Inside Passage Glacier Country Cruise

from £3350
excluding flights *
7 nights May-Sep

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

  • One day in Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a Park Ranger
  • Get up close to glaciers: Dawes, Margerio and Grand Pacific
  • Explore Tongass National Forest
  • Discover Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff and hike inland on Chicagof Island
  • Look out for humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
  • Search for black bears, brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and sea birds
  • Kayak, paddle board and skiff to remote inlets
  • Beachcombing and tide pool discoveries

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners onboard
  • 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 *

Offers

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)
08, 15 May 2020 7 nights SS Legacy £4,710
22 (P), 29 May 2020 7 nights SS Legacy £5,350
29 May 2020 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
05, 12 (B), 19, 26 Jun 2020 7 nights SS Legacy £5,350
05, 12, 19, 26 Jun 2020 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jul 2020 7 nights SS Legacy £5,350
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jul 2020 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
07 Aug 2020 7 nights SS Legacy £5,350
07, 14, 21 Aug 2020 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
16, 23, 30 Aug 2020 7 nights Safari Endeavour £5,350
06 Sep 2020 7 nights Safari Endeavour £5,350
12 Sep 2020 7 nights Wilderness Explorer £3,350

Departure dates marked with (P) indicate a photography departure. Departure dates marked with (B) indicate a birding themed departure.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners onboard
  • 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
  • Full financial protection »

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: Icy Strait

Kick start the morning with on-deck yoga stretches and a cup of coffee. Feeling energised hop into a kayak and glide around the remote bays of Icy Strait, through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Take a skiff excursion to a rocky outcropping to watch sea lions play or step into mud boots for a forest hike with your naturalist guides who have plenty to share about everything Alaska - marine biology, plants and even geology. Back on board, enjoy your surrounds as you soak in the hot tub.

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: Chatham Strait

Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure toys lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to go play. Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls. Stick to the water in a kayak excursion and don’t forget to look above and below the surface. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the evening sky.

Day 5: Kuiu Island

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.

Day 6: Frederick Sound

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.

Safari Endeavour

Alaska

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The Safari Endeavour offers the chance to discover a rich underwater world: enjoy a choice of water activities or take a closer look below the surface using the ships’s very own underwater camera. The Endeavour's hydrophone may also reveal a startling level of communication between marine mammals.

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Safari Quest

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

Aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest, unwind with included amenities, attentive service, comfortable staterooms, and warm public spaces for a welcome experience.

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SS Legacy

Alaska

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The elegant and one-of-a-kind S.S. Legacy is a replica 1898 coastal gold rush steamer, mixing old Victorian-style décor with new, modern machinery.

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Wilderness Explorer

Alaska

Grade: Standard

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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