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Small Ship Cruising in Alaskan Inside Passage

Exploration Cruising in South East Alaska exploring the glacial landscapes

10 days

from £4,450pp

This is an eight day active Alaska cruise by small ship, beginning in Juneau and ending in Ketchican. Travel down the eastern coves of Alaska's Inside Passage exploring the glacial landscapes and rainforest.

  • Active cruise offering an introduction to glaciers, rainforests and incredible wildlife
  • Seven nights on a small expeditionary ship, get off the beaten track with expert guides
  • Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound
  • Daily guided excursions including kayaking, paddle boarding, extended hikes and skiff trips

This Alaskan cruise is suited to those who love active wilderness exploration. Sail down the Inside Passage of Alaska on a small expedition ship accompanied by specialist expedition guides. The small size of the boat allows access to the quiet coves and narrow passages inaccessible to the larger ships, often providing front row seats to some great wildlife viewing opportunities. There are a choice of daily guided activities either on foot, by kayak or skiff or if feeling adventurous by paddleboard. 

This part of Alaska is home to some of the densest bear (brown and black) populations in North America, while its waters are home to the largest concentrations of humpbacks in the Northern Hemisphere. Orca, sea otters, bald eagles, seals and mountain goats are also often seen.


For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • Accommodation on a full board basis on the boat
  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Juneau
  • Guided small group sightseeing on the boat as per itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Seattle

Fly Seattle to Juneau


Juneau is the state capital in an area known as the Inside Passage. A stunning coastal route made up of narrow channels, fiords, small islands and surrounded by snow topped mountains. It is a wonderful area for seeing bald eagles, sea lions and whales.


You will be staying at Goldbelt Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Juneau embarkation
On arrival you will be met and transferred to the ship for embarkation before setting sail for Tracy Arm Wilderness


This itinerary operates on other boats, dependent on dates


You will be staying at Wilderness Discoverer, Full board

Day 3

Tracy Arm Wilderness and 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 Steller sea lions.


You will be staying at Wilderness Discoverer, Full board

Day 4

Thomas Bay
Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek 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.


You will be staying at Wilderness Discoverer, Full board

Day 5

Glacial landscapes and 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.


You will be staying at Wilderness Discoverer, Full board

Day 6

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. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.


You will be staying at Wilderness Discoverer, Full board

Day 7

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 trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.


You will be staying at Wilderness Discoverer, Full board

Day 8

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 sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a haven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay 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.


You will be staying at Wilderness Discoverer, Full board

Day 9

Ketchikan disembarkation
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning.

Fly Ketchikan to Seattle

Day 10

Fly Seattle to London

Accommodation

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Wilderness Discoverer

Wilderness Discoverer

The Wilderness Discoverer at 53m is perfect for exploring the smaller bays of the Alaskan coast, where the larger ships cannot get too....

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