Take an adventure-filled journey to wild, wonderful Alaska. Experience glittering glaciers and calving icebergs, take a catamaran across the marine-rich waters, and wind through cottonwood and alder forests. 

Starting at: $4,895 Register Interest or Call 833-254-6678
 Glacial Valley  St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley  Outlet of glacier in Glacier Bay National Park  The town of Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley  Mendenhall Glacier  Glacier Bay National Park  Orca whale sighting, Kenai Fjords National Park  Calving glacier

Alaska Adventure

7 days from $4,895

Take an adventure-filled journey to wild, wonderful Alaska. Experience glittering glaciers and calving icebergs, take a catamaran across the marine-rich waters, and wind through cottonwood and alder forests. 

or Call 833-254-6678

Overview

Level 3: Moderate / Active

Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Active Journeys tours may feature two to seven-mile walks or hikes. (or three to five hours of walking or hiking each day).  (Typical travel opportunities: Longer Land Journeys, Wildlife Safaris, Ocean Cruises, International Train Journeys, U.S. National Parks Tours, Active Journeys).  


Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Gustavus, Alaska

Your day begins with a short flight from Juneau, Alaska to the frontier town of Gustavus. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel for a brief orientation.

This afternoon, set out to explore the surrounding areas of the frontier town of Gustavus. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow guests. Walking 1-2 hours (D)

Day 2 – Glacier Bay National Park

Prepare for an epic day of iconic Alaska scenery and wildlife! Following breakfast at our lodge, board a stable catamaran for a full day of boating among the namesakes of Glacier Bay National Park. A Park Ranger will join us on board to provide commentary as you gaze at glaciers, stopping to visit seabird and sea lion colonies. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of curious whales or porpoises.

We will spend an hour at a tidewater glacier watching as huge chunks of ice calve into the bay, a truly awe-inspiring sight, before returning to Gustavus for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Gustavus Forelands / Juneau

Today offers stellar Alaska hiking! Following breakfast, embark on a hike along the newly constructed Nagoonberry Trail on Nature Conservancy land. Schedule permitting, a local naturalist may join us to provide a historical perspective on the receding glaciers that cleared this area. Be on the lookout for summer berries, wildflowers, and tiny mushrooms as well as wildlife including moose, bears, and perhaps an owl or two.

After a picnic lunch, we will return to Gustavus for a scenic flight to Juneau where our adventure continues. Ride the Mount Roberts Tram into the alpine above Juneau where your guides will bring to life the early mining history of this area as you walk among wildflowers. Be sure to look for marmots, bears, and ptarmigan.

We will return to Juneau and check into our hotel in time for dinner. 3-4 hours total hiking, 5-7 miles and 200’ - 800’ elevation gain (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Explore a Living Glacier

Get ready for a thrilling day of glacier exploration! The Mendenhall Glacier is located just 12 miles outside of Juneau. Your knowledgeable guides will choose from one of the many trails available to hike close to the glacier's face. Learn about the geology of this unique landscape, see the glacier’s recession, and enjoy a packed lunch before returning to Juneau this afternoon.

Take time to explore quaint Juneau where dinner will be yours to explore on your own. 3-4 hours hiking, 3-6 miles (B,L)

Day 5 – Sitka

Wave goodbye to Juneau today and board a commercial flight to Sitka, a small fishing town of about 8,000 residents. Sitka’s historic sites are administered by the National Park Service and are all within walking distance of our downtown hotel.

Visit the Old Russian Bishop’s House to see a model of Sitka during the time of the Russian American Company. Learn about Sitka’s early history when the Russians battled the Tlingit tribe for control of this geographically strategic area, and then continue to Baranof’s Castle where the American flag was raised for the first time.

Dinner is on your own tonight, and your guide will be sure to point out the town’s best eats. (B,L)

Day 6 – Sitka National Historic Park

Sitka National Historic Park was the first unit of the National Park System in Alaska. We will explore it today, visiting the totem poles and discussing both their significance and their artistry.

Next, enjoy a guided tour of the Sheldon Jackson Museum, the oldest in Alaska. Learn about the life of Mr. Jackson, the “mushing parson,” as your guide highlights pieces from his impressive collection of first-contact artifacts.

Following lunch, visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at bald eagles and other birds of prey and meet the team working to conserve and rehabilitate injured birds. Finish the day with a nature walk on one of Sitka’s many local trails before returning to town for our farewell dinner. 3-4 hours walking (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Departure

After a final breakfast, a group transfer is provided to the Sitka airport for your homeward-bound flight. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)