Join us for an extraordinary cruise from Juneau, Alaska to Vancouver that features both the dramatic natural wonders of this breathtaking region and its mosaic of cultural traditions. 

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Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage

A Cruise from Juneau to Vancouver Aboard the 212-guest Star Legend

8 days from $4,395

Join us for an extraordinary cruise from Juneau, Alaska to Vancouver that features both the dramatic natural wonders of this breathtaking region and its mosaic of cultural traditions. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I have traveled with various groups but this trip has been better than any I've ever been on. On most tours at least one thing goes wrong, but not with Smithsonian. They're total experts and professionals and I can't think of anything that they could have done better.

- Valerie, M

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Overview

Join us for an adventure of a lifetime as you experience the magnificent natural wonders and mosaic of cultural traditions of Alaska during our popular small-ship cruise from southeast Alaska through the Inside Passage to Vancouver.

Highlights Include:

  • Dramatic Landscapes: Listen to the thunder of large ice calving into the water at South Sawyer Glacier and Dawes Glacier and see their iconic icebergs up close on naturalist-led Zodiac expeditions. Venture through narrow straits and into the heart of Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, where sheer cliffs rise thousands of feet. Explore the Inside Passage’s hidden treasures, from the secluded Inian Islands and tiny Elfin Cove in the north to Wrangell Island, and other coastlines as you cruise south to Vancouver.
  • Wildlife: As nature unfolds before you, take delight in watching hundreds of harbor seals basking on icebergs, a pod of whales feeding off the bow, and Steller sea lions and sea otters in the water. Look to the sky to see bald eagles soaring overhead, plus myriad other birdlife, including guillemots and Arctic terns. You may even spot brown bears hunting for fish on nearby banks.
  • Cultural Experiences: Sitka is laden with the art and history of its Tlingit culture and 19th-century Russian fur-trading era. Converse with Tlingit artisans in Sitka National Historical Park, where trails are lined with intricately carved totem poles. Marvel at priceless Russian Orthodox icons in the onion-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral. And get up close to eagles, hawks, and falcons at the Alaska Raptor Center. In Ketchikan, visit a recreated Native Alaskan village with totem poles and clan houses at Potlatch Totem Park, where you’ll watch a master carver at an exclusive demonstration.
  • Star Legend: This newly refurbished upscale all-suite yacht (Windstar fleet) offers the best of both worlds—small enough that it can alter course for better wildlife observation and tuck into tiny coves, yet large enough to offer the amenities of a larger ship.

I have traveled with various groups but this trip has been better than any I've ever been on. On most tours at least one thing goes wrong, but not with Smithsonian. They're total experts and professionals and I can't think of anything that they could have done better.

- Valerie, M

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

July 5-12, 2018 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart home city / Arrive in Juneau, Alaska

Arrive in picturesque Juneau and embark the Star Legend. (D)

Day 2 — Inside Passage / Tracy Arm Fjord / Sawyer Glacier / Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier

Experience the natural wonders of the fabled Inside Passage, one of the most scenic waterways in the world, cruising amidst countless islands, lush forests, secluded bays and coves, sandy beaches and lofty waterfalls cascading from mountain cliffs inaccessible to larger ships. Watch for cavorting sea lions and breaching orcas in the deep waters and brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, beavers, mink, foxes and river otters roaming the shores and mountain sides.

Cruise into the deep and narrow fjord of Tracy Arm, where waterfalls cascade from dramatic cliffs, lush forest fades to spectacular sheer rock and icebergs glint in the sunlight. At the remote end of Tracy Arm, approach South Sawyer Glacier and watch and listen as it calves chunks of ice that become floating platforms for harbor seals. On a Zodiac outing in the pristine, seldom-visited Endicott Arm, venture to the arctic-blue toes of the majestic tidewater Dawes Glacier and look for Arctic terns, pigeon guillemots, and even mountain goats.

Attend the Captain’s welcome reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 3 — Point Adolphus / Inian Islands / Elfin Cove

Your small ship allows you to look for humpback whales feeding in the nutrient-rich waters surrounding Point Adolphus. Cruise through Icy Strait to the wild Inian Islands, around which flow unspoiled tidal waters teeming with marine life. From aboard a Zodiac, watch for hunting sea lions and swooping bald eagles, along with other predators, drawn by the abundance of salmon and other prey. Cruise to pristine Chichagof Island, where you will tender ashore to visit remote Elfin Cove. Walk the boardwalks of this tiny fishing community (year-round population: 20), surrounded by the majestic conifers of the Tongass National Forest. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Sitka

Nestled on the edge of Baranof Island and well known for its stunning beauty, Sitka is laden with the art and history of its aboriginal and Russian past. First settled by the Kiksádi clan of the Tlingit, the “capital of Russian America” flourished as a Russian fur-trading hub until its 1867 transfer to the United States. Marvel at the priceless collection of icons in the onion-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the first Russian Orthodox church built in North America.

