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Alaska by Sea Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure Tour

Walk/Hike
Kayak

Wildlife & Glaciers of the Inside Passage

From $6,199 - $6,499 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,200 for sgl. occ.)

They call it the Inside Passage, but the beauty is all outdoors. You'll notice it as you kayak through protected waterways and hike in dense forests of hemlock and spruce. It's in the moment you first spot a brown bear ambling along the shore or a humpback whale breaching in icy pristine waters. It'll move you as our ship maneuvers through a massive fjord sailing toward a calving glacier. The beauty here is unlike anywhere else on Earth. This is the Alaska you've dreamed of.

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Alaska & Canada

Start Vancouver, Canada / End Juneau, Alaska

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Highlights

  • Cruise the famous Inside Passage from British Columbia to Alaska and discover stunning coastal scenery, iconic wildlife and the timeless cultures of First Nations people
  • Hike amid Alaskan muskeg and beneath towering spruce and hemlocks in one of the last remaining tracts of temperate old-growth rain forest left on Earth
  • Explore the colorful Alaskan towns of Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan and Haines to find remnants of 19th-century Russian America and the infamous Klondike Gold Rush
  • Kayak in tranquil protected waters immersing yourself in a rich marine environment where mountains loom overhead and rain forest growth hugs the shoreline
Alaska & Canada

Start Vancouver, Canada / End Juneau, Alaska

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Itinerary

Day 1 Our luxurious expedition ship departs Vancouver on a northward course into the majestic wilderness of the Inside Passage, one of the most celebrated cruising routes in the world | Enjoy the evening views as we glide between Vancouver Island and the dense spruce forests of mainland British Columbia.

Day 2 A full day at sea brings the perfect opportunity to take in the incredible views of this marine landscape from the ship's open-air decks | Keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline or orcas, humpbacks and porpoises in the water.

Days 3-4 Wake up in Ketchikan, Alaska's First City and salmon capital of the world | Kayak within a secluded cove | Marvel at the immensity of the surrounding Tongass National Forest | Journey to Baranof Island and hike in a dense forest of hemlock, yellow cedar and Sitka spruce.

Day 5 Voyage deep into the spectacular and remote Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness Area | Take in the dramatic views of waterfalls cascading down steep fjords | Eagles and arctic terns fly overhead while sea lions and whales frolic below | Listen for the roar of ice calving from South Sawyer Glacier.

Days 6-8 Arrive in Skagway and hop aboard the historic narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, an engineering marvel | Trek through an old-growth rain forest valley to majestic Laughton Glacier | Greet the morning in the small town of Haines in the remote Chilkat Peninsula | Hike in a pristine wilderness where river salmon attract a large population of bald eagles | Disembark in Juneau, Alaska's state capital.

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 Ketchikan | Sitka | Skagway | Haines | Juneau 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Prices

From $6,199 - $6,499 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,200 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Ship

Le Soleal Ship
Le Soléal

Ponant (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

More On This Trip

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Premiere Ship

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Le Soleal Ship

Le Soléal

Ponant (7 nights)

This luxurious and sleek vessel has an intimate French atmosphere and boasts an open-air bar, three lounges and a team of master chefs crafting gourmet dishes. (pool, spa) View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

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 Cruise to Strait of Georgia
2 Other Cruise to Ketchikan
3 Kayaking Ketchikan, Knudson Cove (Half-Day)
4 Walking/Hiking 2 600 3 700 4 1100
5 Other Cruise Tracy Arm
6 Walking/Hiking 5 900
7 Walking/Hiking 4 500 6 1700
8 Other Cruise to Juneau
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes forest paths and alpine trails, ranging from lightly rolling to hilly with some steeper climbs. Slippery rocks and tree roots and muddy trails may be encountered.

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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

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.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.​

Backroads Support On Board and On Shore

We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders. 

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Although our average group size is larger than a typical Backroads tour, our ship-based trips feel smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise.Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. Although our time ashore may be shorter than an average Backroads Hotel trip, you still have the option to select a route that matches your pace. In larger cities, you can decide to shift gears and opt for less active site-seeing activities. It's important to note, our time ashore can be limited due to changes in the nautical schedule and ship tendering.Being onboard a ship provides the benefit of being able to take advantage of ship amenities: fitness room, spa & sauna, swimming pool. In addition, there is the opportunity to relax in the inviting common spaces or the privacy of your room, complete with balcony. Your Trip Leaders will have information on the array of options to choose from. If having longer routes or more flexibility to explore is important for you, we recommend choosing one of our River Cruise or Hotel trips.If you love meeting new people, having more time to relax aboard the ship, and enjoy the ease of unpacking once, you'll love our approach to active ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do. 

Meals

On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads Hotel trips.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our Hotel trips, which typically have similar room categories, the Ponant  ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories to choose from. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Why Travel with Backroads in Alaska

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

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.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Alaska trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.​

Backroads Support On Board and On Shore

We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders. 

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Although our average group size is larger than a typical Backroads tour, our ship-based trips feel smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise.Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. Although our time ashore may be shorter than an average Backroads Hotel trip, you still have the option to select a route that matches your pace. In larger cities, you can decide to shift gears and opt for less active site-seeing activities. It's important to note, our time ashore can be limited due to changes in the nautical schedule and ship tendering.Being onboard a ship provides the benefit of being able to take advantage of ship amenities: fitness room, spa & sauna, swimming pool. In addition, there is the opportunity to relax in the inviting common spaces or the privacy of your room, complete with balcony. Your Trip Leaders will have information on the array of options to choose from. If having longer routes or more flexibility to explore is important for you, we recommend choosing one of our River Cruise or Hotel trips.If you love meeting new people, having more time to relax aboard the ship, and enjoy the ease of unpacking once, you'll love our approach to active ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do. 

Meals

On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads Hotel trips.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our Hotel trips, which typically have similar room categories, the Ponant  ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories to choose from. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
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