Alaskan Wilderness Cruise
|Wednesday, July 10 - ANCHORAGE|
|Fly to Anchorage
arriving in the afternoon. Our hotel is ideally located to explore the city,
shop, and visit the museums. Later, gather for an introduction to the family
program and a welcome reception.
Two Nights, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel (Reception)
|Thursday, July 11 - ANCHORAGE|
join a docent-led tour of the Anchorage
Museum of History and Art and a brief tour of the city. After lunch
on your own, depart by motorcoach to Flat Top State Park for a hike. Return
to Anchorage in time for a private visit to the Native
Heritage Center to learn about Alaska's native cultures. Meet Athabaskan
elders, see craftsmen demonstrate ancient skills, hear storytellers relay
their oral tradition and enjoy dinner in this festive setting.
|Friday, July 12 - DENALI STATE PARK|
Travel north from Anchorage by train into the great Yukon Valley. Our deluxe dome car offers 360° sightseeing of the Alaskan Range. Hopefully, Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain on the continent, will be in view.
This afternoon a guided walking
tour reveals the colorful history of Talkeetna, an old-time frontier town
that inspired the television program Northern Exposure.
The Young Naturalist program continues today with a hike along the banks of the glacier-fed Talkeetna River. Arrangements can be made for a variety of other activities at additional cost including flightseeing, fishing and river rafting.
Overnight, Talkeetna Lodge (Breakfast)
The Tanana Indian
word "Denali" means "The High One".
Visit the Alaska Department of Natural Resources website for complete information on the Denali State Park.
|Saturday, July 13 - ANCHORAGE - JUNEAU|
En route to Anchorage visit the kennels of a professional dogmusher, meet the dog team and hear stories about the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Then, fly to Juneau and as you board the M/V Wilderness Adventurer, catch your last glimpse of civilization for six days. Sail into an untamed wilderness, where the only populations you will encounter are the amazing varieties of wildlife found along our route. This 72-passenger vessel is ideally suited for such a family learning adventure. Be on deck as we cruise past the northern tip of Admiralty Island, pausing in the picturesque bays of Mansfield Peninsula. Join the Captain's welcome reception and family-style dinner.
Six nights, Wilderness
Adventurer (Breakfast, Dinner)
The M/V Wilderness Adventurer
|Sunday, July 14 - 15 - GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK|
Rise early to pick up a National Park Ranger and cruise up Glacier Bay. The Young Naturalist Program continues today with scheduled events aboard the ship. Pause off the Marble Islands to witness an extraordinary abundance of wildlife crowded on the craggy rocks. Then reach the Margerie Glacier, one of the most active tidewater glaciers in Glacier Bay. Margerie flows from one of the highest coastal mountain ranges in the world, the Fairweather Range, and calves off huge chunks of ice into the chilly waters below.
Cruise past Russell Island, which John Muir explored 100 years ago. Grand Pacific Glacier once extended to Russell Island, then retreated 15 miles. Today it is once again on the advance.
Next, we venture into Johns
Hopkins Inlet if ice and harbor seal conditions permit. Sometimes all
vessels are prohibited from entering Johns Hopkins to allow hundreds of
seals to give birth to their pups among the protective ice of the inlet.
At Geikie Inlet, past the face of Lamplugh Glacier, we spend the afternoon
kayaking and hiking. After dinner, visit the Park Service Interpretive
Center at Bartlett Cove to view a fascinating slide presentation on Glacier
Bay, or join a ranger-led walk.
|Tuesday, July 16 - CHICHAGOF & BARANOF ISLANDS|
|Our itinerary is flexible to allow us to take advantage of the surprises that occur every day. There are opportunities to kayak and to walk ashore in some of the many inlets along the coast.||
|Wednesday, July 17 - ADMIRALTY ISLAND|
This morning, awake at the southern tip of Admiralty Island. Researchers estimate that there is one brown bear per every square mile on Admiralty, the highest concentration in the world. Cruise along the southern shoreline to the pristine bays and inlets of Frederick Sound. This afternoon kayak among the protected bays found along Admiralty's shore and participate in a guided nature walk through the island's dense spruce and hemlock forests.
Be on deck this evening as we cruise out of Frederick Sound into Stephens Passage, an area rich in humpback whales and bald eagles.
|Thursday, July 18 - TRACY ARM FJORD|
|Awake this morning along the eastern shoreline of Admiralty Island at places well known for sighting grizzlies. Later this morning, cruise past Harbor Island, located at the entrance to Tracy Arm Fjord. We spend the entire day cruising Tracy Arm, one of the world's most dramatic fjords. Winding and narrow, with massive cliffs laced with cascading waterfalls, it is home to bald eagles and mountain goats. As the vessel approaches South Sawyer Glacier, watch for calving ice as it crumbles from the glacier's face and crashes to the water below. We have the afternoon to kayak in the turquoise-blue water of Tracy Arm. This evening, enjoy our Captain's farewell dinner in this spectacular setting.|
|Friday, July 19 - JUNEAU - HOME|
|This morning arrive at the dock in Juneau, disembark and transfer to the airport for the flight home.|