ALASKAN ADVENTURE CRUISE

15 days departing JUNEAU 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, 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.

Included Highlights
  • Meet/greet service & transfers
  • Exclusive shore visits and guided hikes
  • Kayaking and inflatable skiff excursions
  • 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
Tour Facts & Features
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
Meals: All meals on board included
Guided: Services of qualified expedition guides/naturalists
Group size: Maximum 60-76 (depending on vessel)
Age range: 13+

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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)
  • Overnight wilderness camping US$150
  • Professional massage US$75-$140
  • Snorkelling (Including gear hire) US$45


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.

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$350 payable at time of booking


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Private Departures

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.

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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 designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call 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.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
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