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Alaska - Inner Reaches Eastern Coves

Alaska, United States

from $2,895* per person 8 Days May-September
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Inner Sea Discoveries 24 people max
  • Airport near juneau, ak, united states
  • Family & Friends trips
Lots of ice, alpine-to-sea creeks, and rainforests highlight this adventure. Stand atop a glacier or kayak through the narrows where the salmon run. Hike trails into wildlife-rich forest and ride a skiff along a dramatic fjord. Spend your days learning Tlingit culture, whale watching, and visit two incredible wilderness areas. With InnerSea Discoveries, your viewpoint of Southeast Alaska will be unmatched by any other.

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Alaska, United States

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  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Directions: Juneau to Ketchikan
    
Day 1
Juneau, Alaska — Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as we set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness.
    
Day 2
Tracy Arm Wilderness / 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, birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots, and mountain goats, usually spotted high on the cliffs. 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.
    
Day 3
Thomas Bay / Cascade Creek
Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic Cascade Creek trail. Or go big on the 5-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking. 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.
    
Day 4
Thomas Bay / Baird Glacier / Wrangell Narrows
In an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz, take on the otherworldly Baird Glacier and its boot-sucking mud until you stand atop the mile-wide glacier. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or trekking 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 5
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.
    
Day 6
Yes Bay
Wildlife abounds in Yes Bay and the surrounding Tongass National Forest—humpback whales, orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown and black bears, mink, marten, eagles, and otters. Say yes to a kayak paddle up the bay or venture out on a wildlife-seeking hike along one of the area’s scenic trail.
    
Day 7
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 steep, sometimes sheer, walls 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 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 8
Ketchikan — Disembark
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking the ship this morning. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

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