• $4,395
  • $850
  • Orbridge
  • Moderate
  • Ocean Cruise

Set out on a summertime expedition through some of nature’s more secluded landscapes and 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.

View details and reserve online: https://orbridge.com/grp_departures/overview/partner_university_of_texas_texas_exes_discover_southeast_alaska_2022

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Juneau – Embarkation – Friday, August 12, 2022
Today, travel to Juneau from your home city or from Anchorage if you visited Denali National Park on the six-day Orbridge Pre-Tour.

For those arriving by the suggested time, join an included excursion to explore the Alaska State Museum—renovated in 2017. Peruse the museum’s artifacts and art objects that tell the tale of Alaska’s history. Then visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to view the fascinating glacial mass.

Afterward, take a short bus ride 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: Icy Strait / Chichagof Island- Saturday, August 13, 2022
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: Glacier Bay National Park – Sunday, August 14, 2022
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 walk. 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: Tracy Arm Fjord – Monday, August 15, 2022
This morning, 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, if conditions permit, 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.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 5: Petersburg / Frederick Sound – Tuesday, August 16, 2022
This morning, visit charming Petersburg, a fishing village founded by a Norwegian fisherman in the late 1800s. At the Sons of Norway Hall, see customary Norwegian dances and taste traditional home-made pastries and cookies. After lunch on board or in town, take a skiff across Wrangell Narrows for a beautiful hike on the Petersburg Creek Trail.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 6: Eastern Baranof Island / Hidden Falls – Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Experience a rare tour of the Hidden Falls Hatchery and learn about the release of Chinook, coho, and chum salmon fry and smolts, and the vital role fishing has played 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 7: Lake Eva – Thursday, August 18, 2022
Spend the morning cruising to Lake Eva to kayak, take a guided hike, or join a skiff excursion. Recount your trip highlights with fellow travelers tonight during a Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 8: Sitka – Disembarkation – Friday, August 19, 2022
Disembark this morning after breakfast. Take a complimentary shuttle to your accommodation if you reserved a post-night in Sitka or to the airport for your flight home or to join the Denali post-tour. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

(Itinerary subject to change.)
Activity Level: Moderate
This program offers a variety of activities: skiff rides, walking, hiking, and kayaking. Activities are not strenuous for guests with average mobility. Walks and hikes are leisurely in pace to allow guests the opportunity to see and learn as much as possible about the region. Skiffs provide the mode for much of the exploration on this program and sure-footed guests can enter/exit them with little trouble. The Chichagof Dream crew is diligent in assisting guests while boarding and exiting the ship and small craft. Guests with no previous experience can easily handle the double kayaks. We expect that guests on this program can walk with good balance and go up and down stairs easily without assistance, as the Chichagof Dream does not have an elevator.


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