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".
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
for a fun hour and a half before returning to base for a hot beverage,
snack, and transfer back to town.
5/18 - HUBBARD GLACIER
cruising Hubbard Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
5/19 - VALDEZ
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.
cruising College Fjord.
5/20 - SEWARD (ANCHORAGE)
TOUR OF ALASKA
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 Stellers sea lions.
Afterwards, drive north through the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage,
then overnight at the Anchorage Hilton in the heart of the city.
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
5/22 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK
On todays Wildlife Bus Tour, see some of Alaskas
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.
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.
5/24 - ANCHORAGE
Leave Denali National Park and travel by motorcoach back to
Anchorage. Lunch at the Lake Lucille Inn. Overnight at the Anchorage
5/25 - HOMEWARD BOUND