Join us for an extraordinary adventure of a lifetime on our popular cruise of southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage, from Vancouver to Juneau. 

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 Sawyer Glacier  The evocative Misty Fjords  Misty Fjords  Harbor seal lounging on an iceberg. Credit: Larisa Manewal  Pod of Orca whales  Breaching whale   Bear seen along the coastline  The town of Ketchikan  Colorful Creek Street in in Ketchikan. Credit: Mary Dossat  Totems and clan house, Ketchikan  Beaver Clan artist Nathan Jackson, Saxman Native Village. Credit: Sharon Harrison  The town of Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley  St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley  Totem at Sitka National Historic Park. Credit: Matt Hage/Alaska Tourism Bureau  Bald eagles  Eagle at the Sitka Raptor Center  South Sawyer Glacier  Calving ice at South Sawyer Glacier  Calving glacier  View of Tracy Arm  Waterfall amid the forest, Endicott Arm  View of Juneau from Mt. Roberts  View of Vancouver's harbor

Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage

A Cruise from Vancouver to Juneau

8 days from $4,995

Join us for an extraordinary adventure of a lifetime on our popular cruise of southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage, from Vancouver to Juneau. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details


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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Save between $750 and $1,500 per person when you book by April 30, 2022!


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 featuring southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage.

Highlights Include

  • Dramatic Landscapes: Explore scenic treasures from coastlines near Vancouver to tiny Elfin Cove in the north. Venture through narrow straits and into the heart of Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, where sheer cliffs rise thousands of feet. 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 expeditions.
  • Wildlife: As nature unfolds before you, take delight in watching hundreds of harbor seals basking on icebergs, a pod of whales feeding off the ship’s 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: 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 during an exclusive demonstration. 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.
  • Star Breeze: Intimate cruising at its finest, this five-star ship can dock in ports inaccessible to larger vessels and celebrates traditional “sail aways” on deck. Each of the 156 spacious ocean-view suites offers one queen bed (most convertible to two twin beds), a private granite-finished bathroom with shower (most with full bathtub) and luxurious European linens and amenities. These five-star suites range from approximately 277 square feet to 575 square feet. 

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


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

Arrive in dynamic Vancouver, originally built as a small 19th- century timber milling settlement and today the cultural and financial heart of Canada’s Pacific Northwest, and embark the Star Breeze. (D)

Day 2 — Cruising the Inside Passage

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

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 mountainsides.

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

Day 3 — Ketchikan, Alaska, U.S. / Misty Fjords National Monument Point

In the colorful fishing town of Ketchikan the "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.

Weather permitting, enjoy the rare opportunity to cruise the glacier‑sculpted inlets of magnificent Misty Fjords, a seldom‑visited American national and natural treasure harboring some of the Alaska Panhandle’s most awe‑inspiring scenery and wildlife. Behold the running streams flowing through stands of evergreens that merge into mighty waterfalls plunging down spectacular, 3000-foot-tall, near‑vertical, granite‑faced cliffs. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Wrangell

Discover the highlights of this truly Alaskan town and see its colorful history and native culture come to life while visiting the Wrangell Museum and Petroglyph Beach with Kiks Adi Totem Park and Alaskan Native interpretation.  Local guides will show you the town and its historic churches as well as the traditional Tlingit Tribal House. 

Visit Wrangell’s famous anthropological site, Petroglyph Beach.  It was here that rock carvings were found, which dated 8,000 years before the area was settled by Tlingit tribes.  Explore the Wrangell Museum which houses a rich assortment of 5,000 historic photos, native artifacts, a collection of Tlingit petroglyphs as well as fishing, mining, and logging displays.  (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.

Explore the Tlingit culture while conversing with local artisans in Sitka National Historical Park, where trails are lined with totem poles, a lasting memorial to the ancient art form. 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 / 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, 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. If weather permits, enjoy the splendor of 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, the sole American state capital accessible only by air or sea and where The Call of the Wild author Jack London set forth to join the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897.

Continue on the Denali, Fairbanks and Anchorage 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)