Journey across the Bering Sea aboard the National Geographic Orion and experience some of nature’s most magnificent creations. Sail along the Alaska Peninsula and witness some of the states most active volcanoes, visit uninhabited isles that were paramount in World War II and cruise along the coasts of Russia’s Kamchatka and Chukotka regions. You’ll further have a chance to visit Russia’s Commander Islands—a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that is teeming with both Asian and North American wildlife.

Trip highlights

Witness smoking volcanoes along the Pacific Ring of Fire

Visit the Aleutian Islands of Kiska and Attu which is has been granted by special permission.

Sail along the seldom-seen coast of the Russian Far East and delve into Koryak reindeer-herding culture during a visit to a traditional village.

In the Commander Islands, discover some rare and magnificent bird species that fly above the Kamchatka’s Zhupanova River.

Itinerary - 22 Days

1 Anchorage/Seward

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to Seward, Alaska to embark National Geographic Orion in the late afternoon. (D)

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 Harbours and Kukak Bay by ship, Zodiac, or, conditions permitting, kayak. (B,L,D Daily)

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 Harbour, site of a fierce WWII battle and now one of the world’s most important fishing ports. (B,L,D Daily)

6-10 Exploring the 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 we'll explore during these days. (B,L,D Daily)

11 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russian Federation

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 Koryaksky, Avachinsky, and Kozelsky volcanoes provide a stunning backdrop to this port city. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D Daily)

15-19 Exploring the Koryak and Chukotka Coasts

There's much to explore as we make our 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. (B,L,D Daily)

20 Provideniya

At the western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called 'The Gateway to the Arctic'. It is also the administrative centre where we will conduct our outbound clearance from Russia. Visit the excellent museum and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. (B,L,D)

21 At Sea, Crossing the 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 where the chances are high to spot whales and rare seabirds. (B,L,D)

22 Nome/Disembark/Anchorage

Arrive in Nome this morning, transfer to the airport for flights to Anchorage and onward. (B)

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