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zWild Alaska and The Bering Sea

14 days

14 Day Luxury Pacific Expedition

Small Ship Adventures for our World Travelers

  • Discover some of the most remote and pristine natural wonders on the planet from the Aleutian Islands all the way to Eastern Siberia.
  • Join our outstanding Expedition Team on shore excursions and Zodiac expeditions to observe remarkable wildlife including Brown Bears, Tufted Puffins, Red-faced Cormorants, Fur Seals, Walruses and Whales!
  • Explore the Semidi Islands, home to some of the largest populations of native and undisturbed wildlife in the United States including 2.5 million birds - almost half the breeding seabirds of the Alaska Peninsula.
  • Venture to places seen by few travelers including St. Matthews Island, known as Alaska’s most remote location!
  • Step ashore in the small village of Lorino, home to the Chukchi people known for their reindeer-herding lifestyle. Experience their timeless ways as you join them for dog sled rides and excursions in their traditional animal-skin boats

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Day
1

Seward, Alaska, USA… Our voyage begins!

Step aboard the luxurious Silver Discover and settle in to your spacious outside stateroom. This afternoon, you’ll be introduced to your outstanding shipboard Expedition Team and will participate in a safety drill. Enjoy an elegant evening meal in the dining room and get to know your fellow travelers before our ship’s scheduled sailing at 10:00pm.  Meals D

Day
2

Alaska Peninsula… Holgate Glacier & Chiswell Islands

This morning, our shipboard Expedition Team is on hand to broaden your understanding of the region and to answer your questions as we navigate past the massive Holgate Glacier. Keep your ears open for the remarkable sounds of the ice popping and cracking, and watch for enormous blocks of ancient ice to calve off the glacier’s face. This afternoon, we’ll explore the Chiswell Islands where nearly 40 million birds representing 30 species congregate in thriving colonies along the coastlines. Over 20,000 Horned and Tufted Puffins return here to make their nests every summer. Accompanied by our expert Expedition Team, you’ll visit rookeries teaming with birds including Parakeet Auklets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Ancient Murrelets and Red-faced Cormorants.  Meals B,L,D

Day
3

Alaska Peninsula… Kukak Bay & Geographic Harbor

Our journey along the Alaska Peninsula continues today. You’ll find the shifting landscapes to be breathtakingly beautiful with active volcanoes, towering mountain peaks, rolling tundra and rugged, wave-battered shores. The Peninsula is also home to the largest Brown Bear population in the state!

This morning finds us surrounded by the waters and magnificent landscapes of Katmai National Park. With its other-worldly topography and 15 active volcanoes, Katmai is on the top of many “Best of Alaska” Lists! Our first exploration will be in Kukak Bay, known for its concentration of bears and the salmon on which they feed. Natural history walks and Zodiac tours with our Expedition Team offer terrific opportunities to get up-close and personal to the abundant wildlife and raw natural beauty.  In the afternoon, we’ll experience the inspiring scenery of Geographic Harbour, located at the head of Amalik Bay. Bears here are ubiquitous! Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Alaska Peninsula… Semidi Islands & Chignik

This morning, the Silver Discoverer will be navigating through the Semidi Islands. This remote and nearly uninhabited archipelago is home to some of the largest populations of native and undisturbed wildlife in the United States. There are 2.5 million birds here, almost half the breeding seabirds of the Alaska Peninsula. You’ll find huge numbers of Horned Puffins, Northern Fulmars and Jaegers, and over a million Murres. Ancient Murrelets and Parakeet Auklets are among the other species found, while the surrounding sea is home to sea otters, sea lions, seals, porpoises and whales. This evening, we’re scheduled to call upon Chignik, a tiny hamlet in Alaska’s Lake and Peninsula Borough. According to the 2010 census, Chignik had a population of 91 people.  Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Unga Island

Exploring by Zodiac with our shipboard Expedition Team, we’ll have a chance to observe Sea Lions on the rocky shores and Sea Otters at play in the extensive Bull Kelp beds that surround. Embedded in the island’s sea cliff is a spectacular petrified ancient forest.  Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Aleutian Islands, Alaska… Dutch Harbour

Together with the city of Unalaska, Dutch Harbour is a bustling community of about 4,000 residents. It is connected by bridge to the rest of Unalaska on Amaknak Island and its name is frequently applied to the entire town. During our guided shore excursion this morning, we’ll see World War II bunkers and visit the spectacular Russian Orthodox Church.  Meals B,L,D

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7

St. Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska

After breakfast, we’ll step ashore on this remote Bering Sea island for a guided walk to the Salt Lagoon, Town Cove and Rift Point Fur Seal haul out. While one of the most notable sights on the island is the Northern Fur Seal rookery, Saint Paul Island is also renowned as a bird watching haven.  Meals B,L,D

Day
8

St. Matthew Island & Hall Island, Alaska

This morning, you’ll have the rare opportunity to set foot on an island which few people have ever even seen! Known as Alaska’s most remote location, and designated in 1909 by Teddy Roosevelt as one of America’s first wildlife refuges, St. Matthew’s will be yours to explore together with our Expedition Team. The focus today is on botany and birding with McKay’s Bunting, Lapland Longspur and myriad other seabirds to observe. In addition, you’ll see plants alive in purple, pink and blue hues. St. Matthew is also home to the adorable Singing Vole and a healthy population of Red Foxes, the largest mammal on the island. As we enjoy lunch onboard, the Silver Discoverer will reposition to Hall Island where we use our fleet of Zodiacs to explore the rugged coast of this uninhabited island. Here we hope to encounter the vast numbers of Kittiwakes and Guillemots that make their nests on the steep cliffs. And be on the look out as well for Arctic Foxes, Horned Puffins and Walruses that are regularly seen from the Zodiacs.  Meals B,L,D

Day
9

Across the International Date Line

As our ship navigates in northwesterly direction toward Russia, we’ll cross the International Date Line, thus “losing” a day on our voyage!

