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ALASKAN ADVENTURE CRUISE WEST

8 days departing KETCHIKAN May-Sep from £1449

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Travel from Ketchikan to Juneau through the Alaska Inside Passage through isolated waterways and secret passages where bigger cruise ships can't travel. You'll have the opportunity to see wildlife and wilderness up close as you are surrounded by the majestic beauty of the remote Tongass National Forest. This isn't small ship cruising or big ship cruising, this is an adventure cruise that is fully-focused on the luxury of experience; quality over quantity, wildlife over night life and life changing encounters over momentary entertainment.

 

Prices are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

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Day 1: Ketchikan - Embark on Your Adventure Welcome aboard! Meet your crew, get settled in, and keep watch for eagles as we cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan.

Day 2: Tongass National Forest Aha! The wilderness of Southeast Alaska. Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest-the largest national forest in the US. Joined by your expedition team, it's a water ops morning. Spend it paddling a kayak, paddle boarding, or exploring by skiff. Then settle in as you cruise the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, nestled right in the heart of the Tongass. It's a grand first day of exploration!

 

Day 3: El Capitan Caves & Prince of Wales Island Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breath-taking Tongass National Forest-the largest national forest in the US. Take a "wild" Alaska hike winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. The local bears, harbour seals, humpback and orca whales, deer, eagles and humans too can enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. Take to the water and take some time exploring this phenomenal area by kayak and learn from the locals about surving in the Alaskan outback.

 

Day 4: Chatham Strait Exploration

It's Captain's Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on or in the water and take to a kayak, skiff, or snorkel (conditions permitting). Snorkelling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen with a snorkel swim, so take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most un-touched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest, so make sure you have your camera at the ready, scenery doesn't get much better than this.

 

Day 5: Frederick Sound

Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. As you cruise along make sure to keep watch along the coastline for birds, wolves, and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps find your own hidden gem to explore by skiff or a kayak. Gear up for snorkelling or guided hikes and then in the evening toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

 

Day 6: The Brothers Islands & Stephen's Passage

There'll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of islands at the confluence of Stephen's Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska's most unique wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. So keep your eyes peeled for humpback and also frolicking orca and sea lions. Tonight, anchor in a quiet bay and listen for the call of the wild, this is Alaska at its best. Day 7: Endicott Arm & Ford's Terror Wilderness Area Snow covered mountains, glowing blue hues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you'll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller ice bergs. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford's Terror and admire the magnificent domes, hanging valleys, and pristine wilderness that surround it. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

 

Day 8: Juneau - Disembark

Bid adieu to new found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Included Highlights

World class Kayaking adventure

Hiking in Alaska's famous Trocadero Trail

Whale Watching with our naturalists on Frederick Sound

Dawes Glacier, one of Alaska's most pristine Glaciers

Kayaking, paddle boarding and inflatable skiff excursions

Baranof Island's 2000 feet waterfalls

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  'Navigator' cabins with queen or twin beds, private bath w/shower and view window. Single supplements & upgraded cabins are available at additional costs. Contact us for further details.

Transport:  Small discovery cruise ship

Meals:  All meals on board included

Guided:  Services of qualified expedition guides/naturalists

Group size:  Maximum 60-76 (depending on vessel)

Age range:  All ages welcome

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Snorkelling (Including gear hire) US$35

 

 

A GBP£350 / US$600 deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Travel Insurance

 

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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