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Alaska Inside Passage: Inner Reaches Western Coves

Rates & Dates:

Trip Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $3,595 pp/do*

Single Price: $5,395 pp

2017 Dates: May 13; June 10, 17; July 8, 15; Aug 5, 12; Sept 2.

Ships: Wilderness Explorer
Wilderness Discoverer

Notes: Port charges of $250 pp not included in fare.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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The main focus of this itinerary is to bring you into secret passages and isolated waterways that the big ships can’t access. You’ll witness wilderness and wildlife up close and personally while surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the Tongass National Forest.

While on the ship, you can indulge in on-deck yoga, relax in the sauna, or let a massage therapist smooth your cares away. Each day, your activities are up to you! Explore options like caving, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking.

This Ketchikan to Juneau route is 8 days and 7 nights, but if you are eager for more, join us on the return trip for 8 more days of magic, and a completely separate itinerary.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore “wild and woolly” wilderness (“skookum” to the locals)
  • Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage
  • Kayak and paddle board through remote coves in Tongass National Forest
  • El Capitan Cave hike on Prince of Wales Island
  • Observe a Stellar sea lion haulout at The Brothers Islands
  • Kayak and skiff along Chatham Strait’s rugged coastline
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Day 1: Ketchikan — Embark
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 / El Capitan Passage
Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Take a “wild” Alaska hike winding through high forest on an old logging trail. Trek up to El Capitan Cave, where 400,000-year-old bones have been found. And cap off your day noshing on locally harvested oysters as a resident family tells of life in the Alaskan outback.

Day 3: El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island
Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking 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. Locals—bears, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, deer, eagles, humans too—enjoy the calm and serenity of the island. And chances are, you will too. Take time to take it in from a kayak and learn from locals about making a life in the Alaskan outback.

Day 4: Chatham Strait
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. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only seen from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today’s discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 5: Frederick Sound
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time, and wildlife—they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. 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 another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 6: The Brothers Islands /Stephens Passage
There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Steller sea lions. The area is also the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep watch for orca, humpbacks, and porpoise.

Day 7: Endicott Arm / Ford’s Terror Wilderness
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, 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 “bergy bits.” 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.

Photo Credit: Un-Cruise Adventures