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Passage to Kamchatka

The remote reaches of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and the distant and isolated Kuril Islands have fired the imagination of explorers and traders for centuries. Our past travellers have enthused about the spectacular scenery, the incredible array of wildlife and the native cultures known to only a few privileged travellers. Join us on this remarkable voyage of unparalleled exploration along the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’. From Niigata, Japan to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, we cruise through a pristine environment that calls to nature lovers, history buffs, photographers and the intrepid explorer within.

Among the Kurils, a necklace-like chain of volcanic islands, we find vast forests and wild-flower-dappled tundra, back-dropped by soaring steam-breathing volcanoes. Basalt stacks rise from the sea, tailormade resting and nesting spots for unimaginable numbers of seabirds.

Reaching the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia’s remote easternmost province, we are greeted with a dramatic landscape of fire and ice. Geysers, hot springs and active volcanoes set amidst towering mountains and fast flowing rivers make this area magnificently unique.

Countless seabirds will accompany our vessel - northern fulmars, Laysan albatrosses and tufted puffins. Our destinations are virtually inaccessible by any means other than our manoeuverable expedition ship, the MS Caledonian Sky, equipped with a full fleet of versatile Zodiacs.

11 June, 2019 to 24 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Passage to Kamchatka, departing on 11 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Superior Stateroom £ 7695 GBP pp
(226 sq.ft.) 8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck 3. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line, telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
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DeLuxe Stateroom £ 8295 GBP pp
(200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony), 28 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 £ 8495 GBP pp
(18,5 m² + 4 m² private balcony), 92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 £ 8695 GBP pp
(18,5 m² + 4 m² private balcony), 92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 £ 8995 GBP pp
(18,5 m² + 4 m² private balcony), 92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
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Deluxe Suite £ 9495 GBP pp
(290 sq.ft. + 54 sq.ft. private balcony), On Deck 6 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
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Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3 Sole £ 10045 GBP pp
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 £ 10195 GBP pp
(398 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony), 20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 Sole £ 10295 GBP pp
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 Sole £ 10495 GBP pp
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 £ 10495 GBP pp
(398 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony), 20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
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Owner’s suite £ 11195 GBP pp
(484 sq.ft + 97 sq.ft. private balcony). The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Bathtub or shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Large bathtub, Sofa, Table with 4 chairs, Armchair & Pedestal table
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Passage to Kamchatka itinerary:

