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Chukotka and Wrangel Island wildlife cruises, Russia

Join an expedition across the top of the world, crossing the Arctic Circle and exploring the isolated and untouched islands of Wrangel and Herald off the coast of northeastern Siberia. Once off limits thanks to pack ice and icy politics between Russia and the United States, the thawing of both in recent years means this chilly wilderness area and the phenomenal wildlife that it shelters can now be explored on Chukotka and Wrangel Island wildlife cruises. Russia and Alaska are separated by the narrow Bering Strait, and our Chukotka wildlife cruise begins by sailing up the coast of Russia’s most easterly region, before reaching Wrangel Island. Virtually all of Wrangel is a Russian Federal ... Read more >
From US $10,500 excluding flights

New Zealand wildest Island cruise, inc Stewart Island

Heritage Expeditions pioneered expedition cruising in 1985 by cruising the rugged and unique southern coastline of New Zealand's South Island, including Fiordland and Stewart Island. From those first days exploring the wilderness from their tiny yacht base with just five travellers aboard, the Russ family realised their dream that responsible tourism, enacted in a genuine and responsible way in conjunction with local government, had the ability to assist in the protection of vulnerable areas. From there, Heritage Expeditions grew to escorting 50 conservation minded passengers per expedition to the world's most special regions but our passion for New Zealand's wilderness never ... Read more >
From US $5,995 excluding flights

Kamchatka and Chukotka wildlife cruises, Russia

Russia’s eastern seaboard dominates the North Pacific – yet few people know anything about this region, and fewer still have experienced it in person. However, its isolation, inaccessibility and obscurity have contributed to protecting one of its most valuable assets: its wildlife. As the closest part of Russia to the USA, Kamchatka and Chukotka were seen as a ‘frontier zone’ during the Cold War. Foreigners were forbidden access, and Russians had to request special permission. While these rules were lifted following Perestroika in the early 1990s, in reality it was no easier to gain access to Russia’s far east. Today, with the collapse of the state-subsidised transport system, the ... Read more >
From US $7,200 excluding flights

Antarctica and New Zealand Subantarctic Islands Wildlife Cruise

The Ross Sea was names after the explorer Sir James Clark Ross, who discovered this wild stretch of ocean, deep in the Antarctic, in 1842. Although the Ross Sea has some of the most fascinating human stories on the continent, today it is one of the most rarely visited regions, with most Antarctic cruises focusing on the more accessible Antarctic Peninsula. This beautiful and otherworldly seascape is choked with pack ice for most of the year – briefly becoming accessible by for two months each austral summer. Just a handful of tourist expedition ships venture here each season, and one of these is the ice-strengthened Spirit of Enderby, a fully equipped expedition vessel. Staffed by ... Read more >
From US $23,000 excluding flights

East Antarctica expedition cruise

In 1911-1914, the Australian Antarctic Expedition took place in the East Antarctic, headed by Sir Douglas Mawson – considered by many as the grandfather of Antarctic science. However, the expedition was as notable for its achievements as it was for its tragedies – including the deaths of explorers Mertz and Ninnis, and Douglas Mawson’s extraordinary, 160km trek to safety. Today, Mawson’s hut still stands at Cape Denison, which is one of the most accessible places in East Antarctica as it is one of the only locations which is ice free. However, it was cut off in 2010, when a vast chunk of the Mertz Glacier Tongue broke off. This blocked the movement of sea ice and prevented any ships from ... Read more >
From US $20,000 excluding flights

Chukotka and Wrangel Island cruise, Russia

The Chukotka Autonomous Region in the far east of Russia covers an immense area, the size of France and England together. However, few people have ever heard of it – and even the majority of Russians know little about this wild, eastern outpost, thousands of miles from Moscow yet within sight of Alaska at its closest point. Just 50,000 people inhabit this immense landscape; the majority are Russian but there are also large numbers of indigenous Chukchi, Inuit, Koryak, Chuvan, Even and Yukaghir people. As the Cossacks invaded from the west, this was the last region they managed to take over – resisted by the Chukchi until the late 1800s. The indigenous people here lived largely nomadic ... Read more >
From US $8,900 excluding flights

