Inside Passage Alaska Fjords and Glaciers

from £2467
excluding flights *
7 nights Aug-Sep, May-Jul

Overview

Alaska's spectacular Inside Passage is best explored from the water, and this small ship expedition-style cruise offers the chance to really immerse yourself in a dramatic glacial wilderness. Travelling at a leisurely pace allows for a more in-depth exploration, with time available to kayak amongst icebergs, join guided nature hikes ashore or keep watch for whales and bears from the deck.

By cruising on a smaller vessel you can enjoy a more flexible and intimate experience, travelling with like-minded fellow passengers in search of wildlife and natural wonders. This itinerary allows plenty of time to enjoy a more interactive discovery of some of the highlights of the Inside Passage.

Highlights

  • Enjoy waterfalls and icebergs of Endicott Arm and Fords Terror
  • Explore Stephens Passage by kayak, zodiac cruise or hike
  • Experience Alaska's native culture in Wrangell
  • Search for wildlife in Tongass National Park

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • All Zodiac transfers & shore landings
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations onboard
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

Throughout your cruise you may spot a wealth of wildlife, from humpbacks, orcas and porpoises, to bears, moose and wolves not to mention eagles and countless seabirds! Set against a pristine and unending backdrop of mountains, forests and glaciers, this is a truly quintessential Alaskan adventure.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £1,000 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018 Season - Juneau to Ketchikan

Departure Vessel Twin Cabin Price (pp)
05 May 2018 Wilderness Explorer £2,774
26 May 2018 Wilderness Discoverer £2,774
02 June 2018 Wilderness Explorer £2,774
23 June 2018 Wilderness Discoverer £3,082
30 June 2018 Wilderness Explorer £3,082
21 July 2018 Wilderness Discoverer £3,082
28 July 2018 Wilderness Explorer £3,082
18 August 2018 Wilderness Discoverer £2,774
25 August 2018 Wilderness Explorer £2,774
22 September 2018 Wilderness Explorer £2,467
29 September 2018 Wilderness Adventurer £2,505

2018 Season - Ketchikan to Juneau

Departure Vessel Twin Cabin Price (pp)
12 May 2018 Wilderness Explorer £2,774
02 June 2018 Wilderness Discoverer £2,774
09 June 2018 Wilderness Explorer £2,774
30 June 2018 Wilderness Discoverer £3,082
07 July 2018 Wilderness Explorer £3,082
28 July 2018 Wilderness Discoverer £3,082
04 August 2018 Wilderness Explorer £3,082
25 August 2018 Wilderness Discoverer £2,774
01 September 2018 Wilderness Explorer £2,774

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings as per the daily programme
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: embark Juneau

Embark your vessel this afternoon, where you will meet your crew and get acquainted before setting sail for the Endicott Arm.

Day 2: Endicott Arm / Fords Terror

Snow covered mountains, multiple shades of blue and the white thunder of calving ice will take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm, you may spot harbour seals and their pups lounging on 'bergy bits' 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 high Coastal Mountains that frame the skyline.

Day 3: Stephens Passage

As your captain navigates through Southeast's remote fjords, watch for humpback whales and orcas. Perhaps hike through an other-worldly landscape of hanging waterfalls, or kayak and paddle board in search of bears, heron, moose, mink, and harbour seals.

Day 4: Thomas Bay / 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. 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. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.

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 hike 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 sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka 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. This evening, join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

Day 8: disembark at Ketchikan

Enjoy a final breakfast on board before disembarking the ship this morning in Ketchikan.

Wilderness Explorer

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Type: Expedition Ship

The 74-guest Wilderness Explorer is fully equipped for action, adventure and exploration, and offers ample deck space for taking in the great outdoors.

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Wilderness Adventurer

Type: Expedition Ship

The Wilderness Adventurer is a comfortable vessel, recently refurbished and boasting a full complement of adventure equipment. With just 60 passengers on board, more time can be spent exploring in-depth and enjoying up-close wildlife encounters.

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Wilderness Discoverer

Type: Expedition Ship

Sister ship to the Wilderness Adventurer, the slightly larger Wilderness Discoverer still carries just 76 guests and has been carefully designed to offer small-ship expedition cruising in comfort.

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