Inside Passage Glacier Country Cruise

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  • May-Sep
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Hiking overlooking Alaska's Inside Passage

Inside Passage Glacier Country Cruise

from £3430 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Cruise past ancient rivers of ice in Glacier Bay National Park

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Search for black bears, grizzlies, bald eagles, sea otters, sea lions and more

Eddystone Rock, Behm Canal

Explore the vast Tongass National Forest

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Look out for humpback whales and orcas feeding in Frederick Sound

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Kayak, paddle board and skiff to remote inlets

Interpretive shore walk

Join guided nature hikes ashore

Why this trip...

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

Overview

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

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. Continue via the Tongass National Forest to Kuiu Island, home to a high population of black bears, before cruising through Frederick Sound for a chance to spot humpback whales. Throughout the cruise you may encounter a wealth of wildlife, from bears and whales to mountain goats, moose, sea otters and bald eagles. Your journey ends with a scenic highlight as you make your way along Endicott Arm to the breathtaking Fords Terror and Dawes Glacier.

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation, Juneau

Meet your expedition team and fellow travellers as you board the ship and settle in, This evening you'll leave the city of Juneau behind as you set sail for the scenic inlets and secluded wilderness of Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage.

Meet your expedition team and fellow travellers as you board the ship and settle in, This evening you'll leave the city of Juneau behind as you set sail for the scenic inlets and secluded wilderness of Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage.

Day 2 Icy Strait

As you explore the remote bays of Icy Strait there may be an opportunity to kayak in these sheltered waters, paddling through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Perhaps take a skiff excursion to a rocky outcrop where sea lions play, or step ashore for a guided forest hike. The ship's onboard expedition team will share facts about the region's marine biology, flora and geology along the way.

As you explore the remote bays of Icy Strait there may be an opportunity to kayak in these sheltered waters, paddling through giant bullwhip kelp that can grow to over 100 feet long. Perhaps take a skiff excursion to a rocky outcrop where sea lions play, or step ashore for a guided forest hike. The ship's onboard expedition team will share facts about the region's marine biology, flora and geology along the way.

Steller sea lions and kittiwakes

Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park

Today a National Park Ranger will join the ship as you cruise through spectacular Glacier Bay. Make your way past South Marble Island, known for its abundant birdlife including puffins, guillemots and gulls, before continuing to the far end of Tarr Inlet. Here the ancient Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers calve huge chunks of ice directly into the water. You may also visit the sheer-sided Tidal Inlet, where bears can often be seen foraging along the shoreline, or enjoy a short forest hike at Bartlett Cove.

Today a National Park Ranger will join the ship as you cruise through spectacular Glacier Bay. Make your way past South Marble Island, known for its abundant birdlife including puffins, guillemots and gulls, before continuing to the far end of Tarr Inlet. Here the ancient Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers calve huge chunks of ice directly into the water. You may also visit the sheer-sided Tidal Inlet, where bears can often be seen foraging along the shoreline, or enjoy a short forest hike at Bartlett Cove.

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Glacier Bay National Park at dawn
Glacier Bay National Park

Day 4 Chatham Strait

Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Today you may have a chance to kayak or paddle board along the coast of Chichagof Island, or hike through moss-covered trees up to rain-fed waterfalls. Or you may prefer to stay on board and simply soak up the scenery from the on-deck hot tub.

Stretching 150 miles into the Tongass National Forest, Chatham Strait offers adventure aplenty. Today you may have a chance to kayak or paddle board along the coast of Chichagof Island, or hike through moss-covered trees up to rain-fed waterfalls. Or you may prefer to stay on board and simply soak up the scenery from the on-deck hot tub.

Day 5 Kuiu Island

Kuiu Island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears, as well as an unexpected variety of life that clings to the rockpools of the intertidal zones. These colourful echinoderms are every bit as fascinating as Alaska's better-known wildlife attractions.

Kuiu Island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears, as well as an unexpected variety of life that clings to the rockpools of the intertidal zones. These colourful echinoderms are every bit as fascinating as Alaska's better-known wildlife attractions.

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Day 6 Frederick Sound

Today you'll cruise through Frederick Sound, a popular haunt for humpback whales which return each year to feast in the krill-rich waters. Witness Alaska's oldest light station, the Five Fingers Lighthouse, and watch out for sea lions around the Brothers Islands. There may also be time for a kayak, paddleboard or hike at Port Houghtoun or Windham Bay.

Today you'll cruise through Frederick Sound, a popular haunt for humpback whales which return each year to feast in the krill-rich waters. Witness Alaska's oldest light station, the Five Fingers Lighthouse, and watch out for sea lions around the Brothers Islands. There may also be time for a kayak, paddleboard or hike at Port Houghtoun or Windham Bay.

Orca in Frederick Sound

Day 7 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

Surrounded by snow-covered mountains and glacier-carved valleys, take a skiff cruise into one of Alaska's most beautiful corners. Endicott Arm and Fords Terror reveal a spectacular combination of icebergs, waterfalls and the dazzling blue ice of the Dawes glacier as it creeps down from the Coast Mountains. Tonight the Alaskan wilderness provides a fitting backdrop to a Farewell Dinner.

Surrounded by snow-covered mountains and glacier-carved valleys, take a skiff cruise into one of Alaska's most beautiful corners. Endicott Arm and Fords Terror reveal a spectacular combination of icebergs, waterfalls and the dazzling blue ice of the Dawes glacier as it creeps down from the Coast Mountains. Tonight the Alaskan wilderness provides a fitting backdrop to a Farewell Dinner.

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Dawes Glacier, Endicott Arm

Day 8 Disembarkation, Juneau

Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau.

Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau.

Vessels

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Safari Quest

Carrying just 22 passengers, the small but perfectly formed Safari Quest provides access to exclusive wilderness areas that other ships can’t reach.

Carrying just 22 passengers, the small but perfectly formed Safari Quest provides access to exclusive wilderness areas that other ships can’t reach.

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 22
  • Class: Standard
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Optional activities available
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Wilderness Adventurer

This comfortable vessel carries just 60 passengers and boasts a full complement of adventure equipment.

This comfortable vessel carries just 60 passengers and boasts a full complement of adventure equipment.

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 60
  • Class: Expedition
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Optional activities available

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Prices and Departures

Price from £3430 excluding flights

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.

What's Included

  • Return airport-ship transfers
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners onboard
  • Tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages
  • All skiff transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment including kayaks and paddleboards
  • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team
  • National Park entry fees
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a standard cabin; please contact us for full range of cabin options.

Departure Duration Vessel Twin Cabin Price (pp)
14, 21 May 2021 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £3,910
28 May 2021 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,470
28 May 2021 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
04, 11, 18, 25 Jun 2021 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,470
04, 11, 18, 25 Jun 2021 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Jul 2021 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,470
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Jul 2021 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
06, 13, 20 Aug 2021 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £4,470
06, 13, 20, 27 Aug 2021 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
27 Aug 2021 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £3,910
03, 10 Sep 2021 7 nights Wilderness Adventurer £3,910
03, 10 Sep 2021 7 nights Safari Quest £7,030
17, 24 Sep 2021 7 night Wilderness Adventurer £3,430

Meet our expert

worldwide team jo cooper bw
One of our specialists
Meet Jo C

11 Small ship cruises

20 Species of whales & dolphins seen

7 Continents visited

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