Discoverers Glacier Country Adventure Cruise

   
 

Discoverers Glacier Country Adventure Cruise

BY ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS

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> 1 year ago

DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

May-September

RATES

USD 3,395.00 per person

EXPIRES

Sep 23, 2017
Discoverers Glacier Country Adventure Cruise
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Spend eight days exploring Alaska's Inside Passage aboard your boat of choice: two luxurious and intimate yachts or a luxury small ship on this Discoverers' Glacier Country cruise. The 36-passenger Safari Explorer, the 22-passenger Safari Quest and the 84-guest Safari Endeavour feature luxurious accommodations and exquisite service as well as an itinerary filled with authentic exploration.

In Southeast Alaska, cruise through the largest national forest in the United States (Tongass) where grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagle and wolves make their home. View Alaska's massive glaciers and enter some of the world's deepest fjords. In the still of the evening, watch bears ambling along wild shorelines. And everywhere in the swirling currents below, the world's largest mammals, the great whales, forage in the bountiful waters along the sheltered shoreline. Meet Alaska and its wildlife at eye level.

Kayak and small boat explorations offer a chance to explore the wilderness up close while an unhurried schedule means more time for watching whales, bears and other wildlife. On-board naturalists and expeditions leaders offer daily insights and guided nature walks. Your cruise begins and ends in Juneau, Alaska, and features the wonders and glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park, whale watching in Frederick Sound, bears near Icy Strait and Chichagof Island, and so much more. Experienced travelers appreciate the superior service, fine cuisine and intimate experience an Alaskan cruise aboard a luxury vessel offers.

AdventureSmith Explorations' crew of award-winning Alaska yacht cruise experts have personal experience with all three yachts sailing Discoverers Glacier Country. Call us to discover which ship best fits your interests, ability and budget. Click on the link to visit our website and read more about each boat and view deck plans from the Accommodations tab.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $3395 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska, United States

Welcome to Juneau. An airport transfer will bring you to meet fellow guests and your Expedition Leader at the Westmark Baranof Hotel. Depending on flight arrival time, there may be time to explore Juneau before boarding the yacht in the afternoon. The crew greets you with a glass of champagne as you set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour or Safari Quest

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-3: Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, United States

Glacier Bay National Park is Alaska on a grand scale - the park is larger than the state of Connecticut! Accompanied by a National Park ranger, over the two days in the park you’ll travel nearly 60 miles cruising up-bay to the tidewater glaciers of Grand Pacific and Margerie, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. If conditions permit, the crew will lower the inflatable for you to weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. Enjoy evenings at anchor in hidden coves, and mornings paddling your kayak in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. Wildlife is everywhere - puffins and sea lions, mountain goats and bears, moose, eagles - and the scenery is more spectacular than any place on earth.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour or Safari Quest

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Icy Strait
Icy Strait, Alaska, United States

During today's ultimate day of exploration, there's no agenda to follow except to experience every moment scouring the nutrient-rich waters in search for humpback, porpoise, sea lions and other wildlife. Join the Captain on the bridge or out on deck in search for marine mammals. Late afternoon have the opportunity to drop the skiffs and kayaks to further explore the shoreline of a remote bay. In the evening, continue to keep watch for the telltale blow of humpback whales as you cruise through Icy Strait. Before retiring for the evening take in the wilderness solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour or Safari Quest

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Chichagof Island & Baranof Island
Baranof Island, Alaska, United States

With no binding agenda, today you’ll cruise along the waterfall coast of Chichagof Island. Marvel at the grand scenery of Alaska’s wilderness as the crew expertly guides you through those “not in the guide book” places known only to the locals. This evening, perhaps tucking away in magical Red Bluff Bay, there’ll be time for skiff operations and sea kayaking to look for sea otters and bears before calling it a day near Baranof Island.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour or Safari Quest

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Frederick Sound & Stephens Passage
Frederick Sound, Alaska, United States

Spend the day cruising the feeding grounds of Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage — another excellent chance for viewing humpback whales and other marine wildlife. Pass by Five Fingers Lighthouse and watch for sea lions' playful antics at a large haul out made from dozens of islets. Later, cruise picturesque bays, where evergreen forests crowd the shores.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour or Safari Quest

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Ford’S Terror & Endicott Arm
Endicott Arm Fjord, Alaska, United States

Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as you cruise into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in all of Alaska. Snow gleams on mountaintops high overhead, as bears amble on the shoreline and mountain goats cling to impossibly precarious perches. Seemingly every few hundred yards another sparkling waterfall tumbles down the cliffs. Enjoy a skiff ride at Ford’s Terror, a pristine tidal inlet and fjord named after an early mariner who was somewhat taken aback when a waterfall appeared at the turn of the tide where none had been visible at high tide. The ice-filled fjord of Endicott Arm brings more impressive glacial calving. As you anchor overnight, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner in an utterly lovely setting and take in the Expedition Leaders' photo journal slideshow of your trip.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour or Safari Quest

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska, United States

Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau. A transfer to the Juneau airport or the Baranof Hotel is included.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • your accommodations aboard the specific vessel
  • all meals aboard the ship
  • round-trip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment
  • national park/preserve entrance fees
  • premium spirits, wine and beer
  • taxes and port fees
  • introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic (requires registration)
  • a wellness program featuring hot tub, sauna*, yoga* and a complimentary massage* (*Safari Endeavour and Explorer only)

NOTES

Itinerary Notes: We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes our style of cruising unique.


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