four polar bears stand on rocks on the coastline of the teal sea seen on the across the bering sea cruise
dark brown Muskox with curved horns. The family of musk oxen peacefully grazes on Wrangel Island in July. Mighty wild beasts. Overcast. Wrangel Island. Arctic. Arctic Ocean. The Chukchi Sea. Chukotka. Russian Far East.
Adult bull killer whale breaching off St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska.
three groups of travelers take kodiac rides on the Zhupanova River, Russia. A jagged snow mountainrnage in the distance behind a lower forested mountain, seen on Across the Bering Sea Cruise
a tufted puffin colony,, black bodys with white heads and bright orange beaks, seen on Commander Islands
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Across the Bering Sea

This collection of voyages that crosses the Bering Sea aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion promises rich Russian cultural components, breathtaking landscapes and an astounding wealth of wildlife. Each of these unique Arctic cruise routes begin and end in Alaska.

On the main 13-day Exploring Russia’s Far East & Wrangel Island cruise, explore the remote Siberian coastline and venture past the Arctic Circle. Meet indigenous artists known for their intricate walrus ivory carvings, take in dramatic bird cliffs teeming with puffins and guillemots, then forge farther north to Wrangel Island Reserve. Spend several days in this pristine landscape that’s home to the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens, the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus and a variety of plant life. Witness the intriguing site with the ancient, mysterious display of whale bones and skulls erected on Yttygran Island. This itinerary is offered by both the National Geographic Orion and 126-guest National Geographic Resolution.

The National Geographic Orion also offers a longer 22-day alternative itinerary that sails through Alaska’s Katmai coast then along the coast of Russia through Kamchatka, making for a cultural and wildlife-focused trip. Another option is to get aboard the 13-day Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai, and Kodiak cruise that makes a stop in Russia, but highlights remote wildlife-rich islands off the coast of Alaska. And for an epic Bering Sea voyage, consider the 25-day Kamchatka, Kuril Islands & Hokkaido itinerary, which sails from Nome, Alaska, along Russia’s remote coastline, down to Niigata, Japan, with a bullet train to Tokyo for two days of city exploration before flights home. Contact AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruise specialists for a customized look at which route best suits your travel needs.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises.



Itinerary

Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island Itinerary

Cruise across the Bering Sea from Nome, Alaska, aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion to explore the remote Siberian coastline and venture past the Arctic Circle to Wrangel Island. On the 13-day Exploring Russia’s Far East & Wrangel Island cruise, explore the remote Siberian coastline and venture past the Arctic Circle.

Route map for Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island between Nome, Alaska and the eastern Russia coast.
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Day 1
Anchorage to Nome, Alaska & Embark

Fly to Nome via Anchorage. Embark National Geographic Orion in the afternoon and cross the Bering Strait.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Provideniya, Russia

At the western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called “The Gateway to the Arctic.” It’s also the administrative center where the ship must conduct clearance into Russia. Visit the excellent museum and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Cape Dezhnev & Inchoun Village

Round Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of the Eurasian continent and if conditions permit, make a landing and hike to the lighthouse. Then continue to the nearby Chukchi and Yupik village of Inchoun. Known as the land marine hunters, villagers live off of the sea just as their ancestors did.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Kolyuchin Island & Kolyuchin Bay

Located on the northern Chukotka coast, Kolyuchin Inlet is an enormous tidal estuary that offers excellent hiking and birding opportunities. Nearby on Kolyuchin Island find nesting puffins and guillemots, and occasionally Pacific walruses. Explore the area by Zodiac and, conditions permitting, go ashore.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 8
Wrangel Island

This UNESCO World Heritage site has the highest level of biodiversity in the High Arctic. Spend four fascinating days discovering the island’s abundant plant life and searching for polar bears, Pacific walrus, musk oxen, Arctic fox, gray whales and 100 migratory bird species. Perhaps spot the bones and tusks of woolly mammoths jutting out from gravelly riverbeds—Wrangel Island was the last refuge for these ancient beasts.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
At Sea & Lorino Village

Head back south from Wrangel Island and take advantage of the time at sea to attend informative talks, sort your photos, visit the Bridge to learn about navigation, or just relax and let the memories of the previous days soak in. At Lorino, the largest indigenous village in Chukotka, witness a dance performance and learn about traditional fishing, hunting and reindeer herding.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Chukotka Coast & Provideniya

Continuing the journey down the coast of the rugged Russian Far East, take advantage of the flexible schedule to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and by foot. In Provideniya we’ll conduct our clearance formalities before heading east to Nome.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
At Sea (Bering Strait)

Spend the final day at sea, crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. Linger on deck with binoculars in hand—the chances are great to spot whales and rare seabirds.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Nome & Fly to Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive in Nome this morning and transfer to the airport for flights to Anchorage and onward.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD and insurance of any kind.

