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Alaska's Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

Alaska's Northern Passages & Glacier Bay 8 Days

Prices From £4,741pp
May to September | 7 nights

Single Cabins Available

Alaska's Northern Passages & Glacier Bay 8 Days

Aboard: Safari Explorer Safari Endeavour

An ideal Alaskan itinerary full of adventures, activities and excursions. With a focus on glaciers, including visits to Glacier Bay National Park and the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, this great itinerary will take you from Juneau to Sitka on a journey of exploration and discovery. Enjoy whale watching in Icy Strait or Chatham Strait, beachcomb along intertidal zones, hike in Tongass National Park, kayak and paddleboard in glacial fjords and search for wildlife including bears, otters, seals, porpoises and much more.

Please note: This itinerary also operates aboard Safari Explorer’s sister vessel, Safari Endeavour.

Highlights

  • Incredible scenery throughout including the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Glacier Bay National Park
  • Enjoy a hike and bushwhack through the Tongass National Forest
  • Visit and sail through other enchanting spots including Chichagof Island, Sergius Narrows and Baranof Island
  • Exciting activity options including kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and skiffing (small boats)
  • Search for wildlife sightings including whales in Chatham Strait and Icy Strait, harbour seals, Steller’s sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, bears and myriad birdlife

What's Included

  • Accommodation on board with all meals and premium wine, beer, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Group transfers between airport and vessel pre-cruise and post-cruise
  • All activities and equipment mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guided shore visits and small boat excursions
  • National Park and preserves entrance fees
  • Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Alaska, Arctic adventure for you.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

Simon’s deep passion for and first-hand knowledge of a vast range of destinations all over the world gives him the ideal skills to help you create a truly unforgettable wildlife inspired adventure to the most exciting places on the planet.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than fifteen years hands-on experience in the industry, travelling to some of the most incredible wild places on the planet. His far-reaching knowledge and invaluable skills will ensure that your wildlife travel adventure is a dream come true.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

Zoe’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.

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Juneau - Embark
1Day

Juneau - Embark

Arrive independently to Juneau, make your way to the designated meeting point and join your transfer to the port to board your vessel. Settle into your comfortable cabin as we set sail from this picturesque port town past the mountain views of Southeast Alaska.

Expedition Day
2Day

Expedition Day

The plan for today will be a flexible one, with your captain choosing the perfect spots for on-shore excursions and explorations around the Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait. We may kayak or paddleboard in the bays looking for harbour seals and pods of orcas, or take guided walks along the rocky shores.

Glacier Bay National Park
3Day

Glacier Bay National Park

Today may well be one of the highlights of your trip as we make our way to the 3.3 million-acre Glacier Bay National Park for some thoroughly enjoyable exploration. The park was completely covered by ice just over 200 years ago but receding glacier activity has made it now easier to access the inner reaches and enjoy a deeper discovery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your onboard naturalists are experts on the glacial activity here, as well as the wildlife habitats that are also a treat to discover. As you get up as close as possible to the stunning Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers, you will also be on the lookout for Steller sea lions and the abundant seabirds that flock here including puffins, common murres, pigeon guillemots, cormorants and much more. On South Marble Island the birdlife is particularly abundant, whereas along the shoreline of Tidal Inlet we might be lucky enough to spot bears foraging along with mountain goats. At the far end of John Hopkins Inlet or Tarr Inlet you can enjoy the fascinating sight of the glaciers calving icebergs into the water, and in Bartlett Cove you may be able to take an enjoyable hike around the park’s headquarters. A busy and certainly memorable day!

Icy Strait
4Day

Icy Strait

Our next day onboard will take us through the channels of deep, twisted mangroves of the Icy Strait where we will be on the lookout for whales and sea lions, as well as smaller marine wildlife like starfish and jellyfish. You can enjoy kayaking or paddleboarding excursions, or join a thrilling hike with your naturalist guides through the coastal paths of some of the area’s beautiful remote bays. Alternatively you could choose to simply chill out in the hot tub onboard or watch for whales and seals from the deck.

Chichagof Island / Peril Strait
5Day

Chichagof Island / Peril Strait

In the morning we will wake to the ship meandering along the glacier-carved fjords along the Chichagof coast. Our likely plan of action today will be to anchor in Chichagof Island inlet and hop into our kayaks, skiffs or paddleboards to explore the waters and search for whales, seals and seabirds soaring above. A hike up through the moss-covered trees and rain-fed waterfalls will be strenuous but rewarding, or you may wish to stay on lower ground and beachcomb the rocky shores whilst looking for seals, sea creatures and bears. Boasting one of the world’s largest populations of bears, today might be our best chance to see them!

In the afternoon we will sail into Peril Strait and you can join your expedition guides who share the tragic tales of how this passage earned its foreboding name.

Sergius Narrows / Neva Strait
6Day

Sergius Narrows / Neva Strait

Today’s adventures take us into the 300 foot wide and 24 foot deep Sergius Narrows where we will enjoy another day of adventures on land and in the water. An early rise to skiff to the shoreline will reward in a memorably eerie and foggy hike in the verdant woods in search of wildlife. Alternatvely, a kayak or paddle along the shoreline looking out for floating otters may be just as memorable.

In the afternoon we will sail into Hoonah Sound and wind into Neva Strait where it might be time to hop into the hottub and watch as the sun sets on another beautiful day in Alaska.

Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds
7Day

Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds

Our last full day of adventure will take us along the remote, uninhabited islands of Baranof Island where the secluded coves and tree-covered islets make excellent spots for kayaking, paddelboarding and skiffing in search of our last sea lion and whale sightings. Alternatively you may enjoy some beachcombing along the rocky intertidal zones or some guided hikes through the untouched forests.

In the evening you can join your captain for a special farewell dinner and slideshow presentation celebrating your voyage.

Sitka - Disembark
8Day

Sitka - Disembark

Arrival in the port town of Sitka signals the end of your voyage and after breakfast you will disembark and join your transfer to the airport for onward or homeward travel. Should you wish to extend your stay in Alaska, please enquire for options and suggestions.

A view from Above

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Safari Explorer
Adventure vessel

Safari Explorer

The beautiful Safari Explorer is a sturdy, high-end yacht built for adventure. Accommodating just 36 guests, the vessel is the most exclusive in the Uncruise fleet of ships which operate mainly in the Alaska region. With an intimate and relaxed atmosphere on board, guests can revel in great comfort as they cruise. There is an excellent bridge deck which offers a rooftop sun lounge, hot tub and exercise equipment, and inside you will find a spacious dining room, a lounge, bar and a beautiful wine bar with small library. Each of the 18 cabins feature a bathroom with heated tile floor, a TV with DVD player, bathrobes, and a view window. Higher category suites also offer separate living areas and balconies.

Safari Endeavour
Adventure vessel

Safari Endeavour

The Safari Endeavour is an upscale, 42 cabin ship that is famous for sailing the cool waters of Alaska’s Northern Passages. Cosy, comfortable and clean, the ship offers a high standard of accommodation for up to 84 guests. Offering a unique blend of comfort and adventure, the ship features twin hot tubs on the upper deck, a Bow viewing area, a lounge with flat-screen TV, a dining room and a wine bar. Each cabin features a TV with DVD player, comfortable beds, bathrobes and a bathroom. Some cabins offer porthole windows whilst others will have view windows or balconies.

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