Aerial view of volcanic Aleutian Islands travel, with blue sky & sea, verdant green shores & jagged peaks.
Waterline view of humpback whale breaching out of calm waters on a hazy day in Alaska, seen during the Aleutian Islands Odyssey.
Brown grizzly bear stands among bright green grass beside still water & pebble-strewn shoreline, seen on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
A group of tufted puffins with black bodies, white heads, yellow hair & orange beaks stands together, seen on an Alaska to Japan cruise.
Flock of white seabirds flies above calm water during the Aleutian Islands Odyssey, an Alaska to Japan cruise.
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Aleutian Islands Odyssey

Experience Aleutian Islands travel at its best on this Alaska to Japan cruise. Begin in Anchorage, Alaska, before transferring to board the 132-guest Sylvia Earle expedition ship in the stunning, remote fishing port of Seward, Alaska, and begin exploring the rugged Alaskan Peninsula coast, where deeply incised fjords give access to glaciers tumbling from icefields high above. Brown bears, whales, dolphins and seals are but some that call this coast home, and wildlife only increases as the ship traverses the Aleutians, a roughly 1,200-mile chain of 14 large volcanic islands (and 55 smaller ones) that forms the Pacific Rim of Fire’s northern arc.

This natural boundary separates the Pacific Ocean from the Bering Sea—a designated Mission Blue Hope Spot—creating a dynamic environment that supports amazing biodiversity, including caribou, sea otters, Steller sea lions, orca and gray whales. During your Aleutian Islands travel, delight in black-legged kittiwakes, tufted puffins, crested auklets, peregrine falcon, tundra swans and so much more. Landings reveal historical relics ranging from Aleut villages and Russian fur trade depots to remnants of World War II battles and Cold War bases. Every day promises something incredible, including finishing up on Russia’s spectacular Kamchatka Peninsula.

Highlights of this Alaska to Japan cruise are many. Aleutian Islands travel enables one to explore the deep fjords of the Alaskan Peninsula, where glaciers shed bergy bits and brown bears and cubs forage along the shores. Island-hop the Aleutian chain of active volcanoes that form the Pacific Rim of Fire. Zodiac cruise in mist-shrouded coves, where colonies of Steller sea lions roar; humpback and gray whales blow; sea otters mesmerize; and outcrops hold breeding colonies of puffins, auklets, terns, guillemots and dozens of other species. Enjoy tundra walks amongst wildflowers that add color to smoking volcanoes. And explore abandoned military outposts where Japanese and U.S. military forces clashed in World War II.

Cruise in comfort aboard the Sylvia Earle expedition ship, with an average of 132 guests. This ship offers state-of-the-art design and technology, plus excursion-minded preparation rooms and multiple boarding platforms for efficient embarkation and disembarkation. Enjoy access to a variety of adventure gear, to ensure your Alaska to Japan cruise is like no other.

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Itinerary

Aleutian Islands Itinerary

The Aleutian Islands Alaska to Japan cruise heads west, starting with an overland transfer from Anchorage to embark in Seward, Alaska, disembarking in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia, and ending with a charter flight to Tokyo, Japan.

Route map of Aleutian Islands Odyssey, an Alaska to Japan cruise, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Tokyo, Japan, with visits to Kenai & Katmai National Parks, Kodiak Island, Aleutian Island travel & Russia.
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Day 1
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to the group hotel. Upon check-in, be provided with ship cabin tags to fill out with your name and cabin number. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at the voyage briefing this evening.

Accommodations

Hilton Downtown Anchorage Hotel (or similar)

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Explore Anchorage, Transfer to Seward & Embark

After check-out, discover Anchorage on a sightseeing tour transferring to Seward, where the expedition team will welcome all aboard at approximately 4:00pm. TAfter boarding, there’s time to settle in before learning important safety briefings. This evening, meet the expedition team and crew at the captain’s welcome dinner.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Kenai Peninsula

By ship and Zodiac, explore the wild coastline of Kenai Fjords National Park, where nearly 40 glaciers flow down from the sparkling Harding Icefield to ice shelves calving into narrow waterways below. Sail deep into the Northwestern Fjord and watch for wildlife at every turn.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Kodiak Island

The second largest island in the U.S., Kodiak Island is renowned for its brown bears, king crab and fascinating history. Kodiak became the center of Russia fur trade with Alaska in the 18th century. Visit the Alutiiq Museum, with its collection of art and cultural objects detailing the lives of the native Aleut people who lived here for more than 7,000 years. Hikers can explore the mysterious moss-draped forests, wildflowers and flowing streams, while birders can search for belted kingfishers, varied thrushes and red crossbills. Later, Zodiac cruise in to one of Kodiak’s outer islands, searching for humpback and fin whales.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park & Preserve

Tucked away at the end of Amalik Bay, Geographic Harbor is set in magnificent volcanic scenery. Zodiac cruise amidst spectacular scenery and explore offshore islands searching for bald eagles; marbled murrelets; sea otters; harbor porpoises; and coastal brown bears feeding on salmon, clams, mussels and barnacles. Rising mist reveals stunning volcanic landscapes and early wildflowers in bloom.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Semidi Islands

Zodiac cruise beneath basalt bird cliffs at Aghiyuk Island, then stretch the legs on tundra hikes amidst colorful wildflowers on Aghiyuk or Chowiet islands. Aghiyuk Island is a haven for more than with 2.5 million nesting seabirds. In Zodiacs, explore the island’s sheltered coastline while listening to the cacophony of the seabird colony, which includes murres, parakeet auklets, tufted and horned puffins, black-legged kittiwakes and northern fulmars. The surrounding waters abound with sea otters, seals, porpoise and whales.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Unga Spit, Shumagin Islands