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 120 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:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 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 13-day Exploring Russia’s Far East & Wrangel Island cruise begins and ends in Nome, Alaska (OME), utilizing the single daily flight in and out of Nome. Plan to fly on the 10:00am flight from Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) to Nome, arriving at 11:40am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan to depart Nome on the 12:00pm Noon flight to Anchorage on day 13. With limited accommodation it is not advised to stay in Nome.

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, birding, Zodiac cruising, cultural experiences and whale watching.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts,Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. 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.

Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai & Kodiak Itinerary

On the 13-day Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai & Kodiak cruise, traverse the breadth of the iconic Bering Strait and venture deep into the two distinct worlds it joins. Encounter the rich culture of Provideniya before exploring the Pribilof Islands, a naturalist’s paradise. Continue on to explore the dynamic history, culture and natural wonders of Alaska’s rugged coast. A visit to Katmai National Park rounds out this immersive Arctic travel expedition.

Route map for Bering Sea Wilderness Pribilofs, Katmai & Kodiak expedition cruise between Nome, Alaska, Providenya, Russia and Seward, Alaska.
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Day 1
Embark Nome, Alaska

Arrive in Anchorage and fly to Nome, Alaska to embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
At Sea (Bering Strait)

Spend the first day at sea crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Provideniya, Russia

The western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called The Gateway to the Arctic. It’s also the administrative center where the ship will conduct clearance into and out of Russia. Visit the excellent museum and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 6
Pribilof Islands, Alaska & At Sea

A naturalist’s paradise, the Pribilof Islands welcome three million seabirds and a million marine mammals each summer as they arrive to breed. Go ashore at St. Paul to explore on land, and at St. George go by Zodiac to view puffins, kittiwakes and red-faced cormorants, as well as a northern fur seal rookery. 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Unalaska Island

This morning, arrive at Dutch Harbor, on Unalaska Island, site of a fierce WWII battle and now one of the world’s most important fishing ports. Continue to the Baby Islands, just east of Unalaska, where dynamic tides offer exciting potential to spot sea otters and fur seals, as well as rare seabirds, both from the ship’s deck and from Zodiacs.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Shumagin Islands & Alaska Peninsula

Go ashore on Unga Island to explore incredible tundra and scattered remnants of a unique petrified forest of sequoia trees that were buried in a volcanic mudslide nearly 25 million years ago. Continue along the the Alaska Peninsula, with time for exploration and wildlife watching.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Kodiak Island

The second largest island in the U.S., Kodiak is best known for its brown bears and its fishing industry. Less well known is its unique mix of Native Alutiiq and Russian-American history. Join the Undersea Specialist for a dock walk among the commercial fishing boats in Kodiak’s inner harbor. Photograph the beautiful Holy Resurrection Church on a photo walk, or peruse native art and artifacts at the Alutiiq Museum. Later, explore one of the island’s outer bays by Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Katmai National Park

Spend today exploring the shorelines and waters of coastal Katmai National Park & Preserve. Known for its abundant brown bear population, this area provides countless opportunities to watch and photograph bears digging for clams at low tide, or fishing for salmon in the creeks.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Kenai Peninsula

Nearly 40 glaciers flow out of the Kenai’s Harding Icefield, so the opportunities for exploration abound. Cruise one of the ice-scoured fjords to the face of a tidewater glacier, while searching for mountain goats and other wildlife along the way. 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Seward, Alaska

Arrive in Seward this morning and transfer to the airport in Anchorage for flights home or onward. 

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expeditions’ leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD and insurance of any kind.

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 120 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:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 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 13-day Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai & Kodiak cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). 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 by 8:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Anchorage no earlier than 4:30pm on day 13.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Nome, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska is required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of three checked bags, with each checked bag subject to standard fees when weighing up to 50 lbs (additional fees for oversize or overweight luggage, up to 100 lbs each). One carry-on bag plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat may be brought on board without a fee.

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, birding, Zodiac cruising, cultural experiences and whale watching.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. 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.

