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Alaska Inside Passage: Inner Reaches Eastern Coves

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Trip Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $2,895 pp/do*

Single Price: $4,345 pp

2017 Dates: May 6, 7, 19, 20; Jun 3, 10; Jul 1, 8, 29; Aug 5, 26; Sept 2, 8, 10, 23

Ships: Wilderness Explorer
Safari Endeavour
Wilderness Discoverer
Wilderness Adventurer
Safari Explorer

Notes: Port charges of $250 per person not included in fare. Starting rates vary by ship & date.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Examine the narrow waterways and back passages of the most isolated, remote areas of Southeast Alaska. This 8-day adventure navigates the wilderness and waters via small ship, allowing us to arrive at rarely seen locations where pristine beauty and immaculate beauty are around every corner.

It is entirely up to you to explore the way you wish to – whether by foot, skiff, or kayak, make this trip your own. Add to it by partaking in excursion adventures, also of your choosing. Fish the flawless waters with top-of-the-line fishing gear, take a once in a lifetime kayaking adventure with an expert naturalist, or hike into the wilderness with a small group of your fellow passengers and experience what makes Alaska such an unforgettable frontier.

This route from Juneau to Ketchikan spans 8 days and 7 nights. If you feel like that will leave you hungry for more, consider joining the return trip which offers an entirely new itinerary. 

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Day 1: Juneau — Embark on Your Adventure

Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as we set sail into the Chuck River Wilderness.

Day 2: Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots. Later today, move into Frederick Sound—summer feeding ground for the Northern Hemisphere’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Stellar sea lions.

Day 3: Thomas Bay 

Choose kayaking and a lush forest hike on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a roundtrip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its “Devil’s Country” nickname during a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” about the area’s mythical shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 4: Glacial Landscapes / Wrangell Narrows
Step into the back country of Alaska’s wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today.  An abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along “Christmas Tree Lane” as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.

 

Day 5: Wrangell

Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder—Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Brush up on your Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House for native storytelling. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. The afternoon offers up some of the most scenic kayaking of the trip.

Day 6: Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation hike on the Cleveland Peninsula.

Day 7: Misty Fjords National Monument

Affectionately called “The Yosemite of the North”, Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water and steep, sometimes sheer, walls are a haven for ducks, brown and black bear, mountain goats, Sitka deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. This evening join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous dinner.

Day 8: Ketchikan — Disembark

Enjoy a Bon Voyage breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Photo Credit: Un-Cruise Adventures