MS Silver Explorer
Type of tour
13 days / 12 nights
up to 130 passengers
Once all guests have embarked, a mandatory safety drill is conducted before Silver Explorer leaves Otaru. Then be introduced to important members of the crew and your Expedition Team.
Korsakov once served as a penal colony and achieved literary fame after a travel report by Anton Chekhov. Have enough time to get a glimpse of this city during an afternoon excursion with a cultural program. See Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk’s beautiful Cathedral of the Resurrection.
From the church continue to the Sakhalin Regional Museum, which is housed in a beautiful Japanese-style structure, due to the previous ruling of its southern neighbor. At the Gagarin Park, with its adventure playgrounds and numerous beer and barbeque spots, the afternoon might end with a traditional performance of Russian song and dance.
Located off the east coast of Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Okhotsk, this small island is an ideal place to observe large colonies of fur seals and Steller sea lions, as well as tens of thousands of common guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes that have made their nests in the cliffs above.
Once inside the magnificent lagoon, see traces of the tremendous forces that created the island long ago. The island is also home to thousands of crested auklets and you may catch a glimpse of an arctic fox or even the rare and elusive whiskered auklets during the nature walks.
With the Zodiacs, approach the clusters of rocks that comprise this island group – home to huge populations of sea mammals and birds. At Skaly Lovyshky, go in search for northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. Cruise along the shore and hope to have good views of the Makanrushi island’s highest peak.
Alaid on Atlasova Island is the highest volcano in the Kuril chain with a height of over 2,000 meters. Together with your expedition staff, land by Zodiac on the black lava beach of the island from where you begin your walk to see the remains of the Taketomi tufa cone. In the late morning the ship continues north towards your next stop at the Utashud Islands.
South of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy is the 15-kilometre long Ruskaya Bay. The northeast to southwest direction and narrow body of water have made this bay a perfect place to look for shelter in foul weather.
Fishing fleets and WWII convoys headed for Vladivostok have made ample use of the bay. Two shipwrecks can still be seen close to the bay’s southeastern shore. A river, used as a source of freshwater in former times, meanders through the valley and with the Zodiacs see how far you can explore, or hike to the small stands of trees found there.
By cruising the river with your highly maneuverable Zodiacs, have the ability to stop and go ashore 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 can hope to have good views of at least one of the eagles.
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.
Today visit a Steller sea lion rookery on the north side of Cape Severozapadniy. 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.
Spend the last day aboard, sailing for Petropavlovsk, the only major city on the peninsula and one of the oldest towns in the Russian Far East. Attend final lectures and discussions about the area you have traveled through, edit some of the many photos taken, and join the onboard videographer for the documentary of your voyage along the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka.
Luxurious Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship, which has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.
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|2 Jul - 14 Jul 2018
|Limited spaces||US $10,350||contact us||Reserve|
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