Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands

13 days / 12 nights
    Roundtrip flight included
    Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands
    Flight Seoul / Petropavlosvk + transfers + flight Juneau / Seattle

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 24 June 2019 to 6 July 2019
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
    Arrival Port : Juneau, Alaska

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : PJ0145 - S240619

    With the exceptional presence of Jean-Louis Étienne.

    PONANT invites you on a fabulous sea journey between Russia and Alaska, along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Board Le Soléal for a unique 13-day expedition cruise and prepare to be captivated by the beauty of the Aleutian Islands.  

    This elongated archipelago that marks the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea forms a natural bridge between Kamchatka and Alaska, extending in an arc over nearly 2,000 km.  

    You will board your ship in Petropavlovsk, the oldest city in the Russian Far East, before heading eastward.

    Over the course of your cruise, you will get up close to the most active volcanoes in the world and you’ll be able to see for yourself the exceptional diversity of wildlife that reigns in these parts.

    Surrounded by waters that are particularly rich in nutrients, the string of Aleutian Islands is home to an incredibly rich fauna. It is common to see whales, orcas and seabirds here.

    Le Soléal will then continue to sail eastward to reach the sublime landscapes of Alaska, including glaciers, old-growth forest, luxuriant vegetation and superb bays where grizzlies roam.

    Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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    • Naturalists Naturalists
    • Free boot rental Free boot rental
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    • With the exceptional presence of Jean-Louis Étienne. The french writer and explorer will present two conferences on board: « The poles, actors and witnesses of the Earth’s climate » and « Polar explorer ».
    • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides.
    • An exceptional cruise to discover the northern part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
    • Landscapes: volcanic islands, glaciers, old-growth forest.
    • Wildlife: whales, orcas, seabirds, grizzlies.
    • Kiska Island, dominated by a 1,000-metre-tall volcano.
    • Unga Island, home to the vestiges of a village and a great variety of seabirds.
    • Elfin Cove, a charming little fishing port that can only be reached by boat or hydroplane.

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      Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. 

      Interior Design

      With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

      Port of call & excursions

      24 June 2019 – At sea


      Embarkation 24/06/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 24/06/2019 at 18H00 .

      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. The Military Glory Museum, found in the town centre, is the most important in all of northern Russia. Keep your camera at the ready, though, as nearby is the picturesque Petrovskaya Hill, which also has some surprises in store for you - don’t forget to admire the sumptuous views across the Bay of Avacha from its summit. The bay’s circular shape creates a natural protection against the impetuous wind, all the while providing ships with easy access into port. 

      25 June 2019 – At sea

      25 June 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 25/06/2019. Departure 25/06/2019.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      26 June 2019 – Attu Island, Aleutian Islands

      26 June 2019 – Attu Island, Aleutian Islands

      Arrival 26/06/2019. Departure 26/06/2019.

      Located at the western edge of the Aleutian Islands, Attu Island, belonging to the Near Islands group, also represents the westernmost part of the United States. 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.

      27 June 2019 – Kiska Island, Aleutian Islands

      27 June 2019 – Kiska Island, Aleutian Islands

      Arrival 27/06/2019. Departure 27/06/2019.

      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. During the summer of 1943, American troops disembarked in order to bring this enemy occupation to an end. They discovered, to their surprise, that the Japanese had already fled the island, under the cover of bad weather.

      27 June 2019 – Davidof Island, Aleutian Islands

      27 June 2019 – Davidof Island, Aleutian Islands

      Arrival 27/06/2019. Departure 27/06/2019.

      We invite you to discover Davidof Island, a tiny lost island to the west of the Aleutians. Davidof is part of the Rat Islands, a volcanic archipelago. Between the end of the 18th century and the very beginning of the 21st century, rats were the main occupants of these islands, which are now believed to be completely rodent-free. The archipelago, located on the boundary of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, is in an area of very high seismic activity.

      28 June 2019 – Adak Island, Aleutian Islands

      28 June 2019 – Adak Island, Aleutian Islands

      Arrival 28/06/2019. Departure 28/06/2019.

      Set off to discover Adak Island, in the Aleutian Islands. Located to the west of the Andreanof archipelago, this mountainous and volcanic treeless island, where strong winds and fog are often the order of the day, shows many traces of its past. During the Second World War, the American military set up an airbase there in order to repel the Japanese. Many remnants of this era (shells, abandoned infrastructures, fire hydrants, bunkers) are still visible today. The town of Adak, located to the north of the island, is considered the southernmost city in Alaska. It has seen its population diminish significantly since the military left at the end of the 1990s and lives essentially from fishing.

      29 June 2019 – At sea

      29 June 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 29/06/2019. Departure 29/06/2019.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      30 June 2019 – Dutch Harbor, Unalaska

      30 June 2019 – Dutch Harbor, Unalaska

      Arrival 30/06/2019. Departure 30/06/2019.

