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  • 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

We dropped 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, 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!

Day 1: Welcome to Gustavus, Alaska!

Arrive in 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.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Glacier Bay Lodge

Day 2: Explore Glacier Bay National Park

Pack your binoculars and warm clothes for today's high-speed catamaran cruise into the farthest reaches of Glacier Bay National Park. Wildlife abounds in this World Heritage Site, and 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 on one of the rainforest trails that wind their way around your National Park Lodge. Be on the lookout for berries and bears!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Glacier Bay Lodge

Day 3: Camp and kayak on Chichagof Island

Today we'll take a 10-mile water taxi across Icy Strait and paddle the marine-mammal rich shoreline of Chichagof Island. Look out for whales, sea lions, and sea otters frolicking on the banks, and hear bald eagles chittering as they soar overhead. We'll set up our private camp in a spruce hemlock old-growth forest that hasn't seen a glacier since the Wisconsin Ice Age—15,000 years ago! Kick back with a drink in hand and enjoy a hearty camp-cooked meal.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 4: Kayak among giants!

Today we'll wake up in the largest forest in the United States, the Tongass. Surrounded by sitka spruce and western hemlock we'll enjoy breakfast on the beach! Where else do you have a chance to observe bald eagles and humpback whales while you eat your breakfast? Next we'lll 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 1000lb 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!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 5: Take a scenic flight and hike in alpine Alaska

After one last morning on the Wilderness Island, we'll transfer back to Gustavus by 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. Juneau is not connected to a road system and is isolated from British Columbia by the massive Juneau Icefield, making it the only state capital that can only be reached by plane or boat! In the afternnoon we'll take a tram from the seaside to the alpine meadows above the trees. We'll hike amid wildflowers with amazing mountain views in all directions. You can climb a peak, play in the snow, or simply watch the whistling marmots.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Goldbelt Hotel

Day 6: Flightsee by helicopter and hike the Juneau Icefield

Crevasse, morraine, arrette, moulin. Today we'll enter the intriguing domain of glaciers. We'll 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!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Goldbelt Hotel

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.

  • Breakfast

Jun 25, 2016 - Jul 01, 2016

Jul 01 - 07, 2016

Aug 11 - 17, 2016

pricing

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

2016 Prices
$4,295 + local tax (4-10 members)
$450 internal airfare
$1,350 single supplement
 

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Camp

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

  • 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

We dropped 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, 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!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Gustavus, Alaska!

Arrive in 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.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Glacier Bay Lodge

Day 2: Explore Glacier Bay National Park

Pack your binoculars and warm clothes for today's high-speed catamaran cruise into the farthest reaches of Glacier Bay National Park. Wildlife abounds in this World Heritage Site, and 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 on one of the rainforest trails that wind their way around your National Park Lodge. Be on the lookout for berries and bears!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Glacier Bay Lodge

Day 3: Camp and kayak on Chichagof Island

Today we'll take a 10-mile water taxi across Icy Strait and paddle the marine-mammal rich shoreline of Chichagof Island. Look out for whales, sea lions, and sea otters frolicking on the banks, and hear bald eagles chittering as they soar overhead. We'll set up our private camp in a spruce hemlock old-growth forest that hasn't seen a glacier since the Wisconsin Ice Age—15,000 years ago! Kick back with a drink in hand and enjoy a hearty camp-cooked meal.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 4: Kayak among giants!

Today we'll wake up in the largest forest in the United States, the Tongass. Surrounded by sitka spruce and western hemlock we'll enjoy breakfast on the beach! Where else do you have a chance to observe bald eagles and humpback whales while you eat your breakfast? Next we'lll 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 1000lb 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!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 5: Take a scenic flight and hike in alpine Alaska

After one last morning on the Wilderness Island, we'll transfer back to Gustavus by 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. Juneau is not connected to a road system and is isolated from British Columbia by the massive Juneau Icefield, making it the only state capital that can only be reached by plane or boat! In the afternnoon we'll take a tram from the seaside to the alpine meadows above the trees. We'll hike amid wildflowers with amazing mountain views in all directions. You can climb a peak, play in the snow, or simply watch the whistling marmots.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Goldbelt Hotel

Day 6: Flightsee by helicopter and hike the Juneau Icefield

Crevasse, morraine, arrette, moulin. Today we'll enter the intriguing domain of glaciers. We'll 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!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Goldbelt Hotel

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.

  • Breakfast

Camp

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

Dates and Pricing

Jun 25, 2016 - Jul 01, 2016

Jul 01 - 07, 2016

Aug 11 - 17, 2016

pricing

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

2016 Prices
$4,295 + local tax (4-10 members)
$450 internal airfare
$1,350 single supplement
 

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