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Highlights

  • Watch ice plunge into the water at Holgate Glacier
  • Marvel at pristine tundra and massive volcanoes as you look for the brown bears of Katmai National Park
  • Be on the lookout for rare birdlife in the Semidi Islands, an uninhabited archipelago
  • Strike out towards the seldom-visited Aleutian Islands, exploring World War II ruins and pristine wilderness areas
  • Reach Russia’s breathtaking Kamchatka Peninsula, surveying bears amid lakes and volcanoes on a private helicopter flight
  • Meander between the Kuril Islands, where the air is laced with adventure and isolated volcanic landscapes hide a plethora of wildlife
  • Finish your journey on Japanese shores as you tour the glorious former fishing town of Otaru
Denali National Park, Grizzly Bear, Alaska

Once a year, go somewhere you've never been before

Dalai Lama

Where we visit

Please note: on this expedition cruise, all landings will require guests to board the ship’s Zodiacs, subject to weather conditions. Due to the spontaneous nature of a Silversea Expeditions cruise with Captain’s Choice, this itinerary should be considered a guide only. This tour requires a moderate degree of physical fitness.

Alaska, Russia and Japan Silversea Cruise map

Full Itinerary


Depart Australia, Arrive Anchorage, Girdwood (USA)

Day 1: Tuesday 12 June

Settle in aboard your Qantas flight to Anchorage, with a short stop in Los Angeles en route.

With a warm Alaskan embrace, we’re welcomed to Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood. Our first meal is a hearty home-style dinner, paired with ocean, valley and glacier views. 

When you Extend Your World with Captain’s Choice our dedicated World Hosts accompany you every step of the way. As with every journey, there will be a minimum of one staff member to every 15 guests.

Arrive Fairbanks (USA)

Wednesday 6 June

Touch down in Fairbanks and transfer to Pike’s Waterfront Lodge for two nights. A warm embrace in the ‘Golden Heart City’. The sun rests above the horizon well into the evening and we drift into a deep slumber. 

Alaska Pre Tour Map

Fairbanks

Thursday 7 June

We delve back to Alaska’s gold rush and see if luck is on our side today. Enjoy a prospecting tour, with the option to pan for your own fortune before lunch. With the slow, rhythmic turn of the paddlewheel, we trundle through time along Alaska’s great rivers.

Aircraft, Wing, Alaska

Fairbanks, Denali National Park

Friday 8 June

Brush past salmon streams and spruce trees on our rail journey to Denali National Park. Burrowed deep in the Alaskan wilderness, we spend two nights in Denali National

Park at the all-inclusive Katishna Roadhouse. Cocooned in a luxurious room under the gaze of rugged peaks, it feels like the middle of nowhere.

Dinner is served on arrival. A chance to meet the naturalist guides who will join our excursions tomorrow. 

Denali National Park

Saturday 9 June

Our day in Denali is dedicated to unbridled adventure. Join naturalist guides to explore alpine valleys and tundra-covered ridges. Wildlife here is abundant, what will you see? Borrow a bike and take to the wilderness of your own accord, fish for salmon on the edge of a raging river or hike along routes no one has ever walked. 

Fisherman, Salmon, Flyfishing

Denali National Park, Talkeetna

Sunday 10 June

At the entrance to the park we board a deluxe dome rail car for a scenic train ride south to Talkeetna. On the way, look for wildlife near the Susitna River. We look for the elusive peak of Denali when the clouds part. Our home this evening is the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

Talkeetna, Anchorage

Monday 11 June

We’ve the morning to explore Talkeetna at our own pace. Linger over your coffee or head out for a leisurely wander through the tiny town centre.

Later we travel to Anchorage and check in to the Hotel Captain Cook.

Anchorage

Tuesday 12 June

We enjoy a free morning before joining our group.

Girdwood

Day 2: Wednesday 13 June

Up with the lark, a scenic tram ride whisks us to the top of Mt Alyeska. Survey the scenery, including Turnagain Arm and seven hanging glaciers. Visit the Roadhouse Museum.

Enjoy a free afternoon. Or join our Your World experience.

  • Explore Portage Glacier. Cruising its frosty lake, dodge icebergs and watch fractures of ice tumble.

 Anticipation peaks at tonight’s Welcome Dinner.

Anchorage Lake, Alaska

Seward

Day 3: Thursday 14 June

From porcupines to grizzlies and otters, we meet Alaska’s unique species from the land and sea at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre and the Alaska Sealife Centre.

We embark Silver Explorer this afternoon at the port of Seward. After a safety briefing, meet crew members and fellow intrepid travellers over an introduction and dinner. 

Kenai Fjords National Park, Chiswell Islands

Day 4: Friday 15 June

Edge into Kenai Fjords National Park and see the remarkable spectacle of ice calving into the ocean. Holgate Glacier is one of the best locations to observe this extraordinary event.

During lunch, we sail towards the Chiswell Islands, part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Here we are immersed in nature as we head out in Zodiacs. Seals follow in our wake. Horned and tufted puffins toddle along the shoreline.

