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Kurils Island Cruise

Destination: Kamchatka
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
11 Days
Highlights
  • Geographic isolation and uninhabited places
  • Discovery of active volcanoes
  • Cruise in the Pacific Ocean and Kayaking
  • Extensive flora, variety of climatic zones and animal observation
  • Bathing in hot springs
Tour Overview

Kuril arch with a narrow chain of islands as a delicate bridge connects two worlds - Kamchatka and Japan. Mysterious Kuril Islands is a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. There are more than 150 volcanoes on the islands where 39 of them are active. The highest volcano Alaid (2339 m) is located on the Atlasov Island. There are many thermal springs, some of them possess healing qualities that are connected with the volcanic activity.

The Kuril islands is a paradise for romantic travelers. These inaccessible and isolated no man’s land, where active volcanoes and severe climate reigns could be frightens. But don’t be and keep the desire of unique adventure in these foggy islands of fire. Discover the old hide secrets from former military fortresses of the Japanese army conserved until now.

The experts compare the Kuril islands with a huge Botanical garden, where there are representatives of various kinds of Japanese-Korean, Manchurian and Kamchatka flora. A polar birch and yew, larch with a fur-tree and wild grapes, Siberian dwarf pine and a velvet tree, tropical liana and a carpet of cowberry grow together here. Travelling through the islands you can find different natural zones: you can get from primordial taiga to the subtropical thickets, from tundra to the jungle of huge grass.Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands are the pioneerings who meet the daybreak in Russia.

Guests accommodate in the ocean sailing catamaran during all the period of cruise. Four double cabins and two triple cabins with wardrobes and shelves accommodate 12 passengers. There are WS with the shower in the catamaran. The spacious saloon with beautiful view is situated in the catamaran’s cabin, the galley (kitchen) is also situated there. There are comfortable seats on the deck, so the guests can take pleasure in reading and observing the scenery. The boat is equipped with engines; so following the route even in calm weather is possible. If the weather permits the boat will go under the sail. Sea sickness occurs very seldom as a catamaran shakes on the waters in different way than single-bottom ship.All the guests get training in the sail equipment work. Every guest may take part in the boat sailing. There are sea kayaks (single-seater) on the catamaran. All the guests will be trained in kayaking on calm waters. During the entire cruise the cook will provide tourists with fresh sea delicacies. Every evening coming back from eventful journey you will find yourself in the warm and comfortable floating house with hot water, bedding and delicious dinner. You can become a real explorer and often consider yourself even pioneer travelling around Kamchatka by sailing catamaran and kayaks.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Aquaintance with Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
    Elizovo — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 2
    Bay Tihaya and sea passage
    Bay Tihaya — Kuril islands
  • Day 3
    Paramushir island
    Paramushir island
  • Day 4
    Kurils Island
    Kurils Island
  • Day 5
    Kurils island
    Kurils island
  • Day 6
    Kurils island
    Kurils island
  • Day 7
    Kurils island
    Kurils island
  • Day 8
    Way back
    Kurils island — Russkaya bay
  • Day 9
    Russkaya Bay and animal observation
    Russkaya Bay
  • Day 10
    Starichkov Island
    Russkaya Bay — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 11
    End of the programme
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • 10:30
    Meeting at the Elizovo airport
    Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky with the stop in the fish market and in the supermarket.
  • 11:30
    Accommodation in the hotel and rest
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 14:00
    Short city sightseeing
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Elizovo — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Embarkation on board
    Accommodation in the cabins and sea passage.
  • 11:00
    Kayaking in the bay Tihaya
    Sea kayak training. Kayaking in the Bay Tihaya (Calme), visiting grottoes and caves.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Setting out the ocean
    You will discover a magnificent view of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and volcanoes in vicinity from the gates of Avacha Bay. Night passage to the southern point of Kamchatka, to the Kuril islands.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Bay Tihaya — Kuril islands
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Crossing of the First Kuril Strait and of the Shumshu island
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Passage to Severo-Kurilsk
    Severo-Kurilsk is the town on Paramushir island, execution of border documents. The mountains and volcanoes of Paramushir Island look gorgeously from the space, but the live view impresses more. Paramushir Island has the largest number of mountains and volcanoes among others Kuril Islands. Its population doesn’t exceed 5000 inhabitants and all these people are citizens of the only town Severo-Kurilsk.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Paramushir island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Ascension to Abeko volcano
    Ascension to Abeko volcano depends on weather conditions or tour to Japanese airdrome and Cape Chubuyny (possibility to bath in hot thermal water or to take banya).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation near the Kurils Island
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Kurils Island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Exploration of the islands
    Coming ashore on Shumshu Island (by jet boat), a tour to the old Japanise airdrome with downed American planes. You can see the Kurils – Paramushir island and beautiful volcano Alaid (Atlasov Island). Also we will visit an abandoned village and Lake Bitubi. Return to the boat.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation near the Kurils Island
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Kurils island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Exploration of the islands
    We will go to the direction of lighthouse, excursion, returning to the boat. Passage to Atlasov island, to Alaid volcano. Anchoring. Alaid is a mountain coming out the sea up on 2339 m. Since the end of the 18th century the volcano has erupted more than 10 times. The latest weak plosive eruption was on the 23rd of August 1997 year. Tour to the new crater. Ascension to the top is possible with proper preparation and good weather conditions. Overnight on the boat. Night passage to Vasiljev Lighthouse (the southern borderline of Paramushir Island).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation near the Kurils Island
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Kurils island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Exploration of the islands
    Paramushir Island is quite large and has a lot of interesting places to visit. Warm sulfuric river Yurevka, Shelikhov Bay, the river Anna, Vasilyev Lighthouse, the river Tuharka and Cape Olga.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation near the Kurils Island
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Kurils island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Start of the way back
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time on teh board
    During free time you can sleep, read books, play boardgames, watch films about Kamchatka or any other films you want.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Kurils island — Russkaya bay
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Kayaking in the Russkaya bay
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Observation of sea lions
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Russkaya Bay
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Passage to the Starichkov Island
    Debarkation on the island.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 17:00
    Transfer to the hotel
    Accommodation and rest.
  • 18:00
    Dinner
  • 19:00
    Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Russkaya Bay — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the airport
    Visit of souvenir shops and fish market. End of the programme.
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Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Detailed description
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Price includes
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Medical insurance
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Boat trip
  • Luggage transport
  • Letter of invitation
  • Kayak and equipment rental
Price does not include
  • 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 group of 10 persons. The maximum number of participants is 12 persons. If the the number of participants in the group is less than 10, the price of the cruise can change. The itineray is approximate, the instructors choose the appropriate travel lines during the route according to the group training and weather conditions. The allowed age is above 12 years old. For the participation of the younger children, please, contact us in advance.

