Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Alaska Wildlife Explorer

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: 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
7 days
From: $ 4,395 $ 628 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Southeast’s Alaska’s largest protected wildlife habitats, Glacier Bay National Park and the Tongass National Forest, with the pioneers in adventure travel
  • Watch for humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, seals, and a variety of sea birds at Point Adolphus and have your camera poised and ready for bald eagles, bears, and moose in the Tongass!
  • Visit the remote Anan Bear Observatory and witness the rare spectacle of brown and black bears coming together at the river to fish for salmon
  • Ride a catamaran, a tram, and bush planes through pristine wilderness

Short Description

Southeast Alaska presents one of the most exciting nature and wildlife viewing opportunities in the world. Two of its largest protected habitats are Glacier Bay National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for marine wildlife and its stunning tidewater glaciers; and the Tongass National Forest, home to the largest population of bears in Southeast and the largest forest in the entire United States at 17 million acres! And while these places sound impressive (and they really are), it takes being there to understand the colossal proportions of the landscape. We have been pioneering adventure travel in “Southeast” since 1972, and our high ethics have set the standard for other companies

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
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 Juneau
End City Juneau

Trip Includes

  • Expert leadership
  • Accommodations as noted in itinerary (or similar)
  • If applicable, tent or safari accommodations and all arrangements in the field, including camp and cook staffs, comfortable and roomy two-person tents, kitchen and dining tents, and other community equipment
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Additional guides and porters where necessary
  • Tips for lodge, hotel, or camp staff
  • Entrance fees and permits, unless noted separately in costs
  • Basic medical and evacuation insurance

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Juneau

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Goldbelt Hotel

Arrive in Juneau, Alaska's state capital, and enjoy the city's frontier spirit and small-town charm. Explore Juneau's historic streets and sights on your own before a pre-trip meeting with your guide, and a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 2: Juneau – Tongass National Forest – Glacier Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Gustavus Inn

Juneau boasts one of the most extensive network of hiking trails in all of Alaska.  Today we hike the trails of our country's largest national forest, the Tongass.  We will experience the power and the beauty of the northwest temperate rain forest.  After a day of exploring the Tongass, we will transfer on small charter planes to the bush town of Gustavus, Alaska.

Day 3: Glacier Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Gustavus Inn

After an early breakfast, we board a high-speed catamaran boat with a park ranger, who will educate us about the geological wonders of the area. This all-day tour takes us to the farthest reaches of this spectacular park making stops for wildlife viewing along the way. Lunch is served aboard the catamaran. We’ll return to our lodge for another relaxing evening and a great dinner.

Day 4: Point Adolphus

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Stickine Inn

Today, we'll go to see the humpback whales at Point Adolphus by boat. Point Adolphus is the best place in all the North Pacific to have a chance to observe the endangered humpback whale. Every summer these giant creatures swim from Hawaii all the way across the ocean to feed on the rich marine resouces at this specific spot.  The protected north shore of Chichagof Island is a pardise for marine mammals and bald eagles.  Special conditions in the ocean currents make this one of Alaska's hottest wildlife zones.  Traveling by boat this day gives us the flexibilty to find where the wildlife is congregating and to observe them from the deck of a vessel.

Day 5: Wrangell

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Stickine Inn

Aside from the rich Native American heritage, Wrangell is also close to Anan Bear Observatory. This is the primary reason we visit  this out-of-the-way small Alaskan town. Anan Bear Observatory is one of the best places anywhere to watch bears. A very large run of Humback salmon draws bears from many miles away to feed at this spot.  It is very unusual to take in both Brown Bears (a.k.a. Grizzlies) and Black Bears in the same sweep of the eye.  This is one of a few place this is possible.

Day 6: Alpine in the Tongass National Forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Goldbelt Hotel

Fly to Juneau and hike into the alpine meadows above tree line. Life Zones are compressed in Alaska.  There are no more trees above 2500'.  From the charming downtown Juneau we hop aboard a tram that is operated by a Native American corporation and ride into the mountains.  We start our walk at the border of the trees and the alpine and soon we are in fields of wildflowers, above the fjords, and close to the tops of the mountains.  You may even get to play in some snow.   Aside from being the best place to look for different species of wildflowers this habitat is also home to many bird species and the elusive Hoary Marmot.  Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner and spend one last night in Alaska's Capital city.

