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Outline itinerary

Day 1Petropavlovsk - Kamchatskiy
Day 2Zhupanova River
Day 3Commander Islands
Day 4Commander Islands
Day 5Karaginskiy Island
Day 6Verhoturova Island and Govena Peninsula
Day 7Koryak and Chukotka Coast
Day 8Koryak and Chukotka Coast
Day 9Koryak and Chukotka Coast
Day 10Koryak and Chukotka Coast
Day 11Meinypil’gyno
Day 12Meinypil’gyno
Day 13Cape Navarin
Day 14Port of Anadyr


All accommodation on board of the Spirit of Enderby, all excursions on land and with zodiacs (please note the additional charge of landig fees USD 500,-), meals including coffee, thee and snacks. Airport transfers

Not included

International flights to Petropavlovsk and back from Anadyr, landing fees (USD 500,-), visa, drinks, tips and personal expenses


Please note: the prices are based on a exchange rate of 1 EUR = USD 1,18.


Main deck triple shared
EUR 7050,-

Main deck double shared
EUR 8125,-

EUR 8650,-

Superior Plus
EUR 9275,-

Mini Suite
EUR 9600,-

Heritage Suite
EUR 10500,-

Tour leader

Engels sprekende reisbegeleider

Number of participants

Minimaal 1, geen maximum aantal deelnemers zolang er plaats aan boord is


Different cabin types are available ranging from cabins with shared facilities or a superior suite

Difficulty level of the tour

An average condition is mandatory for entering and exiting the zodiacs. On land we have moderate hikes


Please prepare for different circumstances. Adequate wind and waterproof clothing is mandatory

In the wake of Bering

Duration:14 days
Price: from EUR 7060,-
Tour leader:Engels sprekende reisbegeleider
Code: C1970

Run as a co-operative venture with BirdLife International, this unique expedition follows in the footsteps of the Danish Explorer Commander Vitus Bering whose instructions from Tsar Peter the Great were to "sail north by north-east... chart the coast and collect information" Our journey starts in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the city which is named after two of Bering's ships, and we will also travel north by north-east, along what is still one of the remotest coastlines on earth.
Our voyage is dedicated to looking for birds and wildlife and we can expect to have some truly spectacular experiences, however, there is one bird which makes this trip very special and that is the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. This species is classified as ‘critically endangered' and it is believed there are now less than 200 pairs which make the annual migration to Northern Kamchatka and Chukotka to breed.
Very few people have had the privilege of visiting this region to see this species and we hope to repeat the success of our previous expeditions when we not only saw birds at Meinypil'gyno, the only monitored breeding site, but also made ornithological history by finding a new population further south.


Day 1: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Arrive into Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy the capital and administrative centre of the Kamchatka Region and transfer to the port to board the Spirit of Enderby.

Day 2: Zhupanova River

We plan to spend the morning Zodiac cruising on the Zhupanova River. Our main target here is the Steller’s Sea Eagle and there are usually at least three occupied nests close to the river.

Days 3 to 4: Commander Islands

The wildlife-rich Commander Islands were first discovered by the Commander Vitus Bering when his ship was wrecked here in 1741. We intend to explore the islands through a combination of landings and Zodiac cruises and our first stop will be the village of Nikolskoye, where there is an interesting museum.

Day 5: Karaginskiy Island

Our proposed landing site is a patchwork of boggy tundra, ponds and shingle spits and an interesting range of waders can be found here including Pacific Golden Plover, Red-necked Stint and Red-necked Phalarope.

Day 6: Verkhoturova Island and Govena Peninsula

Verkhoturova Island has some huge seabird colonies and by following a short trail to the cliff top we should be able to enjoy some fantastic views of Tufted Puffins, Brunnich’s Guillemots, Pelagic Cormorants and Black-legged Kittiwakes. Later in the day, there will be either a Zodiac cruise or landing on the Govena Peninsula. Good numbers of Brown Bears can often be found here.

Days 7 to 10: Koryak and Chukotka Coast

During these days of the expedition we will travel along this largely unknown part of the coast. It comprises deep forested fiords where we should see brown bears, Red Fox and with luck, mountain sheep and Kamchatka Marmots. In the many lagoons and shallow bays there is a vast array of birdlife including Tundra Bean Goose, Steller’s Eider, Great Knot, Long Tailed Stint, Gyrfalcon, Siberian Accenter and Asian Rosy Finch. This area is also a stronghold of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet and we should see several during our journey. In our previous expeditions we have explored much of this coastline, documenting the distribution and abundance of many species. In 2011 we recorded a previously unknown breeding population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Working alongside researchers from BirdLife International and Birds Russia who will be travelling with us, we plan to revisit many of these areas to monitor changes and search for new breeding colonies. There will be unique opportunities for photography, for hiking and ‘birding’ in country where literally only a few ‘westerners’ have ever been and we know there is a rich diversity of species.


Days 11 to 12: Meinypil’gyno

Meinypil’gyno is located on a 40 kilometre long shingle spit and is the most important site in the world for breeding Spoon-billed Sandpiper, as there are about ten pairs which are monitored by members of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Recovery Taskforce.


Day 13: Cape Navarin and Keyngypilgyn Lagoon
This coastline is rich in marine mammals and one creature we will be looking for in particular, is the walrus, as there is a known haul out. The animals do regularly move between locations, so finding them is always very much a matter of luck, although we have had success here in the past. Good numbers of Gray Whales often congregate here too. To the north of Cape Navarin is Keyngypilgyn Lagoon. On previous visits we have found this an excellent location for waterfowl and waders including Emperor Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Brant Geese, Whooper Swan, King Eiders, Red Knots and Aleutian Tern.

Day 14: Port of Anadyr

As we cruise into Anadyr Bay, there is an excellent chance of seeing more Belugas and after a final breakfast on board the Spirit of Enderby, it will be time to disembark. We will provide complimentary transfers to a downtown hotel and the airport.

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