Inside Passage Glacier Bay Cruise

from £4140
excluding flights *
7 nights Jul-Aug

Overview

Travel on a small ship expedition-style cruise and discover the dramatic icy wilderness of Alaska's Inside Passage. Join guided nature hikes ashore and kayak amongst icebergs, or keep watch for whales and bears from the deck.

Highlights

  • Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a Park Ranger
  • Wilderness exploration in the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay outback
  • Margerie and Grand Pacific Glacier visits with a Park Ranger
  • Dawes Glacier and Fords Terror by skiff Orca and humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
  • Beachcombing and tide pool discoveries

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • All Zodiac transfers & shore landings
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations onboard

Full description

Starting in Glacier Bay National Park you'll be accompanied by a National Park Ranger who will explain the park's geology, glaciology, wildlife and its deep roots in Tlingit culture. Keep an eye out for bears, goats, moose, whales, sea otters, and all the creatures of the water and forest which flourish in this area, completely protected from man.

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.

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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.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Twin Cabin Price (pp)
13 Jul 2019 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,140
20 Jul 2019 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,140
27 Jul 2019 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,140
03 Aug 2019 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,140
10 Aug 2019 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,140

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
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Embark, Juneau

Meet your crew and get acquainted as you set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.

Day 2: Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay has a wow-worthy list of titles - National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve. Head for the Glacier Bay outback. Dundas and Taylor Bays are in the southernmost reaches of the park. It’s less windswept tucked into a bay, but no less wild. Kayak around sea stacks or comb for critters if the tide is right. In far reaches, share the beach with sharp-eyed eagles and bears. Paddle through kelp in Taylor Bay where backstroking sea otters hardly bat an eye at your kayak. This evening swap stories with your shipmates.

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park

Today a National Park ranger comes aboard to share expert insight. Have your binoculars handy - South Marble Island is a birder’s slice of heaven. Puffins scoot through the water, guillemots and gulls chatter up the airwaves. The snoozing sea lions don’t seem to mind. Cruise to the far end of Tarr Inlet where Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers calve into the water. Backed by knife-edged peaks, pull into narrow Tidal Inlet. Bears like to forage along this shoreline and mountain goats too. Back at Bartlett Cove, if time and daylight allow, take a forest hike around the park’s HQ, and say farewell to your ranger.

Day 4: Icy Strait

Backpacks loaded and adventure equipment lowered (kayaks), it’s time to explore! In your kayak, keep your eyes peeled for porpoises and other marine mammals. Hop in a skiff to a rocky outcropping and watch sea lions play while otters and eagles fish and dive. Or, step into mud boots for an on foot exploration of a marshy muskeg and deep forest.

Day 5: Chichagof Island / Baranof Island

Today you will head into the heart of the Tongass National Forest, with options aplenty for both kayaking and hiking. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees. If you decide to stick to the water, don’t forget to look above and below the surface. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.

Day 6: Kuiu Island / Frederick Sound

Salmon streams dot the coastline - and where there is salmon, there are bears! Kuiu Island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears. Scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay from a kayak or skiff. Eagles fish here too, their white noggins give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch by checking out tide pools and abundant life in the intertidal zones. It’s remote, and remarkable. Humpbacks come to Frederick Sound each season to feast in the krill-rich waters. Based on wind and weather conditions, your expedition team has the lineup of adventures all mapped out. Cruise past Five Fingers Lighthouse, Alaska’s oldest light station and The Brothers Islands, where sea lions nap on rocky nobs. Paddle into the deeps of Port Houghton or Windham Bay or head ashore for a hike. Tonight, toast another big day in Alaska.

Day 7: Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier

Snow-covered mountains and glacier-carved valleys are on tap today as you slowly slip into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in Alaska. Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbor seals pups laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror. The fjord’s steep walls are streaked with waterfalls. Choked with ice, at the end of the arm, meet Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a festive Farewell Dinner and “photo journal” from your expedition team.

Day 8: Disembark, Juneau

Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau. Transfer to Juneau airport or extend your stay on a land tour.

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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