Whales and Sea Kayaking aboard the Catalyst

Alaska’s Inside Passage

USA

8 Days

From $6,750

Level 1+

Easiest

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    Overview

    Glaciers crackle, bald eagles soar, and the sea is filled with whales, orcas, and porpoises. Explore the majesty of the Inside Passage the ideal way, on the Catalyst, a historic 12-guest vessel that can maneuver around icebergs, follow whales, get close to glaciers, and tuck into tiny coves that bigger vessels wouldn't even dream of approaching. Enjoy days filled with sea kayaking, hiking, and exploring tide pools, all in the company of a naturalist who is an expert on the botany, natural history, and native culture of this magnificent region. Back on board after a day of adventure, savor delightful sea-to-table meals prepared by the talented on-board chef. This is the way to experience the Inside Passage!

    Arrive: Juneau, Alaska (or reverse)

    Depart: Petersburg, Alaska (or reverse)

    Highlights

    • Explore one of Alaska's prime wildlife areas by historic 12-guest vessel
    • 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, soaring bald eagles, and breaching whales

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      Note: This trip is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as an agent in booking your reservation with the operator. Please download the Rate Sheet in the Dates & Pricing section to see the full pricing details and contact our Cruise Collection Specialists to check availability.

      From Juneau, head into Stephens Passage, watching for bald eagles and orcas, and have an introduction to kayaking (no prior experience is necessary). The first icebergs are likely to be seen as the ship enters fjord-like Endicott Arm and sails to the face of Dawes Glacier, where you'll witness the calving and booming of the bergs. A skiff ride upriver often reveals jumping salmon and nesting waterfowl. In Ford's Terror, known as “a flooded Yosemite Valley,” the ship navigates between 5,000-foot granite faces, and you can explore on foot and by kayak in this spectacular and little-visited realm.
      Watching for bears, moose, and whales, enter Seymour Canal, home to the highest concentration of bald eagles in southeast Alaska. At the Pack Creek Zoological Area, enjoy excellent brown-bear viewing. At Admiralty Island, enjoy an estuary paddle, and at The Brothers Islands, you'll be in one of the prime summer feeding grounds of migratory humpback whales—it is a rare transit if a few are not encountered. The Captain may shut down the engine so you can watch them and listen to their songs with the hydrophone. From some of the ship's anchorages, the sound of breathing whales or the call of an eagle frequently drifts across the evening calm.
      Head south to Thomas Bay and watch for black bear on the beaches, anchoring at Scenery Cove. Take the skiff along the glacial river and hike on the extensive glacial moraine that lies at the foot of Baird Glacier. Depart on Day 8 from Petersburg.

      Dates & Pricing

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
      100 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: 50% of deposit
      91-150 days prior to departure: 100% of deposit
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Trip Naturalist and Captain
      • Accommodations aboard a 75-foot research vessel
      • All meals
      • Beer and wine
      • Kayaks, paddles, radios, PFDs (life jackets), and boat safety gear
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Tea, coffee, juices, and water station
      • Use of muckboots for the duration of the trip
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to crew
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Toiletries

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Catalyst

      Days 1-7 (7 nights)

      The 75-foot research vessel is a historic wooden boat that accommodates up to 12 guests. Constructed in 1932 as a marine research boat, she can maneuver around icebergs, follow whales, get close to glaciers, and tuck into tiny coves that most passenger vessels wouldn't even dream of approaching. Delicious meals,...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 1+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. The expedition vessel serves as a mobile base camp. You'll explore remote coastlines and fjords by day, then enjoy the comfort of the ship in the evening for good food, fine company, and a comfortable bunk. With just a few hours of cruising each day, there is plenty of time for walking, wildlife watching, or sea kayaking all in the company of an on-board naturalist who shares insights into the local botany, natural history, and native culture.

