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Alaska Yacht—Bears, Bergs, & Bushwhacking

Alaska Yacht—Bears, Bergs, & Bushwhacking

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Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Petersburg

From: $7,495

Season: May to August

Activities: Culture, Glaciers, Hiking, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Whale watching, Wildlife

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Explore Southeast Alaska on this Alaska yacht cruise sailing roundtrip Petersburg aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest. This Alaska yacht cruise itinerary is targeted to past guests and other travelers seeking out new adventures in rarely visited wilderness areas. Your cruise begins with an included hotel night in Petersburg, followed by a choice of fishing or flightseeing in the morning. Four wilderness areas are explored—South Baranof, Admiralty, Tebenkof, Stikine-LeConte Glacier—plus a visit to the native village of Kake and a guided tour to the Fortress of the Bear on Admiralty Island.

Cruise highlights

  • Four designated Wilderness Areas or National Monuments
  • One-night pre-cruise hotel stay and excursion
  • LeConte Glacier—ice gardens or glacial icefield
  • Tlingit culture and private tour of Kake native village
  • Admiralty Island bear tour—hike and bear viewing with local guide
  • Whale watching in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
  • Wildlife and birding by kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Back country wilderness exploration

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Petersburg

Velkomen! Petersburg, nicknamed “Little Norway”, has its fair share of charm. Check in. Drop your bags. Then head into town. This hardworking fishing harbor bustles with action—trollers, seiners, longliners, crabbers. Beachwalk and bird watch. The views are pretty good too with the Coast Mountains and Devil’s Thumb looming from across the bay. Rest easy tonight, you have a big adventure tomorrow. Overnight at Tides Inn (or similar).

Day 2 – Petersburg – Embarkation

Flightseeing to a glacial icefield, fishing charter, or easy-going dock walk? You made your choice, but you might not have to live with it. You are in Alaska after all. And weather can factor in on your mode of transportation for these activities. Whatever the day brings, enjoy it! Make the scene with the locals, you’re on your own for lunch. Late afternoon, you’ll get a warm welcome aboard the Safari Quest. Settle in with champagne for an evening sail into whale-loving Frederick Sound.

Day 3 – Kake / Keku Islands

At the northwest end of Kupreanof Island, dancing, legends, and totems tell the Tlingit story. Tribal members share Kake’s history—settle in, it goes back thousands of years. Ambling along, black bears. Eyes peeled on the woods and the shore. And look up now and again for bald eagles. Across the water, the Keku Islands dot Keku Strait. Slide into a kayak or skiff and glide along the fingerling islets and passageways. Make for shore on a tidal zone stroll turning up sea life clinging to rocks. Back on board, you’re greeted with a Viking handshake and a belly-warming cocktail.

Day 4 – Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area

Into the wild you go, on the western shore of Kuiu Island. Just shy of 67,000 acres of islands, islets, and forest sits in the Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area. And a little farther north, the Bay of Pillars. Either primed for exploration. Rubber boots at the ready—muskeg, woods, and tide pools set the stage for guided hikes. Kayaks and skiffs bring on the search for seaweed, kelp, harbor seals, sea stars, and jellies. Or try your hand at paddle boarding. Balance not quite so steady? The crew has a dry towel and hot toddy ready if you take a “polar plunge” by choice or by accident.

Day 5 – South Baranof Wilderness Area

2,500-foot high granite fjord walls. Rushing waterfalls. Snowfields and glaciers blanket the high country of South Baranof, giving way to coastal forest of hemlock and spruce. It’s wilderness with a capital W! Your captain knows these waters like the back of her hand. Skiff and paddle among little-known inlets with your guides, and likely seals, otters, and sea lions, too. There’s brown in this green landscape—Baranof is a hot spot for bears. Take a scrambling bushwhack in search of lupine, big views, and massive rainforest. Underway again, pop up to the bridge to look over charts with your captain and mates.

Day 6 – Chatham Strait / Frederick Sound

At the whim of the whales. Humpbacks migrate in droves to Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait. The krill and plankton here are just to their liking. Grab your binoculars and rally with your shipmates on the bow. It’s a sight to see when lots of whales appear far and near, their spouts look like picket fences. Look for the tell-tale bubbles and blows. And have your camera point-and-shoot ready. Drop the kayaks and skiffs and along with your guide, take your search to tucked-away nooks. It’s also a favorite spot of orcas and Dall’s porpoises—and likely one of yours too.

Day 7 – Admiralty Island National Monument

It’s a bear o’rama. Tlingit call the island Kootznoowoo, meaning “Fortress of the Bear.” Inspiration for the name is clear—the highest concentration of brown bears in the world, more bears than the lower U.S. states combined. It also claims the world’s greatest congregation of bald eagles. But back to the bears. Wake in the heart of this wilderness, near Windfall Harbor. Pull on your gummies (boots) then hop aboard the skiff for a wet landing and a hike to a bear sanctuary. A local guide meets you on the beach for an orientation, then leads the way to the bear viewing area. Take it all in—these are powerful beings. Lower your pulse with a quiet kayak or write postcards on the sun deck later in the day.

Day 8 – Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area

Alaska wilderness delivers! Flowing a little slower than your typical river, you find a river of ice and the southern-most tidewater glacier—LeConte. It’s a grand finale of a day. Tides and currents decide your LeConte Bay adventures. Drop anchor in Ideal Cove and hike along the Three Lakes trail. High tide? Pass bergy-riding seal pups as you motor through the glacier’s ice gardens. Low tide? Walk among icebergs caught in the glacial outwash field. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner and slideshow.

Day 9 – Petersburg– Disembarkation

Truth, all good things must end. After one last breakfast with new friends, transfer to the airport for your flight home, or to your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Dates & Rates

Sail Dates Mariner Commander Captain Single Ship Charter
May 24, 2018 $7,495 $9,095 $10,095 $8,695 $182,595
May 31, 2018 $7,495 $9,095 $10,095 $8,695 $182,595
Jun 7, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Jun 14, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Jun 21, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Jun 28, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Jul 5, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Jul 12, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Jul 19, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Jul 26, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Aug 2, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Aug 9, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Aug 16, 2018 $7,995 $9,595 $10,595 $9,195 $193,095
Aug 23, 2018 $7,495 $9,095 $10,095 $8,695 $182,595
Aug 30, 2018 $7,495 $9,095 $10,095 $8,695 $182,595

All rates are in US$, per person, double occupancy, not including port taxes and fees. Triple accommodations are available in Navigator and Trailblazer categories (Pullman berth) and Explorer cabins on the Wilderness Discoverer (sofa bed.) There is a 25% savings for the one person occupying the Pullman berth or sofa bed when cabins equipped as triples are sold as triples. Children 12 years of age or younger also receive a 25% savings on all departures, all categories. However, on select “Family Discoveries” departure dates, children 12 years or younger travel at a 30% savings. Private charter rates are for up to 49 guests.

FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment.

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Safari Quest

Safari Quest

Unwind aboard the Safari Quest, with four decks, upscale amenities, and warm public spaces. Escape in the on-deck hot tub, your comfortable stateroom, and the casually elegant salon. Features also include fitness equipment, a hydrophone, and full-beam swim step for easy access in the water.

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