Sawyer Glaciers, Alaska

Katmai National Park

Day 5: Saturday 16 June

Today we visit Katmai National Park. 15 active volcanoes gasp atop meandering tundra, home to the state’s largest brown bear population. On a Zodiac cruise along Kukak Bay, we stop to watch brown bears angling for salmon.

Back on board, we discover sea otters and more brown bears near Geographic Harbour and Amalik Bay. 

Semidi Islands, Chignik

Day 6: Sunday 17 June

This morning is set aside to simply enjoy nature. Explore an uninhabited archipelago, Semidi Islands, and its millions of seabirds. Large colonies of horned puffins, common murres, northern fulmars and jaegers adorn sandy beaches.

During the late afternoon we visit the remote fishing village of Chignik. With less than 100 inhabitants, this town retains an air of seclusion. The population doubles in summer when the fishing improves.

Unga Island

Day 7: Monday 18 June

We reach the volcanic Aleutian Islands. Once studded with gold and hollowed by prosperous mines, today, Unga Island is a ghost town. Explore the ruins of the abandoned church amongst petrified wood forests - we may find great horned owls nesting in its roof. Later, we take a Zodiac cruise. 

Sea Lions, Russia

Dutch Harbor

Day 8: Tuesday 19 June

Like the Russian traders of old, we continue to navigate the Aleutian Islands. Dutch Harbor is the busiest commercial fishing port in Alaska. Here, discover relics of its brutal World War II past and a Russian Orthodox Church. 

At Sea

Day 9: Wednesday 20 June

On a day at sea, sharpen your photography skills with our photographer. Watch for wildlife with our marine biologist.

Kiska

Day 10: Thursday 21 June

Hike along the rugged eastern coast of Kiska. Here, admire the remains of an authentic Shinto shrine from World War II.

Attu Island

Day 11: Friday 22 June

While waves wash over our ship in the early morning, perhaps attend a lecture, or grab your binoculars and scan the surrounding waters for marine life.

We arrive at Attu Island, an ornithologist’s paradise, by noon. Here we can discover a plethora of distinct birds. Search for the peregrine falcon, Lapland longspur and Aleutian cackling goose among frosty grass and ivory mountains.

At Sea, Cross Date Line (Lose A Day)

Day 12-13: Saturday 23 June - Sunday 24 June

On a leisurely day at sea, we cross the International Date Line and enjoy a glass of Champagne as we jump through time.

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russia)

Day 14: Monday 25 June

Named after two sailing ships used by Vitus Bering on his expedition, we truly feel as though we are following his journey as we dock in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, set along the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. Discover the town’s centre. Or, join our Your World discovery.

  • Take a helicopter to Kurile Lake, set in a crater of a Kamchatka volcano. Watch bears fish for spawning salmon then bathe in the Khodutka Hot Springs.
Kamchatka Lake, Russia

Russkaya Bay, Utashud Island

Day 15: Tuesday 26 June

From the rocky shoreline of Russkaya Bay, old shipwrecks rest. Rusty shells and ghostly reminders. Legends completely intact. We cruise the rivers in a Zodiac and hike through leafy forests ashore. In the afternoon, we visit the cluster of islets belonging to Utashud Island. Green grass clings to gentle slopes, and steep cliffs tumble down to the sea. Spotted seals and sea birds are fascinating to admire in their untouched home. 

Atlasov Island

Day 16: Wednesday 27 June

We reach the Kuril chain today, a fascinating stretch of over 30 volcanic islands that separates the southern end of the Kamchatka Peninsula and Hokkaido in Japan.

The perfectly symmetrical volcanic peak of Alaid on Atlasov Island rises out of the Sea of Okhotsk. Here our Zodiacs land on a beach stained black from lava and we walk to explore the volcano, the highest of the Kuril Islands. We see remains of the Taketomi tufa cone and what’s left of the women’s prison. 

Yankicha Island

Day 17: Thursday 28 June

We visit one of the most impressive islands of the Kuril chain, Yankicha. The tip of the extinct volcano allows a flood of ocean water into the hushed lagoon, brilliant blue
in colour, which is only accessible by Zodiac at high tide. In the warm mist of hot springs and simmering fumaroles, the volcano’s deepest beauty is only open for those who brave the adventurous journey within.

Chirpoy Island

Day 18: Friday 29 June

Northern fulmars and kittiwakes adorn the sky of volcanic Chirpoy Island. Early this morning, our Zodiacs take us along the misty jagged outline in search of sea lions and orcas. 

Tyuleniy Island

Day 19: Saturday 30 June

Meaning ‘seal’ in Russian, Tyuleniy is an island that is home to tens of thousands of northern fur seals and steller sea lions. A visit at the height of breeding season shows a rare
shore, painted brown and black with the sleek creatures.

