Summary : Embark on an active expedition that includes two full days in Glacier Bay National Park. Experience maximum adventure ashore and afloat; see tidewater glaciers such as Margerie and Grand Pacific; visit Haines for hiking, biking, rafting, and history; bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields; and birdwatch at South Marble Island. Wildlife abounds: watch for whales, bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises, cormorants, and kittiwakes.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$3,195 to $7,795
Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to the hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.
Before you do anything, look out the window. From kelp-lined channels to hemlock and spruce forests, every inch of this far northwest corner is worth exploring. If the tides are right, head out in a skiff with one of the guides for a closer exploration of the rugged shore. Seals and sea lions haul out on rocky outcroppings, resting before they disappear into the water to search for food. Whatever you do—wilderness trekking, skiffing, or paddling—your expedition team guides the way.
This crown jewel of America’s national parks covers 3.3 million acres (that’s a tad smaller than the state of Connecticut). Let that sink in. Most visitors see the same sliver of the park as everyone else. Not you. You’re going the furthest and exploring parts that 99% of visitors never go to. Get started! Taylor Bay's sea stacks and rocky shores make for good adventure. Or hike the outwash field of glaciers winding down the Fairweather Mountain Range. The cool breeze off nearby snow and icefields is energizing. If you motor over to Dundas Bay, keep your eye out for bears, humpback whales, and—if you’re lucky—a wolf sighting. Kayak the bay. Bushwhack into the forest. Discover Glacier Bay outback.
Your camera’s memory card needs plenty of room. A National Park ranger comes aboard joining your adventures in Glacier Bay. South Marble Island is abuzz with activity. Rare sea birds, black oystercatchers, and orange-beaked tufted puffins can’t be missed. A colony of raucous sea lions adds to the hubbub. They add a distinct aroma to the air, too. Tucking into silent Tidal Inlet—the stomping grounds for bears, wolves, mountain goats, eagles—the backdrop is spectacular. At the end of the western-most arm of the bay sits Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers—and possible views of glacial calving. Take it all in on deck and bid adieu to your ranger.
Find a perch on the bridge with your captain, or with your guides on the bow, and watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or another inlet in the Tongass National Forest. Any spot’s a good one to pull over and stretch your legs. Hike, paddle, or skiff your way through this remote corner with bears on the shoreline, seals bobbing on the surface, and welcoming boughs of moss in the trees. It’s all yours to explore. Back on the boat, make a beeline straight for the hot tub.
Just what you need, morning stretches on deck with your guide. Warm those hard-at-play muscles. By now you know firsthand that conditions in Southeast change one inlet to the next. Your captain is at the helm and picks just the right spot. Wherever you head, the adventures are as big as the water is deep! So many hidden pockets in the Tongass National Forest. Give your paddle board skills a glide. Watch for big-eyed harbor seals from a kayak. Bushwhack into the forest of giants. Your guides know the area’s history and keep it lively.
The center of adventure. Tucked beneath snowcapped peaks, Haines has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting, and history. One thing’s for sure—the trails are irresistible. Go easy or feel the burn—whatever your speed, the views reward in spades. Your expedition team shares the city’s captivating history. A trading outlet for Chilkat Tlingit, they called it “Dtehshuh”—the end of the trail. European explorers, the Klondike gold rush, and a U.S. Army outpost are influences still apparent today. What holds your interest? Follow your curiosity on a self-led tour. Tonight, there's a festive farewell dinner. A “photo journal” of your trip by your expedition team is the cherry on top.
Linger over breakfast this morning cruising into Juneau. Wish your crew and new friends goodbye. Then it’s off to the airport (or the beginning of a hotel stay or land tour).
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.
Themed Depatures: 4/11/2020, 4/18/2020, 4/25/2020
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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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