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Alaska's Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise

Juneau
, Windham Bay
, Thomas Bay
, Baird Glacier
, Cascade Cree
, LeConte Bay
, Stikine River
, Ideal Cove
, Wrangell
, Chief Shakes Tribal House
, Yes Bay
, Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness
, Ketchikan, Alaska, United States, Juneau, Windham Bay, Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Cascade Cree, Leconte Bay, Stikine River, Ideal Cove, Wrangell Chief Shakes Tribal House, Yes Bay, Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness, North America

from $1,795* per person 8 Days May-September
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 2
Operator: AdventureSmith Explorations 12 people max
  • Juneau
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
In a land where it is common to see whales, bears and sea lions all in one day, this itinerary is focused on providing guests with a multitude of meaningful ways to experience Southeast Alaska's Eastern coves and its surrounding waterways in small doses. Whether you are looking for moderate activity or vigorous, extended and challenging outdoor pursuits, a plethora of adventure options are available to tailor most any expedition wish.

With a 3-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio this water based Alaskan adventure is unlike any other. In fact, it follows an "un-cruise" concept which eliminates the hassles of traditional cruising. This means guests are pampered by an all-American crew renowned for their friendliness and eager-to-please attitude; they are educated and informed by professional expedition leaders and naturalists who have a vast knowledge and deep passion for Alaska. There is no waiting in long lines, being packed into tourist-clogged towns, or following a tight schedule. Instead, this trip is totally flexible following the flux of wildlife and tucking into the coves and bays that big ships can't get near.

With only 49 like-minded souls seeking adventure, this expedition vessel carries enough equipment and activity options for all to partake in what they wish. Whether this means an "non-activity" such as reading a book on the deck and soaking in the hot tub, or enjoying the challenge of a strenuous hike and an afternoon of leisurely kayaking; The choice is all yours.

Locations visited/nearby

Juneau , Windham Bay , Thomas Bay , Baird Glacier , Cascade Cree , LeConte Bay , Stikine River , Ideal Cove , Wrangell , Chief Shakes Tribal House , Yes Bay , Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness , Ketchikan, Alaska, United States, Juneau, Windham Bay, Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Cascade Cree, Leconte Bay, Stikine River, Ideal Cove, Wrangell Chief Shakes Tribal House, Yes Bay, Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness, North America

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  • Reviewer:

    Galapagos Motor Yacht Eric/Letty/Flamingo Cruise

    Thank you for the most incredible experience! We just came back from our trip to the Galapagos. We were on the Eric - a terrific yacht and an even greater team. The islands are beyond belief, but I wanted to tell you how perfect the entire trip was.  Everything went incredibly smoothly from our arrival (late) in Quito where our guide was waiting for us despite the late hour, to all transfers, luggage and ticket arrangements - everything. Our guides were fabulous, as was the entire crew, including the Captain.  AdventureSmith Explorations did a terrific job!

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  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Juneau - Embark
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of Mount Juneau and its surrounding glaciers. As we leave the harbor, watch for the eagles that abound year round, and a variety of elegant birds, silly seals, hardy sea lions, playful porpoise and hopefully a few of the large population of humpback and Orca whales that roam the Inside Passage waters. After meeting your crew and getting acquainted with your ship’s features, finish the evening with a delicious meal while keeping an eye on lookout for Orca and humpback whales as we cruise to Windham Bay.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: dinner
Day 2 - Windham Bay
Wake up to the glory of Windham Bay, a unique combination of lush rainforest, fresh and saltwater habitat with numerous estuaries. Push your senses and your muscles with the exhilarating combination of sea kayaking and trekking. Or ride a skiff to the same shore and take a relaxing walk on the trail that boasts a 350-foot elevation gain. Fairly easy Chuck River hiking trails lead to the Chuck River Wilderness where large black bear and bald eagles often feed on the salmon runs. Get there by kayak and enjoy the views.

After lunch, move into the waters of Frederick Sound – the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere. Learn fascinating facts and behavioral theories about the whales from our onboard naturalists as you watch the action. After dinner, anchored inside the appropriately named Scenery Cove, we will be listening to whales and hoping for sea birds like marbled murrelets, common loons, red-throated loons, Barrow’s goldeneyes and common mergansers at sunrise.

Kayaks are available all morning for unguided touring at your leisure. Additional morning activities include snorkeling and swimming.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 - Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Cascade Creek
Thomas Bay is known for glaciers, gold and quartz deposits, moose, brown bears, black bears, squirrels, wolves, birds and rabbits. Take on the exposed terminal moraine of the Baird Glacier Trail, until you reach the top of the glacier itself. An impressive feat of nature, shorter hikes to Baird Glacier and optional activities are also available.

Dinner includes a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” a story about Thomas Bay and native bigfoot-like creatures call Kushtaka. Known to some as the “Land of the Kushtaka,” native lore is rich with Kushtaka stories and strange encounters have been recorded for many years here. Taking advantage of Alaska’s long daylight hours, you may choose to get in one more short kayak excursion before bed.

