B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Thursday, August 1: Arrive Seattle; Group Dinner (D)
Arrive Seattle airport at your convenience but no later than 4:30pm. Use the hotel shuttle to transfer to the hotel. We will meet as a group at 6:00pm in the lobby of the hotel and then have dinner together at the hotel restaurant. Overnight Marriott Airport
Friday, 2 August - Seattle Tour; Board Ferry at Bellingham, WA
We’re this close to Seattle…we should see it! So, we will begin our day with a sightseeing tour of Seattle. Afterwards, have time for lunch and some free time before we continue on to Bellingham, WA where we will board the Alaska Ferry at 3:30pm. Comfortable cabins with private en-suite facilities and window await us for the next 3 nights.
Saturday, 3 August - Cruise Queen Charlotte Islands
Haida Gwaii ("Islands of the People”) formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands is an archipelago on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada. We will be cruising through this area so just sit back and take in the scenery as we pass these islands.
Sunday, 4 August – Ports of Call Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg along the Inside Passage
Ketchikan is Alaska's southernmost major city. Its waterfront buildings rise above Tongass Narrows supported by a forest of pilings and joined together by a picturesque boardwalk. Visit the world's largest collection of totem poles. Petersburg is off the beaten path of cruise ships and is famous for its Norwegian heritage which shows so beautifully in the decorative designs found on its homes and shop fronts. Petersburg is Alaska's fourth oldest city and its only community to have existed under four nations: the Tlingit, Russian, British, and American. It’s even more ancient history is revealed by mysterious petroglyphs left centuries ago by early Alaskans.
Monday, 5 August – Juneau, Haines and Skagway
Juneau is famous not only for gold but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains. While in Haines, visit historic Port Chilkoot, the Native arts center. Skagway is the top of the Alaskan Inside Passage. It was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Accommodations are provided downtown just a few blocks from the ferry terminal and train depot with shopping and good restaurants close by. Overnigiht Sgt. Preston's Lodge
Tuesday, 6 August – The “Scenic Railway of the World” The White Pass Yukon Railroad
Take an unforgettable journey aboard the “Scenic Railway of the World” to the White Pass summit. Begin your excursion as we board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles from tidewater, to the Summit of the White Pass – a 2,865 foot elevation! Relax in old-fashioned parlor cars as we retrace the original route to the White Pass summit, passing Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch. Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites. See the original Klondike Trail of ‘98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls who passed this way in search of fortune. Late afternoon departure through upper Lynn Canal. Beautiful evening cruise with time to have dinner on board. Overnight Country Lane Inn
Wednesday, 7 August - Travel to Glacier Bay Lodge; Remainder of day at leisure. (B)
We will have an early departure from Juneau to Gustavus. Enjoy cozy accommodations at Glacier Bay Lodge nestled among the Sitka Spruce trees of the Tongass Rainforest. Relax in the warmth of the lobby's massive stone fireplace with giant wood beams and cathedral ceilings. Enjoy awesome views of the water and Fairweather Range. Learn about the area's natural history from fascinating interpretive displays. There are several Alaska hiking trails in Bartlett Cove near Glacier Bay Lodge, all fairly easy to moderate walking. Overnight Glacier Bay Lodge
Thursday, 8 August – Glacier Bay National Park Cruise (L)
Spend the day on the waters of Glacier Bay and see magnificent tidewater glaciers, ancient snow-capped mountains, whales, Stellar sea lions, rare birds, coastal bears, seals, eagles and so much more! The only day tour permitted inside Glacier Bay National Park, the Glacier Bay Tour takes us on a high-speed catamaran for an intimate view of marine and coastal wildlife alongside massive glaciers and towering mountains. Your journey takes you to the face of the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, two of 16 tidewater glaciers found in the National Park. Your 8-hour tour is fully narrated by a National Park Service interpreter. Lunch, beverage and a souvenir mug are included. Shuttle transportation provided by the Lodge. Overnight Glacier Bay Lodge
Friday, 9 August – Free Day at Glacier Bay National Park
Spend the day doing anything you would like. There are several Alaska hiking trails in Bartlett Cove near Glacier Bay Lodge, all fairly easy to moderate walking. You might want to rent a kayak or a bicycle as a different way to see the area. Overnight Glacier Bay Lodge
Saturday, 10 August –Juneau; Farewell Dinner (D)
Our arrival into Juneau is scheduled for 6:00 pm. We will have much to talk about the beauty of Alaska so we will have dinner together and overnight at Country Lane Inn.
Sunday, 11 August -Tour ends in Juneau; Return Home (B)
Schedule your return flight at your convenience. Airport check-in is 2 hours prior to your flight. Hotel has airport shuttle.