Across the Bering Sea: From Katmai to Kamchatka Itinerary

On this Bering Strait cruise, cover more than 3,800 nautical miles and nearly circumnavigate the Bering Sea. Spot coastal brown bears from Katmai National Park to the Kamchatka Peninsula, search for Steller’s sea eagles along the scenically stunning Zhupanova River and be awed by the abundance and variety of marine mammals and seabirds from the Aleutians to the Commander Islands.

Route map for Across the Bering Sea from Katmai to Kamchatka expedition cruise between Alaska and eastern Russia.
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Day 1
Embark Seward, Alaska

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to Seward, Alaska to embark the ship in the late afternoon. 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 3
Katmai National Park

Spend two days exploring the shorelines and waters of coastal Katmai National Park & Preserve, observing and photographing its abundant brown bear population. Explore Geographic or Hidden Harbors and Kukak Bay by ship, Zodiac, or, conditions permitting, kayak.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
At Sea & Unalaska

Watch from deck as Orion transits Baby Pass en route to the Baby Islands, just to the east of Unalaska. Dynamic tides here offer exciting potential to spot sea otters and fur seals, as well as rare seabirds. Arrive at Dutch Harbor, site of a fierce WWII battle and now one of the world’s most important fishing ports.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 10
Aleutian Islands

These rugged and remote volcanic islands, which separate the North Pacific from the Bering Sea, support vast colonies of seabirds, and marine mammals such as northern fur seals, Steller sea lions and a variety of whales. WWII history buffs will recognize names like Attu and Kiska, islands to explore during these days.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

After crossing the international date line, sail into the protected waters of Avacha Bay and dock at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the gateway to Kamchatka. Be on deck for the approach, as KoryakskyAvachinsky, and Kozelsky volcanoes provide a stunning backdrop to this port city. 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Zhupanova River

This 100-mile-long immaculate waterway in Kamchatka is teeming with enormous rainbow trout, salmon and char. Explore the lower river by Zodiac, in search of one of the world’s largest raptors, plus numerous wading birds, other waterfowl and spotted seals hauled out on sandbars.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
Commander Islands

Watch for whales, large rafts of sea otters and countless nesting seabirds who inhabit the rich waters surrounding the Commander Islands. On land, visit the gravesite of Danish explorer Vitus Bering. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to the fur seal rookery at Cape Severo-Zapadnyi.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 19
Koryak and Chukotka Coasts

There’s much to explore as the ship makes its way up the seldom-visited east coasts of Kamchatka and Chukotka, in far eastern Siberia. Hike from one bay to the next, surrounded by volcanic mountains and tundra plants. Photograph brown bears, walruses feeding and three species of seals in rookeries onshore. Learn about Koryak reindeer-herding culture in either Tymlat or Ossora village. 

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 20
Provideniya

At the western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called The Gateway to the Arctic. It’s also the administrative center where the ship will conduct its outbound clearance from Russia. Visit the excellent museum and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 21
At Sea (Bering Strait)

Spend the final day at sea, crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. Linger on deck with binoculars in hand—the chances are high to spot whales and rare seabirds.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 22
Disembark Nome, Alaska

Arrive in Nome this morning and transfer to the airport for flights to Anchorage and onward.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expeditions’ leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; mandatory charter flight between Nome, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska (inquire for pricing); personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $3,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 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 22-day Across the Bering Sea: From Katmai to Kamchatka cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). 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 by 8:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Anchorage no earlier than 4:30pm on day 22.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Nome, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska is required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of three checked bags, with each checked bag subject to standard fees when weighing up to 50 lbs (additional fees for oversize or overweight luggage, up to 100 lbs each). One carry-on bag plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat may be brought on board without a fee.

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, birding, Zodiac cruising, cultural experiences and whale watching.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts,Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. 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.

Along the Ring of Fire: Kamchatka, Kuril Islands & Hokkaido Itinerary

On the 25-day Along the Ring of Fire: Kamchatka, Kuril Islands & Hokkaido cruise, travel within the legendary Ring of Fire, home to 75% of Earth’s volcanoes—and some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Sail down Russia’s rugged coastlines, through the remote Kuril Islands, all the way to Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, before ending in Tokyo.