      During your cruise, discover an exceptional site: 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. As for the island itself, it offers you 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… Unalaska is not only an island with astonishing nature and very varied wildlife, it is also rich in history, where ancient indigenous cultures and remains from World War II can be seen and their tales be told.

      1 July 2019 – Unga Island, Alaska

      1 July 2019 – Unga Island, Alaska

      Arrival 01/07/2019. Departure 01/07/2019.

      After a short Zodiac® journey between the rocks in the company of your naturalist-guides, you will land in a former village of which many vestiges remain: run-down wooden houses scattered around a flowery meadow, a church with crumbling walls but a roof that still stands, a cemetery… Originally called Ougnagok by the Aleuts, this small hamlet, which was home to some 100 inhabitants in the 19th century, was renamed Delarof, after Evstratii Ivanovich Delarov. While working for the Shelikhov-Golikov Company, he was the first Greek mariner to discover the Aleutian Islands. These days, this small ghost-village now overrun by willowherb is called Unga.

      2 July 2019 – Geographic Harbor, Alaska

      2 July 2019 – Geographic Harbor, Alaska

      Arrival 02/07/2019. Departure 02/07/2019.

      Here you are in the heart of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Here, the rocky cliffs are punctuated with white marks. These are the remains of ash deposits that accumulated following a volcanic eruption in the past. A little further south, you will explore every part of Geographic Harbor and its tall cliffs covered in vegetation and plunging into the sea.

      2 July 2019 – Hidden Harbor, Kinak Bay, Alaska

      2 July 2019 – Hidden Harbor, Kinak Bay, Alaska

      Arrival 02/07/2019. Departure 02/07/2019.

      In 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 Harbor. 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 Harbor. Stay alert: a large colony of brown bears reigns here. They love to wander along the coast and dip their paws in the clear currents in the hope of catching a salmon. As for the bear cubs, they prefer to catch seabirds on the beach. Look up and you might spot two or three bald eagles, proudly perched on the cliffs.

      3 July 2019 – Holgate Glacier, Alaska

      3 July 2019 – Holgate Glacier, Alaska

      Arrival 03/07/2019. Departure 03/07/2019.

      Exceptional scenery surrounds you. You are in Aialik Bay, in the heart of a gigantic fjord located in Kenai Fjords National Park. Your ship is heading towards the vertiginous slopes of Holgate Glacier, which is still very active. Regularly, blocks of ice break free from its snout and crash into the water. This phenomenon, called calving, is magnificent to witness. During your Zodiac® outing, you will get closer to this ever-fascinating world of ice. In this mineral setting, sea otters and spotted seals will observe you as they bask in the golden rays of sunshine, while gulls and seagulls feast on fish trapped by the ebbing tide.

      4 July 2019 – Tsaa Fjord, Icy Bay, Alaska

      4 July 2019 – Tsaa Fjord, Icy Bay, Alaska

      Arrival 04/07/2019. Departure 04/07/2019.

      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. The bay, several kilometres wide, is often scattered with icebergs sliding on clear and deep waters. It will let you access several sounds, among which are the Tsaa fjord, very close to the Guyot glacier. Many marine mammals and sea birds have chosen to live on this territory with very few visitors in the south of Alaska.

      5 July 2019 – Inian Islands, Alaska

      5 July 2019 – Inian Islands, Alaska

      Arrival 05/07/2019. Departure 05/07/2019.

      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. During your Zodiac® outing, you will probably be welcomed by a cacophonous orchestra of Steller sea lions. From the rocky islets, they dive into the sea to treat themselves to fresh salmon. Seagulls, Tridactyl gulls, cormorants and sea otters complete this happy scene.

      5 July 2019 – Elfin Cove, Alaska

      5 July 2019 – Elfin Cove, Alaska

      Arrival 05/07/2019. Departure 05/07/2019.

      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… It doesn’t get any quainter than this. Choose from a network of hiking paths that weave through a pristine forest, to lead you to secret beaches where silence reigns. The wonders of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, accessible by a short boat trip, are many.

      6 July 2019▸5 July 2019 – Juneau, Alaska

      Juneau, Alaska

      Disembarkation 06/07/2019 at 07H00 .

      In 1880, gold diggers flocked here, and it didn't take long before Juneau was singled out, getting itself a solid reputation and henceforth becoming the capital of Alaska. Along the Gastineau Strait, in the heart of the spectacular Inside Passage, the 31,000 or so inhabitants of Juneau enjoy some of the world’s most incredible fauna and scenery every day of their lives. Perhaps you’ll even be able to watch the antics of humpback whales against a backdrop of majestic glaciers. Culture and shopping are certainly not lacking; the city is full of places to experience, enjoy and relax in.


