Once considered an important ‘frontier’ or ‘border zone’ during the Cold War, the area visited by this cruise was previously off-limits to foreigners, with even Russians requiring special permission to travel within this restricted zone. All this changed, however, in 1992/93 with Perestroika, yet it nonetheless remains largely inaccessible since there are now fewer people living here, while the State-subsidised transport system has collapsed. In addition, during the winter much of the shoreline is choked by ice, while in the summer the lack of roads, scheduled air or shipping services, and lack of infrastructure means it is equally inaccessible. Nonetheless, during spring and summer the region remains a hive of activity for the thousands of birds that migrate here to take advantage of the abundance of food in the rich surrounding seas. Furthermore, the area’s Reindeer and Bighorn Sheep will be feeding in preparation for the upcoming harsh winter, while Brown Bears, which will have fed extensively on berries in the early summer, will be concentrated on the rivers and creeks gorging themselves on salmon. For our purposes, however, late summer/early autumn is one of the best times to discover this fabulous wilderness, with the late summer sun and the onset of autumn colours making the landscape appear like a picture postcard.
For those wishing to join this departure, the option exists of joining from Nome, Alaska, with the expedition beginning in Anadyr, the administrative centre of the Chukotka Autonomous Region. From here we will then travel south along the Koryak and Kamchatka coastlines to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy while making numerous landings along the way, including two full days at the Commander Islands.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations. Furthermore, the above prices exclude an additional landing fee of US$500.
Tour Fact Sheet
Top Birds: Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Top Mammals: Polar Bear, Brown Bear, Grey Whale, Walrus, Bighorn Sheep
Habitats Covered : open seas, shorelines, coves, rivers, tundra
Expected Climate :mostly cool to cold
Max Group Size: depending on ship capacity with experienced ship guides
Tour Pace & Walking : easy with some undemanding walks
Accommodation: comfortable ship cabins
Ease of Birding: generally undemanding
Other Attractions :spectacular scenery, ancient & traditional cultures, various historical sites
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
Tour Dates: 04 Sep - 15 Sep (12 days)
Tour Price: (Per Person) from US$7,410.00 to $11,115.00 * £4,900.00 to £7,350.00 * €5,740.00 to €8,600.00 * ZAR68,550.00 to ZAR102,000.00
Spaces Available: Dependant on Ship Capacity
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