7-10 night Itinerary – Petersburg, Juneau & Sitka. Join either the ‘Snow Goose’ or ‘Island Odyssey’ to discover the whales, bears and glaciers of southeast Alaska.
Highlights will be days watching humpback whales breach and feed in Frederick Sound, the amazing sight of bears feeding on salmon in a rushing river and a journey up a spectacular mountain fjord to find icebergs and a majestic tidewater glacier.
These voyages are in the Tongass National Forest – the largest national forest in North America. Go ashore daily to find beautiful forest walks, tumbling waterfalls and hike up to alpine meadows and bogs. Kayak along the shore inches above colourful intertidal creatures. Learn from the onboard naturalist about the Alaskan ecology. With access to two of the famed US Forest Service bear viewing sites, guests will see both brown and black bears. The daily itinerary is flexible to take full advantage of group interests, weather patterns and wildlife sightings.
The Snowgoose is a 65′ steel motor-vessel and was built in Alaska in 1973 as a private yacht. she sleeps 12 passengers in 6 private cabins (double occupancy), with 3 heads and two showers. The main deck features a spacious, airy salon, natural history library, galley and dining area. Large windows provide great viewing on all sides with easy access to the deck. The upper bridge deck provides a good vantage point for spotting wildlife and comfortable seating for passengers who wish to get involved with the navigation of the ship. Snow Goose is a US Coast Guard certified passenger vessel.
The Island Odyssey was originally built as a luxurious private yacht in 1984, she completed a major renovation in 2003 to update the cabins and all safety systems. She features 8 private cabins (double occupancy), 3 heads with hot showers and a comfortable salon with a natural history library. On deck, the large deckhouse provides a comfortable spot to watch for wildlife. The Island Odyssey is a 68′ ketch.
Derek and Jane - Travelled BC & Alberta
"The journey you picked out was super."
Many thanks for another fantastic holiday. Firstly the wedding of our youngest son in Vancouver was a great day for us all. Everything went well and was very enjoyable. Thanks again for selecting a well balanced holiday. The car Jeep Grant Cherokee was only a week old and took all our luggage. The journey you picked out was super. Summit Lodge in Whistler was excellent. The guest house by the lake in Clearwater was one of the best we have ever stayed. Sandie and John were excellent hosts. The rooms and breakfast were fantastic. Wells Grey Provincial Park, is a real gem with fantastic waterfalls and great walks. Jasper was unfortunately a bit damp, but we managed to go on the sky tram after the rain and got some great views. On the way to emerald lake we went on the Brewsters Glacier tour which we all enjoyed. Emerald Lake lodge with the lake view was excellent. I think the views were better than Lake Louise!
Thanks again and look forward in using you again.
Itinerary (8 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
The daily plans are flexible to accommodate the surprises that occur each trip, the requirements...
The daily plans are flexible to accommodate the surprises that occur each trip, the requirements of tide and weather, and the interests of the group. With so many opportunities to see wildlife and scenery, it’s hard to predict what unique moment will be your favourite memory.
Trips depart from Petersburg, Sitka, Wrangell, AK and Prince Rupert, BC – depending on the departure you have chosen. You will meet late morning to board the yacht, where you will begin your adventure into wild Southeast Alaska.
In Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait, you will see whales on a daily basis and...
In Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait, you will see whales on a daily basis and expect to see some spectacular behavior. Admiralty Island National Monument has the highest concentration of brown bears and eagles in North America. There are some beautiful evening anchorages – so keep an eye out for bears along the shore! You will experience a spectacular tidewater glacier, icebergs and thousand foot waterfalls at either Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm or LeConte Bay. At Anan Creek you will have the privilege to access the famous US Forest Service bear viewing stand and see bears fishing for salmon. For keen photographers there is a viewing blind right at water level.
Each day there is time for kayaking or walks ashore, or perhaps a relaxing dip in a hotsprings. You will spot and identify fascinating wildlife, explore the shoreline for intertidal creatures, and keep a daily record of the various species of plants and animals observed.
Trip Finish: – On the last morning you will arrive at your final destination in...
Trip Finish: – On the last morning you will arrive at your final destination in time to catch an afternoon flight south to Seattle or Vancouver. You will either fly home or continue your holiday.