Route map of Along the Ring of Fire: Kamchatka, Kuril Islands & Hokkaido voyage, operating between Nome, Alaska, and Tokyo, Japan.
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Day 1
Anchorage to Nome, Alaska & Embark

Arrive in Anchorage and fly to Nome, Alaska to embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
At Sea (Bering Strait)

Spend the first day at sea settling into your cabin as the ship crosses the international dateline along with the Bering Strait, one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Provideniya, Russia

Often called the gateway to the Arctic, Provideniya lies at the western edge of the Bering Strait. This former Soviet military port is also the administrative center where the ship must conduct clearance into Russia. Visit the excellent local museum filled with regional artifacts, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 7
Chukotka & Koryak Coasts

Over the next several days, explore the seldom-visited Koryak coast and Chukotka Peninsula in the remote Russian Far East. Hike the vast tundra, surrounded by volcanic mountains and diminutive flora, and photograph elusive brown bears, Pacific walruses and a variety of seal species congregating in onshore rookeries. During a visit to a picturesque coastal village, learn about the local Koryak reindeer-herding culture.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
At Sea & Commander Islands

Spend two days sailing the wildlife-rich waters of Russia’s Commander Islands, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Spot northern fur seals, Russian sea otters and flocks of nesting seabirds. Step ashore at Bering Island to visit the gravesite of Danish explorer Vitus Bering, and look out for arctic foxes and horned and tufted puffins. Weather permitting, ride Zodiacs to a northern fur seal rookery at Cape Severo-Zapadni.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
Chazhma & Zhupanova Rivers

Continue south along the Kamchatka Peninsula and navigate into two pristine rivers, teeming with rainbow trout, salmon and char. Explore by Zodiac, seeking out Steller’s sea eagles, one of the largest raptors in the world, as well as wading birds and spotted seals hauled-out on the sandbars.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Sail into the protected waters of stunning Avacha Bay, the sea gate to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Visit the port town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, framed by a trio of soaring snow-capped volcanoes: Koryakskiy, Avachinskiy, and Kozelskiy.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 16
Kuril Islands

Spend the next several days discovering the Kuril Islands, a volcanic archipelago stretching from Kamchatka to the northeastern corner of Japan’s Hokkaido island. Mostly uninhabited, the Kurils boast incredible wildlife, dramatic scenery and a complex political history. Weather permitting, visit several of the islands, including Atlasov—home to the archipelago’s highest volcano, as well as the remains of a women’s gulag, or Soviet-era labor camp; Ptichiy, a haven for migratory birds and sea otters; Shiashkotan, the site of an ancient village of the Ainu—an indigenous people of the Kuril, Hokkaido, and Sakhalin islands; and Simushir, where volcanic peaks loom over an abandoned submarine base.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 17 - 18
At Sea & Korsakov, Russian Federation

Enjoy a relaxing day aboard as the ship crosses the Sea of Okhotsk to Korsakov, located at the southern end of Sakhalin, Russia’s largest island. Here, the ship will conduct her clearance out of Russia.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 19
Abashiri, Japan & Shiretoko National Park

Arrive in Abashiri on the island of Hokkaido. After the ship’s clearance into Japan, visit the Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, dedicated to the indigenous tribes of the Earth’s subarctic regions. Later, venture to Shiretoko—the end of the Earth in the native Ainu dialect. One of Japan’s most spectacular national parks, Shiretoko is home to an abundance of land and sea mammals including brown bears, Steller sea lions and sperm whales. Also be on the lookout for white-tailed eagles, Blakiston’s fish owls (the largest living species of owl) and Steller’s sea eagles, which spend winters here.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 20
Kushiro Shitsugen & Akan Mashu National Parks

Sail Hokkaido’s northeastern coast to Kushiro and head inland to explore Kushiro Shitsugen National Park, Japan’s largest wetland and home to the endangered red-crowned crane, which was thought to be extinct in the early 20th century. Drive to Akan Mashu National Park, known for its ethereal, mist-shrouded lakes, and delve into forests of Sakhalin spruce before visiting a charming Ainu village.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 21 - 22
Muroran & At Sea

Dock at Muroran and choose from two options: Drive to Shikotsu-Tōya National Park, where mirror-like lakes and forest-covered hills are set against the silhouette of the snowcapped Mount Yotei stratovolcano. Or, drive to Shiraoi to visit the National Ainu Museum and Park, an open-air museum where visitors can experience various elements of Ainu culture. The trip’s final afternoon will be spent at sea as the ship makes her way toward Niigata.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 23
Disembark Niigata to Tokyo

Disembark in Niigata, facing the Sea of Japan on the island of Honshu. Board a bullet train to Tokyo and upon arrival check in to the Conrad Tokyo, a modern hotel located just a few steps from Ginza, the world-famous shopping and entertainment district. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, exploring the vibrant Japanese capital on your own.

