Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Alaska's Inside Passage tour

Alaska's Inside Passage

Aurora Expeditions
4.6 . Excellent
93%
Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
17 days
From: $ 6,695 $ 394 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Juneau, visiting Native art galleries and dining on local seafood
  • Tongass National Forest’s mountain goats, moose and Sitka black-tail deer
  • Kayaking and paddle boarding in Misty Fjord National Monument (equipment supplied)
  • Steller’s sea lions, otters, harbour seals, dolphins and porpoises
  • Traditional Tlingit and Haida cultures
  • Humpbacks, minkes, greys and orcas in Frederick Sound and Stephen’s Passage
  • Majestic bald eagles, kittiwakes, harlequin ducks, murres, puffins and (of course) gulls
  • Polar snorkelling with nudibranchs, sea stars, giant jellyfish and more (all gear supplied)
  • Scenic treks through temperate rainforest
  • Dawes Glacier and others calving icebergs
  • Cultural presentations at historical Chief Shakes tribal house

Short Description

Our cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage threads a spectacular route through the narrow straits, remote islands and glacier-carved fjords of the Inside Passage. Summer brings long days, breaching humpback whales and concentrations of bald eagles. Calm waters are alive with salmon, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, orcas and porpoise. Black and brown bear, wolves, moose and deer roam temperate rainforest. Explore on foot, by Zodiac, kayak or paddle board. Our on-board hydrophone and bow-mounted underwater camera offer a special perspective as does polar snorkelling.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Seattle
End City Seattle

Trip Includes

  • 1 nights accommodation in Seattle
  • Transfers from hotel to Seattle airport
  • Return airfares from Seattle to Juneau
  • 1 nights accommodation in Juneau
  • Transfers from the hotel to the Ship
  • Accommodation for the length of the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to a doctor and first aid
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to National Parks
  • Transfers from the ship to the airport in Juneau

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Itinerary

Days 1-3:

Arrive in vibrant Seattle for a day and night, meet our fellow expeditioners and fly to Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Spend a day whale watching, visiting local art galleries, shopping or enjoying one of many performing arts. Early afternoon on day three, we are warmly welcomed on board Wilderness Adventurer.

Days 4-5:

A winding fjord, waterfalls and glimpses of Rocky Mountain goats, lead us through Tracy Arm Wilderness to Sawyer Glaciers, where huge icebergs calve. We watch for bears, wolves, deer, Arctic terns and red breasted merlangers. We move to Frederick Sound, alive with humpbacks, orca and Steller sea lions. In Endicott Arm, ice-laden granite peaks, calving ice from the Dawes Glacier and seals on bergy bits feature, and if tides allow, we explore narrow Ford’s Terror.

Days 6-7:

Paddle into Port Houghton’s back bays, where low tide reveals a smorgasbord of shellfish for local bears, mink and oystercatchers, or take a backcountry walk along a wild river. Enjoy a free morning in fishing town Petersburg, nicknamed “Little Norway”, before whale watching in Frederick Sound and passing by the rocky islets of Chatham Strait alive with Stellar sea lions.

Days 8-9:

At Thomas Bay, trek through scenic rainforest or paddle the surreal blue meltwaters of Patterson Glacier, and learn of the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Days 10-12:

In pristine Tongass National Forest, we explore Chatham Strait’s Kuiu and Barnof Islands, perhaps snorkelling for underwater life. We navigate the Sergius Narrows to Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement where Russian American and Tlingit history comes to life.

Days 13 - 14:

Enjoy orcas, seals, otters and sea lions; mink and marten on the shore and eagles overhead. We enter Icy Strait and cruise the shores of Chichagof Island renowned for its bear population.

Days 15-16:

We trek and paddle to the hidden corners of spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, where tidewater glaciers sweep down and mountain goats, bears and moose roam. Near South Marble Island, we see puffins and black oystercatchers.

Day 17:

After breakfast, transfer to Juneau airport for our flight to Seattle.

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Just got off polar pioneer. Got charged my bar bill on my credit card today. Pretty pissed off! Only had 2 bottles of wine and a dozen beers or so between the two of us. Bill was $700 AUD. Shame they failed to tell us that the only thing included is tap water. $3USD soft drink cans.... Nice way to take advantage of the captive audience there guys.
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I'd highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in visiting the polar regions.

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My South Georgia and Antarctic odyssey ended a few days ago. It was amazingly unbelievable and words will never be enough to describe the encounters experienced during my 18 days on the PP.
A huge thank you to the amazing crew who managed things perfectly, I'll forever be grateful for those arms coming out to assist when hoping in and out of zodiacs, especially when disembarking at Cape Horne and hoping out of the water after the polar plunge. I was totally in awe of the wildlife at South Georgia and the beauty of Antartica....
Thanks Aurora for exceeding expectations, everything I wanted to see/do was ticked off my list: Walking on a berg, sighting leopard seals, orcas, whale sightings in zodiacs to mention a few.
I'd highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in visiting the polar regions.
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WOW! Awesome! This was the most incredible adventure we have ever taken

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Just back from our amazing trip to Antarctica. WOW! Awesome! This was the most incredible adventure we have ever taken. Thank you to Aurora Expeditions for making a dream come true, and much thanks to the wonderful crew who made our time full of excitement plus. This is an incredible place, and as we left I felt the magic seeping into my veins. Antarctica is now part of me, and I must return.
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Fantastic

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We went on the Polar Pioneer to Antarctica and it was fantastic. Now back for more - just booked on Jewels of the Arctic trip. Cannot wait.

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We went on the Polar Pioneer to Antarctica in 2004 and it was fantastic. Now back for more - just booked on Jewels of the Arctic trip, leaving 22/8/14. Cannot wait
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

We recommend cancellation insurance. If it becomes necessary to cancel your expedition, we ask that you notify your Travel Agent or our Sales Team immediately in writing. Cancellation will take effect upon receipt by Aurora Expeditions of your written notice. Cancellation made before 90 days of expedition departure are subject to a non refundable deposit of $2,500, however your deposit may be transferred towards a different expedition for a fee of $500. Transfers are subject to availability and are only valid on expeditions that depart within 12 months from date of transfer and you are permitted one transfer only. Funds will not be held in suspense and new booking must be advised at time of requested transfer. You must pay the difference between the original booked price and the price of any transferred booking including the new deposit amount. If cancellation takes place less than 90 days prior to departure, you will be required to pay the full cost of the expedition.

Additional Information:

Health, Fitness, Trip Grades and Age Limits

It is your responsibility to advise Aurora Expeditions of any preexisting medical conditions and /or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase risk of you requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of an expedition and the enjoyment of other expedition members. You are required to provide an assessment of your medical condition from a fully qualified medical practitioner.

Aurora Expeditions reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Aurora Expeditions also reserves the right to cancel your participation in an expedition at any time, including after the commencement of the trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to aff ect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other expedition members.

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Trip Excludes

  • International or domestic flights to Seattle
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance, optional crew tips and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls
  • Travel insurance or any emergency evacuation charges

Meals Included:

All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee during the voyage

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