Inside Passage Glacier Country Cruise

from £3274
excluding flights *
7 nights Aug-Sep, Apr-Jul

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
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

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.

2018 Season

Departure Vessel Twin Cabin Price (pp)
29 April 2018 SS Legacy £3,274
01 June 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
08 June 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
15 June 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
22 June 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
29 June 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
06 July 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
13 July 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
14 July 2018 Wilderness Adventurer £3,697
20 July 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
21 July 2018 Wilderness Adventurer £3,697
27 July 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
28 July 2018 Wilderness Adventurer £3,697
29 July 2018 SS Legacy £4,813
03 August 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
04 August 2018 Wilderness Adventurer £3,697
10 August 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
11 August 2018 Wilderness Adventurer £3,697
17 August 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
24 August 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
31 August 2018 Safari Explorer £6,390
02 September 2018 Safari Endeavour £3,813
09 September 2018 Safari Endeavour £3,813

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

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: Chatham Strait

Chatham Strait stretches for 150 miles in the Tongass National Forest. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet. Backpacks loaded and adventure equipment lowered (skiffs, paddle boards, kayaks), it’s time to explore! Energy flows as you hike up through moss-covered trees. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sun set.

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 checking out tide pools and abundant life in the intertidal zones. It’s remote, and remarkable.

Day 6: Frederick Sound

Humpbacks beeline it here each season to feast in the krill-rich waters. After your breakfast, search look for whales. 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 Explorer

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The Safari Explorer is a 36-guest luxury yacht perfectly designed for "luxury in the pursuit of adventure." Features include an intimate wine library and spa area including a large on-deck hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and a complimentary massage for all guests.

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SS Legacy

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 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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Safari Endeavour

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The ambience aboard this 84-guest small ship is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Exquisitely appointed, the Safari Endeavour features an intimate Wine Bar and spa area with two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and massage suite.

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SS Legacy

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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