Explore remote coastlines by skiff and kayak and see amazing wildlife during our exceptional new ten-day cruise featuring Alaska's natural wonders.

Starting at: $7,634 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Harbor seal lounging on an iceberg. Credit: Larisa Manewal  Breaching whale  Sea Otter. Credit: Katherine Davis  Bear with cubs   Bald eagle  Glacier and mountains of Glacier Bay National Park  A calving glacier  Outlet of glacier in Glacier Bay National Park  Glacier Bay National Park

Alaska’s Natural Wonders

Aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour

10 days from $7,634 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore remote coastlines by skiff and kayak and see amazing wildlife during our exceptional new ten-day cruise featuring Alaska's natural wonders.

or Call 855-330-1542

SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.

Overview

Discover the natural wonders of Alaska during this exceptional new cruise. Embark our 84–guest expedition ship Safari Endeavour for a ten-day cruise that features some of Alaska's renowned areas plus small coves and inlets only accessible by small ship. From Juneau, cruise through dramatic waterways, get up close to calving glaciers, see amazing wildlife, and learn about John Muir's Alaska. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart for Alaska

After arriving in Alaska’s capital of Juneau, transfer to your hotel. Early this evening meet your tour director, Smithsonian Journeys Expert, and fellow travelers for a briefing on the journey ahead, followed by a welcome dinner together. (D)

Day 2 – Juneau

This morning visit the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery to learn about the marine environment and the life cycle of salmon, one of Alaska’s most important industries. Then travel a short distance to Mendenhall Glacier, a 13.6-mile-long river of ice that ends in a lake dotted with floating icebergs. Here enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier and wooded surroundings, all part of Tongass National Forest – the nation’s largest such preserve. The remainder of the day is free to explore Juneau on your own. (B)

Day 3 – Juneau and Embarkation

After some free time to explore Juneau on your own, board your expedition vessel Safari Endeavour and begin the voyage through the storied – and scenic – Inside Passage. With an elegant yet casual on-board atmosphere and a maximum of just 84 guests, Safari Endeavour presents an ideal base for small group exploration. The ship has an open-bridge policy, welcoming public spaces, and ample observation decks that all add to the air of discovery and enjoyment. (B,D)

Day 4 – Cruising: Icy Strait

Look for native wildlife as you navigate to the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, searching for the blow of humpbacks and orcas, the jump and dive of porpoises, and sunbathing sea lions. Take the opportunity to paddle along the remote coastline in a kayak or relax on a guided skiff, possibly sighting humpback whales and bald eagles. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park

Arrive at Glacier Bay National Park, part of a 25-million-acre World Heritage site, and enjoy a full-day tour by land and by sea. Begin with a guided hike through Bartlett Cove, once covered by a 100-mile-long glacier, now a lush landscape of spruce and hemlock forest studded with glacier-made ponds. Then you’re joined by a National Park Service ranger who shares the history of the park and helps to spot harbor seals and some of the 281 species of birds as you cruise the park's waters. Passing by South Marble Island, a small islet within the main channel of Glacier Bay, see colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants as well as basking stellar sea lions. Continue to the tidal edges of the immense Grand Pacific and Margerie glaciers, where you enjoy up-close views of the blue-and-white ice field reaching more than 150 feet high. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Cruising: Chatham Strait and Kuiu Island

Cruise through the narrow passageway of Chatham Strait, which stretches for 150 miles within Tongass National Forest and boasts hidden coves abounding with sea life. Later cruise to Kuiu Island where you can explore by kayak, paddleboard, or skiff. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Cruising: Thomas Bay

Experience more of Alaska’s unbridled wilderness up close today as you reach remote Thomas Bay, its surroundings home to moose, brown bears, black bears, and wolves. Take in the view of the Coast Mountains as the Safari Endeavour's expedition team leads tours by kayak, paddleboard, or skiff, or embark on an intertidal shore walk or inland rainforest hike. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Cruising: Port Houghton

In secluded and undeveloped Port Houghton, join your expedition team for a hike along the lushly vegetated river or by the tidal pools lined with wildflowers. As you hike, you may spot blue heron, bald eagles, and black bears. By sea, search for harbor seals as you kayak or paddleboard. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Cruising: Endicott Arm and Fords Terror

Reaching the iceberg-dotted deep-water fjord of Endicott Arm, come face-to-face with massive Dawes Glacier, some 20 stories high and one mile across. From your perch aboard Safari Endeavour, see awe-inspiring views of this impenetrable wall of ice. For an even more exhilarating experience, you can board one of the ship’s skiffs for an up-close view, witnessing the calving (breaking) of glacial ice falling from Dawes more than two hundred feet to the water below. This afternoon, tides permitting, enter the narrow passage of Fords Terror, cruising the inlet surrounded by peaks of the Coast Mountain Range. Tonight join your Safari Endeavour captain for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Depart Juneau

This morning disembark and transfer to the Juneau airport for your return flights home. (B)