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Day 1 - LONDON TO TOKYO.
Fly by scheduled flight.
Day 2 - TOKYO.
Arrive this morning and transfer to a centrally located hotel for an overnight stay. Remainder of day at leisure.
Day 3 - TOKYO TO NIIGATA.
After breakfast in the hotel we will embark on a half day city tour including Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple and Imperial Palace Plaza. We will then transfer to the station to join the bullet train to Niigata where we will embark the MS Caledonian Sky. Sail this afternoon.
Day 4 - HAKODATE.
After a morning at sea we arrive in the port of Hakodate. Our afternoon excursion will include a visit to Onuma Park, known for its picturesque islanddotted lakes and majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. There will be a chance to walk amongst the lakes and islands and the surrounding birch and maple forest. On our return we will take the cable car up Mt Hakodate.
Day 5 - TOMAKOMAI.
Join the excursion to Lake Utonai, the first bird sanctuary in Japan and where you can see more than 170 kinds of birds including swans and whitetailed sea eagles. Alternatively there will be a visit to the Ainu village at Shiraoi Poroto Kotan. The museum has the largest Ainu collection in Japan. We will also enjoy a folk music performance and ancient Ainu dance.
Day 6 - KUSHIRO.
Today we will visit Kushiro National Park, the site of one of the world’s most expansive and treasured wetlands, and home of Japan’s sacred red crowned cranes, brought back from near extinction.
Day 7 - YZNO KURILISK & KUNASHIR ISLAND.
This morning we will clear customs into Russia and begin our exploration of the Kuril Islands. We will anchor off Kunashir, the southernmost island and venture out in our Zodiacs to visit the nearby Kurilskiy Nature Preserve. Take a walk to explore the island, looking out for red foxes and fur seals.
Day 8 - URUP & CHIRPOY ISLANDS.
Today we visit two more Kuril Islands, Urup and Chirpoy. The indigenous Ainu people, all of whom now live on Hokkaido, once inhabited these remote islands and remains of settlements can be found. These islands are populated with profuse wildlife and birds. We will explore Urup, and stroll or hike up the hillside for a view of some of the island’s 20 or more volcanoes. In Chirpoy we will use the Zodiacs to search the coastline for stellar sea lions and the huge numbers of fulmars, kittiwakes, puffins and auklets.
Day 9 - YANKICHA & MATUA.
At Yankicha a sinking volcanic caldera offers access during high tides. Inside the magnificent lagoon we witness the ongoing volcanic activity. One of the Kuril’s most active volcanoes rises from Matua, with more than 14 eruptions documented in the past 250 years. During World War Two the Japanese established an airfield here, and we will see old bunkers and the remains of equipment and artillery scattered about.
Day 10 - LOVYSSKI ISLAND & ONEKATON.
The clusters of rocks that comprise the Lovyshki Islands are home to huge populations of sea lions and northern fur seals which we will explore by Zodiac. We continue to the island of Onekotan, located near the northern end of the Kuril Islands. The name Onekotan is derived from the Ainu language for ‘large village’.
Day 11 - ATLASOVA ISLAND & SHUMSHU ISLAND.
A nature walk on Atlasova Island, with the highest volcano in the Kurils, will take us past an abandoned prison for Russian women, with time to explore the lakes and hillsides. During our afternoon at Shumshu we will use the Zodiacs to search for sea otters.
Day 12 - VESTNIK BAY & LISTVENICHNAYA.
This morning in Vestnik Bay we spot evidence of the powers of Kamchatka’s volcanoes, such as lightweight pumice scattered on the shoreline. During a walk through a coastal forest we are likely to find such sought-after species as the Eurasian nutcracker, taiga flycatcher and red-flanked bluetail. This afternoon we will use the Zodiacs to land in Listvenichnaya Bay where we should have a chance to see bears.
Day 13 - PETROPAVLOVSK.
After breakfast we set out for an exploration of Petropavlovsk, the only major city on the peninsula and one of the oldest towns in the Russian Far East. Local guides bring us to the museum of ethnography and natural history, the art school, the gold-domed Orthodox cathedral and the marketplace. Alternatively take an optional helicopter excursion to the Valley of the Geysers (details will be released in 2012).
Day 14 - KAMENISTAYA BAY & CHAZMA RIVER.
This morning we land at Kamenistaya Bay where we will have a chance to walk in the meadows and see the amazing landscape of extinct volcanoes and rugged coves. This afternoon at Chazma River there will be a variety of nature walks.
Day 15 - BERING ISLAND, COMMANDER ISLANDS.
The Commander Islands are named after famed commander Vitus Bering. We will visit the village of Nikolskoye to explore the Aleut museum and to meet our island hosts who will introduce the local culture. In the afternoon, take a Zodiac ride to tiny Ariy Kamen Island, whose moss-green rocky landscape provides a habitat for vast numbers of birds, including horned and tufted puffins.
Day 16 - ZHUPANOVA RIVER.
We board Zodiacs to negotiate the Zhupanova River, with superb opportunities for both birding and nature walks. Heading upstream, we are likely to spot up to 40 species of birds including the Steller’s sea eagles. This evening we will moor at Morzhovaya Bay for a final chance to search for bears.
Day 17 - PETROPAVLOVSK TO MOSCOW.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the scheduled flight to Moscow. Arrive this evening and transfer to the Marriott Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Day 18 - MOSCOW TO LONDON.
This morning enjoy a city tour of Moscow before transferring to the airport for your scheduled flight to London. Arrive this evening.

