Day 1: Hokkaido (Otaru)
Your exciting voyage to the Russian Far-East and Alaska begins in this small harbour city, west of Sapporo in Japan. Famous for its many hills and a nearby ski resort, the town has been an important trade and herring fishing centre. You will board your ship in the late afternoon and set sail for the Russian Federation. Enjoy a delicious dinner and get to know your fellow passengers.
Day 2: Korsakov
Your first Russian stop is the city of Korsakov. It’s a necessary one for all ships clearing in and out of Russia and there are some formalities that need to be completed here. Once completed you’ll have time to explore the city where history suggests there was once a large Japanese population here with its own temple.
Day 3: Tyuleniy Island
The word Tyuleniy means seal in Russian and that is appropriate enough as during the summer months, the island is home to tens of thousands of seals and sea lions who come here for breeding. It will be all aboard the Zodiacs to explore this small rocky Island.
Day 4: At Sea
Today is a chance to relax and enjoy the ship as you sail towards your next destinations.
Day 5: Yankicha Island
Yankicha Island is the southernmost of two islets forming Ushishir Island. At its center, there is a hugely impressive caldera that is only accessible by small boats during high tide. Inside this extraordinary lagoon are fumaroles and hot springs, both traces of the tremendous forces that created the island a long ago.
Day 6: Atlasova Island
On Atlasova Island, the near-perfect cone of Alaid volcano dominates the landscape here with its peak at 2000-meters high. At one time the island was a womens prison with many of the women political prisoners during the Soviet rule. Wildlife on this island includes Peregrine Falcons, White buzzards and Tufted Ducks. It’s a dramatic spot sure in the heart of the Russian Federation.
Day 7: Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky
Today marks the last day in the Russian Federation, before your cruise continues over to Northern Alaska. The Kamchatka Peninsula has played a strategic role in the defense of Russian territory throughout modern history and was closed for many years to foreigners and Russians alike. This has resulted in a unique wilderness and rich biodiversity. The surrounding landscape is also dominated by dramatic mountains.
Day 8: Time to relax, with no time passing at all!
Today is a day at sea crossing to North America. It’s a chance to enjoy the facilities of the ship but something unusual will happen en-route. Your ship will cross the international date line which means a day will pass but tomorrow will be the same date! In our busy lives there are often too few days where you can relax and do nothing, but the chance to do this without any time passing at all is even more unique!
Day 9: Attu Island
Attu Island marks the westernmost point of the United States. The island is a former site of a WWII battle between the Japanese and Americans, today the island is an ornithologist’s paradise visited by an array of migrating birds. Peregrine Falcons, Lapland Longspur and Aleutian Canada Goose might be spotted in the summer months.
Day 10: Kiska Harbour (Aleutian Islands)
Kiska Harbour is historically significant as the Japanese occupied it during WWII. A number of relics remain including a 2-man submarine and Shinto shrine. Ashore there are ptarmigans, Lapland Longspurs and Bald Eagles.
Day 11: Day at Sea
Today is spent at sea sailing towards Segaum Island. Keep an eye out for birds and wildlife along the way.
Day 12: Seguam Island (Alaska)
It will an early rise this morning for a visit to Segaum Island. The Island contains two calderas and covers an area of 80 square miles. The stark beauty of this remote island is offset by the chilly surrounding waters known for occasional whale sightings. This afternoon your ship will continue towards Dutch Harbour.
Day 13: Dutch Harbour
The dramatic peaks surrounding Dutch Harbor belies its history as one of the few places on American soil to have been directly attacked by the Japanese, during the Second World War. Located on a string of islands, which loops down into the Pacific from Alaska, your visit offers fascinating military history and extraordinary ocean scenery. There might be the oppourtunity to hike the surrounding landscapes and look out for wonderful wildlife.
Day 14: Unga Village & The Haystacks
The Aleutian island of Unga holds an ancient petrified wood forest and a deserted ghost town that stands on the site of a small gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The village has a somewhat sombre and atmospheric appearance, with many of the buildings now overgrown or collapsed. The afternoon moves on to an area call The Haystacks known for its appearance as Haystacks.
Day 15: Chignik And Aghiyuk Island
Chignik is a remote outpost at the doorstep of the Aleutian Island chain and offers up a true taste of Alaskan outback life. It has a population of around 100 people year round but the summer months brings a number of fisherman to the region.
The dramatic rock formations of Aghiyuk Island jut out of the water as one of the dramatic Semedi Islands, it’s a great destination for spotting the beautiful black and white Horned Puffins.
Day 16: Kodiak Island (Larsen Bay)
Today is one of two days your ship will spend on Kodiak Island. Larsen Bay is one of the hotspots of commercial and sports fishing on Kodiak Island’s western side. The village of Larsen Bay is home to one of the oldest standing canneries on Kodiak Island.
Day 17: Kodiak Island
Todays a full day is planned to discover some of the exciting activities on the Island. The exact programme will depend on local conditions but options can include flying out to a remote lodge for fishing (extra charge), kayaking, bear viewing or staying in town and access whatever pursuits can be reached from the limited road system.
