Alaska Inside Passage: Eastern Coves

Explore the back passages and narrow waterways of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. The eight-day Alaska adventure cruise to Inside Passage Eastern Coves navigates the waters and wilderness by small ship, enabling you to reach rarely seen areas where explosive scenery and pristine beauty are around every turn. How you choose to explore it further – by kayak, by skiff or by foot – is entirely up to you. Join an excursion adventure such as a one-of-a-kind kayaking trip with one of the expert naturalists, see what fishing is like with top-of-the-line fishing gear, hike into the breathtaking wilderness with a small group of your companions and really find out why Alaska’s Inside Passage is an unforgettable frontier.

Itinerary

Day 1: Embark on your adventure in Juneau

Welcome aboard! After meeting your crew and getting acquainted with your ship’s features, finish the evening with a delicious meal as we anchor in Windham Bay.

Day 2: Windham Bay, Chuck River Wilderness and Frederick Sound

Wake up to the glory of Windham Bay. Push your senses and your muscles with the exhilarating combination of sea kayaking and trekking. Or ride a skiff to the same shore and take a relaxing walk on a trail that boasts a 350-foot elevation gain. Back onboard, move into the waters of Frederick Sound – the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern Hemisphere. Scan the water for movement and thrill as humpbacks, orca and Stellar sea lions feed, swirl, jump and splash back down to the surface. Later tonight, you'll be anchored inside the appropriately named Scenery Cove.

Day 3: Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier and Cascade Creek

Thomas Bay is known for glaciers, gold and quartz deposits, and an array of wildlife. Take on the exposed terminal moraine of the Baird Glacier Trail, until you reach the top of the glacier itself. Enjoy a long guided kayak excursion from Scenery Cove to Cascade Creek and then treat yourself to a short trek on one of the several scenic Cascade Creek trails. Or take a quiet day spent onboard, putting your feet up, getting a massage and staring at the gorgeous scenery. Dinner includes a reading from “The Strangest Story Ever Told,” a story about Thomas Bay and native bigfoot-like creatures call Kushtaka.

Day 4: LeConte Bay, Stikine River and Ideal Cove

Wake to the sounds of “bergy bits” and brash ice as they gently roll past the hull of the ship as you ease through the ice-rich waters of LeConte Bay, home to the Northern hemisphere’s most southerly tidewater glacier. Soar above the stunning mile-wide LeConte Glacier in an optional floatplane excursion. Shake off sleep with a yoga class. Then rove through the ice-encrusted waters by kayak or skiff. A treasure trove of adventure and natural beauty is sure to please - whether you choose a kayak, a skiff excursion, hiking at Ideal Cove, or an optional guided overnight trip via kayaking, hiking and camping ashore. After dinner, don’t miss the sights as the ship turns toward Wrangell via the Wrangell Narrows, and are guided by over 30 bright red and green navigation lights, locally known as Christmas Tree Lane.

Day 5: Wrangell, Chief Shakes Tribal House

Today, it is all about native culture, wildlife and wonder. Rise early to go after abundant King Salmon just waiting to be hooked. Brush up on your Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House for native storytelling and visit Kiksetti Totem Park on Front Street to view recently carved totem poles and hear their unique story. Bear lovers may choose to travel by river boat to view the brown and black bears fishing for salmon at Anan Creek (optional). End the day with a soak in the hot tub or maybe a DVD as the vessel cruises toward Yes Bay on the northern end of Behm Canal.

Day 6: Yes Bay

It is tough to say “no” in Yes Bay. Maybe that is why wildlife abounds in Yes Bay and the surrounding Tongass National Forest – humpback whales, orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, brown bears, black bears, mink, marten, eagles and otters. Say yes to a kayak tour up the bay and choose your wildlife-seeking hike: Wolverine Creek Trail and the scenic hike following the river to Lake McDonald – also a perfect spot to cast a fly for trout. After lunch, wile away the hours over a good book, take out a kayak for a leisurely paddle, enjoy a snorkeling excursion or indulge in the good fun of platform diving contests and swim races around the ship.

Day 7: Misty Fjords National Monument

Watch the sun rise over the steep and sometimes sheer walls of the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness Area, a haven for ducks, brown and black bear, mountain goats, Sitka deer, mink, moose, river otters and other marine wildlife who ply the waters of Behm Canal and the inlets. Glide through Walker Cove by kayak (close-in or long distance) and stop at shoreline beaches to stretch your legs. Or explore it all by skiff, soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world. Man the rope swing, race around the ship and show off with a platform dive, if you dare. This evening, you will be greeted with cocktails as you join the Captain in a farewell toast and reminisce about your Alaskan journey over a sumptuous Alaskan seafood and prime beef dinner. After dinner, share in conversation with all the new friends you’ve made on your journey and show your video footage on the lounge's flat screen TV's.

Day 8: Ketchikan — Disembark

A Bon Voyage breakfast ends the ship journey; however, there are many enticing ways to extend your journey. Transfer directly to the Ketchikan airport or arrange for an add-on overnight stay or an extended land tour.

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