Asakusa Hozomon and pagoda, Sensoji TempleTokyo
Asakusa Hozomon and pagoda, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

A Transpacific Voyage from Japan to Alaska: Lands and Islands of MysteryFeaturing stops in Japan, Russia, the Aleutian Islands and Alaska

May 1 - 15, 2014
Cruise aboard the all-suite luxury Silver Shadow during this special transpacific voyage
Starting at $6,495
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Overview
Be among the few travelers to explore seldom-visited ports along the water and land bridges that connect East and West (from Japan to Alaska), which served as a highway for human culture. Experience the natural wonders of Japan’s stunning and serene Northern Island and marvel at the dramatic beauty of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, a World Heritage site. Call on the rugged yet inviting Aleutian Islands as you cross the Bering Sea, then enter the magnificent wilderness expanse of Alaska, making stops at the fascinating towns of Kodiak and Homer. Geologist Patrick Abbott and other guest speakers provide engaging discussions on the region’s natural history and cultural history. Enjoy the flexibility of our cruise program, which allows you to choose shore excursions of your preference. Optional extensions to Kyoto is offered.

This unforgettable, 15-day transpacific voyage aboard the Six-Star, all-Suite M.V. Silver Shadow provides an unmatched small ship experience that offers many complimentary features aboard ship: all shipboard gratuities and port taxes, personal butler service, beverages in your suite and throughout the cruise, and even complimentary fitness classes.

Please note that there are Air Add-Ons from 53 major cities (see the Tour Cost page for details).

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Itinerary
Days 1 & 2 - U.S., Tokyo, Japan

Depart the U.S. and cross the International Date Line. Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. Beneath the thriving business districts, the latest architectural achievements and the wellspring of Japanese pop culture, you can find the cultural core of this historic city. Intricate Shinto shrines and neighborhood public baths still reveal time-honored old traditions. Check into your deluxe hotel for the night.

Day 3 - Tokyo
From Imperial Palace Plaza, see the home of the Emperor of Japan. The gardens and grounds are spread over an area the size of New York’s Central Park, and the palace itself was built on the site of the 15th-century Edo castle and encompasses some of the old moats and ramparts. Continue to the tranquil Meiji-jingu Shrine and its densely forested park, a peaceful oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Visit the reconstructed Asakusa Kannon Temple, which according to legend was founded in the seventh century A.D. after two brothers fished out of the River Sumida a statue of Kannon, the Buddhist bodhisattva, or goddess, of mercy. Lunch is included during the city tour.

This afternoon, embark the six-star M.V. SILVER SHADOW. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Spend the day cruising the North Pacific Ocean. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 5 - Kushiro, Hokkaido
Visit the beautiful coastal port of Kushiro, situated in the southeastern part of Hokkaido and facing the Pacific Ocean. Known as “the town of mist,” it has been a base for deep-sea fishing for over a century. Explore the port on your own or choose from Silversea’s program of optional excursions. The thriving Washo fish market sells fresh seafood such as saury, hairy crab, salmon, shishamo (a kind of smelt) and scallops. Nearby, the largest wetland in Japan, Kushiro Marshland, is renowned for its unique ecosystem, which can be observed directly from a wooden walkway. It is home to about 600 plant species, and offers habitats for migratory birds and the enormous Japanese crane, a traditional symbol of both longevity and Japan. (B,L,D)

Days 6&7 - At Sea
Cruise north toward the Bering Sea, traveling along the Kuril Islands, a volcanic archipelago stretching 810 miles from northern Japan to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Petropavlovsk, Russia
Visit Petropavlovsk, at the edge of Avacha Bay. One of Russia’s oldest towns in the Far East and one of the world’s most beautiful settings, the city is a commercial center of Kamchatka. In 1740, the explorer Vitus Bering reached Avacha Bay, and subsequently from here embarked on his voyage that led to the discovery of the Aleutian Islands leading to the coast of America. The region has since played a strategic role in the defense of Russian territory and was closed off to the world, resulting in the preservation of its vast and unique wilderness. Kamchatka is inhabited by the largest brown bear population in the world; the world’s largest eagle, the Steller’s sea eagle; and almost one third of the world’s Pacific salmon population. Discover the port’s treasures at your own pace with optional excursions to Kamchatka’s volcanoes, a city tour highlighting Kamchatka’s history, a tour of Petropavlovsk’s Cultural Museum or a visit to a sled dog kennel. (B,L,D)

Days 9&10 - Transpacific Crossing
On deck, look for marine wildlife such as Orca and Humpback whales, harbor seals, sea otters and one of the most dense populations of sea birds on Earth between port calls in Russia’s Petropavlovsk and Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Enjoy onboard lectures, live entertainment, Relais & Châteaux cuisine, bridge tournaments, complimentary fitness classes, a casino, onboard spa treatments and stargazing. Or, simply wrap up in a blanket and relax on deck with a complimentary beverage of your choice while contemplating a panoramic view of the Pacific horizon. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Dutch Harbor, Alaska, U.S.
Arrive in Dutch Harbor, which has a diverse history where culture and commerce have coexisted since the mid-1700s. At the confluence of the North Pacific and the Bering Sea, it is the only natural deepwater port in the Aleutian Islands, and vessels from around the world call here each year. Since 1988, the town has led our nation in both volume and value of seafood caught with more than 800 million pounds of seafood processed annually for export. Beyond the fisheries at the center of town, you might choose to explore the terrain and wildlife of the island in the path of the indigenous Aleut people who have continuously inhabited these islands for approximately 9,000 years. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - At Sea
Cruise along the Aleutian Islands of the North Pacific. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Kodiak
Twenty thousand years ago, most of the Kodiak Archipelago was covered by glaciers that left scenic peaks, fjord-like bays and wide U-shaped valleys that became ideally suited for abundant land and marine life. The Alutiiq, Kodiak’s first inhabitants, were drawn to the region by its plentiful fish and sea mammals. Russian trappers were led to Kodiak in pursuit of sea otter pelts and established the first capital of Russian Alaska here in 1784. When the United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, the economy shifted to whaling and salmon fishing. Today, the town is home to over 700 fishing vessels. On an optional excursion, explore the island’s historic landmarks highlighting the Native American and Russian legacy and experience a wildness that is matched in few places on Earth. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Homer
Call in charming, colorful Homer, at the end of Sterling Highway amid towering snow-capped mountains and blue glaciers on beautiful Kachemak Bay, a sheltered arm of lower Cook Inlet. People have inhabited the area for thousands of years, drawn to its diverse land, mild climate and abundant marine life. In the 1800s, homesteaders and coal miners comprised the area’s population until commercial fishing became the mainstay of the town. Today, Homer is known as the ‘Halibut Fishing Capital of the World’, and is home to an eclectic mix of artists, fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts drawn by the slow pace of life and wilderness setting by the clear-water bay.

Day 15 - Seward, Home City
Disembark in Seward and continue on the Alaska Post-Program Option, or transfer to the Anchorage airport for your flight home.


Pre-Cruise Option and Optional Excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.

All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.