Summary : Venture off the common routes to experience abundant wildlife areas and stunning glacial fjords. Meet the faces and personalities of Alaska's remote communities that few have the opportunity to visit. Experience local culture in a rarely visited Native village and charming fishing town. Immerse yourself in a distinct way of life, characterized by a unique spirit of adventure and individuality. Explore alongside native Alaskan guides via kayak, hikes, and skiff rides in wilderness bays and Frederick Sound. Highlights include Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier National Park.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$5,795 to $8,495
Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.
Enjoy kayak and skiff exploration in a northern Kuiu or Kupreanof Island bay. Beachcomb or hike along a beautiful secluded coastline in the area. View the world's tallest totem pole, a carving demonstration, and experience the intriguing culture of the Tlingit in the Native village of Kake.
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 tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing state historic park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska. Later, discover the charming Mitkof Island fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1880s, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska’s “Little Norway.” Experience its Scandinavian culture with a folk dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Enjoy a narrated bus tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your own leisure.
Visit Thomas Bay, a wilderness location shrouded by curious Alaska Native legends and mysterious stories told by early gold miners. Enjoy one of several trekking options in the bay, such as the Cascade Falls trail, Scenery Cove, or the outwash plain leading to the terminal moraine of the Baird Glacier. Witness the power of glacial ice in shaping even the most rugged landscapes.
Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords 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. End the day's adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, an exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy a Tlingit cultural presentation, as well as the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on wild Alaska salmon, Alaska king crab, or prime rib in the warmth of the lodge or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.
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, Steller sea lions, and humpback whales. A 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 will join you on board to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.
Transit Lisianski Inlet, a narrow body of water between Yakobi Island and Chichagof Island. These islands are home to dense populations of coastal brown bears and other Alaska wildlife species. Explore the unique boardwalk “road” of Pelican, Alaska during a port call to this small fishing community of just 60 to 70 year-round residents.
Disembark in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. Transfer to the airport or your hotel.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary: 5/17/2020, 5/31/2020, 6/14/2020, 6/28/2020, 7/12/2020, 7/26/2020, 8/9/2020, 8/23/2020, 9/6/2020
These departures begin in Juneau with disembarkation in Sitka.
Transfer from airport to select hotels the day prior to sailing; transfer to vessel on embarkation day; transfer from ship to downtown hotel or airport upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; select shore excursions and use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary; baggage handling from airport/hotel to vessel and from vessel to airport/hotel on day of departure or one day prior to departure; gear on loan (binoculars, rain jacket, rain pants, and boots); all meals onboard ship and where otherwise indicated; complimentary glass of wine or beer with dinner; water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soda. Subject to change without notice.
Vista View and Owner's Suites include alcohol with some exceptions. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; non-complimentary beer, wine, and alcohol or where otherwise indicated; discretionary gratuities to crew; travel insurance (highly recommended); all taxes and port fees; fuel surcharge may apply.
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