Be among the few travelers to explore seldom-visited ports along the water and land bridges that connect East and West, as you journey from Alaska to Japan on the all-suite luxury Silver Shadow.

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 Kamchatka bear  Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo, Japan. Credit: Joshua Davenport  The enormous Red-Crowned Crane found in Kushiro, Japan  Kuril Islands. Credit: Alexey Kharitonov  View of Petropavlovsk, one of Russia's oldest towns in Kamchatka  The volcanic landscape of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula   Orca whale breaching   Bald eagle

A Transpacific Cruise

A Cruise from Japan to Alaska

17 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Be among the few travelers to explore seldom-visited ports along the water and land bridges that connect East and West, as you journey from Alaska to Japan on the all-suite luxury Silver Shadow.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in a varied and unusual journey and a desire to learn more about regions in the Pacific Rim. A great combination of learning and adventure.

- Marianne S.

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Overview

Please call or ask us a question to register your interest for our 2017 departure. 

The Bering Sea was home to water and land bridges that connected East and West, serving as a highway for migration. Be among the few travelers to explore the spectacular natural beauty, wildlife, and fascinating cultures of this region of the world.

Highlights Include:

  • Alaska: Experience the magnificent wilderness expanse of Alaska and the fascinating towns of Kodiak and Homer. 
  • The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands: Cross the Bering Sea and call on the rugged yet inviting Aleutian Islands, including Alaska’s Dutch Harbor.
  • Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula: Marvel at the dramatic beauty of the Kamchatka Peninsula, a World Heritage site known for the largest brown bear population in the world.
  • Japan’s Northern Island of Hokkaido: Visit the coastal port of Kushiro and see the iconic Japanese crane and other birds at the nearby Kushiro Marshland, the largest wetlands in Japan.
  • Tokyo: Witness the blend of time-honored shrines with the latest architectural achievements during a comprehensive city tour of Tokyo.

I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in a varied and unusual journey and a desire to learn more about regions in the Pacific Rim. A great combination of learning and adventure.

- Marianne S.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart for Anchorage, Alaska

Depart your home city and arrive in Anchorage, Alaska, “the City of Lights and Flowers.” Spend one night in Anchorage in the deluxe, centrally located Hotel Captain Cook.

Day 2 — Anchorage / Seward

After breakfast in the hotel, enjoy a scenic transfer from Anchorage to Seward by rail car offering expansive views of magnificent Turnagain Arm and the Kenai Peninsula’s towering snowcapped peaks and glacier-fed waterfalls. Watch for pods of orca or beluga whales feeding in the coastal waters and Dall sheep grazing along the steep cliffs bordering the train tracks. Embark the six-star Silver Shadow in Seward and cruise this evening. (B,D)

Day 3 — Kodiak

Arrive in Kodiak where 20 thousand years ago, massive glaciers covered most of the Kodiak Archipelago. Their retreat created dramatic peaks, fjord-like bays and wide U-shaped valleys ideally suited for abundant land and marine life to thrive. These natural resources attracted the Alutiiq, Kodiak’s first inhabitants, who practiced their subsistence lifestyle here as far back as the fourth millennium B.C. Russian trappers came to Kodiak in pursuit of sea otter pelts in the 18th-century. Following the United States’ purchase of Alaska a century later, Kodiak’s economy shifted to whaling and salmon fishing, and today, its salmon and cod-rich waters make it one of the busiest fishing ports in the country. Explore the island’s historic landmarks highlighting the Native American and Russian legacies and experience a wildness that is matched in few other places on Earth. This evening, attend the captain’s welcome reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — At Sea

Cruise along the Aleutian Islands of the North Pacific. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Dutch Harbor

Dutch Harbor has a diverse history in which culture and commerce have coexisted since the mid-1700s. Located at the confluence of the North Pacific and the Bering Sea, Dutch Harbor is the only natural deepwater port in the Aleutian Islands and leads our nation in both volume and value of seafood caught with more than 800 million pounds processed annually for export. Here, the Museum of the Aleutians exhibits native artifacts from these islands, which indigenous Aleut people have continuously inhabited for close to 9,000 years, while military remnants testify to the area’s strategic value during World War II. (B,L,D)

Days 6-8 — Transpacific Crossing / International Date Line

Cruise the North Pacific Ocean and cross the International Date Line (lose one calendar day). Between port calls in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and the Kamchatka Peninsula, be on deck to look for marine wildlife such as orca, humpback whales, harbor seals, sea otters and one of the most dense populations of sea birds on Earth. Enjoy the ship’s six-star amenities—onboard lectures, live entertainment, Relais & Châteaux® dining, 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. (3B,3L,1R,3D)

Day 9 — Petropavlovsk, Russia

Kamchatka, “the land of fire and ice,” is a designated World Heritage site. The region played a strategic role in the defense of Russian territory and was closed off to the world for decades until after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, resulting in the preservation of its vast, unique and pristine wilderness. Dotted with more than 300 volcanoes and inhabited by the world’s largest brown bear population, Kamchatka is home to almost one third of the planet’s Pacific salmon population and the powerful Steller’s sea eagle, native only to this part of the world. Petropavlovsk, located in one of the world’s most spectacular settings at the edge of Avacha Bay, surrounded by wilderness sanctuaries and snowcapped mountains, is one of Russia’s oldest towns. In 1740, the explorer Vitus Bering reached Avacha Bay and from here embarked on his voyage, which led to the discovery of the Aleutian Islands. (B,L,D)

Days 10-11 — At Sea

Cruise south traveling along the Kuril Islands, a volcanic archipelago stretching 810 miles from Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula to northern Japan. (2B,2L,2D)

Day 12 — Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

Visit the beautiful coastal port of Kushiro, located 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. 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 longevity. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Hakodate

Located on the southern shores of the largely untamed isle of Hokkaido, Hakodate opened as an international port in 1859. The city retains the ambiance of a bygone era with old-fashioned streetcars running leisurely through the historic Motomachi district, which is laden with turn-of-the-century American and European architecture. The city’s highlights include a Russian Orthodox church built in the Byzantine style; an antebellum mansion which houses the city’s public hall; and Asa Ichi, a fish and vegetable market brimming with local Japanese culture. 4 This evening, attend the captain’s farewell reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 14 — Aomori

Aomori offers many cultural and natural highlights. Seiryu-ji Temple is home to a 70-foot bronze Buddha statue—the largest in Japan—and an impressive five-story pagoda made entirely of indigenous hiba wood. Or, you might opt to enjoy spectacular vistas of this mountainous region during a drive to cobalt-blue Lake Towada, the largest crater lake in Honshu, and Oirase Gorge, a picture-perfect myriad of waterfalls, ferns and broadleaf trees. (B,L,D)

Day 15 — At Sea

Cruise along Japan’s east coast, highlighted by the scenic shoreline of Sanriku Fukko National Park, characterized by dramatic and unusual rock formations. (B,L,D)

Day 16 — Tokyo / Return to the U.S.

Disembark in Tokyo and continue on the Tokyo/Kyoto post-program option, or transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)