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Alaska Glaciers Whales and Wildlife Multi-Adventure

Raw Nature from Glacier Bay to Tongass National Forest

 

Journey to Southeast Alaska's largest protected habitats, home to some of the world's most spectacular wildlife and nature. Explore Glacier Bay National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its marine wildlife and stunning glaciers, and Tongass National Forest. At Point Adolphus, watch 50-ton humpback whales, and spot porpoises, sea lions, seals, and sea birds. Fly in a small plane to Wrangell to witness brown and black bears fishing for salmon together at Anan Bear Observatory, and hike on a massive glacier only accessible by helicopter.

  • Explore Southeast Alaska's largest protected wildlife habitats: Glacier Bay National Park and Tongass National Forest

  • Spot humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles, moose, and bears

  • Ride a catamaran, helicopter, tram, and bush planes through pristine wilderness

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Arrive:

Gustavus, Alaska

Depart:

Juneau, Alaska

Price: from $5,990

Duration:

7 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-8 Guests

Min Age:

12 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

There will be hikes of various length every day. Terrain includes the alpine zone above the tree line, beaches, and boardwalks or trails through the old growth forest. All hikes are optional.
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  • Arrive in Gustavus

    Day 1

    Arrive in Gustavus and take in its frontier spirit and small-town charm. In the evening, join a pre-trip meeting with an MT Sobek guide, and a welcome dinner to review the adventure's itinerary.

    Accommodation: Annie Mae Lodge

    The Annie Mae Lodge rests on the banks of the Good River, surrounded by lush rain forest and overlooking the Icy Straits of Alaska's Inside Passage. Started by Annie Mae's three granddaughters and now run by her great-granddaughter, the aim of this family lodge has always been to provide traditional country hospitality in a place of exceptional beauty. Its guest rooms offer a cozy, cottage atmosphere and are well-appointed with modern amenities. Overall, a perfect stop on your Glacier Bay adventure.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Discover Glacier Bay by Catamaran

    Day 2

    After an early breakfast, board a high-speed catamaran boat with a park ranger, who explains the geological wonders of the area. On this all-day tour, head to the farthest reaches of the dazzling Glacier Bay National Park, making stops for wildlife viewing along the way. Enjoy a hearty lunch aboard the catamaran, paired with magnificent Alaskan backdrops. Return to the lodge for a sumptuous dinner and an evening of relaxation.

    Accommodation: Annie Mae Lodge

    The Annie Mae Lodge rests on the banks of the Good River, surrounded by lush rain forest and overlooking the Icy Straits of Alaska's Inside Passage. Started by Annie Mae's three granddaughters and now run by her great-granddaughter, the aim of this family lodge has always been to provide traditional country hospitality in a place of exceptional beauty. Its guest rooms offer a cozy, cottage atmosphere and are well-appointed with modern amenities. Overall, a perfect stop on your Glacier Bay adventure.

    Transportation: 8-hour catamaran boat ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Venture to Point Adolphus by Boat

    Day 3

    Today, set out by boat to see the humpback whales at Point Adolphus, the best place in the North Pacific to observe this majestic endangered mammal. The protected north shore of Chichagof Island is a paradise for marine mammals and bald eagles, with special conditions in the ocean currents making it one of Alaska's hottest wildlife zones. Traveling by boat offers the flexibility to find where the wildlife is congregating and to observe them from the deck of a vessel. Once we return to the town of Gustavus, we will hop a charter flight to Wrangell, Alaska, a classic quaint town nestled in the mountains alongside the ocean.

    Accommodation: Stikine Inn-Wrangell, Alaska

    Located in Wrangell, one of Alaska's oldest towns rich in gold rush and Native American history, the Stikine Inn offers a cozy retreat in its newly remodeled rooms with expanded cable, in-room coffee makers, and spectacular views. The view from the rooms is panorama of unspoiled beauty, local culture, and natural landscapes. Between the mountains, the ocean, and the totems on the Post Office lawn, you can get a fair cross-section of local life from your windows.Popularly called "The Stik," the inn's onsite seasonal restaurant is famed for its burgers and fish & chips made with locally sourced halibut.

    Activity: 4-hour boat ride

    Transportation: 2-hour chartered flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Wrangell & Visit Anan Bear Observatory

    Day 4

    In addition to its rich Native American heritage, Wrangell has another drawcard - it's located close to Anan Bear Observatory, one of the world's best places to view bears, and the main reason to visit this remote Alaskan town. An enormous run of humpback salmon draws these omnivores from many miles away to feed at this spot. Enjoy the rare opportunity to take in both brown bears (a.k.a. grizzlies) and black bears in the same sweep of the eye. Head back to the inn to recharge before another action-packed day ahead.

    Accommodation: Stikine Inn-Wrangell, Alaska

    Located in Wrangell, one of Alaska's oldest towns rich in gold rush and Native American history, the Stikine Inn offers a cozy retreat in its newly remodeled rooms with expanded cable, in-room coffee makers, and spectacular views. The view from the rooms is panorama of unspoiled beauty, local culture, and natural landscapes. Between the mountains, the ocean, and the totems on the Post Office lawn, you can get a fair cross-section of local life from your windows.Popularly called "The Stik," the inn's onsite seasonal restaurant is famed for its burgers and fish & chips made with locally sourced halibut.

