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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sail from Seattle, Washington
Day 2 : Washington's Coast, The San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor
Day 3 : Exploring the San Juan Islands
Days 4-7 : Canada’s Inside Passage
Day 8 : Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 9 : Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 10 : Yes Bay
Day 11 : Wrangell
Day 12 : Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier / Wrangell Narrows
Day 13 : Thomas Bay / Cascade Creek
Day 14 : Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
Day 15 : Arrive in Juneau — Disembark


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Explore the quiet waters of Alaska An ice-coated sunrise Kayaking still waters Wilderness kayaking in Alaska's Inside Passage Zodiac excursion to the face of an Alaska glacier

Day 1 Sail from Seattle, Washington

After transfer from the airport, you will cruise northward from Seattle's historic Fishermen's Terminal passing through the Hiram-Chittenden Locks and into Puget Sound. You will continue on through Deception Pass, a dramatic and narrow cut between two islands, before dropping anchor in a quiet cove for the night.

Day 2 Washington's Coast, The San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor

The misty, deeply forested San Juan Islands dot the pristine seascape as we head for Friday Harbor, an intriguing town complete with unique boutiques and shops and the fascinating Whale Museum.

Day 3 Exploring the San Juan Islands

The Pacific Northwest is where the term "gunkholing" originated. Today you'll "gunkhole" close to shore, spending hours getting even closer by skiff, kayak and by foot on islands such as tree-lined Sucia. As you depart for Canadian waters in the afternoon, all eyes are needed on deck to keep lookout for orca whales!

Day 4-7 Canada’s Inside Passage

As you head northward, fishing communities give way to forested mountains and intricate waterways. Search for orca whales, seals and sea lions, dolphins and porpoise and you'll be able to observe migratory birds. Learn about native influences which shaped the history of these remote and sparsely-populated islands such as Cormorant Island, home to the tiny community of Alert Bay and the world's largest totem pole. Pause for an up-close view of the dilapidated buildings of the former cannery town of Butedale as they silently and slowly edge toward the icy waters of Princess Louisa Channel. A short distance beyond Prince Rupert, B.C. lies the U.S./Canadian border.

Day 8 Ketchikan, Alaska

Whether it is the Saxman Totem Village or the shops along Creek Street, the rich, cultural heritage of Alaska's Tlingit Indians provide insightful experiences and a good dose of local color.

Day 9 Misty Fjords National Monument

Representing nearly every ecosystem in Southeast Alaska—its steep walls and glacial valleys filled with sea water are a haven for wildlife. By kayak or skiff, glide through Walker Cove soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world.

Day 10 Yes Bay

Wildlife abounds in Yes Bay and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—humpback whales, orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Say yes to a kayak paddle up the bay or a wildlife-seeking hike along a scenic trail.

Day 11 Wrangell

Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Brush up on your Tlingit culture and view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park.

Day 12 Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier / Wrangell Narrows

Hike atop the otherworldly Baird Glacier. Natural beauty is today’s setting for kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking. Bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.

Day 13 Thomas Bay / Cascade Creek

Choose kayaking and a forest trek on a Cascade Creek trail or hike five miles to the rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking. Hear legends about the area’s mythical shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 14 Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound

On the last full day of your journey, prepare to have your breath taken away by sculptural glacial views and snow-covered mountains. At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls and large floating icebergs, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Explore Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.

Day 15 Arrive in Juneau — Disembark

A Bon Voyage breakfast ends your ship journey; however, there are many enticing ways to extend your journey. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or arrange for an add-on overnight stay or an extended land tour.

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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, and transfers.

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:
* Educational programming - interpretive lectures, guest speakers, narrative
* All meals aboard the ships
* Kayaking, guided hiking, and small boat exploration
* Onboard Expedition Leaders
* Roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat if you are arriving/ departing on scheduled days

Not included in your fare:
* Airfare to and from your home city
* Liquor, beer, wine
* Discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare
* Travel insurance
* Select optional onboard excursions, payable on board.
* Optional pre- or post-night hotel stays or land extensions
* Port charges, taxes and fees
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