Visit the impressive Alaska Raptor Center, Alaska’s foremost bald eagle habitat, where more than 100 injured eagles are rehabilitated and released back into the wild each year. (B,L,D) 

Day 5 — Wrangell

Seldom-visited Wrangell, known as the “Gateway to the Stikine River,” is the only Alaskan town to have flown the flag of three nations—Russia, Great Britain and the United States. A Tlingit stronghold for thousands of years, Wrangell was established as a fur-trading post by the Russians in 1843, making it one of Alaska’s oldest non-native settlements. Famed naturalist John Muir used Wrangell as a base for his exploration of southeast Alaska, and lawman Wyatt Earp briefly served as its marshal during the Klondike Gold Rush. Tlingit culture abounds in this charming fishing village, which is today home to more than a dozen colorful totem poles. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Ketchikan

In the colorful fishing town of Ketchikan—“salmon capital of the world”—stroll the historic boardwalks of Creek Street and watch salmon swimming upstream through the middle of town along the well-known “Salmon Ladder.” See the fascinating native art of Potlatch Totem Park, where a master craftsman demonstrates the ancient technique of hand-carving a totem pole. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Cruising the Pacific Ocean

Enjoy a day at leisure on board as the ship cruises south from the storied Alaskan Panhandle to the wild Pacific coast of Canada.

Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 8 — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Return to home city

Disembark in dynamic Vancouver and continue on the Vancouver and Victoria tour extension or transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

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

June 28 - July 5, 2018 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart U.S. / Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Depart the U.S. for dynamic Vancouver. Upon arrival, embark the five-star Star Legend. (D)

Day 2 — Cruising the Pacific Ocean

Enjoy a day at leisure on board as the ship cruises north along Canada’s wild Pacific coast en route to the storied Alaskan Panhandle. Watch for cavorting sea lions and breaching orcas in the deep waters.

Attend the Captain’s welcome reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 3 — Inside Passage / Ketchikan / Alaska, U.S.

Experience the natural wonders of the fabled Inside Passage, one of the most scenic waterways in the world, cruising amidst countless islands, lush forests, secluded bays and coves, sandy beaches, and lofty waterfalls cascading from mountain cliffs inaccessible to larger ships. Here, brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, beavers, mink, foxes, and river otters roam the shores and mountainsides.

In the colorful fishing town of Ketchikan—“salmon capital of the world”—stroll the historic boardwalks of Creek Street and watch salmon swimming upstream through the middle of town along the well-known “Salmon Ladder.” See the fascinating native art of Potlatch Totem Park, where a master craftsman demonstrates the ancient technique of hand-carving a totem pole. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Wrangell

Seldom-visited Wrangell, known as the “Gateway to the Stikine River,” is the only Alaskan town to have flown the flag of three nations—Russia, Great Britain and the United States. A Tlingit stronghold for thousands of years, Wrangell was established as a fur-trading post by the Russians in 1843, making it one of Alaska’s oldest non-native settlements. Famed naturalist John Muir used Wrangell as a base for his exploration of southeast Alaska, and lawman Wyatt Earp briefly served as its marshal during the Klondike Gold Rush. Tlingit culture abounds in this charming fishing village, which is today home to more than a dozen colorful totem poles. (B,L,D) 

Day 5 — Sitka

Nestled on the edge of Baranof Island and well known for its stunning beauty, Sitka is laden with the art and history of its aboriginal and Russian past. First settled by the Kiksádi clan of the Tlingit, the “capital of Russian America” flourished as a Russian fur-trading hub until its 1867 transfer to the United States. Marvel at the priceless collection of icons in the onion-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the first Russian Orthodox church built in North America.

Visit the impressive Alaska Raptor Center, Alaska’s foremost bald eagle habitat, where more than 100 injured eagles are rehabilitated and released back into the wild each year. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Point Adolphus / Inian Islands / Elfin Cove

Your small ship allows you to look for humpback whales feeding in the nutrient‑rich waters surrounding Point Adolphus. Cruise through Icy Strait to the wild Inian Islands, around which flow unspoiled tidal waters teeming with marine life. From aboard a Zodiac, watch for hunting sea lions and swooping bald eagles, along with other predators, drawn by the abundance of salmon and other prey. Cruise to pristine Chichagof Island, where you will tender ashore to visit remote Elfin Cove. Walk the boardwalks of this tiny fishing community (year-round population: 20), surrounded by the majestic conifers of the Tongass National Forest. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Tracy Arm Fjord / Sawyer Glacier / Endicott Arm / Dawes Glacier

Cruise into the deep and narrow fjord of Tracy Arm, where waterfalls cascade from dramatic cliffs, lush forest fades to spectacular sheer rock and icebergs glint in the sunlight. At the remote end of Tracy Arm, approach South Sawyer Glacier and watch and listen as it calves chunks of ice that become floating platforms for harbor seals. On a Zodiac outing in the pristine, seldom-visited Endicott Arm, venture to the arctic-blue toes of the majestic tidewater Dawes Glacier and look for Arctic terns, pigeon guillemots and even mountain goats.

Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 8 — Juneau / Depart for the U.S.

Disembark in picturesque Juneau and continue on the Fairbanks and Denali National Park Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

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