Travel-Learn Program

Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage Cruise

When: July 09, 2016 - July 16, 2016 (iCal)

Description

 

“My favorite aspect was experiencing the beauty of Alaska.”

 

Cruise with us from Vancouver, British Columbia, through the magnificent Inside Passage to Juneau, Alaska, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship M.S. LE SOLÉAL. We will see towering mountains and untouched coastlines, as this small ship takes us into remote bays and inlets inaccessible to larger vessels. An onboard naturalist will provide lectures about wildlife and landscapes as we watch for whales, harbor seals, and eagles in their natural habitats. The itinerary includes stops at the historic fishing towns of Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Sitka, where we will step back into the gold rush era and discover the living heritage of the indigenous Tlingit people. A Pre-Cruise Option to Fairbanks and the heart of the great Denali National Park and a Post-Cruise Option to Vancouver and Vancouver Island are available.

 

Activity Level: Moderately Active

 

Brochure & Registration Form

 

Featuring Faculty Host
Dean Nancy Bauer

 

Cost

Price From: $4,995
Includes cruise only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.

To avoid the disappointment of a sold out program, Register Now!

Contact

Usha Nand Sellers Ed. D., Director Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at usha.sellers@tufts.edu or 617-627-5323.

Itinerary

Day 1: Home City/Juneau, Alaska
Depart home city for Juneau. Upon arrival, we will transfer to the Five-Star m.s. Le Soléal and dine on board the ship.

 

Day 2: Tracy Arm
As we cruise into Tracy Arm Fjord, enormous cliffs will rise from the sea. On our Zodiac excursion, we will watch icebergs calve from the North and South Sawyer Glaciers, then scan the cliffs for bald eagles, Dall sheep, and mountain goats. This evening’s dinner and a special Welcome Reception with the Captain are on board.

 

Day 3: Point Adolphus/Bartlett Cove/Glacier Bay Inlet/Dundas Bay/Idaho Inlet
Part of today will be spent in Zodiacs exploring smaller inlets. We will cruise past Point Adolphus, a prime feeding ground for humpback whales, harbor porpoise and seals, sea lions and sea otters, then continue into Dundas Bay of the Glacier Bay National Park. Whale watching will follow in Idaho Inlet – among the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska. We will observe from the deck as the ship plies the waters in search of marine life.

 

Day 4: Sitka
Today’s excursion will take us on land to Sitka, a self-governing community on Baranof Island replete with the art and history of its Russian, American, and native Alaskan past. We will tour the Alaska Raptor Center, where volunteers help rehabilitate wild bald eagles, explore Sitka National Historical Park, and visit St. Michael’s Cathedral, the first Russian Orthodox church built in North America.

 

Day 5: LeConte Bay/Petersburg
This morning we will cruise into LeConte Bay for a look at Alaska’s most active tidewater glacier, where ice blocks frequently calve from the glacier to form icebergs. Our afternoon’s visit to Petersburg, a fishing village originally settled by Norwegians, includes time at leisure in the Clausen Museum to learn about early commercial fishing techniques and view native Alaskan artifacts.

 

Day 6: Ketchikan/Misty Fjords
Today we will explore the fishing village of Ketchikan, established in 1887 as an Indian fishing camp and is today the salmon capital of the world. We will see Potlatch Totem Park with its collection of native artwork, followed by a visit to the carving studio for an exclusive demonstration by the carver-in-residence. After boarding the ship, we will cruise through the inlets of Misty Fjords National Monument. In Punchbowl Cove, where sheer granite faces rise thousands of feet above the ship, we will view spectacular scenery and wildlife—Misty Fjords offers the special opportunity to look for brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, beavers, mink, foxes, and river otters.

 

Day 7: Cruising the Inside Passage
Today we will cruise the renowned Inside Passage, one of the few pristine marine wilderness areas in the Western Hemisphere, passing islands and evergreen forests as we watch for birds, humpback whales, harbor seals, and sea otters. This evening, we will join the Captain for a Farewell Reception.

 

Day 8: Vancouver, British Columbia/Home City
Disembark the ship in Vancouver and continue on the Post-Cruise Option, or depart for your home city.

 

*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change

 

617-627-5323|usha.sellers@tufts.edu