Alaska’s Inside Passage Dates & Rates

Our voyage through Alaska's Inside Passge threads a spectacular route through the narrow straits, remote islands and glacier-carved fjords of the Inside Passage. Summer brings long days, breaching humpback whales and concentrations of bald eagles. Calm waters are alive with salmon, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, orcas and porpoise. Black and brown bear, wolves, moose and deer roam temperate rainforest. Explore on foot, by Zodiac, kayak or paddle board. Our on-board hydrophone and bow-mounted underwater camera offer a special perspective as does polar snorkelling.

highlights

• Juneau, visiting Native art galleries and dining on local seafood
• Tongass National Forest’s mountain goats, moose and Sitka black-tail deer
• Kayaking and paddle boarding in Misty Fjord National Monument (equipment supplied)
• Steller’s sea lions, otters, harbour seals, dolphins and porpoises
• Traditional Tlingit and Haida cultures
• Humpbacks, minkes, greys and orcas in Frederick Sound and Stephen’s Passage
• Majestic bald eagles, kittiwakes, harlequin ducks, murres, puffins and (of course) gulls
• Polar snorkelling with nudibranchs, sea stars, giant jellyfish and more (all gear supplied)
• Scenic treks through temperate rainforest
• Dawes Glacier and others calving icebergs
• Cultural presentations at historical Chief Shakes tribal house

dates & prices

Alaska's Inside Passage (ALK02)

Dates: 21-05-2015 to 06-06-2015
Duration: 17 Days
Start: Seattle, USA
Finish: Seattle, USA
Activities: Activities in Alaska

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ 1 nights accommodation in Seattle

+ Transfers from hotel to Seattle airport

+ Return airfares from Seattle to Juneau

+ 1 nights accommodation in Juneau

+ Transfers from the hotel to the Ship

+ Accommodation for the length of the voyage

+ All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee during the voyage

+ All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises

+ Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team

+ Access to a doctor and first aid

+ Daily cabin service

+ Comprehensive pre-departure information

+ Professionally produced electronic voyage journal

+ Port taxes and charges

+ All entry fees to National Parks

+ Transfers from the ship to the airport in Juneau

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+International or domestic flights to Seattle

+Airport arrival or departure taxes

+Visa, passport, and vaccination charges

+Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary

+Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary

+Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance, optional crew tips and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls

+Travel insurance or any emergency evacuation charges

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CABIN CATEGORY PRICE
Pathfinder Deck US $9,135
Trailblazer Deck US $8,715
Navigator Deck US $7,665

Prices quoted are per person in USD, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases.

Alaska's Inside Passage (ALK03)

Dates: 20-05-2016 to 31-05-2016
Duration: 12 Days
Start: Seattle, USA
Finish: Seattle, USA
Activities: Activities in Alaska

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Flight from Seattle to Juneau and Ketchikan to Seattle

+ One night hotel accommodation in Juneau 

+ Transfers to and from ship in Juneau and Ketchikan

+ Accommodation for the length of the voyage

+ All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee during the voyage

+ All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises

+ Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team

+ Access to basic wilderness first aid

+ Daily cabin service

+ Comprehensive pre-departure information

+ Professionally produced voyage journal

+ Port taxes and charges

+ All entry fees to National Parks

+ Transfers from the ship to the airport in Ketchikan

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+International or domestic flights to Seattle

+Airport arrival or departure taxes

+Visa, passport, and vaccination charges

+Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary

+Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary

+Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance, optional crew tips and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls

+Travel insurance or any emergency evacuation charges

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CABIN CATEGORY PRICE
Navigator US $6,695
Trailblazer  US $8,245
Pathfinder US $8,990

Prices quoted are per person in USD, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases.

