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Experience the grandeur of Alaska's Inside Passage aboard the 36-guest Safari Explorer. Designed for upscale comfort in pursuit of adventure, this small ship features well-appointed cabins, fresh handcrafted meals, and exceptional service. Join fun and knowledgable expedition guides as you skiff, kayak, and paddleboard through fjords and inlets during the day, observing wildlife up-close, and anchoring in remote, quiet coves at night. Join us this summer for this unforgettable wilderness experience.
the best of Southeast Alaska with like-minded travelers while enjoying the space and amenities of an expedition vessel
about the local culture, environment, and wildlife from naturalists and special guests invited onboard to "talk story"
the giant trees of the Tongass National Forest, the whales of Icy Strait, and the breathtaking scenery of Glacier Bay National Park
WELCOME TO SITKA
Welcome to Sitka! There’s nothing like a hearty greeting from your crew and some bon voyage bubbly. With all settled in on board, we’re underway. From the bow, Southeast Alaska welcomes us with grand mountain and water views as we leave the sights and sounds of the city behind.
Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds
As we make our way along the western side of Baranof Island, the spattering of remote, uninhabited islands provide endless opportunities for adventure. Dropping anchor in a secluded cove, our guides will help us gear up and lead us out by kayak, paddle board, or skiff where we’ll be level with curious sea lions and possibly whales. Rocky intertidal zones make good beach combing. Turn a stone or two to see what’s underneath. Be as active as you would like— there are no groomed trails here—opt for a guided hike John Muir would approve of.
Neva Strait & Sergius Narrows
There’s an eerie, enigmatic feeling in these woods as morning fog catches like cotton balls on trees. The aptly named narrows squeezes to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep. The shorelines are close, and it’s good territory for play. Skiff ashore with an option to hike into the backcountry. See otters back float, working to crack snacks resting on their bellies. Opening at Hoonah Sound, the squeeze is back on. Wind into Neva Strait and watch the scenery change in the late fading light—from the hot tub if you choose.
Chichagof Island & Peril Strait
Kick off the morning with on-deck yoga stretches (our guides love it when we join them). Meander through glacier-carved fjords along the Chichagof coast, where we'll find a remote cove to lower the kayaks and skiffs and set off on land and sea explorations. Our eagle-eyed guides lead the pack—and pull up the rear—in search of bears, giant trees, and tidal pools. Later, wend along a twisting channel of Peril Strait known for dramatic currents.
Nearly to the Pacific Ocean, Icy Strait is remote and wild and a favorite spot for whales and marine mammals. Spouts and fin slaps are certain giveaways, as we look for rollicking sea lions and birds, as well as porpoises and dolphins that may hitch a ride on the bow wave. And don’t worry about missing any wildlife; it’s a favorite mission of the crew to point out any creatures they spot. We'll head for a quiet pocket along the rugged coastline and skiff the shore along kelp-threaded channels.
Glacier Bay National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve encompasses some of our continent's most amazing wilderness. At Bartlett Cove, a park ranger joins in on our day’s exploration and shares the park’s history. Orange-beaked puffins, guillemots, marbled murrelets are just a few possible sightings for today as we watch for sea lions, mountain goats, and lower along shore, foraging bears. Up bay, glacial silt turns the water a milky white as we approach Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers—one holding steady, the other retreating. End this very full day with our feet up for the sail along Chicagof Island.
Chatham Strait (or Lynn Canal), the captain makes the call. Either choice, we'll enjoy an adventure along the rocky outcroppings. By kayak or paddle board, take in the size of this wilderness. Bald eagles dot the treetops, harbor seals play peekaboo, pods of orcas—the largest in the dolphin family—skim along the water’s surface. Tonight we'll toast our voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip—a gift to you from your expedition team.
Cruise into Juneau this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport or onward.
Welcome to the Emerald City! Seattle's unique location, tucked between the Puget Sound to the west and Cascade Mountain range to the east, its tech boom, and its love for coffee, wine, and beer all contribute to its popularity, particularly during the balmy summer months. With many Alaska-bound flights passing through Seattle, what better time to take a few extra days to experience what this Pacific Northwest city has to offer.
Washington is the second biggest wine-producing state in the US and home to one of the country's most dynamic fine wine industries. Today we visit some of Washington's up-and-coming wineries to taste wines from across the state and learn about what distinguishes the wines from this area. Enjoy a gourmet lunch before exploring Woodinville's abundance of small, vibrant tasting rooms. Dinner is on your own tonight in Seattle.
Pike Place Market
This morning, take a stroll down to the iconic Pike Place Market to browse the stalls of fresh seafood, locally grown produce, specialty artisan foods, and handcrafted items and do some last-minute shopping before we head to the airport for our short flight to Alaska.
This high-end SUV of a ship is nimble, strong, and loving. Her performance-built rugged construction means access to faraway regions. But it’s what’s on the inside that makes this yacht the prize of the fleet. And with only 36 guests on board, the feel is decidedly exclusive. Lovingly called “the Bulldog,” she’s poised, her interior is a pearl, and the general mood is down-to-earth. A protective spirit is infused in every part of the ship, and within the crew. She’s made for adventures after all and with them comes inevitable fun and folly.
Thompson Seattle (Seattle Pre-Trip)
Located across from famed Pike Place Market and near the Puget Sound waterfront, this luxury boutique hotel reflects the intrinsic beauty of Seattle and elevates the refined edge of downtown.
Conceived by the city’s own award-winning Olson Kundig Architects, Thompson Seattle is a contemporary urban landmark at the center of an unparalleled landscape. Expansive, gasp-inducing views of the Sound, coupled with the energy of Pike Place Market and the culture of downtown, ensure that Thompson Seattle embodies the best of this modern city.
(Optional) Pre-Trip: July 1 - 3, 2021
Alaska Program: July 3 - 10, 2021
COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIRED. Contact for details.
This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that can range from one to three hours. Each day, on-board or on-shore, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and hiking uneven nature paths. Alaska tends to have good but functional infrastructure which can leave some areas inaccessible or over natural terrain — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.
- Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and port fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
- All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
- Full support and guiding services of a dedicated Expedition Leader
- Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Port Fees & Taxes of $472/pp
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities
- Gratuities for ship captain and crew at your discretion
- All types of personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
Jr. Commodore: $10,795 (limited availability)
Single: $11,695 (limited availability)
Extension Rates From*
*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability (if any) and rates for triple accommodations.