forced-labour camp)
  • see a large rookery of walruses in Bukhta Natalii and a lagoon of waterfowl in Bukhta Gavrilla
  • meet with gray whales at close distance during Zodiac boat trips in the Olga bay

The cost depends on the type of cabin. Find out more in the "Accommodation" section.

Itinerary

The journey begins with a meeting at the airport of Anadyr, where you should travel to on your own. Please, note that the return tickets you need to take from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where the route ends. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets, if necessary, leave a comment in the application.

 

Here is the general plan of the expedition, the route may vary depending on the weather.

Day 1 Arrival to Anadyr

Upon arrival in Anadyr you will be taken to the port where you will board the expedition ship. You will get acquainted with the crew and expedition staff, who will arrange a tour of the ship, show cabins, and hold a safety briefing.

Day 2 Egvekinot

You will spend the 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. You will explore the town which has an excellent museum, the road and tundra as well as visit the Arctic Circle.

Day 3 Bukhta Gavrilla

This coastline is rich in marine mammals and one creature we will be looking for, in particular, is the walrus. The bukhta (or bay) was named after Commander Vitus Bering’s ship, the St Gabriel, of the First Kamchatka Expedition. Behind the expansive beach there is a lagoon where you can explore for waterfowl and waders.

Day 4 Pika River and Meinypil’gyno

You will start the day with a visit to the delta of Pika River – a well known walrus haul out. Later in the day, we 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. You will enjoy local hospitality from the village ensemble who perform some of their traditional dances.

Day 5 Bukhta Natalii

Along the Koryak Coast there are many beautiful fiords (bukhtas or bays) and none are more beautiful than Bukhta Natalii. This fiord has two smaller fiords that drain into it from the south. You will hike from one bay to another whilst surrounded by the magnificent mountain landscapes and tundra vegetation.

Day 6 Tintikun Lagoon

Much of the southern Govena Peninsula was recently made into a state reserve. There are a number of fiords included in the reserve; one of the most spectacular is Tintikun Lagoon which is one of the most picturesque locations found anywhere in the world. A large population of brown bears inhabits this area, if you are fortunate you should see a number of them.

Day 7 Koryakskiy Reserve and Verhoturova Island

You will start the morning in Kamchatka Brown Bear country, an undisturbed habitat within the Koryakskiy Reserve, where you will go bear watching. Brown bears frequently visit this area which is completely protected and rarely visited.

 

In the afternoon you will visit Verkhoturova Island where Tufted and Horned Puffins, Pigeon, Common and Brunnich’s Guillemots and also Parakeet and Least Auklets can be seen. On nearby rocky islets there is a regular non-breeding haul out of Steller Sea Lions.

Day 8 Karaginskiy Island

A few miles to the south of Verhoturova Island is the much larger Karaginskiy Island. Here you will  encounter some of the first forests of the voyage. This 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 and you can marvel at the richness of the local flora, as many of them should be at their best.

Day 9 to 10 Commander Islands

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. We intend to explore the islands through a combination of landings and Zodiac cruises. We plan to stop at the village of Nikolskoye. You will visit the fur seal rookery at North-West Cape and Zodiac cruise around the impressive bird colony at Ariy Kamen. We will also possibly visit the gravesite of Commander Vitus Bering or the remarkable Medny Island.

Day 11 Olga Bay

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 and Bukhta Bechevinskaya

This morning we make our way along the Zhupanova River by Zodiac. This journey allows us to explore 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

During the night the ship will enter Avacha Bay which is one of the greatest natural harbours in the world. There will be a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel.

Jewel of the Russian Far East
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 50 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

12 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
31 August 2020
  • 31 August 2020
End date:
12 September 2020
451 148 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

"Spirit of Enderby" will be a ship for the expedition. It is a small expedition ice-class vessel. In 2013 it was fully refurbished for comfortable accommodation of 50 passengers. 

 

Onboard there is a bar, a cosy lounge, a lecture hall and a library with a big collection of thematical books. A spacious bridge is always open for passengers. You can also view sea animals from open decks.  