Alaska's Inside Passage (ALK04)

Dates: 31-05-2016 to 11-06-2016
Duration: 12 Days
Start: Seattle, USA
Finish: Seattle, USA
Activities: Activities in Alaska

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+ Flight from Seattle to Ketchikan and Juneau to Seattle 

+ One night hotel accommodation in Ketchikan

+ Transfers to and from ship in Juneau and Ketchikan

+ Accommodation for the length of the voyage

+ All meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee during the voyage

+ All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises

+ Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team

+ Access to wilderness first aid

+ Daily cabin service

+ Comprehensive pre-departure information

+ Professionally produced voyage journal

+ Port taxes and charges

+ All entry fees to National Parks

+ Transfers from the ship to the airport in Juneau

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

+International or domestic flights to Seattle

+Airport arrival or departure taxes

+Visa, passport, and vaccination charges

+Hotels and meals not included in voyage itinerary

+Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary

+Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance, optional crew tips and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls

+Travel insurance or any emergency evacuation charges

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CABIN CATEGORY PRICE
Navigator US $6,695
Trailblazer  US $8,245
Pathfinder US $8,990

Prices quoted are per person in USD, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases.

Itinerary

TRIP DATES
Alaska's Inside Passage (ALK02) 21-May-15 to 06-Jun-15
Alaska's Inside Passage (ALK03) 20-May-16 to 31-May-16
Alaska's Inside Passage (ALK04) 31-May-16 to 11-Jun-16

Click here for 2015 Itinerary  |  Click here for 2016 Itinerary

Alaska’s Inside Passage - 2015


Days 1-3

Arrive in vibrant Seattle for a day and night, meet our fellow expeditioners and fly to Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Spend a day whale watching, visiting local art galleries, shopping or enjoying one of many performing arts. Early afternoon on day three, we are warmly welcomed on board Wilderness Adventurer.

Days 4-5
A winding fjord, waterfalls and glimpses of Rocky Mountain goats, lead us through Tracy Arm Wilderness to Sawyer Glaciers, where huge icebergs calve. We watch for bears, wolves, deer, Arctic terns and red breasted merlangers. We move to Frederick Sound, alive with humpbacks, orca and Steller sea lions. In Endicott Arm, ice-laden granite peaks, calving ice from the Dawes Glacier and seals on bergy bits feature, and if tides allow, we explore narrow Ford’s Terror.

Days 6-7
Paddle into Port Houghton’s back bays, where low tide reveals a smorgasbord of shellfish for local bears, mink and oystercatchers, or take a backcountry walk along a wild river. Enjoy a free morning in fishing town Petersburg, nicknamed “Little Norway”, before whale watching in Frederick Sound and passing by the rocky islets of Chatham Strait alive with Stellar sea lions.

Days 8-9
At Thomas Bay, trek through scenic rainforest or paddle the surreal blue meltwaters of Patterson Glacier, and learn of the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Days 10-12
In pristine Tongass National Forest, we explore Chatham Strait’s Kuiu and Barnof Islands, perhaps snorkelling for underwater life. We navigate the Sergius Narrows to Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s oldest non-Native settlement where Russian American and Tlingit history comes to life.

Days 13 - 14
Enjoy orcas, seals, otters and sea lions; mink and marten on the shore and eagles overhead. We enter Icy Strait and cruise the shores of Chichagof Island renowned for its bear population.

Days 15-16
We trek and paddle to the hidden corners of spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, where tidewater glaciers sweep down and mountain goats, bears and moose roam. Near South Marble Island, we see puffins and black oystercatchers.

Day 17
After breakfast, transfer to Juneau airport for our flight to Seattle.

 

Alaska’s Inside Passage - 2016

Please note: ALK04 operates in reverse of the below itinerary.


Days 1-2

Explore vibrant Seattle before meeting fellow expeditioners at Sea-Tac Airport then flying to Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Next morning is at your leisure, but we recommend the Admiralty Island Pack Creek Bear Tour (see below) before boarding Wilderness Explorer in the afternoon for departure.

Days 3-4
A winding fjord, waterfalls and glimpses of Rocky Mountain goats, lead us through Tracy Arm Wilderness to Sawyer Glaciers, where huge icebergs calve. Watch for bears, wolves, deer, Arctic terns and red-breasted mergansers, then move to Frederick Sound, alive with humpbacks spouting, fluking and breaching; and orcas and Steller’s sea lions. In Endicott Arm, ice-laden granite peaks, calving ice from the Dawes Glacier and seals on bergy bits feature, and if tides allow, we explore narrow Ford’s Terror.

