ALASKAN SPLENDORS

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Alaskan Splendors

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From $ 4,099 pp

Sitka, Alaska



4 HRS

Strenuous

watersports

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Sitka, Sportfishing
Discover why Sitka is one of Southeast Alaska’s best places for salmon fishing during this memorable fishing experience. Upon your arrival, you will take a short walk to board your fishing boat and proceed to Sitka Sound and its adjacent waters to fish for king, silver, chum, and pink salmon, depending on the month. Salmon fishing is performed via “trolling,” or “mooching.” When trolling two or four lines are fishing off downriggers while the boat is underway and hooked fish are played on a rotational basis. When mooching you will hold a rod and work the bait while the boat is anchored. Your captain will decide which method he feels is the most effective given the conditions of the day. Your fishing boat will be a cabin cruiser style sport fishing boat that averages 24-30 feet in length and 4-6 guests will be assigned to each boat. After approximately 3 hours of fishing, your boat will return back to the pier. If you wish, meet with local fish processors to have your catch sent to your home (within the continental U.S.A.). 

Please note: Bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, and a light jacket.  Wear close-toed, comfortable shoes.


price $275
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Juneau, Alaska



4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Juneau, Discover Alaska Whales
Have you ever envisioned living the life of a Research Scientist? Or looking for the thrill of encountering one of the earth’s largest creatures? Well, now’s your chance! Alaska’s waters hold one of the largest concentrations of humpback whales and along with your contribution to ongoing research during this exhilarating excursion you are guaranteed to see a whale! Not only is this a one-of-a-kind whale watching experience, but you’ll will have the opportunity to participate in various science activities aboard a permitted research vessel while on the open water. From the pier you’ll travel north to meet your vessel in Auke Bay. Meet your experienced captain and board your wildlife viewing vessel.  Have your camera handy as you cruise through the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage, a wonderland of snow-capped peaks and ice-blue glaciers. While you cruise, you’re sure to spot humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, harbor seals, and porpoises. Once a whale is spotted, the Captain will slow down for exceptional viewing and photo opportunities. Given the right behavior and weather conditions, you may hear the haunting, moaning call of the humpback. Luckily, the vessel is equipped with a hydrophone when the opportunity arises, to listen to the underwater sounds of whales while an onboard naturalist explains the habits and habitats of the creatures you may encounter. When conditions permit during your cruise, you’ll explore the foundation of the food chain by drawing plankton samples, take a look at live sea animals in a touch tank and even use a GPS camera to aid in identifying specific whales while recording their varied behaviors.

Please note: There is a variable sloped ramp leading to the safari vessel dock which changes with the tide. Whale sightings are frequent. All guests must sign a waiver attesting to their physical and medical conditions to participate. Dress warmly in layers, as the tour operates in all weather conditions. Bottled water and a snack pack are included. Bring a camera with plenty of film or memory and batteries.  Participants are eligible to enter to win cash prizes in the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest.


price $285
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2 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Juneau, Taku Glacier Adventure
On this unforgettable journey, you will explore Southeast Alaska's unique Taku Glacier - the largest, most impressive and only advancing glacier on the Juneau Icefield. You will board a van for the 15-minute ride to the heliport. Along with the Taku Glacier, you will fly over numerous glacial landscapes, including advancing, retreating, cascading and a one-of-a-kind floating glacier. Under your pilot's expert guidance, you will get the chance to walk on and explore the ancient landscape, peer down into a crevasse and taste the purity of glacial streams. This tour is perfect for small groups and visits a truly remote, helicopter access only location. Choose this excursion for your Alaska glacier landing opportunity.

