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ALASKA AND RUSSIA’S FAR EAST – SILVER WIND

from $15,660

DATE: Sept 17 – Oct 05, 2022

DURATION: 19 DAYS

EMBARK: NOME, ALASKA

DISEMBARK: VANCOUVER, BC

SHIP: Silver Wind

 FROM: $15,660*

*After 10% Early Booking Savings

Free Economy or Reduced Rate Business Class Airfare, Pre-cruise hotel and transfers

Pre- and Post-Cruise tours are available.

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All about the ALASKA AND RUSSIA’S FAR EAST – SILVER WIND.

The Extreme Northeast of Russia – Departing from Nome, this 19-day adventure takes you truly off the beaten track. This is a perfect time to view the Northern Lights. The raw, jaw dropping beauty of the region is astonishing – coasts that are heavily influenced by the oceans that surround them, this is a region where survival has persevered against the odds. Sail on south to Alaska, where the dramatic scenery of the Hubbard Glacier (amongst others) really comes into its own, before arrival in Vancouver.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Historic Nome, Alaska
  • Bering Sea
  • Russian Far East
  • Provideniya, Russia
  • Lorino Village, Russia
  • St. Paul Island, Alaska
  • Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park
  • Hubbard Glacier
  • Alaska’s Inside Passage
  • Sitka, Alaska – Former capital of Russian America
  • Wrangell, Alaska
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Zodiac Explorations

Weather permitting, the Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special expeditionary excursions allow you to experience the wilds of Antarctica in peaceful silence.

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, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation

 

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Economy air, or reduced rate Business/First Class
  • Pre-cruise hotel night in Anchorage
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • All meals
  • Beverages, open bar, beer, wine, liquor
  • Room service
  • Butler service
  • All excursions
  • Expedition leaders and guest speakers
  • Gratuities to ship crew.
  • Port charges and taxes

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Pre- and Post-cruise tours

Travel and Emergency Evacuation Insurance

Items of personal nature

  1. Day 1 NOME, ALASKA - Embarkation - Cross International Dateline - Lose a day

    Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. The area has an amazing history dating back 10,000 years of Inupiaq Eskimo use for subsistence living. Modern history started in 1898 when ”Three Lucky Swedes”, Jafet Lindberg, Erik Lindblom and John Brynteson, discovered gold in Anvil Creek…the rush was on! In 1899 the population of Nome swelled from a handful to 28,000. Today the population is just over 3,500.

    Plan to arrive in Anchorage a day early. Hotel included.

     INTERNATIONAL DATELINE

    Tonight, we cross the dateline and lose a day.

  2. Day 2 PROVIDENIYA, RUSSIA

    In the 1930s a port and city was built in Provideniya Bay as a coaling and supply station for the ships in the Chukotka Region and for the Northern Sea Lane. Until recently huge piles of coal in the harbor were remains of that period. Provideniya is located at the northeastern end of the bay, at Emma Harbor. Today there are some 2,200 residents –many of them Yupik- living along the shore of the northern side of Emma Harbor. On the southern side are the buildings formerly used by the military.  The “House of the Culture” serves to show cultural performances ranging from Russian to local folklore and the small “Museum of Beringian Heritage” has interesting exhibition pieces, including a walrus skull with four tusks.

  3. Day 3 LAVRENTIYA BAY, LORINO VILLAGE, RUSSIA

    At the eastern end of Far East Russia lies Lavrentiya Bay. Further east across the narrow Bering Sea lies Alaska. Lavrentiya Bay was named by Captain James Cook on his third expedition in 1778 after the day he arrived in the bay—the feast day of Saint Lawrence. The far east region was already under Russian influence, including having been visited by the Danish explorer Vitus Bering in 1728, whilst employed by the Russian, Peter the Great. Russian fur traders were also in the region as they slowly pushed east into Alaska.

    Indigenous Chukchi people have long dwelt in Lavrentiya Bay. Traditionally they lived on marine life harvested and eaten fresh or stored for winter. The Russians founded the town of Lavrevtiya in the bay of the same name in 1928. It was a Kultbaza—a settlement for the education of indigenous communities. Lavrevtiya is now the administrative center for the Chukotsky District and has most of the limited facilities of this very remote part of Russia.

    Whales were a highly sought-after prey for the Chutchi who hunted them from boats made of marine mammal skins. Walrus and seals were also hunted. Archaeologists have shown that earlier hunters of the bay used harpoons with wings, thought to assist the flight of the harpoons. Salmon, caught at rivers during the summer spawning runs, and reindeer, were also key foods. Such food is still sought, but only a few whales are permitted to be taken each year. The whales most visitors see in the bay are safe, and they seem to know it.

