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Alaska Wildlife Explorer

Trip Length 7 days

From $4,295

  • Explore Southeast’s Alaska’s largest protected wildlife habitats, Glacier Bay National Park and the Tongass National Forest, with the adventure pioneers in
  • Watch for humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, seals, and a variety of sea birds at Point Adolphus and have your camera poised and ready for bald eagles, bears, and moose in the Tongass!
  • Visit the remote Anan Bear Observatory and witness the rare spectacle of brown and black bears coming together at the river to fish for salmon
  • Ride a catamaran, a tram, and bush planes through pristine wilderness

Southeast Alaska’s largest protected habitats offer some of the most exciting nature and wildlife viewing opportunities in the world: Glacier Bay National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for abundant marine wildlife, stunning tidewater glaciers, and especially its humpback whales; and the Tongass National Forest, home to the largest population of bears in “Southeast” and the largest forest in the entire United States at 17 million acres! We have been pioneering adventure travel in Southeast since 1972, and this adventure is the best and most comprehensive of its kind—all at a relaxed pace! Watch 50-ton humpback whales at Point Adolphus along with porpoises, sea lions, seals, and a variety of sea birds. Put size into perspective riding a catamaran among icebergs and massive glaciers. Hike along meadows carpeted with wildflowers above the fjords of Juneau. Fly in a small plane to Wrangell Island for the rare spectacle of black and brown bears fishing for salmon together at Anan Bear Observatory. With so many off-the-charts experiences in one itinerary, why not bring the whole family?

Follow the Leader Trip with John Baston — July 16–22, 2016

"I"ve worked as a guide and park ranger in Alaska for 22 years and continue to be drawn to our wildest and most 'untouched' state. I particularly love Alaska's  southern fjords—home to mighty spruce trees, salmon-filled rivers, and majestic mountains that rise from the ocean— and I come back to explore its sparsely populated maze of islands, the incredible Tongass National Forest (America's largest), and spectacular Glacier Bay National Park time and again! On this trip we'll fly on small planes over glaciers and fjords to connect with several wildlife hotspots, where we'll see bears, whales, wolves, and much more. At night, we'll dine on fresh fish such as halibut, salmon and crab and enjoy a fantastic exploration together. You'll soon see why one trip to Alaska never seems to be enough."

Day 1: Juneau

Arrive in Juneau, Alaska's state capital, where we'll be staying in a hotel downtown. Juneau exudes frontier spirt with plenty of small town Explore this historic Alaskan city on your own before a pre-trip meeting with your guide and dinner this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Goldbelt Hotel

Day 2: Juneau – Tongass National Forest – Glacier Bay

Juneau boasts one of the most extensive network of hiking trails in all of Alaska.  Today we hike the trails of our country's largest national forest, the Tongass.  We will experience the power and the beauty of the northwest temperate rain forest.  After a day of exploring the Tongass, we will transfer on small charter planes to the bush town of Gustavus, Alaska.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Gustavus Inn

Day 3: Glacier Bay

After an early breakfast, we board a high-speed catamaran boat with a park ranger, who will educate us about the geological wonders of the area. This all-day tour takes us to the farthest reaches of this spectacular park making stops for wildlife viewing along the way. Lunch is served aboard the catamaran. We’ll return to our lodge for another relaxing evening and a great dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Gustavus Inn

Day 4: Point Adolphus

Today, we'll go to see the humpback whales at Point Adolphus by boat. Point Adolphus is the best place in all the North Pacific to have a chance to observe the endangered humpback whale. Every summer these giant creatures swim from Hawaii all the way across the ocean to feed on the rich marine resouces at this specific spot.  The protected north shore of Chichagof Island is a pardise for marine mammals and bald eagles.  Special conditions in the ocean currents make this one of Alaska's hottest wildlife zones.  Traveling by boat this day gives us the flexibilty to find where the wildlife is congregating and to observe them from the deck of a vessel. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Stickine Inn

Day 5: Wrangell

Aside from the rich Native American heritage, Wrangell is also close to Anan Bear Observatory. This is the primary reason we visit  this out-of-the-way small Alaskan town. Anan Bear Observatory is one of the best places anywhere to watch bears. A very large run of Humback salmon draws bears from many miles away to feed at this spot.  It is very unusual to take in both Brown Bears (a.k.a. Grizzlies) and Black Bears in the same sweep of the eye.  This is one of a few place this is possible.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Stickine Inn

Day 6: Alpine in the Tongass National Forest

Fly to Juneau and hike into the alpine meadows above tree line. Life Zones are compressed in Alaska.  There are no more trees above 2500'.  From the charming downtown Juneau we hop aboard a tram that is operated by a Native American corporation and ride into the mountains.  We start our walk at the border of the trees and the alpine and soon we are in fields of wildflowers, above the fjords, and close to the tops of the mountains.  You may even get to play in some snow.   Aside from being the best place to look for different species of wildflowers this habitat is also home to many bird species and the elusive Hoary Marmot.  Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner and spend one last night in Alaska's Capital city.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Goldbelt Hotel

Day 7: Depart from Juneau

Today you are free to depart from Juneau at any time.