Please note:  Bring your sunglasses, camera, and jacket. It is best to dress in warm layers.

price $560
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

walking

boating
Juneau, Whale Watching & Photo Safari
Depart the pier in a media-equipped shuttle with your naturalist photography guide for a drive to some of Juneau's most photogenic locales.  En route, your guide will share handy tips and techniques to enhance your images, along with personal stories and insights about the area's cultural and natural history.  You will also view a slideshow depicting personal images and illustrated photography techniques. Upon arrival at the Mendenhall Glacier, you will take a guided walk along a gentle forested trail, take in splendid vistas and many visual opportunities, including wildflowers, beaver activity, cascading waterfalls and spawning salmon (when in season). You will picture breathtaking glacier panoramas and floating icebergs amidst a paradigm of snow-capped peaks. Next, explore the channels and islets of beautiful Stephen's Passage during 2-hour cruise aboard a custom built safari vessel. These are the only crafts of their kind in Southeast Alaska, custom built specifically for marine wildlife photography. Photo opportunities may include blue-hued glacial ice, forest-piercing rays of light, soaring eagles, humpback whales, sea lions, killer whales, black bears and more.  Your guide will provide you with photo assistance and quality interpretation throughout the excursion.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, approximately .75 miles on a newly surfaced trail. There is a variable sloped ramp leading to the safari vessel dock.  This tour is not suitable for those who utilize a wheelchair. Guests must be able to meet the physical requirements of the tour. Whale sightings are frequent. All guests must sign a waiver attesting to their physical and medical conditions to participate. Dress warmly in layers, as the tour operates in all weather conditions; rain gear, walking sticks, camera towels are provided. Bottled water and a snack pack are included. The tour sequence may vary. Bring a camera with plenty of film or memory and batteries. Children 12 years old and younger will receive a complimentary children’s one time use camera.  Participants are eligible to enter to win cash prizes in the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest. Guests will receive a frame-able postcard with instructions to access exclusive online photography tutorials, slideshows, historical images and a printable tip sheet. All content is free and downloadable to any device.  

price $335
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Haines, Alaska



3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing

boating
Haines, Lake Kayak Tour
You will meet your guide dockside and enjoy a 15-minute seaside drive in a van, to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has its all–important Tlingit cultural sites, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Keep an eye out for wildlife: bald eagles, brown bears, and migratory birds are often seen here. You will arrive at the lake, take in the scenery and board your sea kayak. Sea kayaking is easy to learn and your expert guide will show you the basics of paddling. Outfitted with the proper gear, you’ll soon be gliding silently along the shores of the lake. This pristine lake is uncrowded, and the scenery is spectacular. Huge waterfalls spill off of the cliffs surrounding the lake, lush green forests crowd the shoreline, and wildlife abounds. Pause along the shoreline where your guide will reveal the secret workings of the rainforest. Paddle back to shore and enjoy a leisurely drive back to Haines. Once back in Haines, enjoy a guided driving tour of downtown and the historic Fort William H. Seward. Return to your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing appropriate for the weather, your camera and/or binoculars. You will be provided with a life jacket, paddle, spray skirt, and double kayak.



price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

dining

culture
Haines, Photo Tour
Photograph the stunning scenery of the Chilkat Valley. Cradled at the base of the Chilkat Peninsula, flanked by the Lynn Fjord and Chilkat River, Haines is filled with natural wonders. Your expert photography guide will assist you in capturing the best of the Chilkat Valley's unique attractions and will select his/her favorite locations and provide you with ample time to set up to get the best shots. Depending on the lighting and weather, different locations in the Chilkat Valley boast specific photographic highlights. May, June, and July feature wildflowers and bald eagles. Beginning in August, pink salmon begin their run up the Chilkoot River to spawn. This will be the best opportunity to see brown bears as they are often witnessed feeding along the banks of the river. When bears are present, every effort will be made to give you safe bear viewing and photography. The theme is flexibility, fun and learning rather than adherence to a rigid schedule. Even a simple point-and-shoot camera or iPhone will work. Bring all your photo gear, there will be room in the vehicle. Tripods will be supplied. The tour will include a deluxe picnic lunch so you can eat when you want to and focus on getting the shots that you desire.

Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the vehicles via steps. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Dress in layers, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring rain gear and your camera equipment. Observing bear and other wildlife is the goal but cannot be guaranteed.

price $159
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