  4. Day 4 PENKIGNEY BAY, PROLIV SENYAVINA (HOT SPRINGS), RUSSIA

    Proliv Senyavina is the name of the passage around Arakamchechen Island, Chukotka. At the southern end of the passage and slightly inland on the mainland are To the Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs. We will go ashore by Zodiac, will enter a small lagoon and hike across tundra and some rolling hills to reach a stream with some hot springs. You can choose to either enter a small pool prepared by the local fishermen, or to go into the stream.

  5. Day 5 CAPE KUYVEVEEM, ENMELEN & RUDERA CAPE, RUSSIA

    Like bookends, towering cliffs composed of light-colored granite and streaked by darker rock stand on each side of a large sheltered bay in the spectacular scenery of Cape Kuyvyveen. The sandy beach lies at the head of the bay with rolling tundra behind. Despite the cliffs on either side of the bay being quite close together, the adjacent terrains are slightly different, and each attracts different species of birds. Thick-billed Murres, Glaucous and Slaty-winged Gulls, Parakeet Auklets and Red Phalaropes frequent the dramatic rocky formations while Common Murres, Pelagic Cormorants and Black-legged Kittiwakes line the cliffs and archways.

  6. Day 6 PREOBRAZHENIYA & ACHEN LAGOON, RUSSIA

    Shore walk with expedition staff.

     

  7. Day 7 DAY AT SEA - Cross Dateline

    DAY AT SEA – CROSS DATELINE – Gain a day.

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  8. Day 8 ST. PAUL ISLAND, ALASKA, USA

    The city of Saint Paul is located on a narrow peninsula on the southern tip of St. Paul Island, the largest of five islands in the Pribilof Islands. These islands are located in the middle of the Bering Sea between the United States and Russia. St. Paul lies 240 miles north of the Aleutian Islands, 300 miles west of mainland Alaska, and 750 air miles west of Anchorage. The first non-natives to ‘discover’ St. Paul were Russian fur-traders in the late 1780s, led by the navigator, Gavriil Pribylov. Today, this small city has one school (K-12), one post office, one bar, one small general store, and one church, a Russian Orthodox Church that is registered as a National Historic building. In summer, this island is teeming with wildlife, including about 500,000 northern fur seals and millions of seabirds, including Tufted Puffins.

     

  9. DAY 9 DUTCH HARBOR, ALASKA

    With Bald Eagles soaring overhead, emerald-green volcanic peaks chafing the clouds, and raw ocean scenery as far as the eye can see, this far-flung destination is the definition of remote and wild. Part of the outlying Aleutian Islands archipelago, which spirals out across the Bering Sea into the wilds of the Pacific, Dutch Harbor offers a dramatic backdrop and rich military history. Enjoy hikes along coastal trails to birdwatch among more than 100 different species – and look on as huge clouds of cawing seabirds float on gusts of wind, filling the air with their raucous calls.

  10. DAY 10 DAY AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  11. DAY 11 GEOGRAPHIC HARBOR

    Geographic Harbor is a superb hidden natural harbor within the Katmai National Park. It is well known for its wildlife and wilderness values, but it was a cataclysmic event that lead to the preservation of the area. In 1912, a huge volcanic eruption on the Alaska Peninsula devasted the landscape. One valley of ash, fumeroles and steam was named The Valley of a Thousand Smokes. The National Geographic Society came to study the event and successfully lobbied for the area’s protection. One of their expeditions put Geographic Harbor on the map and it was named after the society. People have lived in the area for at least 9000 years, including native Alaskan Alutiiq people, Russian fur trappers and American adventurers. Large Brown Bears are sometimes seen foraging for berries, roots and sedges ashore, or for clams at low tide. But, as for all wildlife, no sighting is guaranteed. This is a harbor where the life is truly wild.

     

  12. DAY 12 DAY AT SEA

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

  13. DAY 13 HUBBARD GLACIER, ALASKA

    Hubbard Glacier is the largest glacier in North America, with a calving front that is more than six miles wide. One of the main sources for Hubbard Glacier originates 76 mi inland. It has been a very active glacier, experiencing two major surges in the past 30 years. This glacier was named after Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a U.S. lawyer, financier, and philanthropist. He was the first president of the National Geographic Society.

  14. DAY 14 ELFIN COVE – POINT ADOLPHUS, ALASKA

    Elfin Cove sits snugly on the southern shore of Cross Sound, which leads in eastwards to the Inside Passage. Northwards and across the Sound from the small community lies Glacier Bay National Park and the Fairweather Mountain range. Elfin Cove is a quaint little harbor clustered with attractive timber houses built into the wooded hillsides on stilts. The population swells to about 200 during the summer months, from a rather meager 6 or so during the snowy and isolated winters. Its commercial hub consists of a Post Office, mini-Museum, a General Store, the Coho Bar and numerous sports fishing businesses. In the summer months Rufous-backed Hummingbirds visit feeders scattered around the community.

    On the northern tip of Chichagof Island Point Adolphus, is a well-known area for humpback whale watching.

