Summary : This immersive, active adventure is focused on Alaska's glaciers and wildlife. Spend a day in Glacier Bay National Park; bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest; explore Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff; marvel at magnificent glaciers such as Dawes, Margerie, and Grand Pacific; whale watch for orcas and humpbacks in Frederick Sound or Chatham Strait; search for black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and sea birds; and enjoy included kayaking and stand up paddleboarding in remote inlets.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins
$4,795 to $11,395
First settled in the gold rush days, Juneau welcomes with both small town charm and towering glaciers. Toast to the riches of Alaska as you sail into the wilderness.
Energized and snug in your kayak, glide around in remote bays. At Glacier Bay National Park, a ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Thrills and chills included as you cruise to the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet where glaciers calve into the water and show off their knife-edged peaks. Bears forage along shorelines. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet with backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, stand up paddleboards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls.
Despite its slim size, Kuiu Island is home to black bears who love the solitude and open skies in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Cruise past Five Finger Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station, and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky knobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals laze around on icebergs. Slip into Fords Terror; the steep walls of this narrow opening are streaked with waterfalls. Back in the Arm, gasp at the deep, glacier-carved valleys and meet the pièce de résistance: Dawes Glacier. With a sharp crack, the white thunder of a calving slice makes a mega-splash.
Enjoy fresh-baked pastries over one last breakfast. Your crew and new friends wish heartfelt goodbyes. This morning, transfer to the Juneau airport.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; 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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Wellness-Themed Departure: 9/1/2019
In the world's greatest spa—courtesy of Mother Nature—travel with purpose and well-being. With your wellness hosts, yoga instructors Melanie Psaltakis and Lisa Karr, take a journey of serenity and renewal in a stunning landscape. 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.
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