Exploring Muir's Wilderness
Take this 7-night adventure cruise discovering the Alaska that inspired John Muir. In the company of a park ranger, you'll cruise Glacier Bay National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to a variety of marine life, including the very impressive humpback whales. You may also catch a glimpse of harbour seals, porpoises, killer whales and sea otters, brown and black bears and more. In this National Park, you'll enjoy a forest hike in beautiful Bartlett Cove. Alongside unmatched birding and wildlife viewing, you'll enjoy whale watching in Icy Strait and a kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait as well as intertidal shore walks and hikes at Port Houghton and Thomas Bay.
Expect days of play and relaxation, wildlife 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!
"Hopelessly beyond description," said John Muir of his beloved Alaska. Behold - inspiration on a grand scale, the crack of white thunder, whales and wildlife, and Glacier Bay National Park.
Your Ship Safari Endeavour Aboard this spacious expedition vessel, three decks offer ample outside vantage points for taking in daytime sights and the sparkling night sky with new friends. Interior spaces including the intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library provide comfortable and relaxing spaces to sit back with a book and glass of wine, gather for presentations, or to share experiences from the day. The fully-stocked, marble-topped bar in the lounge is a magnet for activity and mingling.
Safari Explorer Designed for comfort, with an elegant atmosphere, and in the spirit of adventure, the Safari Explorer is a perfect platform of discovery. Three public decks make it easy to see action in the water and provide plenty of room for relaxing and breathing fresh air. An intimate Wine Library, salon, and inviting dining room encourage mingling and camaraderie among guests.
Day 1: Juneau, Alaska - Embarkation Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!
Day 2: Icy Strait It'll be an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings, lumbering about for an afternoon nosh, as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.
Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park It's a day John Muir would've delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice, as recently as 1795, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay's history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir's legacy of glaciology in the perfect "classroom" at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.
Day 4: Chatham Strait > Kuiu Island The options are aplenty. It's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and full of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above - as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.
Day 5: Thomas Bay The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It's a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.
Day 6: Port Houghton Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove's remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won't likely come across other humans, you're sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it's low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn't get more remote than this!
Day 7: Endicott Arm > Fords Terror Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you'll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller "bergy bits." Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week's adventure.
Day 8: Juneau - Disembarkation After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions farewell. You'll be transferred to the Juneau airport.
• Exclusive activities, shore excursions and presentations • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition and heritage guides. • Meet and greet services, transfers and baggage handling (between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days) • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
May 14, 21, 28
H = Holiday Theme
Jun 4(P), 11(M), 18, 25
Jul 2(H), 9, 16, 23, 30
Aug 6, 13(P), 20(M), 27
Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30(H)
Jul 7, 14, 21, 28
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
M = Marine Biology
P = Photography
May 14, 21, 28
H = Holiday Theme
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 US exchange rate.
• 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 US exchange rate.
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Gratuities to your vessel cruise
• Airfare to and from your home city
• Travel insurance
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise • Airfare to and from your home city • Travel insurance
Gratuity • Our recommendation for gratuities is USD$25 to USD$35 per person per day.
• Our recommendation for gratuities is USD$25 to USD$35 per person per day.