      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • USA: Depending on your nationality, an ESTA or Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details. A copy of your visa or ESTA must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. In case the ESTA is sufficient to enter the USA, we also ask you to keep a copy of your ESTA with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.

      • Russia: an individual Russian visa (single-entry tourist visa type) must be obtained prior to your cruise.
        A copy of your passport (photo page) must be sent to PONANT at time of booking of your cruise, this in order to prepare the « letter of invitation » necessary to obtain your visa.
        A copy of your visa must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 70 days prior to your cruise date.
        Please note : in case PONANT does not receive a copy of your Russian visa by the deadline, the immigration procedures specific to the areas visited won’t be obtained for your embarkation.


      Polar Expedition

      Polar Expedition

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, polar specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Flight Seoul / Petropavlosvk + transfers + flight Juneau / Seattle

      Embarkation day            Seoul/Petropavlovsk

      Flight Seoul/Petropavlovsk selected by PONANT.

      We highly recommend you arrive in Seoul the day before this flight.

      We suggest you to be at the check-in counter 2 hours before departure.

      Approximate flight duration: 4h30


      Meet and greet at Petropavlovsk airport.

      Transfer to the pier for embarkation.


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      Disembarkation day       Juneau/Seattle

      Disembarkation and transfer to Juneau airport.

      Flight Juneau/Seattle selected by PONANT.

      Approximate flight duration: 3h00

      We highly recommend you plan a departure from Seattle the day after this flight.


      This programme includes:

      • Flights Seoul/Petropavlovsk – Juneau/Seattle in economy class.
      • Transfers airport/pier and pier/airport.


      This programme does not include:

      • Personal expenses.
      • Any other service not mentioned in the programme.



      • Flights included in the programme are, as of today, operated in economy class.
      • Detailed programme including flight schedule will be provided with your “travel document”.
      • For passengers in transit in Seoul and/or Seattle, we recommend staying one night in Seoul before and/or one night in Seattle after these flights to ensure your connecting flights.
      • Package subject to availability.
      • This programme is subject to change without prior notice.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Jean-Louis Étienne

      Jean-Louis Étienne

      With an adventurer’s spirit, the doctor, explorer, sailor and mountaineer Jean-Louis Étienne has been roaming the extreme lands of our planet for almost 40 years. In 1977-78, he participated in the Whitbread Round the World Race on board Eric Tabarly’s mythical Pen Duick 6. A mountain buff, he climbed peaks in the Himalayas, Patagonia and Greenland, among others.

      In 1986, he became the first person to reach the North Pole single-handedly, pulling his sled for 63 days in complete solitude. In 1989-90, he performs the longest ever traverse of the Antarctic continent with dogs, over 7 months, covering nearly 4 000 miles.

      He later went on to explore the Erebus volcano on Antarctica, wintered in Spitzbergen on his polar vessel Antarctica, and drifted on ice over the North Pole on board the Polar Observer.

      In April 2010, he managed the first traverse of the Arctic Ocean in a roziere balloon. His next project is an exploration of the Southern Ocean on board of Polar POD, an international oceanographic station, driven by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

      Languages spoken: French, English


      Photo credit: ARR

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

      Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

      Clothing tips:

      • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo “Free Parka” (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
      • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the logo “Free Boot Rental” appears. Book your boots up to 7 days prior to departure, on our dedicated website, boots section. You will find them on board after embarkation. For more information, please contact us.
      • Winter pants/Track suit
      • Waterproof over-trousers – MANDATORY
      • Polar sweater or sweatshirt
      • Wool or thermolactyl technical underwear
      • A warm hat, woollen or fleece ear muffs, polar or woollen neck warmer (avoid scarves that do not stay in place)- MANDATORY
      • Gloves
      • Thick warm socks


      • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water)
      • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing)
      • Highly protective sunglasses
      • Walking poles (highly recommended)

      Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address:

      Benefits of the PONANT store:

      • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
      • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
      • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
      • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        06/07/2019 – Overnight in Seattle (1 night)

        520.00 € **

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        06/07/2019 – SEATTLE, THE EMERALD CITY (2 NIGHTS)

        For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
        The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
        His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
        1190.00 € **

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      2. Before your cruise

        23/06/2019 – Transit Night in Seoul (1 night)

        450.00 € **

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      3. Your packages

        22/06/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Transit in Seoul - Incheon airport 1N (Pre) + Overnight in Seattle 1N (Post)

        2860.00 € **

        22/06/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Business Class) + Transit in Seoul - Incheon airport 1N (Pre) + Overnight in Seattle 1N (Post)

        9960.00 € **

        22/06/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Transit night in Seoul - Incheon airport 1N (Pre) + Seattle, the Emerald City 2N (Post)

        3530.00 € **
      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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