  • Breakfast

Jul 16 - 22, 2016 Follow long-time National Park ranger and MTS adventure pro John Baston on this special departure!

Jul 21 - 27, 2017

Jul 28, 2017 - Aug 03, 2017

Aug 04 - 10, 2017

pricing

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

2017 Prices
$4,395 + local tax (4-10 members)
$495 internal airfare
$1,350 single supplement

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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 prime views of Juneau's waterfront—which can be seen from each of the 104 handsome guest rooms. Complimentary shuttle service is available to/from the Juneau Airport, there is a gym on-site, and the hotel will soon be opening a bar and grill.

Gustavus Inn — Gustavus, Alaska

Gustavus Inn is a historic country inn located in in the spectacularly beautiful Glacier Bay National Park, where the Lesh family has been welcoming visitors to share their home, hearth and table for three generations. Comfortable new guest rooms have a queen and a twin bed with private batrooms. The two original homestead rooms boast ocean views, and share a hall bath. Guests gather around the dining table to share family-style meals of fruits and vegetables from the lovingly maintained garden, as well as Dungeness crab and salmon fresh from the Icy Strait.

Stickine Inn — Wrangell, AK

A community rich in gold rush and Native American history, Wrangell is is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. Located near the mouth of the Stikine River,  this area provides hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing enthusiasts with numerous opportunities to get up close and personal with nature. The Stikine Inn features  newly remodeled rooms with comfortable mattresses, expanded cable and HBO, in-room coffee makers, and some of the best views of any lodging on Wrangell Island. The onsite seasonal restaurant, which is referred to by the locals as “The Stik,” serves burgers that are famous throughout SE Alaska, hand-cut steaks and slow cooked prime rib, and delicious fish and chips made with halibut sourced from local fisherman.

  • Explore Southeast’s Alaska’s largest protected wildlife habitats, Glacier Bay National Park and the Tongass National Forest, with the adventure pioneers in
  • Watch for humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, seals, and a variety of sea birds at Point Adolphus and have your camera poised and ready for bald eagles, bears, and moose in the Tongass!
  • Visit the remote Anan Bear Observatory and witness the rare spectacle of brown and black bears coming together at the river to fish for salmon
  • Ride a catamaran, a tram, and bush planes through pristine wilderness

Southeast Alaska’s largest protected habitats offer some of the most exciting nature and wildlife viewing opportunities in the world: Glacier Bay National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for abundant marine wildlife, stunning tidewater glaciers, and especially its humpback whales; and the Tongass National Forest, home to the largest population of bears in “Southeast” and the largest forest in the entire United States at 17 million acres! We have been pioneering adventure travel in Southeast since 1972, and this adventure is the best and most comprehensive of its kind—all at a relaxed pace! Watch 50-ton humpback whales at Point Adolphus along with porpoises, sea lions, seals, and a variety of sea birds. Put size into perspective riding a catamaran among icebergs and massive glaciers. Hike along meadows carpeted with wildflowers above the fjords of Juneau. Fly in a small plane to Wrangell Island for the rare spectacle of black and brown bears fishing for salmon together at Anan Bear Observatory. With so many off-the-charts experiences in one itinerary, why not bring the whole family?

Follow the Leader Trip with John Baston — July 16–22, 2016

"I"ve worked as a guide and park ranger in Alaska for 22 years and continue to be drawn to our wildest and most 'untouched' state. I particularly love Alaska's  southern fjords—home to mighty spruce trees, salmon-filled rivers, and majestic mountains that rise from the ocean— and I come back to explore its sparsely populated maze of islands, the incredible Tongass National Forest (America's largest), and spectacular Glacier Bay National Park time and again! On this trip we'll fly on small planes over glaciers and fjords to connect with several wildlife hotspots, where we'll see bears, whales, wolves, and much more. At night, we'll dine on fresh fish such as halibut, salmon and crab and enjoy a fantastic exploration together. You'll soon see why one trip to Alaska never seems to be enough."

