Siberia: New cruises

 
 
Siberian reindeer
Siberian reindeer
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Enjoy your Siberian vacation! It’s not a joke, but a new series of intriguing and pricey cruises offered next year by Hapag-Lloyd small-ship Hanseatic. “Wrangel Island and Chukchi Peninsula” (July 28-Aug. 15, $11,280 per person) embarks from and returns to Nome, Alaska. It visits the remote tip of Siberia, including Provideniya, Lorino, Kolyuchinskaya Bay, Kolyuchin Island, Cape Vankarem plus Wrangel Island. “Expedition Siberia from Shanghai, China, to Otaru, Japan” (May 10-27, $9,360 per person), includes Pusan, South Korea, plus multiple destinations in Siberia such as Zarubino, Rimsky Islands and Vladivostok. Dress warm.

Details: www.hl-cruises.com.

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