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Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai, and Kodiak

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13 Days
Availability : 05-07-2020
Anchorage, Alaska

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Sail the legendary Bering Sea aboard the National Geographic Orion, and disembark on remote islands to discover tiny indigenous communities.
By special permission, get up close to the millions of seabirds and fur seals that inhabit Alaska’s Pribilof Islands—sometimes called the Galápagos of the North.
Step foot in Russia’s seldom-seen Far East and glimpse local indigenous culture during a traditional Yupik dance performance.
Go on a Zodiac cruise in coastal Katmai National Park, and capture images of resident brown bears fishing and digging for clams.

EXPEDITION TEAM

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts – from naturalists to regional specialists – who will share their knowledge and insights the wildlife, landscape and local culture. Select a member of the expedition team below to see their bio and dates.

ITINERARY

Embark the National Geographic Orion and explore the unique cultural heritage of the Bering Sea, where Russian, American, and Aleut influences intermingle on wild and remote isles. Sail the legendary Bering Strait en route to Provideniya, and glimpse traditions of the indigenous Yupik in this “Gateway to the Arctic.” Delve into the region’s fascinating World War II history in Unalaska, visit the incredible wildlife sanctuaries of Alaska’s Pribilof Islands, and spy brown bears on the Alaska Peninsula.
This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

DAYS 1-2: ANCHORAGE, ALASKA/NOME/BERING STRAIT

Arrive in Anchorage and fly to Nome, where we embark the National Geographic Orion. Spend the next day at sea, and cross the legendary Bering Strait en route to Provideniya, Russia—known as “the gateway to the Arctic.” Weather permitting, we’ll stop at remote Little Diomede Island, located in the strait and home to a tiny Inupiat community.

Meals Included:Day 1 (Dinner) / Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAYS 3-6: PROVIDENIYA, RUSSIA/PRIBILOF ISLANDS, ALASKA

Disembark in Provideniya to visit the local museum and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. By special permission, spend the next several days exploring Alaska’s Pribilof Islands, a wildlife-lover’s paradise. Go ashore on St. Paul, home to the majority of the Pribilof’s more than half a million northern fur seals. Then see the cliffs of St. George from below, exploring on Zodiacs. Crowded with millions of birds, these rocky outcrops are home to one of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Hemisphere. Spot horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, crested auklets, and rare Asian vagrant species seldom seen in North America.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

DAYS 7-8: UNALASKA/ALASKA PENINSULA

Cruise into Dutch Harbor on the island of Unalaska—site of a Japanese air attack during World War II, and now an important fishing port for crab, salmon, and a range of other species. Continue to the Baby Islands, where dynamic tides offer the chance to spot sea otters and rare seabirds. We’ll watch for wildlife on deck and aboard Zodiacs before continuing along the eastern shore of the Alaska Peninsula.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

DAYS 9-10: SHUMAGIN ISLANDS/KATMAI NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE

Go ashore on Unga Island to explore the remains of a petrified forest of sequoia trees that were buried by a volcanic mudslide nearly 25 million years ago. Water has eroded the sediment over time, leaving pieces scattered along the island’s rocky shoreline. The next day, explore Katmai National Park and Preserve, known for its robust brown bear population. Seek out some of the resident brown bears, and photograph them from a safe distance as they fish for salmon and dig for clams.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

DAY 11: KODIAK ISLAND

The second largest island in the U.S., Kodiak has a unique cultural heritage that blends Russian, Alutiiq, and American influences. Join our undersea specialist for a dock walk to learn about the marine life found among the fishing boats anchored in Kodiak’s inner harbor. Then photograph the onion-domed Holy Resurrection Cathedral on a photo walk, or view native art and artifacts at the Alutiiq Museum. Later, explore one of the island’s outer bays by Zodiac.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 12-13: KENAI PENINSULA/SEWARD/ANCHORAGE

We’ll spend the last full day of our trip cruising along the Kenai Peninsula. Take in views of the Harding Icefield—the source of nearly 40 glaciers—and search for wildlife along rocky coastal cliffs and in the surrounding waters. Arrive in Seward the following morning, and drive to Anchorage to connect with your flight home.

Meals Included:Day 12 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) / Day 13 (Breakfast)

WHAT TO EXPECT

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, we keep our schedule flexible to take advantage of the unexpected, adapting our course to the conditions and opportunities that arise. Your expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate or a little of both. Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and able to get in and out of expedition landing craft. Daily activities may include nature walks (often over snow and ice), Zodiac cruises, city tours, and visits to cultural or historic sites, with options for more vigorous hikes and kayaking excursions.

Expedition Team

A National Geographic photographer joins the expedition team on every departure aboard the National Geographic Orion.

SHIPS & DECK PLANS

Traveling aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, you’ll enjoy the daily thrill of discovery without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with superior amenities, personalized service, and a vibrant yet casual onboard atmosphere. Step aboard and you’ll find comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library, and dining rooms serving regionally inspired cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Expansive decks provide an exceptional vantage point for spotting and photographing wildlife.

PRICES & DATES

Jul 5-17, 2020
PRICES $16,230 Per Person
SHIP National Geographic Orion

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
Visas
Alcoholic beverages
Gratuities