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Juneau

Arrive in Juneau, Alaska's state capital, where we'll be staying in a hotel downtown. Juneau exudes frontier spirt with plenty of small town Explore this historic Alaskan city on your own before a pre-trip meeting with your guide and dinner this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Goldbelt Hotel

Day 2: Juneau – Tongass National Forest – Glacier Bay

Juneau boasts one of the most extensive network of hiking trails in all of Alaska.  Today we hike the trails of our country's largest national forest, the Tongass.  We will experience the power and the beauty of the northwest temperate rain forest.  After a day of exploring the Tongass, we will transfer on small charter planes to the bush town of Gustavus, Alaska.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Gustavus Inn

Day 3: Glacier Bay

After an early breakfast, we board a high-speed catamaran boat with a park ranger, who will educate us about the geological wonders of the area. This all-day tour takes us to the farthest reaches of this spectacular park making stops for wildlife viewing along the way. Lunch is served aboard the catamaran. We’ll return to our lodge for another relaxing evening and a great dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Gustavus Inn

Day 4: Point Adolphus

Today, we'll go to see the humpback whales at Point Adolphus by boat. Point Adolphus is the best place in all the North Pacific to have a chance to observe the endangered humpback whale. Every summer these giant creatures swim from Hawaii all the way across the ocean to feed on the rich marine resouces at this specific spot.  The protected north shore of Chichagof Island is a pardise for marine mammals and bald eagles.  Special conditions in the ocean currents make this one of Alaska's hottest wildlife zones.  Traveling by boat this day gives us the flexibilty to find where the wildlife is congregating and to observe them from the deck of a vessel. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Stickine Inn

Day 5: Wrangell

Aside from the rich Native American heritage, Wrangell is also close to Anan Bear Observatory. This is the primary reason we visit  this out-of-the-way small Alaskan town. Anan Bear Observatory is one of the best places anywhere to watch bears. A very large run of Humback salmon draws bears from many miles away to feed at this spot.  It is very unusual to take in both Brown Bears (a.k.a. Grizzlies) and Black Bears in the same sweep of the eye.  This is one of a few place this is possible.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Stickine Inn

Day 6: Alpine in the Tongass National Forest

Fly to Juneau and hike into the alpine meadows above tree line. Life Zones are compressed in Alaska.  There are no more trees above 2500'.  From the charming downtown Juneau we hop aboard a tram that is operated by a Native American corporation and ride into the mountains.  We start our walk at the border of the trees and the alpine and soon we are in fields of wildflowers, above the fjords, and close to the tops of the mountains.  You may even get to play in some snow.   Aside from being the best place to look for different species of wildflowers this habitat is also home to many bird species and the elusive Hoary Marmot.  Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner and spend one last night in Alaska's Capital city.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Goldbelt Hotel

Day 7: Depart from Juneau

Today you are free to depart from Juneau at any time.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

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 prime views of Juneau's waterfront—which can be seen from each of the 104 handsome guest rooms. Complimentary shuttle service is available to/from the Juneau Airport, there is a gym on-site, and the hotel will soon be opening a bar and grill.

Gustavus Inn — Gustavus, Alaska

Gustavus Inn is a historic country inn located in in the spectacularly beautiful Glacier Bay National Park, where the Lesh family has been welcoming visitors to share their home, hearth and table for three generations. Comfortable new guest rooms have a queen and a twin bed with private batrooms. The two original homestead rooms boast ocean views, and share a hall bath. Guests gather around the dining table to share family-style meals of fruits and vegetables from the lovingly maintained garden, as well as Dungeness crab and salmon fresh from the Icy Strait.

Stickine Inn — Wrangell, AK

A community rich in gold rush and Native American history, Wrangell is is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. Located near the mouth of the Stikine River,  this area provides hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing enthusiasts with numerous opportunities to get up close and personal with nature. The Stikine Inn features  newly remodeled rooms with comfortable mattresses, expanded cable and HBO, in-room coffee makers, and some of the best views of any lodging on Wrangell Island. The onsite seasonal restaurant, which is referred to by the locals as “The Stik,” serves burgers that are famous throughout SE Alaska, hand-cut steaks and slow cooked prime rib, and delicious fish and chips made with halibut sourced from local fisherman.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 16 - 22, 2016 Follow long-time National Park ranger and MTS adventure pro John Baston on this special departure!

Jul 21 - 27, 2017

Jul 28, 2017 - Aug 03, 2017

Aug 04 - 10, 2017

pricing

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

2017 Prices
$4,395 + local tax (4-10 members)
$495 internal airfare
$1,350 single supplement

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