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Explore Muir Wilderness


Tours - Explore Muir Wilderness

       
BOARD:  All Inclusive    DATE: 17/06/2018    NTS: 8 NIGHTS

FROM £5738

Take this epic trip on board Un-Cruise, a specialist, small group activity journey along Alaskas coast
Our Offer Includes:
- 1 night in Seattle
- 7 Nights on board including all meals, drinks, activities and fees
- Flights from London

Call us on 01928 246 243 to find out more about this spectacular holiday!

   
   
 
   
 
 
Cloud failure or liquid sunshine, our Alaska small ship adventure cruises are perfect for exploration—paddling, hiking, hot tub under the stars, “polar bear plunges,” even playing in the mud with your expert expedition team. Glacier Bay National Park; Native totems; breaching whales; soaring eagles; rainforests; northern lights. Do as much or as little as you like on an unforgettable journey.

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

Glacier Bay National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site

View glaciers—Dawes and, Grand Pacific, Margerie, or Johns Hopkins

Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay

Whale watching in Icy Strait and Frederick Sound

Forest hike at Glacier Bay National Park headquarters in Bartlett Cove

Unmatched birding and wildlife viewing

Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait

Nature walks, tide pooling, and hikes in the Tongass National Forest

 

Our Opinion

 

So far off the ordinary, therefore extraordinary!

 

Itinerary in Brief

 

Seattle 1 Night

Cruise: 7 Nights

 

 

Full Itinerary

 

Day : 1 Fly to Seattle and onwards to Juneau Alaska

This may require a stop overnight in Seattle

 

DAY 2: Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation

Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!

 

DAY 3: Icy Strait

In some of the most remote waters of Southeast Alaska, it will be an action-packed on the first day! Join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for sea lions and humpback whales. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, seals, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.

 

DAY 4: Glacier Bay National Park

It’s a day John Muir would have delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. It was 1795 where the entire park was covered by ice and discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. Colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island can be spotted on a National Park Ranger at Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.

 
 

 

DAY 5: Baranof Island / Chatham Strait

Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait is riddled with secret coves, fjords, and anchorages. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Join your expedition leader for a hike into the green forests that blanket the islands. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.

 
 

 

DAY 6: Frederick Sound

It’s a Captain’s Choice day led by your expert guides. Test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the islets and fjords surrounding Frederick Sound. Known for its summer whale populations, you’ll dedicate a part of your day to searching for and observing humpback whales feeding in the sound. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

 

DAY 7: Port Houghton / Stephen's Passage

Port Houghton and Stephen’s Passage are synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this area’s remoteness. Calm-as-glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbour seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

 

DAY 8: Endicott Arm / Fords Terror

Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.

 
 
 

 

DAY 9: Fly from Juneau via Seattle back to the UK

After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. You’ll be transferred to the Juneau airport, your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

 

 

 

Need to Know

 

Please call us to chat about this cruise. This are typically tailor-made packages with the possible of pre and post extensions.

 

We are here to help and offer advice.  Our team is exceptionally well-travelled and can guide you.  For more information or to book, please contact the reservations team