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A comprehensive wildlife journey through Alaska’s Southeast by the experts.

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!

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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
  • Take a thrilling helicopter ride, land on a glacier, strap on your crampons and hike on its icy surface

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

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  • Day 1 : Bush plane to Gustavus, Alaska

    Arrive in the sleepy bush town of Gustavus, Alaska, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll meet your guide and fellow travelers at the beloved Annie Mae Lodge for our orientation and welcome dinner.

  • Day 2 : Glacier Bay National Park

    Today, we’ll enjoy a full day high-speed catamaran cruise into the farthest reaches of Glacier Bay National Park, the densest convergence of tidewater glaciers in the world! Our personal park ranger will explain the complex geology of this fantastic landscape!

  • Day 3 : Hoonah: home of the native Tlingit people

    An entire day in Hoonah awaits! Hoonah is the home of the native Tlingit people. Here, we’ll learn about the traditional Tlingit lived off the land and see some of their traditional carvings. Tonight, we’ll boat to our private camp on Chichagof island.

  • Day 4 : Kayaking among Giants!!

    Today, we’ll board sea kayaks and get up close to some of the incredible marine life that lives off the shores of Chichagof Island. Be prepared to see humpback whales, sea lions, otters, seals, and beautiful birds! Tonight, we’ll camp again in style!

  • Day 5 : Fly over Glaciers and Tram to Mt. Roberts

    We’ll kayak along the shore this morning to meet our charter boat back to Gustavus for lunch. Later, we’ll fly over scenic Glacier Bay and the St. Elias World Heritage Site--the largest in the world! We’ll arrive in Juneau in time for a tram ride and alpine hike!

  • Day 6 : Helicopter ride and Glacier Hiking

    This morning, we’ll spend some time learning the proper use of mountaineering gear before boarding helicopters that land us right on a glacier! We’ll hike for two miles while getting to know the environment. Have your camera handy! Farewell dinner back in Juneau.

  • 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.

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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
 

  • Baranof Hotel
    Juneau, Alaska

    The historic Westmark Baranof Hotel stands out amongst all Juneau hotels. The Westmark Baranof is centrally located in downtown Juneau within walking distance of the waterfront, cruise ship docks, shopping, state capitol and government offices. While you may be far from home, never miss a beat with our complimentary wireless internet access offered throughout the hotel.

    Guests of the Westmark Baranof are welcomed by elegant, art-deco public areas featuring the original artwork of acclaimed Alaska artists Eustace Ziegler and Sydney Laurence. Relax in our elegant lobby area, a perfect place to meet guests or catch up on reading.

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.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom
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
experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step
of the way.

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