Co-sponsored with Jefferson University

Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures. 

Date Information

Dates: 
Friday, July 26, 2019 - Friday, August 2, 2019
Sold Out?: 
No

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Sitka – Embarkation

Today, travel to Sitka from your home city, or from Anchorage if you visited Denali National Park on the 6-day Orbridge Pre-Tour. After arriving, immerse yourself in the Tlingit culture at a Sheet’ka Kwaán Naa Kahídi (which roughly translates to “The clan house for all the people of Sitka”) dance show.

Afterward, visit the Alaska Raptor Center—Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center—with a local guide.

Then venture to Sitka National Historical Park where you'll learn the history of the area that served as the battle site between Russian traders and the indigenous Tlingit. Stand in awe before the massive totem poles lining the park's coastal trail, and gain insight into their powerful symbols. 

Later, transfer to the Admiralty Dream for embarkation. Enjoy your first dinner on board as you get to know your Expedition Leader, crew, and travel companions.

Note: depending upon tides, actual flight arrival times and other factors, you may transfer onto a day boat to rendezvous with the Admiralty Dream.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (D) 

Day 2: Icy Strait / Chichagof Island

Relax on deck with your binoculars and a hot cup of cocoa as you sail through Icy Strait in search of wildlife, including orca (killer whales), Steller sea lions, seal, porpoise, and the magnificent humpback whales. Along the shore, perhaps catch sight of bald eagles in the treetops. Choose from activities like kayaking, skiff rides, and hiking.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park

Arrive in Glacier Bay National Park, where scientists have found exposed rock that's believed to be more than 200 million years old. While at Bartlett Cove, visit the park lodge and visitor center or participate in a guided forest hike. Meet a National Park Service Ranger and a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide who will come aboard and accompany you during your time in Glacier Bay National Park. Watch for puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, bears, and eagles, and take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 4: Eastern Baranof Island / Lake Eva

Spend the morning cruising through the Peril Strait to Hanus Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy a kayak, skiff or hiking excursion. Hike through old-growth forest to Lake Eva, home to a variety of salmon and trout.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 5: Hidden Falls

Experience a rare tour of the Hidden Falls Hatchery where you will learn about the release of Chinook and Coho salmon fry and smolts, and the vital role fishing has held in Alaska for centuries. In the evening, share the day's adventures with your fellow travelers over dinner.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 6: Petersburg / Frederick Sound

Arrive early at the charming fishing village of Petersburg, founded by a Norwegian fisherman in the late 1800s. Tour the town with a local guide and see the local youth perform a spirited dance celebrating their Norwegian heritage. Explore the town on your own, then return to theAdmiralty Dream for lunch. Afterward, take a skiff excursion for a beautiful hike at Petersburg Creek across Wrangell Narrows. Depart Petersburg in the late afternoon and sail through Frederick Sound in search of whales.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 7: Tracy Arm Fjord

Today experience Tracy Arm, a narrow fjord that winds through towering mountains and massive glaciers. Witness the “calving” of glaciers as gigantic chunks of ice break and crash into the water. Watch for harbor seals that often dot the floating platforms and mountain goats on nearby perches. In the afternoon and conditions permitting, glide through and discover coves or bays by kayak or skiff, soaking in the splendor of some of the most untouched wilderness in the world. Recount your trip highlights with fellow travelers tonight during a Captain's Farewell Dinner.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Day 8: Auke Bay / Juneau – Disembarkation

Disembark this morning after breakfast and take your complimentary shuttle to the airport for your flight home, or to your accommodation if you reserved a post-night in Juneau. (B)

Pre-Tour: Denali National Park
Dates: 
Sunday, July 21, 2019 - Friday, July 26, 2019
Journey into the scenic wilds of America's most northern state aboard the historic Alaska Railroad. With superior viewing from your upgraded GoldStar glass-dome seat, watch Alaska's rugged forests and wildlife fill the ever-changing panorama of your window. Your destination: the magnificent, six-million-acre Denali National Park and Reserve. Familiarize yourself with the Park, walking its trails with a guide, and choose from optional excursions to personalize your adventure. Keep binoculars close at hand: this dazzling and vast wilderness is home to Dall sheep, eagles, wolves, migrating caribou, and grizzly bears—and catching sight of them is a thrill not soon forgotten.
Day 1: Arrive Fairbanks, Alaska
Welcome to Fairbanks! The city is also known as “The Golden Heart of Alaska,” a reference to the discovery of gold in 1902 and its location in Alaska’s interior. Meet your Orbridge Expedition Leader and traveling companions at a Welcome Reception, and prepare for your upcoming Denali activities and excursions.

