ALASKAN ADVENTURE CRUISE
15 days departing JUNEAU from
Tour Code: IPU
This is the ultimate 'adventure cruise', getting to the heart of Alaska's spectacular Inside Passage in a way that only a small group voyage can. Launch into the unspoiled wilderness, kayak amongst icebergs, hike pristine forests, and enjoy wildlife encounters, cultural experiences and hands-on exploration at every turn. You'll get up close and personal with the Alaskan wilderness in small vessels with access to places cruise-ships only dream of. This isn't small ship cruising or big ship cruising. These are Un-Cruise Adventures that are fully-focused on the Luxury of Experience: quality over quantity, wildlife over night life, life changing encounters over momentary entertainment.
- Meet/greet service & transfers
- Exclusive shore visits and guided hikes
- Kayaking and inflatable skiff excursions
- All meals on board included
- Exploring Ford's Terror Wilderness Area
- Hiking the Baird Glacier Trail
- Kayaking in world famous Thomas Bay
- Totem carving school in Tlingit village of Klawock
- Explore Misty Fjords National Monument glaciers
- Explore El Capitan caves and the Tramway Trail
- Whale Watching with our naturalist on Frederick Sound
- Enjoy wildlife and birdlife viewing
- Beachcombing & numerous hikes
You can now check your email and keep in touch with family and friends while on the road with our wi-fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA & Alaska).
- Overnight wilderness camping US$150
- Professional massage US$75-$140
- Snorkelling (Including gear hire) US$45
Port taxes & fees of US$350 are payable at time of booking.
This tour is operated by our local partner and is not chartered by Grand American Adventures.
|Accommodation:||'Navigator' cabins with queen or twin beds, private bath w/shower and view window. Single supplements & upgraded cabins are available at additional costs. Contact us for further details.|
|Transport:||Small discovery cruise ship|
|Guided:||Services of qualified expedition guides/naturalists|
|Group size:||Maximum 60-76 (depending on vessel)|
|Local payments:||Port taxes & fees: US$350 payable at time of booking|
Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
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Day 1: Juneau - Embark on Your Alaska Adventure Cruise
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as we set sail into the Tracy Arm Wilderness.
Day 2: Tracy Arm Wilderness & Frederick Sound
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest floating icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers - North Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots, and mountain goats, usually spotted high on the cliffs. Later today, move into Frederick Sound - summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere's largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.
Day 3: Thomas Bay
Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a roundtrip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its "Devil's Country" nickname during a reading from "The Strangest Story Ever Told," about the area's mythical shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.
Day 4: Wrangell Narrows
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along "Christmas Tree Lane" as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.
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. Brush up on your Tlingit cultureand view recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. Wrangell offers up many options to make your day.
Day 6: Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest - orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.
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 ducks, brown and black bear, mountain goats, Sitka deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening join the Captain for a sumptuous dinner and reminisce about the first leg of your Alaskan journey.
Day 8: Ketchikan
Alaska's southern most city and "salmon capital of the world" also claims fame to having the world's largest collection of standing totem poles. While others end their adventure and new guests join later in the day, you will spend the day off the ship. Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district, then take in a zipline tour or one of the other optional excursions available for purchase. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. Later this afternoon keep watch for eagles as we embark and cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.
Day 9: Tongass National Forest & El Capitan Passage
Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest - the largest national forest in the US. Take a "wild" Alaska hike winding through high forest on an old logging trail. Trek up to El Capitan Cave, where 400,000-year-old bones have been found. And if the stars are right (okay maybe it's the tides), you just may get lucky today and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.
Day 10: Klawock Native Village
Discover living history in Klawock - one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring the town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye out for bears, eagles, sea birds, and whales.
Day 11: Chatham Strait Exploration
It's Captain's Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen with a snorkel swim. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most un-touched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.
Day 12: Frederick Sound
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife - they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided hikes. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
Day 13: The Brothers Islands /& Stephen's Passage
There'll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands at the confluence of Stephen's Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska's most abundant wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for frolicking orca, humpbacks, and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild.
Day 14: Endicott Arm & Ford's Terror Wilderness
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you'll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller "bergy bits." Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford's Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness that surround it. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.
Day 15: Juneau - Disembark
Bid adieu to new found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.
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