Russian Far East

Isolated, uncrowded and strikingly beautiful—the Russian Far East is just about as remote and rewarding as travel destinations come. Sparsely populated but teeming with wildlife, this is a vast expanse of pristine wilderness and dramatic landscapes.

Encompassing the Russian High Arctic, the Kamchatka Peninsula and a lengthy chain of volcanic islands that forms part of Russia’s ‘Ring of Fire’, the Russian Far East is superbly suited to expedition cruising.

Join us as we cruise north to visit the World Heritage listed Wrangel and Herald Islands—known as the as the Polar Bear ‘maternity ward’ and one the final frontiers of Arctic wilderness. Cruise south along the Kamchatka Peninsula, discovering a wild volcanic coastline of rugged landforms and exploring the Kuril & Commander Islands via thrilling zodiac, kayak and hiking excursions.

Experience the hospitality and generosity of the Chukchi people who have long called the harsh Arctic tundra home, and spend your days spotting abundant wildlife including the Kamchatka Brown Bear, Arctic and Red Fox, reindeer, whales, walrus, sea lions and a plenitude of marine birds.

Take a look at our unique Arctic itineraries and be one of the few travellers to discover the striking landforms, unique cultures and rich wildlife of the Russian Far East!

 

Exploratory Voyages, not Cruises

We use vessels that carry no more than 198 passengers, giving us access to areas that are unavailable to the larger cruise ships. We focus on spending time ashore to enjoy the spontaneity of wildlife encounters, hearing from experts in research stations and observing sculptured ice formations from our zodiacs. No two trips are the same.

Widest Choice of Voyages

We have a diverse selection of voyages and departures to choose from. Don’t want to travel the Drake Passage in both directions? Take one of our voyages that fly to King George Island. Sit amongst a million king penguins on South Georgia or search for polar bears in North Spitsbergen.

Expert Guides, Lecturers and Crew

Our people are the best in the business—passionate individuals who have dedicated decades to polar exploration and tourism. From our Russian captains and crew to our expert naturalists and lecturers, their combined knowledge will truly enhance your polar experience.

Real Interaction with the Polar Regions

With us you can fully savour the spectacular landscapes of the Polar Regions by getting active. Cross South Georgia on foot, camp out on the ice for a night or try your hand at a range of activities including kayaking, diving or snow shoeing on one of our base camp voyages.

Leaders in Responsible Travel

The Polar Regions are pristine natural environments. Preserving them for future generations is not just important, but essential. We are associate members of The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators and founding members of The Association of Arctic Expeditions Cruise Operators.


 

Environmental conservation

When visiting continents rich in wildlife and home to fragile and pristine environments, such as those found in the Polar regions, the importance of travelling responsibility is extreme if we are to preserve them for future generations. We are an Associate B2 Member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, operating within the parameters of the Antarctic Treaty System. In the Arctic, we abide by the guidelines set by the Association of Arctic Expeditions Cruise Operators.


Comfortable expedition cruising vessels

Our vessels are specifically designed with expedition cruising in mind. Cabins range from quadruple berths right through to spacious suites, accommodating all budgets and tastes. Most cabins have private bathrooms; however some share a bathroom between a small number of other cabins. Public areas include dining quarters, lecture theatres, a bar and a library and some of our ships also have spas and gymnasiums aboard.



A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



Currency

Russian Ruble. Payment of incidental expenses aboard most ships can be paid for with US dollars cash or with Visa and Mastercards.

International Dialing Code

+7 - Russia

Electricity
Type C plug

We recommend taking a universal adapter for the ship. Electricity in Russia is 220 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin type is C. (2 round prong).

Visas

All nationalities will require tourist visas for Russia and the method of obtaining visas will vary according to your nationality and point of application. Please liaise with your World Expeditions office (in conjunction with your travel agent if you are booked with them) as to the correct procedure to avoid problems.

The requirements for the current Russian visa are that they must be obtained in advance through the nominated consulate or embassy nearest you. There are consulates and embassies in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA. Specifics of the visa requirements will be advised to you by your booking agent, but typically will include a completed signed application form, passport size photo, letter of invitation-(will be arranged by World Expeditions) and a fee, which will vary according to your nationality.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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