Summary : Explore Alaska's spectacular fjords and glaciers aboard the Safari Endeavour, a yacht-style ship ideal for an active expedition with relaxation. Throughout the voyage, enjoy quiet nights at anchor in remote coves, unhurried time for whale watching and wildlife viewing, kayaking in secluded bays, and guided hikes. Your ship provides exceptional comfort and amenities including a wine bar, ample space for outdoor viewing, two hot tubs, sauna, and yoga stretching.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
$999,999,999 to $0
Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to a hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.
Over the two days in the park, travel nearly 60 miles cruising up-bay to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. If conditions permit, guides will lower the inflatable and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. Enjoy evenings at anchor in hidden coves, and mornings paddling your kayaks in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. Here in the bay there are puffins and sea lions, mountain goats and bears, moose, eagles, and scenery more spectacular than any place on Earth. Glacier Bay is at its best when explored by small groups on a nimble yacht over the course of two days to hike and kayak inside the bay and wilderness areas.
Today is the ultimate day of exploration. Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Keep watch for the telltale blow of the humpbacks as you scour the nutrient-rich waters in search for whales, porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Join the Captain on the bridge or go on deck with your Expedition Leader. Late afternoon, drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings. This evening, take in the wilderness solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.
With no binding agenda, cruise along the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery of Alaska’s wilderness as the crew expertly guides you through those “not in the guidebook” places known only to the locals. This evening, perhaps tucking away in magical Red Bluff Bay, there’ll be time for skiff operations and sea kayaking to look for sea otters and bears before calling it a day near Baranof Island.
Spend the day cruising the feeding grounds of Frederick Sound—another excellent chance for viewing humpback whales and other marine wildlife. Pass by Five Fingers Lighthouse and watch for playful antics at a large sea lions haul out made from dozens of rocky islets. Later, cruise picturesque bays, where evergreen forests crowd the shores.
Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as you slip slowly into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in the whole state. Alaska has more designated Wilderness Areas than any state in the nation and Ford’s Terror—a pristine tidal inlet and fjord—is one of them. Explore this majestic fjord by kayak or skiff, a unique opportunity indeed. View rugged ice-covered mountains gleaming high overhead and a glacier that actively calves into the ice-filled fjord of Endicott Arm. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner, and before turning in, your Expedition Leaders will share a “photo journal” of your trip together.
Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau. A transfer to the Juneau airport is included.
Due to the nature of explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Special Theme Departures:
6/7/2015, 7/5/2015 - Photography
7/26/2015, 8/2/2015, 8/16/2015 - Marine Biology
All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port fees and taxes; entry fees to national parks/preserves; from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic with registration. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare to and from your home city; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.