Summary : Navigate the epic fjords of Southeast Alaska on an expedition filled with jaw-dropping landscapes and wildlife encounters. Marvel at glaciers such as Margerie, Grand Pacific, Mendenhall, and Dawes. Experience the renowned Glacier Bay National Park with an experienced park ranger as your onboard guide. Scout for whales, bears, sea lions, and a variety of bird species. Learn about Tlingit culture with visits to Kik-setti Totem Park and the Chief Shakes Tribal House. Beachcomb, hike, and bushwhack in muskeg and the Tongass National Forest. Kayak, stand up paddleboard, and skiff in stunning glacial fjords.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Dedicated Solo Cabins
$8,945 to $14,760
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There’s nothing like a hearty greeting from your crew. Southeast Alaska welcomes you, too.
Secluded coves. Tree covered islets. Enigmatic woods. Drop anchor, pick your modus operandi, and get going. Kayak, skiff, or hike into the backcountry. Glacier-carved fjords, mossy trees, and twisting channels are the norm around Baranof and Chichagof Islands. Back-floating otters and sea lions might cross your path. Icy Strait is a regular hangout for whales, porpoises, and dolphins. Cruise into Glacier Bay National Park. With a park ranger aboard, start your tally: puffins, murrelets, mountain goats, harbor seals, and glaciers.
Soaring fjord cliffs. Deep u-shaped valleys. Floating ice. Grab a paddle and come on in—your captain makes the call, Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait. Kayak across Mendenhall Lake to hike to the glacier’s ice. Or, take in the view and a hike from Mt. Roberts Tram. In Endicott Arm your skiff driver navigates to Dawes Glacier passing bergs with lounging harbor seals. Tricky tides allowing, Fords Terror, too. The Tongass has muskegs and mud in store. Hike through a glacial moraine or take a long kayak to a remote salt chuck. Humpbacks, sea stars, black bears, and eagles are regulars in Stephens Passage, Thomas Bay, and Behm Canal.
On your last full day, find a safe haven in Misty Fjords National Monument. Paddle, skiff to a waterfall, or sit, float and take it all in. Your captain joins in for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate the journey with a slideshow recap.
After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before disembarkation and transfer to the Ketchikan airport.
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 (Ketchikan to Sitka): 5/16/2020, 6/13/2020, 7/11/2020, 8/8/2020
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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