Luxury Expedition
Le Boreal - 264 Guests
Fire and Ice in the Arctic
Russian Arctic Expedition

Over 15 days, cruising between Russia and the United States from Nome to Seward, you will have the chance to sail in the Bering Strait and discover extraordinary landscapes combining ice, volcanoes, and tundra dotted with the ephemeral flowers that bloom during the Arctic summer.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides.
  • A cruise amid the stunning Arctic and volcanic landscapes of Alaska and Russia.
  • Discover the Wrangel Island Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Sail in the heart of the Bering Sea, surrounded by the planet’s most remote islands.
  • Sail in the Chukchi Sea.
  • Possibility of observing brown bears at Geographic Harbor, in Katmai National Park.
  • The wildlife: polar bears, grizzlies, walruses, grey whales, sea otters, spotted seals, and seagulls.
  • Meet the locals: the Aleut, Inuit, and Chukchi people.

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateSuperior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Deck 4Prestige Deck 5Prestige Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Deck 5 SuitePrestige Deck 6 SuiteOwner\'s Suite
Sep 21, 2021Oct 05, 202112,36013,12014,35014,92015,51020,56026,93028,14039,130
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:

Embarkation day - Seattle / Nome

Flight Seattle / Nome selected by PONANT.

We highly recommend to arrive in Seattle the day before this flight.

We suggest to be at the check-in counter 2 hours before departure.

Approximate flight duration: 4h30

Meet and greet at Nome airport.

Transfer to the pier for embarkation.


Disembarkation day       Seward / Seattle

Disembarkation in Seward and transfer to Anchorage airport by coach

(approximate duration 3h00)

Flight Anchorage / Seattle selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 3h30

We highly recommend to plan a departure from Seattle the day after this flight.

 
This program includes:

  • Flights Seattle / Nome - Anchorage / Seattle in economy class
  • Transfers airport / pier and pier / airport

 
This program does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned in the program

Note:

  • Flights included in the program are, as of today, operated in economy class
  • Detailed program including flight schedule will be provided with your “travel document”
  • For passengers in transit in Seattle, we recommend to stay one night before and after these flights in Seattle to ensure your connecting flights
  • Package subject to availability
  • This program is subject to change, without prior notice
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Superior Stateroom
(Mid-range)
Prestige Deck 6
(High-end)
Owner\'s Suite
Sep 21, 2021Oct 05, 202112,36015,51039,130
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:

Embarkation day - Seattle / Nome

Flight Seattle / Nome selected by PONANT.

We highly recommend to arrive in Seattle the day before this flight.

We suggest to be at the check-in counter 2 hours before departure.

Approximate flight duration: 4h30

Meet and greet at Nome airport.

Transfer to the pier for embarkation.


Disembarkation day       Seward / Seattle

Disembarkation in Seward and transfer to Anchorage airport by coach

(approximate duration 3h00)

Flight Anchorage / Seattle selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 3h30

We highly recommend to plan a departure from Seattle the day after this flight.

 
This program includes:

  • Flights Seattle / Nome - Anchorage / Seattle in economy class
  • Transfers airport / pier and pier / airport

 
This program does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned in the program

Note:

  • Flights included in the program are, as of today, operated in economy class
  • Detailed program including flight schedule will be provided with your “travel document”
  • For passengers in transit in Seattle, we recommend to stay one night before and after these flights in Seattle to ensure your connecting flights
  • Package subject to availability
  • This program is subject to change, without prior notice


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 coloured houses, you will discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer rearing, sledge-racing ? people here live from their manual labour. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

Day 2: AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3: PROVIDENIYA
Across the Bering Strait from Alaska, which it almost touches and can be glimpsed when the weather is fine, the town of Provideniya seems to keep a watchful eye over ships heading for the East Siberian Sea. Nestled against mountains with peaks of up to 2,000 m, Provideniya is the gateway to the Chukotka Peninsula, a polar region as yet unknown to the general public, with striking landscapes and a primitive beauty like no other.

Day 4: BIG DIOMEDE
From your Zodiac®, discover Big Diomede, between Siberia and Alaska. This island, measuring approximately 30 km2 and located in the middle of the Bering Strait, is Russia’s most easterly point. Although it was once inhabited by the Inuit, it is now home to just a handful of Russian soldiers on a military base. Just a few kilometres further east, on the other side of the International Date Line, lies Little Diomede, an American island which Russia sold to the United States in 1867.

