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Alaska, Fjords & Glaciers

This eight day Alaska adventure cruise to the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage navigates the inner reaches of the Eastern Coves by small ship. Venture to rarely seen areas and experience pristine beauty at every turn. Explore by kayak, skiff or on foot to find out why Alaska's Inside Passage is an unforgettable frontier. This isn't small ship or big ship cruising, this is an adventure cruise that's fully-focused on the luxury of experience; quality over quantity, wildlife over nightlife, and once in a lifetime encounters over momentary entertainment.

North America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: IAG/208623
  • Starts: Ketchikan, United States
  • Finishes: Juneau, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Ketchikan
  • Behm Canal
  • Wrangell
  • Wrangell Narrows
  • Thomas Bay
  • Stephens Passage
  • Endicott Arm
  • Fords Terror
  • Juneau

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ketchikan

Welcome to Ketchikan and the start of your Alaskan adventure. You have time to explore the city ahead of your check in to the hospitality area.  After boarding the ship, make yourself at home with a glass of bubbly as you set sail for Misty Fjords National Monument.

Meals Included: Dinner included

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Day 2: Misty Fjords National Monument

After gazing upon Misty Fjords National Monument, you’ll appreciate why it has earned the nickname of ‘The Yosemite of the North’. There are places on planet earth that leave you feeling so awestruck by the beauty of nature and this is one of them. You will feel the strains of everyday life slip away when you’re surrounded by such peace and tranquillity. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, towering 3,000 foot cliffs and a vast array of wildlife can be found including brown and black bears, bird life, mountain goats and Sitka black-tailed deer. Take to the water by kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay, or simply float along and take it the beauty around you. You may want to skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. What an amazing day to kick off your Alaska tour.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 3: Behm Canal

In Behm Canal, you’ll find a series of remote waterways in the isolated Tongass National Forest and no shortage of wildlife. Black bears, mink and eagles compete for your attention, but let’s not forget about Orca Whales, seals and sea otters so keep your camera handy. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition leader will guide you on a low-elevation hike for awesome views which Alaska is so well known for delivering. You enjoy a guided paddle along the canal and there may be time for another short intertidal shore walk.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 4: Wrangell

Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and one which is governed by four nations. It is here that native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries and where the Tlingit and Haida cultures have deep roots. To introduce you to their culture, we have invited some of the islanders on board to bring the legends of their people and stories to life. Following this, you’ll venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and the chance to visit the Chief Shakes Tribal House.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 5: Wrangell Narrows - Thomas Bay

Sail into the Wrangell Narrows and on towards the fishing towns of Petersburg and Thomas Bay You’ll notice the abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guiding the way – this is better known as ‘Christmas Tree Lane’. Thomas Bay is located in the backcountry of Alaska's wilderness and after coming this far, it would be a shame not to go just that bit further. Glacial landscapes dotted with deep moraines, swampy muskegs and mud are also a commonality in this area which makes it the ideal spot to kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image reflection of the fjord walls dances on the surface and makes for beautiful photos. Why not enjoy a walk through the outwash of Baird Glacier, or hike through the grassy meadow into the forest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 6: Stephens Passage

For those of you who keen to try out your flexibility, there is a yoga session on the deck to begin the day. The good news is that Humpback and Orca Whales frequent this part of the Inside Passage and it is common to spot them. Keep your eyes peeled for the odd misty spout protruding from the water. Today, you might like to head off in a kayak spotting sea stars and shore birds, or take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Why not hike into the Tongass to enjoy views of this wild landscape of waterfalls and rich shades or nature-green.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 7: Endicott Arm - Fords Terror

The scenery which awaits you this morning is nothing short of stunning, as Mother Nature puts on a real show for you. Fjord cliffs reach skyward and huge chunks of ice float through deep u-shaped valleys. You’ll likely spot Harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high and it’s here you can hear the creeks and groans as huge chucks clave off and plunge into the water below. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner and tide permitting, your skiff driver will guide you through its waters. Today offers a multitude of different views including towering mountains (keep an eye out for mountain goats), temperamental currents and many waterfalls. Tonight, your captain joins you for a farewell dinner to celebrate your adventure through the Alaska wilderness.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 8: Juneau

Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Transfer directly to Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Inclusions:
  • Services of qualified expedition guides/naturalists
  • All transport by small discovery cruise ship
  • 'Navigator' cabins with queen or twin beds, private bath w/shower and view window. Single supplements and upgraded cabins are available at additional costs. Contact us for further details
  • Accommodation: Unique, Budget Lodging: 7
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Tour Highlights:
  • Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm
  • Whale watching in Stephens Passage
  • Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Tlingit cultural presentation
  • Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit
  • Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike
  • Search for wildlife - bears, Sitka Deer, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoise, Mountain Goats
  • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal