Arctic Voyage to the North Pole - Arctic

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How big are the groups?
What is included in the tour price?
What is not included in the tour price?
Is the medical insurance required?
Are these "educational" tours?
How do we travel during the tour?
What are our accommodations like?
When is payment due?
What are the meals like?
What should I take on the tour?
Can you arrange my flights?
What if I would like more information?
 

How big are the groups?

The 50 Years of Victory can carry a maximum of 128 passengers. To explore such a region with just a small number of fellow passengers from all over the world is a real luxury and will help to make your Polar voyage of discovery and adventure a truly unforgettable experience.

 

What is included in the tour price?

• Voyage aboard the 50 Years of Victory as indicated in the itinerary
• Hotel accommodations in a shared twin room, one night pre and post voyage, with breakfast
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac and/or helicopter (as included in group excursions with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed)
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership provided by experienced expedition staff
• All meals aboard the ship
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials
• Group transfers from the hotel to the airport and from the airport to the ship for embarkation
• Group transfers from the ship to the local airport upon disembarkation and from the airport to the hotel at the end of the voyage
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
• Special expedition parka
• Detailed expedition log
• Expedition boots to borrow for shore landings.

 

What is not included in the tour price?

Airfares to or from Helsinki, charter flights Helsinki Murmansk return must be purchased, please budget approximately $1650 USD; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore and supplement for single hotel accommodations; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards and others who have served you aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Please note: Additional helicopter flying time will be charged at an hourly rate to be announced onboard.

 

Is the medical insurance required?

Medical and cancellation insurance are not included in the cost of the program, but is strongly recommended.

Emergency Evacuation insurance (with a maximum benefit of $100,000) is included. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. However MEDICAL coverage is not. ElderTreks offers a fully comprehensive policy to insure you fully, please call for details.

 

Are these "educational" tours?

Yes, we travel with an experienced team of naturalists and lecturers from all over the world, offering a unique educational program. With formal lectures, as well as informal briefings, your lecturers and expedition leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography.

On board you will be fully briefed on safety issues and the environmental policy and you will also receive appropriate briefings before every landing.

 

How do we travel during the tour?

We sail aboard the nuclear icebreaker 50 Years of Victory that carries a helicopter for reconnaissance and passenger excursions. This versatile machine takes us to inland sites and otherwise inaccessible shores. The aerial views of polar landscapes and of our ship as it crashes through meters-thick ice are unique features of the expedition. In addition, the 50 Years of Victory carries Zodiac landing craft, which we may use if ice conditions allow.

 

What are our accommodations like?

The 50 Years of Victory accommodates passengers in first class outside cabins and suites, all with private facilities, large windows, desk, television and other comforts. Public areas include a large dining room (accommodating all passengers in one seating), library, lounge, theatre style auditorium, and gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool and sauna. Views are excellent from the navigation bridge and the large open decks on several levels. It also has a good polar library and a small infirmary.

 

When is payment due?

A deposit of $2,200 of the cabin rate is required to confirm a reservation with final payment due 120 days prior to departure. Deposits can be made by credit card. Final payments can be made by check or credit card. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. Cancellation information is outlined in the “Terms and Conditions” section of our brochure.

 

What are the meals like?

European master chefs present an excellent, varied international menu with fine provisions from around the world. A combination of European and experienced Russian staff will serve you aboard. The popular bar is stocked with your favorite spirits, wine and champagne.

 

What should I take on the tour?

Once you have made your final payment, an “Expedition Cruising-Preparing for your Arctic Voyage” booklet will be sent to you.

 

Can you arrange my flights?

We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. ElderTreks offers personalized flight itineraries — not group flights. Stop over en route, come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Call us for a customized itinerary.

 

What if I would like more information?

If you have any further questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to contact our office or your travel agent for additional information.

 

1-800-741-7956 North America  •  0808-234-1714 United Kingdom  •  416-588-5000 Worldwide
 
 

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