Summary : Sail roundtrip from Alaska’s capital city of Juneau on an Alaska expedition that features two days in Glacier Bay National Park, the charming communities of Sitka and Petersburg, and the Tlingit village of Kake on Kupreanof Island. Along the way you’ll have opportunities to view Southeast Alaska’s famous wildlife species and explore some of the region’s beautiful remote locations on hiking, kayaking, and skiff adventures. You'll disembark having explored the True Alaska few travelers get to experience.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$3,890 to $6,590
Explore Alaska's capital city of Juneau, including the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. Set the stage for your Inside Passage expedition by delving into fascinating local history and Alaska. Explore Alaska's capital city of Juneau, including the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. Set the stage for your Inside Passage expedition by delving into fascinating local history and Alaska Native culture at the newly-renovated Alaska State Museum.
Sail into beautiful Glacier Bay National Park to begin your first day of extended park exploration. Unique opportunities during your two-day voyage through Glacier Bay include a beach trek near the face of a glacier, a visit to the new Huna Tribal House, and rainforest trails surrounding Glacier Bay Lodge.
This remarkable national park fjord extends 65-miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, harbor seals, and humpback whales. The park also features a sea lion haul-out and phenomenal birding at South Marble Island. As the captain navigates near this intriguing landmark, you may see both tufted and horned puffins, common murres, pelagic cormorants, black-legged kittiwakes, and pigeon guillemots. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day's program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins you to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.
Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Regarded by many as one of the most scenic towns in the state, Sitka features a view of the majestic islands of Baranof Island to the east and the mighty Pacific Ocean to the west. Visit sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history. While sailing the waters of the Sitka vicinity, search for rafts of sea otters, whales, eagles, and other wildlife.
Venture into one of the many intimate coves or inlets along Southeast Alaska's "Waterfall Coast" (Eastern Baranof Island). Experience traditional dancing, a totem carving display, and the world's tallest totem in the Tlingit Native village of Kake.
Discover the charming Mitkof Island fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska's "Little Norway." Experience this Scandinavian culture with a folk-dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Later, enjoy a narrated bus tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your own leisure. Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching, and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes.
Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist, John Muir, referred to as, "A wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Both of these dramatic glacial fjords offer stunning views of tidewater glaciers. Skiff excursions provide the opportunity to view the majesty of the area in even greater detail.
Disembark in Juneau. Transfer to the airport or your hotel.
Cruise information is subject to change without notice based on navigating conditions. Itinerary order is also subject to rearrangement based on permit allocations. Tour operator is authorized by Special Use Permit to provide guiding and outfitting services in the Tongass National Forest. Itinerary subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Shipboard accommodations; ground transportation from local airport to select hotels in embarkation city day prior to sailing; ground transportation from airport or downtown hotel to ship in embarkation city on the day of sailing; ground transportation from the ship to downtown hotel or airport on the day of disembarkation; complimentary non-alcoholic beverages; complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner; select shore excursions as indicated in the itinerary; use of recreational equipment like kayaks; gear on loan (binoculars, rain jacket, rain pants, and boots); all meals onboard the ship; king crab, prime rib, and Alaska salmon feast at a lodge in Sitka or Juneau. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Airfare; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; non-complimentary beer, wine, or alcohol; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance; all taxes and port fees; fuel surcharge may apply.
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