      Review Trip Level Details

      No previous kayaking experience is required. Unlike whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking skills can be learned quickly and easily. The waters of the Inside Passage are protected from the open ocean and are generally calm. It is not the intention to kayak on stormy days or when sea conditions are truly "rough" with high winds and waves (such occasions are infrequent in these waters during the summer). Nevertheless, unpredictability is the rule for the weather in Alaska, and good kayaking weather throughout cannot be guaranteed. And with such a comfortable "mother ship," you can always opt out of any kayaking or hiking to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and the great views from on board. Please note: Climbing a ship's ladder to access skiff and kayaks during excursions is required.

      Be prepared for temperatures ranging from the low 30sF to a high of 70F. Southern Alaska has a marine climate, which means rain is to be expected at some point on every trip. The rain itself is often a gentle mist, casting an aura of magic and mystery over the land.  We hope for sunshine but recommend that you plan for wet, cool weather. You will be comfortable as long as your rain gear is adequate!

      Layered clothing works best in the changing weather conditions typical of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Southeast Alaska. Layers are easier to pack and more versatile than a single heavy coat. Don't bring down jackets or ski clothes (they don't dry well in the damp climate). Good rain gear is essential; it will enable you to remain comfortable in the wind or rain. Bring your high rubber boots (or use the ones provided on board) for wading and for use in the kayaks and small boats (you will wear these everywhere you go).

      Meals onboard are elegant, locally sourced, and artfully presented. Fresh ingredients come from local providers whenever possible, including organic farmers, and fish is bought directly from local fishers. Complimentary beer and wine is offered on board. You are welcome to bring any special wines, liquors, and mixers you enjoy. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea are always available.

      Every trip aboard a small ship can -- and should -- be slightly different. This is our planned itinerary, but if conditions and wildlife, whether on land or sea, present us with special opportunities, we'll alter our course and head that way to experience it. Our itineraries are leisurely, we don't rush past hundreds of miles of beautiful coves and inlets to stay on schedule, and we don't travel at night. A flexible attitude and an openness to the unexpected keep the adventure alive on these voyages.

      Client Testimonials

      "This trip was awesome. We enjoyed it so much and the crew was great. We saw so much wildlife! The sunsets and scenery were more than we could have hoped for."

      Beth H.

      Bonita Springs, FL

      "This was by far one of the best things I've done in my life. The itinerary made the most of the stunning wildlife and landscapes in Alaska and it was supported by a passionate crew whose enthusiasm was infectious. I'd recommend this trip to anyone and everyone!"

      Blair W.

      London, England

      "The scenery, kayaking, whale watching and hiking made it very memorable, and the food was over-the-top great!"

      Bob B.

      Bethesda, MD

      "Fabulous experience, the trip of a lifetime. Enjoyed every second of it. And the food was over-the-top wonderful, as were the wines."

      Carol M.

      Durham, NC

      "This small boat adventure was outstanding! Amazing food, very knowledgeable naturalist, great captain and engineer. The small number of passengers made it really fun and we received very personalized service and interactions."

      Cindy S.

      Woodside, CA

      "An amazing trip. We seemed to have Alaska's Inland Passage all to ourselves, sharing it only with an array of whales and mountain goats plus bears and sea lions. The scenery was gorgeous; the crew knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We enjoyed gourmet cuisine at every meal. This is absolutely, positively the ideal way to travel!"

      Colleen C.

      Oxnard, CA

      "The crew was professional, knowledgeable, and fun! We enjoyed breathtaking scenery and many spontaneous wildlife experiences."

      Dan & Brigid M.

      Salinas, CA

      "Fabulous! My first visit to Alaska and I want to come back."

      Darcel G.

      Lahaina, HI

      "A trip of a lifetime. A perfect way for my husband and I to have celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary."

      David & Kerry R.

      Port Alberni, BC

      "The trip was quite incredible. The crew was fantastic, the itinerary extremely well planned, and we ate well, slept well, and had a compatible group of guests. It was only just a taste of Alaska—we are ready to come back!"

      Elaine A.

