By Historic Vessel, with Kayaking, Hiking, and Cultural Encounters

Overview

The ultimate way to explore the wildlife-rich glacial wilderness of Southeast Alaska is aboard our historic 86-foot vessel, a classic wooden motor yacht that hosts just eight guests and offers you comfort, style, and the ability to get into hidden Alaskan realms where big ships just can't go.

We offer four separate week-long journeys, each one bringing you to an incredible array of coves, bays, intertidal zones, and remote villages between Sitka, Petersburg, and Juneau. Depending on the itinerary, you might find yourself meeting with a Tlingit elder in the remote village of Angoon, watching brown bears feasting on the returning salmon,  or navigating through ice floes to view a calving glacier.

No matter which journey you choose, you’ll spend your days kayaking in protected coves, hiking in spectacular glacial landscapes, and encountering an amazing variety of wildlife, all in the company of our on-board naturalist. Every day will bring up-close encounters with amazing wildlife as varied as the Alaskan landscape itself, from humpback whales and Steller sea lions to bald eagles on the wing. Our vessel carries two motorized skiffs and five kayaks, and all our kayaking is in protected waters (so no previous experience is necessary). She also carries a hydrophone, so if we find ourselves in a pod of whales, we can drop it down and listen in on their underwater conversation.

After each day’s adventure, you’ll come back to your cozy vessel for time to sit on the shaded back deck with a glass of wine and watch amazing wildlife in the long Alaskan twilight. Meals are served in the lovely wood-paneled salon, and you can expect wonderful sea-to-table cuisine created with the freshest ingredients. There are four delightful en suite cabins to keep guests comfy. Join us on board for the Alaska adventure of a lifetime!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Sitka / Peril Strait (Sitka to Petersburg itinerary)

From charming Sitka, the former capital of Russian Alaska (you’ll see this heritage in its onion-domed churches), we navigate to remote Krestof Sound, cross Peril Strait between mountainous Baranof and Chichagof islands, and kayak or skiff along serene waterways for a close-up look at a bear habitat.

Days 3-4
Chatham Strait / Tenakee Springs / Angoon

Chatham Strait is a great place to spot humpback whales and we may see their signature “bubble netting.” Anchoring in a small cove, where go ashore to follow bear paths and learn about their habitat. After a visit to Tenakee Springs and its mineral waters, we visit the Tlingit village of Angoon, where we are welcomed by a village elder for a rare opportunity to visit the village for an immersion into the Tlingit world.

Days 5-6
Baranof Lake / Stephens Passage / Scenery Cove

At the Hidden Falls salmon hatchery, we learn about the science of enhancing runs of returning salmon, and at Baranof Hot Springs, we can enjoy a relaxing soak before we sail along Admiralty Island's shores to a great spot for kayaking. In Farragut Bay, we visit the organic farmer who supplies our with fresh produce, and at Scenery Cove, we skiff across the Baird Glacier’s outflow river to explore a remarkable landscape, at once lunar and lush.

Days 7-8
Le Conte Glacier / Petersburg

Navigating exquisite Le Conte Bay, we make our way through sculptured ice floes to view the Le Conte Glacier, the southernmost calving tidewater glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, 21 miles long and a mile wide. Arrive in Petersburg, a quintessential Alaskan fishing town, on Day 8 and depart.

Highlights

Highlights

Historic small vessel that brings you into incredible coves and inlets where the big ships can’t go
Get close to wildlife as you kayak and hike with our on-board naturalist
Enjoy delicious fresh cuisine served in the cozy wood-paneled salon
See brown bears feeding, humpback whales spouting, eagles soaring

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5250  
Arrive: Sitka, Juneau, or Peterburg (depending on dates)
Depart: Sitka, Juneau, or Peterburg (depending on dates)
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a historic 86-foot vessel with en suite private facilities
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Sea Kayaking, Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Whale Watching
Trip Level:

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