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2007
Juneau to Sitka, 7 nights/8 days,
Safari Quest

Itinerary

Day 1 Sail from Juneau
Transfer to your yacht after an included city and glacier tour. Your crew greets you with champagne and smiles, and we値l cruise to a secluded wilderness anchorage this evening.

Days 2-3 Glacier Bay National Park
One of America痴 crown-jewel national parks will be ours to explore and marvel at for the next two days. The park itself is 3.2 million acres (the size of the state of Connecticut), so there is plenty to see. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before us in the waters of Glacier Bay. If conditions permit, we値l lower the inflatable and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. We値l enjoy evenings at anchor in hidden coves, and mornings paddling our kayaks in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. And what will we find? Here in the bay there are puffins and sea lions, mountain goats and bears, moose, eagles, and scenery more spectacular than any place on earth.

Day 3 Icy Strait
We値l search for the tell-tale blow of the humpback whale as we cruise in Icy Strait today, and later, all the charm of Alaska will greet us as we pull into tiny Elfin Cove, a miniscule village tucked into Chichagof Island. We値l step ashore to stretch our legs and meet the people who choose to live their lives far removed from modern-day conveniences. Imagine waiting for the mail plane to come in once a week here in Elfin Cove. This evening we値l anchor in a remote bay and drop the kayaks for a paddle before calling it a day.

Days 4-7 Wilderness, Whales, and Hotsprings
We値l cruise into the heart of Alaska痴 Inside Passage during the next four days. On any given morning, we値l awaken to find our crew ready to send us off in our kayaks, complete with hot coffee in a thermos (cream and sugar?). We値l wander through misty coves where colorful sealife clings to the intertidal rocks, and the silence remains unbroken except for the clear call of a Pacific loon, or a marbled murrelet (we値l show you one!). Or maybe we値l knock on your stateroom door to inform you that a bear and her two cubs are ambling along the shoreline just beyond the bow. We値l spend our days cruising the waters where humpback whales, Steller痴 sea lions, orcas and porpoise feed and frolic. We値l slip into scenic bays, enjoy guided nature hikes and soak in natural hotsprings. Our anchorages will vary from remote coves to dramatic, waterfall-laced fjords where the cliffs rise over 2,500 feet straight up out of the water. It simply does not get better than this.

Day 8 Sitka
After arriving in Sitka this morning we値l transfer you to the airport for connections home.

Prices start at $4,295


2007
Juneau to Prince Rupert, 8 nights/9 days,
Safari Escape

Itinerary

Day 1 - Sail from Juneau
Welcome to Juneau. You値l be met at the airport, and after a city and glacier tour you値l be transferred to your yacht. Relax on board with hors d'oeuvres and your favorite cocktail, followed by dinner, fine wine and a chance to meet your new shipmates.

Days 2 - Tracy Arm
This morning we will enter magnificent Tracy Arm, a striking fjord that leads to the spectacular twin Sawyer glaciers. We'll weave a path through a sea of small icebergs to the face of the massive glaciers. There thunderous calvings resonate along the length of the fjord as harbor seals watch from nearby floes. If ice conditions permit, we will lower the inflatable to explore up close with the Expedition Leader. In the afternoon, we will say farewell to Tracy Arm and head for our anchorage in a quiet bay on Admiralty Island.

Day 3 - Frederick Sound and Whale Watching
We will begin the morning by lowering the kayaks and the inflatable launch to explore the area. Later, we will set our compass for Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound, two prime whale-watching areas. We will spend the day cruising among open waters and tiny islands, searching for the tell-tale blow of the humpback whale. Other marine mammals, such as Stellar痴 sea lions and Dall痴 porpoise, will be high on our list of possible sightings as well. We値l dock in Petersburg this evening, and enjoy a private tour of this charming community with a Norwegian flair!

Days 4 - Canoe Pass
Before our journey continues today, enjoy a nature walk through the forest with your Expedition Leader. Brunch is served upon your return and we will cruise the intricate Wrangell Narrows, home to rich salmon runs, bald eagles, harbor porpoise and seals. This evening痴 anchorage finds us in a hushed, hidden channel, narrowly cut between two islands, called Canoe Pass. Here among gentle breezes and crystalline waters, we will have time to explore our surroundings by kayak or inflatable, and we will spend the night at anchor here.

