This 15 day Inside Passage and San Juan cruise takes you on one incredible voyage through the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Learn the history of the Gold Rush, watch whales and wildlife, and discover the remote wilderness of one of the last frontiers. The small ship is outfitted with kayaks, paddle boards and skiffs for your use. On land, we offer hiking and biking excursions. At the end of each day relax your muscles in the hot tub, share a drink with your fellow travellers and marvel at the blanket of stars above you. This cruise is perfect for anyone looking for the ultimate blend of adventure and relaxation.
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.
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. SEATTLE - CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA98101This centrally located hotel, close to the historic Pike Place Market, features free Wi-Fi, 24-hr fitness centre and an on-site Bar & Grille restaurant. Full room (Your own single or double room) From £262-454 | US$340-590 | Eur315-545 | AU$446-772 | NZ$468-811 Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONFrom airport: The best method of travel to your hotel from the airport, is via the light railway system. From SeaTac/Airport station, alighting at University Street, it is a 35 minute journey and costs approximately USD$3. From University Street it is a seven minute walk down 3rd avenue, turning left on Seneca Street. Alternatively, the hotel can arrange a town car to pick you up for approximately USD$65-$100, the journey by town car takes roughly 18 minutes.From hotel: The best method of travel to the airport from your hotel, is via the light railway system. From University Street, alighting at SeaTac/Airport station, it is a 35 minute journey and costs approximately USD$3. Alternatively, the hotel can arrange for a town car to take you for USD$65-$100, the journey by town car takes roughly 18 minutes.
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.
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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.
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.
Welcome to the Emerald City! Check-in at the hospitality centre and later, board your ship and settle in. Depending on your vessel, you’ll depart from either downtown Seattle, cruising along the along the city’s picturesque waterfront; or from Fisherman’s Terminal, where you’ll transit historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it’s a 20 foot drop into the Salish Sea. Adieu, Seattle.
Wake up in Hood Canal, one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound. About 65 miles long, this fjord separates the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Your expedition team has big plans for the day. With daypacks on your back and boots on your feet, hit the trail for a hike into the Olympic Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Giant old-growth trees, ferns, wild rhododendron—the flora is dense and diverse. Tonight holds a special treat of a local oyster and clam dinner, paired with locally-brewed beer - delicious!
Each island in the San Juan archipelago has a unique character. Orcas and Harbor Seals haven’t picked favourites though, and if you’re lucky there’s a chance of spotting those in any of the passages. Get out onto the water with a spot of kayaking or paddle boarding along a tucked away cove as curious Harbour Seals look on. For a closer look, take a skiff ride to further inlets, then spend some time hiking for views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Look low, keeping a close watch around the pools for creatures left behind by the receding tide.
Mountains rise higher and fjords get deeper – today’s a day of intricate waterways and cruising for critters. Civilization slips away as you enter Johnstone Strait, where you may spot a pod of orcas, surf-happy dolphins or porpoise that like to catch a ride on the bow wave. Cruising past islands of green, small communities dot the beaches and fjords. Aiming to entertain and educate over the next days, your expedition team is at the ready, with their knowledge of natural history, native influences - and their favourite trivia games, too.
Take your cup of joe to the bow you watch the world go by, waking up as you do. Bald Eagles watch the ship along its course from tree tops and you’ll see islands to the west, inlet-etched mainland etched to the east. Your captain and mates navigate the twisting passage of Fitz Hugh Sound, with Harbor Seals lazing on rocky islets. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views while in the lounge, your bartender mixes up the daily special.
The red roofs of Boat Bluff Lighthouse greet you as you pass into Tolmie Channel and the Great Bear Rainforest, known for the white ‘spirit’ bear, stretches all around you. Princess Royal Island marks the southern border of the bear's territory, where spunky otters hover around the boat. The waterfall and old abandoned cannery of Butedale come into view – a former fishing hub, now a ghost town. Pass Dixon Entrance and picture-perfect Dundas Island Lighthouse as you leave behind British Columbia waters and continue to Alaska.
Today is a town day in Alaska’s southernmost city, the ‘salmon capital of the world.’ Ketchikan's other claim to fame? The world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Connect with the Tlingit Culture as tribal leader and local legend Joe Williams, known as Ka Xesh X’e in his native language, guides you on a walking tour. With rich tradition, the Tlingit passed stories from generation to generation- and Joe’s storytelling is just captivating!
Misty Fjords is the largest Wilderness Area in the Tongass National Forest, where you’ll find wetlands, estuaries, dense forests and sweeping granite cliffs. Behm Canal separates the western edge of the monument from the mainland and is a haven for wildlife - Grizzly and Black Bears, salmon, whales, Mountain Goats and deer. Paddle through a bay, silty from the outwash of a mountain river. On shore, your guide points out intertidal curios along the beach under the gaze of watchful eagles.
Between Cleveland Peninsula and Etolin Island sits Ernest Sound—first charted in 1793. You’ll drop anchor in an area of its least-explored reaches, where your expedition team has an exciting day of activities planned. Hike into deep forests and paddle around tiny islets that dot the edges of Deer Island, or scoot further away with the speed of a skiff to serene pockets carved into the rugged coastline. This evening, relax on deck to the call of the wild.
Sailing into Petersburg, the views of snow-topped peaks and Devil’s Thumb are motivation enough to put one foot in front of the other. Make your way up Petersburg Mountain or choose a mellower hike along Petersburg Creek. Stroll around town or visit the museum for a dose of Tlingit and Norwegian history, before lunch back on board. Take it slow through Frederick Sound, a favoured summer home for humpback whales – get out onto the water on a kayak or paddleboard, before calling it a day for happy hour in the evening.
Head north into glacially-carved Chatham Strait and to Chichagof Island, which has one of the world’s highest Brown Bear populations. Back on the water, indulge in some paddling, skiffing or beachcombing with your expedition team.
There’s a cool factor in Glacier Bay National Park, and it’s not just coming off the face of the glaciers! This 3.3 million acre park was once covered by ice as recently as 1795, and since, the receding glacier activity has made the inner reaches more accessible. Pick up a park ranger at Bartlett Cove early on to learn about glacial history, retreats, advances and moraines. Glacier Bay is a bird lover’s paradise, so come equipped to take photos of the Pigeon Guillemots, puffins, and cormorant colonies that nest at South Marble Island. It’s a full day in the bay exploring Muir’s legacy, all the way to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Celebrate with a toast to Mother Nature’s handiwork.
With the orange and purple starfish and jellyfish, you might find it hard to believe you’re not in a tropic jungle mangrove. Follow the currents out where the sea lions flock to remote rock formations – all while staying alert for the tell-tale blow of humpbacks. Dall’s Porpoise feast in the rich water, and bears lumber about for an afternoon feed. Try getting a little closer to the shoreline by skiff, kayak, or on foot. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest wonders. Take in the evening solitude from the bow, or the hot tub – or both!
Haines is adventure-central - hiking, biking, and rafting are just some of the adrenaline activities on offer today. The trails are the cream of the crop, but all options lead to views of rivers, inlets, and snow- capped mountains. Haines has been occupied for thousands of years - the Chilkat Tlingit lived and traded here before European explorers arrived in the late 1880s. Of course, there’s also the Gold Rush history, and free time to explore on your own. Tonight, join your captain for the Farewell Dinner. As a special treat, your expedition team shares a slideshow of your journey.
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Juneau airport or continue on with your own independent travels.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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.