Alaska Fjords and Glaciers Itinerary

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Day 1
JUNEAU ALASKA – EMBARKATION

Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll be cruising the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.
Accommodation: Navigator Cabin (twin share) on-board the Wilderness Discoverer
Meals-  Dinner

Day 2
ENDICOTT ARM / FORDS TERROR

Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. And tides permitting, your skiff driver knows its character and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy foot work on the cliffs. Look for them.

Accommodation: Cabin (twin share) on-board the Wilderness Discoverer
Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
STEPHENS PASAGE

Yoga stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades green.

Accommodation: Cabin (twin share) on-board the Wilderness Discoverer
Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
THOMAS BAY / WRANGELL NARROWS

When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska’s wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s “Christmas Tree Lane”, of course.

Accommodation: Cabin (twin share) on-board the Wilderness Discoverer
Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
WRANGELL

Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?

Accommodation: Cabin (twin share) on-board the Wilderness Discoverer
Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
BEHM CANAL

Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.

Accommodation: Cabin (twin share) on-board the Wilderness Discoverer
Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
MISTY FJORDS NATIONAL MONUMENT

Its affectionate nickname, “The Yosemite of the North,” is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer 3,000 foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. It’s an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.

Accommodation: Cabin (twin share) on-board the Wilderness Discoverer
Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
KETCHIKAN – DISEMBARK

Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into gorgeous Ketchikan for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or hotel.
Meals- Breakfast
Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Inclusions

INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

Wilderness Discoverer (60 guests maximum aboard). This expedition style boat is designed with action in mind  with interior spaces intended to compliment the wilderness outside and equiped with an easy kayak launch system to quickly facilitate water activities.

Accommodation aboard the Wildernes Adventurer vessel will be twin share Navigator cabins (optional queen or twin beds) with view window and private bathroom with shower. Upgrade available to other cabins depending on availability at time of booking. There will be an additional charge for all cabins that are not Navigator Cabins.

On-board amenities:

  • on-deck fitness equipment and hot tub
  • flat screen TV/DVD in the main lounge
  • Hair dryers
  • ipod docking station
  • TV/DVD players
  • a DVD and book library
  • spa services with sauna, massage room and yoga classes for an additional charge.

Included:

  • Transfers and baggage handling
  • entry fees to national parks/reserves
  • equipment use included (small fee for snorkel gear and wet suits)
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding
  • EZ Dock kayak launch platform (for easy water access)
  • guided trekking
  • All Meals on board each day, healthy and mostly buffet style
  • Skiff Excursions with fun experienced guides
  • wildlife viewing
  • Narration from our expedition team

NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • Flights
  • airport taxes
  • tax and port charges are in addition to the advertised price (approx US$250 per person)
  • Arrival and departure transfers from the airport if arriving earlier or departing later
  • Accommodation pre-trip and post- trip
  • any optional tours and activities during free time
  • tips or gratuities
  • items of a personal nature
  • drinks, alcohol

Extend Your Cruise

LAND PACKAGE: Kantishna Wilderness Experience

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6 day / 5 night – Experience interior Alaska and Denali National Park by luxury dome train and guided bus tour prior to setting off on your Alaska cruise adventure.

Day 1 Arrive Anchorage

Upon arrival at the Anchorage Airport, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your accommodations at theHotel Captain Cook (or similar). The Captain Cook is Anchorage’s only true luxury hotel and is located at the heart of downtown.

Day 2 Anchorage – Denali

You will be transferred to the Anchorage Railroad Depot for a journey on the Alaska Railroad Goldstar Dome railcar to Denali National Park and Preserve. Sit back and enjoy the comfortable seating and large picture windows. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife and magnificent views of Mt. McKinley. Upon arrival at the Denali Depot, you will check into your accommodations at the Grand Denali Lodge, which sits high above all the other hotels, less than a mile from the entrance to Denali National Park.

Day 3 Denali National Park, Kantishna

The morning is free to explore and relax before boarding the Roadhouse Shuttle bus for a 7-hour wildlife tour 90 miles into Denali National Park. Along the way, your driver/naturalist will introduce you to the park, its wildlife and the wild lands in Denali. Your destination is the Kantishna Roadhouse, a full-service lodge located deep in the heart of Alaska’s majestic wilderness. The lodge features deluxe rustic cabin accommodations, all meals and snacks during your stay, a variety of daily guided (and self-guided) activities, and hosted evening naturalist programs.
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4 Denali National Park, Kantishna

Choose from the activities at Kantishna. Wildlife viewing, hiking, walking, mountain biking, and gold panning are just a few of the options.
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Denali National Park – Anchorage

Board a chartered flight from Kantishna to Anchorage and enjoy breathtaking vistas from the vast, pristine wilderness of interior Alaska. Weather permitting, you may be able to view North America’s tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley (20,320 feet). After the scenic flight, you will be transferred to deluxe accommodations at theHotel Captain Cook (or similar).
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Depart Anchorage

Your private driver will transfer you from your hotel to the Anchorage Airport for your departing flight to Juneau or to your home city. If you plan to join an Un-Cruise adventure, you must arrive no later than 2:30 pm on the beginning day of the cruise.

Package Includes:

  • Private transfer from the Anchorage Airport to hotel
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations at the Hotel Captain Cook (or similar)
  • Alaska Railroad GoldStar dome train from Anchorage to Denali National Park
  • Overnight accommodations at the Grand Denali Lodge
  • 90 mile wildlife bus through Denali National Park
  • 2 nights accommodations at Kantishna Roadhouse
  • Activities at Kantishna Roadhouse as outlined in itinerary
  • Charter flight from Kantishna to Anchorage
  • All meals as outlined in itinerary
  • All applicable taxes.
  • Customer service support and/or Emergency Contact Information while guests are traveling.

Cost:

Double or Twin share:  from US $3,795 pp