Summary : Navigate Alaska's rugged coastal islands, ply the waters of Icy Strait, soar above Taku Glacier on a hovercraft, watch for humpback and orca whales, and kayak the region's many intimate coves and inlets. Journey through Tracy Arm Fjords, an area the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as, 'a wild, unfinished Yosemite'. This glacial fjord is renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet. View entertaining Steller sea lions on their haul out on Brothers Island while scouting for humpback whales in the world-reknowned waters of Frederick Sound. From remote kayaking opportunities to relaxing beach fires and king crab cookouts, this wildlife-rich expedition promises to inspire and rejuvenate.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$4,400 to $4,995
Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife. Anchor for the evening in Hoonah Sound, a protected body of water in Peril Strait.
Navigate the remote eastern coast of Baranof Island. This region includes many intimate coves and inlets, making it ideal for exploration. Opportunities include Hidden Falls, Takatz Bay, and Cosmos Cove.
Enjoy kayak and DIB adventures in Tenakee Inlet. Stretch your legs as you beach comb or hike along the beautiful remote coastlines of the area.
Ply the waters of Icy Strait, an area known by locals for incredible humpback whale viewing. Later, relish the serenity of Port Frederick.
Awake to a thrilling morning hovercraft flight, where you’ll soar over the shallow waters and shifting sandbars of Taku Inlet en route to the Taku Glacier, the largest glacier flowing from the Juneau Icefield. Afterwards, explore the wildlife-rich waters of Stephen’s Passage.
Journey through Tracy Arm Fjord, an area the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as, “A wild, unfinished Yosemite.” This glacial fjord is renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet. At 32-miles long and averaging just a mile wide, the unique features of Tracy Arm are contained in a relatively small geographical space, adding to the dramatic beauty of the area. As ice conditions permit, we’ll navigate the entire length of the fjord, stopping in view of both the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. Experience the inspiring feeling of kayaking among towering icebergs in the fjord.
View entertaining Steller sea lions on their haul-out on Brothers Island while scouting for humpback whales in the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound. Experience the thrill of viewing wildlife from the DIB. End the day in a remote, wilderness bay for kayaking, a relaxing beach fire, and a king crab feast. Options include Windham Bay, Hobart Bay, or Port Houghton.
Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. Transfer to the airport or your hotel is complimentary.
Cruise information is subject to change without notice based on navigating conditions. Itinerary order is also subject to rearrangement based on permit allocations. Tour operator is authorized by Special Use Permit to provide guiding and outfitting services in the Tongass National Forest. Itinerary subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Juneau to Sitka): 5/19/2018, 6/2/2018, 6/16/2018, 6/30/2018, 7/14/2018, 7/28/2018, 8/11/2018, 8/25/2018, 9/8/2018, 5/18/2019, 6/1/2019, 6/15/2019, 6/29/2019, 7/13/2019, 7/27/2019, 8/10/2019, 8/31/2019
Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; ground transportation from local airport to select hotels in embarkation city day prior to sailing; ground transportation from airport or downtown hotel to ship in embarkation city on the day of sailing; ground transportation from the ship to downtown hotel or airport on the day of disembarkation; complimentary non-alcoholic beverages; complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner; select shore excursions as indicated in the itinerary; use of recreational equipment like kayaks; gear on loan (binoculars, rain jacket, rain pants, and boots). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; non-complimentary beer, wine, or alcohol; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance; all taxes and port fees; fuel surcharge may apply.
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