Hiking overlooking Alaska's Inside Passage

Inside Passage: Glacier Country Cruise

from £5413 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • May-Aug
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Highlights

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

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

Steller sea lions and kittiwakes

The crown jewel of America’s national parks, Glacier Bay covers a staggering 3.3 million acres. By travelling on a small ship you’ll have the opportunity to delve further than most visitors, with the chance to spot puffins on South Marble Island and calving glaciers in the John Hopkins or Tarr Inlets. Look for bears foraging along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet and time permitting, you may get the chance to take a forest hike around the park at Bartlett Cove.

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Glacier Bay National Park at dawn
Glacier Bay National Park

At Admiralty Island National Monument, kayak or skiff in and out of the bays and islets, keeping an eye out for Alaskan brown bears and nesting bald eagles. Tlingit call the island Kootznoowoo, meaning “Fortress of the Bear”. The island also has a higher density of bald eagles than all the other US states combined.

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.

Orca in Frederick Sound

Keep an eye out for humpback and orca whales as your captain navigates Wyndham Bay and Stephens Passage, they are frequent visitors to this part of the passage. This is a day for exploration and adventure and you can choose to hike, kayak, snorkel or take a skiff tour whilst soaking in the splendour of your surroundings.

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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

Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau.

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only – embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be flexible to take advantage of wildlife sightings, weather conditions, tides and the interests of the group.

Prices and Departures

Price from £5413 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.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

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

2024 departures

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)
24 May 2024 8 days Safari Quest £5,413
31 May 2024 8 days Safari Quest £6,663
07 Jun 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
14 Jun 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
21 Jun 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
28 Jun 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
05 Jul 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
12 Jul 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
19 Jul 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
26 Jul 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
02 Aug 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
09 Aug 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
16 Aug 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
23 Aug 2024 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
30 Aug 2024 8 days Safari Quest £6,663

2025 departures

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)
23 May 2025 8 days Safari Quest £5,413
30 May 2025 8 days Safari Quest £6,663
06 Jun 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
13 Jun 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
20 Jun 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
27 Jun 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
04 Jul 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
11 Jul 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
18 Jul 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
25 Jul 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
01 Aug 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
08 Aug 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
15 Aug 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
22 Aug 2025 8 days Safari Quest £7,746
29 Aug 2025 8 days Safari Quest £6,663

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