Accommodations

Conrad Tokyo

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 24
Tokyo

Set out to explore Tokyo today. Visit the serene Meiji Jingu shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji, who ruled over Japan from 1867 to 1912 and helped transform the country into a modern power. At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, learn about the Tokugawa shogunate, the powerful military government that preceded the Meiji era. Stroll the bustling streets of the Asakusa district and visit the iconic Sensoji temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers tonight.

Accommodations

Conrad Tokyo

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 25
Depart Tokyo, Japan

After breakfast, depart for the airport to connect to your flight home.

Accommodations

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expeditions’ leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $3,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 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:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 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 25-day Along the Ring of Fire: Kamchatka, Kuril Islands & Hokkaido cruise begins in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC), and ends in Tokyo, Japan (HND). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Contact an Adventure Specialist to confirm the required arrival time into Anchorage on day 1 of the itinerary. On the final day, hotel check out is at 12:00pm Noon, with free time for lunch at your leisure; travelers on the group flight will depart the hotel by 1:00pm. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Anchorage, Alaska and Nome, Alaska is required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of three checked bags, with each checked bag subject to standard fees when weighing up to 50 lbs (additional fees for oversize or overweight luggage, up to 100 lbs each). One carry-on bag plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat may be brought on board without a fee.

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, Zodiac cruising and cultural experiences.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. 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

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Jun 10 - Jul 01, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 22 days
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Jun 19 - Jul 01, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 13 days
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Jul 01 - Jul 13, 2021
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Jul 13 - Aug 03, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 22 days
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Aug 03 - Aug 15, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 13 days
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Aug 15 - Aug 27, 2021
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Aug 27 - Sep 20, 2021
National Geographic Orion • 25 days
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Aug 07 - Aug 19, 2022
National Geographic Resolution • 13 days
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Aug 19 - Sep 12, 2022
National Geographic Resolution • 25 days
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National Geographic Orion

102-guest National Geographic Orion is one of the most sophisticated vessel in its class. Small ship cruises aboard the Orion offer a luxurious exploration of Chile, Tahiti and beyond.

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National Geographic Resolution

The 126-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Flexible Arctic Cruise Cancellation Available 14 Days Before Departure aboard National Geographic

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with this cruise, the following pre- and post-cruise options are available for a seamless land-and-sea group travel experience with National Geographic guides and fellow passengers. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.

Tutka Bay Lodge Extension is a 5-day pre- or post-cruise exploration by land and sea of the Kachemak Bay area, near Homer, Alaska. Go glacier hiking, explore intertidal zones, visit an oyster farm, head out sea kayaking, enjoy yoga classes, and keep watch for whales, seals, otters and eagles. Choose between bear viewing or deep sea fishing with expert naturalist guides. These nearly three full days at the Tutka Bay Lodge—one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World—will blend serene moments with exciting and educational activities.

Winterlake Lodge Extension is a 5-day pre- or post-cruise exploration by land along Alaska’s historic Iditarod Trail. Enjoy a floatplane ride, hiking with possible moose and black bear sightings, guided foraging, yoga classes, Alaskan cooking instruction, a meet-and-greet with Iditarod sled dogs, and paddling on Winter Lake while watching for loons, swans and shoreside wildlife. Choose a helicopter-supported adventure with expert naturalist guides, with options including heli-hiking, glacier trekking, a float down the Happy River or fly fishing. These nearly three full days at the Winterlake Lodgeone of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World—offer moments for relaxation alongside high octane adventure and inspiring education.

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5 Day Land Tour
Brown Bears of Katmai

Alaska bear viewing in Katmai National Park is one of the state's greatest wildlife spectacles. From your home base at Brooks Lodge, see the brown bears of Brooks River. This independent package includes hotels in downtown Anchorage and a seaplane flight to Katmai.

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6 Day Land Tour
Denali Backcountry Explorer

Spend 3 nights at a remote backcountry lodge situated 90 miles inside Denali National Park. Unbeatable wildlife viewing, landscape photography, guided hikes, fishing, dog sleds and an Alaska railroad ride can be customized to complement any Alaska small ship cruise.

From $2365USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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7 Day Land Tour
Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer

The ultimate of all Kenai Fjords tours, this trip offers active exploration from the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only lodge located within Kenai Fjords National Park. Enjoy a more in-depth exploration—think kayaking, hiking, relaxing and less overland travel.

From $2965USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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