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Exploring Muir’s Wilderness

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Trip Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $4,695 pp/do*

Single Price: $6,195 pp

2017 Dates: May 14, 21, 26, 28; Jun 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; Jul 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; Aug 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27; Sept 1, 3

Ships: Safari Endeavour
Safari Explorer

Notes: Starting prices vary by ship and departure date. Port taxes of $250 pp not included in fare.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Glacier Bay National Park: Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers
  • Onboard interpretation by a National Park Ranger and your expedition team
  • Whale watching in Icy Strait
  • Unmatched birding and wildlife viewing
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait
  • Intertidal shore walks and hikes at Bartlett Cove and Thomas Bay

 

FARES INCLUDE – All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port taxes/fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic+

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Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!
Icy Strait
It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.
Glacier Bay National Park
It’s a day John Muir would’ve delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice 200 years ago, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.
Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island
The options are aplenty—it’s Captain’s Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.
Thomas Bay
The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.
Port Houghton
Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!
Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. 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 Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.
Juneau – Disembarkation
After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. You’ll be transferred to the Juneau airport, your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.

 

Photo Credit: Un-Cruise Adventures