Cruise Search
Go

North Pacific Passage

Cross the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to Vancouver on this unique 24-night holiday and uncover the mysteries of Japan, visit remote Russian cities and see mighty glaciers in Alaska's Inside Passage. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

Fly Cruise
24 nights from £7490pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo
Sapporo
Korsakov
North Pacific Passage
Dutch Harbor
Brown Bear, Kodiak
Seward
Ketchikan
Vancouver

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!

RV

This epic voyage calls at remote Russian cities and former frontier towns, and traces the legendary path of the first human migration to the Americas across the Bering Sea.

Uncover the mysteries of Japan on an overnight stay in Tokyo then cruise the Tsuguru Strai to Sapporo where there is the chance to sample the noodle dish miso ramen in the city where it was invented as well as the famous Sapporo biscuits and Sapporo beer. Learn about Russia's indigenous people at Korsakov and the cultural centre of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky then cruise the Bering Sea and cross the International Date Line en-route to Alaska.

Learn about the Russian fur trade and fascinating WWII history in Dutch Harbor and admire the magnificent natural beauty of Kodiak. Discover the region's marine life on a visit to Seward's Alaska SeaLife Centre, learn about the intriguing history of Valdez and celebrate Tlingit culture on a visit to Icy Strait Point. See the Russian influence in Sitka, once the capital of Russian Alaska, and visit the majestic totem poles in Ketchikan before sailing the breathtaking Inside Passage to Vancouver.

RV322 Operated by Viking Ocean Cruises

.

North Pacific Passage Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Tokyo (Japan)

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Tokyo is a spellbinding blend of neon splendor and tranquil Shinto shrines, towering skyscrapers and meditative Zen gardens. Founded as the tiny fishing village of Edo, Tokyo’s history was shaped by emperors and shoguns. As the Edo period progressed, it grew into one of the world’s largest cities, as it remains today. Tokyoites embrace the traditional and the cosmopolitan here, both worshipping at the city’s Asakusa Kannon Temple and frequenting the high-end retail stores of the Ginza district, all while the distant symmetrical cone of Mt. Fuji watches over the city.

Day 2 - Tokyo

Tokyo as a city was officially dissolved in 1943 and 23 independent municipalities were formed, known as ku. Each neighbourhood is representative of a small city yet collectively, they are still recognized as Tokyo. Exploring this vast city is easy, thanks to Tokyo’s excellent transport system. Look to the skies and admire its ever-changing skyline with towering buildings in every corner of the city. Observation platforms feature in many, including Mori Tower or the Metropolitan Government Building.

Day 3 - At Sea

The Tsugaru Strait links the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean, flowing between Japan’s two major islands—Honshū to the south and Hokkaidō to the north. At its narrowest point, just 12 miles wide, green slopes rise on the Tsugaru Peninsula to the south and the coastal Matsumae to the north. Halfway through, a broad channel flows into Honshū to form Mutsu Bay. At the strait’s other narrow point, the small town of Ōma rests on the northernmost tip of Honshū; opposite, Hokkaidō’s Hakodate, with its namesake mountain watching over, is one of Japan’s most modern cities.

Day 4 - Sapporo

Sapporo is renowned for its traditional cuisine, green spaces, revered shrines and market culture. The city was developed with the help of President Ulysses S. Grant’s commissioner of agriculture, who became an oyatoi gaikokujin, a foreign adviser, at Grant’s request. Since then, Sapporo has been recognized for its ability to transform the natural world into the highest art. It is, however, perhaps better known as the city where miso ramen was invented; restaurants line the historic Original Sapporo Ramen Alley to celebrate the noodle’s many forms.

Day 5 - Sapporo

Sapporo is located along the Ishikari Bay, an inlet of the Sea of Japan. It is not only the capital but also the largest city of Hokkaidō island, often referred to as the “Kingdom of Food.” As such, savvy travellers can be certain a visit to Sapporo will not leave them in want of tasty delights—particularly fresh seafood, for which the city has become nearly synonymous. From crab to salmon roe to sea urchin, some of the finest selection of seafood can be found in downtown Sapporo at the historic Nijo Fish Market, where visitors can indulge in sushi or a kaisendon.

Days 6-7 - At Sea

The Okhotsk Sea, one of the world’s most biologically productive seas, is considered the “heart” of the vast Pacific Ocean, supplying the larger body of water with life-enriching oxygen, cold seawater and nutrients.

Days 8-10 - At Sea

The Mighty Pacific Leg is one of the most anticipated crossings of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The crossing of the North Pacific Ocean, one of the last great wildernesses on the planet, is one of the race’s highlights. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade Deck or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Centre.

