Summary : View glaciers and wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Discover Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House and hand-carved totems in Wrangell. Embrace Sitka’s Russian heritage with guided tours to Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Sitka National Historic Park, and visit the Alaska Raptor Center. Enjoy a Petersburg walking tour exploring its Scandinavian heritage. Ride in a 1920s-era street car and the White Pass & Yukon Route railway in Skagway. Witness history unveiled at Haines’ Fort William Seward and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Immerse yourself in Living History presentations from your onboard legacy guides and guest experts while you cruise port-to-port through scenic waterways aboard a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer.
Activities : Birding, Culture
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Welcome aboard, meet your crew and get acquainted with new companions as you set sail northward through the Tongass National Forest.
The only Alaskan town ever governed by four nations, Wrangell was established as a fur trading center by the Russians in the early 1800s. It later held a strategic location for Gold Rush prospectors and served as the launch point for pioneering conservationist John Muir’s famous glacier expedition. An included tour features the newly renovated Chief Shakes Clan House. In the afternoon, transit the once treacherous (in the pre-technology age) Wrangell Narrows, a 22-mile winding, snake-like channel—dubbed “Christmas Tree Lane” for its abundant red and green navigational lights. Along the way, watch the shore for Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears, and seabirds.
Founded over 100 years ago, Petersburg was nicknamed “Little Norway” due to its large Scandinavian population. An included city tour reveals the impact fishing had on this tiny Alaskan village, and afterwards, you’ll have time on your own to look around. Whale watching in the nutrient-rich waters of Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait highlight your afternoon. Seals and sea lions frequent the shores around Turnabout and The Brothers Islands as well as Five Fingers Lighthouse.
Navigate your way through Sergius Narrows, an “inside route” once plied by Russian sea otter hunters. Russian American and Tlingit history come to life in Sitka—Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement. Uncover its past and present on an included tour to the Alaska Raptor Center, historic Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Sitka National Historical Park—Alaska’s oldest federally designated park.
Leave it to your Captain to uncover the best opportunities for today’s wilderness adventure. Cruise the shores of Chichagof Island and through the northern whale waters of Icy Strait. Take in the spectacular scenery and keep watch for lounging sea lions and gentle humpbacks which could be feasting on krill, breaching or showing off their fluke.
First established as a National Monument in 1925, Glacier Bay holds the status of National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Glaciers unfold front and center today and there are many to choose from—Margerie, Grand Pacific, Johns Hopkins, or Lamplugh. Cruise by Marble Islands and witness Steller sea lions barking on the rocky haul-out. Seabirds also flock to the area—murrelets, puffins, and black-legged kittiwakes are frequent residents. The 15,000-foot peaks of the Fairweather Range drape the skyline. This evening, set sail towards the Lynn Canal, North America’s deepest fjord.
Haines—home to the world's largest autumnal congregation of bald eagles—thrived for years as an integral trade center to the Chilkat band of Tlingit natives, famous for their intricately designed blankets woven with mountain goat hair and cedar bark. A tour at Fort William H. Seward and Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center shares the history and significance of this notable landmark. In Skagway, gateway to the Chilkoot Trail and one of the original routes of the Klondike Gold Rush, wooden boardwalks line the outer edges of the town’s historic buildings where tales of betrayal, fortune, and mystery come alive. An included White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railway tour carries you 3,000 feet up and around cliff-hanging turns for a stunning panorama of glaciers, mountains, gorges and waterfalls. Join the Captain for a toast at tonight’s Farewell Dinner and relive your journey with a memorable presentation by your Legacy Leader.
Say goodbye to new-found friends and crew. Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to the Juneau airport.
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.
Reverse Itinerary: 6/22/2014, 7/6/2014, 7/20/2014, 8/3/2014, 8/17/2014 (Juneau to Ketchikan)
Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airports/boat; all meals aboard the yacht; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; one complimentary massage; yoga classes and sauna; port taxes and fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves.
Airfare to and from your home city; super-premium alcohol; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; personal expenses; optional excursions and land tours; fuel surcharge may apply.