Summary : Wildlife, ice, Tlingit culture, and deep fjords are highlights along the 900 nautical miles between Juneau and Seattle on this adventure of a lifetime. Embrace exhilarating closeness to snow-capped mountains, wildlife and birds far too numerous to keep count, waterfalls, and tree-lined narrow passageways. View glaciers, kayak through the narrows, and hike into the rainforest. The foliage is vivid at this time of year. Fewer boats and people mean greater chances of observing bears and other wildlife foraging along the shoreline.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins
$8,995 to $11,195
Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail.
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.
Or Endicott Arm:
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm, you’ll likely spy harbor seals and their pups lounging on “bergy bits” in the water. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passageway of Fords Terror, marvel at its towering walls, the many waterfalls that spill down them, and the high Coastal Mountains that frame the skyline.
Choose kayaking and a forest trek on a scenic backcountry trail. Discover the origin of its "Devil's Country" nickname and hear legends 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. 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. Brush up on your Tlingit culture and view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. Wander past the fishing marina to the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House. Touch Wrangell's storied past at the artifact-filled museum.
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.
Home to nearly every ecosystem in Southeast Alaska—stunning glacial valleys filled with seawater, untouched wetlands and estuaries, and 3,000-foot vertical cliffs that are a haven for wildlife. Soak in the splendor of this largely unknown corner of the world with an up-close look at this majestic, 2.3 million-acre wilderness.
Alaska’s southernmost city and “salmon capital of the world” also claims fame to having the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Explore Tlingit culture and the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district in downtown Ketchikan.
Take in the pure, wilderness air and see how many bald eagles you can spot from the deck. Intricate waterways and fjords alongside temperate rainforests and mountains are ideal for sighting orca and other wildlife as you sail through Canada's Inside Passage. Fill your days through the passage with splendid scenery, relaxation, and plenty of onboard activities. Your expedition team aims to entertain and keep you busy with engaging presentations, games, and enlightening narration. Unlock the natural history of the area and discover how Native influences and the fishing and forest industries have shaped these sparsely-populated islands and communities.
Pass the ghost town of Butedale, on British Columbia's Princess Royal Island, before passing Prince Rupert, BC and crossing the US/Canadian border into Washington State. Shaped and molded by the last ice age, forested islands dot the shores of the Salish Sea. Weave through the inlets of this yachter’s paradise—keeping watch for the resident orca pods.
Skiff or kayak close to shore as you explore the serene San Juan Islands—an archipelago of islands first charted by the Spanish in 1791. Enjoy idyllic Friday Harbor with its maritime history, art galleries, and a fascinating Whale Museum.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer directly to the airport.
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: 5/28/2017
All onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; premium spirits, wine, beer; boot rental; from-the-boat adventure activities; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic; wellness program: hot tub, fitness equipment. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; port fees and taxes; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.