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Cruise Ship View at Glacier Bay, United States

Glaciers, Grizzlies and Whales

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
From: $ 3,229 $ 538 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Spot grizzly bears on Admiralty Island (included)
  • Watch for humpbacks in Icy Strait (included)
  • Marvel at ancient ice on a Glacier Bay cruise (included)

Short Description

Experience the scenic wonders and renowned wildlife of Alaska's Inside Passage on this twin-centre holiday, from the icy wonderland of Glacier Bay to the grizzly bears of Admiralty Island. Staying in both Juneau and Gustavus enjoy guided excursions including flight-seeing by float-plane and a memorable cruise through Icy Strait in search of humpback whales.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Juneau
End City Juneau

Trip Includes

  • 3 nights room only accommodation at the Westmark Baranof Hotel, Juneau
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Gustavus Inn, including all meals
  • Ticket for Mt Roberts Tram, Juneau
  • Half-day bear viewing excursion to Admiralty Island
  • Return flights from Juneau to Gustavus
  • Return airport-hotel transfers in Gustavus
  • Half-day whale watching cruise through Icy Straits
  • Full-day Glacier Bay catamaran cruise including lunch

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Itinerary

Day 1: arrive Juneau

On arrival in the Alaskan state capital make your own way to your hotel for a 3-night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Juneau

Enjoy a full day at leisure, exploring Juneau and the surrounding area. A ticket for the Mt Roberts Tram has been included for you to make use of today.

Day 3: Bear watching

Enjoy a 30 minute scenic float-plane flight to Admiralty Island, where you will spend around 4-5 hours watching grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Your pilot/guide will plan your trip to maximize bear viewing potential based on conditions on the day.

Day 4: Juneau - Gustavus

Make your way to Juneau airport for your flight to Gustavus. On arrival, transfer to your accommodation for a hearty lunch. This afternoon a half-day whale watching excursion is included, cruising through the aptly-named Icy Strait in search of the humpback whales that use this area as summer feeding grounds. Two-nights at a hotel in Gustavus.

Day 5: Glacier Bay National Park

Join a memorable full-day cruise into spectacular Glacier Bay National Park. Boasting deep fjords surrounded by the world's tallest coastal mountains, with a staggering 16 glaciers actively calving, Glacier Bay's World Heritage status is well-deserved. Such breathtaking scenery provides a fitting backdrop for a wealth of wildlife including whales, sea otters and seals - you may even spot black or brown bears on the shoreline.

Day 6: Gustavus - Juneau

After breakfast transfer to Gustavus Airport for your flight back to Juneau. Your tour ends upon arrival in Juneau.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

Westmark Baranof Hotel, Juneau

Grade: Simple

Type: Hotel

Within walking distance of Juneau's waterfront, restaurants, shopping and attractions, the 195 room downtown Westmark Baranof Hotel is an elegant, art-deco hotel that allows visitors to relax in style after a day visiting the sights in the area.

Each of the 195 elegant rooms has a private bathroom, TV, phone, hairdryer and coffee maker and wifi is available without charge throughout the building.

Featuring original artwork by acclaimed Alaskan artists, the lobby is perfectly set out to meet other guests or catch up with old friends. Hotel staff are friendly, inviting and always willing to lend a hand in organising excursions in the Juneau area, or to offer suggestions on what to see in the city.

A restaurant, lounge and cafe provide casual and gourmet dining options, featuring south-eastern Alaskan dishes in generous portions and locally brewed favourites.

 

Gustavus Inn

Grade: Simple

Type: Guesthouse / B&B

Gustavus Inn provides 14 guestrooms in an historic homestead settled on the grassy Salmon River meadow and overlooking Icy Strait. Family run for three generations, visitors are welcomed with unsurpassed hospitality and assisted to make the most out of their time in Glacier Bay.

With local transfers (including a National Park guided walk), hiking maps, bikes, kayaks and fishing poles available, the family is happy to help arrange Glacier Bay cruises, whale-watching and flight-seeing over this picturesque region. A fire crackling in the cosy hearth and a naturalist library are excellent places to relax and conversation over dining, family-style, is bound to be lively after a day of exploring.

The small bar offers a selection of locally brewed beers and wines, so that you can savour the flavours of Alaska. Meals combine freshly grown produce with freshly caught crab, salmon and halibut as well as local favourites such as hearty sourdough bread.

Wifi is available throughout the inn and comfortable new guestrooms offer queen or twin beds with private bathrooms. Gustavus is accessible by ferry or by air and we can offer a 2-night package at the Inn.

Accommodation:

The above is a selection of accommodation available for this holiday. Other options are available based on your preferred category. Please contact us for further details.

Cancellation Policy:

If you fail to pay the full cost of the holiday within the specified time or if you cancel your holiday, you will be liable as a minimum, to pay the charges detailed below up to the point of cancellation. Or in the case of failure to pay, at the date that we deem your booking to have been cancelled. Should you wish to cancel your booking after it has been accepted you must send us written notice signed by the person who made and confirmed the booking. The cancellation charge will be calculated according to the date when we receive written notice of cancellation, or the date upon which your cancellation is treated as occurring because of nonpayment.

We reserve the right to apply the following cancellation charges based on a proportion of the total cost of the holiday as shown on our invoice, excluding those items referred to below.

More than 60 days: deposit

60-22 days: 50% of holiday cost

21-15 days: 75% of holiday cost

14-8 days: 90% of holiday cost

7-0 days: 100% of holiday cost

Note: non refundable air, concert or event tickets will be charged at 100% and the above scale of charges refund in respect to the Concert/Event ticket only, and no other compensation or refunds will be due.

Additional Information:

Alaska's breathtaking Inside Passage comprises lush coastal rainforest, deep blue fjords and sparkling glaciers, and is home to prolific wildlife. This short package incorporates some of the region's highlights, making use of day cruises and flight-seeing to provide a great alternative to a cruise holiday.

A 3-night stay in Juneau offers the chance to explore the Alaskan state capital, learning about the city's fascinating history and riding the Mt Roberts Tram. From Juneau you will also enjoy that authentically Alaskan experience, a journey by float-plane, as you travel in search of grizzly bears at Admiralty Island.

Your next stop is Gustavus, gateway to the renowned Glacier Bay National Park. Here you will discover an icy world filled with glaciers, soaring mountains and hidden inlets, a landscape which attracts an abundance of marine-life. You may spot humpback whales, sea otters, Dall's porpoise & Steller sea lions here, as well as over 200 species of birds from bald eagles to puffins. Cruise through icebergs and marvel as ancient glaciers calve, making a thunderous explosion as huge chunks of ice tumble into the water below.

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Trip Excludes

  • Prices exclude International flights & airport taxes
  • Airport-hotel transfers in Juneau
  • Additional meals and excursions not specified above
  • Travel insurance Gratuities & items of a personal nature

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