Discoverers Glacier Country

8 Days / 7 Nights | Juneau to Juneau

Highlights: Juneau | Glacier Bay National Park | Icy Strait | Chichagof & Baranof Islands | Frederick Sound | Stephen’s Passage | Ford’s Terror Wilderness | Endicott Arm |

Upscale Inside Passage cruise exploring Glacier Bay National Park

  • Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a Park Ranger
  • Discover scenic coves and fjords by kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Beachcombing and wilderness hikes in the Tongass National Forest
  • View stunning glaciers and listen for the “white” thunder
  • Watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage
  • Captain’s Choice exploration of remote “not in the guidebook” places
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Day 1 Depart Juneau

Arriving in Juneau, you will be transferred from the airport to our hospitality area. Upon boarding, your crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail for a week of scenic channels and secluded wilderness.

Day 2 Glacier Bay National Park

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, we’ll lower the skiffs and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. Enjoy an evening at anchor, and mornings paddling your kayak in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. Here in the bay are puffins and sea lions, mountain goats and bears, moose, eagles, and scenery more spectacular than any place on earth. Glacier Bay is at its best when explored by small groups with unfettered time for treks and kayaking inside the bay and wilderness areas.

Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park

Enjoy another exclusive day exploring the glaciers and wildlife of Glacier Bay National Park.

Day 4 Icy Strait

Today’s the ultimate day of exploration. Set your course for arguably the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska. Keep watch for the telltale blow of the humpbacks as you scour the nutrient-rich waters in search of whales, porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Join the Captain on the bridge or go on deck with your Expedition Leader. Late afternoon, we’ll drop the skiffs and kayaks for closer inspection of the remote coastline with eyes set on shore for possible bear sightings. This evening, take in the solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.

Day 5 Chichagof Island / Baranof Island

With no binding agenda, today you’ll cruise 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 a waterfall-laced fjord, there’ll be time for skiffing, beachcombing or treks ashore, and kayaking to look for sea otters and bears before calling it a day near Baranof Island.

Day 6 Frederick Sound / Stephen’s Passage

Spend the day exploring in Frederick Sound and Stephen’s Passage—another excellent chance to view humpback whales and other marine wildlife. Pass by Five Fingers Lighthouse and watch for playful antics at a large sea lion haulout made from dozens of rocky islets. Later, cruise picturesque bays, where evergreen forests crowd the shores.

Day 7 Ford’s Terror / Endicott Arm

Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as you slowly slip into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in Alaska. With more designated Wilderness Areas than any state in the nation, the finest include Endicott Arm and Ford’s Terror—a pristine tidal inlet and fjord. Explore this majestic fjord by kayak or skiff, a unique opportunity indeed. View rugged ice-covered mountains gleaming high overhead and a glacier that actively calves into the ice-filled fjord of Endicott Arm. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner, and before turning in, your Expedition Leaders will share a “photo journal” of your trip together.

Day 8 Juneau – Disembark

Gather for breakfast before returning to historic Juneau. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Luxury Adventures include:

  • All onboard meals
  • Premium spirits, wine, beer
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport & yacht
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Entry fees to national parks &preserves
  • All from-the-yacht adventure activities and equipment
  • Hot tub, sauna
  • Fitness equipment
  • Yoga
  • Complimentary massage
  • Introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic+

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