Ultimate Russian Far East & The Kurils

26 Days
Anchorage to Sapporo
From (AUD)
$ 40,850
$ 35,270
Dates & Pricing

2023 Anchorage > Sapporo

Tour Map
Tour Code:
102V
Duration:
26 days
Departure City:
Anchorage
Return City:
Sapporo

26 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Anchorage, USA > Nome

    Welcome to Nome, set at the tip of the Seward Peninsula and overlooking the Bering Sea. A world of wonder awaits as you step on board and raise your glass to toast the start of your luxurious cruise. 

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Cross the International Date Line

    Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your ultra-luxurious Discovery Yacht. Choose a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the therapy lounges in the Spa Sanctuary. Tempt your palate from one of the exceptional dining venues or try a wine tasting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Provideniya, Russia

    Cruise the Bering Sea and over the International Date Line on your way to Russia. Nestled against mountain peaks, Provideniya was built for military purposes that played a large part during WWII and is the gateway to the Chukotka Peninsula.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Chukotka and Kamchatka Coast

    The Chukotka and Kamchatka Coast is the definition of remote, and the most perfect region for a discovery voyage on board Scenic Eclipse. Few roads and scarce infrastructure, with abundant wildlife including brown bears, reindeer and Arctic foxes roaming freely. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will use their expertise to design this section of your voyage from day to day, making the most of the long daylight hours, weather and ice conditions to give you the best experience possible in this extraordinary part of the world.
    Some of the possible landing sights that you may visit include Meinypil’gyno, one of the most important sites in the world for breeding Spoon-billed Sandpiper; Anastasia Bay, where we will be looking for walrus haulouts and birdlife, including the bluethroat and Siberian rubythroat; Tymlat Village for an authentic taste of the Koryak way of life. Prepare for a feast of the senses, as these wonderful, hardy folks display their unique culture through dance, games and delicious fresh food. Along the voyage we will be looking for marine wildlife, such as the Largha Seal, Gray and Beluga Whales, and wildlife hidden in the forested fjords, such a brown bears.
    Enjoy discovery excursion on water in a Zodiac, kayak or paddle board, and on land through guided walks with your specialist Discovery Team.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Chukotka and Kamchatka Coast

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Chukotka and Kamchatka Coast

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Chukotka and Kamchatka Coast

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Chukotka and Kamchatka Coast

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Chukotka and Kamchatka Coast

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Chukotka and Kamchatka Coast

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Commander Islands

    Spectacular sea cliffs, arches and stacks, shaped by harsh climate and tectonic forces, signal your arrival in the Commander Islands. At Commander Bay on Bering Island, you will pay tribute to explorer Vitus Bering and visit his grave and memorial. You will dock beneath towering emerald cliffs at Peregtegrebnaya Bay, preferred summer nesting site for red-legged and black-legged kittiwakes. Cape Monati, southernmost point of Bering Island, is a possible place to spot albatross and whales. Northern fur seals haul out at Severo Zapadnyi along with much larger, tawny-golden Stellar sea lions. Your Discovery Yacht will cruise around the volcanic islands of Ariy Kamen, surrounded by thousands of kittiwakes, puffins and murres. Your last landing is Nikolskoe village, where Russia’s remaining Aleut community will passionately share their culture with you through lively performances.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Commander Islands

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Zhupanova River

    Careful Zodiac navigation by the expert Discovery Team members will take you to the mouth of this powerful river, past salmon fishing camps and as far upstream as we can go. Look for brown bears and Steller’s sea eagles as distant mountains beckon us. Back in the bay, look out for basking largha seals and fantastic views of the 3,000-metre Zhupanovskiy volcano.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

    Welcome to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, enjoy a day at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Atlasova Island

    The northernmost island in the Kuril chain, Atlasova Island features black sand beaches, and wildflowers scattered across the green tundra. Keep your eyes out for frolicking otters and soaring Steller’s sea eagles, the largest eagle in the world. The archipelago’s highest volcano, the Vulkan Alaid, stands at 2,315 metres tall (7,600 feet), and is spoken about widely in local legends. The perfect shape of the mountain is said to have made the neighbouring ranges so jealous that they exiled it to the seas.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Paramushir Island

    Thermal springs, waterfalls, and volcanoes. A pristine nature reserve mostly covered in a thick forest, Paramushir Island has a total of 23 volcanos and is filled the rocky peaks and craters. Aptly named "whale bay", Krasheninnikova Bay welcomes dozens of whales every year.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Onekotan Island

    Home to Krenitsyn, an imposing 1220 metre (4,000 foot) volcano, Onekotan lush tundra rolls into the ocean, with streams and waterfalls tumbling down onto the beach. Use your included binoculars to spot the ezo red fox that inhabits this island. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Matua Island

    Matua Island was transformed into a Japanese fortress during World War II, with underground canals, an airfield and navy docks. According to legends, there is an underground city yet to be discovered that was used for research during the war. Now uninhabited, the island has captivated Russian military historians who consider the island an open-air museum of war.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Yankicha Island

    The Yankicha Island  is a standout feature of the Kuril Islands. The steep walled caldera is dotted with hot springs and fumaroles and abruptly bulges out of the ocean. Explore on foot, walking around the grassy slopes of the calderas, and listening to the tunes of the songbirds, the Arctic and Middendorf’s grasshopper warbler. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Simushir Island

    Translating to “Large Island” in the indigenous Ainu language, Simushir features a string of four extinct volcanoes surrounded by verdant slopes. Previously home to a secret Russian military base, enjoy the opportunity to wander around the abandoned barracks and other relics of the Cold War era. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Urup Island

    Emerald green volcanic landscapes emerge from the fog as you wander the beach of Urup island looking for Largha and Harbor Seals, as well as Pacific Sea Otters. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the birds from the forest for the White-tailed Eagle, Harlequin Duck and Gray-tailed Tattler.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Iturup Island

    See the beautiful contrast of white pumice cliffs carved by the winds against the Okhotsk Sea and black hexagonal pillars of volcanic magma, topped with green fields. On the slopes of Demon Mountain in the north of the island, you will witness one of the highest waterfalls in Russia, Ilya Muromets Waterfall. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Kunashiri Island

    The largest and southernmost island of the Kuril chain, Kunashiri island is formed by four active volcanoes. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cape Stolbchaty, with 50-million-year old basalt columns forming the dramatic cliff faces that protrude from the ocean. Explore fumarolic fields, steaming hot springs, and volcanic crater lakes. More than 200 brown bears roam the island, waiting for the salmon to overcrowd the rivers. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - At Sea

    Relaxation beckons, and with so many choices on board you will be surprised how quickly time passes on board. Choose one of the daily activities, join an entertaining discussion in the theatre or relax in the Senses Spa as you continue sailing the Sea of Okhotsk.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Korsakov

    Located on the southern tip of Sakhalin Island with a tumultuous history , Korsakov is today a picture of tranquillity. Explore the fascinating town, with a medley of Russian and Japanese structures with modern buildings and museums. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Otaru, Japan

    Welcome to Otaru. Disembark from Scenic Eclipse after breakfast as you farewell the crew and take away memories of a truly unforgettable cruise.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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