16-Day Kamchatka and the Kuril Sea Expedition 

16-Day Kamchatka and the Kuril Sea Expedition

Zodiac Cruises, Gratuities and Shore Tours

Join Zegrahm Expeditions to sail the dramatic Wild Kamchatka with the Kuril Islands, on board the 100-guest Caledonian Sky.  Keep an eye out for prolific wildlife, rugged landscapes and high adventure along the striking coastline. A team of experts are there to help transform your vacation into an authentic learning experience, whether you are exploring geologic formations or searching for local seabirds and Arctic mammals. This is an excellent choice for the active traveler who appreciates brisk hikes in sometimes rugged terrain, thrilling encounters with the local flora and fauna, as well as the spontaneity of expedition cruising.

Zodiac Cruises, Gratuities and Shore Tours

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Ship(s): Caledonian Sky
Departure: 5/20/2020
Length: 16 Days
Starts: Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
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Cruise Amenities

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Kamchatka and the Kuril Sea Expedition Highlights:
  • Witness huge concentrations of seabirds in a frenzy of breeding activity—northern fulmars, horned and tufted puffins, guillemots, black-legged kittwakes and more.
  • Cruise by Zodiac along rocky islets and uninhabited shores to search for the area's prolific marine and wildlife—including bears, Arctic foxes, seals and whales.
  • Photograph a variety of stuffning scenery, from snowcapped volcanoes to wildflower-studded tundra.
  • Enjoy a performance of traditional Russian Songs and dances in Sakhalin Island's capital Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Zegrahm ALL-INCLUSIVE Amenities:
  • Complimentary activity options, from cultural tours, nature hikes to zodiac cruises
  • All gratuities, from porters and ship's crew to tour guides and drivers
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All entrance fees, taxes and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfer on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Comprehensive pre-departure packet to prepare you for your trip
  • Dedicated staff to answer all of your questions and assist with flight arrangements
  • All meals on board and with the group ashore, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance


16-Day Kamchatka and the Kuril Sea Expedition

Fares as low as $16,880 and Zodiac Cruises, Gratuities and Shore Tours!

Wild Kamchatka with the Kuril Islands
Aboard the Caledonian Sky
May 20, 2020 ♦ Sapporo to Petropavlovsk ♦ 16 Days

May 20-21
Arrive in Sapporo and check in to your hotel. In the evening gather for a welcome dinner and briefing.
May 22
Sapporo/Otaru/Embark Caledonian Sky:
Following breakfast, join a tour of Sapporo's highlights. This afternoon after lunch, embark Caledonian Sky.
May 23

Teuri Island/ Rishiri Island:
Early risers can don binoculars to scan the rocky cliffs for one of the largest colonies of rhinoceros auklets in Asia during a scenic cruise by tiny Teuri Island. Later, hike or stroll in a forest at Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park and visit the municipal museum for local history and artifacts.
May 24
Korsakov, Sakhalin Island, Russia/Yuzhno-Sahalinsk:
Stop in Korsakov, driving into Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the island's capital, for an interesting look at both Japanese and Russian cultural sights. Or you may opt for a day of birding with an orinthologist on the southern part of the island.
May 25

Tyuleniy Island:
Tyuleniy is the Russian word for seal, which explains the name for this island. The beaches are home to hundreds of northern fur seals and Steller sea lions, where you may be able to view their social habits, as well as a plethora of birds which share the space.
May 26

Broutona Island, Kuril Islands/Chirpoy Island:
The Kuril Islands make up an archipelago of 56 large and small volcanic islands extending about 700 nautical miles between Kamchatka and Japan with 40 active volcanoes. Today take a Zodiac cruise past the sheer cliffs of uninhabited Broutona Island to search for northenr fulmars and fork-tailed storem petrels. Thousands of breeding seabirds live on the dramatic headlands of Chirpoy Island.
May 27 Simushir Islands/Yankicha Island:
Explore Shimushir's amazing geology; extinct volcanoes, forested hillsides and a flooded crater that once hosted a secret military base. You may get an upclose look at the abandoned buildings and relics here. Yankicha has fumaroles and hot springs and you may encounter wildlife such as Arctic foxes, Arctic warblers and Middendorff's grasshopper warblers during a nature walk here.
May 28

Srednego Islands:
Often enveloped in fog, these islands are home to thousands of nesting seabirds, as well as large populations of Steller sea lions and northern fur seals. 
May 29 Lovyshki Islands:
Here are small, rocky islets that are ideal resting spots for thousands of northern fur seals.
May 30 Onekotan Island:
This scenic island boasts a 4,000-foot-high volcano with a lake in its center. A shoreside walk with your naturalist reveals seabirds and possibility of exploring ruins of the Ainu peoples who used to live here.
May 31
Atlasova Island:
Scenic cruising through the First Kuril Strait provides an opportunity to look for Steller's sea eagles and sea otters. Stop on Atlasova Island and stroll on its black sand beaches to explore the areas's geology or instead, go on an inland hike on the tundra to look for wildflowers.
June 1 Russkaya Bay:
This scenic bay resembles a Norwegian fjord with its inland mountains and volcanoes and is home to multitudes of seabirds and marine mammals.
June 2 Zhupanova River:
Today you will board Zodiacs to negotiate the shallow and meandering Zhupanova River and enjoy opportunities for birding and nature walks.
June 3-4 Petropavlovsk/Disembark/Seoul, South Korea and Home:
After breakfast, you will disembark the Caledonian Sky to transfer to airport for charter flight to Seoul. Check in the to the Grand Hyatt Incheon for dinner and an overnight stay. Tomorrow you board your independent flight home. 
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Fares shown is cruise-only per person in US dollars based on double-occupancy in minimum available stateroom. Fares subject to change. Other categories available, please ask for details. Space is very limited on small ships and subject to change. Fares include: “daily activity options” including cultural tours, nature walks and Zodiac cruises; all accommodations, lecture and expedition tea; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, soft drinks, beer and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading material; medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance. Airfare, independent travel, personal and related expenses are not included. Other restrictions apply. We reserve the right to correct errors.