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Exploring Muirs Wilderness

8 Days / 7 Nights
Juneau to Juneau
From USD$5,341 per person
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Highlights: Juneau | Glacier Bay | Frederick Sound | Dawes Glacier | Icy Strait | Hopelessly beyond description, said John Muir of his beloved Alaska. Behold—inspiration on a grand scale, the crack of white thunder, whales and wildlife, and Glacier Bay National Park.

  • Glacier Bay National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View glaciers—Dawes and, Grand Pacific, Margerie, or Johns Hopkins
  • Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay
  • Whale watching in Icy Strait and Frederick Sound
  • Forest hike at Glacier Bay National Park headquarters in Bartlett Cove
  • Unmatched birding and wildlife viewing
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait
  • Nature walks, tide pooling, and hikes in the Tongass National Forest

Day 1 Juneau, Alaska Embarkation Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!

Day 2 Icy Strait It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the most remote waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for sea lions and humpback whales. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, seals, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.

Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park It’s a day John Muir would’ve delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice, as recently as 1795, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.

Day 4 Baranof Island / Chatham Strait Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait is riddled with secret coves, fjords, and anchorages. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Join your expedition leader for a hike into the green forests that blanket the islands. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made

Day 5 Frederick Sound It’s a Captain’s Choice day led by your expert guides. Test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the islets and fjords surrounding Frederick Sound. Known for its summer whale populations, you’ll dedicate a part of your day to searching for and observing humpback whales feeding in the sound. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day 6 Port Houghton / Stephen's Passage Port Houghton and Stephen’s Passage are synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this area’s remoteness. Calm-as-glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

Day 7 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.

Day 8 Juneau Disembarkation After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Onboard Inclusions:

  • All onboard meals
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/dis embark days
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • From the vessel adventure activities and equipment
  • Wellness program
  • Hot tub, sauna
  • Fitness equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Port fees and taxes

Departure dates

2017 Departures Safari Endeavour May 14, 21, 28 Jun 04, 11, 18, 25 Jul 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Aug 06, 13, 20, 27 Sep 03 Safari Explorer May 26 Jun 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Jul 07, 14, 21, 28 Aug 04, 11, 25 Sep 01

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN

Safari Endeavour
Stateroom (Master Cabin)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Commander Cabin)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Captain Cabin)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Admiral Cabin)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Commodore Suite)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017

Safari Explorer
Stateroom (Master Cabin)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Commander Cabin)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Captain Cabin)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Admiral Cabin)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Commodore Suite)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017

-
-
$5,341
$5,981
$6,728
$5,981
$5,341
-
$5,661
$6,301
$7,048
$6,301
$5,661
-
$6,195
$6,835
$7,581
$6,835
$6,195
-
$6,941
$7,688
$8,435
$7,688
$6,941
-
$9,715
$10,461
$11,421
$10,461
$9,715
-
-
-
$7,688
$8,648
$7,688
-
$8,328
$9,288
$8,328
-
$8,861
$9,928
$8,861
-
$9,928
$10,995
$9,928
-
$11,528
$12,595
$11,528

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include all taxes and port charges.

Day 1 Juneau, Alaska Embarkation Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!

Day 2 Icy Strait It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the most remote waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for sea lions and humpback whales. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, seals, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.

Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park It’s a day John Muir would’ve delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice, as recently as 1795, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.

Day 4 Baranof Island / Chatham Strait Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait is riddled with secret coves, fjords, and anchorages. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Join your expedition leader for a hike into the green forests that blanket the islands. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made

Day 5 Frederick Sound It’s a Captain’s Choice day led by your expert guides. Test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the islets and fjords surrounding Frederick Sound. Known for its summer whale populations, you’ll dedicate a part of your day to searching for and observing humpback whales feeding in the sound. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day 6 Port Houghton / Stephen's Passage Port Houghton and Stephen’s Passage are synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this area’s remoteness. Calm-as-glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

Day 7 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.

Day 8 Juneau Disembarkation After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Onboard Inclusions:

  • All onboard meals
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/dis embark days
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • From the vessel adventure activities and equipment
  • Wellness program
  • Hot tub, sauna
  • Fitness equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Port fees and taxes

Departure dates

2017 Departures Safari Endeavour May 14, 21, 28 Jun 04, 11, 18, 25 Jul 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Aug 06, 13, 20, 27 Sep 03 Safari Explorer May 26 Jun 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Jul 07, 14, 21, 28 Aug 04, 11, 25 Sep 01

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN

Safari Endeavour
Stateroom (Master Cabin)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Commander Cabin)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Captain Cabin)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Admiral Cabin)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Commodore Suite)
14 May – 21 May, 2017
28 May, 2017
04 Jun – 13 Aug, 2017
20 Aug, 2017
27 Aug – 03 Sep, 2017

Safari Explorer
Stateroom (Master Cabin)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Commander Cabin)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Captain Cabin)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Admiral Cabin)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017
Stateroom (Commodore Suite)
26 May, 2017
02 Jun – 18 Aug, 2017
25 Aug – 01 Sep, 2017

-
-
$5,341
$5,981
$6,728
$5,981
$5,341
-
$5,661
$6,301
$7,048
$6,301
$5,661
-
$6,195
$6,835
$7,581
$6,835
$6,195
-
$6,941
$7,688
$8,435
$7,688
$6,941
-
$9,715
$10,461
$11,421
$10,461
$9,715
-
-
-
$7,688
$8,648
$7,688
-
$8,328
$9,288
$8,328
-
$8,861
$9,928
$8,861
-
$9,928
$10,995
$9,928
-
$11,528
$12,595
$11,528

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include all taxes and port charges.

