15 days departing SEATTLE from

Style: Cruising
Destination: Alaska
Tour Code: IPU

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Trip Overview

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, 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 large cruise ships only dream of. 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.

Included Highlights
  • Explore 'wild and woolly' wilderness
  • Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm and twin Sawyer Glaciers in Tracy Arm
  • Kayak and paddleboard in Stephens Passage, Thomas Bay and Chatham Strait
  • Whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound and Behm Canal
  • Learn about Tlingit culture on a private Kake village visit
  • Observe a Steller Sea Lion haulout at The Brothers Islands
  • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
  • Explore El Capitan Cave on Prince of Wales Island and hike the Tongass National Forest
  • Discover Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: '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.
Transport: Small discovery cruise ship
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 14 dinners plus all non-alcoholic drinks
Guided: Services of qualified expedition guides/naturalists
Group size: Maximum 60-76 (depending on vessel)
Age range: All ages welcome

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Trip Itinerary

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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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Snorkelling (Including gear hire) US$35

Day 1: Juneau - Embark on Your Alaska Adventure Cruise

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail for Endicott Arm.
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: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Stephens Passage

Make the most of today, as your captain navigates through Southeast's remote fjords! Watch for whales - Humpbacks and Orcas frequent these waters. Hike through this exceptional 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, keeping a lookout for bear, heron, moose, mink and seals.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch 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 whether you choose kayaking, paddleboarding, 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.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch 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: Breakfast, lunch 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 Bear, mink, marten, 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: Breakfast, lunch 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 Bear, 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.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8: Ketchikan

Alaska's southernmost city and 'salmon capital of the world' also claims fame to having the world's largest collection of standing totem poles. While some other travellers end their adventure today and new guests join later in the day, you'll spend the day off the boat. Enjoy an included lunch in town, and explore the notorious Creek Street. Later this afternoon keep watch for eagles as you embark and cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan. A complimentary laundry service is provided today.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 9: Tongass National Forest

Wake in a remote cove surrounded by the breathtaking Tongass National Forest - the largest national forest in the US. Joined by your expedition crew spend the day paddling a kayak, paddleboarding or exploring by skiff. Settle in as you cruise the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, nestled right in the heart of the Tongass.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10: El Capitan Cave - Prince of Wales Island

Take a walk on the wild side winding through high forest on an old logging trail and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Learn from forest service rangers about karst and the geologic forces that created this intricate cave system. Local inhabitants such as bear, harbor seals, Humpbacks, deer and eagles enjoy the calm and serenity of the island.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11: Chatham Strait

It's 'Captain's Choice' today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu and Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in) the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff or snorkel. Snorkelling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest, so enjoy every second of it!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 12: Frederick Sound / Kake

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 discover the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay or the Keku Islands, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or kayak. On the northern tip of Kupreanof Island, learn about rich heritage of Tlingit culture on a private tour of Kake village. Uncover the legends in their totems and get a front seat view of carving and dance demonstrations. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 13: The Brothers Islands - Stephens Passage

There'll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska's most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Steller Sea Lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of Humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for Orcas, Humpbacks and porpoise.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 14: Tracy Arm Wilderness

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 Bear, deer, wolves, seals and an array of birdlife, including Arctic Terns and Pigeon Guillemots. This evening join the captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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.
Meals: Breakfast included

This tour is operated by our local cruise partner and is not chartered by Grand American Adventures.

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Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to cabin availability.

Prices for this cruise are based on a twin share cabin. If you require a single cabin there will be an additional supplement payable. Cabin upgrades are also available at additional costs. Contact us for further details.

Port taxes & fees: US$500 payable at time of booking

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Goldbelt Hotel Juneau


Includes meet and greet service at the airport, transfer from the airport to the hotel, and waterfront or mountain-view room. Please note, the Goldbelt is only for pre and post tour accommodation, the start and end point of this tour is at the Centennial Hall Convention Center, 101 Egan Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801, United States, Tel: +1 907 586 5283

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      Based on single, twin or double room.

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We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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