Kamchatka Coast: Jewel of the Russian Far East
DURATION:13 Days/ 12 NightsREGION:AsiaSHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy
The eastern seaboard of Russia dominates the North Pacific and yet very few people know anything about it, let alone have experienced it. This isolation has protected one of its most valuable assets - its wilderness and to some degree, its wildlife. The area was considered an important ‘frontier zone' during the Cold War, so it was off-limits to foreigners. Even Russians had to get special permission to travel here. These limitations were changed in 1991/92 with Perestroika but that didn't make it more accessible. If anything it is probably less accessible now than it was, as there are fewer people living in the region and the state-subsidised transport system has collapsed. There is no money to replace the ageing fleets of aircraft and ships and few people can afford the prices that are charged to travel in this region today. This makes it the perfect destination for Expedition Cruising.
In the winter much of the shoreline is choked by ice. During spring and summer the region is a hive of activity. In September the thousands of birds that migrated here to take advantage of the phenomenal abundance of food will be preparing to leave. The reindeer and mountain sheep will be feeding in preparation for the harsh winter, while fat Kamchatka Brown Bears, which have fed extensively on berries in the early summer, then feasted on salmon in the rivers and creeks, will be dozing in the late summer sunshine. Late summer and early autumn is a beautiful time to discover this wilderness. The onset of autumn paints vibrant colours on the tundra cloaked hillsides making the landscape a picture perfect postcard. Travel with natural a history enthusiast, photographer and historian to discover the jewel that is the Russian Far East.
Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy
Operated by: Heritage Expeditions
Sister ships The Spirit of Enderby and Shokalskiy are fully ice-strengthened expedition vessels, built in 1984 for Russian polar and oceanographic research.
They accommodate just 50 passengers and were refurbished in 2013 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins, approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.
It is important to note that both ships were not built as tourist ships, and therefore the onboard facilities are rudimentary. There is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. The cuisine is very good and is prepared by New Zealand and Australian chefs. What is lacking in the way of onboard luxuries is more than made up for by the ships' tough construction, which includes an 1A ice-rating.
The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. These expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ships are crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.
The following additional options may be added to your cruise.
Charter flight Nome, Alaska to Anadyr
A charter flight is available from Nome, Alaska, across the Bering Sea and International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr. This charter flight is highly recommended.
Important note: Heritage Expeditions applies a local payment of USD 500 per person in addition to the published cruise fare. This payment is due when boarding the ship.
Your cruise price includes:
- Pre/Post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodation
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- Expedition shore excursions
Your cruise price does not include:
- All items of a personal nature
- International/domestic flights, visas
- Travel Insurance (compulsory for this voyage - ask us for a quote today)
- Private charter flight Nome to Anadyr $1,000 pp
- USD500 per person local payment