Day 11 - At Sea

Cross the International Date Line today, a time-honoured travel milestone long marked by ceremony. Heading east across this imaginary line between the poles sets the clock back 24 hours, effectively gaining a day. While traversing this meridian, it is tradition to celebrate the occasion by raising a glass to the event.

Day 12 - At Sea

Set sail into one of the world's most productive eco-systems. The Bering Sea boasts deep marine canyons that feature varied temperatures, creating upwellings of nutrients that attract countless hungry fish and predators. Meet fellow guests and listen to the soothing sounds of classical music in The Living Room, an ideal setting for relaxation. Enjoy a cup of coffee or sip on a refreshing cocktail.

Day 13 - Dutch Harbour

Known simply as “Dutch” to locals, the charming town of Dutch Harbour is nestled on Unalaska, one of the Aleutian Islands. The Aleut people called this picturesque place home for nearly 10,000 years, yet they met the arrival of the Russians and their Orthodox Church, as they offered education and other support. The Russian-American Company operated here, mainly trading in fur, until the United States purchased Alaska. Today, the town’s fishermen harvest the Bering Sea’s pollack and cod, which thrive along one of the world’s largest continental shelves.

Day 14 - At Sea

The Gulf of Alaska stretches from the Aleutian Islands to the Inside Passage. Teeming with marine life, it meets dramatic shores lined with the pristine wilderness for which Alaska is celebrated. The state’s famed soaring mountains dominate the landscape, their ravines and peaks draped with snow. Lush green forests spill down steep slopes and gleaming tidewater glaciers stand like white monoliths at the water’s edge. The tiny outpost towns and villages that dot the shoreline still rely on the sea for their livelihood, offering a glimpse into life in this unspoiled region.

Day 15 - Kodiak

Kodiak plays an outsize role on its namesake island home, known as Alaska’s “Emerald Isle” for its green hillsides. It is the only link to the outside world, so all goods enter and leave through its port. Inhabited by Alutiiq natives for more than 7,000 years, it became the capital of Russian Alaska in the 18th century. Sea otter pelts were the major commodity of export until the animal was almost hunted to extinction. For 150 years, the native people fought for the beloved creature, sacrificing their lives to protect them. Today, the sea otter thrives here once again.

Day 16 - Seward

Seward enjoys a magnificent setting between snow-capped peaks and Resurrection Bay, a pristine harbour ringed by mountains. The Alaskan city was named after Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state who defied public opinion to pursue the purchase of Alaska from Russia. Seward is steeped in marine culture, from its busy fishing port to the excellent exhibits and preservation efforts of the Alaska SeaLife Centre. It is also the famed starting point of the Iditarod Trail, the dogsled race route originally laid to link Seward to inland Alaska.

Day 17 - Valdez

Valdez enjoys a breath-taking setting at the tip of a deep-cut fjord in Prince William Sound. The glacial Chugach Mountains rise up all around the city, adding to its scenic allure. In its early days, the promise of gold attracted explorers and seekers of wealth, but the land proved barren. The town finally experienced its economic boom as North America’s northernmost ice-free port. Today, it is the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline that carries oil south from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic coast.

Day 18 - At Sea

Surrounded by glacier-carved mountains and fed by the enormous Hubbard Glacier, Yakutat Bay spreads some 18 miles across at its widest point. On calm days, snow-covered slopes are reflected in the mirror-like bay, casting the entire scene in a soft, icy azure glow. Disenchantment Bay extends farther inland like a finger; at its farthest point, Hubbard Glacier creeps seaward from its source five miles away. The ice at the water’s edge began its journey from near Mt. Walsh more than 400 years ago in the early 1600s.

Day 19 - At Sea

Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a breath-taking alpine paradise at the northernmost reaches of the Inside Passage. The Sitakaday Narrows lead into its waters, passing the pristine Beardslee Islands to the east. The bay feeds several inlets that wind their way deeper into the mountains, all surrounded by soaring ice-capped peaks and forested shorelines. Glacier Bay is part of a national park, a haven for wildlife including sea lions and otters, brown bears, moose, bald eagles and, in summer, humpback whales.

Day 20 - Sitka

Sitka has long been inhabited by the indigenous Tlingit people. Fur trading brought Russian settlers here in 1799 as part of a colonial merchant company. The town grew to become the capital of Russian Alaska, and remains of those days can be found in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Russian Bishop’s House, the latter built by the Tlingit with guidance from Finnish carpenters in the 1840s. Today’s Sitka is a delight to explore by foot, its streets dotted with inviting art galleries displaying artwork inspired by the region’s natural beauty and rich heritage.

