• Alaska by Water, Land, and Air---NEW!

    Come to your senses on this comprehensive journey on the Alaskan coastline. This is where the Wild Things Are!

    Want to do it all in one week?  Hike on a glacier. Kayak with whales and sea lions. Visit immense Glacier Bay National Park.  We stay in lodges, experience two nights of easy camping on a wilderness Island, sample the fruits of the sea, and hike in fields of flowers in the mountains.  Our small plane charters, helicopters, and boats give you access to some of the far reaching corners of our largest state.

    best times to go: June - August

    departures: 4 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $4,095 see detailed pricing

    Alaska

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Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Come to your senses on this comprehensive journey on the Alaskan coastline. This is where the Wild Things Are!

We set our anchor in Southeast Alaska in 1972, and we haven’t left since. Set amidst glaciers, mountains, and fjords, it offers the finest wildlife viewing in North America, bar none. This trip, our newest itinerary in Southeast, features the Glacier Bay National Park, where you’ll learn about its complex geology, meet its traditional native people, and observe its incredible marine wildlife, including its resident humpback whales. Best of all, you’ll enjoy the diverse ways of seeing it:  you’ll ride aboard a high-speed catamaran, kayak the shores of Chichagof Island, enjoy a scenic plane ride above the park, ride a tram to the top of a mountain, and then take a thrilling helicopter ride to hike on top of a glacier! Talk about a getaway!

Activities

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take in the best sites of Southeast Alaska by catamaran, kayak, boat, tram, helicopter, foot, and plane!
  • Enjoy a two-night camping excursion to Chichagof Island to see incredible marine wildlife including Humpback Whales
  • Take a thrilling helicopter ride, land on a glacier, strap on your crampons, and learn the basics of glacier travel
  • Stay two nights in Glacier Bay National Park and spend a whole day visiting this crown jewel by high speed catamaran
  • Visit Icy Strait Point where the ancient traditions of the Tlingit people mix with modern civilization

Duration: 7 days Start Location: Junuea, Alaska End Location: Juneau, Alaska

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    Day 1 : Bush plane to Gustavus, Alaska

    Arrive in Juneau and meet other travellers in the small plane section of the Juneau Airport. You will transfer by a half an hour plane ride flying over the mountains and fjords to the to the bush town of Gustavus, Alaska gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll meet your guide and fellow travelers at the beloved Glacier BayLodge for our orientation and welcome dinner. Here you will find yourself at the edge of the largest protected Wilderness in the World, the St. Elias World Heritage Site.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
    LODGING: Glacier Bay Lodge - Glacier Bay National Park
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    Day 2 : Glacier Bay National Park

    Pack up your binoculars and warm clothes. Today, we’ll enjoy a full day high-speed catamaran cruise into the farthest reaches of Glacier Bay National Park. Wildlife abounds in this World Heritage Site! From the ship you can see both marine and land animals. Our park ranger will explain the complex geology, recent glacial history, and show you how to search for animals in this vast Wilderness. In the afternoon you can take a quiet walk one of the rainforest trails that leaves from your National Park Lodge. Be on the lookout for berries and bears!


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Glacier Bay Lodge - Glacier Bay National Park
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    Day 3 : Hoonah: home of the native Tlingit people

    An entire day in Hoonah awaits! Hoonah is the home of the original inhabitants of Glacier Bay. You will see how this ancient tribe has adapted to the modern world. We will have an opportunity to see them do their traditional dances and visit a restored salmon cannery that was very active in the hey day of commercial fishing in Alaska. For the daring you can descend 1300' out of the mountains on the world's longest zip line. After an interesting day of activities we’ll boat to our private camp on Chichagof island, where we will spend the next two nights sleeping in the soft forest.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Camp
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    Day 4 : Kayaking among Giants!!

    Today we wake up in the largest forest in the United States, the Tongass. Surrounded by Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock we will serve breakfast on the beach! Where else do you have a chance to observe Bald Eagles and Humpback Whales while you eat your breakfast? We will hop into sea kayaks and get up close to some of the incredible marine life that lives off the shores of Chichagof Island. Ever been followed by a 1000 lb. Steller' Sea Lion? Do you know the intriguidng tale of the Marbled Murrelet? Ever heard a whale breathe? This is the kind of day we will have. Tonight, we’ll camp again in style!


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Camp
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    Day 5 : Scenic Flight and Hiking in the Alaska Alpine

    After one last morning on the Wilderness Island we transfer back to Gustavus in a boat and board a small plane bound for Juneau. Our scenic flight takes us over the deep fjords and snow capped peaks to Alaska's capital city. Juneau is the only capital that can only be reached by plane or boat. It is completley unconnected by our road system and isolated from British Columbia by the massive Juneau Icefield. In the afternnoon we take a tram from the seaside to the alpine above the trees. We hike surrounded by wildflowers and have huge views in all directions of the mountains. If you want you can climp a peak, play in some snow, and watch the whistling marmots.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Goldbelt Hotel - Juneau, AK
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    Day 6 : Helicopter Flightsee and Hiking on the Juneau Icefield

    Crevasse, Morraine, Arrette, Moulin. Today we enter the intriguing domain of Glaciers. We start with an overview of the Juneau Icefiled, lifted like a feather by helicopter and whisked up into the inaccessible world of ice and mountains that few can negotiate. Our helicopter pilot lands us in a place it would take days to get to and we learn with our guide some of the basics of glacier travel. Being on the surface of a living glacier is like being in another world. Bring your camera and leave with some of the most unique pictures you will ever have. Later we gather in historic downtown Juneau at a local's favorite restaurant for a farewell dinner and remember our weeks adventures on the land, on the water, and in the sky of Alaska!


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Goldbelt Hotel - Juneau, AK
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    Day 7 : Fly home!

    Today, you are free to depart from Juneau at any time. If you’re not in a rush, we recommend exploring the town for an extra day or stopping in Sitka for a few nights on your way home.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
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DATES: Best time to go: June - August Departures: Jun 18 - 24, 2015 Jul 5 - 11, 2015 Jul 25 - 31, 2015 Aug 15 - 21, 2015

PRICING:

2015 Prices
$4,095 + local tax (4-10 members)
$350 internal airfare
$1,350 single supplement
 

  • Glacier Bay Lodge
    Glacier Bay National Park

    Nestled under the spruce trees that line Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay Lodge offers the only hotel accommodations within Glacier Bay National Park. The Lodge offers magnificent sunset views of the Fairweather Mountain range. Here you'll enjoy cozy hotel room accommodations among the Sitka Spruce trees and relax in the warmth of the lobby's massive stone fireplace. All rooms have en suite bathrooms. 

  • Goldbelt Hotel
    Juneau, AK

    The Goldbelt Hotel in downtown Juneau may offer excellent access to all that’s civilized in Alaska’s capital city, but you’re never far removed from what may trump civilization: the amazing natural backdrop.

    At seven stories high, the Goldbelt has a prime spot on Juneau’s waterfront.

    A free shuttle service is available from the Juneau Airport

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

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leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure
everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and
take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your
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