Glacier Bay National Park & Sitka, Alaska
Includes all lodging, all meals, support van, leaders, ferries, intra-tour flight, kayak tour, glacier boat tour, tour maps & narratives.
All transfers between pre tour hotel and tour locations are included.
Not Included: Airfare to Juneau International Airport, Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
Glacier Bay National Park is a homeland, a living laboratory, a national park, a designated wilderness, a biosphere reserve, and a world heritage site. From the marine park sheltering humpback whales, seals and puffins, past its emerald–green forests to its snow-capped mountains and spectacular glaciers, the Glacier Bay wildness is remote, dynamic and intact. It is located in the northernmost section of the Alaskan panhandle, between the Gulf of Alaska and Canada, nearest to the city of Juneau, the capital of Alaska. This tour visits three locations – Juneau, Glacier Bay and Sitka.
By Boot and Boat:
We start the tour in Juneau, the state capital. There is no road access to Juneau, which keeps the city isolated and unique. The Juneau Icefield towers above the city, and our first hike will take us to see a finger of the icefield reaching down towards the sea in the Mendenhall Glacier. Next day we board a ferry to the town of Gustavus, considered the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Glacier Bay Lodge is the crown jewel of the Mission 66 initiative to build roads, hiking trails, visitor centers and lodges in America’s National Parks. The architecture reflects the cultural and scenic heritage of Glacier Bay and its Tlingit influence. This will be our home for two nights, as we explore by boat and by boot the surrounding wilderness and waterways that make up the national park.
A thrilling seaplane flight will take us to our third location, Sitka. The town has renown for its gorgeous scenery, and is also the site of some fascinating history. The native Tlingit people clashed with the Russians for more than a century, until the sale of the Alaskan Territory from Russian to the United States took place at Sitka. We enjoy a sea kayak excursion along with some hiking options in this small, beautiful community. Our return to Juneau is again by ferry, giving us the chance to cruise through the islands of the Alaskan panhandle, and view the largest national forest in the country from the Inside Passage. The combination of these three sites where nature, history and modern life intersects, provides a fascinating exploratory tour.
|Day 1||Assemble in Juneau, hike to Mendenhall Glacier overlook||6.8|
|Day 2||Ferry to Glacier Bay National Park, hike Bartlett River Trail||5|
|Day 3||Full Day Boat tour to the tidewater glaciers|
|Day 4||Hike Bartlett Cove to Point Gustavus, take an evening flight from Gustavus through Juneau to Sitka||8|
|Day 5||Morning kayak, hike to Gaven Hill in afternoon||6|
|Day 6||Morning Ferry back to Juneau, for an afternoon or evening arrival|