Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The Russian Far East - still open for business

Heritage Expeditions' owner and
founder Rodney Russ
Heritage Expeditions pioneered expedition cruising to the Far East of Russia in 2007. Russia's size cannot be underestimated, this vast country covers over 17 million square kilometres. In Chukotka - the north-eastern most region of Russia, they have a saying "God is a long way up there, but Moscow is even further away". The Russian Far East is unique, the culture, the climate, the history, the wildlife; it is a world away from the Russia most people explore.

In response to the news that APT is suspending its river cruising options in Western Russia,  Heritage Expeditions' owner and founder Rodney Russ would like to reassure the travel industry that the Far East of Russia is still very much open to tourists.

'Since we first visited Russia, our sense of excitement over our Russian expeditions hasn't diminished over the years. If anything it has heightened because I know we will be seeing old friends, renewing acquaintances and most importantly revisiting some of the most amazing wildlife sites and enjoying wildlife encounters that so few people have been fortunate to see and experience. This part of Russia is at least nine time zones away from any unrest in the Ukraine. We have some reports that the sanctions against Russia are affecting, in some small ways, the regions we visit but the people there are largely divorced from these events and they are constantly telling us how much they are looking forward to our visits this year.   There is no reason to stay away'


Heritage Expeditions will be running expedition cruises in the Russian Far East from May – September 2015. Berths are still available, contact info@heritage-expeditions.com