Glacier Bay National Park & Sitka, Alaska
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, ferries, flights, 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.
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 the base of the Mendenhall Glacier. The town of Gustavus is considered the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and we take a ferry to reach it and the national park. 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, and this will be our home for two nights.
Our third location has renown for its gorgeous scenery, and Sitka, Alaska is the sight of some fascinating history. It is here that the rich and sophisticated Tlingit people lived, until the Russians set up a headquarters in the late 18th century. Their interest was in the trade of sea otter fur and some bloody battles were fought to secure ownership of the area. The cannons of the Russians were no match for the Tlingits and they retreated across the Peril Strait. Nearly a century later the transfer ceremony for the sale of the Alaskan Territory from Russian to the United States took place at Sitka. The combination of these three sites where nature, history and modern life intersects provides a fascinating exploratory tour.
|Day 1||Assemble in Junea, hike to Mendenhall Glacier||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||Early Morning Ferry back to Juneau, arriving in the afternoon|