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Grand American Adventures
Juneau to Ketchikan
8 days
From $4,949
Tour code: IAF

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

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.

What's included?

  • Services of qualified expedition guides/naturalists
  • '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

Transport

All transportation by small discovery cruise ship

Accommodation

Budget lodging (7 nights)

Itinerary

Day 1
Juneau
Welcome aboard! You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. After boarding, grab yourself a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail for Endicott Arm wilderness.

Meals: Dinner included

Day 2
Endicott Arm - Fords Terror
Snow covered mountains and the thunder of calving ice will take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm, you're likely to spy harbor seals and their pups lounging on islands of ice in the water. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passageway of Fords Terror. Marvel at its towering walls, the many waterfalls that spill down them, and the mountains that frame the skyline.

Meals: Breakfastlunch and dinner included

Day 3
Stephens Passage
Make the most of today as your captain navigates through Southeast's remote fjords! Watch out for whales - Humpbacks and Orcas frequent these waters. Hike through this other worldly landscape of hanging waterfalls and discover every shade of green in this epic wild scene. Kayak or paddleboard into the wild inner reaches of a salt chuck, a tidal salt-water lake. Don't forget to keep a lookout for bears, herons, moose, mink, and seals.

Optional activities: Snorkelling (Including gear hire) US$35

Meals: Breakfastlunch and dinner included

Day 4
Thomas Bay - Wrangell Narrows
Step into the backcountry of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers, gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please as you choose between kayaking, paddle-boarding, skiff riding or hiking. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along 'Christmas Tree Lane' as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.

Meals: Breakfastlunch and dinner included

Day 5
Wrangell
Home to native culture, wildlife and wonder - Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.

Meals: Breakfastlunch and dinner included

Day 6
Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest - Orcas, porpoise, seals, sea lions, Brown and Black Bears, mink, martens, eagles and otters are all par for the course in this wildlife wonderland. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation hike on the Cleveland Peninsula.

Meals: Breakfastlunch and dinner included

Day 7
Misty Fjords National Monument
Affectionately called 'the Yosemite of the North', Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water and steep, sometimes sheer walls are a haven for sea birds, Brown and Black Bears, Mountain Goats, Black-tailed Deer, mink, moose, River Otters and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove by kayak or explore by skiff, soaking in the splendour of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening, join the captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

Meals: Breakfastlunch and dinner included

Day 8
Ketchikan
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Meals: Breakfast included

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