Kayak, hike, and explore Icy Strait and 3 exclusive cruising days in Glacier Bay National Park aboard the Wilderness Explorer
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and remote wilderness exploration highlight this adventure. Spend days cruising among massive icebergs; hiking into wildlife-rich forests; standing atop a glacier; kayaking, paddle boarding and riding a skiff along a dramatic fjord; learning about the Tlingit culture; and whale watching.
8 days small ship cruising with easy to moderate optional acitivites including hiking, sea kayaking, and paddle boarding
- Three exclusive days in Glacier Bay, the jewel of the US National Parks
- View stunning glaciers throughout Glacier Bay National Park & Biosphere Reserve
- South Marble Island sealion haul-out and spectacular birding
- Whale watching in Icy Strait and wildlife viewing in Peril Strait
- Treks ashore in Glacier Bay National Park and along Chichagof Island's waterfall coast.
- Captain's choice exploration of remote "not in the guidebook" places.
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Juneau, Alaska End Location: Sitka, AlaskaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Juneau, Alaska — Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.
Day 2 : Glacier Bay National Park
One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days. At Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, you’ll pick up the National Park Ranger who will be with you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. In the bay there are sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops.
Linger near South Marble Island and spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home, keeping your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and black oystercatchers. Visit thePark Service’s Headquarters at Bartlett Cove.
Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay. Conditions permitting, you'll have an opportunity to kayak or tour via skiff.
Days 3 - 4 : Glacier Bay National Park
Enjoy two more full days of guided exploration in the park.
Day 5 : Icy Strait
Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leaders/Naturalists out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these remote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.
Day 6 : Chichagof Island
Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the spirit of expedition un-cruising, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Enjoy another delectable dinner onboard and relax in the hot tub before calling it a day.
Day 7 : Peril Strait
Running 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound, this haven for small boats is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to explore the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to watch for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep.) After an adventurous, but “non-perilous” day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.
Day 8 : Sitka — Disembark
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. A transfer will be provided to the airport or your hotel.
Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
DATES: Best time to go: June - August Departures: Jul 26, 2014 - Aug 2, 2014 Juneau-Sitka Aug 2 - 9, 2014 Sitka-Juneau Aug 9 - 16, 2014 Juneau-Sitka Aug 16 - 23, 2014 Sitka-Juneau Aug 23 - 30, 2014 Juneau-Sitka Aug 30, 2014 - Sep 6, 2014 Sitka-Juneau
TRAILBLAZER CABIN: $4195
Port taxes and fees: $175 per person
Wilderness ExplorerInside Passage, Alaska
The newly renovated Wilderness Explorer is186 feet in length and carries up to 76 guests. With three accessible decks and an interior designed to complement the outside, this expedition vessel is fully equipped for comfort and action. All cabins are above deck and outside-facing with view windows. A Douglas fir bar top and communal dining table highlight the lounge and dining room. The EZ Dock launch platform makes getting on the water a cinch. Expedition equipment includes kayaks, standup paddleboards, high-speed skiffs. Onboard amenities include fitness equipment, hot tub, sauna, spa services, and yoga classes.
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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