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Un-Cruise Ultimate Bays & Fjords, Alaska

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Destinations: Sitka, Juneau, AK, Ketchikan
Guide language: English
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Back to Alaska Un-Cruise Ultimate Bays & Fjords, Alaska 14 Nights - Sitka to Ketchikan // Cruise Itinerary -  Expand your exploration of Alaskan coastline—from the southernmost end of Alaska’s Inside Passage to the more northerly Glacier Bay; 14 nights combining our Northern Passages and Western Coves itineraries. INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS: Park Ranger joins you for your day in Glacier Bay National Park View glaciers: Glacier Bay National Park and Dawes Paddle Mendenhall Lake and hike on the glacier South Marble Island sea lion haulout and bird colonies Explore the mainland—glacial landscapes, old growth and rainforest Wildlife-rich Stephens Passage, Peril Strait, Behm Canal, and Icy Strait Discover Misty Fjords National Monument by kayak, paddle board and skiff Hikes on Chichagof and Baranof Islands Discover the intertidal zones of Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House Transit winding Wrangell Narrows Day 1 - Sitka – Embarkation Welcome aboard! Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll be cruising the scenic channels of the Inside Passage. Day 2 - Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island, but along its western side lay hundreds of remote, uninhabited islands, and endless opportunities for dropping anchor and adventure. With many secluded coves and islands to choose from, discover the region’s intertidal zones, or from your skiff or kayak, watch for whales and sea lions. Gear up for a guided hike with your expedition team for a new perspective of the vast Tongass National Forest. Day 3 - Neva Strait / Sergius Narrows Scenic Neva Strait winds into the rugged rock fingers of Sergius Narrows. Opening at Hoonah Sound, the narrows—squeezing to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep—is a great place to watch the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and skyward for eagles. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a frosty microbrew or hot toddy. Day 4 - Peril Strait / Chichagof Island Wend along Peril Strait—a twisting channel known for dramatic currents, Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. Meander along the coast of Chichagof Island. In the UnCruise expedition spirit, marvel at the unbelievable scenery as your crew expertly guides you through glacier- carved fjords. Anchor in remote coves for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest hike with your guides. Day 5 - Icy Strait Set your course for some of the most remote waters in Southeast Alaska. Join the captain on the bridge or the expedition team out on deck in search of whales and marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these wilderness reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings. Day 6 - Glacier Bay National Park One of America’s crown jewel national parks is yours to explore—Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to uncover coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. 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. With much to see all around you, you'll find sea lions, mountain goats, bears, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay. Day 7 - Captain’s Choice  Plying the remote waterways of Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain sets the course for adventure! Wake up at anchor and kick off your morn with on-deck yoga stretches. Then slip into a kayak or step onto a paddle board and glide along rocky outcroppings with your guides. While you keep watch for playful harbor seals in these protected waters, bald eagles will likely monitor your improving paddling skills from the treetops. Day 8 - Juneau While others end their adventure and new guests join later in the day, you will spend the day off the boat. Local guides swoop you away on an expedition in the mountains and wilderness surrounding Juneau. A short drive brings you to your glacial playground of the day—Mendenhall Lake*. Push off from shore and paddle among icebergs, temperate rainforest, and glittering Nugget Falls. Watch the shoreline for wildlife—mountain goats, black bears, river otters, beavers, and eagles. After a beach landing near Mendenhall Glacier, trade your paddle for trekking poles. Hike to the edge of the glacier and onto the ice—with a fascinating natural history lesson along the way. Lunch is included during your excursion. Returning to the canoes, paddle back across the lake. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. *Children must be 8 years and older to participate in the Mendenhall Lake/Glacier outing. Guests with children under 8 years old will have the opportunity to take the Mt. Roberts tram with access to hiking trails and raptor learning center.  Day 9 - 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. As you glide through Endicott Arm, you’ll likely spy harbor seals and their pups lounging on “bergy bits” in the water. Tides permitting, explore the narrow passageway of Fords Terror, marvel at its towering walls, the many waterfalls that spill down them, and the high Coastal Mountains that frame the skyline. Day 10 - Stephens Passage Make the most of today! As your captain navigates through Southeast’s remote fjords, watch for whales—humpback and orca are frequent residents of these waters. Perhaps you’ll hike through an other-worldly, landscape of hanging waterfalls and every shade of green, or kayak and paddle board into the wild inner reaches of a salt chuck—a tidal salt-water lake—keeping a lookout for bears, heron, moose, mink, and harbor seals. Day 11 - Thomas Bay / 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. Day 12 - 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. Day 13 - 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. Day 14 - 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. Day 15 - Ketchikan, Alaska – Disembarkation Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin your extended UnCruise hotel stay or land tour. Prices From: £6,120 per person Price Includes: Onboard meals; spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment. Not Included: Return International flights, gratuities and items of a personal nature.  Departure Dates -  2018 - 28 April; 12, 26 May; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June; 7, 14, 21, 28 July; 4, 11, 18 August; 1 September  2019 - 4, 18, 25 May; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June; 6, 13, 20, 27 July; 3, 10, 17, 24 August; 7, 21 September  //
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Windows on the wild
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