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Le Soleal

Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands with National Geographic

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. Built in the style of the world’s most luxurious mega-yachts and newly launched in 2013, Le Soléal offers an exquisite cruising experience, combining exciting voyages of discovery with the passionate attention to detail that creates an intimate and relaxing setting for this most graceful form of travel. With its sleek and environmentally friendly design, Le Soléal is capable of accessing smaller ports and its unobstructed arching windows expand your view of the most beautiful scenery. All 132 staterooms and suites are furnished with only the most elegant decor; pristine silvers, creamy whites and a style fashioned after today’s luxury yachting world. Enjoy delicious French cuisine at the stunning Gastronomic Restaurant or a casual buffet lunch in the Grill Restaurant. Relax with a cocktail in the Main Lounge and take in live entertainment in the Panoramic Lounge and the state-of-the-art theatre. Unwind in the fitness room, or survey the horizon from the open-air bar and pool deck.

 

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Embark

Board your flight from Seoul to Petropavlovsk. You will greeted at the airport and transferred to the ship.

Day 1: Petropavlovsk

Board your flight from Seoul to Petropavlovsk. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the ship. Petropavlovsk, the oldest town in the Russian Far East, was established in October 1740, when the ships Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, captained by Vitus Jonassen Bering, the Danish explorer working for the Russian Navy, first entered the bay.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards the Aleutian Islands.

Day 3: Attu, Aleutian Islands

Arrive at Attu Island, located at the western edge of the Aleutian Islands. Caught in a vice between the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, it has to contend with a difficult climate, characterised by storms and often violent winds. During the Second World War, it was the scene of a forgotten battle. In June 1942, the Japanese landed on the island in order to occupy it. On 11 May 1943, it was the Americans’ turn to disembark on Attu and drive out their enemy after a fierce battle lasting several days that left very few survivors on the Japanese side.

Day 4: Kiska, Aleutian Islands - Amchitka Island

Kiska belongs to the Rat Islands group, located to the west of the Aleutian Islands. It is home to a cone-shaped active volcano, culminating at over 1,200 metres. Along with Attu Island, some kilometres further west, it makes up the only two American territories to have been occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War.

Day 5: Atka Island

Atka Island is one of the Aleutian Islands. The island has been occupied by Unangas for at least 2,000 years who speak the eastern dialect, known since the Russian era as “Aleuts”. Exposure to the outside world has brought changes to the traditional lifestyle, however the Aleut language is still spoken in one-fourth of homes.

Day 6: Yunaska Island - Chuginadak Island

Spend the day visiting Islands of Four Mountains group calling at Yunaska and Chuginadak Islands. The two largest islands are Yunaska and Chuginadak. Chuginadak is mainly made up of the active volcano Mount Cleveland.

Day 7: Dutch Harbour, Unalaska Island

Arrive at Unalaska Island and its port, Dutch Harbor. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, on the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor is the only deep water port in the archipelago. The island unique landscapes: volcanic summits swept by the wind and surrounded by the sea, lush green valleys, sometimes covered with bright summer flowers, sometimes with deep winter snow.

Day 8: Chankliut

Arrive at Chankliut, located off the Alaska Peninsula. From mountainous terrain to flowery moors and valleys covered in sea lyme-grass, this island, which is part of the Aleutian archipelago, offers landscapes with a unique charm. During your walk around a lake, you will cross a sumptuous meadow where beautiful aconite and willowherb vie for attention.

Day 9: Geographic Harbour - Hidden Harbour

Today board your Zodiac® and, a little further south, explore every part of Geographic Harbor and its tall cliffs covered in vegetation and plunging into the sea. Along the sandy beach, grizzly bears improvise hunting sessions, in search of fish and clams. In the thickets, these omnivores eat berries, roots and grasses. Continue into the heart of the stunning Katmai nature reserve, renowned for its bewitching landscapes of rivers and lakes, discover Kinak Bay. This bay is more sheltered than Geographic Harbour. At the end of a narrow passage where strong currents flow, it leads to a few small beaches that are each more charming than the next. You have arrived at Hidden Harbour. Stay alert: a large colony of brown bears reigns here.

Day 10: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Tsaa fjord.

Day 11: Tsaa fjord

Formed by the retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse and Tyndall glaciers over the past 100 years, Icy Bay is one of those timeless places where silence reigns supreme. Let yourself be enthralled by landscapes of breathtaking beauty, enhanced by magnificent views over the Saint Elias Mountains, visible in the background. Visit the Tsaa fjord very close to the Guyot glacier rich in marine mammals and sea birds.

Day 12: Inian Islands

Located in the heart of the fresh waters of the Icy Strait, between Chicagof Island and the Glacier Bay National Park, the Inian Islands offer a concentration of nature in its raw state. This small group of picturesque islands boasts a particularly rich ecosystem, on land as in the sea. Covered in dense and humid forests, the islands bravely endure the action of the wind and the tides in order to offer their visitors a unique spectacle.

Day 13: Elfin Cove

At the tip of an island in the Alexander Archipelago, not far from the Canadian border, peaceful Elfin Cove shelters a fishing community that’s only linked to the rest of the world by the sea. There is just a dozen wooden houses, a long wooden pontoon and a tiny port surrounded by crystalline waters.

Day 14: Juneau

Your voyage ends in Juneau where you will disembark the ship. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Seattle.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Juneau and transfer to airport for flight to Seattle.

Includes

  • Flight Seoul to Petropavlovsk plus transfer to ship
  • Transfer to airport and flight Juneau to Seattle
  • 13 Nights' accommodation on board Le Soleal
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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