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Expedition Siberia: Primorye: Tierra Incognita
Shanghai, China to Otaru, Japan
MS Hanseatic - May 10-27, 2014
Voyage HAN1408

They still exist – those unspoilt spots on this earth. Away from the explored regions of civilisation lies terra incognita – the unknown territory. Join a premiere expedition on the HANSEATIC to experience one of the most remote corners of the world and explore the region of Primorye, taking in the unspoilt nature of the deep south-east of Siberia.

Date Destination
Sat 10-May-2014 Scheduled flight Germany – Shanghai
Sun 11-May-2014 Shanghai/China, departure 19.00 hrs (subject to tides)
Mon 12-May-2014 Relaxation at sea
Tue 13-May-2014 Pusan/Republic of Korea
Cultural Contrasts from Korea to Vladivostok 
Surrounded by numerous small bays and with islands lying off the coast, the natural harbour of Pusan will welcome you. Take a City Tour with Tea Culture* and enjoy some personal insights into the life of the Korean people, or follow in the footsteps of religious devotees on a Visit to Gyeongju*. The Bulguksa Temple bears impressive witness to the blossoming of Buddhist art and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. From here the HANSEATIC sets course for the wild wastes of Siberia.
Wed 14-May-2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu 15-May-2014 Zarubino/Siberia/Russia (technical stop)  & Rimsky Islands
You will find out why the region around the Rimsky Islands nature reserve is also called the “pearl of Primorye” as you glide along the spectacular green coastline. As you sail in your Zodiac across this pristine natural environment, you can observe countless species of birds and, with luck, spotted seals.
Fri16-May-2014 Vladivostok, arrival 6.00 hrs
You will discover a delightful contrast to these cultural experiences in Vladivostok, the last station of the legendary Trans.Siberian Railway. Take a City Tour* and explore the various architectural styles and sights, including the Memorial Submarine S.56 Museum. The diverse sides of nature are revealed during a walk in the Ussuriysky Nature Reserve*, home not only to roughly 1,100 species of plants but also to deer, Himalayan bears and many species of birds. Or would you prefer to take in the sight of an endless expanse of forest on a Tour through the Siberian Taiga*? Like a journey through time, your trip through Siberian towns and villages takes you back about 40 years – at the end of which you will follow in the tracks of the Amur tiger.
Sat 17-May-2014 Vladivostok, departure 21.00 hrs
Sun 18-May-2014 . 24-May-2014 Siberia (incl. Petrov Island , Prosiolochnaya , Neprimentnaya , Olga , Udobnaya Bay , Ternei Bay , Samarga River , Kholmsk)
Siberia – Where Explorers’ Hearts Beat Faster 
Time seems to have stopped on Petrov Island, more so than in the rest of Russia. Explore the “enchanted” – and enchanting – yew tree forest surrounded by myths and legends. Look forward to landing at Prosiolochnaya and Neprimentnaya, each with a special, unspoilt magic of their own. Weather permitting, the Zodiacs will take you ashore to visit an authentic sika deer farm.  The small provincial town of Olga, whose name is as full of character as the place itself, yields genuine insights into Russian life. Here you will be able to encounter Cossacks and also learn about the traditions of the people of this remote and isolated part of Siberia by visiting the orthodox wooden church with its domes as well as a school of art and music. Take a hike through the Sikhote Alin reserve in Udobnaya Bay, a real treasure trove for bird watchers, and explore the terrain in the company of rangers. Visit the village of Ternei to learn how people really can live in harmony with the wild and unspoilt elements of nature. Once at the visitor’s centre, cast an eye over the exhibition that tells about the wildlife of the nature reserve – it’s well worth a look. You can be assured of hours of excitement as you travel by Zodiac with landings to explore the areas between the remote Cape Maksimov and Cape Gilyak, places with a real expeditionary feel. Or you may like to go in search of the local fishermen and huntsmen. You will also experience the full flavour of an expedition on the Samarga River, with plenty of time allowed for exploration in the Zodiac. Back in civilisation, there is an opportunity to gain some Impressions of Kholmsk* on the island of Sakhalin where you will visit the most important squares and structures, such as Promorsky Boulevard and the former Lenin Square.
Sun 25-May-2014 Rishiri/Japan
The town’s Japanese monuments and squares set the tone and prepare you for the Asiatic atmosphere that welcomes you on Rishiri, the island of flowers off the coast of Hokkaido. In Kutsugata Misaki Park, take in the panoramic views of the dormant stratovolcano, reminiscent of Fujiyama, and look back over a richly varied expedition that will provide you with memories for years to come.
Mon 26-May-2014 Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, arrival 6.00 hrs
City tour, overnight stay with breakfast in Sapporo (middle.class hotel)
Tue 27-May-2014 Scheduled flight Sapporo – Tokyo – Frankfurt

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

5% early booking discount if booked before October 12, 2013! ²

Deck  Cabin Type Deck

Price In USD (per person)

1 Two-berth, outside Guarantee


2 Two-berth, outside Amundsen


Single occupancy Amundsen


3 Two-berth, outside Explorer


4 Two-berth, outside Marco Polo


Single occupancy Marco Polo


5 Two-berth, outside Explorer


6 Two-berth, outside¹ Bridge


7 Suite¹ Bridge


8 Sofa bed in Cat. 3 Explorer



Discover Siberia aboard the MS Hanseatic