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Mendenhall Glacier with field of Fireweed in Juneau, Alaska

Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition

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Journey through Alaska’s most abundant wildlife areas and stunning glacial fjords on this 8-day Alaska Bear Country & Wilderness Expedition. Kayak, hike, and explore by skiff in wilderness bays, and remote destinations. Experience the local culture in a rarely visited Native village and charming fishing town. You’ll disembark having explored the True Alaska few travelers get to experience.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sitka | Embark
Day 2 : Lake Eva & Hidden Falls
Day 3 : Kuiu Islands
Day 4 : Summer Strait
Day 5 : Wrangell & Anan Wildlife Observatory
Day 6 : Hobart Bay
Day 7 : Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
Day 8 : Juneau | Disembark

Highlights

  • Search for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife
  • Enjoy a morning hike to Lake Eva on northern Baranof Island
  • Explore Sumner Strait, a body of water nestled between Kuiu and Kupreanof
  • Experience private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay

Ship

Kruzof Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sitka from the ship Visit the community of Wrangell, Alaska Whale watching in Alaska Mendenhall Glacier with field of Fireweed in Juneau, Alaska Downtown Juneau, Alaska
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Day 1 Sitka | Embark

Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history on an exclusive tour guided by an expedition leader. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.

Day 2 Lake Eva & Hidden Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning hike to Lake Eva on northern Baranof Island. This trail immerses guests in a beautiful rainforest setting of lush undergrowth and towering spruce and hemlock. During late summer and early fall, salmon run in the lake’s outlet stream. After sailing south along eastern Baranof Island—the “Waterfall Coast”—the vessel will stop in Kasnyku Bay for a visit to Hidden Falls. This area often provides an excellent opportunity to view Alaska’s coastal brown bears as they pursue salmon. Brown bears exist in various color phases, from dark brown to blonde, and can grow to 1,500 pounds. Alaska has over 98 percent of the United States’ population of brown bears.

Day 3 Kuiu Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Thus far on the itinerary, the vessel will have been among the Inside Passage’s “ABC” islands (Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof). These islands are home to a high density of brown bears. As your journey continues southward, beginning at Kuiu Island, you will be in black bear territory. Enjoy kayak and skiff exploration in a western Kuiu Island bay. Beachcomb and/or hike along the beautiful secluded coastline of the area. Options include Rowan Bay, Bay of Pillars, or Tebenkof Bay.

Day 4 Summer Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail between the beautiful Cape Decision lighthouse, perched atop wavebeaten rocks on southern Kuiu Island, and the Spanish Islands. Explore Sumner Strait, a body of water nestled between the islands of Kuiu and Kupreanof Island to the north and Zarembo and Prince of Wales to the south. This strait offers countless possibilities for in-depth exploration and the Kruzof Explorer, with her expedition Zodiac, aluminum sportfishing boat, and kayaks is the perfect vessel for adventure. The islands of this area play host to black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, and countless bald eagles. Destination options include Keku Strait, Red Bay, Totem Bay, and more. We may even call on the small community of Port Protection—a place that gained national notoriety due to a popular television show, which chronicles the challenges and beauties of life in the remote town.

Day 5 Wrangell & Anan Wildlife Observatory

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today’s excursion will take you to the remote Anan Wildlife Observatory, which is renowned for offering some of the best brown and black bear viewing in the world. After docking in the picturesque town of Wrangell, you’ll board a high-speed jetboat for transport to the trailhead that leads to the observatory. Once ashore, a U.S. Forest Service representative will provide an introduction and safety orientation, then you’ll begin a 20-minute guided hike (rated moderately difficult) to the observatory. Guests are given several hours at the observatory deck, which overlooks a creek that hosts a large run of pink salmon. Bears and eagles, all in pursuit of the wild salmon, are often viewed and photographed mere meters away. This is an exclusive, small group experience with the necessary permitting handled prior to the voyage.

Day 6 Hobart Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By way of an exclusive agreement with a local Alaska Native organization, guests have private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay. Enjoy guided hiking, kayaking, skiff rides, or sipping your favorite beverage and enjoying Alaskan snacks near a campfire. A variety of marine life and birds frequent this area, as well as black bears and other terrestrial animals.

Day 7 Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist, John Muir, referred to as, “A wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise form sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Both of these dramatic glacial fjords offer stunning views of tidewater glaciers. Traveling aboard the Kruzof Explorer provides the unique opportunity to kayak in this beautiful Alaska wilderness area.

Day 8 Juneau | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Alaska's capital city of Juneau. Transfer to the airport or your hotel is complimentary.
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Kruzof Stateroom
One queen bed, landscape window, spacious wardrobe, en suite bathroom with shower. Approx. 121 sq.ft.

Notes

Discount for a 3rd or 4th guest in the same stateroom will be 15% off the regular rate regardless of age,

Children 15 & under receive a 15% discount.

Prices are per person and in USD. Single supplement are 50% of the cabin rates.

CRUISE DISCLAIMER: Cruise information is subject to change without notice based on navigating conditions. Itinerary order is also subject to rearrangement based on permit allocations.

Included:
- Selected guest cabin facilities
- All meals aboard the vessel or where otherwise indicated
- A complimentary glass of wine / beer with dinner
- Selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary
- Ground transportation to and from the airport to hotel (downtown hotel) or ship in Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan one day prior and day of sailing and the day of departure from the ship
- Ground transportation is provided from the local airport to selected hotels in those cities the day prior to sailing
- All standard on board services

Not Included:
- Airfare to and from your home city
- Pre and Post Cruise hotel accommodations
- Non-complimentary beer, wine, or alcohol selections
- Discretionary gratuities to crew
- Travel insurance
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