Summary : Explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. The eight-day Alaska adventure cruise to Inside Passage Eastern Coves navigates the waters and wilderness by small ship, enabling you to reach rarely seen areas where explosive scenery and pristine beauty are around every turn. How you choose to explore it further – by kayak, by skiff or by foot – is entirely up to you. Join an adventure excursion such as a one-of-a-kind kayaking trip with an expert naturalist, experience fishing with top-of-the-line fishing gear, hike into breathtaking wilderness with a small group of companions and really find out why Alaska’s Inside Passage is an unforgettable frontier.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$999,999,999 to $0
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness.
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots, and mountain goats, usually spotted high on the cliffs. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.
Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic Cascade Creek trail. Or go big on the 5-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking. Discover the origin of its “Devil’s Country” nickname during a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” about the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
In an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz, take on the otherworldly Baird Glacier and its boot-sucking mud until you stand atop the mile-wide glacier. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Brush up on your Tlingit culture and view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park.
Wildlife abounds in Yes Bay and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—humpback whales, orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Say yes to a kayak paddle up the bay or venture out on a wildlife-seeking hike along one of the area’s scenic trails.
Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North,” Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water and steep, sometimes sheer, walls are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.
Due to the nature of the exploration, the itinerary is a guideline and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Photography Departure: 6/8/2013
Join Amy Gulick, an award-winning nature photographer and writer, on a photography focused departure. Her work has been featured in Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, National Wildlife, and Nature’s Best Photography.
Family Departures: 6/22/2013, 7/6/2013, 7/20/2013, 8/17/2013
Designed specifically for families, these Kids in Nature departures focus on activities tailored for all ages, such as different levels of kayaking and hiking as well as opportunities to meet and interact with local Alaska families. Families with children 12 and younger generally take these cruises, or book a private boat charter for the whole family. It is the parents' or guardians' responsibility to supervise their children at all times.
Accommodations aboard ship; all meals; intriguing lectures; sightseeing and adventure activities as listed on itinerary; use of ship's sporting equipment and facilities (excludes snorkel gear and wetsuit); on-deck yoga classes; services of the staff both on board and ashore; embarkation transfers and baggage handling between airport/ship; entry fees to national parks/preserves.
Airfare from your home city; snorkeling gear and wetsuits ($35 rental fee); items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages and massages; optional gratuities; select optional excursions as noted; travel insurance; port taxes and fees ($175 per person); fuel surcharge may apply.