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Alaska Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure Tour

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Bears & Glaciers of the Inside Passage

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They call it the Inside Passage, but the beauty is all outdoors. You'll notice it as you kayak through icy glacial narrows and hike in forests of hemlock and spruce. It'll move you as our ship glides into a hidden cove to anchor for the night under the midnight sun. It's in the moment you first spot a brown bear ambling along shore or a humpback whale breaching in Frederick Sound. The beauty here is unlike anywhere else on Earth. This is the Alaska you've dreamed of.

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Highlights

  • Paddle a kayak among translucent green- and blue-hued icebergs in a glacier-carved fjord
  • Tramp through grassy bogs on Kuiu Island, then soak beneath the stars in the ship's on-deck hot tub
  • Travel ashore to hear the enduring legends of the native Tlingit—People of the Tides—in the historic village of Kake
  • Explore the "Fortress of the Bears"—Admiralty Island—to search for these majestic creatures with your guides
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Itinerary

Day 1 Get to know Petersburg on a walk through town this afternoon before embarking on the Safari Quest | Don't miss the Norwegian rosemaling (painted decoration) that adorns storefronts and houses | This evening set sail into whale-loving Frederick Sound and celebrate the start of your adventure with a champagne toast.

Day 2 Meet the indigenous Tlingit and hear their ancient legends | See one of the tallest totem poles in the world, carved from a single tree | Kayak amid the fingerling islets and passageways of Keku Strait | Discover sea life clinging to rocks on a tidal zone stroll.

Day 3 Hike through the largest temperate rain forest in the world | Discover muskeg, a bog-like habitat unique to Southeastern Alaska | Cruise through Chatham Strait to Tebenkof Bay, the traditional salmon-rich fishing waters of the Tlingit | Paddleboard amid floating sea otters on the western shore of Kuiu Island.

Day 4 Voyage along a glacier-carved fjord with 2,500-foot-high granite walls | Look for the brown spots moving in the greenery—Baranof Island is a hot spot for bears | Paddle among little-known inlets prime for exploration | Bushwhack through coastal forests of hemlock and spruce.

Day 5 Have your camera ready? You're in the best humpback whale-viewing waters in North America! | Follow the birds to see where the whales are feeding—they don't want to miss the leftovers | Take in the view of the snow-covered Coast Range Mountains.

Day 6 Welcome to Admiralty Island, a place the Tlingit call Kootznoowoo or “Fortress of the Bear” |  Guided hiking, kayaking or exploring by skiff reveal why this widespread wilderness is home to such a large bear population.

Days 7-8 Behold LeConte Glacier, the southernmost active tidewater glacier in North America | Listen for the unmistakable sounds of icebergs calving into the fjord | Walk along the shore and spot harbor seals and their pups taking refuge in the bay | Savor your final morning with your fellow travelers | Return to  Petersburg.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

PORTS OF CALL Petersburg | Kake/Kehu Islands | Kuiu Island | Baranof Island | Frederick Sound | Admiralty Island | LeConte Wilderness Area

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UnCruise Safari Quest
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Safari Quest (7 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Alaska

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UnCruise Safari Quest

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Safari Quest (7 nights)

An intimate 22-passenger boutique yacht renovated for Inside Passage voyages and with an unmatched capacity for agile navigation into remote inlets and coves.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Other Walking Tour of Petersburg (3 Hours)
2 Other Tlingit Cultural Tour of Kake (3.5 Hours)
Kayaking Keku Islands (3 Hours)
3 Kayaking Bay of Pillars, Kuiu Island (3 Hours)
Other Hiking, Baranof Island (3 Hours)
4 Other Explore Gut Bay or Hike in South Baranof Wilderness (3 Hours)
Other Whale Watching (4 Hours)
5 Walking/Hiking 3 600
6 Other Hike Hasselborg Lake Trail (5 Hours)
7 Other Cascade Creek Trail Hike (3 Hours)
Other Kayak LeConte Bay or Three Lakes Trail Hike (2 Hours)
 

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodation

The ship we sail on is your floating hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new area each day while unpacking only once! The Safari Quest is built specifically for journeys in remote wilderness areas and meets Backroads standards for Casual accommodations. This 22-passenger yacht is small by ocean standards and allows us to access some of the more remote parts of Alaska's Inside Passage that bigger ships cannot enter. Please note this means common areas are also on the smaller side.​

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing times, and as a result, some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while others have more time exploring by kayak, skiff or paddleboard or more time aboard ship. Weather conditions may also result in delays or trip itinerary changes, but rest assured that your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority.

Stateroom Categories 

In contrast to our land-based trips, which have similar rooms, Ocean Cruise trips offer a range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Terrain & Hiking on Your Own 

There are very few developed trails in the rugged wilderness areas we visit and our routes will cover a mix of terrain including rocks, roots and moss-covered ground. Like all Backroads itineraries, this trip has been designed to offer as many hiking options as possible. Since many of the trails are unmarked, we recommend that you hike with a Backroads leader.

 

 

Why Travel with Backroads in Alaska

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Alaska you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Alaska with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

The Best Leaders in Alaska

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Alaska, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Alaska that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodation

The ship we sail on is your floating hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new area each day while unpacking only once! The Safari Quest is built specifically for journeys in remote wilderness areas and meets Backroads standards for Casual accommodations. This 22-passenger yacht is small by ocean standards and allows us to access some of the more remote parts of Alaska's Inside Passage that bigger ships cannot enter. Please note this means common areas are also on the smaller side.​

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing times, and as a result, some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while others have more time exploring by kayak, skiff or paddleboard or more time aboard ship. Weather conditions may also result in delays or trip itinerary changes, but rest assured that your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority.

Stateroom Categories 

In contrast to our land-based trips, which have similar rooms, Ocean Cruise trips offer a range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Terrain & Hiking on Your Own 

There are very few developed trails in the rugged wilderness areas we visit and our routes will cover a mix of terrain including rocks, roots and moss-covered ground. Like all Backroads itineraries, this trip has been designed to offer as many hiking options as possible. Since many of the trails are unmarked, we recommend that you hike with a Backroads leader.

 

 
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