Alaska's Inside Passage

Alaska's Inside Passage information and booking

from
$7665
  • Duration
    17 days
    Days
  • Group size
    1-60
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Discovery & Cruising
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 2 nights hotel
  • 14 nights aboard Wilderness Adventurer
Equipment Required
A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information supplied on booking.

Highlights

  • Wildlife-rich fjords and spectacular scenery
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Tracy Arm Wilderness
  • Frederick Sound
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Chichagof Island
  • Optional Kayaking included in the voyage cost (pre-booking is required)

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Alaska's Inside Passage is home to wildlife-filled fjords and incredible wilderness scenery. Receding glaciers reveal a landscape that has been covered with ice for tens of thousands of years. The region boasts the northern hemisphere's largest feeding ground for humpback whales along with abundant other wildlife. We undertake guided walks through the mountain's majestic forests, and local islanders will share their ancient indigenous cultures. We'll visit other local highlights including the Alexander Archipelago and Misty Fjords National Monument, and keep watch for brown and black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, orca, bald eagles and more.

What's included

  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
  • 1 nights accommodation in seattle
  • Return airfares from seattle to juneau
  • 1 nights accommodation in juneau
  • Transfers to and from the hotel/airport to the ship in juneau
  • Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
  • Specialist expedition staff
  • All shore excursions from the ship including the use of zodiacs
  • Medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
  • Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
  • All entry fees to national parks
  • Pre-departure information
  • Optional kayaking
  • Keepsake photo book (one per booking) created from photography taken during your voyage
  • Complimentary polar expedition jacket

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Seattle
On arrival in Seattle you will need to make your own way (or we can arrange a transfer at additional charge) to the group hotel for overnight accommodation in a twin room. The day and night is free for you to explore the city.
Day 2 Fly Seattle to Juneau
Today you will be transferred to Seattle airport for the flight to Juneau. On arrival in Juneau you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Overnight accommodation in Juneau is on a twin share basis. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore.
Day 3 Day in Juneau, afternoon embark ship
Late afternoon we will transfer from the hotel to the dock to embark the Wilderness Adventurer. The staff will warmly greet us as we settle in and enjoy our first dinner onboard.
Day 4 to 5 Tracey Arm Wilderness & Frederick Sound
We awake to find ourselves heading throughTracy Arm Wilderness to Sawyer Glaciers, where huge calving icebergs are found. The days are spent keeping our eyes open for bears, wolves, deer, Arctic terns and red breasted merlangers. We contnue on to Frederick Sound, alive with humpbacks, orca and Steller sea lions. In Endicott Arm, ice-laden granite peaks, calving ice from the Dawes Glacier and seals on bergy bits feature, and if tides allow, we explore narrow Ford’s Terror.
Day 6 to 7 Frederick Sound, Petersburg and Chatham Strait
We hope to paddle into Port Houghton’s back bays, where low tide reveals a smorgasbord of shellfish for local bears, mink and oystercatchers, or for those not opting to kayak, the possibility to take a backcountry walk along a wild river. Enjoy a free morning in the fishing town of Petersburg, nicknamed “Little Norway”, before continuing to look for whales in Frederick Sound. We then set sail passing by the rocky islets of Chatham Strait alive with Stellar sea lions.
Day 8 to 9 Thomas Bay & Patterson Glacier
At Thomas Bay, trek through scenic rainforest or paddle the surreal blue meltwaters of Patterson Glacier, and learn of the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
Day 10 to 12 Tongass National Forest & Sitka
The next few days see us enjoying the pristine Tongass National Forest, we explore Chatham Strait’s Kuiu and Barnof Islands, where perhaps we may snorkel for underwater life. We navigate the Sergius Narrows to Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement where Russian American and Tlingit history comes to life.
Day 13 to 14 Icy Strait & Chichagof Island
We are hopeful of encounters with orcas, seals, otters and sea lions; mink and marten on the shore, with eagles soaring overhead. We enter Icy Strait and cruise the shores of Chichagof Island renowned for its bear population.
Day 15 to 16 Glacier Bay National Park
We take time to trek and paddle to the hidden corners of spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, where tidewater glaciers sweep down and mountain goats, bears and moose roam. Near South Marble Island, we have excellent opportunities to see puffins and black oystercatchers.
Day 17 Disembark in Juneau and fly to Seattle where trip concludes
After breakfast we disembark the ship in Juneau and are transferred to the airport for our flight to Seattle. On arrival at Seattle airport our trip concludes.