Summary : Explore the incredible Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska in the company of passionate Alaskan insiders. This all-encompassing expedition includes the rollicking gold-rush town of Skagway, the beautiful community of Haines at the head of Chilkat Inlet, and the charming fishing community of Petersburg. Witness scenic beauty, intriguing native culture, and amazing wildlife. Linger in the midst of a pod of foraging, spouting, breaching whales. Get up close to thundering tidewater glaciers and see stunning wilderness alongside knowledgeable naturalists and cultural guides. Experience small-ship Alaska cruising in true Alaska style.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$6,895 to $9,395
Explore beautiful Sitka, visiting sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.
Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted day of discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day’s unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest.
This remarkable national park fjord extends 65 miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife. A highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its spectacular calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day’s program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist will join you on board to reveal traditional ties to this ancient treasure.
Stroll the boardwalks of the rollicking Klondike gold rush town of Skagway, and then board the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad for a journey retracing the steps of gold-seekers into Canada. Built in 1898, the railroad climbs nearly 3,000 feet in 20 miles and offers stunning wilderness views. This excursion crosses the border into Canada, so passports are required. A guided walking tour through scenic Haines features a visit to the pre-WWI Fort Seward National Historic Site.
Visit highlights of the scenic capital, including the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. In downtown Juneau, visit the newly-renovated Alaska State Museum. There will also be time to explore on your own. End the day at Orca Point Lodge, an exclusive property on Colt Island. Dine on salmon, king crab, and prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beach-side bonfire.
Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist John Muir called “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. Scout for humpback whales and other marine life in Frederick Sound.
Discover the charming 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.
Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags, and ruled by four nations—the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided walking tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska.
Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska’s timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world. Here, you’ll meet resident artisans and enjoy a walking tour of the town. In Kasaan, walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States.
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. Visit a traditional Tsmishian longhouse, enjoy a ceremonial dance performance, and meet Native artists. Later, your ship will glide beneath the 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords.
Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska’s “First City” and the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Transfer to the airport or your hotel.
Cruise information is subject to change without notice based on navigating conditions. Itinerary subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Ketchikan to Sitka): 7/25/2019
Transfer from local airport to select hotels in embarkation city the day prior to sailing; transfer from airport or downtown hotel to ship in embarkation city on the day of sailing; transfer from the ship to downtown hotel or airport on the day of disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; 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 aboard the ship. 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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