Day 1: Hotel Stay in Petersburg
Today, take the opportunity to explore Petersburg. Walk along the beach and watch for birds. Or listen to the hardworking fishermen in the harbor. Or take your camera and find the best views of the Coast Mountains or Devil’s Thumb.
Day 2: Embark in Petersburg
Today’s activities are as varied as the weather. But whatever you do, you’ll board the ship in the afternoon and settle in with a glass of champagne as the yacht begins its cruise to Frederick Sound – home of whales!
Day 3: Kake/Keku Islands
Learn the stories of the Tlingit on Kupreanof Island, thru dance, legends and totems. Tribal members will tell you the history of Kake, which goes back thousands of years. Along the shore, look for black bears and bald eagles. Explore on a hike of the tidal zone, or skiff or kayak along the islets of the Keku Islands.
Day 4: Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area
On the shore of Kuiu Island is the Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area – 67,000 acres of islands, islets and forest! With rubber boots at the ready, you’ll head out on guided hikes through tide pools, woods, and muskeg (that’s a bog!). Or take out the kayaks or skiffs to see the harbor seals, sea stars and jelly fish. Feeling adventurous today? This is a great area to try paddle boarding! Just in case paddle boarding doesn’t work as planned, the crew will have a dry towel and hot toddy ready when you come back aboard.
Day 5: South Baranof Wilderness Area
South Baranof is 319,568 acres of protected glacier-covered fjords, valleys, sheer granite mountains and temperate rain forests. Fortunately, your in the hands of a captain that knows these waters, and will show off little inlets that are perfect for taking out the skiffs or kayaks. And the region is great for spotting bears, seals, otters and sea lions! If you have a break in the action, head up to the bridge and look over the charts with the captain and mates. It’s a fun way to learn about the region!
Day 6: Chatham Strait/Frederick Sound
Today, the ship will be on the lookout for whales. Humpbacks migrate through the region in search of yummy krill and prankton. Have your binoculars and cameras at the ready.
Day 7: Admiralty Island National Monument
In Tlingit, the island is named Kootznoowoo – ‘Fortress of the Bear’! It is the highest concentration of brown bears in the world – more bears than the contiguous 48 states combined! The skiff will take you for a wet landing and you’ll hike to a bear sanctuary. The local guide will provide an orientation before leading you through the bear viewing area.
Day 8: Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area
In the LeConte Wilderness Area, you’ll find the slow moving, ice-filled Stikine River. The yacht will drop anchor and we’ll begin our LeConte Bay adventures. The Bay is 6 miles long, 810 ft deep, with a steep-sided fjord. At high tide, watch for seal pups in the ice gardens. At low tide, you can walk among the icebergs that remain in the glacial outwash field. Tonight, we’ll finish with a Farewell Dinner and cruise slideshow to mark our amazing week!
Day 9: Disembark in Petersburg
After one last breakfast, you’ll depart the yacht to head to the airport. Unless you want to talk to our agents about adding a hotel stay or land tour…