Summary : Spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park, joined by a park ranger. Explore Haines to explore and discover its history. Learn about Chilkat Tlingit Native culture. Observe stunning wilderness and wildlife such as whales, Dall's porpoises, sea lions, and black bears. Birdwatchers will delight in checking iconic species such as eagles, puffins, black oystercatchers, and others off their lists. Kayak, stand up paddleboard, and skiff in rugged wildlife-rich coves. Hike and beachcomb in the Tongass National Forest.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$6,295 to $11,395
A hearty greeting from the crew, then settle in with a glass of bubbly. Get to know your new shipmates as you sail past views of iconic Mt. Edgecumbe.
The landscape takes your breath away. Baranof Island on one side and tiny, wild islands on the other. Drop anchor and set out by skiff and kayak. Meander along shore and the deep green of Tongass forest. Your guides know where to make trails among giant trees. Kelp-threaded channels in Icy Strait are a magnet for sea lions, birds, and energized paddlers like you. Watch for signs of whales that swim in the strait. At Bartlett Cove, a ranger comes aboard to share the secrets of Glacier Bay. How many species of wildlife will you spot? Puffins, mountain goats, wolves, harbor seals, or more. You’ll smell South Marble Island’s sea lion haulout before you see it. And of course, glaciers. Scan a stories-tall face and listen for its white thunder. An impressive display.
Your captain picks the best backcountry spot to drop the toys and step ashore. Skiff near a hub for sea birds and shorebirds. There’s boot-sucking, paddle-smacking adventure, too. In otter and bear country along Chichagof and Lynn Canal, give your arms or legs a workout—or both. You and your shipmates have secluded coves, intertidal zones, and tree-covered islets to yourselves. Scout for wildflowers and wildlife.
Your last day is in the unofficial adventure capital of Alaska. Hit a Haines trailhead to the top of Chilkat Peninsula or the shores of the inlet. Tonight, celebrate with a Farewell Dinner and photo journal presentation.
Gather for breakfast with views of Juneau. Then it’s time to disembark for your transfer to the airport.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the itinerary is a guideline and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; shipboard accommodations; from-the-vessel activities and equipment such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities; gear on loan (yoga mats, hiking poles, and a limited supply of rubber boots); entry fees to national parks/preserves; all meals onboard the ship; most alcoholic beverages; non-alcoholic beverages. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel protection (recommended); items of a personal nature; some premium alcoholic beverages; optional gratuities; port taxes and fees; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © UnCruise