 

The cost of the cruise depends on the type of cabin: 

  • Triple cabin accommodation — 7200 USD pp
    There are two lower sleeping berths and one upper sleeping berth in the cabin. A desk, a wardrobe and a nightstand.  A wash-basin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other cabins. There is an illuminator in the cabin. 
  • Double cabin accommodation — 7800 USD pp
    There are two lower sleeping berths in the cabin. A desk, a wardrobe and a nightstand.  A wash-basin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other cabins. There is an illuminator in the cabin. 
  • Superior cabin accommodation — 8300 USD pp
    There are two sleeping berths — one lower and one upper one. A desk, a wardrobe and nightstands. A bathroom: shower, toilet, a wash-basin. There is a window in the cabin.
  • Superior Plus cabin accommodation — 9000 USD pp
    There are two lower sleeping berths in the cabin. A desk, a wardrobe and nightstands. A bathroom: shower, toilet, a wash-basin. There is a window in the cabin.
  • Mini Suite accommodation — 9500 USD pp
    There is a bedroom with a bouble bed and a living room with a single bed in the cabin. A bathroom: shower, toilet, a wash-basin. There is a window in the cabin.
  • Heritage Suite accommodation — 10 300 USD pp
    There is a bedroom with a bouble bed and a living room with a single bed in the cabin. A bathroom: shower, toilet, a wash-basin. There are panorama windows in the cabin.
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The crew of the ship is Russian-speaking, there are both Russian and English speaking guides.

Meals +

The cost of the tour includes a full board: breakfast — buffet, lunch — main course, salad and dessert, dinner — main course, vegetables and dessert. An alcoholic menu is available for lunch and dinner.

 

Cooks can prepare meals according to your diet if you inform them in advance.

What to bring with me +

Personal equipment required

When choosing clothes and shoes, consider the features of the cruise. The temperature on the Northern route points can drop to 0°C. 

 

Clothing: warm pants, waterproof pants, thermal underwear, sweater, turtleneck, wool cap, covering ears, balaclava/scarf, warm socks, waterproof windproof jacket with hood. At the last retirement party you can bring dressy clothes (heels not advised).

 

Shoes: boots with a grooved sole will allow you to stand most steadily; rubber boots are necessary, but they can be given on the first day of the cruise for free. If you plan to take your own boots, they should be up to mid-calf or higher with a thick ribbed non-slip sole. In some landings will have to step into the water to a depth of 25 cm. Also it can be quite slippery on the ice and on the shore. Make sure the boots sit comfortably on a woolen sock, it is important to bring warm insoles. In addition, you need sandals, sneakers or any other comfortable shoes for the ship and slippers for the shower.

 

Other: a small backpack for landings (preferably waterproof), warm and waterproof gloves, sunglasses, cream, chapstick, binoculars, earplugs.

 

Documents: passport, boarding pass on board (issued or sent by mail), plane ticket, copy of insurance.

Booking

Jewel of the Russian Far East

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
to 50 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

12 nights

Languages

EN
guide
451 148 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • on-board ship accommodation in cabin of selected category

  • meals (full-board)

  • pre/post cruise transfers

  • all expedition shore excursions

  • lectures, presentations and services of expedition leader and guides

  • information materials sent to the participants before start of the expedition

Extra charge:
  • international/domestic flights to Anadyr and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

  • local payment (+500 per person)

  • all items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities

  • visa

  • travel insurance

  • service before and after the cruise (hotel, meals, optional excursions)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • on-board ship accommodation in cabin of selected category

  • meals (full-board)

  • pre/post cruise transfers

  • all expedition shore excursions

  • lectures, presentations and services of expedition leader and guides

  • information materials sent to the participants before start of the expedition

  • international/domestic flights to Anadyr and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

  • local payment (+500 per person)

  • all items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities

  • visa

  • travel insurance

  • service before and after the cruise (hotel, meals, optional excursions)

31 Aug 2020, Mon — 12 Sep 2020, Sat
451 148 RUB
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