Day 5
At Thomas Bay, trek through scenic rainforest or paddle the surreal blue meltwater of Patterson Glacier, and learn of the area’s mythical, shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Days 6-7
Enter a wonderland carved by mighty glaciers, ridged by moraines and decorated by muskegs (Arctic bogs rich in Arctic life). We watch for orcas in the Wrangell Narrows and the next day, visit Wrangell, home to the Tlingit and Haida people. We enjoy the town’s many totem poles and cultural presentations at historic Chief Shakes Tribal House.

Days 8-10
Wake up surrounded by pristine Tongass National Forest and hike to El Capitan Cave, largest in Alaska. On Prince of Wales Island, keep watch for bears, deer and eagles. Offshore we kayak and paddle board, sharing the sea with harbour seals, humpbacks and orcas. Next day we may visit Kasaan, a traditional Haida village, and enjoy marine life and easy treks in Behm Canal.

Days 11-12
Enter Misty Fjords National Monument, searching thousand-metre granite cliffs for seabirds, eagles and mountain goats. Kayak through Walker Cover or Rudyerd Bay, soaking in the 'Yosemite of the North'. After breakfast next day, we disembark in Ketchikan for airport transfer, Seattle flight and trip’s end.

Activities

TRIP DATES ACTIVITIES
17 Days 21-May-15 to 06-Jun-15 Activities in Alaska
12 Days 20-May-16 to 31-May-16 Activities in Alaska
12 Days 31-May-16 to 11-Jun-16 Activities in Alaska

How to Prepare

To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe expedition we have developed some import pre-departure information to help you prepare for your voyage. We strongly recommend you download the documents below and read carefully. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.

Is your passport valid?
Your passport will be required to have validity that will extend to six months after the date of your return.

Visa arrangements 
Your visa arrangements are your responsibility. Please contact our reservations staff for assistance, or if you are unsure if you require a visa.

Travel insurance 
Aurora Expeditions require that you take out a personal travel insurance policy, including emergency evacuation, to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage and personal belongings, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, and cancellation.

Aurora Expeditions recommend SureSave travel insurance. To arrange your travel insurance please contact your Reservation Consultant or travel agent.

If you take out an alternative policy, you should check that it provide adequate coverage as above. Please advise Aurora Expeditions of your policy details on your Personal Details Form.

Emergency contact details 
So that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency, remember to provide your family or friends with a copy of your travel documents as well as Aurora Expeditions’ and your Ship’s contact numbers.

Remember to pack any valuables or essential items such as medication in your hand luggage to avoid issues in the case of lost baggage.

FAQ's

How to Book

Contact us

If you are interested in an Aurora Expeditions voyage, please contact our sales team to check availability.
Either email an expert here or call our experienced consultants direct on + 61 2 9252 1033 or 1800 637 688 (Freecall within Australia).

Complete a booking form

Once availability is confirmed, please download, print and complete the booking form. Please return it to us, along with your deposit to secure your berth.  Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of contract before sending us your signed booking form.

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Terms & Conditions

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Preparation for your voyage

On receipt of the booking form, we will contact you to confirm your booking and our reservations staff will send you a comprehensive pre-departure kit. This kit will contain all necessary pre-departure information including visa information, insurance information, a medical and personal details form, comprehensive gear list and information tailored to your voyage.

Aurora Expeditions - Your Personal Travel Agent

Aurora Expeditions is a licensed travel agent. Our experienced reservations consultants all have specialised expertise on the destinations we travel to. Each voyage has a dedicated travel expert solely working on developing dynamic itineraries for our passengers.  Contact our reservations team and allow us to create a personal itinerary to compliment your voyage, including airfares, accommodation, travel insurance and pre and post voyage travel options.

We look forward to assisting you with your journey of a lifetime.

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