Discover Southeast Alaska

Discover Southeast Alaska

Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.

Trip Itinerary:

July 6 Arrive in Sitka

Today, travel to Sitka from your home city, or from Anchorage if you visited Denali National Park on the 6-day Orbridge Pre-Tour. After arriving, immerse yourself in the Tlingit culture at a Sheet’ka Kwaán Naa Kahídi (which roughly translates to “The clan house for all the people of Sitka”) dance show.

Afterward, visit the Alaska Raptor Center—Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center—with a local guide.

Then venture to Sitka National Historical Park where you'll learn the history of the area that served as the battle site between Russian traders and the indigenous Tlingit. Stand in awe before the massive totem poles lining the park's coastal trail, and gain insight into their powerful symbols.

Later, transfer to the Admiralty Dream for embarkation. Enjoy your first dinner on board as you get to know your Expedition Leader, crew, and travel companions.

Note: depending upon tides, actual flight arrival times and other factors, you may transfer onto a day boat to rendezvous with the Admiralty Dream.
Overnight: Admiralty Dream (D)

July 7 Icy Strait / Chichagof Island

Relax on deck with your binoculars and a hot cup of cocoa as you sail through Icy Strait in search of wildlife, including orca (killer whales), Steller sea lions, seal, porpoise, and the magnificent humpback whales. Along the shore, perhaps catch sight of bald eagles in the treetops. Choose from activities like kayaking, skiff rides, and hiking.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

July 8 Glacier Bay National Park

Arrive in Glacier Bay National Park, where scientists have found exposed rock that's believed to be more than 200 million years old. While at Bartlett Cove, visit the park lodge and visitor center or participate in a guided forest hike. Meet a National Park Service Ranger and a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide who will come aboard and accompany you during your time in Glacier Bay National Park. Watch for puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, bears, and eagles, and take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

July 9 Eastern Baranof Island / Lake Eva

Spend the morning cruising through the Peril Strait to Hanus Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy a kayak, skiff or hiking excursion. Hike through old-growth forest to Lake Eva, home to a variety of salmon and trout.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

July 10 Hidden Falls

Experience a rare tour of the Hidden Falls Hatchery where you will learn about the release of Chinook and Coho salmon fry and smolts, and the vital role fishing has held in Alaska for centuries. In the evening, share the day's adventures with your fellow travelers over dinner.
Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

July 11 Petersburg / Frederick Sound

Arrive early at the charming fishing village of Petersburg, founded by a Norwegian fisherman in the late 1800s. Tour the town with a local guide and see the local youth perform a spirited dance celebrating their Norwegian heritage. Explore the town on your own, then return to the Admiralty Dream for lunch. Afterward, take a skiff excursion for a beautiful hike at Petersburg Creek across Wrangell Narrows. Depart Petersburg in the late afternoon and sail through Frederick Sound in search of whales.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

July 12 Tracy Arm Fjord

Today experience Tracy Arm, a narrow fjord that winds through towering mountains and massive glaciers. Witness the “calving” of glaciers as gigantic chunks of ice break and crash into the water. Watch for harbor seals that often dot the floating platforms and mountain goats on nearby perches. In the afternoon and conditions permitting, glide through and discover coves or bays by kayak or skiff, soaking in the splendor of some of the most untouched wilderness in the world. Recount your trip highlights with fellow travelers tonight during a Captain's Farewell Dinner.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

July 13 Auke Bay / Juneau – Disembarkation

Disembark this morning after breakfast and take your complimentary shuttle to the airport for your flight home, or to your accommodation if you reserved a post-night in Juneau. (B)

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Testimonials:

This trip far exceeded my expectations. It was such a special trip for us.

- Daniel Montgomery, 2016

The cruise staff, guides, and Faith, a native of Alaska, were incredible—the biggest and most pleasant surprise of any trip ever! Their love and respect for Alaska was obvious.

- Richard Campbell, 2015

The naturalists were very knowledgeable and contributed greatly to our enjoyment of the trip.

- Stuart and Anita Rifkind, 2014


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