Passage to Kamchatka reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
This morning enjoy a city tour of Moscow before transferring to the airport for your scheduled flight to London. Arrive this evening.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the scheduled flight to Moscow. Arrive this evening and transfer to the Marriott Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay.
We board Zodiacs to negotiate the Zhupanova River, with superb opportunities for both birding and nature walks. Heading upstream, we are likely to spot up to 40 species of birds including the Steller’s sea eagles. This evening we will moor at Morzhovaya Bay for a final chance to search for bears.
The Commander Islands are named after famed commander Vitus Bering. We will visit the village of Nikolskoye to explore the Aleut museum and to meet our island hosts who will introduce the local culture. In the afternoon, take a Zodiac ride to tiny Ariy Kamen Island, whose moss-green rocky landscape provides a habitat for vast numbers of birds, including horned and tufted puffins.
This morning we land at Kamenistaya Bay where we will have a chance to walk in the meadows and see the amazing landscape of extinct volcanoes and rugged coves. This afternoon at Chazma River there will be a variety of nature walks.
After breakfast we set out for an exploration of Petropavlovsk, the only major city on the peninsula and one of the oldest towns in the Russian Far East. Local guides bring us to the museum of ethnography and natural history, the art school, the gold-domed Orthodox cathedral and the marketplace. Alternatively take an optional helicopter excursion to the Valley of the Geysers (details will be released in 2012).
This morning in Vestnik Bay we spot evidence of the powers of Kamchatka’s volcanoes, such as lightweight pumice scattered on the shoreline. During a walk through a coastal forest we are likely to find such sought-after species as the Eurasian nutcracker, taiga flycatcher and red-flanked bluetail. This afternoon we will use the Zodiacs to land in Listvenichnaya Bay where we should have a chance to see bears.
A nature walk on Atlasova Island, with the highest volcano in the Kurils, will take us past an abandoned prison for Russian women, with time to explore the lakes and hillsides. During our afternoon at Shumshu we will use the Zodiacs to search for sea otters.
The clusters of rocks that comprise the Lovyshki Islands are home to huge populations of sea lions and northern fur seals which we will explore by Zodiac. We continue to the island of Onekotan, located near the northern end of the Kuril Islands. The name Onekotan is derived from the Ainu language for ‘large village’.
At Yankicha a sinking volcanic caldera offers access during high tides. Inside the magnificent lagoon we witness the ongoing volcanic activity. One of the Kuril’s most active volcanoes rises from Matua, with more than 14 eruptions documented in the past 250 years. During World War Two the Japanese established an airfield here, and we will see old bunkers and the remains of equipment and artillery scattered about.
Today we visit two more Kuril Islands, Urup and Chirpoy. The indigenous Ainu people, all of whom now live on Hokkaido, once inhabited these remote islands and remains of settlements can be found. These islands are populated with profuse wildlife and birds. We will explore Urup, and stroll or hike up the hillside for a view of some of the island’s 20 or more volcanoes. In Chirpoy we will use the Zodiacs to search the coastline for stellar sea lions and the huge numbers of fulmars, kittiwakes, puffins and auklets.
This morning we will clear customs into Russia and begin our exploration of the Kuril Islands. We will anchor off Kunashir, the southernmost island and venture out in our Zodiacs to visit the nearby Kurilskiy Nature Preserve. Take a walk to explore the island, looking out for red foxes and fur seals.
Today we will visit Kushiro National Park, the site of one of the world’s most expansive and treasured wetlands, and home of Japan’s sacred red crowned cranes, brought back from near extinction.
Join the excursion to Lake Utonai, the first bird sanctuary in Japan and where you can see more than 170 kinds of birds including swans and whitetailed sea eagles. Alternatively there will be a visit to the Ainu village at Shiraoi Poroto Kotan. The museum has the largest Ainu collection in Japan. We will also enjoy a folk music performance and ancient Ainu dance.
After a morning at sea we arrive in the port of Hakodate. Our afternoon excursion will include a visit to Onuma Park, known for its picturesque islanddotted lakes and majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. There will be a chance to walk amongst the lakes and islands and the surrounding birch and maple forest. On our return we will take the cable car up Mt Hakodate.
After breakfast in the hotel we will embark on a half day city tour including Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple and Imperial Palace Plaza. We will then transfer to the station to join the bullet train to Niigata where we will embark the MS Caledonian Sky. Sail this afternoon.
Arrive this morning and transfer to a centrally located hotel for an overnight stay. Remainder of day at leisure.
Fly by scheduled flight.
* = Indicative
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Le Soleal, the ship servicing Passage to Kamchatka

Le Soleal

Luxury Small Ship
A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, and the same philosophy that has made L'Austral and Le Boreal such a success.

This magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and suites, all with balconies, has contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white. White Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat's hull, while the central scuplture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea.  In the lounge bar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonomous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

Wheelchairs
3 specially adapted wheelchair cabins (Deck 3 = Superior cabin no. 307, no balcony, Deck 4 = Prestige Cabin no. 407 - with balcony and Deck 5 = Prestige Cabin no 509, with balcony) and lifts to all decks/areas.

Details
Length: 142 metres

Passenger Capacity: 264, Built: 2013

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