Travel on a small ship expedition-style cruise and discover the dramatic icy wilderness of Alaska's Inside Passage. Join guided nature hikes ashore and kayak amongst icebergs, or keep watch for whales and bears from the deck.
- Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a Park Ranger
- Wilderness exploration in the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay outback
- Margerie and Grand Pacific Glacier visits with a Park Ranger
- Dawes Glacier and Fords Terror by skiff
Orca and humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
- Beachcombing and tide pool discoveries
Starting in Glacier Bay National Park you'll be accompanied by a National Park Ranger who will explain the park's geology, glaciology, wildlife and its deep roots in Tlingit culture. Keep an eye out for bears, goats, moose, whales, sea otters, and all the creatures of the water and forest which flourish in this area, completely protected from man.
By cruising on a smaller vessel you can enjoy a more flexible and intimate experience, travelling with like-minded fellow passengers in search of wildlife and natural wonders. This itinerary allows plenty of time to enjoy a more interactive discovery of some of the highlights of the Inside Passage.
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: Embark, Juneau
- Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.
- Day 2: Glacier Bay National Park
- Glacier Bay has a wow-worthy list of titles - National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve. Head for the Glacier Bay outback. Dundas and Taylor Bays are in the southernmost reaches of the park. It’s less windswept tucked into a bay, but no less wild. Kayak around sea stacks or comb for critters if the tide is right. In far reaches, share the beach with sharp-eyed eagles and bears. Paddle through kelp in Taylor Bay where backstroking sea otters hardly bat an eye at your kayak. This evening swap stories with your shipmates.
- Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park
- Today a National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Have your binoculars handy - South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water, guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. Cruise to the far end of Tarr Inlet where Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, pull into narrow Tidal Inlet. Bears like to forage along this shoreline and mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.
- Day 4: Chatham Strait
- Chatham Strait stretches for 150 miles in the Tongass National Forest. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure equipment lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to explore! Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sun set.
- Day 5: Kuiu Island
- Salmon streams dot the coastline - and where there is salmon, there are bears! Kuiu Island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears. Scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay from a kayak or skiff. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch checking out tide pools and abundant life in the intertidal zones. It’s remote, and remarkable.
- Day 6: Frederick Sound
- Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feast in the krill-rich waters. After your breakfast, search look for whales. Based on wind and weather conditions, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.
- Day 7: Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier
- Snow-covered mountains and glacier-carved valleys are on tap today as you slowly slip into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in Alaska. Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals pups laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror. The fjord’s steep walls are streaked with waterfalls. Choked with ice, at the end of the arm, meet Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from your expedition team.
- Day 8: Disembark, Juneau
- Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau. Transfer to Juneau airport or extend your stay on a land tour.
All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be subject to weather conditions and will be adapted in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters.
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The above is a selection of vessels available for this holiday. Please contact us for further details.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are £ per person, based on standard twin cabin. Please contact us for details of superior, triple and single cabin prices.
|Departure Date||Vessel||Prices from|
|29 April 2018||SS Legacy||£3,274|
|01 June 2018
|08 June 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|15 June 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|22 June 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|29 June 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|06 July 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|13 July 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|14 July 2018||Wilderness Adventurer||£3,697|
|20 July 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|21 July 2018||Wilderness Adventurer||£3,697|
|27 July 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|28 July 2018||Wilderness Adventurer||£3,697|
|29 July 2018||SS Legacy||£4,813|
|03 August 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|04 August 2018||Wilderness Adventurer||£3,697|
|10 August 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|11 August 2018||Wilderness Adventurer||£3,697|
|17 August 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|24 August 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|31 August 2018||Safari Explorer||£6,390|
|02 September 2018||Safari Endeavour||£3,813|
|09 September 2018||Safari Endeavour||£3,813|
7 nights cabin accommodation • All onboard meals • Spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day • Entry fees to national parks/preserves • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment • Port fees and taxes
Flights & airport taxes • passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) • optional excursions & land tours • massage treatments (unless specified) • items of a personal nature • customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • travel insurance
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