Join this 8-day voyage to explore parts of Alaska's coast you won't find in guidebooks. Among the highlights of this unique journey are two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park with a Park Ranger and wilderness treks in the Tongass National Forest. Along the way you can view stunning glaciers and listen for the “white” thunder, discover scenic coves and fjords by kayak, paddle board, and skiff, and simply enjoy some unhurried time for watching whales and wildlife.
Day 1 : Embark in Juneau, Alaska Days 2-3 : Glacier Bay National Park Day 4 : Icy Strait Day 5 : Chichagof Island / Baranof Island Day 6 : Frederick Sound / Stephen's Passage Day 7 : Ford's Terror / Endicott Arm Day 8 : Disembark in Juneau, Alaska
Accompanied by a National Park Ranger, over the two days in the park travel nearly 60 miles, cruising up-bay to the tidewater glaciers of Grand Pacific and Margerie, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. If conditions permit, lower the skiffs and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. Enjoy an evening at anchor, and mornings spent paddling your kayak in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. Here in the bay are puffins and sea lions, mountain goats and bears, moose, eagles, and scenery more spectacular than any place on earth. Glacier Bay is at its best when explored by small groups with unfettered time for treks and kayaking inside the bay and wilderness areas. Your second day is spent exploring the glaciers and wildlife of the National Park.
Today is the ultimate day of exploration. Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Keep watch for the telltale blow of the humpbacks as you scour the nutrient-rich waters in search of whales, porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Join the Captain on the bridge or go on deck with your Expedition Leader. Late afternoon, drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings. This evening, take in the solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the saloon.
With no binding agenda today, cruise the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery of Alaska’s wilderness as the crew expertly guides you through those “not in the guide book” places known only to the locals. This evening, perhaps tucking away in a waterfall-laced fjord, there is time for skiffing, beachcombing or treks ashore, and kayaking to look for sea otters and bears before calling it a day near Baranof Island.
Spend the day exploring in Frederick Sound and Stephen's Passage — another excellent chance to view humpback whales and other marine wildlife. Pass by Five Fingers Lighthouse and watch for playful antics at a large sea lion haulout made from dozens of rocky islets. Later, cruise picturesque bays, where evergreen forests crowd the shores.
Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as you slowly slip into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in Alaska. With more designated Wilderness Areas than any state in the nation, the finest include Endicott Arm and Ford’s Terror, a pristine tidal inlet and fjord. Explore this majestic fjord by kayak or skiff, a unique opportunity indeed. View rugged ice-covered mountains gleaming high overhead and a glacier that actively calves into the ice-filled fjord of Endicott Arm. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner, and before turning in, your Expedition Leaders share a “photo journal” of your trip together.
Day 8 Disembark in Juneau, Alaska
Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau at the conclusion of your Alaskan small ship cruise. Transfer to the Juneau airport or begin your independent journey. Safe travels to all!
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Separate sitting area, king or twin beds, private bath with jacuzzi tub & shower, view window and french doors to a small balcony.
- 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.
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; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; hot tub, sauna*, yoga classes and a complimentary massage.
Initial deposit is $750 for one week cruises, $1500 for two or three week cruises, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.
Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.