Orion’s Russian Far East
Orion’s Russian Far East. Vodka, volcanoes and brown bears. Limited opportunity remains for modern day adventurers to join like-minded travellers on an Orion Expedition Cruises Russian Far East voyage to the land of ice and fire. Explore places as yet untouched by tourism from the comfort and security of the expedition cruise ship, Orion II, your base camp for the voyage.
Evocative names such as the Zhupanova River, Skaly Lavushky, Yankitcha and Petropavlovsk set the scene. Places that, until recently, remained off-limits to the West today still see a mere trickle of adventurous tourists
Enter the Wagnerian-like Valley of the Geysers, 200 steaming thermal vents from hell, in a Russian military-style helicopter, or, while exploring an abandoned Soviet air base, complete with half tracks and anti aircraft guns, stumbling across a chillingly familiar Iron Curtain image, Lenin, painted on a stone wall. Photograph the prolific wildlife in bird colonies and seal rookeries scattered along the remote coastline. Orion II’s specialist expedition team and specialist lecturers will enhance your time exploring this fascinating region of snow capped mountains and active volcanoes, wildlife, abandoned military bases and traditional onion-dome churches.
10 nights Natural Treasures of the Russian Far East /Orion II - 31 May 2012 or reverse itinerary 10 June 2012 - from $9,360 per person for an ocean view Ocean Suite. I loved cruising on Orion, think you will too, John Pond.