Day
10

Provideniya, Russia

After clearing immigration formalities in the former Soviet military port of Provideniya, we’ll be treated to a traditional Russian welcome of Vodka, black bread, and sweets. Then after a rousing performance of traditional regional dancing, we’ll join our local guides for a walking tour through town and including the regional museum. Meals B,L,D

Day
11

Cape Dezhnev and Big Diomede Island, Russia

An early morning expedition by Zodiac brings us to Cape Dezhnev, an Inuit people heritage site. There’s a small historical village here as well as a monument to Russian explorer Semyon Dezhnev, for whom the cape is named. Just 28 miles off Cape Dezhnev in the middle of the Bering Strait is Big Diomede Island, a former Soviet military base that was used during World War II and even into the Cold War. Big Diomede is now unpopulated, housing only a Russian weather station and a small base for Russian Border guard troops. Less than one mile east is the International Date Line between Russia and the United States. In addition to learning about the indigenous Inuit heritage, there’s a good chance we’ll be able to observe hauled out Walruses.  Meals B,L,D

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12

Lorino village and Yttygran Island, Russia

The small village of Lorino is home to the Chukchi people, known for their reindeer-herding lifestyle. After a short welcome ceremony by the villagers, we’ll have a chance to experience their traditional ways as we join them for dog sled rides and excursions in their traditional boats, made from animal skins. As we approach Yttygran Island, keep a sharp lookout for Gray Whales that are often seen in these waters. On the island’s northern shore is Whale Bone Alley, named for the large number of carefully arranged whale skulls and bones.  Meals B,L,D

Day
13

Provideniya, Russia

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of today’s fascinating shipboard lectures, filled with dramatic tales of adventure and enriching information so you can learn more about the landscapes and wildlife of the places you’ve explore over the past two weeks. Also today, our ship will call again at the Russian port of Provideniya so that we can clear outbound immigration formalities. Meals B,L,D

Day
14

Nome, Alaska

Crossing the International Date Line between Russia and the USA, we’ll have gained back the day we “lost”. Early this morning, the Silver Discoverer will arrive in Nome, Alaska where your voyage will come to an end as you disembark.  Meals B

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Extend Your Trip

Discover Denali National Park!

6 Days from $7,599

Complement your expedition voyage with the majesty of Denali National Park! We take you deeper into the remote Alaskan Backcountry and include a variety of naturalist-guided expeditions for amazing experiences available to few travelers. Delight in the warmth and authentic Alaskan style of our lodges as you discover the mighty Alaska Range and Mt. McKinley with our attentive resident guides!

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1

Denali

Welcome to the Last Frontier.  Flight arrival (booked on own, early flights strongly suggested*) into Anchorage and meet your local guide at luggage claim.  A brief welcome orientation by your guide before you board your private vehicle and travel (just over 200 miles) to Denali National Park.  Enjoy Alaska-style luxury lodging and an exclusive Denali experience.  Your local guide is available for transfers this evening to local restaurants and sites.  

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Kantishna

Enjoy a morning in this natural setting with a variety of artistic experiences and specialty services.  You may want to enjoy a workshop, a performance, a raft adventure down a glacial river, a visit to a local dog kennel, or just a peaceful morning in this serene setting.  This afternoon, a 1-hour excursion onboard a small aircraft* will transfer you into Denali National Park** with awe-inspiring views of the Alaska Range, Denali, and the north side glaciers en route.  Land in Kantishna for your back country Alaskan experience.  Meals B, D

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3

Kantishna

The next two days are yours to enjoy and experience Denali National Park.  The park offers specialized learning adventures and hiking opportunities.  Enjoy the scenery, history, wildlife, and wildflowers.  Weather permitting, you’ll have views of the breathtaking Alaska Range and Mt McKinley, the highest peak in North America at 20,320’.  This remote destination allows you to enjoy the park away from the business of everyday life.  Access and accommodations in Kantishna are very limited.  You can enjoy exploring with the local naturalist in a small group setting or take a moment to soak up this majestic setting in a private moment all on your own. Meals, B, L, D

Day
4

Kantishna

Open Day. Meals B, L, D

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5

Anchorage

You’ll have an early departure with your tour bus* this morning (6:45am) for the park entrance. Your journey will take you and fellow travelers 95 miles on the park road with a naturalist guide.  Keep your eyes open for caribou, grizzly bears, Golden Eagles, moose, and more.  Upon arrival, meet up again with your local guide who will assist your boarding for the train.  Ride the rails on the deluxe dome car.  Lunch included on the train before you arrive at the quaint and unique town of Talkeetna, the jumping off point for climbers attempting Mt McKinley.  Your local guide meets you again in Talkeetna and makes a special stop at the locally owned microbrewery, Denali Brewing Company.   Enjoy a visit to the tasting room for an included pint of the local beer or glass of wine prior to boarding your private vehicle and continuing south to Anchorage. Meals B, L

Day
6

Depart

Transportation* for departing flights (booked on own).  Say farewell to your local guide. Meals B

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Enjoy a dog sled ride

   

Holgate Glacier

   

Stellar Sea Lions

   

Guillemots

Prices are per person, double occupancy, cruise only.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!