On board MS HANSEATIC from Tokyo to Petropavlovsk
Expedition Sea of Okhotsk and Kamtschatka - Circumnavigation of the Sea of Okhotsk
Circumnavigate one of the earliest habitats in the world in the East of Russia on board the HANSEATIC. A sea of varied impressions – from volcanoes and geysers to relics of the Soviet era to abundant flora and fauna. On your numerous trips and shore excusions with the Zodiacs everything revolves around your intensive natural experience and observing seals, sea lions and marine birds in a spectacular wilderness. .
from Tokyo to Petropavlovsk
|Cruise dates:||from 25.05.2014 to 10.06.2014 (17 days)|
|Your ship:||MS HANSEATIC|
| Sun, 25.05.2014 |
Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Tokyo
| Mon, 26.05.2014 |
Connecting flight to Sapporo
| Tue, 27.05.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Wed, 28.05.2014 |
- Fri, 30.05.2014
Sakhalin/Russia (Korsakov, Tyuleniy , Piltun Lagoon )
Sea of Okhotsk – a true natural wonder
| Sat, 31.05.2014 |
- Thu, 05.06.2014
Sea of Okhotsk (Iony , Shantar islands , Malminskiye islands ,
The Zodiac trips along the rugged rocks of the tiny island of Iony are characterised by wildlife sightings: mystical in the mist, the island is home to millions of marine birds. Every summer, around 5,000 huge sea lions gather here to mate, and frequently some of them come to the Zodiacs out of curiosity. Don’t forget to look to the sky to spot a whiskered auklet or a tufted puffin, for example. With a bit of luck, the majestic Steller sea eagle will circle above you on its flight to the bird paradise of the Shantar islands. To follow it there can be a real challenge if the waters are iced over. Enjoy the intense experience of this natural paradise while cruising in ice or on a Zodiac ride. Equipped to the highest ice class for passenger ships and with the polar experience of the crew, you will get the feeling of being on a true expedition on the HANSEATIC.
Breathtaking impressions also await you in perhaps the most remote national park in Russia: the Malminskiye islands, on which marine birds, seals and sea otters live undisturbed. A sensational bird paradise with the most diverse species is the small Talan island. These apparently forgotten worlds are ideal explorer territories for your numerous Zodiac rides, for instance around the Matykil Islands. After landing on Cape Yapon, you are invited to wander through the tundra vegetation, which is home to Labrador tea, moss and lichen – and you can enjoy the flora and fauna in peace.
| Fri, 06.06.2014 |
Kamchatka (Cape Ukhtolokskiy , Kruglaya Bay )
Kamchatka and the Kuril islands – Russia’s true wilderness
| Sat, 07.06.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sun, 08.06.2014 |
Kuril Islands (Atlasova , Shumshu )
A special magic emanates from the island of Altasova, dominated by the more than 2,000-metre-high “picture book” volcano Alaid. On a walk with our experts, the island reveals its true natural beauty. The scenery of the island of Shumshu is shaped by wet marshland, seas and ponds. In the grassland tundra, irises, globeflowers and orchids flourish.
| Mon, 09.06.2014 |
Petropavlovsk/Kamchatka/Russia, arrival 9.00 hrs
It’s hard to believe that a city has been created in this desolate region: Petropavlovsk is the scientific and cultural centre of Kamchatka. In good weather conditions, start from here with a spectacular helicopter flight to the Valley of Geysers*. A real high-altitude adventures is also offered by an all-terrain truck ride and trek on the Avacha volcano*. The trek to the tip of “Camel” mountain culminates in the sensational panorama of the volcanic chain with their steaming wafts of mist. A fantastic conclusion to your expedition.
| Tue, 10.06.2014 |
Charter flight Petropavlovsk – Duesseldorf
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Sea of Okhotsk and Kamtschatka. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on local conditions.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The listed shore excursions are at the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** The precise destination airport will be advised about nine months before the start of the cruise.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: JAPANESE IMPERIAL CITIES: TOKYO, KYOTO AND NARA
Biology specialist in the expert team
After studying zoology, botany and psychology Dr. Heidrun Oberg
specialised in behavioural science. She writes articles and books and
makes radio programmes about her long-standing experience on her travels
around the world. A wealth of experience that adds depth to your