    Activity: 5 hours wildlife viewing

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Juneau & Trek the Tongass National Forest

    Day 5

    Today fly to Juneau, which boasts one of the most extensive network of hiking trails in all of Alaska. Hike the trails of the country's largest national forest, the Tongass. From charming downtown Juneau, hop aboard a tram operated by a Native American corporation and ride into the mountains. On the way up, experience the power and beauty of the temperate rainforest. Start the walk at the border of the trees and the alpine and soon enter fields of wildflowers, above the fjords, and close to the mountaintops.

    Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton-Juneau, Alaska

    Located in downtown Juneau, the seven-story Four Points by Sheraton couples excellent access to the city and Alaska's pristine wilderness. The hotel features 106 handsome recently updated rooms, all including Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and in-room coffeemakers. South-facing rooms offer prime vistas of Juneau's waterfront, while rooms facing north look onto the city and the mountains.

    Activity: 2 hours/2.5 miles hiking

    Transportation: 2.5-hour flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Mendenhall Glacier via Helicopter

    Day 6

    Today embark on a helicopter adventure to Mendenhall Glacier, for an unforgettable experience hiking through the ever-changing glacial icescape. On this trek, there is an early emphasis on learning the proper use of the mountaineering gear and understanding the glacier features and hazards, in order to access the more remote areas of the glacier during the trek. Enjoy a farewell dinner and spend one last night in Alaska's capital city.

    Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton-Juneau, Alaska

    Located in downtown Juneau, the seven-story Four Points by Sheraton couples excellent access to the city and Alaska's pristine wilderness. The hotel features 106 handsome recently updated rooms, all including Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and in-room coffeemakers. South-facing rooms offer prime vistas of Juneau's waterfront, while rooms facing north look onto the city and the mountains.

    Activity: 2 hours/2 miles glacier walking

    Transportation: 2-hour helicopter touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Bid Farewell to Alaska

    Day 7

    Today, depart from Juneau at any time.

    Meals: Breakfast

Alaska Glaciers Whales and Wildlife Multi-Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been pioneering adventure travel in Southeast Alaska since 1972.

Reason #02

Our expert Alaska guides emphasize teaching proper use of mountaineering gear, glacier features and hazards, for safe treks into remote wilderness areas.

Reason #03

This adventure is the most comprehensive of its kind - with many off-the-charts experiences in one itinerary, at a relaxed pace.

Meet your guides

Jeff Sloss

Jeff Sloss

Jeff has lived in Juneau since the late 1970s and has lead trips in beautiful Southeast Alaska since the early 1980s. He has a multitude of experience with bear viewing, sea kayaking, river and hiking trips, and deeply appreciates sharing the wilds of Alaska with MT Sobek travelers. In the offseason, Jeff enjoys teaching skiing, climbing mountains and traveling abroad. He is admittedly 'addicted to the outdoors', and his immense knowledge and experience in Alaska make him a premier leader, guide, and companion.

Maia Wolf

Maia Wolf

Maia was raised on an island in Washington's Puget Sound, and spent most of her childhood playing cello or hiking, paddling, exploring, and scrambling around the Pacific Northwest. She moved to Juneau four years ago after earning her degree in Environmental Studies at Hawaii Pacific University, and is excited to be spending her time experiencing the unique magic found in the temperate rainforest. Maia works with Discovery Southeast introducing children and families to the outdoors, providing the foundation for lifelong interests, skills, and exploration.

Liz Gifford

Liz Gifford

Liz Gifford is a wilderness guide and photography instructor in some of the most remote parts of the world. With her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and her Masters in Teaching, she is a natural and curious leader, always looking for an opportunity to teach and discuss what she sees in nature. Liz has lived in Southeast Alaska for 17 years and has been sea kayak guiding in her backyard of Glacier Bay for over 10 years.

Activities

Educational boat rides and treks through glacial icescapes and rainforests, spotting humpback whales, bears, and other mesmerizing wildlife along the way.

Lodging

Deluxe lodging at the only hotel within Glacier Bay, a stellar urban retreat in Alaska's capital, and a cozy hideaway at Wrangell.

Climate

Enjoy mild summers, with almost daily light rain, chilly winds near glaciers, and breezy ocean sides. Daytime 55-75°F. Evenings 40-55°F.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

An awesome MT Sobek guide will meet you at the airport in Gustavus and transfer you to the evening's accommodations within Glacier Bay National Park, only 8 miles down the road!

Is it easy to make arrangements for additional nights?

Super easy. We recommend extending your stay at the Lodge at Glacier Bay National Park or in Juneau at the Four Points Sheraton.

Am I guaranteed to see bears?

Yes! We guarantee you will see bears at the Anan Bear Observatory, where there are highly limited permits. You may even spot brown and black bears fishing the same hole for pink salmon!

Will it rain while I'm in Alaska?

The weather in Alaska is quite variable, so please expect that rain may fall every day. A good sturdy raincoat is recommended.

How intense is the helicopter ride and what does it entail?

You will be in a safe and stable helicopter flown by a crew of very experienced pilots. The helicopter ride will be a quick 15 minutes from the airport to the glacier landing, with touring on the way back.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 06 - 12, 2022
    $5,990 price per person dbl occ
    +$440 internal airfare+$1,750 single supplement+$90 alaska borough tax
    Available
  • Jul 20 - 26, 2022
    $5,990 price per person dbl occ
    +$440 internal airfare+$1,750 single supplement+$90 alaska borough tax
    Available
  • Aug 03 - 09, 2022
    $5,990 price per person dbl occ
    +$440 internal airfare+$1,750 single supplement+$90 alaska borough tax
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2021 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $6,995 per person double occupancy

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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