Day 21 - Ketchikan

Ketchikan is set among the soaring coastal mountains and sloping woodlands of the Tongass National Forest. The gateway into America’s 49th state, it is known to travellers journeying north by ship as Alaska’s “First City” and the “Salmon Capital of the World” for its thriving fishing industry. Ketchikan also embraces its rich and enduring Tlingit heritage; it is home to the most standing totem poles anywhere in the world. The artful icons are sprinkled throughout the town as well as its parks and cultural centres.

Day 22 - At Sea

Stretching some 500 miles along the Alaska Panhandle, the Inside Passage is a pristine wilderness of fjord-like channels. It winds its way through a vast maze of islands laden with emerald-green forests and strewn with glistening glaciers. Nature is at her most magnificent here, tranquil and hushed. Unspoiled waterways weave their way past tiny coastal villages and a breath-taking array of snow-capped mountains and pine-covered hills. Sea lions and otters reside in these waters, and moose and brown bears are often spotted as they wade along the coast.

Day 23 - Vancouver - UK

Vancouver is one of Canada’s most diverse cities and the influence of its multi-ethnic society is reflected in the city’s multitude of restaurants and public settings, such as the tranquil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at the heart of Chinatown. The city’s cultural treasures reflect its indigenous community and embody the influence of European and Asian settlers. Its vibrant institutions run the gamut, from bustling markets to museums that chronicle the region’s anthropology and rich art heritage. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

Day 24 - UK

Arrive UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 22-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Complimentary shore excursion in every port with a wide choice of optional extra excursions available
  • House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Choice of dining options from casual to private dining and al fresco dining
  • 24-hour room service
  • Tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Wi-fi throughout the ship
  • Gratuities
  • All port charges and government taxes

Cruise Extensions

  • Tokyo Extension Extend your cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Tokyo from £749pp. Please contact us for details
  • Vancouver Extension Extend your cruise with a 2-night post-cruise stay in Vancouver from £399pp. Please contact us for details
  • Canadian Rockies Extension Extend your cruise with a 7-night post-cruise extension, taking in the Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Sun Peaks, Jasper and Banff, from £2999pp. Please contact us for details
  • Rocky Mountaineer Extension Extend your cruise with a 6-night post-cruise extension including hotel stays in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, plus 2 days of GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer.
.

2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 11th - Tokyo to Vancouver - Sailing on: Viking Orion From: £7790
      V2 Veranda V1 Veranda DV6 Deluxe Veranda DV5 Deluxe Veranda DV4 Deluxe Veranda DV3 Deluxe Veranda DV2 Deluxe Veranda DV1 Deluxe Veranda PV3 Penthouse Veranda PV2 Penthouse Veranda PV1 Penthouse Veranda PS3 Penthouse Junior Suite PS2 Penthouse Junior Suite PS1 Penthouse Junior Suite ES3 Explorer Suite ES2 Explorer Suite ES1 Explorer Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £7790 Blue Water Price from: £7840 Blue Water Price from: £7990 Blue Water Price from: £8040 Blue Water Price from: £8090 Blue Water Price from: £8140 Blue Water Price from: £8190 Blue Water Price from: £8240 Blue Water Price from: £8990 Blue Water Price from: £9040 Blue Water Price from: £9090 Blue Water Price from: £11990 Blue Water Price from: £12090 Blue Water Price from: £12190 Blue Water Price from: £15990 Blue Water Price from: £16490 Blue Water Price from: £17490

2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 16th - Tokyo to Vancouver - Sailing on: Viking Orion From: £7990
      V2 Veranda V1 Veranda DV6 Deluxe Veranda DV5 Deluxe Veranda DV4 Deluxe Veranda DV3 Deluxe Veranda DV2 Deluxe Veranda DV1 Deluxe Veranda PV3 Penthouse Veranda PV2 Penthouse Veranda PV1 Penthouse Veranda PS3 Penthouse Junior Suite PS2 Penthouse Junior Suite PS1 Penthouse Junior Suite ES3 Explorer Suite ES2 Explorer Suite ES1 Explorer Suite OS Explorer Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £7990 Blue Water Price from: £8040 Blue Water Price from: £8490 Blue Water Price from: £8540 Blue Water Price from: £8590 Blue Water Price from: £8640 Blue Water Price from: £8690 Blue Water Price from: £8740 Blue Water Price from: £10990 Blue Water Price from: £11040 Blue Water Price from: £11090 Blue Water Price from: £14990 Blue Water Price from: £15090 Blue Water Price from: £15190 Blue Water Price from: £19990 Blue Water Price from: £20490 Blue Water Price from: £21490 Blue Water Price from: £27990

Price Information

  • Please note prices are updated regularly from a third party price feed and may fluctuate from those shown. Please contact us for latest prices
  • Prices shown usually include all available discounts
Map for North Pacific Passage