8 days departing KETCHIKAN from

Style: Cruising
Destination: Alaska
Tour Code: IPW

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Trip Overview

Travel from Ketchikan to Juneau through the Alaska Inside Passage along isolated waterways and secret passages where bigger cruise ships simply can't travel. You'll have the opportunity to see wildlife and wilderness up close as you're surrounded by the majestic beauty of the remote Tongass National Forest. 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
  • Kayak, paddleboard, skiff, and hike in Tongass National Forest and Chatham Strait
  • Forest ranger hike to El Capitan Cave on Prince of Wales Island
  • Captain's Choice exploration at Kuiu Island
  • Cultural visit and private tour at Kake Tlingit village
  • Wildlife viewing in Frederick Sound and Tracy Arm Wilderness
  • Whales in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage
  • Observe a Steller sea lion haulout at The Brothers Islands
  • Twin Sawyer Glaciers in Tracy Arm
  • Private cultural visit at Kake Tlingit village
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: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners
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: Ketchikan - Embark on Your Adventure

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in and keep watch for eagles as you cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2: Tongass National Forest

You're now in the true wilderness of Southeast Alaska. Wake in a remote cove surrounded by the breathtaking Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the USA. Joined by your expedition team, you can spend your morning kayaking, paddleboarding or exploring by skiff. Later, settle in as you cruise the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, nestled right in the heart of the Tongass. It's a grand first day of exploration!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3: El Capitan Cave - Prince of Wales Island

Take a wild Alaska hike 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 4: Chatham Strait

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 to kayak, skiff or snorkel (conditions permitting). Snorkelling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen with a snorkel swim, so take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness areas of the Tongass National Forest, so make sure you have your camera at the ready. Scenery doesn't get much better than this!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: 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 6: The Brothers Islands - Stephens Passage

There'll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska's most unique wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of Humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep your eyes peeled for Humpback Whales as well as frolicking Orca and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in a quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild, this is Alaska at its best.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7: 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 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, mountain goats, harbor seals and an array of birdlife including Arctic Terns and Pigeon Guillemots. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner and reminisce about your Alaskan journey.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8: Juneau - Disembark

Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Transfer directly to 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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  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
  • We charge no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
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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$250 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 tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).

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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

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

Cape Fox Lodge Ketchikan


Set amidst the Tongass National Forest. Includes meet and greet service at the airport, transfer to the hotel, and waterfront or mountain-view room.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.

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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on +44 208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

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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