Day 5 - Wilderness Waterways
The smallest of villages and wilderness cruising will be our focus today. Tucked behind a fortress of broken islands, Meyer痴 Chuck, population just around 50, lies undetected by most who pass this way. We will pull in for a look at this surprising community made up of a handful of fishermen, artists and bush pilots. Further south we will pull into Yes Bay for an evening hike and some of the best kayaking in Southeast Alaska.

Day 6 - Misty Fjords National Monument
This morning we journey into one of the most inspiring places on our route: Misty Fjords National Monument. We will comb the shoreline, hemmed in by 3,000 foot sheer granite cliffs, searching for Tlingit pictographs on the rocks, and listen for whistling bald eagles, popular residents of this area. The wildlife of Misty Fjords ranges from brown and black bears to harbor seals and deer, so have your binoculars ready! Your Expedition Leader will be at your side, ready to point out all the wonders of this magnificent area. Later on we will find a quiet nook in Misty Fjords to anchor for the night.

Day 7 - Ketchikan
This morning we'll leave Misty Fjords behind us as we make our way to Ketchikan, Alaska. Upon arrival, join your Expedition Leader for some free time in town where Creek Street and the local fishing fleet will charm you with "pure Alaskana". Later, we'll enjoy a private Native Cultures tour before returning to the yacht for dinner.

Day 8 - Kayaking & Coves
Bid farewell to Ketchikan this morning as we cruise south toward Canada. We'll anchor in the afternoon, and then explore intricate waterways by kayak and inflatable skiff. The beauty and solitude of the Inside Passage will surround us as we dine together at our Farewell Dinner. Join your fellow travelers in the lounge after dinner for a digital photo presentation of your entire journey through the Inside Passage.

Day 9 - Prince Rupert, British Columbia
We up anchor this morning and wend our way to the salty fishing town of Prince Rupert, where the crew will bid you "adieu" after breakfast. Our Prince Rupert representatives will transfer you to the airport for your flight home, or departure to another destination.

Prices start at $4,995


2007
Juneau to Petersburg, 7 nights/8 days,
Safari Spirit

Itinerary

Day 1 Sail from Juneau
Transfer to your yacht after an included city and glacier tour. Your crew greets you with champagne and smiles, and we値l cruise to a secluded wilderness anchorage this evening.

Day 2 Tenakee Springs
We値l search for the tell-tale blow of the humpback whale as we cruise today, and later, all the charm of Alaska will greet us as we pull into tiny Tenakee Springs, a remote fishing village tucked into Chichagof Island. We値l step ashore to stretch our legs and meet the people who choose to live their lives far removed from modern-day conveniences. Even here, seemingly worlds away from anyone, there is a wonderful local bakery and caf, so do stop in! This evening we値l anchor in a remote bay and drop the kayaks for a paddle before calling it a day.

Days 3-5 Alaskan Gems
We値l cruise into the heart of Alaska痴 inside passage during the next three days. Greet the days with your adventurous side! We値l kayak under sea-carved arches back in the hidden inlets, and wander through misty coves where colorful sealife clings to the intertidal rocks. We値l explore the temperate rainforest where bears make their homes, or listen for the clear call of a Pacific loon, one of the many beautiful seabirds that migrate through this region. We値l spend our days cruising the waters where humpback whales, Steller痴 sea lions, orcas and porpoise feed and frolic. We値l visit striking fjords, enjoy guided nature hikes and soak in natural hotsprings. Our anchorages will be guaranteed reason to pull out your camera one more time. Marvel at 2,500-foot cliffs that rise straight up out of the water. It simply does not get better than this.

Days 6-7 Glacier Country
Two of the most remarkable days lie ahead. We値l step ashore on a massive glacial sandbar where bird life abounds. Our Expedition Leader will guide us toward the face of a glacier whose face rests not far from shore. We値l explore this glacial wonderland, watching as plants emerge in this newly uncovered landscape. We値l also cruise slowly in an ice-filled fjord where we値l see, as close as anyone can get, the wonderland of a fjord still being formed by an active glacier. These two days will stay with us like a magical memory for years to come. This evening, to celebrate our amazing journey in the inside passage, we値l come together for a festive Farewell dinner before calling it a day.

Day 8 Petersburg
After breakfast we値l arrive in Petersburg. We値l bid you a fond farewell and transfer you to the airport for connections home.

Prices start at $4,995


2007
Seattle to Juneau, 14 nights/15 days,
Safari Spirit & Safari Escape

Itinerary

 

Day 1 Sail from Seattle, Washington
Transfer to your yacht where your crew greets you with champagne and hors d弛euvres. We値l cruise north toward our serene anchorage this evening.

