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Ultimate Coves & Passages

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Trip Length: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

Prices from: $7,195 pp/do*

Single Price: $10,795 pp

2017 Dates: May 13; Jun 10, 17; Jul 8, 15; Aug 5, 12; Sept 2

Ships: Wilderness Explorer
Wilderness Discoverer

Notes: Port charges of $500 pp not included in fare.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Explore Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and Cruise Glacier Bay National Park

Witness wildlife at play and whale watch in the Frederick Sound, Stephen’s Passage, and the Icy and Peril Strait’s. Experience sea lion haulout and impressive birding in South Marble Island. Explore the sparking waters via custom-built human-powered watercraft, paddle board, kayak, or skiff. Visit Klawock, a native Tlingit village , to see the carving school and authentic totems. Spend three exclusive days in Glacier Bay, the jewel of the US National Park system, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Biosphere Reserve. Observe stunning glaciers throughout Glacier Bay National Park and the Endicott Arm. Experience a one-of-a-kind Glacier Bay Park Ranger interpretation and uncover the Bartlett Cove Visitor Center. And if that wasn’t enough, find even more adventure on a wilderness trek in Glacier Bay National Park which sits alongside Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast, as well as in El Capitan’s Caves.

Kids in Nature 2015 Dates: Wilderness Discoverer – July 4 (week 1); August 1 (week 1)

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Day 1 Ketchikan, Alaska — Embarkation
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 trek winding through high forest on an old logging trail, find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. And if the stars are right (okay maybe it’s the tides), you just may get lucky today and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.
 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. (*Wilderness boats only)
 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. (*Wilderness boats only)
  Day 6 The Brothers Islands / Stephen’s Passage
There’ll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen’s Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska’s most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for Stellar 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.
  Day 8 Juneau
While others end their adventure and new guests join later in the day, you will spend the day off the boat. Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore all that historic Juneau has to offer. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. Embark your new vessel this afternoon, and keep watch for eagles as cruise through the Tongass National Forest.
  Day 9 Glacier Bay National Park
One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days—Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay.
Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. You’ll find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Linger near South Marble Island to spot the many species of rare sea birds that call this area home. Keep your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-colored puffins and Black Oystercatchers. Stop in Bartlett Cove for a visit to the Park Service’s Headquarters.
  Day 10 Glacier Bay National Park
Spend today exploring the flora and fauna of Glacier Bay National Park.
  Day 11 Glacier Bay National Park
Spend today exploring the flora and fauna of Glacier Bay National Park. Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. You’ll find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops.
  Day 12 Icy Strait
Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leader out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these remote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings.
  Day 13 Chichagof Island / Baranof Island
Meander along the spectacular waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. In the Un-Cruise expedition spirit, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest exploration with your guides.
  Day 14 Peril Strait / Sergius Narrows
Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small boats is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to look skyward for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep). After an adventurous, but “un-perilous” day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.
  Day 15 Sitka — Disembark
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. Transfer to the airport or begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

 

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