- Wilderness Explorer
- Expedition Ship
- 76 Capacity
- 8 Days
- 2014, 2015
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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. Discover glacial landscapes, old growth and rainforest, whales and rich cultural roots. How you choose to explore it further – by kayak, stand-up paddle board, skiff or foot – is entirely up to you. Join an adventure excursion such as a one-of-a-kind kayaking trip with an expert naturalist, 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, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$2,795 to $5,695
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, sit the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orcas, and Steller sea lions.
Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a round-trip, 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the melt-waters of Patterson Glacier. 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.
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. 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. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orcas, porpoises, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.
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 sheer 3,000 foot cliffs 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 or Rudyerd Bay by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this remote 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 to the Ketchikan airport for return flights home.
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.
Reverse Itinerary: 5/9/2015 travels from Ketchikan to Juneau.
9/6/2014 & 5/9/2015 Departures: These departures are a segment of the longer Famed Passages of Discovery itinerary.
All onboard meals; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga.
Airfare; items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages and massages; optional gratuities; select optional excursions as noted; travel insurance; port taxes and fees; fuel surcharge may apply.