  15. DAY 15 SITKA, ALASKA

    A land of bears, wild landscapes and icy adventures, sail between glorious islands and witness the diverse wildlife of the Inside Passage. Eagles watch over the scenery overhead, while whales and sea lions add glorious weight to the animal life that thrives and thrashes in these icy seas. With a quintet of Pacific salmon species filling the rich rivers and waterways with life, settle back to enjoy the show. You might notice the onion-shaped dome atop St. Michael’s Church – a relic of the area’s Russian history. Sitka was the capital of Russian America until a deal was struck in 1867, and the territory was sold to the United States, with the handover ceremony taking place here in Sitka. The native Tlingit culture is an important presence, and elaborate totem poles adorn Sitka National Historical Park.

     

  16. DAY 16 WRANGELL, ALASKA

    Having experienced three gold rushes in its history, the immense scenery and thrilling wildlife is an enduring treasure for visitors. The mighty Stikine River has been the lifeblood to this region for centuries, cutting through pine-cloaked valleys for 400 miles before unloading into the frigid ocean. Explore via jet-boat and head out to the abundant waters of Anan Creek, an ancient fishing site of the Tlingit people.

  17. DAY 17 BEHM CANAL – MISTY FJORDS, ALASKA

    Painstakingly sculpted by the slow grind of colossal glaciers, the fjords of Rudyerd Bay are some of the Inside Passage’s most spectacular and humbling. Just 40 miles from Ketchikan, hordes of salmon splash in the region’s streams, while basalt pillars – left behind by ancient volcanoes – puncture the slow flow of the waters. A litany of plunging waterfalls gives sheer, monolithic cliff faces added life and vitality. With crowds of pine trees and snow-tipped mountains surrounding you everywhere you look, Rudyerd Bay is one of the Misty Fjords’ most precious and inspiring locations.

     

  18. DAY 18 CRUISE THE INSIDE PASSAGE

    Navigate through the intricate outlays of staggering  scenery, threading a needle between craggy, snow-dusted islands. To cruise this 500-mile stretch of Alaskan beauty is to sail through a living work of natural art – with perfectly sculpted mountains soaring from the shoreline, and clutches of islands scattered across the dark waters with delicate attention to detail. A common sailing route due to its calm sheltered waters, gorgeous natural set pieces constantly play out here – whether it’s killer whales accompanying you through the breathtaking icy passages, harbor seals catching a break on floating hunks of ice, or wisps of cloud clinging to distant mountain peaks.

     

     

  19. DAY 19 ARRIVE VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

    Boasting mountains, sea, culture, art and so much more, many cities claim to have it all, but few can back it up like Vancouver. Offering all of the creature comforts of an ultra-modern, worldly metropolis – even downtown has a hint of mountain-freshness to its air – and part of Vancouver’s appeal is how easily you can swap the skyscrapers for whale-filled oceans and mountain-punctured skies.

SILVER CLOUD

After extensive refurbishment summer 2021, Silver Wind is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her four dining options will tantalize your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Wind has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22 passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

GUESTS: 274
CREW: 239
LENGTH: 514.14 Feet / 156.7 Meters

SUITES

Silversea’s oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote – guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner’s Suite
This stylish apartment offers the superlative in levels of space, comfort and service on board. A perfect mix of expedition experience with luxury lifestyle. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two bedroom by adjoining with a Vista Suite.

Grand Suite
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. The ideal space for sharing stories with fellow explorers and new friends. With enough space to roam both in and outside, this suite is perfect relaxing and recounting the highlights of your day. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedroom by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

Royal Suite
Stately. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for relaxing after a days’ exploring and looking through your photos. With lectures being streamed live to your room, this is the pinnacle of good living at sea. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedroom by adjoining with a Veranda Suite.

Silver Suite
Stylish and sophisticated with larger verandas, excellent for taking pictures and bird-watching. Situated midship, this suite is perfection in design and comfortable living. A huge walk in wardrobe, a beautiful marbled bathroom and a spacious living area completes the picture. Silver Suites accommodate three guests.

Medallion Suite
With a room configuration that favors watching the sun rise from the comfort of your bed and losing yourself in the mesmerizing seascapes, this suite is the perfect answer to adventure cruising. A large walk-in wardrobe, and an expansive living make the Medallion Suite a your home away from home on the high seas. Medallion Suites accommodate three guests.

Deluxe Veranda Suite
A Silversea signature, with a preferred central location, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda from where you can contemplate anything from the midnight sun, Northern Lights, to an antarctic sunrise. The Deluxe Veranda Suite offers preferred central location with identical accommodation to a Veranda Suite.

Veranda Suite
A Silversea signature, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda from where you can contemplate anything from the midnight sun to an antarctic sunrise. Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests (Suites going from 505 to 510, and from 605 to 610).

Vista Suite
Your home away from home while you embrace the intrepid explorer within. The suite’s seating area has plenty of room to relax while you go over your notes, ready for the next adventure. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views, ideal for appraising the local wildlife.

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