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Birding the Russian Far East

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Arctic   Russia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Marine Biology  
Season: May - June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 7000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 10525 US Dollar (USD)

On this exciting journey we explore one of the most geologically active and biologically rich parts of the planet. The large number of live volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands has earned this region of the Pacific the name ‘Ring of Fire’. The Kamchatka Peninsula is a land of stunning bays and snow-capped volcanoes whose alpine meadows and lowland forests support a great diversity of wildlife. The seas washing these isolated coasts literally teem with birds and marine mammals. Huge avian colonies dot the sea cliffs and large seal rookeries are scattered along the coast.

The 32-island Kuril chain consists of volcanoes rising from the sea floor and stretches between Russia and Japan across the Bering Sea. The larger of the Kuril Islands are inhabited, and most people make their living from the sea, as they have done for generations. Our voyage also includes the Commander Islands, rich in life of all kinds and the final resting place of the famed Danish explorer Vitus Bering.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

Day 2: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy & depart.

Day 3: At Sea.

Days 4 & 5: The Commander Islands.

Day 6: Zhupanova River.

Day 7: Bukhta Russkaya.

Day 8: Onekotan and Paramushir Islands.

Day 9: Ekarma and Toporkovy Island.

Day 10: Yankicha and Simushir Islands.

Day 11: Chirpoy and Urup Islands.

Day 12: Iturup Island.

Day 13: Kunashir Island.

Day 14: Korsakov Port and depart, with optional visit to Sakhalin Island.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Birding the Russian Far East: 26 May - 08 Jun 2012 (14 days):
- From US$7,000 * £4,410 * €5,000 * ZAR48,000 per person sharing (see below)
- Landing Fee: US$500.

Note: Tour prices fixed in US Dollars, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

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