Alaska Cruises Sample Itineraries – on the Inside Passage
Alaska Cruises Sample Itineraries – We offer a seven day/six night cruise on the Inside Passage with weekly departures from the communities of Sitka, Juneau or Petersburg. Our sample itineraries below are flexible and we are also available to help you design a custom itinerary which incorporates your own desired route by water through this wilderness paradise in Alaska.
Juneau to Sitka (or) Sitka to Juneau – 7 Days/6 nights
Day 1: Depart from either Juneau or Sitka
Transfer from the Juneau or Sitka airport (or your local hotel) to our luxury yacht, the M/V Alaskan Harvest for a welcome evening cruise anchoring overnight in a remote and quiet inlet.
For departures from Juneau, you will transfer from the Juneau airport to our luxury yacht via our pre-arranged float plane flight service and enjoy a scenic flight. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing dinner aboard the M/V Alaskan Harvest which will be anchored in beautiful, remote bay.
During our next five full days of cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage we will be mesmerized by the outstanding wildlife, majestic landscapes, geology, ecology, culture and history of this part of Southeast Alaska. We visit world renown wildernesses including glacier-carved Tracy Arm Fjords, Endicott Arms Wilderness and Admiralty Island National Monument while also getting to experience the historic Alaskan communities of Sitka on Baranof Island and the state capital of Alaska, Juneau.
Our route (direction to Sitka) will travel south of Juneau to the southern end of Admiralty Island and Baranof Island, then on to Frederick Sound, Stevens Passage, and Chatham Straits.
South Baranof Island Wilderness
The Alaskan wilderness on the south of Baranof Island hosts cascading hot springs juxtaposed against caving blue-cast glaciers which cascade down the park’s mountain slopes to reach the island’s surrounding waters. We might kayak among nearby icebergs, take some time to fish or venture out to photograph the abundant wildlife in this area including puffins, mountain goats, Steller’s sea lions, orcas and porpoises, brown coastal bears and grizzlies, eagles, and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera battery charger!
Tongass National Forest and Hot Springs
We continue our cruise into the wilderness areas of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States and the home of many species of endangered and rare flora and fauna. As we cruise, we spot marine and seacoast wildlife as we explore different bays and inlets of the Tongass. Along the way, we can decide what we want to spend our time doing – from taking in scenic waterfalls, soaking in local hot springs, jumping off the M/V Alaskan Harvest for a nature walk, fishing in either fresh or salt water or wildlife viewing.
Our evening and daily anchorages will vary from remote inlets, to stunning wilderness fjords surrounded by cascading waterfalls and glacier rimmed mountainsides.
Day 7: Depart Sitka/Juneau
After breakfast we'll arrive in Sitka/Juneau where we’ll say goodbye to new friends and where you will transfer to the airport for your air flight home or to your next destination or for your stay in a local hotel.
In addition to visiting Juneau and Sitka, Alaska Boat Cruises can vary our Juneau/Sitka itinerary to take you to visit Petersburg, Alaska.
Day 1: Depart from Sitka or Juneau
Transfer to your yacht after a possible city and glacier tour. Your crew greets you with welcomes and smiles, and we’ll cruise to a secluded wilderness anchorage this evening.
After enjoying prime wildlife viewing as we cruise southwards, for the next five days, we’ll continue by water into the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage where we will learn about the rainforests, flora and fauna and history and geology of this wilderness paradise. Drifting into misty coves where colorful marine life lives in the tidepools of the seacost, we’ll take side hikes into the temperate rainforest listening to the calls of migrating seabirds. We’ll photograph local humpback whales, Steller’s sea lions, orcas and porpoises and cruise through majestic fjords, enjoy guided nature hikes and soak in natural hot springs. Along the way, we will also visit active glaciers and learn about the formation of the many photogenic fiords of Alaska.
Located on Frederick Sound at the tip of Mitkof Island, Petersburg, Alaska still makes its living from the sea and not being a port of call for large cruise ships, hosts a charming and thriving seacoast culture with a strong Norwegian heritage. Petersburg lies near the summer feeding grounds of hundreds of humpback whales and contains the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area, with beautiful LeConte Glacier calving off tons of bright blue icebergs.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast we’ll arrive in Sitka/Juneau (or) Petersburg and say goodbye to new friends before re transferring you to the airport for connections home.
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