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Alaska, Inside Passage & San Juans

This 15 day Inside Passage and San Juan cruise takes you on one incredible voyage through the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Learn the history of the Gold Rush, watch whales and wildlife, and discover the remote wilderness of one of the last frontiers. The small ship is outfitted with kayaks, paddle boards and skiffs for your use. On land, we offer hiking and biking excursions. At the end of each day relax your muscles in the hot tub, share a drink with your fellow travellers and marvel at the blanket of stars above you. This cruise is perfect for anyone looking for the ultimate blend of adventure and relaxation.

North America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: IPA/208637
  • Starts: Juneau, United States
  • Finishes: Seattle, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Juneau
  • Haines
  • Icy Strait
  • Chatham Strait
  • Chichagof Island
  • Petersburg
  • Frederick Sound
  • Ernest Sound
  • Behm Canal
  • Ketchikan
  • Inside Passage
  • Salish Sea
  • San Juan Islands
  • Olympic National Park
  • Seattle

Itinerary

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Day 1: Juneau

Welcome to Juneau in Alaska. Check-in at the hospitality centre and later, board your ship and settle in. Your captain and crew greet you warmly and help you settle in. Set sail from the harbour toward Lynn Canal.

Meals Included: Dinner included

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Day 2: Haines

Haines is adventure-central - hiking, biking, and rafting are just some of the adrenaline activities on offer today. The trails are the cream of the crop, but all options lead to views of rivers, inlets, and snow- capped mountains. Haines has been occupied for thousands of years - the Chilkat Tlingit lived and traded here before European explorers arrived in the late 1880s. Of course, there’s also the Gold Rush history, and free time to explore on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 3: Icy Strait

With the orange and purple starfish and jellyfish, you might find it hard to believe you’re not in a tropic jungle mangrove. Follow the currents out where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations – all while staying alert for the tell-tale blow of humpbacks. Dall’s Porpoise feast in the rich water, and bears lumber about for an afternoon feed. Try getting a little closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub – or both!

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 4: Glacier Bay National Park

There’s a cool factor in Glacier Bay National Park, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million acre park was once covered by ice as recently as 1795, and since, the receding glacier activity has made the inner reaches more accessible. Pick up a park ranger at Bartlett Cove early on to learn about glacial history, retreats, advances and moraines. Glacier Bay is a bird lover’s paradise, so come equipped to take photos of the Pigeon Guillemots, puffins, and cormorant colonies that nest at South Marble Island. It’s a full day in the bay exploring Muir’s legacy, all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to Mother Nature’s handiwork.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 5: Chatham Strait - Chichagof Island

Head south into the glacially-carved Chatham Strait. Today on the agenda is kayaking, skiffing, beachcombing and bears! Chichagof Island has one of the highest brown bear populations in the world.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 6: Petersburg - Frederick Sound

Sailing into Petersburg, the views of Devil’s Thumb and snow-capped peaks should be all the motivation and inspiration you need to put one foot in front of the other. Why not hike your way up Petersburg Mountain or opt for one of the more leisurely hikes along Petersburg Creek or through the town itself. There will be time to dose up on Tlingit and Norwegian history at the museum before enjoying lunch back on board. The Frederick Sound is favoured as the summer home for Humpback whales and the perfect place for a spot of kayaking or paddleboarding.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 7: Ernest Sound

Between Cleveland Peninsula and Etolin Island sits Ernest Sound—first charted in 1793. You’ll drop anchor in an area of its least-explored reaches, where your expedition team has an exciting day of activities planned. Hike into deep forests and paddle around tiny islets that dot the edges of Deer Island, or scoot further away with the speed of a skiff to serene pockets carved into the rugged coastline. This evening, relax on deck to the call of the wild.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 8: Misty Fjords National Monument - Behm Canal

Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest, where you’ll find wetlands, estuaries, dense forests and sweeping granite cliffs. Behm Canal separates the western edge of the monument from the mainland and is a haven for wildlife - Grizzly and Black Bears, salmon, whales, Mountain Goats and deer. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river. On shore, your guide points out intertidal curios along the beach under the gaze of watchful eagles.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 9: Ketchikan

Today is a town day in Alaska’s southernmost city, the ‘salmon capital of the world.’ Ketchikan's other claim to fame? The world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Connect with the Tlingit Culture as tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With rich tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation- and Joe’s storytelling is just captivating!

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 10: Inside Passage

Leave Alaska behind and cross into British Columbia in Canada. Pass Dixon Entrance and postcard-perfect Dundas Island Lighthouse before setting your sights on a waterfall and an abandoned cannery in Butedale. Once a flourishing fishing hub, it has now been left for nature to claim back and become a ghost town. The Great Bear Rainforest, known for the white ‘spirit’ bear, stretches all around you and Princess Royal Island marks the southern border of the bears territory. The red roofs of Boat Bluff Lighthouse greet you as you pass out of Tolmie Channel. Over the next few days, on board guides are on hand to provide as much information about the areas you are travelling through.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 11: Inside Passage

A lovely thing to do on a day like this is to rise early and enjoy a cup of coffee on the bow as the world wakes up around you. This is the perfect time to enjoy the scenery with peace and quiet, plus it’s a great time to spot Bald eagles. Fitz Hugh Sound was first explored by Europeans in the 1720s and today it is a popular spot for sailing boats. Your skilled captain will navigate you through the twisting passage, all the while keeping watch for Harbor seals that while away the day in rocky islets.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 12: Inside Passage - Salish Sea

Today is full of high-rising mountains and deep fjords. It’s the perfect time for cruising through intricate waterways and keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. In Johnstone Strait, you may spot a pod of orcas or dolphins and if you miss it, your captain is on hand to make an announcement over the loud speaker. Soon, the Seymour Narrows opens to the Strait of Georgia, islands of green, the Coast Range and small communities that dot the beaches and fjords.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 13: San Juan Islands

Each island in the San Juan archipelago has a unique character. Orcas and Harbor Seals haven’t picked favourites though, and if you’re lucky there’s a chance of spotting those in any of the passages. Get out onto the water with a spot of kayaking or paddle boarding along a tucked away cove as curious Harbour Seals look on. For a closer look, take a skiff ride to further inlets, then spend some time hiking for views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Look low, keeping a close watch around the pools for creatures left behind by the receding tide.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 14: Olympic National Park

Wake up in Hood Canal, one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound. About 65 miles long, this fjord separates the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Your expedition team has big plans for the day. With daypacks on your back and boots on your feet, hit the trail for a hike into the Olympic Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Giant old-growth trees, ferns, wild rhododendron—the flora is dense and diverse. Tonight, holds a special treat of a local oyster and clam dinner, paired with locally-brewed beer - delicious!

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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Day 15: Seattle

Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Juneau airport or continue with your own independent travels.

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 cost. Contact us for further details
  • Accommodation: Unique, Budget Lodging: 14
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Tour Highlights:
  • Kayak, paddleboard, skiff and hike in glacial landscapes, hidden coves and islets
  • Discover Alaska and Canada’s impressive Inside Passage
  • Plentiful wildlife spotting opportunities to see Harbour Seals, orcas, dolphins, porpoise, Bald Eagles, sea otters, Grizzly and Black Bears, Mountain Goats, deer, puffins, cormorants and brightly coloured starfish and jellyfish
  • Adventure activities in Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Glacier Bay National Park and Olympic National Park, with local oyster and clam tastings
  • Discover San Juan archipelago and stretch your legs with views of the Cascade Mountains
  • Learn about local and native cultures, including the history or the Gold Rush and Tlingit traditions in Ketchikan and Haines