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
 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

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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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Vancouver Pre-Program Option — 2 Nights, 3 Days

Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver’s spectacular setting combines a diverse ecosystem with a vibrant cosmopolitan environment rich in art and culture. Visit the historic 19th‑century Gastown District, Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Granville Island. Enjoy a ferry ride to Victoria Island to visit Butchart Gardens and explore Victoria’s downtown and Inner Harbor. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe Westin Bayshore —Vancouver.

Fairbanks and Denali Post-Program Option5 Nights, 6 Days

Alaska’s Inside Passage, where the water meets the wild, is only the gateway to terra incognita. From Juneau, fly to Anchorage for one night in “the City of Lights and Flowers.” Travel inland and deep into the pristine wilderness of America’s splendid six‑million-acre Denali National Park, home to alluring Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak, then venture further up the rolling green tundra to the former frontier trading post, Fairbanks, for the perfect conclusion to your northern experience.

Spend two nights in a lodge located near the park’s entrance. Enjoy a discussion about the park’s ecosystem, and journey into the heart of Denali, where a park guide will help you look for Denali’s amazing wildlife––moose, bear, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep, and raptors––in its protected natural habitat. Travel aboard a domed train offering open‑air observation platforms and stunning 360-degree views of the majestic landscape––mountains, gorges, and spruce forests—during the journey from Denali to Fairbanks.

Spend two nights in Fairbanks, where you can learn about daily frontier life a century ago when gold was discovered in nearby creeks. Visit the award-winning galleries of the Museum of the North and view a portion of the incredible Trans‑Alaska pipeline. 

Accommodations are available at the Hilton Anchorage as well as Pike's Waterfront and Grand Denali Lodges. Fairbanks/Denali Post-Program internal flight from Juneau to Anchorage is an approx. additional $325 per person and subject to change. Please call for more details.

Additional Pre- and Post-Program Option details will be provided with your reservation.

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

2023 Itinerary

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) 

An optional bear-viewing excursion to the Anan Wildlife Observatory Site will be available on a limited basis, while space remains available (additional fee, please call for details).

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)

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