Alaska, Fjords & Glaciers

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Grand American Adventures

This eight day Alaska adventure cruise to the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage navigates the inner reaches of the Eastern Coves by small ship. Venture to rarely seen areas and experience pristine beauty at every turn. Explore by kayak, skiff or on foot to find out why Alaska's Inside Passage is an unforgettable frontier. This isn't small ship or big ship cruising, this is an adventure cruise that's fully-focused on the luxury of experience; quality over quantity, wildlife over nightlife, and once in a lifetime encounters over momentary entertainment.

Highlights
  • Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm
  • Whale watching in Stephens Passage
  • Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Tlingit cultural presentation
  • Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit
  • Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike
  • Search for wildlife - bears, Sitka Deer, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoise, Mountain Goats
  • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
Accommodation Types
  • Unique
Food And Meals
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners
Extras

We offer a whole range of travel extras, from additional hotel nights to flights and insurance, so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip.

Book Extra Nights in Ketchikan

Our tours depart at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team. KETCHIKAN - CAPE FOX LODGE800 Venetia Way, Ketchikan, AK 99901Set amidst the Tongass National Forest. Includes meet and greet service at the airport, transfer to the hotel, and waterfront or mountain-view room.. Full room (Your own single or double room)From £300 | US$390 | Eur360 | AU$510 | NZ$536Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONYour tour includes a free meet and greet service at the airport, transfer from the airport to the hotel if arriving day of embarkment. If you arrive on your own prior to embark day, you will need to arrange your own airport transfers.

Book Extra Nights in Juneau

Our tours depart at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team. JUNEAU - FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON51 Egan Drive, Juneau, AK 99801Includes meet and greet service at the airport, transfer from the airport to the hotel, and waterfront or mountain-view room. Please note, the Goldbelt is only for pre and post tour accommodation, the start and end point of this tour is at the Centennial Hall Convention Center, 101 Egan Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801, United States, Tel: +1 907 586 5283. Full room (Your own single or double room) From £247-300 | US$320-390 | Eur297-360 | AU$420-510 | NZ$441-536 Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONThe hotel offers a free 24 hour shuttle service. Contact the hotel upon arrival using the hotel shuttle phones in the baggage claim area, or call the hotel directly on 907-276-0110. A tip of US$2 per person is recommended. If you prefer to take a taxicab, they leave from the designated taxi area near baggage claim. The fare should be approximately US$15-17 including tip.

Book City Tours Before/After Your Trip

If you’ve booked pre or post nights in our gateway cities, spend some time exploring. We’ve partnered with GetYourGuide to make sure you take in all the highlights and experience everything these incredible cities have to offer.Discover our city tours below >Ketchikan City tours

Book Flights (UK Only)

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. Why Book Your Flights with Grand American Adventures?Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per personDate changes free of charge (subject to terms)We are ATOL protected and IATA licensedPersonal service - you're more than just a numberCall us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or request a flight quote online

Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ?See our insurance page for more information.

Optional Activities During Your Tour

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Destinations
  • USA
  • Alaska
  • Ketchikan
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Behm Canal
  • Wrangell
  • Wrangell Narrows
  • Thomas Bay
  • Stephens Passage
  • Endicott Arm
  • Fords Terror
  • Juneau
  • North America
  • Alaska1
Tour Types
  • Small Ship Cruise
  • Cruise

Day: 1

Welcome to Ketchikan and the start of your Alaskan adventure. You have time to explore the city ahead of your check in to the hospitality area.  After boarding the ship, make yourself at home with a glass of bubbly as you set sail for Misty Fjords National Monument.

  • Ketchikan

Day: 2

After gazing upon Misty Fjords National Monument, you’ll appreciate why it has earned the nickname of ‘The Yosemite of the North’. There are places on planet earth that leave you feeling so awestruck by the beauty of nature and this is one of them. You will feel the strains of everyday life slip away when you’re surrounded by such peace and tranquillity. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, towering 3,000 foot cliffs and a vast array of wildlife can be found including brown and black bears, bird life, mountain goats and Sitka black-tailed deer. Take to the water by kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay, or simply float along and take it the beauty around you. You may want to skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. What an amazing day to kick off your Alaska tour.

  • Misty Fjords National Monument

Day: 3

In Behm Canal, you’ll find a series of remote waterways in the isolated Tongass National Forest and no shortage of wildlife. Black bears, mink and eagles compete for your attention, but let’s not forget about Orca Whales, seals and sea otters so keep your camera handy. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition leader will guide you on a low-elevation hike for awesome views which Alaska is so well known for delivering. You enjoy a guided paddle along the canal and there may be time for another short intertidal shore walk.