Land on Unga Spit to explore petrified remains of a 25-million-year-old sequoia forest and a picturesque ghost town surrounded by wildflowers. Wander along a spectacular coastline covered with fragments of fossilized wood, all remnants of an ancient Metasequoia forest dating back some 70-14 million years. Watch for bald eagles, peregrine falcons and a host of seabirds, while otters and Steller sea lions patrol offshore. Explore an eerie village that was abandoned in 1969.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Unimak Island

False Pass marks the ship’s exit from the Alaska Peninsula and arrival in the Aleutian Islands. Unimak, the largest of the chain, is 93 per cent wilderness inhabited by brown bears, caribou, wolves and the odd wolverine. By foot and Zodiac, explore the island, from the bustling fishing port of King Cove to the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, where migratory birds arrive in their hundreds of thousands including black brant, emperor geese, Steller’s eider, some 30 shorebird species and many seabirds. In the sheltered coves and bays around Unimak Island, search for orca and humpback whales. Weather permitting, see the near-perfect cone of Mount Shishaldin, the Aleutian’s highest (and active) volcano.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Baby Islands, Dutch Harbor & Unalaska Island

Dynamic tides and whales make for exciting Zodiac cruising among the Baby Islands, none higher than a few meters above sea level, where all will be enthralled by whiskered auklets, puffins, petrels, murrelets, guillemots and perhaps even laysan albatross. At Alaska’s busiest fishing portDutch Harborwhere more than 600 bald eagles nest near town, find relics of the Japanese invasion during World War II, visit the Museum of the Aleutians and the oldest Russian church in Alaska.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Adak

“Where the winds blow and friendships grow” is the motto of Adak, Alaska’s southernmost city on the island separating the Bering Sea from the Pacific Ocean. Not always so friendly, Adak was a military installation that allowed American forces to mount successful operations against the Japanese in World War II, and housed a community of some 6,000 during the Cold War. Today only a few hundred remain, welcoming visitors to explore a near-ghost town set amongst spectacular tundra, where introduced caribou roam.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Kiska Island

When Japan captured Kiska in 1942, it marked the first loss of U.S. soil to foreign forces since the War of 1812. Today many war relics remain, including a Shinto shrine and a two-man submarine, and ptarmigans, Lapland longspurs and bald eagles nest in the shadow of active Kiska volcano.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Attu Island

The westernmost of the Aleutian Islands, Attu marks the site of the only World War II battle to be fought on North American soil and leaving several thousand dead. Today the attraction is birds, with exotic names like Siberian rubythroat, far eastern curlew and Mongolian plover, plus many of the migratory and seabirds you’ve come to love.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
At Sea

Sea days are ideal for editing photos, attending fascinating talks presented the onboard team of experts, or enjoying a massage at the wellness center. Remember to step outside to enjoy the many seabirds, whales, dolphins and seals on show as the ship approaches Russia’s Kamchatka coast. Celebrate the voyage end at tonight’s captain’s farewell dinner.

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Crossing the International Date Line

(As the ship crosses the International Date Line, the date is pushed forward by a day.)

Accommodations

Sylvia Earle

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia, & Fly to Tokyo, Japan

Disembark in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, say farewell to the crew and expedition team, and transfer to the airport to board a charter flight to Tokyo, where the group spends the night.

Accommodations

Nikko Narita Airport Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Depart Tokyo, Japan

Depart Tokyo and continue your journey.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1; one night’s hotel accommodation on Day 1, breakfast included (Day 2); sightseeing tour and transfer to the vessel on Day 2; charter flight from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to Tokyo on Day 15; one night’s hotel accommodation on Day 15; onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; all shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; educational lectures and guiding services from the expedition team; complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult); a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; port surcharges, permits and landing fees; gratuities for ship crew.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights (unless specified); transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; airport arrival or departure taxes; passport, visa and vaccination charges; travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges or insurance of any kind; hotels and meals not included in itinerary; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; optional activity surcharges; all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, WiFi, email or phone charges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aleutian Islands Alaska to Japan cruise begins in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC), and ends in Tokyo, Japan (NRT). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Anchorage any time ahead of the 5:00pm pre-voyage briefing. An arrival transfer from the airport to the group hotel is included, regardless of flight arrival time. Plan flights to depart Tokyo anytime on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching, birding and wildlife observation. The added-cost activity of sea kayaking ($870 per person in 2022), may be available; please contact AdventureSmith for availability and to reserve space with your booking.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share may be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will only pay the standard single occupancy rate. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers, signed by their doctor, is required for every departure. Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum required coverage of $250,000 USD per person, covering medical, accident and repatriation/emergency evacuation, as well as baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Jun 22 - Jul 08, 2022
Sylvia Earle • 17 days
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Expedition Ship
Sylvia Earle

Due to sail in April 2022, Sylvia Earle offers a robust menu of adventure activities from kayaking and polar diving to mountaineering and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Cruise responsibly knowing this brand new icebreaker polar expedition ship was built with cutting edge nautical technology including one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world.

Hotel
Hilton Downtown Anchorage

Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, this hotel is walking distance to popular attractions and a 10-minute drive to the International airport.

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