Safari Endeavour

The ambience aboard this newly refurbished 84-guest yacht is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its new design is exquisitely appointed with features such as an intimate Wine Bar and spa area including two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (complete with a complimentary massage.) The Safari Endeavour's three decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new found friends. The EZ Dock launch platform makes launching a kayak or stand-up paddle board and boarding a skiff easy.

Specifications

  • 84 guests
  • 42 staterooms
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 232 feet in length
  • 37 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1983 by "Jeff Boat" shipyard
  • Renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Onboard adventure equipment includes:

  • Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • Inflatable skiffs
  • Hiking poles
  • Yoga mats
  • Hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds
  • Bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV

Master Stateroom

Staterooms: 301, 302 Fixed twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station Desk & Chair View window Private bath with shower

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Commander Stateroom

Staterooms: 211, 212, 213, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322 Fixed twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station Desk & Chair View window Private bath with shower

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Captain Stateroom

Staterooms: 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 203, 204, 209, 210 King or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station Desk & Chair View window Private bath with shower

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Admiral Stateroom

Staterooms: 201, 202, 309 King or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station Refrigerator Desk & Chair View window Private bath with shower

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Commodore Suite

Suites: 205, 206, 207, 208 Sitting area King or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station Refrigerator French doors with step-out balcony View window Private bath with Jacuzzi tun & shower

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Safari Explorer

The Safari Explorer, our flagship, is a 36-guest luxury yacht perfectly designed for "luxury in the pursuit of adventure." Features include an intimate Wine Library and spa area including a large on-deck hot tub (Alaska only), sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and a complimentary massage. Aboard the yacht, three public decks provide plenty of room for mingling, relaxing, and enjoying the fresh air. And a full-beam swim step makes for easy access in the water. Adventure equipment onboard includes kayaks and stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; fishing poles and tackle; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV (coming in fall, 2014).

Specifications

  • 36 guests (up to 40 w/ triples)
  • 18 staterooms
  • 14-15 crew members
  • 145 feet in length
  • 36 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1998 by Freeport Shipbuilding; renovated in 2008
  • Registered in United States
  • 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Master Stateroom

Staterooms: B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10, B11, B12, B13, B14 Queen or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window and windowed door Private bath with shower

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Commander Stateroom

Staterooms: B15, B16 King or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window and windowed door Private bath with shower

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Captain Stateroom

Stateroom: B2 King or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window and windowed door Private bath with jacuzzi tub and shower

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Admiral Stateroom

Stateroom: B1, C1, C2 King or twin beds Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station View window and windowed door Private bath with jacuzzi tub and shower

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Commodore Suite

Stateroom: A1, A2 King or twin beds Separate sitting area Flat-screen TV/DVD iPod docking station Sliding glass door opening to small balcony Private bath with jacuzzi tub and shower

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Safari Endeavour

The ambience aboard this newly refurbished 84-guest yacht is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its new design is exquisitely appointed with features such as an intimate Wine Bar and spa area including two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (complete with a complimentary massage.) The Safari Endeavour's three decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new found friends. The EZ Dock launch platform makes launching a kayak or stand-up paddle board and boarding a skiff easy.

Specifications

  • 84 guests
  • 42 staterooms
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 232 feet in length
  • 37 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1983 by "Jeff Boat" shipyard
  • Renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Onboard adventure equipment includes:

  • Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • Inflatable skiffs
  • Hiking poles
  • Yoga mats
  • Hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds
  • Bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV

Safari Explorer

The Safari Explorer, our flagship, is a 36-guest luxury yacht perfectly designed for "luxury in the pursuit of adventure." Features include an intimate Wine Library and spa area including a large on-deck hot tub (Alaska only), sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and a complimentary massage. Aboard the yacht, three public decks provide plenty of room for mingling, relaxing, and enjoying the fresh air. And a full-beam swim step makes for easy access in the water. Adventure equipment onboard includes kayaks and stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; fishing poles and tackle; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV (coming in fall, 2014).

Specifications

  • 36 guests (up to 40 w/ triples)
  • 18 staterooms
  • 14-15 crew members
  • 145 feet in length
  • 36 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1998 by Freeport Shipbuilding; renovated in 2008
  • Registered in United States
  • 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Start planning your tailor-made holiday by contacting one of our specialists

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Travel Designer

Diana He

Travel Designer

Call 1-800-217-0973

Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Pacific time

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Saturday 9am - 5pm
Pacific time

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