Alaska & Russia: Jul 29—Aug 11, 2007

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Departs: Anchorage, Alaska
Tour Limit: 30
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An expeditionary voyage among the glaciers, mountains, and wildlife of Alaska's vibrant southwestern coast and islands, in addition to Russia's incomparable Kamchatka Peninsula.

The tapestry of wildlife, scenery, and unspoiled nature of southwestern Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula provides one of the world's premier travel experiences. Our expedition will be aboard the 128-guest Clipper Odyssey for this journey of discovery from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula to the Russian Far East. This adventure differs from our Alaska's Outer Islands & Russia cruise in that it spends less time in the Bering Sea, yet offers travelers the unique opportunity to experience the dramatic Kamchatka Peninsula.

Starting at Kodiak Island, we will make our way southwest through the Semidi Islands and cruise through the entire length of the Aleutian Archipelago. These wild and remote islands are totally uninhabited except by tens of thousands of seabirds. Towering cliffs and isolated sea stacks are covered with Northern Fulmars, Red-faced Cormorants, and a wonderful array of alcids, including Tufted and Horned puffins; Whiskered, Crested, Parakeet, and Least auklets; Kittlitz's Murrelets; and Thick-billed and Common murres.

Dramatic waterfalls cascade into the cold North Pacific, wildflowers cover the tundra in profusion, and colorful Alaskan sunsets are grand finales to long summer days. Cruising among the islands will reveal a rich array of sea mammals, with orca, sperm whale, Steller's sea lion, and northern fur seal possible. Our trips routinely encounter numbers of Laysan and Black-footed albatross.

We will also learn about the area's historical significance with visits to Kiska, home of a large Japanese naval base during World War II, and Attu Island, site of the only World War II battle on American soil.

Our trip will conclude on the Kamchatka Peninsula, "Land of the Smoking Volcanoes," one of the most geologically active places in the world. Our Zodiac exploration of the Zhupanova River will be a trip highlight, characterized by snow-capped volcanoes, brown bears, and one of the world's most remarkable birds, the Steller's Sea-Eagle.

All travel, accommodations, and cuisine aboard the Odyssey; conditions aboard ship excellent; many excursions with Zodiac landing craft; cool weather with rain possible.