Highlights
Itinerary
Canadian Rockies
  • Scenery
  • Wildlife
  • Inside Passage
    Glaciers
    Fishing Trip
    Glacier Trek
    Denali


    Alaska cruise and tour organized by Olivia Cruises and Resorts

    See www.oliviatravel.com for more details

    CANADIAN ROCKIES

    Before the Alaska Cruise, we spent a week traveling around the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver. Our original plan was to spend a few nights at Bowron Lakes, a remote series of lakes in British Columbia that is known for a 7-day canoeing circuit. However, despite our prior reservation, we showed up after a long days drive to find the resort closed and the lake still frozen (late thaw this year). Thus, we decided to head onward to Jasper and Banff.

    Travelling in the Canadian Rockies during the off-season (early May) has definite advantages and disadvantages. It's FAR less crowded and you can get some great last minute deals on lodging (we stayed at Chateau Lake Louise for a small fraction of the normal cost). It's also quite beautiful with lots of snow in the mountains. On the downside, the lakes are mostly frozen and it can be a bit chilly. All in all, it was a fantastic time to be there, and breathtakingly beautiful. As a bonus, we saw tons of wildlife!

    ALASKA CRUISE

    SUN 5/13 - DEPART VANCOUVER (at 5pm)

    MON 5/14 - CRUISE INSIDE PASSAGE

    TUE 5/15 - KETCHICAN
    Guided Alaskan Fishing & Wilderness Trek - This comprehensive, personalized wilderness adventure offers you an experience typical of the local Alaskan way of life. You'll be outfitted from head to toe before boarding a skiff with your guide who will transport you along the shorelines of Ketchikan to a specially selected fishing ground. Listen to narration on the rain forest, wildlife and fishing of Southeast Alaska. Photo stops will be made along the way, depending on wildlife opportunities. Next is a chance to fish for your meal. Whether you are a beginner or the most ardent fisherman, you will experience the enjoyment of saltwater fishing with a light rod and spin cast reel, maximizing the fishing challenge. You may find yourself catching salmon, halibut, or rockfish.




    After about two hours of fishing, you'll rendezvous at a wilderness beach for lunch and a hike in the rain forest. Your cook will have a roaring campfire waiting for your arrival. The guides will clean the fish and demonstrate the proper techniques to prepare the different types of fish for grilling. While your lunch is being prepared, enjoy a 30-minute hike in the old-growth forest and on the beach tidal zone . On the edge ot the muskeg one of your guides might even demonstrate his own "call of the wild".

    Upon returning to camp, you'll be served a delightful lunch starring your own catch of the day along with delectable side dishes. Savor your meal around the campfire, with an oppoprtunity to discuss various topics including the history of the local logging industry, the salmon fisheries, glaciers, and the climate of Southeast Alaska.

    As your skiff makes its way back to Ketchikan, hear stories of the history of mining, and visit historical logging and fishing sites. Returning to the ship after this full day adventure you will have great memories of this hands-on, personal wilderness experience.

    WED 5/16 - JUNEAU
    Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Trek - Helicopt3er Glacier Trekking is the newest way to explore the scenic wonders of the Juneau Icefield's glaciers. This adventure includes learning a new skill while hiking into some of the most fascinating areas of these glaciers. No experience is necessary.

    You will be outfitted with top quality mountaineering gear for your adventure. Outerwear, (jackets, shell pants, and gloves) hard-shell mountaineering boots, harness, ice axe and crampons will prepare you to safely and comfortably hike into areas of the glaciers not normally accessible.

    Take off from the heliport in a modern turbine helicopter, soaring over the glaciers of the 1500 square-mile Juneau Icefield. The scenic terrain of mountain peaks and glacier features, such as icefalls and crevasses, is revealed through the extraordinary visibility of the helicopter

    As the helicopter touches down, you glacier experience begins. Spend two hours on the ice with a professional glacier guide teaching you basic mountaineering skills and the proper use of your equipment. Your guide will lead you on a hike that is both adventurous and easy. Discover remarkable glacier features as you experinece the magic of this landscape.

