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Alaska Southbound
Glacier Route Tour

 


Day 1: Whittier
We begin our adventure to Alaska with a morning flight.  Upon our arrival a local guide will treat us to an introductory tour of Whittier before transferring us to our cruise ship.  After boarding we will have time to familiarize ourselves with the ships amenities before the ship embarks this evening.

Day 2:  Prince William Sound, College Fjord
We'll find some of the best opportunities for glacier-viewing today as we cruise Prince William Sound, which includes the 440 square mile Columbia Glacier.  We'll view College Fjord and it's 16 glaciers, named for eastern universities that helped found the Harriman Expedition (which discovered the area).  We will continue cruising this evening.

Day 3:  Glacier Bay National Park
The icy wilderness of this spectacular national park and preserve displays massive glaciers that stretch from the ice-draped St. Elias and Fairweather mountain ranges to the ends of majestic fjords.  The park is also home to an amazing world of marine life, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals.  See it all through the eyes of a team of National Park Rangers who come aboard to add expert insight.  We depart this evening for Skagway.

Day 4: Skagway
We arrive in Skagway early this morning for a full day of Alaskan experiences.  This "Gateway to the Klondike" watched as countless fortune-seekers passed on its streets as they headed to the Chilkoot and White Pass Trails during the heyday of Alaska's Gold Rush. Today, you can still feel like a prospector in Skagway, as you walk along its rustic boardwalks and frontier-style storefronts. 
With only 750 residents, this cozy town lies at the head of the Lynn Canal and offers a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of most cities.  We will return to the ship in early evening to continue our cruise, voyaging on the Lynn Canal, which affords breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape. 

Day 5: Juneau
We arrive in Juneau, the capital of Alaska, around 6:30 a.m.  Juneau was founded during a gold rush in 1880. Today, the former gold-mining town counts among its riches some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Juneau in the Alaska Panhandle, it faces the water from the mainland side of Gastineau Channel. Several magnificent fjords are located along the channel coast, and the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite of visitors, is nearby.   We depart later this evening for Ketchikan.

Day 6: Ketchikan
We arrive in Ketchikan this morning, located in the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the US at over 17 million acres.  Ketchikan is Alaska's first port of call for northbound ships.  Originally visited by Tlingit natives, the heart of Ketchikan is downtown Ketchikan Creek, which includes the wooden boardwalks of Creek Street.  Take the tram for a bird's eye view of downtown, or browse the many shops and Native cultural displays throughout the town. 

Day 7: Inside Passage (At Sea)
We wake up this morning with a full day at sea cruising.  Experience the beauty of Alaska as we travel through the Inside Passage.  Apart from the Alaska sites we will have the entire day to enjoy what our ship has to offer. 

Day 8: Vancouver
We arrive early this morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight home.