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Treasures of the Russian Far East

Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
13 Days
September
Highlights
  • Excursions to the islands on the famous boat "Zodiac"
  • Acquaintance with rare birds and animals
  • Possibility to take fantastic pictures
  • Stunning scenery
  • Animals observation
  • Possibility to visit the uninhabited Medny Island (Brazen)
  • Сrossing the Arctic Circle
Tour Overview

The Far East is really amazing place in Russia. Here the nature is unique, the freedom of spaces is fabulous, the flora and fauna is the richest one, and the landscapes are different: volcanoes, mountains, severe seas and thousands of various islands. But the main feature of this territory is its remoteness and difficult of access. During this tour you will more likely meet the brown bear or whale then a local person! The real treasure of the Russian Far East – its natural riches and we will acquaint you with them with great pleasure.

The cruise starts near the Chukotka with its severe north landscapes of the Polar tundra, quiet bays and noisy rookeries. Then we will navigate the Bering Sea and visit the Commander Islands – very special place isolated from the civilization. In the end of the voyage we will go along the Kamchatka peninsula coast known by volcanoes, mountains, picturesque landscapes and the real hosts of the region – brown bears.

This region is so rich and wild, that you will feel yourself as a real discoverer. The unique flora and fauna are able to impress even the most experienced travelers.

The cruise is held on board of the ship "Spirit of Enderby"

Technical description: year built - 1984, length - 71,6 m, width - 12,8 m, maximum speed - 12 knots (2 engines), cabins - 28, accommodation - 50 berths expedition.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival to Anadyr
    Anadyr
  • Day 2
    Boundary between two hemispheres of Earth
    Anadyr — Kresta Bay
  • Day 3
    Anadyr bay
    Anadyr bay
  • Day 4
    Pika river and Meinypil’gyno
    Bering Sea
  • Day 5
    Natali bay
    Natali bay
  • Day 6
    Tintikun lagoon
    Loran Peninsula
  • Day 7
    Bear watching
    Karaginsky Gulf
  • Day 8
    Karaginskiy island
    Karaginskiy island
  • Day 9
    Commander Islands
    Karaginskiy island — Commander Islands
  • Day 10
    Further exploration of the Commander Islands
    Commander Islands
  • Day 11
    Olga bay
    Commander Islands — Olga bay
  • Day 12
    Zhupanova river
    Zhupanova river
  • Day 13
    Departure from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
  • 10:30
    Arrival to Anadyr
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the port
    *The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to your flight.
  • 12:00
    Embarkation and accommodation in cabins
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 16:00
    Beginning of the navigation
    We will pass the water area of Anadyr where it's possible to see the belugas.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Anadyr
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Landing near the Egvekinot village
    This small town was built by Gulag prisoners as a port to supply the rich Lul’tin mining complex some 200 km inland, they were then forced to construct a road to the mine. We explore the town which has an excellent museum.
  • 11:00
    Crossing taiga to the boundary between two hemispheres of Earth
    We travel by off-road truck Ural to explore the road and go into the tundra to appreciate unique Arctic landscape close to the Arctic Circle. We will visit the place where where the Polar circle and the 180th meridian "meet each other". There is an imaginary line that divides two hemispheres of Earth.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    The outdoor barbecue
  • 15:00
    Return on board and continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Anadyr — Kresta Bay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Landing near the morses
    This coastline is occupied by marine mammals and there is a known haul of walruses - the creatures we will be looking for in particular. The bukhta (or bay) was named after Commander Vitus Bering’s ship - St. Gabriel of the First Kamchatka Expedition. Behind the expansive beach there is a lagoon where we can explore waterfowls and waders.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
    We continue our navigation in the Anadyr bay. The expedition crew has prepared for you lectures and presentations about the region ant its exploration. We will go along the Naravin cape. Near the cape there are a lot of whales and flocks of sea birds.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Anadyr bay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Pika River
    We start the day with a visit to the delta of Pika River – a well known walrus haul out.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Meinypil’gyno
    Later the day, we visit Meinypil’gyno – a small settlement located on a 60km long shingle spit. It is a traditional village although renovated under the recent Chukotka government; we enjoy local hospitality from the village ensemble who perform some of their traditional dances for us.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Bering Sea
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Landing in the Natali bay
    Along the Koryak Coast there are many beautiful fiords (bukhtas or bays) with the most beautiful of them – Bukhta Natalii. Bukhta Natalii has two smaller fiords flowing into it from the south. We hike from one bay to another being surrounded by the magnificent mountain landscapes and tundra vegetation.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board.
Photo of the day
Route
Natali bay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Landing in the Tintikun lagoon
    Much of the southern Govena Peninsula was recently ranked as state reserve. There is 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 we are fortunate we will see some of them.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board.
Photo of the day
Route
Loran Peninsula
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Karaginskiy Reserve
    Our morning starts from a visit to an undisturbed habitat of Kamchatka Brown Bear within the Karaginskiy Reserve. This area is completely protected and rarely visited.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Verkhoturova Island
    In the afternoon we 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.
  • 19:00
    Dinner on board.
  • Overnight on board.
Photo of the day
Route
Karaginsky Gulf
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Landing on the Karaginskiy island
    A few miles to the south from Verhoturova Island there is the a larger Karaginskiy Island. There is a change from the tundra landscape to a forest area – a sure sign that we are getting further south. Autumn is the best time for growing wild berries and we can marvel at the richness of local flora.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Karaginskiy island
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    North West Cape
    The Commander Islands were first discovered by Commander Vitus Bering when his ship wrecked there in 1741. He perished along with many of his men. The reports from those who survived led to a fur rush in the local settlement. There are two large islands (Bering and Medny) with two smaller ones Ariy Karmen and Toporkov. We intend to explore the islands by passing a complex of landings and cruising on “Zodiac” ships.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Excursion to the village of Nikolskoye
    One of the stops on our way will be the village of Nikolskoye. We plan to take a look at a fur seal rookery in North West Cape and have a cruise on “Zodiac” ship around an impressive bird colony at Ariy Kamen. There is an opportunity to visit the gravesite of Commander Vitus Bering or the remarkable Medny Island.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Karaginskiy island — Commander Islands
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast on board
  • 11:00
    Landing on the Commander islands
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board.
Photo of the day
Route
Commander Islands
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Stop in the 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 stretching down to the beach. Gray Whales that frequently come to the area are usually quite friendly to boats that moor in Olga Bay. The rising volcanoes in the background will provide a beautiful setting to explore real Kamchatka wilderness.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board.
Photo of the day
Route
Commander Islands — Olga bay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Bird watching
    This morning we make our way along the Zhupanova River on “Zodiac” ship. This journey allows us to explore a common habitat Kamchatka river in. Steller’s Sea Eagles are known to nest in the lower reaches of the river.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Shipunsky cape
    In the afternoon according to the weather conditions we will land on the Shipunsky cape or go along the Kalashnikov island.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board.
Photo of the day
Route
Zhupanova river
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Debarkation
  • 11:00
    Transfer port-airport/hotel
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
Detailed description
Departures
September, 03 2018
Start
-
September, 15 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
7,200 $
Basic price per person
September, 02 2019
Start
-
September, 14 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
7,200 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Letter of invitation
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the Main Deck Triple / for 1 person (one upper and 2 lower berths, simple comfort accommodation, toilet and shower outdoors. The cabin has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin). Port charges - 500 $. To book the others categories, the following supplement is applied: + 600 $ for the Standard Twin Cabin with simple comfort accommodation, toilet and shower outdoors. The cabin has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin. + 1 100 $ for the Superior Cabin (bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows. + 1 800 $ for the Superior Plus Cabin (two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows. + 2 300 $ for the Mini Suite Cabin (a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin). The Mini Suites have windows. + 3 100 $ for the Capitan Luxe Deck (a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers). There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views.

