Summary : Embark on an adventure through the San Juan Islands and Pacific Northwest to Alaska's Inside Passage. Discover Tongass National Forest, Misty Fjords National Monument, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Olympic National Park and Glacier Bay National Park. Hike Washington's Hurricane Ridge; enjoy wilderness kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and skiff rides; watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound; and learn about native Tlingit culture.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$4,695 to $10,195
Ah, the Emerald City! With an enthusiastic greeting from captain and crew, settle in. Depart from Fishermen’s Terminal and transit the locks.
Your ship plies the quietest reaches along the Salish Sea and Alaska’s and Canada’s Inside Passages. Hike among old-growth trees, ferns, and wild rhododendron. Kayak and skiff in tucked-away coves. Washington’s Olympic National Park and San Juan Islands set the bar high. There’s even a hike atop Hurricane Ridge. Navigate the intricate straits and narrows and cruise for critters. Regular companions—aside from shipmates—are sea stars, curious harbor seals, orcas, and sea birds. Small communities, ghost towns, lighthouses, and the Great Bear Rainforest (known for the white kermode or “spirit” bear) dot shores and fjords along the way. Your crew shares natural and cultural history.
Glacial fjords, dense forest, rugged mountains: welcome to The Great Land. Stroll along totems and notorious Creek Street for a peek into Ketchikan’s Tlingit culture and Klondike history. In Petersburg, get a dose of Norwegian history. Your guides have the data on Tongass National Forest trails and waterways. Bears, mountain goats, and sharp-eyed eagles are afoot in Misty Fjords and Ernest Sound. Humpbacks feast in waters full of krill. Keep your binoculars out in Frederick Sound, and Chatham and Icy Straits. It’s no wonder Glacier Bay is a top bucket-list experience. A ranger joins you in the park to share natural history including the advance and retreat of Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. In Haines, hike or bike and turn the pages of the town’s history.
Views of Juneau accompany your last breakfast on board. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Due to the nature of the exploration, the itinerary is a guideline and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Juneau to Seattle): 9/5/2020
Themed Depatures: 4/18/2020, 9/5/2020
Insider – Go behind the scenes with people who have lived and breathed life in the places you explore. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
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: © Eric Lindberg, © UnCruise