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Humpback whale in Alaska.

Alaska's Glaciers & Whales

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Join this 8-day adventure to the Alaska wilderness. Discover cascading waterfalls and incredible drifting icebergs. The geology is fascinating and so is the wildlife. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, bears, and eagles. Make waves for Stephens Passage. It’s all hands on deck watching for signs of humpbacks. Experience all of this and more as you make your way from Juneau to charming Sitka, visiting Baird Glacier, LeConte Glacier, Ideal Cove, Kake, Fredrick Sound, Baranof Island, Peril Strait, Sergius Narrows, and Neva Strait.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Juneau, Alaska | Embarkation
Day 2 : Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm | Stephens Passage
Day 3 : Thomas Bay | Baird Glacier
Day 4 : LeConte Glacier | Ideal Cove
Day 5 : Kake | Frederick Sound
Day 6 : Baranof Island | Peril Strait
Day 7 : Sergius Narrows | Neva Strait
Day 8 : Sitka | Disembark

Highlights

  • View glaciers — LeConte, Baird, and Dawes or Sawyer and South Sawyer
  • Experience unmatched birding, wildlife viewing, and whale watching
  • Kayak, paddle board, & explore by skiff across Alaska
  • Enjoy intertidal shore walks and spectacular hikes

Ship

Safari Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Juneau, Alaska | Embarkation

Welcome to Alaska’s capital, where your home on the water awaits. Come aboard, meet your crew, and unpack your adventurous spirit. Your course is set for glaciers and the Tongass—the largest national forest in the U.S.

Day 2 Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm | Stephens Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your captain eyes the day’s conditions and makes a choice. Whether Tracy or Endicott is the Arm du jour, wake in a fjord flanked by sheer granite walls. Grab a hot cup of joe and take it all in from the bow. Cascading waterfalls. Drifting icebergs. A lazy harbor seal or two. Layer up with gloves and a warm hat, and hop in a skiff for a better look at the glacier—the temps drop the closer you get. Your expedition guide clues you in to signs of the ice age that carved this landscape. The geology is fascinating and so is the wildlife. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, bears, and eagles. Make waves for Stephens Passage. It’s all hands on deck watching for signs of humpbacks. It’s a big first day!

Day 3 Thomas Bay | Baird Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have your rubber boots handy. You’re in for muskeg and mud in Alaska’s backcountry. Hiking along Baird’s moraine, look for shimmers of gold and quartz—this area is known for it. The glacial outwash plains look almost lunar, but you’re not alone in this moonscape. The glacial valley is a nesting hot-spot for arctic terns. Splash away the mud before a paddle along the bay’s mossy cliff walls. Back on board, it’s time for a cocktail and a soak in the hot tub.

Day 4 LeConte Glacier | Ideal Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
LeConte is the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America. If tides are low, take a boot-sucking walk to check out icebergs resting on the mudflats. If it’s high tide, a skiff ride brings you up-close to its iceberg gardens. Surrounded by national forest, Ideal Cove’s boardwalk trails wind through meadows of ferns and grasses. Or test your balance paddle boarding in this quiet cove. It’s just you and the vast wilderness.

Day 5 Kake | Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
"Kake" comes from a Tlingit word meaning “opening of daylight.” Apropos, start your day in this native village with traditional storytelling and dancing. Count the many totems on their 132-foot pole. Drop the kayaks in Saginaw Bay or some other hidden cove along the Keku Islands. Black bears are common sights along shore. But so are eagles in the treetops and orange-billed surf scoters paddling nearby. For hikers, your guides have a route in mind. Make for the forest, far off the map. Cruising Frederick Sound, chances are high you see humpbacks. The up-welling of nutrients in the water make it an irresistible feeding ground.

Day 6 Baranof Island | Peril Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave it to the captain to steer you through Chatham and Peril Straits. At Baranof Island, your top-notch expedition team has the game plan dialed. Tap some of the most untouched wilderness in the Tongass. Head to the woods for an adventuresome bushwhack. Or slide into a kayak for an easygoing shoreline paddle. Find a perch on deck in Peril Strait—it’s a twisting drama of currents and history.

Day 7 Sergius Narrows | Neva Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is dotted with hundreds of coves and uninhabited islands. This is a prime area for spotting sea otters. It’s no surprise to round a corner in your kayak and find one looking at you and you looking at him. The protected beaches are made for exploring the intertidal zones, and spotting bears. So, boot up for a guided hike. End your day with celebration and a toast at a heartfelt Farewell Dinner. Your expedition team treats you to a photo recap of the week’s adventures.

Day 8 Sitka | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
A last breakfast with new friends, then disembark in Sitka for your transfer to the airport or to your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

Safari Endeavour

Per person starting at
$5,295
Master Stateroom aboard the Safari Endeavour.
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Feature queen or twin beds, view window or porthole, private bath with shower, desk & chair.
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Commander Staterooms
Feature twin beds, view window, private bath with shower, desk & chair.
Safari Endeavour's Captain Stateroom
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Captain Staterooms
Feature king or twin beds, view windows, private bath with shower, desk & chair.
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Admiral Staterooms
Feature king or twin beds, view windows, private bath with shower, refrigerator, desk & chair.
Safari Endeavour's Commodore Suite.
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Commodore Suites
Separate sitting area, king or twin beds, private bath with jacuzzi tub & shower, view window and french doors to a small balcony.

Notes

- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy
- Children ages 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings

Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Fares Include: 
  • Onboard meals
  • Premium 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
Fares Do Not Include:
  • Port taxes and fees

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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