ALASKA'S INSIDE PASSAGE AND SAN JUANS

15 days departing SEATTLE from

Style: Cruising
Destination: Alaska
Tour Code: IPU

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Trip Overview

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 journeymen and marvel at the blanket of stars above you. This cruise is perfect for anyone looking for the ultimate blend of adventure and relaxation.

Included 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
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 cost. Contact us for further details.
Transport: Small discovery cruise ship
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 14 dinners, plus soft and alcoholic drinks on-board
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: Seattle, Washington

Welcome to the Emerald City! Check-in at the hospitality centre and later, board your ship and settle in. Depending on your vessel, you'll depart from either downtown Seattle, cruising along the along the city's picturesque waterfront; or from Fisherman's Terminal, where you'll transit historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it's a 20 foot drop into the Salish Sea. Adieu, Seattle.
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2: 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 oysters and clam dinner, paired with locally-brewed beer - delicious!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3: San Juan Islands, Washington

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: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: Salish Sea / Canada's Inside Passage

Mountains rise higher and fjords get deeper - today's a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters. Civilization slips away as you enter Johnstone Strait, where you may spot a pod of orcas, surf-happy dolphins or porpoise that like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Cruising past islands of green, small communities dot the beaches and fjords. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready, with their knowledge of natural history, native influences - and their favourite trivia games, too.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Canada's Inside Passage

Take your cup of joe to the bow you watch the world go by, waking up as you do. Bald eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops and you'll see islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland etched to the east. Your captain and mates navigate the twisting passage of Fitz Hugh Sound, with Harbor Seals lazing on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views while in the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Canada's Inside Passage

Red roofs of Boat Bluff Lighthouse greet you as you pass into Tolmie Channel and the Great Bear Rainforest, known for the white `spirit' bear, stretches all around you. Princess Royal Island marks the southern border of the bear's territory, where spunky sea otters hover around the boat. The waterfall and old abandoned cannery of Butedale come into view - a former fishing hub, now a ghost town. Pass Dixon Entrance and picture-perfect Dundas Island Lighthouse as you leave behind British Columbia waters and continue on to Alaska.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7: Ketchikan, Alaska

Today is a town day in Alaska's southernmost city, the `salmon capital of the world.' Ketchikan's 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: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 9: 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: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 10: Petersburg / Frederick Sound

Sailing into Petersburg, the views of snow-topped peaks and Devil's Thumb are motivation enough to put one foot in front of the other. Make your way up Petersburg Mountain or choose a mellower hike along Petersburg Creek. Stroll around town or visit the museum for a dose of Tlingit and Norwegian history, before lunch back on board. Take it slow through Frederick Sound, a favoured summer home for humpback whales - get out onto the water on a kayak or paddleboard, before calling it a day for happy hour in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11: Chatham Strait / Chichagof Island

Head north into glacially-carved Chatham Strait and to Chichagof Island, which has one of the world's highest Brown Bear populations. Back on the water, indulge in some paddling, skiffing or beachcombing with your expedition team.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 12: 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 in the early hours 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: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 13: 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 - why choose just one?
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 14: Haines, Alaska

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. Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 15: Juneau, Alaska - Disembarkation

Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Juneau airport or continue on with your own independent travels.
Meals: Breakfast included

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

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

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

JUNEAU - GOLDBELT HOTEL

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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