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Explore Alaska's “wild and woolly” wilderness on this 8-day voyage! Embark on this adventure through the western coves of Alaska's coast, where you are treated to wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephen's Passage, glacier calving in Endicott Arm, and trekking El Capitan Cave. Discover the region's epic waterways by kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing in remote scenic bays. Finally, get a sense of the local culture on a visit to the carving school and totems at Klawock, a native Tlingit Village.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 2 : Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage / Devilfish Bay
Day 3 : Klawock Native Village
Day 4 : Chatham Strait
Day 5 : Frederick Sound
Day 6 : The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage
Day 7 : Endicott Arm / Ford's Terror Wilderness
Day 8 : Disembark in Juneau, Alaska


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Places Visited

  • Alaska
  • North America
  • United States
  • Chatham Strait
  • El Capitan
  • Endicott Arm
  • Ford's Terror
  • Frederick Sound
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Klawock
  • Stephen's Passage
  • The Brothers Islands
  • Tongass National Forest


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

A pile of old totem poles. A view of the rainforest Kayaking through Alaska. Watching the bear from the kayak A man carving a totem pole.

Day 1 Embark in Ketchikan, Alaska

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as you embark your Alaskan cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day 2 Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage / Devilfish Bay

Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska trek winding through high forest on an old logging trail, find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. And if the stars are right (okay maybe it's the tides), you just may get lucky today and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.

Day 3 Klawock Native Village

Discover living history in Klawock—one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the farthest reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds.

Day 4 Chatham Strait

It's Captain's Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 5 Frederick Sound

Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife – they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 6 The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage

There is plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild.

Day 7 Endicott Arm / Ford's Terror Wilderness

Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford’s Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

Day 8 Disembark in Juneau, Alaska

Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your independent journey.

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- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
- Quoted rates include all excursions, meals, educational programming, transfers, taxes, port charges and fees.
- 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.

Included in Your Fare: All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, and beer; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat if you are arriving/ departing on scheduled days; taxes and port fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; hot tub, sauna, yoga classes and a complimentary massage.
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