Day 7: Depart from Juneau

Meals: Breakfast

Today you are free to depart from Juneau at any time.

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My trip with MTS was absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend this company!

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I booked a trip to Tanzania as a last hurrah before getting pregnant and it was totally the trip of a lifetime I was hoping for.

We spent a few days on safari in the Tarangire, a few days in the Serengeti, and then headed off to Zanzibar for a few days of relaxing beach time - the perfect mix of activity and rest. The sights and accommodations were unbelievable and I honestly felt like royalty the whole time! Each time we arrived a new lodge/ “camp” (more like “glamping”) the staff came out to meet us with hot towels and beverages, sometimes even singing a welcome song. In talking to other guests it became clear that our itinerary included only the top lodges, with the friendliest staff, nicest lodging, best food, and most secluded locations. One day we awoke to find a lion paw print literally six inches from our tent, and another night we were woken up by the sounds of a pack of hyena taking down an injured water buffalo that had been hanging around camp. The guides were all super knowledgeable and fun, not to mention skilled at finding all the wildlife we were interested in. There was one day that our guide spotted a cheetah from literally miles away. He tried to point it out to us, but I couldn’t make it out through the binoculars and totally thought he was full of it. Then we started driving in that direction, and lo and behold, 15 minutes later there we were, right next a gorgeous cheetah
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In the Spring of 2015, I was fortunate enough to go on the Hikers Patagonia trip through Mountain Travel Sobek. I honestly didn't know anything about this region, which is why I felt like I was in really good hands traveling with MTS. Traveling to an unknown region can be stressful (as I have experienced before), but MTS made it fun and easy! They took care of all of the paperwork in advance and even prep you on all of the gear/clothing you will need on your trip. All of the food, lodging and hiking is planned for your day, so the only think you have to do is enjoy your trip! Not only were the hikes beautiful, but the guides were extremely nice and very knowledgable. I must say, after taking this trip, I've learned that there is nothing better than going on a stunning hike and ending the day with some good food, good wine and good company. I definitely plan on traveling with MTS again!
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Returned earlier this week from a trip to the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia with Mountain Travel Sobek. The unique and special attention to detail provided by our guide, Irena, on this trip was unparalleled. We were asked a few questions about food preferences and activities before the trip and it was clear throughout that every single meal and activity was planned in order to make the trip wonderful. It was one of the best trips we have ever taken as a family thanks to that thoughtful preparation. The hotels were chosen specifically for a variety of atmospheres and comfort. We travelled to several islands and locations on the mainland. Each location was very different from the last, providing both a sense of adventure and variety. The food... where to begin, it was amazing; we had several lunches at long tables under olive trees, one at an artists home, a friend of the guide, one at an island ranch, and another at an old converted home. We tried the local liquors and ate local truffles, peppers, olives, etc, from the garden. There were no other tourists at any of the locations, the meals had been set up and specifically ordered prior, by Irena - several times we were the only ones there. On several evenings, we took a boat taxi to another island for fresh seafood at a restaurant on the beach, lit by paper lanterns. We saw one of the kitchen staff go down to the dock to pull mussels and oysters out of a net tied to the dock. I can't describe the beauty of those nights. In addition, we sea-kayaked on a couple of days to pre-arranged spots where Irena prepared a picnic lunch using fresh vegetables, breads, meats, and cheeses. We kayaked past beautiful coastal villages to deserted beaches. The water I can only describe as paradise, not to cold, not too warm, clean, clear, unbelievably inviting - as were the rocky and white pebble beaches. Irena was intelligent and extremely knowledgeable about the region, it's history and politics. Another guide, Anna, joined us for the first few days and we were sorry to see her go - she was also extremely good company, smart, worldly, and knowledgeable. Travelling with Irena and Anna was as relaxed as travelling with old friends. They took care of the details seamlessly and also knew when to give us some space to enjoy our family trip. They were friendly with our teenage boys and talked to them like adults. This tour provided the perfect balance of culture, food, and activity. There is so much more I could say, this was truly a wonderful time that none of us will ever forget. Thank you MTSobek.
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I had an amazing trip with MTSobek! I went hiking through the historic villages of Portugal with some of the most knowledgeable and entertaining guides, Artur & Carla. Our group received the utmost attention from our guides as we trekked through a variety of landscapes. The local Portuguese would stop and tell our group some interesting information of the area. The cuisine was exquisite as well as some of the lodging provided. It was a very memorable trip and I would encourage anyone to make their plans to visit Portugal.
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I like MT Sobek a little bit more than A&K

