Alaska's Southeast Explorer
The most in-depth itinerary, the 10-night, 11-day Alaska's Southeast Explorer adds two additional days and three compelling ports to everything included in the Inside Passage Sojourn. This all-encompassing expedition includes the rollicking gold-rush town of Skagway, the beautiful community of Haines at the heads of the Chilkat Inlet, and the charming fishing community of Petersburg.
Day 1 Sitka
Explore beautiful Sitka, visiting sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history, including the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Bishop's House, and St. Michael's Cathedral. Embark for the narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.
Day 2 True Alaska Exploration
Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted day of discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day's unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest.
Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park
This remarkable national park fjord extends 65-miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its spectacular calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day's program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins us to reveal traditional ties to this ancient treasure.
Day 4 Skagway and Haines
Stroll the boardwalks of the rollicking Klondike gold rush town of Skagway, then board the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad for a journey retracing the steps of gold-seekers into Canada. Built in 1898, the railroad climbs nearly 3,000 feet in 20 miles and offers stunning wilderness views. This excursion crosses the border into Canada, so passports are required. A guided walking tour through scenic Haines features a visit to pre-WWI Fort Seward National Historic Site, with parade grounds overlooking Lynn Canal.
Day 5 Juneau & Orca Point Lodge
Visit highlights of the scenic capital, including the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. In downtown Juneau, visit the newly-renovated Alaska State Museum. There will also be time to explore on your own. End the day at Orca Point Lodge, our exclusive property on Colt Island. Dine on salmon, king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.
Day 6 Tracy Arm & Frederick Sound
Journey through Tracy Arm, a dramatic fjord renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level at 4,000 feet. As ice conditions permit, we'll navigate the entire length of the arm, stopping in view of both the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. Skiff excursions provide the opportunity to view the majesty of the area in even greater detail. Scout for humpback whales and other marine life in the world-renowned whale waters of Frederick Sound.
Day 7 Petersburg
Discover the charming fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s, Petersburg is nichnamed Alaska's "Little Norway." Experience this Scandinavian culture with a folk dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Later, enjoy a narrated bus tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your leisure.
Day 8 Wrangell
Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags, and ruled by four nations- the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided walking tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska.
Day 9 Thorne Bay & Kasaan
Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska's timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world. Here, you'll meet resident artisans and enjoy a walking tour of the town. In Kasaan, walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-I-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States.
Day 10 Metlakatla & Misty Fjords
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. Visit a traditional Tsimshian longhouse, enjoy a ceremonial dance performance, and meet Native artists. Later, your ship will glide beneath the 3,000 foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords.
Day 11 Ketchikan
Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska's "First City" and "Salmon Capital of the World." Transfer to the airport to your hotel is complimentary.
Package departs from:
Sitka to Ketchikan
Ketchikan to Sitka
July 1, 5, 21
2017 Pricing Starting at:
Note: pricing does not include applicable taxes and fees
• Selected guest cabin facilities
• All meals aboard the vessel, or where otherwise indicated
• A complimentary glass of wine or beer with dinner
• Selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary documents
• Ground transportation to and from the airport to hotel or ship in Juneau, Sitka, or Ketchikan
• Ground transportation is provided from the local airport to select hotels the day prior to sailing
• All standard onboard services
Note: Airfare to and from your home city, pre and post cruise hotel accommodations, and all taxes and port fees are not included.