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Explore Alaska’s extensive coastline for a unique insight into the explorer history, indigenous cultures, mighty glaciers and remarkable wildlife spotting opportunities – bears, orcas and humpback whales, among others. Led by expert guides, the Silver Explorer’s luxury comforts and all-inclusive experience more than complement the trip’s adventures offered on the daily zodiac excursions.
Upon arrival you’ll be escorted to the Silver Explorer. You’ll have time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings, relax, and enjoy a meal in the restaurant.
Enter Prince William Sound and head for an area first visited by the Harriman Expedition in 1899. On the way out of College Fjord you’ll cruise in Esther Passage using local boats; on the portside you’ll see mainland Alaska, while on starboard will be Esther Island.
Today you’ll approach Kayak Island, a historical landmark as this was the only island in Alaska where Georg Steller landed during the Bering Expedition of 1740.
You’ll have the chance to scan the waters for whales as you grow closer to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve to which Malaspina Glacier and Hubbard Glacier belong.
In the evening you’ll enter Icy Bay.
Cruise along the front of the Hubbard Glacier while looking for glacier calvings.
Visit Elfin Cove where you can explore the village on boardwalks. Then sail towards Point Adolphus for some whale watching.
This morning you’ll see the Sergius Narrows which separate Chichagof and Catherine Islands.
At noon Silver Explorer will arrive in Sitka, one of Alaska’s major fishing ports. Apart from exploring the town, you’ll visit Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park to see some of the emblematic totem poles and the Russian Bishop’s House.
Alternatively, join a Jet-Cat wildlife viewing adventure aboard a deluxe expedition catamaran, searching for whales, sea otters, puffins, Bald Eagles and brown bears. Other activities include beachcombing, looking for tide pools and tracing wildlife tracks.
Discover Wrangell, one of Alaska's oldest towns, where you’ll find more than a dozen totem poles.
In the afternoon, head by local boat to Anan Creek, home to the largest run of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska, which attracts large concentrations of Bald Eagles, black bears, harbor seals and brown bears.
Wake up in Ketchikan and participate in a unique Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast, Alaskan Wilderness Survival program, or enjoy a coastal drive to a private Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary followed by a guided rainforest walk.
You’ll also visit Annette Island to witness the famous Totem Poles, experience a dance performance or take a trail around Skaters Lake.
Today you’ll sail in the Behm Canal which passes through the Misty Fiords National Monument to the east of Revillagigedo Island.
In the afternoon, you’ll board a local boat to see Rudyerd Bay and look for Marbled Murrelets, Bald Eagles, brown and black bears, harbour seals and sea otters.
Arrive in Prince Rupert, the “City of Rainbows”, and your point of entry into Canada. Here, you’ll embark on a tour of the North Pacific Cannery and the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village, a National Historic Site.
Spend today at your leisure. Attend a photography workshop, join an expert lecture, enjoy wine tasting, or simply relax on the sun deck.
Spend the morning in Alert Bay where you can walk to the Memorial Totem Poles at the Namgis Burial Ground. At the U’mista Cultural Centre you can hear about the potlatch system and the ancient way of life.
The afternoon takes you to the Johnstone Strait, a spectacular waterway and home to large numbers of orcas during the summer months.
Disembark Silver Explorer and be privately transferred for your onward journey.
Sail along Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Enjoy whale watching at Point Adolphus
Explore Sitka and its emblematic totem poles
Search for whales, sea otters and puffins from aboard a catamaran
Tour the North Pacific Cannery upon arrival in Prince Rupert
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