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Alaska Sail & Rail

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Wilderness Adventurer
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The Sail & Rail passage combines a 10-day Alaska Inside Passage expedition with three nights in Los Angeles, including a city tour. On your voyage aboard the Wilderness Adventurer, thread through narrow straits, remote islands, and glacier-carved fjords. Summer brings long days, breaching humpback whales, and concentrations of bald eagles. Calm waters are alive with salmon, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, orcas and porpoise. Black and brown bear, wolves, moose, and deer roam temperate rainforest. Explore on foot, by Zodiac, kayak, or paddle board. An on-board hydrophone and bow-mounted underwater camera offer a special perspective as does polar snorkeling. After your Alaska cruise, travel between Seattle and Los Angeles aboard a classic 1940's Budd-built stainless steel streamlined carriage, ‘Silver Solarium’, enjoying the spectacular city and coastline scenery of America's North West along the way.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seattle
Day 2 : Seattle | Fly to Juneau
Days 3-4 : Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
Day 5 : Thomas Bay
Days 6-7 : Wrangell Narrows | Wrangell
Days 8-10 : Tongass National Forest | Kasaan
Day 11 : Misty Fjords National Monument
Day 12 : Disembark in Ketchikan | Fly to Seattle
Day 13 : Coast Starlight to Los Angeles
Day 14 : Arrive in Los Angeles
Days 15-16 : Los Angeles
Day 17 : Los Angeles


  • Small ship cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage
  • View calving icebergs, giant glaciers, and breathtaking fjords
  • Spot whales, orcas, moose, wolves, black and brown bears
  • Discover traditional cultures of Tlingit and Haida
  • Travel on board a historic 1940’s railcar from Seattle to Los Angeles
  • Stay in chic and glamorous Beverly Hills
  • See some of LA’s most iconic spots on a guided city tour


Wilderness Adventurer

Places Visited


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Seattle

Upon arrival in Seattle transfer to your hotel in the hotel’s courtesy shuttle.

Day 2 Seattle | Fly to Juneau

This morning is at your leisure before making your way to the airport to join fellow travelers for your flight to Juneau.

Day 3-4 Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embark on the Wilderness Adventurer in Juneau, and set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness. A winding fjord, waterfalls, and glimpses of Rocky Mountain goats lead you through Tracy Arm to Sawyer Glaciers, where huge icebergs calve. Watch for bears, wolves, deer, Arctic terns and red-breasted mergansers, then move to Frederick Sound, alive with humpbacks spouting, fluking and breaching, and orcas and Steller’s sea lions. In Endicott Arm, ice-laden granite peaks, calving ice from the Dawes Glacier, and seals on bergy bits abound. If tides allow, explore narrow Ford’s Terror.

Day 5 Thomas Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Thomas Bay, trek through scenic rainforest or paddle the surreal blue meltwater of Patterson Glacier. Thomas Bay is known for glaciers, gold and quartz deposits, moose, brown bears, black bears, squirrels, wolves, birds, and rabbits. It is also known as "The Bay of Death," due to a massive landslide in 1750, and the "Devil's Country" since 1900 when several people claimed to have seen devil creatures in the area - learn of the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 6-7 Wrangell Narrows | Wrangell

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter a wonderland carved by mighty glaciers, ridged by moraines and decorated by muskegs (Arctic bogs rich in Arctic life). Watch for orcas in the Wrangell Narrows and the next day, visit Wrangell, home to the Tlingit and Haida people. Enjoy the town’s many totem poles and cultural presentations at historic Chief Shakes Tribal House. Once under the jurisdiction of the Russians, the British, and the Americans, as well as originally a Tlingit territory, Wrangell has the unique status of being the only Alaskan city to have been governed under four "flags". Today, it is home to native culture, wildlife and wonder.

Day 8-10 Tongass National Forest | Kasaan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up surrounded by pristine Tongass National Forest and hike to El Capitan Cave, largest in Alaska. On Prince of Wales Island, keep watch for bears, deer and eagles. Offshore kayak and paddle board, sharing the sea with harbor seals, humpbacks and orcas. Next you may visit Kasaan, a traditional Haida village, and enjoy marine life and easy treks in Behm Canal.

Day 11 Misty Fjords National Monument

Enter Misty Fjords National Monument, searching thousand-meter granite cliffs for seabirds, eagles and mountain goats. Kayak through Walker Cover or Rudyerd Bay, soaking in the 'Yosemite of the North'.

Day 12 Disembark in Ketchikan | Fly to Seattle

  • 1 Breakfast
Arriving into Ketchikan, the “Salmon Capital of the World, transfer to the airport after breakfast for your flight back to Seattle. Relax and enjoy the remainder of the day in this stunning city.

Day 13 Coast Starlight to Los Angeles

  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning transfer to Seattle’s train station to board the exclusive Coast Starlight rail car ‘Silver Solarium’, a classic Budd-built stainless steel streamlined carriage from the 1940’s, completely rebuilt to modern standards.

Setting off on this spectacular 36-hour train journey, travel back in time along the railway that links the greatest cities of America’s West Coast. Passing through Portland, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Santa Barbara, enjoy the scenery of dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, and fertile valleys.

The floor-to ceiling windows in the carriage’s observation lounge and bar is the perfect place to enjoy the long stretches of Pacific Ocean coastline and is where all meals are served. The Silver Solarium features private cabins with en suite.

Day 14 Arrive in Los Angeles

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Los Angeles late this evening, where you are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Day 15-16 Los Angeles

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Over the next two days explore the ‘city of angels’. Enjoy a full day private city orientation tour to see some of the iconic sites of LA including Hollywood, the Farmer’s Markets, Downtown, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. On day 16 enjoy the city at your own pace, perhaps visiting the Getty Center, LACMA, or browse the boutiques of Beverly Hills.

Day 17 Los Angeles

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy the full day in LA before being transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Wilderness Adventurer

Juneau - Hotels


Per person starting at
Wilderness Adventurer's Navigator Cabin
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Main Deck, cabins 200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Adventurer' Trailblazer Cabin
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Observation Deck, cabins 301-302, 307-320. Queen bed or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window
Wilderness Adventurer's Pathfinder Cabin
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Observation deck, cabins 303-306. Outside entry, double bed with private bath with shower and view window.
Navigator Cabin
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Main Deck, cabin 202. Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower


- All rates are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
- Rates do not include port taxes and fees, which vary by itinerary.
- Children 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will receive 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.

Please note:
All prices are in Australian dollars. Price is based on group airfares and have limited availability and may change without notice. Please contact us for prices for the Rail & Sail Package without flights. This itinerary requires a deposit of AU$2700 with final payment due 100 days prior to departure by bank transfer or check

Included in your fare:
• Return economy flights from Australia - Package without international flights also available
• Internal flight from Seattle to Juneau and Ketchikan to Seattle
• 10 day 'Alaska's Inside Passage' voyage on board Wilderness Adventurer
• All meals during expedition
• 1 night accommodation in Seattle
• 1 night accommodation in Juneau
• Complimentary activities including polar snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding
• 2 day, 1 night journey on board Coast Starlight railway
• 3 nights’ accommodation, transfers and private sightseeing in Los Angeles
• All transfers, sightseeing and meals as specified in the itinerary
• Airport transfers
• Memento photo book
• Port charges & taxes
Payment & Cancellation Policies
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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