    THU 5/17 - SITKA
    Sitka Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure - Meet your representatitve on the dock in Sitka and prepare for an adventure by suiting up in rain gear and life jackets. Transfer to a floating kayak base camp by motorized inflatable. THe short and invigorating journey on these fully licensed vessels allows for excellent views of Sitka and the surrounding mountains.

    Upon arrival at our base camp, you'll be instructed in the use of safe oceangoing, two person kayaks by our knowledgeable staff. These stable, yet maneuverable, boats let you enjoy the beauty of the protected bays and inlets near Sitka from a serene, natural perspective.

    An experienced guide, well versed in paddling techniques and the marine environment of the area, will lead groups of four to six kayaks. Each of the waterways traveled holds unique attractions in store, be it colorful intertidal invertebrates, and eagle swooping from the tree tops, or the grandeur of the lush rain forest. You may even see brown bear, harbor seal, or Sitka black-tailed deer.

    Paddle for a fun hour and a half before returning to base for a hot beverage, snack, and transfer back to town.

    FRI 5/18 - HUBBARD GLACIER
    Scenic cruising Hubbard Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    SAT 5/19 - VALDEZ
    Keystone Canyon Raft Trip - The Lower RIver runs through Keystone Canyon and provides one of Alaska's most thrilling and spectacular river trips. This trip offers scenery and whitewater excitement for all ages. The river flows through a deep canyon, with sheer cliff walls and sparkling waterfalls cascading down its sides. Your transportation from the pier will be by a school bus which will take you past the old town site, where the earthquake of 1964 destroyed Valdez. Continue upp the Lowe River Valley and enjoy the mountain scenery. Mile 16 is where you will begin your river trip. The trip is approximately 4 1/2miles long and takes about one hour to float through a gap in the Chugach Mountains, past breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls cascading 900 feet down from the canyon wall. Wear clothes that will keep you warm for the outside temperature of the day. You will provided with rain gear, a life jacket, rubber boots, professional rafting equipment and an experienced guide, as well as a special treat. You may wish to bring gloves for the trip and an extra pair of socks for use after the trip is over, just in case yours get wet.

    Scenic cruising College Fjord.

    SUN 5/20 - SEWARD (ANCHORAGE)
    Return to land

     

    POST-CRUISE TOUR OF ALASKA

    SUN 5/20 - SEWARD, KENAI FJORDS, ANCHORAGE
    Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward prior to your boat sightseeing tour of Kenai Fjords National Park. See glaciers flowing out of the vast Harding Icefield, bird rookeries aflutter with thousands of puffins, beaches crawling with barking Steller’s sea lions. Afterwards, drive north through the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage, then overnight at the Anchorage Hilton in the heart of the city.

    MON 5/21 - MCKINLEY EXPLORER TO DENALI NATIONAL PARK
    Board the full-dome McKinley Explorer for a scenic rail trip to Denali National Park. Stay at the McKinley Chalet Resort near the banks of the Nenana River, with expansive views of the surrounding mountains.

    TUE 5/22 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK
    On today’s Wildlife Bus Tour, see some of Alaska’s Big Five: moose, caribou, wolf, Dall sheep, and grizzly bear. Later on that evening, enjoy a family-style dinner and lively entertainment at the Alaska Cabin Nite. Overnight at the McKinley Chalets.

    WED 5/23 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK
    A day at leisure for optional activities like flightseeing, hiking and river rafting. Enjoy a Klondyke barbecue dinner, then overnight at the McKinley Chalets.

    THU 5/24 - ANCHORAGE
    Leave Denali National Park and travel by motorcoach back to Anchorage. Lunch at the Lake Lucille Inn. Overnight at the Anchorage Hilton.

    FRI 5/25 - HOMEWARD BOUND


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