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Well, since I just left my review for A&K I figured it would only be fair to do so also for MT Sobek. While A&K may dominate the very top tier of Luxury adventure travel, MT Sobek is also right up there at the top. I've travelled with them twice now and have found their guides, accommodations, general knowledge of each place to be top notch. I like MT Sobek a little bit more than A&K because MTS does seem to appeal to a slightly younger more adventurous clientele - where as A&K might be great for a honeymoon or with your parents, MTS feels better if you're NOT your parents.
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I have done many trips with Mountain Travel Sobek in the past, most of the trips were with my dad, and a few of them with my girlfriend. The service of this company is outstanding, and the experience of each trip, is unforgettable!!!. The company itself, is truly superb!!!!.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Air Travel

Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. For air reservations, we recommend you contact the airlines directly, either by phone or the Internet. In addition, many travelers elect to use their “frequent flyer” miles when traveling with us. But please check with our staff before purchasing or obtaining your tickets. We need to verify your arrival and departure schedule and ensure we have enough participants to operate the trip.

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 10

Accomodations

Goldbelt Hotel — Juneau, AK

The Goldbelt Hotel in downtown Juneau may offer excellent access to all that's civilized in Alaska's capital city, but you're never far removed from what may trump civilization: the amazing natural backdrop. At seven stories high, the Goldbelt has prime views of Juneau's waterfront—which can be seen from each of the 104 handsome guest rooms. Complimentary shuttle service is available to/from the Juneau Airport, there is a gym on-site, and the hotel will soon be opening a bar and grill.

 

Gustavus Inn — Gustavus, Alaska

Gustavus Inn is a historic country inn located in in the spectacularly beautiful Glacier Bay National Park, where the Lesh family has been welcoming visitors to share their home, hearth and table for three generations. Comfortable new guest rooms have a queen and a twin bed with private batrooms. The two original homestead rooms boast ocean views, and share a hall bath. Guests gather around the dining table to share family-style meals of fruits and vegetables from the lovingly maintained garden, as well as Dungeness crab and salmon fresh from the Icy Strait.

 

Stickine Inn — Wrangell, AK

A community rich in gold rush and Native American history, Wrangell is is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. Located near the mouth of the Stikine River,  this area provides hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing enthusiasts with numerous opportunities to get up close and personal with nature. The Stikine Inn features  newly remodeled rooms with comfortable mattresses, expanded cable and HBO, in-room coffee makers, and some of the best views of any lodging on Wrangell Island. The onsite seasonal restaurant, which is referred to by the locals as “The Stik,” serves burgers that are famous throughout SE Alaska, hand-cut steaks and slow cooked prime rib, and delicious fish and chips made with halibut sourced from local fisherman.

Cancellation Policy:

If written cancellation is received cancellation fee will be:

  • 90 days prior to departure $150
  • 89 to 61 days prior to departure $400
  • 60 to 46 days prior to departure 50% of Land/Cruise Cost
  • 45 to 0 days prior to departure 100% of Land/Cruise Cost

Trip ID#:

AlaWilMou

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Meals not noted on itinerary
  • Insurance other than basic medical and evacuation insurance
  • Optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes (international—varies by location)
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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