Korsakov, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Day 20: Sunday 1 July

On our final day in Russia, we imagine life in the former Japanese prefect capital, Korsakov. Explore the town centre then drive to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the capital of the island. Here we take in a traditional performance of Cossack song and dance.

Back on board this evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Reception.

Depart Otaru (Japan)

Day 21: Monday 2 July

Disembark Ship

Disembark Silver Explorer and spend the day exploring Otaru. Glorious in its time as a major fishing port, original storehouses still garnish the bustling canal district. After a tipple at Tanaka Sake Brewery we visit the Historical Village of Hokkaido.

A late afternoon flight lands in Tokyo from where we board our Qantas flight back to Australia.

Arrive Australia

Day 22: Tuesday 3 July

Over three superb weeks we have traced the fabled passage that took Vitus Bering over two years to complete. The expedition ends with a farewell to fellow travellers. We hope
to see you again on your next Captain’s Choice adventure.

Everything has been Considered & Included

Reaching the world’s frontiers is no easy feat. And let’s face it, adventure and roughing it is so last century. That’s why all the legwork has been done for you; everything mundane sits behind the scenes. We’ve searched the seven seas for the finest expedition ships to usher you to the edges of the planet, where you’ll never have to carry a map. Or your luggage. You’ll certainly never have to find small change for tips.

Travel without the hassles

Everything is included – international flights to and from Australia, your Silversea cruise, luxurious accommodation, all dining and drinks, travel insurance and every sightseeing trip including Your World experiences. Yes, even taxes and transfers.

Our Luggage Valet service is also included. Simply pack your bags (or ask your butler to pack them for you) and leave them in your suite. We pick them up and make sure that they arrive safely at your next hotel. We also provide home-to-airport-to-home transfers. And just in case, a doctor travels with us too.

As you’d expect, Silversea expedition vessels include plenty of luxe touches beneath their tough exteriors. You’d be right in thinking the food and wine offering is pretty special. A fully stocked in-suite mini-bar, plush bed linen and a choice of mattress comes as standard. While a snug parka for polar expeditions, Wi-Fi and an included laundry service is all part of the package.

We go even further to include exclusive travel and touring arrangements prior to your cruise – and often at it's conclusion too.

With Captain’s Choice, there are no hidden costs, or optional extras. Because that would be breaking our promise of travel without the hassles.

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Your World Experiences

Making landfall in a new and exciting destination is one thing. But getting under its skin to see its true colours is something altogether different – something very few of us will ever experience. Which is why we’ve curated an exclusive collection of included experiences called Your World. It’s your invitation to take part in rare and amazing events other travellers could only ever dare dream of.

Though you may have visited a destination previously, a Your World experience is likely to surprise you with an aspect of the location you’ve never considered before.

It's not what you know

Your World Hosts are made up of a Tour Manager, Tour Hosts and a doctor, who will accompany you from the moment you leave Australia until your return home. Additionally, English-speaking local guides join you in many locations. Aboard your cruise, a dedicated Silversea Expedition Team will escort all excursions, while onboard experts give immersive talks about the regions you visit and niche topics that may spark your interest.

A place to call home

Away from your fine ship, Captain’s Choice has chosen only the very best purveyors of hospitality each destination has to offer. Residences are benchmarks of luxury, usually in a central location. More often than not, they have a history to tell. You might find yourself, on one night, in a magnificent castle turned luxury hotel, standing proudly on its own island. The next, tucked away in a private residence favoured by royals and dignitaries alike.

Local Flavours

Every meal is a chance to discover something new and delicious. When you’re not on board your ship, you’ll often be dining among locals, where the ambience, as much as the flavours, makes meals memorable. And on special nights, you can expect gala dinners at spectacular locations closed off exclusively for us. There’s not a boring meal to be found.

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer

Small in stature but big on comfort, Silversea’s Silver Explorer has been designed specifically for navigating the waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both polar regions. A fleet of Zodiac vessels allows guests to visit off-the-beaten path locations and an Expedition Team brings insight to each adventure. Be pampered with butler service, watch passing ocean scenes from your suite and indulge in impressive cuisine inspired by the destinations you visit.

Silver Explorer Dining

Adventurer & Explorer Suite

Occupying different locations, these suites feature two portholes (Adventurer) or a view window (Explorer); sitting area; and a marbled bathroom with a bath/ shower combination.

Final Frontiers of Alaska and Russia

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Fares are based on a Vista Suite aboard Silver Explorer. Per Person, Twin Share. Fares include Qantas flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Prices from other cities available on request.

Land Only Guests join the tour in Anchorage and transfer to Girdwood for dinner on Day 1, and depart Otaru after lunch on Day 21.

Suite Upgrades add per person, twin share
Veranda Suite $5,400
Expedition Suite $10,700

Solo Suite Supplements add per person
Vista Suite $26,680
Veranda Suite $32,840
Expedition Suite $39,770
Includes supplements for single hotel rooms. Solo suites at above prices are limited. Contact our Tour Sales Consultants for details on other suite upgrades.

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