Whales and Sea Kayaking in a Glacier-Carved World


In the storied wilderness of the Inside Passage, glaciers crackle in deep fjords and the sea is filled with whales, orcas, porpoises, and sea lions. Your discovery of this majestic Alaskan realm is aboard a historic 12-guest wooden vessel that brings you into hidden places big ships can’t even dream of entering. With on-board naturalists sharing insights into the natural history and native cultures, you'll navigate to islands, hike in old-growth forests, kayak in narrow inlets including spectacular Ford’s Terror, and encounter a bounty of Alaskan wildlife, from humpback whales to brown bears and bald eagles. At day’s end, you’ll be welcomed aboard our delightful “mother ship” and enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful anchorage.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Juneau / Ford’s Terror (Juneau to Petersburg itinerary)

From Juneau, head into Stephens Passage, watching for bald eagles and orcas. A skiff ride upriver often reveals jumping salmon and nesting waterfowl. Navigating around icebergs calved from the Dawes Glacier, enter Endicott Arm, on the lookout for whales as they dive for krill. At Ford’s Terror, a spectacular natural amphitheater, paddle your kayaks beneath sheer 5,000-foot granite walls wreathed in ephemeral mists.

Days 3-5
Admiralty Island / The Brothers Islands

Head for Admiralty Island, with its plentiful brown bears. At The Brothers Islands, hike and watch for humpbacks and orcas in this prime summer feeding ground. From idyllic anchorages, the sound of breathing whales or the call of an eagle frequently drifts across the evening calm.

Days 6-7
Thomas Bay / Scenery Cove / Petersburg

If the whales are around, you’ll shadow the pod (and drop the ship's hydrophone to listen to them!), then head to Thomas Bay, watching for black bears on the beaches. Anchoring at Scenery Cove, ride upriver by skiff for a hike on the ice of the Baird Glacier. Depart on Day 7 from charming Petersburg, with its Norwegian and Tlingit heritage.



Explore one of Alaska’s prime wildlife areas by historic small ship
Sea kayak amid icebergs and beneath towering granite walls
Hike on glacial moraine and in old-growth cedar, hemlock, and spruce forests
Watch calving glaciers, bald eagles, and breaching whales


Length: 7 days
Cost From: $4250  
Arrive: Juneau, Alaska (or reverse)
Depart: Petersburg, Alaska (or reverse)
Lodging: 6 nights aboard a 75-foot historic boat with six cabins, some with private bath
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History, Sea Kayaking, Whale Watching, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate sea kayaking and hiking (no previous kayaking experience necessary)
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