SEATTLE -- Zegrahm Expeditions here launched two combinable
land-cruise itineraries to Alaska, the remote Kuril Islands and
Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.
Designed for nature enthusiasts, the programs, dubbed Fire &
Ice I and II, are slated for departures in June and July.
The itineraries are aboard the Clipper Odyssey, a 128-passenger
expedition ship carrying a fleet of Zodiac boats which allow
participants to come ashore and explore the ports of call.
Shore excursions are led by marine biologists and expert guides
who help passengers spot wildlife and identify the local flora.
The first itinerary, Fire & Ice I, Kuril Islands and
Kamchatka Peninsula, sails from June 18 to 30. The 13-day journey
begins in Sapporo, Japan, and ends in Anchorage.
Highlights during the Kuril Islands portion of the tour include
a visit to Aleutka Bay to study the archaeological remains of an
18th century village. Clients also will explore the volcanic island
of Onekotan with its circular crater lake and waterfalls.
Participants can bird-watch in the Ushishir Islands, which boast
such species as northern fulmars, guillemots, black-legged
kittiwakes and the rare whiskered auklet.
The island of Kamchatka is home to some 300 volcanos (29 of
which are active), coastal forests and the bird-abundant Zhupanova
While in Kamchatka, clients will have the option of taking a
helicopter excursion to the Valley of the Geysers, a hotbed of
geothermal activity complete with hot springs, mud kettles and
Toward the end of this journey is a stop in Petropavlovsk,
Russia, a town dating back to 1740.
The second trip, Fire & Ice II, Kamchatka Through the
Aleutian Chain, sails from June 28 to July 11. This 15-day journey
begins and ends in Anchorage.
Highlights of this trip include a visit to the village of
Nikolskoye on Russia's Bering Island, where visitors will learn
about local culture and attend an Aleut dance performance.
Clients will go on nature walks in the Aleutian Islands to study
different plant species and to view Minke whales, sea otters and
several species of birds.
A stop along the Alaska Peninsula includes Kukak Bay in Katmai
National Park and Preserve to view Mount Katmai, one of the park's
active volcanos, and to look for bears as they dig along the
beaches for food.
Participants disembark in Seward and head to Anchorage for an
overnight stay before departing.
Rates for Fire & Ice I start at $6,490 per person, double.
Rates for Fire & Ice II start at $7,990 per person, double.
The price includes hotel and ship accommodations, all meals, the
services of guides, shore excursions, transfers and taxes. Air fare
The two trips can be combined for a discount of 6%, and are
commissionable at 10%.
For more information on these tours or for reservations, call
(800) 628-8747, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Zegrahm Web site at www.zeco.com.