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Alaska Panhandle The interesting bits

9 nights

See authentic Alaska on our unique Inside Passage Explorer! This holiday around the Alaska Panhandle takes you far from the established routes and directly to the Alaska you wanted to see.

Flying from city to city means you can get to the Alaska Panhandle's remote communities quickly and easily.

Multi day stays in each place provide time for your own exploration and relaxation. View the mighty brown (grizzly) bears in the Anan Bear Observatory, Wrangell, experience native and colonial history in Sitka and Ketchikan, and explore the outdoors in Juneau and Glacier Bay.

Along the way you will stay in a variety of accommodation types, from B&Bs to comfortable tourist class hotels, to an oceanside beach cottage, all chosen for their unique properties and proximity to natural and historic attractions.

Alaska as it was meant to be seen!

The Breakdown

Here's a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by adding them to your wishlist, so we can give you the best price.

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Day 1

Ketchikan

Transfer to hotel on own(courtesy airport shuttle and scenic tram ride). A stroll down pictu...

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Day 2-3

Ketchikan is ideally situated for exploring. Visit Dolly’s House Museum, the Tongass H...

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Day 4-5

Ketchikan to Wrangell

One of Alaska’s newest tourist destinations, Wrangell is pure, untouched and unspoiled.&nbs...

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Day 6-7

Wrangell to Sitka

Sitka’s history is as old as time itself. Home to the Kiksadi Tlingit people for thous...

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Day 8

Sitka to Juneau

Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, boasts as many things to do as there are people in the only...

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Day 9-10

Juneau to Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve commands a glacier-crowned, maritime wilderness that stret...

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Day 1

Ketchikan

Transfer to hotel on own(courtesy airport shuttle and scenic tram ride). A stroll down picturesque Creek Street with its galleries, shops and cafés is the perfect start to the trip.

3 nights in Cape Fox Lodge.

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Day 2-3

Ketchikan is ideally situated for exploring. Visit Dolly’s House Museum, the Tongass Historical Museum, the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. The nearby Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center, and Totem Heritage Center highlight the native cultural influences and traditions that have helped shape today’s Ketchikan. Nearby attractions include Saxman Native Village and Totem Bight State Park to view Ketchikan’s world famous collection of totem poles. The hiking is world class in the Ketchikan region; choose from several hiking trails at the Ward Lake Recreation Area, or opt for a guided walk through the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. 

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Day 4-5

Ketchikan to Wrangell

One of Alaska’s newest tourist destinations, Wrangell is pure, untouched and unspoiled. A thrilling variety of Alaska wildlife excursions get you up close and personal with giant salmon, and even bigger bears. Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory is one of the best spots in Alaska to view Alaska brown and black bears up close as they feast on Wrangell’s abundant salmon. 

2 nights in Rooney’s Roost.

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Day 6-7

Wrangell to Sitka

Sitka’s history is as old as time itself. Home to the Kiksadi Tlingit people for thousands of years, the area was selected by Alexander Baranof as Russia’s American capital in 1799. For more than 80 years the Russians and Tlingits were partners in the fur trade before Russia sold Alaska to the USA in 1867. Sitka today, set among deep fjords, towering coastal mountains and cascading glaciers is a wilderness paradise and one of Alaska’s most interesting cities. Sitka’s Tlingit history comes alive at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Centre. And when you get your fill of history, a wide variety of wilderness activities such as sea kayaking, rainforest hiking tours, fishing, wildlife viewing – you can even hike the only volcano in Alaska’s southeast region – are all available.

2 nights in Totem Square Hotel & Marina.

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Day 8

Sitka to Juneau

Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, boasts as many things to do as there are people in the only US state capital not accessible by road. For outdoor adventure Juneau can’t be topped. Juneau is home to over 100 miles of groomed hiking trails that bring the temperate rainforest up close to hikers. The protected waterways in Southeast Alaska provide excellent sea kayaking into areas rich with wildlife.

2 nights Westmark Baranof.

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Day 9-10

Juneau to Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve commands a glacier-crowned, maritime wilderness that stretches northward from Alaska’s inside passage to the Alsek River, encircling a magnificent saltwater bay with 16 tidewater glaciers and 30 alpine glaciers! A mountain-guarded, maritime sanctuary, Glacier Bay National Park thus secures the coastal flank of the largest internationally protected area on earth. You’ll cruise deep into the heart of the national park where you’ll view the magnificent tide water glaciers and a wide variety of marine life including whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters.

Tour ends on arrival back into Juneau from Glacier Bay

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Chris and Mark Griffiths

The Black Bear Inn in Ketchikan was also great and the owners, Nicol & Jim were excellent hosts.

 

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