Reviews
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Patrice
From 18 June 2018 to 28 June 2018
Destination: Chukotka
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
BaikalNature est très pro, je suis partis pour une Aventure et j'ai eu mon Aventure. Le seul handicap sérieux : Evgueny, sympathique et captivant, ne parlant que Russe et du coup je ne savais jamais ce que j'allais faire dans les minutes suivantes, dur !
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Fabienne
From 7 August 2017 to 19 August 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
joli voyage. Des choses peuvent être améliorées au niveau de l'organisation sur place, transmission d'informations sur la région de la part du guide, repas dans les hôtels (mauvais)
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Jean-Jacques
From 29 July 2017 to 11 August 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
La principale critique porte sur l'hotel Petropavlosk dont le restaurant est très bon, mais les chambres minables: cage à lapin , mobilier délabré, moquette usée et sale. Pour le même prix j'avais réservé , pour la fin du voyage, un B and B dans Petro dans lequel nous avions une "suite" sejour avec ecran plat, salle de bain, et chambre avec lit super King size. Les petites huttes de l'avant dernier
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Je vous remercie d'avoir pris le temps de nous laisser votre avis sur le séjour. Nous l'avons bien reçu via le lien que vous avez utilisé. Je suis soulagée de savoir que l'équipe présente avec vous ait bien veillé à votre sécurité et se soit occupé de faire fuir cet ours.   Merci également pour les remarques que vous avez portées à notre attention. Concernant le logement aux hôtels à Pétropavlovsk,
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Yves
From 12 July 2017 to 20 July 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? No
- Temps de trajets très, très longs - Guide ne donnant aucune info sur le pays, sur la vie des gens.... Plus un accompagnateur qu'un guide...... - Dans les points forts du voyage était noté ascension su volcan Plotski : non fait ? - Bien spécifier dans le descriptif, la présence des moustiques qui est très très importante.
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4.00
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4.00
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4.00
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Jacky
From 12 July 2017 to 21 July 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Tout c'est bien déroulé. Les hébergements étaient rustiques mais nous le savions dès le départ, tout comme les moyens de transport. Le guide était un bon accompagnateur mais n'avait pas les capacités d'un guide. Heureusement, nous avions 2 personnes dans le groupe qui ont tenus le rôle de guide de façon parfaite. Les cuisinières nous ont régalés durant tout le séjour avec une bonne cuisine. Nous avons
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