Day 2 The San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor
Settle into the rhythm of the sea as we leave our busy lives behind. We値l wander through the hundreds of untouched islands in the San Juans, then take a couple of hours to stroll through the 澱oater痴 haven of Friday Harbor, Washington. Visit the intriguing Whale Museum, or have a look at the many boutique shops in this tiny town. We値l depart for Canadian waters this afternoon, all eyes open for orca whales, and anchor in a quiet bay this evening.

Days 3-6 Exploring the Canadian Inside Passage
Search for orca whales, seals, sea lions and bears as we leave civilization behind. Our Expedition Leader will lead nature hikes and kayaking excursions, and we値l enjoy a First Nations dance performance in a cedar-planked big house. Further north, we値l step ashore with Naturalists from Raincoast Conservation Society who will tell us about local wildlife and fisheries studies, including little known details on rainforest wolves and the mysterious Spirit bear. 

Day 7 Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Prince Rupert is British Columbia痴 northernmost port along our route. Here, a historic sightseeing and museum tour introduces us to this scenic community. We値l stay dockside tonight, so enjoy a walk in town after dinner this evening.

Day 8 Ketchikan, Alaska
Discover the rich, cultural heritage of Alaska痴 Tlingit Indians on a guided tour or Saxman Totem Village with local village resident Joe Williams. Before we depart, take time to browse shops or stroll along Creek Street where there痴 often a good dose of local color to be found. 

Day 9 Alaskan Waterways
Open space and solitude greet us as we cruise north. We値l stop in at Meyer痴 Chuck, a hide-away village of fewer than 50 people. Later we値l anchor in Canoe Pass where we値l lower the kayaks for a more thorough look at the area. 

Day 10 Petersburg, Alaska
Join our local guide for a private tour of this charming fishing port. Petersburg痴 Norwegian history is quite prominent throughout the community, and we値l have some first-hand experiences of the local culture before we depart. This afternoon, we値l enter some of the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska, and we値l be watching for the familiar blows of humpback whales all day! 

Days 11-12 Fjords and Hotsprings
We値l spend these two days in the wildest, most pristine corners of Alaska. We値l paddle our kayaks in remote fjords, hike to natural hotsprings, wander through the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska, and explore some of the most scenic, hidden gems one can find in the inside passage.

Days 13-14 Glacier Bay National Park 
One of America痴 crown-jewel national parks will be ours to explore and marvel at for the next two days. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before us in the waters of Glacier Bay. If conditions permit, we値l lower the inflatable and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. We値l enjoy evenings at anchor in hidden coves, and mornings paddling our kayaks in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. And what will we find? Quite possibly we値l see puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, bears, moose, eagles, and scenery more spectacular than any place on earth. To top off our trip, we値l celebrate and reminisce together during our festive Farewell dinner.

Day 15 Juneau, Alaska
After breakfast we値l arrive in Juneau. A transfer to the Juneau airport or local hotel is included. Safe travels to all!


Land Tour Extensions

To complement your up-close, active cruise onboard the Safari Escape, Safari Spirit or the Safari Quest, we have put together a selection of like experiences to consider as pre- or post-cruise options in Alaska痴 spectacular interior. Whether you are interested in a more active Denali experience from a base deep inside the park, Sky Trekking from wilderness lodge to wilderness lodge with a private pilot/guide, deluxe fly-in fishing lodge packages, or a multi-day tour custom built just for you, we can help. We have a highly experienced staff who are familiar with endless opportunities in Alaska's southeast and interior regions. We have a number of resources to enable us to create the perfect land extension to complement your yacht adventure. These excursions are designed for our yacht adventurists who want to explore 殿bove and beyond the waters of the Inside Passage. Most of the itineraries include one or more segments via helicopter or private aircraft to cover more scenic and natural highlights in a shorter period of time. Flightseeing over glaciers, forested mountain ridges and wilderness lakes opens up intensely breathtaking vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities. 

Hotel packages are also presented in this section for one-night stopovers in embarkation/disembarkation ports of Juneau, Sitka and Prince Rupert. Meet/greet services, baggage handling, transfers between airport/hotel and hotel/pier and double accommodations are included in the listed rates.

Please inquire about other potential shore adventures if those featured here don稚 quite fit your personal interests, time allotment or price range.

  • Fishing in Southeast Alaska
  • Mendenhall Glacier heli tour in Juneau

 

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