Kuril Islands cruises, bird watching cruise, Russia

Russia’s Far East is one of the most dramatic places on earth to observe the Pacific Ring of Fire which manifests itself at numerous points along our expedition route. Here, the Pacific plate sub ducts under the North American plate and the resulting volcanic and geothermal activity has built a unique and amazing landscape. Perfect conditions for seabirds and cetaceans are created by the up-welling from deep trenches formed by this action and the currents which surround the many islands. As a result this area is one of the richest in the world, both in terms of the number of species and their sheer abundance. The undoubted highlight for many birders are the auks, and during our voyage it is ... Read more >
From US $7,300 excluding flights

Kamchatka wildlife and bird watching cruise, Russia

Siberia’s eastern coastline is one of the most remote and least visited places on the planet. But many indigenous communities call this icy, volcano-dotted region home – including the Koryak, Chukchi, Itelmen and Even, while the Tsar ordered fur trappers and sealers here in the 17th century, to plunder the phenomenal natural resources. Three centuries later, Stalin and subsequent Soviet leaders encouraged people to settle here, paying bonuses to those who came to live and work in this far flung region, constructing towns and making attempts to bring state control to the more traditional ways of life of far eastern Siberia. However, this trend was quickly reversed as the Cold War escalated, ... Read more >
From US $8,000 excluding flights

New Zealands Subantarctic Islands cruise, including Macquarie

These remote specks of land, peeking out of the waves far below New Zealand, have been coined the ‘Galapagos of the Southern Ocean’ – and with good reason. Our 13-day expedition cruise takes you to the Snares, Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Island groups to discover the incredible and unique biodiversity that few people will ever witness. The islands are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are protected by the governments of Australia and New Zealand in recognition of their value as wildlife refuges. This conservation status is hugely important – as the only dry land for many miles, they provide important nesting, feeding and breeding grounds for seabirds, seals, sea lions and ... Read more >
From US $7,000 excluding flights

Wildlife Cruise of New Zealand Subantarctic Islands

New Zealand’s Subantarctic islands are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in recognition of the remarkable vegetation and wildlife that inhabits them. Uninhabited and remote, just a few hundred visitors are permitted to set foot on the islands each year in order to conserve their unique biodiversity. On this eight-day wildlife cruise of the Subantarctic Islands, the expedition ship the Spirit of Enderby transports you to some of the most remote scraps of land on earth. Departing from New Zealand’s southern tip, our first port of call is the Snares Islands. Enormous colonies of Snares crested penguins gather along the islands’ rugged coastlines, the only place in the world where they can be ... Read more >
From US $4,600 excluding flights

New Zealand and islands bird watching cruise

These names are music to the ears of birders – Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland, Campbell, Macquarie and Chatham Islands. With the exception of the Chathams, these islands are probably more isolated now than they were when they were discovered in the late 1700’s. In that era they were regularly visited by sealers, whalers and government steamers searching for castaway sailors but opportunities to visit them nowadays are rare. It is relatively simple to get to the Chatham Islands, but reaching the others is far more challenging. This expedition is the only one to include all of these islands. Occupying the tempestuous latitudes of the Roaring Forties and the Furious Fifties, there is a ... Read more >
From US $11,250 excluding flights

Melanesia cruise, wildlife cruise

This 11-day Melanesia wildlife cruise takes you through the Solomon Islands and on to Vanuatu, where you will visit isolated villages, enjoy performances by elaborately costumed dancers, and explore the ancient traditions of these far flung archipelagos in the South Pacific. The Melanesia cruise begins in the Solomon Islands, in the capital of Honiara, travelling to the outer Solomon Islands where we can relax in secluded bays. In these remote archipelagos, local sailors still use traditional navigation practices to travel between the islands, such as Santa Isabel where the family is at the epicentre of daily life, which has changed little over the centuries. On Malaita, the local currency ... Read more >
From US $5,495 excluding flights

Melanesia cruise, history and wildlife cruise

Uncover the wildlife treasures of Papua New Guinea on this two-week wildlife cruise. We set sail from the culturally rich artery of the Sepik River, the longest on the island, and heading north we cross the Bismarck Sea, arriving at the remote islands of Manus and Mussau. Manus Island is the least densely populated region in the whole of Papua New Guinea, and the communities here still lead very traditional lives. From here, we turn east – to the larger islands of New Ireland and New Britain, where we will experience tribal life. In Rabaul, dancers in beautifully carved masks perform a centuries old ritual; skipping over red hot coals to honour the spirits. Some 200km to the east, we ... Read more >
From US $6,995 excluding flights
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