Summary : Spend more time in southeast Alaska's wilderness areas and enjoy a higher level of activity. This adventure's dynamic itinerary features daily activities like hiking rainforest trails, kayaking glacial fjords, trekking to the Baird Glacier in legendary Thomas Bay, exploring Baranof Island’s “Waterfall Coast,” and more. Sailing between Sitka and Juneau, this expedition journeys to remote locations including Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell, and the exclusive Orca Point Lodge.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking
$3,995 to $6,795
Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Participate in a wilderness hike on one of the many trails in town. 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.
Spend the day exploring the remote Inside Passage wilderness. Hike a rainforest trail, featuring towering spruce and hemlock trees and lush undergrowth. Your knowledgeable guide will provide commentary on the indigenous plants and wildlife of the area. Explore Baranof Island’s charming shoreline dubbed “The Waterfall Coast” and savor an opportunity to kayak a protected bay in the area.
Enjoy morning hours on deck witnessing navigation of the Wrangell Narrows between Mitkof and Kupreanof Island. This channel wends its way around islands, rocks, and shoals and is known to be one of the most technical areas to pilot in the Inside Passage. Traffic from local fishing vessels, the alluring scenery, and wildlife provide an active morning of observation and learning from your onboard expedition team.
In Wrangell, enjoy several options to explore the town’s 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. Stretch your legs on a hike of the scenic Rainbow Falls Trail.
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.
Enjoy an exciting kayak expedition in Endicott Arm, a glacial fjord in the Tracy Arm Fords Terror Wilderness area. Paddle the turquoise fjord water amidst icebergs, guided by a crew member. Board your ship’s expedition skiff for a journey into Fords Terror, a narrow fjord that earned its name when a 19th century seafarer discovered the power of its current. View the impressive Dawes Glacier, an active tidewater glacier at the head of Endicott Arm.
Begin the day with an unscripted exploration of Southeast Alaska. Your captain and crew will search for wildlife, including the area’s famous humpback whales. 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 Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beach-side 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. 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. End the day in Bartlett Cove to enjoy a rainforest path, the inspiring Tlingit tribal house, and a fully articulated humpback whale skeleton.
Disembark in Alaska's capital city of Juneau. 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 (Juneau to Sitka): 8/30/2019, 5/8/2020, 5/22/2020, 6/5/2020, 8/28/2020, 9/11/2020
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.
Deluxe cabins and Deluxe Suites include alcohol with some exceptions. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations; travel insurance (highly recommended); non-complimentary beer, wine, and alcohol; discretionary gratuities to crew; all taxes and port fees; fuel surcharge may apply.
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