Experience the wildlife, geology, history, and culture of southeast Alaska on this new Active Journey! You'll venture into Glacier Bay National Park by catamaran, take hikes high above Juneau and near Mendenhall Glacier, and explore the area's history and culture in Sitka.

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 Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park  Glacier Bay National Park  Calving glacier  Breaching whale  Glacial Valley  Mendenhall Glacier, outside Juneau  The town of Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley  Bald eagles  St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley

Alaska Adventure

7 days from $4,895

Experience the wildlife, geology, history, and culture of southeast Alaska on this new Active Journey! You'll venture into Glacier Bay National Park by catamaran, take hikes high above Juneau and near Mendenhall Glacier, and explore the area's history and culture in Sitka.

or Call 833-254-6678

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Call Our Active Journeys Specialists at 833-254-6678 (M-F 10 am - 8 pm ET) to Book or to Learn More, or Register Your Interest / Ask Questions Online and we will reach out to schedule a convenient time to talk. For calls from outside of the U.S., please call 510-852-8350.

Overview

Southeast Alaska is rich in natural beauty and cultural treasures and showcases impressive wildlife, geological features, and the intriguing history and traditions of various cultures. Experience all of this on our newest trip to Alaska, which features easy hiking and nature walks in Gustavus and Juneau and a walking tour of the cultural tresures of Sitka. (Level 3/Hikes and nature walks of of 3 to 6 miles. See our Activity Level Description on the Tour Details tab for more information.)

Highlights

  • Glacier Bay National Park: During a full-day cruise through Glacier Bay, watch for whales, sea lions, and myriad birds as well as calving glaciers as a park ranger provides commentary.
  • Juneau: Ride a tram to the top of Mt. Roberts for spectacular vistas of Juneau and a hike focused on the state capital's early mining history. Plus, learn about the area’s geology during a thrilling day hike to Mendenhall Glacier.
  • Sitka: Conclude your journey in charming Sitka. Learn about the traditions of the Tlingit people, from historic totem poles to extensive collections at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, and the impact of the Russian American Company at the Russian Bishop’s House and Baranof Castle. Plus, get an up-close look at bald eagles at the Alaska Raptor Center.
  • Small Group Feature: With a small group of no more than 18 people, you'll quickly develop a strong sense of camaraderie with your Adventure Guide and fellow travelers—resulting in an interesting and enjoyable trip that is also more flexible!

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)