In the Wake of Pioneers

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Visit remote territory still unknown and wild, landscape from wide spaces to gigantic glaciers, steep mountains, infinite tundra and glittering lakes – Alaska invites you to follow the steps of trappers and gold miners. During your trip, discover the unique wildlife at some of the sites that have marked the history of Alaska.

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DATES: SEPTEMBER 13, 2017; SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

DURATION: 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

EMBARK: NOME, ALASKA, USA

DISEMBARK: VANCOUVER, CANADA

SHIPS: LE BOREAL (2017)

LE SOLEAL (2018)

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Expedition Highlights

  • Marvel at spectacular Arctic scenery, the remote Bering Sea and the popular Inside Passage to Vancouver, Canada
  • Great opportunities for viewing the Northern Lights, far, far away from city lights
  • Watch for whales – humpback, gray, orca, and porpoise

Nome Gold Dredge

ITINERARY

Day 1 —NOME, ALASKA
Located along the Bering Strait at the westernmost point of Alaska, Nome offers the rustic charm of a former gold-mining town, set in the middle of magnificent wilderness. As you weave in and out of the brightly colored houses, you will discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer herding, sled dog-racing and gold mining are still practiced here. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

(NOTE: Consider adding a day or two to explore Nome, or other highlights of Alaska. We can arrange it all for you.)

Days 2 – LITTLE DIOMEDE OR SAVOONGA
Little Diomede, USA is just east of the International Dateline in the Bering Strait between Russia – Siberia, and Alaska. It big brother, Big Diomede, Russia, is just 2.4 miles away.

Pribilof Fur Seals

Day 3 – ST MATTHEWS (PRIBILOFS)
Part of the earth’s history was written between Alaska and Russia. Aboard your ship, we invite you to discover the origins of the world, a unique environment that seems to stretch out to infinity. Lost in the middle of the Bering Sea, the Pribilof archipelago is made up of four volcanic islands where nature has crafted exquisitely beautiful landscapes. Here, on the islands, you will find majestic volcanoes, lava deserts and crater lakes, offering travelers a magnificent vantage point from which to observe a fauna composed of numerous bird species and fur seals.

Day – 4 – ST GEORGE ISLAND (PRIBILOFS)
Located in the middle of the Bering Sea, Saint-George Island is the second largest island of the Pribilof archipelago. A special atmosphere emanates from this landscape of volcanic craters and tundra: wild lands surrounded by a sumptuous coastline of majestic cliffs. You may very well spot some migratory birds that come and settle here all year round, making this a perfect place for observing many different species. Fur seals, also called Pribilof seals, have made this haven of peace their home with its rich biodiversity.

Adult horned puffins

 

 

Day 5 – DUTCH HARBOR & UNALASKA BAY
Clinging to the southwestern tip of Alaska, between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, the port of Dutch Harbor offers a delightfully different stopover at the heart of the Aleutian Islands archipelago. A single bridge connects the port to the small town of Unalaska, founded in the 18th century by pioneering Russian fur trappers. With gentle valleys nestling between volcanic peaks, Dutch Harbor reveals a primitive natural beauty waiting to be explored.

Geographic Harbor

 

 

Day 6 —SAILING ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
To the West of Alaska, the Aleutian islands form an elongated archipelago, marking the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, veritable natural bridge between Kamchatka and Alaska which extend in an arc over a distance of nearly 2,000 km, home to endless landscapes of tundra on a carpet of moss and lichen.

Day 7 — GEOGRAPHIC HARBOR
Part of Katmai National Park and Monument, Geographic Harbor is home to many Brown Bear who feed on the plentiful salmon, vegetation, and shell fish along tidal areas.

Russian Orthodox Church, Sitka, Alaska

Days 8-9 – AT SEA – CROSS THE GULF OF ALASKA

 Day 10 – SITKA (ALASKA)
Former Russian colony and capitol of Russian America, which stretched as far south as centtral California, Sitka is brimming with history. The historical national park of Sitka shelters totems carved out of red cedar. These totems are testimonials of the former presence of Tlingit Indians. This place is full of natural wonders too. You just have to look up to admire the mountain range around the port. In the distance, the snow-peaked Mt. Edgecumbe volcano stands majestic.

Day 11 – AT SEA

Day 12 – PRINCE RUPERT, CANADA

Day 13 – CRUISE THE INSIDE PASSAGE

Day 14 – ALERT BAY & JOHNSTONE STRAIGHT, CANADA

Orcas – Inside Passage

 

 

 

Day 15 – VANCOUVER, CANADA – DISEMBARKATION

Verdant and cosmopolitan, Vancouver is one of Canada’s most multi-cultural cities. Located in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast, it’s surrounded by mountains and outdoor activities are popular. In the city, you can immerse yourself in the Asian atmosphere of bustling Chinatown, shop for pashminas and silk saris at the Punjabi Market Indian district and explore the historic area of Gastown. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses important First Nations collections. Granville Island Jetty is a fascinating revitalized industrial area that hosts galleries, restaurants and a huge produce market.

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