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On the Trail of the Gold Prospectors: Juneau to Vancouver

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Embark in Juneau, the capital of Alaska long inhabited by the Tlingit people. Sail along Tracy Arm, one of Alaska’s most beautiful fjords, which will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your cruise.  Do not miss the chance to visit Haines where many pioneers came in search of gold at the end of the 19th century.  Discover Sitka, a former Russian settlement surrounded by tall mountains known for their centuries-old totem poles. Before disembarking in Vancouver, make your way down the east coast of Alaska, whose Inside Passage, shaped by the sculpture of imposing glaciers, is home to vertiginous fjords. Here, the natural environment includes glaciers, coniferous forests, and myriad islands and islets magnified by the wonderful play of light.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Flight from Seattle | Juneau | Embark
Day 2 : Tracy Arm Fjord | Endicott Arm
Day 3 : Haines
Day 4 : Skagway
Day 5 : Sitka, Alaska
Day 6 : Misty Fjords, Alaska
Day 7 : Sailing on the Johnstone Strait
Day 8 : Vancouver | Disembark

Highlights

  • See the Sawyer glacier, one of the most breath-taking wonders of Alaska.
  • Discover totems carved out of red cedar in Sitka
  • Spot many animal inhabitants, such as black bears and mountain goats
  • Enjoy Vancouver Art Gallery which is known for works by regional artists

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Le Soleal

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Icebergs everywhere in Tracy Arm Ford Whale watching in Alaska Adventures in Juneau, Alaska Black bear cub Sitka from the ship
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Day 1 Flight from Seattle | Juneau | Embark

Gold diggers flocked here in 1880 and it didn't take long before Juneau was singled out, gaining a solid reputation and becoming the capital of Alaska. Along the Gastineau Strait, in the heart of the spectacular Inside Passage, the 31,000 or so inhabitants of Juneau enjoy some of the world’s most incredible fauna and scenery every day of their lives. Watch for the antics of humpback whales against a backdrop of majestic glaciers. Culture and shopping are certainly not lacking; the city is full of places to experience, enjoy and relax.

*Included: Flight Seattle / Juneau + transfer

Day 2 Tracy Arm Fjord | Endicott Arm

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When you reach Tracy Arm Fjord, 80 kilometers south-east of Juneau, sail into the middle of the inlet, surrounded by waterfalls cascading down granite cliffs into the sea. A few seals guarding their spur of ice may add unexpected entertainment to the expedition. This is your opportunity to see the Sawyer glacier close up. Majestic and otherworldly, it spans the whole length of the mountain in shades of crystalline blue: without a doubt, this is one of the most breath-taking wonders of Alaska.

In the heart of the Alexander Archipelago, Endicott Arm fjord is a short inlet on the southern coast of Alaska that boasts spectacular views of virgin wilderness. The azure-blue waters, snow-capped mountains, and lush forest are incredible but the main attraction is the Dawes glacier, whose vast, bluish back snakes down the mountain’s flank. Weather permitting, observe how icebergs are formed by getting a closer look at the white cliff where the glacier meets water, or just enjoy watching the resident harbor seals frolicking in the icy waters.

Day 3 Haines

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hidden in the heart of this spectacular wilderness, between jagged peaks and a sapphire ocean, the legendary small port of Haines lays out all the richness of its traditions. Founded by the Tlingit Indians, peopled by the pioneers of the famous gold rush, the village is now a rallying point for modern-day adventurers. Visit its streets trimmed with colorful houses, soak up local history at Fort Seward, or visit the Indian art museums before an excursion into the nearby wilderness. The beautiful Chilkat river is especially worth a visit.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Adventure To Glacier Point, Wilderness River Adventure, Kayak At Chilkoot Lake, Haines Highlights, Haines Nature Walk, and Eagle Preserve Float Adventure.

Day 4 Skagway

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the 19th century, it was through Skagway, a small town in the south-east of Alaska, that swarms of gold seekers passed in their quest for gold. Get a sense of these pioneers while wandering along the main street, Broadway, edged with the painted houses typical of this region. From White Pass & Yukon Route station, trains across pristine landscapes over the Alaskan border. All around the town, a handful of paths taken by the seekers of the precious metal fan out into the superb natural surroundings offering a glorious scenery of mountains, waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Chilkoot Trail Hike & Taiya River, Alpine Lake Canoe Adventure, Skagway Streetcar City Tour, and White Pass Railroad & Klondike Highway.

Day 5 Sitka, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Formerly a Russian colony located on Baranof Island, to the west of the Alexander archipelago, Sitka is brimming with history. The National Historical Park of Sitka shelters totems carved out of red cedar, a tree that is omnipresent in the region. These totems are testimonials of the former presence of Tlingit Indians. This place is full of natural wonders too: just look up to admire the mountain range around the port. In the distance, the snow-peaked Edgecumbe volcano stands majestic, and numerous islands scattered around Sitka stretch out before you in a vision of preserved Alaska.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest, Dry Suit Snorkel, Wildlife Quest & Fin Island Lodge, and Tongass Rainforest Hike.

Day 6 Misty Fjords, Alaska

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rain forest, hypnotic blue lakes, snowy peaks, glacier valleys, waterfalls... behold a heavenly vision of preserved wilderness. This United States monument covering some 8,600 square kilometers is a designated Wilderness Area. This awesome countryside rolls out its majestic carpet of cedars, fir spruces, and hemlocks. Here, you can feel nature’s throbbing heartbeat. Watch for the many animal inhabitants, such as black bears, mountain goats, black-tail deer, as well as river otters, sea lions, seals, and porpoises.

Day 7 Sailing on the Johnstone Strait

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Along the north-east coast of Vancouver Island, Johnstone Strait is a 100 km-long channel formed by an old glacier bed, dotted with a string of lush islands. Sailing amid this wilderness offers fantastic opportunities to observe the wildlife. Indeed, blue whales, humpback whales and the world’s largest population of orcas can be found in the cool and sheltered waters of the strait, and you can try to spot some from your ship’s deck.

Day 8 Vancouver | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Verdant and cosmopolitan, Vancouver is one of Canada's most multi-cultural cities. Located in British Columbia on Canada's west coast, it's surrounded by mountains and outdoor activities are popular. In the city, you can immerse yourself in the Asian atmosphere of bustling Chinatown, shop for pashminas and silk saris at the Punjabi Market Indian district and explore the historic area of Gastown. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for the works of regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses important First Nations collections.  Granville Island Jetty is a fascinating revitalized industrial area that hosts galleries, restaurants, and a huge produce market.
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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • Flight Seattle / Juneau selected by operator in economy class.
  • Transfer as per program.
  • All meals while on board the ship
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team.
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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  • Flights included in the program are in economy class.
  • For passengers in transit in Seattle, it is recommended to stay one night in Seattle before this flight.
  • Program and flight schedules are subject to change.

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.
 
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