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Experience the wilderness of Alaska and the Inside Passage. Everything is so much bigger than you imagined. Glaciers, bears, salmon, and whales as far as the eye can see, stunning in the kind of way no photo can show you. Go deep into the frozen nature on an unforgettable 8-day Alaska cruise, starting in charming Sitka and making your way across this spectacular region with a final destination of Juneau, Alaska.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sitka, Alaska | Embark
Day 2 : Krestof Sound | Nakwasina Sound
Day 3 : Icy Strait
Day 4 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 5 : Chichagof Island
Day 6 : Lynn Canal | Captain’s Choice
Day 7 : Haines, Alaska
Day 8 : Juneau | Disembark

Highlights

  • Take a bike adventure through Haines and soak up its history
  • Learn more about the fascinating Chilkat Tlingit Native culture
  • Keep your eyes open for whales, Dall's porpoise, sea lions, and black bears
  • Hike and beachcomb in the fantastic Tongass National Forest

Ship

Safari Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sitka from the ship sea kayaking in Alaska Tlingit native dances and singing Alaska cruise and wildlife viewing tours Hiking through the snow.

Day 1 Sitka, Alaska | Embark

Welcome aboard! It’s time to relax and meet your crew. As you sail away in Sitka Sound, what’s also worthy of your precious time are the unmistakable views of Mt. Edgecumbe—a volcanic wonder in its own right.

Day 2 Krestof Sound | Nakwasina Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Shhh. If you don’t say a word, you can hear the sounds of these Sounds. Dense Baranof Island forest to one side. Small, wild, lesser-known islands on the other. You might even spot black bears loping on shore although they’re likely to catch a whiff of you first. Keep watch for neighboring sea lions and eagles, too. Your first day offers options to drop anchor and find adventure. Slip into a kayak. Nose along shore in a skiff. Or head into the Tongass National Forest on foot with your expedition team. The possibilities, endless. Reward yourself when you get back to the boat - the crew has a treat waiting.

Day 3 Icy Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nothing like kick starting the morning with on-deck yoga stretches and a chaser of exploration mode d’jour—motor, paddle, boots. It might be your toughest transition of the day. In and around Icy Strait, glide through giant bullwhip kelp (it can grow to over 100 feet long). Skiff to a rocky outcropping and watch sea lions play. Mud boots serve their purpose on a forest hike with your top-notch guides, who are sharp and have plenty to share about everything Alaska—animals, plants, and even geology. At the end of this unforgettable day, you’ve earned a soak in the hot tub.

Day 4 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter, the granddaddy of national parks—Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Once you round Point Gustavus, a park ranger joins you on board with a font of knowledge. The specialness of this place starts to sink in, as one of its truly privileged visitors. Sea lions jockey for position among puffins, black oystercatchers, and other sea birds at South Marble Island. Mountain goats climb and bears scrounge for food along the park’s inland shores. Motor deeper into the park to Margerie and Grand Pacific, two tidewater glaciers on their downward march into the bay.

Day 5 Chichagof Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your course is set—wildlife-rich Alaskan wilderness. Head to the bridge or bow, and watch for whales and other creatures before tucking into Port Frederick or some other wild inlet. You’re about to get a close up look. Muskeg under foot, head out on a bushwhacking hike in the Tongass National Forest or board a skiff, eyes wide for bears on shore.

Day 6 Lynn Canal | Captain’s Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Not so much a canal, as a fjord—in fact, North America’s deepest at over 2,000 feet. This once major route of Klondike gold rushers is now a busy inlet for humpbacks, orcas, Dall’s porpoise, Steller sea lions, salmon, halibut, and mischievous river otters. And that’s at water level. Look up, and you see bald eagles. But it’s not all looking and seeing today, your captain is on task to pick the prime spot for adventure. Feel the burn on a long paddling excursion. Search tide pools for microscopic life. Or, hike a shadow-filled forest.

Day 7 Haines, Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Haines: the unofficial adventure capital of Alaska. Hard-charging or smell the flowers, pick your speed. In this bald eagle hotspot, you have choices to make. Hit the trailhead with your guides to the top of Chilkat Peninsula or the shores of Chilkat Inlet - some of the best trails with the best views. Or, raft along the Chilkat River on a float trip through the bald eagle preserve. The local history—native culture, influence from European explorers, as a US Army outpost, and its gold rush past. Chilkat Tlingit members come aboard and share their tribe’s cultural history and thousands-of-year-old legacy. Soak it up. Then see the sites on foot or by bike with free time in town. It’s a big day. Tonight, celebrate your voyage with a Farewell Dinner and special photo recap from your expedition team.

Day 8 Juneau | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
It’s your last morning of freshly baked pastries. Eat them up and get in your farewells as you cruise into Juneau to transfer to the airport or begin your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

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$6,295
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Admiral Cabin
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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.

Included in your fare:
  • Onboard meals
  • Onboard 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
Not included in your fare:
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew
  • Travel protection
  • Optional excursions and land tours (Optional snorkeling: arranged and paid for locally. Contact us for details)
  • Port taxes/fees
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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