Day 18: Chiswell Islands and Holgate Glacier
The Chiswell Islands are blessed with towering cliffs and sea caves offering up spectacular scenery and a Steller sea lion rookery. You can also find innumerable seabirds including Black-legged Kittiwakes, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned and Tufted Puffins, as wells as guillemots, auklets and murrelets.
Kenai Fjords National Park’s famous Holgate Glacier is a spectacularly active river of ice. Your ship will sail towards the glacier for time to view its dramatic face and listen as it moves and creeks. A perfect photo spot and place to enjoy a glass of whiskey to keep you warm.
Day 19: Seward, Anchorage
Surrounded on all sides by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay, Seward offers all the quaint realities of a small railroad town with the bonus of jaw-dropping scenery. Today there will be a programme of land programmes available.
Day 20: College Fjord and Columbia Galcier
Considered one of the most scenic fjords in the world, College Fjord is home to over a dozen major glaciers and dramatic snow-capped mountains. Wrap up warm, stay on deck and enjoy the scenery as your ship sails through this amazing region. Keep an eye out for wildlife too!
Day 21: Cape St.Elias (Kayak Island, Alaska)
Cape St Elias is the southwest end of Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. It is separated from the mainland by a channel 4 miles wide. The island, named by Lt. Sarichef of the Russian Navy in 1826 because its outline resembles the shape of an Eskimo skin canoe, is 20 miles long and only 2 miles wide and covered in dense rainforest.
Day 22: Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Hubbard Glacier, off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska, is the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. Today is a chance to jump in the Zodiacs and explore the bay for a unique perspective on the glacier and some super special photographs.
Day 23: Elfin Covea and Adolphus Alaska
Elfin Cove sits snugly on the southern shore of Cross Sound, which leads in eastwards to the Inside Passage. Elfin Cove is a quaint little harbor clustered with attractive timber houses built into the wooded hillsides on stilts. There will be some good time to explore the town or perhaps take your adventures a little further afield into the surrounding landscape.
During the evening Silver Explorer will be near Point Adolphus, a well-known area for whale watching. Enjoy an aperitif while you are on the outer decks, looking for humpback whales as well as orcas, or simply enjoying the landscape.
Day 24: Sergius Narrows and Sitka
The Sergius Narrows is a passage is used by small vessels to traverse from the open Pacific Ocean to the Alaskan Inside Passage. It is notoriously difficult to navigate and all vessels wait until slack tide when the currents are at their slowest to start manoeuvring. The narrow passage, less than 100 meters wide in places so make sure you are on deck to witness the Captain and Crew navigate it with precision. This afternoon will be spent at Sitka. The town offers an eclectic blend of Alaska Native, Russian, and American history in a dramatic and beautiful open-ocean setting. This is one of the best Inside Passage towns to explore on foot, with such sights as St. Michael's Cathedral, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Castle Hill.
Day 25: Sail Island and Endicott Arm
Sail Island is one of the many small, narrow islands located in Frederick Sound and it is home to the largest of all sea lions, the Stellar Sea Lions, and they are often seen hauled out on the rocky shores. The waters surrounding Sail Island are well known as a place where the magnificent humpback whales congregate to feed.
Your ship will then continue on to Endicott Arm a long fjord branching off Stephen’s Passage, the major inner passage heading southeast from Juneau. On either side of the fjord the steep, nearly vertical walls, rise to a height of about 370 meters or 1,200 feet. It’s a dramatic spot to enjoy on deck.
Day 26: Petersburg and Wrangell Narrows
Today you will visit Petersburg which lies on the northern end of Mitkof Island. It is halfway between Juneau, 120 mi to the north, and Ketchikan 110 mi to the south. Enjoy a range of activities in town or the surrounding area. Upon departure from Petersburg your ship will sail the Weangell Narrows which is one of the most scenic and well-known ‘Narrows’ in Alaska
Day 27: Metlakatla
Since the late 19th century, Metlakatla has been the major settlement of the Metlakatla Indian Community of the federally recognized Annette Islands Reserve, the only remaining reservation in Alaska. You will spend the morning here discovering the settlements fascinating history and beauty of its location.
Day 28: Cruising the Inside Passage
If it is drama that you are after, then you certainly need look no further that the dramatic beauty of the Inside Passage. Most ship sailing these waters are the large cruise ships which depart Canada most days. Today you can get to experience this unique part of the world with your fellow passengers and enjoy the intimate atmosphere of your shup. Spend the day on deck looking at the isolated communities nestling in shoreside villages, mountains rising from the tidal waters, seals basking on ice floes and massive glaciers calving with a thunderous snap in the distance.
Day 29: Nanaimo (British Columbia)
Welcome to Canada! Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It is the gateway to many other destinations both on the northern part of the island, such as Tofino, Comox Valley, Parksville, Campbell River, Port Alberni, and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. There will be a variety of activities to choose from today on your last stop of this epic voyage.
Day 30: Vancouver
After your incredible voyage, the time has come to disembark the ship and what a location to do it! Vancouver is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and dramatic landscapes. Disembarkation will be after breakfast but speak to your Travel Specialist about extending your stay here to discover some of the delights the city has to offer. If you’d like even more, why not continue up to the Rocky Mountains too?
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