      New Rochelle, NY

      "The crew was absolutely fabulous! This trip exceeded my expectations—I definitely plan to return to Alaska in the not-too-distant future, and I will be recommending this trip to my fellow teachers. Lastly, the gourmet meals prepared by our wonderful chef Michael were exquisitely delicious!"

      Felipe O.

      Lake Elsinore, CA

      "We felt very safe and well taken care of throughout the trip. In addition to navigating, our captain was on the lookout for wildlife and always made certain we had the best look! He was wonderful with the kids on board, welcoming them into the pilot house and teaching them about his job. The naturalist was knowledgable about wildlife as well as plant life; she was really engaging. Our chef made the most delicious meals and it was something we looked forward to each day. And, the boat's engineer keep the boat running smoothly at all times."

      James M.

      Earlysville, VA

      "Fabulous trip. The itinerary brings the Inside Passage ‘up close and personal.’ The crew, one and all, are professional, capable, and fun to be around."

      Jane T.

      Unionville, CT

      "My second WT trip and I can't wait for the next one!"

      Jennifer T.

      Guttenberg, NJ

      "The food aboard the ship was AMAZING, with fresh and beautiful ingredients. We are all foodies and were blown away. The crew were beautiful human beings, incredibly attentive to every need, and made us feel special all the while keeping us safe. We were blessed to get to know them in our seven days with them and shed some tears on the day we docked in Juneau. We felt like we were leaving our friends."

      Lisa G.

      Sebastopol, CA

      "Would do it again in a heartbeat. Great boat, crew, and fellow travelers. Excellent food."

      Lynne F.

      Hastings, NE

      "We couldn't have expected more from this trip in terms of intimate exposure to wild nature. The crew is fantastic and each one of them brought an extra dimension to the trip."

      Margit T.

      San Anselmo, CA

      "Unbelievable trip. We saw and experienced so many things that we never expected to."

      Melina G.

      New York, NY

      "The boat is beautiful, the food divine, and the scenery unparalleled. We loved every minute."

      Melissa A.

      San Francisco, CA

      "The ship was so comfortable. The owners (captain and wife-naturalist) were super professional and so responsive to individuals in a low-key way. They are pros! And the cook was phenomenal."

      Meredith C.

      Washington, DC

      "The trip was great! Beautiful scenery, great boat, and the crew and trip leader were the best. They went out of their way to see you had an enjoyable trip."

      Nancy G.

      West Salem, WI

      "The trip was absolutely fantastic. The crew (captain, chef, naturalist, and engineer) were the best ever. They attended to the guests as though they were their favorite family members. All members of the trip and crew bonded and felt really connected. Hans (the Captain) welcomed us on the bridge and in the captain's quarters and always informed us about our passage and everthing on the boat and on shore. Michael (the chef) prpared the most unbelievable meals I have ever eaten. His meals (three times a day) were better than any high end restraurant I have ever eaten in. He attended to all of my wife's dietary restrictions and prepared special meals just for her. Sarah the naturalist guided us on hikes and in kayaks. She was informative, funny, charming, and best of all seemed to know everything. Lastly, but by no means least, Shane (the engineer) was always available to answer questions, show us the 1932 diesel engine, and show us how to set crab/shrimp pots. He was always there on the spot ready to help with everything."

      Nick D.

      Bend, OR

      "This was the best trip ever. Hiking, kayaking, glaciers, bears, whales, sea lions—magical! This happily did not resemble a cruise ship and we loved the adventure!"

      Peter & Kay L.

      Westport, MA

      "The food on board was worth 1 Michelin star!"

      Pierre O.

      Houston, Texas

      "A superb experience in every way."

      Stan K.

      Raleigh, NC

      "This was a fabulous way to travel the Alaskan Inside Passage, a wonderland of beauty and inspiring vistas. The crew really made the trip memorable and I cannot say enough wonderful things about them. We saw so much wildlife everywhere we turned and spent one serene day kayaking with humpback whales that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It just could not have been better."

      Suzanne E.

      Healdsburg, CA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost<br>100 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: 50% of deposit<br>91-150 days prior to departure: 100% of deposit<br>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}