Jewel of the Russian Far East

Cruise the rugged coastlines of Russia’s eastern seaboard, a remote and seldom-visited area that is known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich wildlife. Travelling in September, witness thousands of seabirds prepare for migration, along with the walrus, sea otters and Kamchatkan brown bears that call this region home.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
13 Days
Price
£5700
When
Aug- Sept 2021
Destination
Russia
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
13 Days £5700 Aug- Sept 2021 Russia Small Group Safari
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About this trip

Starting in the port town of Anadyr, located just below the Arctic Circle, journey south along the wild eastern coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. With numerous shore landings and zodiac excursions en route, you will witness incredible rugged landscapes and distinctive wildlife, including sea otters, walrus, Kamchatkan brown bears and a wide variety of bird species. From beautiful fjords such as the Tintikun Lagoon to the bird colonies of the Commander Islands, this remote and untamed region is a fascinating destination for photographers, historians and adventurers alike.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Travel to one of wildest and most remote areas of the world.
  • Witness Kamchatkan brown bears fishing along the river banks and dozing in the summer sunshine.
  • Experience colonies of seabirds numbering in the thousands.
  • Photograph the beautiful, rugged scenery of the Russian Far East.

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A 13 day trip to the Kamchatka coast in Far East Russia

from $7,467 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Anadyr

Today you will arrive into Anadyr, the administrative centre of the Chukotka region located to the north of the Kamchatka peninsula. Upon arrival you will be introduced to your expedition team and fellow voyagers and transfer to the Spirit of Enderby, your expedition ship and home for the next two weeks.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (D)

Day 2

Egvekinot

Today you will head north to the coastal town of Egvekinot, built by Gulag prisoners during the 1940's. Spend the day exploring the town, visiting the museum and the tundra-covered shores of Kresta Bay, before venturing above the Arctic Circle.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 3

Bukhta Gavrilla

This morning you will arrive into Bukhta Gavrilla, which gets its name from the St Gabriel, the ship of Commander Vitus Bering on his first expedition to the peninsula. The waters of the bukhta (bay) are rich in marine wildlife, especially walrus, and you will also explore a nearby lagoon in search of waterfowl and waders.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 4

Pika River and Meinypil'gyno

This morning you will head into the delta of the Pika River, a great spot for observing walrus herds that haul out along the shoreline. In the afternoon, you will visit Meinypil'gyno, a traditional village located on a 40km long shingle spit and an important breeding area for the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper! Whilst visiting the village you will get to enjoy local hospitality from the villagers who will assemble to perform some of their traditional dances for you. Make the most of being in the area and look out for the diverse birdlife, including Pacific divers and sandhill cranes.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 5

Bukhta Natalii

Continue sailing south along the Koryak Coast, looking out for Kamchatkan brown bears and passing scenic fjords and bays, including the stunning Bukhta Natalii. Head ashore to hike between the two bays of the Bukhta Natalii fjord, taking in the breathtaking mountainous surroundings.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 6

Tintikun Lagoon

Continue sailing south along the Koryak Coast, looking out for Kamchatkan brown bears and passing scenic fjords and bays, including the stunning Bukhta Natalii. Head ashore to hike between the two bays of the Bukhta Natalii fjord, taking in the breathtaking mountainous surroundings.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 7

Koryakskiy Reserve and Verkhoturov Island

This morning you will have another opportunity for bear watching with a visit to the Koryakskiy Reserve, an area which remains largely untouched by human activity and is frequented by the regions characteristically large brown bears. In the afternoon you will visit Verkhoturov Island, a haven for birdlife including tufted and horned puffins, guillemots and auklets which nest on the nearby rocky islets.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 8

Karaginskiy Island

Sailing a few miles south of Verkhoturov Island you will reach the larger Karaginskiy Island, where tundra-covered shorelines give way to cedar forests. The island is a great place for admiring the Russian flora, especially during the Autumn.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Days 9-10

Commander Islands

Spend the next few days exploring the wildlife-rich Commander Islands, first discovered by Vitus Bering who is now buried on Bering Island, where his ship was wrecked in 1741. There are two large islands (Bering and Medny) with two smaller islands Ariy Karmen and Toporkov. You will explore the islands by Zodiac and on foot, visiting the village of Nikolskoye, the fur seal rookery at North-West Cape and the bird colony at Ariy Kamen. You will also possibly visit the gravesite of Commander Vitus Bering or the remarkable Medny Island.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 11

Olga Bay

Sail westwards from the Commander Islands to the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, visiting the Kronotskiy Reserve, which encompasses the famous Valley of Geysers. The scenic Olga Bay is set against a backdrop of volcanoes, providing a beautiful setting for photography, and is often visited by large numbers of grey whales.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 12

Zhupanova River and Bukhta Bechevinskaya

Boarding a Zodiac you will travel along the Zhupanova River, admiring the stunning scenery and looking out for wildlife including Steller's sea eagles, which build large nests in the trees along the river banks. Large groups of seals can also often be observed hauled out on the shoreline. In the afternoon, return to the ship to enjoy your final night on board.

Overnight: Spirit of Enderby (B, L, D)

Day 13

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Today marks the end of your voyage on the Spirit of Enderby as you wake up in Avacha Bay, one of the world's greatest natural harbours. After disembarking the ship, you will be transferred to the airport or town depending on your onward flight plans.

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TRIP DETAILS

TRIP DATES & PRICES

This is an exclusive small group safari departing on set dates.

This safari also offers an optional day '0' from Nome, Alaska to Anadyr, Far East Russia. For those departing Nome, Alaska your adventure begins with a flight across the Bering Sea and International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr. This private charter flight is optional and is not included in the price for the expedition.

Trip date
Aug 30 - Sep 12 2021

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