• $4,395
  • $850
  • Orbridge

Set out on a summertime expedition through some of nature’s more secluded landscapes as we discover the remote inner reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the 76-guest Chichagof Dream. Enjoy the agility and flexibility of small-ship travel, up-close encounters with wildlife, stunning scenery, cultural experiences, and the guidance of two expert naturalists including an Orbridge Expedition Leader. Capture the sight of whales breaching next to your boat, bears fishing along the shoreline, and eagles looking down from their nests—all part of nature’s amazing show.

Program Highlights:

  • See the spray of whales only yards away and venture into secluded inlets as you get up close to nature, whether from the decks of the Chichagof Dream, or aboard its skiffs and kayaks.
  • Accompanied by expert naturalists including an Orbridge Expedition Leader, learn surprising details about animal behavior, glacier activity, and the wealth of natural spectacles along these protected waters.
  • Learn about Alaska’s culture and living history during a Native dance performance at a Tlingit Clan House and from a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide at Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Visit a salmon hatchery, the Alaska Raptor Center, and Sitka National Historical Park, and take a guided tour of the Norwegian fishing community of Petersburg.
  • Joined by a Park Ranger, cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to see the sanctuary’s deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, and snow-capped mountain ranges.
  • What’s included: 7 nights accommodations aboard the Chichagof Dream; 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners; beverages including complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner; all excursions and presentations; luggage porterage; gratuities for Orbridge Expedition Leader, airport transfer drivers, and drivers/guides on included land excursions; and airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Sitka – Embarkation
  • Day 2: Icy Strait / Chichagof Island
  • Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park
  • Day 4: Eastern Baranof Island / Lake Eva
  • Day 5: Hidden Falls
  • Day 6: Petersburg / Frederick Sound
  • Day 7: Tracy Arm Fjord
  • Day 8: Auke Bay / Juneau – Disembarkation
Day 1- Friday, July 23

Arrive in Sitka – Embarkation

Today, travel to Sitka from your home city or from Anchorage if you visited Denali National Park on the six-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.

Later, 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.

Late afternoon, transfer to the Chichagof Dream for embarkation. Enjoy your first dinner on board as you get to know your Expedition Leader, naturalists, crew, and travel companions.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (D)

Day 2- Saturday, July 24

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 orcas (killer whales), Steller sea lions, seals, porpoises, and magnificent humpback whales. Along the shore, perhaps catch sight of bald eagles in the treetops. Choose from activities such as kayaking, skiff rides, and hiking.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 3- Sunday, July 25

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, harbor seals, sea otters, mountain goats, bears, and eagles—and take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 4- Monday, July 26

Eastern Baranof Island / Lake Eva

Spend the morning cruising through the Peril Strait to Hanus Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy free time at Lake Eva to kayak, take a guided hike, or join a skiff excursion.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 5- Tuesday, July 27

Hidden Falls

During a rare tour of the Hidden Falls Hatchery, learn about the release of Chinook, coho, and chum 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: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 6- Wednesday, July 28

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 the Chichagof Dream for lunch. Afterward, take a skiff excursion for a beautiful guided hike at Petersburg Creek across Wrangell Narrows. Depart Petersburg in the late afternoon and sail through Frederick Sound in search of whales.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 7- Thursday, July 29

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 ice floes 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: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 8- Friday, July 30

Auke Bay / Juneau – Disembarkation

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

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

(Itinerary subject to change.)


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