Varied length hikes up onto the Cascade Creek Trail are available all afternoon. Shorter hikes can be arranged around flight seeing schedule. Kayaks are available all day for unguided touring at your leisure. Skiff tours around anchorage available all afternoon. Additional afternoon activities include snorkeling and swimming.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 - LeConte Bay, Stikine River, Ideal Cove
Wake to the sounds of “bergy bits” and brash ice as they gently roll past the hull of the ship as you ease through the ice-rich waters of LeConte Bay, home to the Northern hemisphere’s most southerly tide water glacier. Shake off sleep with a yoga class. Then rove through the ice-encrusted waters by kayak or skiff. A treasure trove of adventure and natural beauty, whether you choose a 4-hour guided kayak, a 1.5-hour kayak or opt for a skiff excursion, it is sure to please.

After lunch, the optional overnight trip up the Stikine River to Shakes Glacier departs the "Mother Ship" via jet boat. For the rest of us, fishing, leisure kayaking or hiking on the 4.5 or 8.2-mile Three Lakes Loop Trail may take up the afternoon. Or a good book and a comfy chair may be in order. After dinner, don’t miss the sights as we turn toward Wrangell via the Wrangell Narrows, and are guided by over 30 bright red and green navigation lights, locally known as Christmas Tree Lane.

Shorter hikes on the Three Lakes Loop Trail are available all afternoon. Kayaks are available all afternoon for unguided touring at your leisure. Skiff tours around anchorage available all day. Additional afternoon activities include snorkeling and swimming.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 - Wrangell, Chief Shakes Tribal House
Once under the jurisdiction of the Russians, the British, and the Americans, as well as originally a Tlingit territory, Wrangell has the unique status of being the only Alaskan city to have been governed under four "flags". Today, it is home to native culture, wildlife and wonder. Rise early to go after abundant King Salmon just waiting to be hooked. Brush up on your Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House for native storytelling and visit Kiksetti Totem Park on Front Street to view recently carved totem poles and hear their unique story. Or hitch a ride on the jet boat tour up the Stikine River to pick up the overnight campers. Bear-lovers may choose to travel by jet boat to view the black and brown bears fishing for salmon at Anan Creek.

After lunch, Canoe Pass offers one of the most scenic kayaking opportunities of the trip. Along the Eastern shore of Etolin Island within the South Etolin Wilderness Area, Canoe Pass is a smooth, narrow, 5-mile stretch of pristine Alaskan water. End the day with a soak in the hot tub or maybe a DVD as the vessel cruises toward Yes Bay on the northern end of Behm Canal.

Kayaks are available during the day for unguided touring at your leisure. Skiff tours around anchorage available all day. Additional afternoon activities include snorkeling and swimming.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 6 - Yes Bay
It is tough to say “no” in Yes Bay. Maybe that is why wildlife abounds in Yes Bay and the surrounding Tongass National Forest - humpback whales, Orcas, porpoise, seals, sea lions, black bears, brown bears, mink, marten, eagles and otters. Say yes to a kayak tour up the bay and choose your wildlife-seeking hike: the Tramway Trail, a main transportation link dating from decades ago, Wolverine Creek Trail and the shorter hike following the river to Lake McDonald, also a perfect spot to cast a fly for trout.

After lunch, wile away the hours over a good book, take out a kayak for a leisurely paddle or indulge in the good fun of platform diving contests and swim races around the ship. Or take to the skies for magnificent views of brown and black bears at Traitors Cove/Margaret Creek or Anan Creek on an add-on flight tour.

Short hikes to Lake McDonald are also available. Between July and September, add-on flight tours to Traitors Cove / Margaret Creek or Anan Creek are available. Guided fly-fishing can also be arranged for you through Yes Bay Lodge. Kayaks are available all day for unguided touring at your leisure. Skiff tours around anchorage available all day. Additional afternoon activities include snorkeling and swimming. After lunch, optional activities may include platform diving and rope swinging contests, judged for style by the crew, and swim races around the ship.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7 - Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness
Watch the sun rise over the steep and sometimes sheer walls of the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness Area, a haven for ducks, brown and black bear, mountain goats, Sitka deer, mink, river otters, and in a few places, moose. Humpbacks and orcas, porpoise, sea lions, and seals ply the waters of Behm Canal and the inlets. Glide through Walker Cove by kayak and stop at shoreline beaches to stretch your legs. Or explore it all by skiff, soaking in the splendor of this utterly wild, roadless and largely forgotten corner of the world.

In the afternoon, anchor inside Rudyerd Bay and Punchbowl Cove to leisurely take in its famous scenic waterfalls and vast granite walls. This evening, you will be greeted with cocktails and a cheery camaraderie as you join the Captain in a farewell toast. Enjoy a sumptuous Alaskan seafood and prime beef dinner and reminisce about your Alaskan journey.

Kayaks are available all morning for unguided touring at your leisure. Skiff tours around anchorage available all morning.

Accommodations: M/V Wilderness Adventurer or M/V Wilderness Discoverer
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8 - Private dock, north of Ketchikan — Disembark
Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Ketchikan is located on the edge of the Tongass National Forest. A Bon Voyage breakfast ends our ship journey; however there are many enticing ways to extend your journey from here. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport,local accommodations or arrange for an add-on overnight land tour to Juneau, Ketchikan, Wrangell or Alaska’s interior. Parting can be such sweet sorrow, and if your schedule allows it, please feel free to join us as we cruise an entirely different route on the return trip from Ketchikan to Juneau.

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Included Meals: breakfast

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