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Whale watching from a zodiac in Alaska.

Exploring Muir's Wilderness

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On this 7-night adventure cruise, explore the Alaska wilderness that inspired John Muir. Visit Glacier Bay National Park's Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait. Enjoy whale watching in Icy Strait and intertidal shore walks and hikes at Bartlett Cove and Thomas Bay. Experience unmatched birding and wildlife viewing alongside an expert National Park Ranger and expedition team.
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Highlights
  • View glaciers — Dawes and Grand Pacific, Margerie, or Johns Hopkins
  • Hike the forest at Glacier Bay National Park headquarters in Bartlett Cove
  • Kayak, paddle board, & explore by skiff in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait
  • Enjoy intertidal shore walks and hikes at Port Houghton and Thomas Bay
  • Experience unmatched birding, wildlife viewing, and whale watching
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Juneau, Alaska | Embarkation

Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!

Day 2: Icy Strait

It is an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team, watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park

It is a day John Muir would have delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice 200 years ago, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom” — at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.

Day 4: Chatham Strait | Kuiu Island

The options are aplenty — it is Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above — as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.

Day 5: Thomas Bay

The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day 6: Port Houghton

Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. While you won’t likely come across other humans, you are sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it is low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

Day 7: Endicott Arm | Fords Terror

Snow-covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate icebergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you may find a few seals taking respite on the glacier's smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.

Day 8: Juneau | Disembarkation

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After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. Transfer to the Juneau airport.

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Notes

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.
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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners

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