Overnight: Pike's Waterfront Lodge (R)
Day 2: Fairbanks / Alaska Railroad / Denali National Park
Along with your Orbridge Expedition Leader, board the train to Denali National Park on the Denali Star Train route, one of the most scenic stretches of the world-famous Alaska Railroad, as it cuts through the northern boreal forests of interior Alaska where gold miners came to seek their fortune. Enjoy a rich panoply of views of America's northernmost frontier as you travel in your reserved seat and upgraded GoldStar, glass-dome train car. Upon exiting the train in Denali, take a short walk with your Expedition Leader to the Denali National Park Visitor Center for a brief Park orientation. View the Visitor Center's exhibits or sign up for ranger-led talks, hikes and other Park activities available during your Denali stay. Afterward, take the courtesy shuttle to the Grande Denali Lodge. This evening, enjoy a lively dinner event where you'll explore fun and unique features of the Park with a presenter from the Murie Science and Learning Center.

Overnight: Grande Denali Lodge (B,D)

You may purchase the following optional excursions in advance from our Guest Services team to enjoy during your free time in Denali. We recommend you reserve early for best availability as space is limited.

• Husky Homestead Dog Sled Presentation: A behind-the-scenes look at champion Alaskan Huskies and their training with Iditarod four-time winner, Jeff King.
• Denali Glacier Landing Flight: A 100-minute plane tour of Denali, viewing the continent's deepest gorge, glaciers, surrounding peaks and valleys and a landing on one of Denali's pristine glaciers.
• Arctic Circle Flight: Enjoy expansive views of the Brooks Range, Yukon River, and Trans-Alaska Pipeline on this 6-hour plane tour. After your flight crosses the Arctic Circle, land in the Yukon-Koyakuk region and walk with a local resident guide as you tour one of only a few year-round, lived-in communities located this far north.

Normal Orbridge cancellation policies apply where optional excursions are non-refundable within 90 days of departure. Not all excursions listed may available. Availability is subject to sufficient participation and weather conditions. We recommend you reserve early for best availability as space is limited. For flight excursions, weight and minimum age requirements apply and individual dressed weight and birth date must be provided at time of booking.
Day 3: Denali National Park
After breakfast, participate in one of the pre-purchased optional excursions or enjoy free time to explore Denali. Take advantage of the many self-guided hiking trails or informative ranger-led talks and activities offered in the Park, or simply marvel at the scenery. Later, reconvene and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as you listen to an Alaskan homesteader recount his experiences of living a sustainable lifestyle and summiting Denali. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own.

Overnight: Grande Denali Lodge (B)
Day 4: Denali National Park Wilderness Excursion
Today, travel 66 miles along the Denali National Park Road on a naturalist-guided, back country adventure for incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to view the majestic Denali (formerly Mount McKinley). This exclusive Orbridge tour includes a guided walk inside the Park, so make sure you have your binoculars ready, as you watch for the Park's wildlife inhabitants. Enjoy a box lunch in this special setting. This evening is at your leisure.

Overnight: Grande Denali Lodge (B,L)
Day 5: Denali National Park / Alaska Railroad / Anchorage
After a leisurely breakfast or perhaps an early morning hike in the park, continue your journey to Anchorage aboard the Alaska Railroad and enjoy the sights from your GoldStar glass-dome seat. At 2,363 feet, Broad Pass is the highest point on the railroad and a migratory route for caribou. The track descends from the tree line and crosses Hurricane Gulch on the railroad's longest bridge spanning 918 feet and rising 296 feet above the creek. On your way to Talkeetna, the area offers great views of Denali, North America's tallest peak, weather permitting. The serpentine banks of the Talkeetna, Susitna, Knik and Matanuska Rivers offer more stunning scenery along the way before concluding in Anchorage.

Overnight: Hotel Captain Cook (B,L,D)
Day 6: Depart Anchorage
Prepare for an early morning departure. Guests with a flight per the suggested time will take a complimentary group transfer to the Anchorage International Airport and continue on to the Discover Southeast Alaska main program. (B)
Cost and Inclusions: 
  • Seven nights aboard the Admiralty Dream
  • All onboard hand-crafted meals – 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and dinners—including a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner, and wine and beer at lunches and dinners
  • An onboard lecture program and educational guidance of two expert naturalists including an Orbridge Expedition Leader, and a Park Ranger and Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide during a visit to Glacier Bay National Park
  • Guided kayaking, hiking, walking, skiff excursions, and wildlife viewing where humpback whale, orca, brown bear, Steller sea lion, harbor seal, sea otter, arctic tern, bald eagle, and other populations are frequently spotted
  • Transfers from the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport at program start and to the Juneau International Airport at program end
  • All port fees and entry fees to parks, preserves, museums, attractions and special excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for Orbridge Expedition Leader, airport transfer drivers, and drivers/guides on included land excursions
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested time.

Rates*:
Category C - $3,495
Category B - $3,695
Category A - $4,595
Category AA - $4,995
Category AAA - $5,695
Deluxe - $5,995
Owner's Suite - $6,995
Single (Cat. C) - $5,495
Denali Pre-Tour - $2,995
Single Pre-Tour - $3,695

Reserve online now at brynmawr.orbridge.com or call (866) 639-0079.

*Special group rate; limited offer. Rates are per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Airfare not included. Single availability limited.