Day 5: WRANGEL ISLAND RESERVE
Imagine a natural island that is mostly mountainous and, for the rest of its landscapes, alternates between vast tundra plains and areas of great lakes, lagoons and cliffs. Welcome to Wrangel, the most important hotspot of Arctic biodiversity. Situated between the East Siberian Sea and the Chukchi Sea, the island was named after the Russian explorer Ferdinand von Wrangel. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island is a rare, precious and very ancient ecosystem with unique vegetation, as well as an exceptional fauna: it is home to the majestic polar bear and the vast majority of the Russian Arctic’s walrus population. The island also holds traces of the last mammoths and is home to several endemic species.

Day 9: AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 10: PROVIDENIYA
Across the Bering Strait from Alaska, which it almost touches and can be glimpsed when the weather is fine, the town of Provideniya seems to keep a watchful eye over ships heading for the East Siberian Sea. Nestled against mountains with peaks of up to 2,000 m, Provideniya is the gateway to the Chukotka Peninsula, a polar region as yet unknown to the general public, with striking landscapes and a primitive beauty like no other.

Day 11: ST MATTHEW ISLAND
Saint Matthew island is right in the middle of the Bering Sea, between Siberia and Alaska. Classified as a National Wildlife Refuge by the United States, this island covered in wet tundra corresponds to the northern boundary of the polar bear’s range during winter. It is home to many birds, including the McKay's bunting, an endemic species whose population is estimated at 6,000 individuals. We can also find Arctic foxes there. Although populated by the Aleut during prehistoric times Saint Matthew Island is uninhabited today.

Day 12: SAINT PAUL ISLAND, PRIBILOF ISLANDS
Part of the Earth’s History was written between Alaska and Russia. We invite you to discover 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 of Saint Paul and Saint George, you will find majestic volcanoes, lava deserts and crater lakes, offering travelers a magnificent vantage point from which to observe a fauna composed almost exclusively of fur seals. The archipelago is also renowned as a paradise for birds, especially on Saint Paul, as more than 240 different species of seabirds take flight from the top of its majestic cliff.

Day 13: DUTCH HARBOR, UNALASKA
During your cruise, discover an exceptional site: Unalaska Island and its port, Dutch Harbor. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, on the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor is the only deep water port in the archipelago. As for the island itself, it offers you unique landscapes: volcanic summits swept by the wind and surrounded by the sea, lush green valleys, sometimes covered with bright summer flowers, sometimes with deep winter snow… Unalaska is not only an island with astonishing nature and very varied wildlife, it is also rich in history, where ancient indigenous cultures and remains from World War II can be seen and their tales be told.

Day 14: CHANKLIUT ISLAND, ALASKA
Off the Alaska Peninsula hides a small gem: Chankliut. From mountainous terrain to flowery moors and valleys covered in sea lyme-grass, this island, which is part of the Aleutian archipelago, offers landscapes with a unique charm. During your walk around a lake, you will cross a sumptuous meadow where beautiful aconite and willowherb vie for attention. The more courageous will venture onward to the neighbouring valley and its ancient calderas to admire the splendour of the scenery. This totally uninhabited island bears no trace of any past settlement. Small, curious heads will catch your attention, however: crested puffins and horned puffins bask on the water near spotted seals…

Day 15: GEOGRAPHIC HARBOR, ALASKA
Here you are in the heart of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Here, the rocky cliffs are punctuated with white marks. These are the remains of ash deposits that accumulated following a volcanic eruption in the past. Board your Zodiac® and, a little further south, explore every part of Geographic Harbor and its tall cliffs covered in vegetation and plunging into the sea. Along the sandy beach, grizzly bears improvise hunting sessions, in search of fish and clams. In the thickets, these omnivores eat berries, roots and grasses. Brown bears are at home here and the presence of humans doesn’t seem to disturb them. This makes for a fascinating and unforgettable show.

Day 16: SEWARD, ALASKA
Seward is located on the Kenai peninsula, south of Anchorage. This bustling port, built for the fishing and shipbuilding industries, will show you just how vibrant it is, with its shops and galleries. The entrance gate for the sublime Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward nestles in the heart of very beautiful scenery, between glaciers, mountains and very rich marine life (whales, sea otters, orcas, seals…). 

Le Boreal (Luxury Expedition, 264-guests)

Le Boreal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT's signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful decor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a private yacht.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Gratuities are included
  • Free Expedition Jacket to Keep and boots are available for rent
  • Bottled Water, Bar Drinks, Beer, House Wines and Soft Drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary onboard WiFi (beginning in 2019)
  • Complimentary Traveler's Valet laundry servicce (beginning in 2019)

 
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DISCLAIMER: Rates are per person and subject to change.