Alaska Yacht - Bears, Bergs & Bushwacking
Experience Alaksa by Yacht, with days of relaxation and days of adventure, encounter Alaska's wonderful wildlife, amazing landscape and magic culture. Explore four of Alaska's designated Wilderness Areas and National Monuments, whale watch in the Frederick Sound, wildlife and bird watch by kayak, and witness the magnificent Brown Bears on Admiralty Island.
Day 1: Petersburg Velkomen! Petersburg, nicknamed "Little Norway," has its fair share of charm. Check in. Drop your bags. Then head into town. This hardworking fishing harbor bustles with action"”trollers, seiners, longliners, crabbers. Beachwalk and bird watch. The views are pretty good too with the Coast Mountains and Devil's Thumb looming from across the bay. Rest easy tonight after your Norwegian smorgasbord dinner, you have a big adventure tomorrow.
Overnight at Tides Inn (or similar).
Day 2: Petersburg - Embarkation Flightseeing to a glacial icefield, fishing charter, or easy-going exploration of quaint Petersburg's charms? You made your choice, but you're in Alaska after all. And weather can factor in on your mode of transportation for these activities. Whatever the day brings, enjoy it! Make the scene with the locals, you're on your own for lunch. Late afternoon, you'll get a warm welcome aboard the Safari Quest. Settle in with champagne for an evening sail into whale-loving Frederick Sound.
Day 3: Kake > Keku Islands At the northwest end of Kupreanof Island, dancing, legends, and totems tell the Tlingit story. Tribal members share Kake's history"”settle in, it goes back thousands of years. Ambling along, black bears. Eyes peeled on the woods and the shore. And look up now and again for bald eagles. Across the water, the Keku Islands dot Keku Strait. Slide into a kayak or skiff and glide along the fingerling islets and passageways. Make for shore on a tidal zone stroll turning up sea life clinging to rocks. Back on board, you're greeted with a Viking handshake and a belly-warming cocktail.
Day 4: Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area Into the wild you go, on the western shore of Kuiu Island. Just shy of 67,000 acres of islands, islets, and forest sits in the Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area. And a little farther north, the Bay of Pillars. Either primed for exploration. Rubber boots at the ready"”muskeg, woods, and tide pools set the stage for guided hikes. Kayaks and skiffs bring on the search for seaweed, kelp, harbor seals, sea stars, and jellies. Or try your hand at paddle boarding. Balance not quite so steady? The crew has a dry towel and hot toddy ready if you take a "polar plunge" by choice or by accident.
Day 5: South Baranof Wilderness Area 2,500-foot high granite fjord walls. Rushing waterfalls. Snowfields and glaciers blanket the high country of South Baranof, giving way to coastal forest of hemlock and spruce. It's wilderness with a capital W! Your captain knows these waters like the back of her hand. Skiff and paddle among little-known inlets with your guides, and likely seals, otters, and sea lions, too. There's brown in this green landscape"”Baranof is a hot spot for bears. Take a scrambling bushwhack in search of lupine, big views, and massive rainforest. Underway again, pop up to the bridge to look over charts with your captain and mates.
Day 6: Chatham Strait > Frederick Sound At the whim of the whales. Humpbacks migrate in droves to Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait. The krill and plankton here are just to their liking. Grab your binoculars and rally with your shipmates on the bow. It's a sight to see when lots of whales appear far and near, their spouts look like picket fences. Look for the tell-tale bubbles and blows. And have your camera point-and-shoot ready. Drop the kayaks and skiffs and along with your guide, take your search to tucked-away nooks. It's also a favorite spot of orcas and Dall's porpoises"”and likely one of yours too.
Day 7: Admiralty Island National Monument It's a bear o'rama. Tlingit call the island Kootznoowoo, meaning "Fortress of the Bear." Inspiration for the name is clear"”the highest concentration of brown bears in the world, more bears than the lower U.S. states combined. It also claims the world's greatest congregation of bald eagles. But back to the bears. Wake in the heart of the Admiralty Island National Monument wilderness. Pull on your gummies (boots) then hop aboard the skiff for a wet landing and a guided hike to a protected bear viewing area. Take it all in"”these are powerful beings. Lower your pulse with a quiet kayak or write postcards on the sun deck later in the day.
Day 8: Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area Alaska wilderness delivers! Flowing a little slower than your typical river, you find a river of ice and the southern-most tidewater glacier"”LeConte. It's a grand finale of a day. Tides and currents decide your LeConte Bay adventures. Drop anchor in Ideal Cove and hike along the Three Lakes trail. High tide? Pass bergy-riding seal pups as you motor through the glacier's ice gardens. Low tide? Walk among icebergs caught in the glacial outwash field. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner and slideshow.
Day 9: Petersburg"“ Disembarkation Truth, all good things must end. After one last breakfast with new friends, transfer to the airport/
Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Adventure Cruising Expect days of play and relaxation""Âwildlife in its natural habitat; genuine exchanges with locals; wilderness hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling; exploration by expedition vessel or boutique yacht, and even by skiff. Rain or shine!
Safari Quest Size makes this baby a swift permit buster. With just 22 guests, she can enter areas restricted to traditional small ships. Agile, spry, and with clean design lines, the Safari Quest can cut into the tiniest nooks that even our other small ships can't reach. This includes coveted wilderness areas with highly limited access of no more than two groups of twelve guests per day. For those most special adventures, she is the ticket in.
• Exclusive activities, shore excursions, presentation • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition guides • Meet & greet services, transfers, and baggage handling between airport & vessel on embark and disembark days • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine, and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
May 24, 31
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 24, 31
Booking conditions • Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated USD exchange rate.
• Charges apply for snorkelling gear (pay direct)
• Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated USD exchange rate. • Charges apply for snorkelling gear (pay direct)
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Gratuities to your vessel cruise
• Airfare to and from your home city
• Optional travel insurance
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise • Airfare to and from your home city • Optional travel insurance
Gratuity • Un Cruise recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.
• Un Cruise recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.