  • Behm Canal

Day: 4

Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and one which is governed by four nations. It is here that native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries and where the Tlingit and Haida cultures have deep roots. To introduce you to their culture, we have invited some of the islanders on board to bring the legends of their people and stories to life. Following this, you’ll venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and the chance to visit the Chief Shakes Tribal House.

  • Wrangell

Day: 5

Sail into the Wrangell Narrows and on towards the fishing towns of Petersburg and Thomas Bay You’ll notice the abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guiding the way – this is better known as ‘Christmas Tree Lane’. Thomas Bay is located in the backcountry of Alaska's wilderness and after coming this far, it would be a shame not to go just that bit further. Glacial landscapes dotted with deep moraines, swampy muskegs and mud are also a commonality in this area which makes it the ideal spot to kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image reflection of the fjord walls dances on the surface and makes for beautiful photos. Why not enjoy a walk through the outwash of Baird Glacier, or hike through the grassy meadow into the forest.

  • Wrangell Narrows
  • Thomas Bay

Day: 6

For those of you who keen to try out your flexibility, there is a yoga session on the deck to begin the day. The good news is that Humpback and Orca Whales frequent this part of the Inside Passage and it is common to spot them. Keep your eyes peeled for the odd misty spout protruding from the water. Today, you might like to head off in a kayak spotting sea stars and shore birds, or take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Why not hike into the Tongass to enjoy views of this wild landscape of waterfalls and rich shades or nature-green.

  • Stephens Passage

Day: 7

The scenery which awaits you this morning is nothing short of stunning, as Mother Nature puts on a real show for you. Fjord cliffs reach skyward and huge chunks of ice float through deep u-shaped valleys. You’ll likely spot Harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high and it’s here you can hear the creeks and groans as huge chucks clave off and plunge into the water below. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner and tide permitting, your skiff driver will guide you through its waters. Today offers a multitude of different views including towering mountains (keep an eye out for mountain goats), temperamental currents and many waterfalls. Tonight, your captain joins you for a farewell dinner to celebrate your adventure through the Alaska wilderness.

  • Endicott Arm
  • Fords Terror

Day: 8

Bid adieu to new-found friends over breakfast before disembarking the ship. Transfer directly to Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

  • Juneau
  • Services of qualified expedition guides/naturalists
  • All transport by small discovery cruise ship
  • 'Navigator' cabins with queen or twin beds, private bath w/shower and view window. Single supplements and upgraded cabins are available at additional costs. Contact us for further details

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Touring with Grand American Adventures

Grand American Adventures specialises in small group holidays to the Americas, with their fountains of knowledge and experience they are committed to bringing you some of the finest small group adventures. They believe in doing more than just visiting a place, it’s about really getting out there and having an adventure. It's not just about where you go, it's how you experience it. Tours encompass the most exciting sights and highlights, visit off-the-beaten-path locations not found if travelling alone and a whole range of exciting activities.

They offer one of the widest ranges of small group holidays in North America, along with adventures through Central and South America. With more than 60 exciting itineraries, you can experience epic journeys travelling the USA through the national parks, celebrate the music and history of the deep south or Cuba, delve into cowboy life on a traditional ranch stay, walk in the Canadian Rockies or the Inca Trail, cruise the Amazon or raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

With a maximum group size of just 13 on most tours, it feels more like travelling with friends than being on an organised tour. These small group adventures are made up of singles, couples and friends from all around the world. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel and discovery, and a small group will allow you to get further off the tourist trails for a more intimate experience. Plus, there are no single supplements if you’re happy to share a room or tent with a fellow traveller of the same gender.

Grand American Adventures’ Tour Leaders are chosen for their professionalism, unbridled passion to explore and a desire to travel while sharing the experience. They have hiked hundreds of miles of national park trails, slept under the stars and done almost every activity there is, and are keen to introduce you to the places that they call home. They will get you from A to B, organise activities and no doubt show you secret spots along the way. Ultimately they are there to make sure you get the most out of your adventure.

The company has always had a level of concern and commitment to the natural surroundings and the local people they encounter on their tours. They endeavour to operate tours that create a positive impact on the areas they visit and a lasting impression for those who travel with them. This is achieved with their philosophy of 'leave no trace', constant reviews of operational processes, and working with locals to give something back to the communities they come into contact with. They support a number of responsible charities and organisations wherever possible and they also give you the option to offset your carbon emissions for your tour.

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