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Etienne
From 15 August 2016 to 25 August 2016
Destination: Kamchatka
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Anne
From 8 August 2016 to 20 August 2016
Destination: Kamchatka
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Superbe voyage malgré un climat hostile. Il faudrait préciser que des vêtements de pluie très performants sont nécessaire, car malgré nos capes de pluie et Kways nous étions trempés! La journée de transfert de 12 heures pour arriver au pieds des volcans en passant par la forêt mériterait d'être divisée en deux; A savoir un arrêt dans la pension privée avec bania ( très appréciée ) ainsi qu'un lit! Et
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Bonjour Anne, Nous vous remercions d’avoir fait part de votre ressentie concernant votre voyage, nous veillerons ainsi à améliorer les défauts que vous reprochez aux voyages. Nous prenons en compte votre suggestion concernant le transfert jusqu’au volcan. En ce qui concerne les vêtements de pluie , il y a eu un problème de communication de la part de notre agence et des prestataires externes. Nous sommes sincèrement désolés, et nous ferons de notre mieux à l’avenir pour que ces problèmes n’ait plus lieu. Notre première priorité reste la satisfaction des clients, et nous nous efforçons chaque jours d’améliorer nos services pour qu’ils soient les plus compétents possible. Sachez que nous ne restons pas indifférents face aux critiques positives ou négatives des clients. Chaque client est traité précieusement afin qu’il puisse vivre l’un des meilleurs voyage de sa vie. Nous vous remercions de vos remarques aussi pertinentes que constructives. En espérant que vous êtes une nouvelle fois prête à retenter l’aventure à nos côtés!
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Hugues
From 8 August 2016 to 20 August 2016
Destination: Kamchatka
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Fantastique séjour au Kamtchatka à tous point de vue: excellent groupe et guides enthousiastes et très attentifs. Paysages inoubliables. Ours apercus en faisant du rafting. Tour à recommander chaudement en rappelant que dans cette partie du monde, si en été le fond de l'air est bon en plaine, le temps peut changer rapidement et il pleut beaucoup et que dans le brouillard (fréquent) on ne voit rien
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Olga
From 10 July 2016 to 20 July 2016
Destination: Kamchatka
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Un voyage magnifique.... Le Kamchatka ,Presque une île accessible, uniquement,par air et par mer,grande comme l'Espagne ,mais ne comptant que 350000 habitants C'est donc un vaste "désert " fait de forêts et de volcans,où vivent 35000 ours que l'on peut observer auprès d'une rivière et d'un lac privés ,que l'on ne peut rejoindre que par hélicoptère ,à partir d'un village russe traditionnel,situe a 500
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Paolo
From 24 June 2016 to 7 July 2016
Destination: Kamchatka, Chukotka
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Kamchatka Coast is a wonderful trip professionally conducted on a seventeen hundred maritime miles of uninhabited coast. Everything topped my expectations: what I saw, the pervasive sense of adventure in the activities, the competence of the team (professional biologists and researchers) and the safety in which all activities were performed. One of my best trips ever.
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