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Alaska's Southeast Explorer

  • Overview
    The 10-night, 11-day Alaska's Southeast Explorer adds two additional days and three compelling ports to everything included in our Inside Passage Sojourn. This all-encompassing expedition includes the rollicking gold-rush town of Skagway, the beautiful community of Haines at the head of Chilkat Inlet, and the charming fishing community of Petersburg. *Children age 15 and under receive 15% off listed cruise fares
    Duration: 11 days
    Passengers: 49 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ketchikan, Alaska
    Disembarkation Point: Sitka, Alaska
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Sitka; Embarkation Day

      Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.

      ***Please note that this itinerary also operates in reverse, depending on the date of departure.***

    • Day 2 - True Alaska Adventure

      Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted day of Southeast Alaska discovery. The options are countless, dictated by the day's unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest. We may do a beach landing on an unspoiled shoreline to explore a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of our DIB (shallow water expedition craft). Regardless of the activity, you'll experience the magic of the archipelago's many remote coves, bays, and inlets.

    • Day 3 - Glacier Bay National Park

      This remarkable national park fjord extends 65-miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions, and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day's program and a Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins us to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.

    • Day 4 - Skagway & Haines

      Stroll the boardwalks of the rollicking Klondike gold rush town of Skagway, then board the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad for a journey retracing the steps of gold-seekers into Canada. Built in 1898, the railroad climbs nearly 3,000 feet in 20 miles and offers stunning wilderness views. This excursion crosses the border into Canada, so passports are required. A guided walking tour through scenic Haines features a visit to pre-WWI Fort Seward National Historic Site, with parade grounds overlooking Lynn Canal.

    • Day 5 - Juneau / Orca Point Lodge

      Spend the day visiting highlights of the scenic capital city of Juneau, including the world famous Mendenhall Glacier. In downtown Juneau, visit the recently-renovated Alaska State Museum. There will also be time to explore on your own. You may choose to visit the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Alaska State Capitol, or take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Mount Roberts Tram. You can also delve deeper into local Native culture and history by exploring fascinating exhibits, art displays, and a clan house at the Walter Soboleff Center. End the day's adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, our own exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

    • Day 6 - Tracy Arm / Frederick Sound

      Journey through Tracy Arm Fjord, an area the famous naturalist John Muir referred to as, "A wild, unfinished Yosemite." This glacial fjord is renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet. At 32-miles long and averaging just a mile wide, the unique features of Tracy Arm are contained in a relatively small geographical space, adding to the dramatic beauty of the area. As ice conditions permit, we'll navigate the entire length of the fjord, stopping in view of both the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. Experience the inspiring feeling of kayaking amongst towering icebergs in the fjord.

    • Day 7 - Petersburg

      Discover the charming Mitkof Island fishing town of Petersburg. Founded by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800s, Petersburg is nicknamed Alaska's "Little Norway." Experience this Scandinavian culture with a folk dance show by local youth at the iconic Sons of Norway Hall. Later, enjoy a narrated bus tour and take time to explore the vibrant community at your own leisure.

    • Day 8 - Wrangell

      Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags, and ruled by four nations- the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided walking tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing State Historic Park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska.

    • Day 9 - Thorne Bay / Kasaan

      Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska's timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world. This tight-knit community is located on the eastern side of Prince of Wales, an island renowned for its high concentration of black bears. Here, you'll meet resident artisans and enjoy a walking tour of the town while keeping an eye out for the island's fauna. In Kasaan, walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States. Inside stand four original house posts, or "Gáats," that were most likely carved at Old Kasaan in about 1880 and then installed at Naay I'waans Whale House. The tallest interior post, the "Head House Totem,' dates to an even earlier time and was brought here from its original location in Old Kasaan, about 7 miles away.

    • Day 10 - Metlakatle / Misty Fjord

      Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. Visit a traditional Tsmishian longhouse, enjoy a ceremonial dance performance, and meet Native artists. Later, your ship will glide beneath the 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords. Discover the fiord's natural history, listen to the calls of a myriad of seabirds, feel the mist from glistening waterfalls, and see famous New Eddystone Rock, a stunning volcanic core.

    • Day 11 - Ketchikan

      Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska's "First City" and "Salmon Capital of the World." Transfer to the airport or your hotel is complimentary.

      ***Please note that this itinerary also operates in reverse, depending on the date of departure.***

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Glacier Bay National Park

    The national park is a huge expanse of coastal areas in Alaska's Inside Passage. The park is flanked by huge mountains and glaciers and is a favourite spot for wilderness trails and wildlife spotting.

    Orca Point Lodge

    Spend the evening relaxing at Orca Point Lodge, our own exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaskan salmon, Alaskan king crab, or prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Ground transportation from the airport to lodgings, or ship in Sitka, Juneau, and Ketchikan upon arrival and day of sailing. As well as the day of departure from the ship.
    - All accommodation and meals on board
    - All shore excursions and lectures in the itinerary

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel

    THE BARANOF DREAM

    The 143-foot Baranof Dream features a shallow draft for navigating intimate coves and passages, a spacious bow for viewing fjords and glaciers, a covered outside deck and a relaxed cruising speed for optimum viewing of wilderness and wildlife. Cabins offer large viewing windows. The Lounge and Dining Room offer intimate venues to get to know your fellow travellers.

    Itineraries on the Baranof Dream offer an opportunity to discover three distinct Native cultures, the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian, through visits to intriguing villages. These communities are among the least-traveled places in Alaska, and a visit can be a powerful experience.

    To witness the spiritual way in which the indigenous people of Alaska are connected to the earth and to each other is inspiring. Many of the remarkable residents continue to subsist off the land and sea. As local Alaska Natives ourselves, we are grateful to be welcomed with open arms by our friends in several villages.

    As you walk the streets and forests of these communities, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy several planned experiences, from dance shows to carving demonstrations. You may even witness several events unique to village life: a hunter’s return after a successful hunt of seal or deer, families working together to hang their harvest of sockeye salmon in a smoke house, or a ceremonial potlatch.

     

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 49
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    Speed: 9
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    Length: 43m
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    Elec Outlets: 110V 2 Flat Prong
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A Cabin

31 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
One queen and one twin bed, picture window and a private bathroom with shower.
AUD$ 8,913pp
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AA Cabin

31 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
Two twin beds, picture window, wardrobe and a private bathroom with shower.
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AAA Cabin

31 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
One queen bed with either two chairs or one twin bed. Large picture window, wardrobe and a private bathroom with shower. Cabins can accommodate 3rd guest.
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Deluxe

31 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
One queen bed with either two chairs or an additional twin bed (or bunk bed), large picture window, wardrobe and a private bathroom. Cabins can accommodate 3rd or 4th guests.
AUD$ 11,505pp
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Deluxe Suite

31 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
One queen bed with either two chairs or an additional twin bed (or bunk bed), large picture window, wardrobe and a private bathroom. Cabins can accommodate 3rd or 4th guests.
AUD$ 12,081pp
AUD$ 12,081pp