ALEUTIANS & NORTH PACIFIC CROSSING

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Homer, Alaska



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

dining

boating

concierge
Homer, Concierge Collection: Cooking School at Tutka Bay
Arrive at Tutka Bay Lodge, about 9 ocean miles from Homer, Alaska, after a 25-minute water taxi ride watching for water birds, sea otters, or even whales. The Lodge is located on an 11-acre property at the  entrance to a 7-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay. Beautiful scenery includes coastlines, deep fjords, impressive mountains, quite forests, and unique tidal zones. Your cooking class will take place aboard the Widgeon II, a re-purposed crabbing boat which was once a World War II-era troop carrier. The cooking school offers rotating 3-course menus featuring local Alaska seafood, and locally grown, seasonal ingredients. You will have a hands-on cooking experience, with recipes and instruction provided. End your tour with another 25-minute water taxi ride back to Homer, while enjoying the spectacular Alaska scenery and watching for wildlife.

Please note:  Wear warm layered clothing and flat shoes. The Tutka Bay Cookbook is for sale and can be purchased after class (cash or credit card). Cancellations for refund must be made at least 7 days before the scheduled class date or are 100% non-refundable.


price $479
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Homer, Cruise the Artist Community of Halibut Cove
Enjoy a water taxi ride across Kachemak Bay while taking in the spectacular scenery and watching for local wildlife. Along the way, you'll see Gull Island, home to over 10,000 nesting birds, including puffins. Upon arriving in the quaint community of Halibut Cove, continue by boat through the unique region of artists while learning all about the area from your guide.

Please note: Bring lunch or a snack if you wish, a water bottle, sun hat, rain jacket, and pants sunglasses, sunscreen and your camera. It is suggested you wear layered clothes, fleece jacket, quick dry fleece pants, synthetic long underwear and warm socks. Cancellations for refund must be made at least 7 days before the scheduled class date or are 100% non-refundable.


price $199
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

walking
Homer, Highlights of Homer City
Take a harbor tour of the amazing intertidal life right under your feet at Homer Harbor Docks! This tour is the most educational fun you can have on the Homer spit!  A trained naturalist will guide you through an incredible exploration of invertebrate life living on and around the Homer Harbor Docks.  Next, you will visit the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, the headquarters for Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.  In the visitor center, naturalists offer information and tips on wildlife viewing, refuge information and points of interest. Your self-guided tour of the Center features sculpted re-creations of wildlife and settings, interactive stations and a simulated journey through the nation's most far reaching wildlife refuge. The indoor exhibits feature a Bering Sea bird rookery, dramatic re-creations and Aleutian artifacts, and a field camp where you can delve into the fascinating work of biologists. Many of the programs are outdoor experiences. You will be guided down to the Beluga Slough, just a short stroll down a slope, to explore the beach. The trail passes through a little wooded area, where it's not unusual to sight moose and other wildlife. The Center will also guide hikes down through the wetlands to Bishop's Beach to watch for sea life like whales, otters, sea lions and more. There is also a theater which features award-winning movies such as "Journey of the Tiglax." The Tiglax is a boat that cares for wildlife in the nature preserves.  Your next stop will include The Pratt Museum, which is a regional natural history museum with exhibits exploring life around Kachemak Bay in South Central Alaska. Indoor exhibits include early homesteading, Native Alaskan traditions, local contemporary art, and an exploration of the marine and terrestrial life around Kachemak Bay. Outdoor exhibits feature a historic cabin, botanical gardens and a nature trail.

Please note: Wear comfortable hiking or walking shoes (no open toed sandals, flats or high heels). Bring layered clothing and a light rain poncho.


price $109
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Kodiak, Alaska



3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating

concierge
Kodiak, Concierge Collection: Wildlife & Natural History Boat Tour
Enjoy and learn about Kodiak Wildlife and History from an experienced long-time charter captain and local tour guide. This tour will take you past Kodiak's harbors and fishing fleet through breathtaking scenery of the nearby islands in pursuit of sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, a multitude of seabirds including puffins, gulls, oyster catchers, guillemots and cormorants, and a chance at spotting whales. Your onboard biologist will provide you with a wealth of information about Kodiak's marine wildlife, answer your questions, and unravel the story of how the sea otter has shaped Kodiak's history and ecology.  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.   

Please note: Wear weather appropriate clothing, including rain gear. Bring your camera and binoculars. This tour has a 72-hour cancellation policy and is 100% non-refundable after that time.


price $379
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2.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

hiking

outdoors

wildlife
Kodiak, Fort Abercrombie State Park Nature Walk
Depart the pier for the short drive to the park. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you on a hike along well-maintained natural and gravel trails offering breathtaking views. A variety of seabirds inhabit the park’s coastline, and whale sightings are frequently reported in this area throughout the season.  The natural earth trails will lead you through forested areas, some with 10% to 20% inclines, as well as near ocean bluffs. Remnants of WWII bunkers are found throughout the park, and a stop at the Miller Point gun placements will provide sweeping ocean views. Your hike will conclude back at the main parking area, where you will re-board your bus for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves hiking between 1.5 and 2.3 miles, depending on the group’s size and abilities. Whale sightings are not guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests need to dress in layers and have proper footwear for outdoor hiking. This tour has a 48-hour cancellation policy and is 100% non-refundable after that time.


price $89
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1.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

walking
Kodiak, Waterfront Walking Tour
Step into the rough-and-ready world of Alaska’s commercial fisheries during this 90-minute walking tour through one of the largest fishing ports in the United States. A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the Kodiak Small Boat Harbor where you will see working commercial fishermen, boats and fishing gear. Along the way, you will hear life and death stories of Kodiak’s commercial fishing fleet and have the chance to meet real Alaskan fishermen as they return from the sea and prepare their gear and boats for another commercial fishing trip. Learn about the different kinds of fishing vessels in Alaska and view the crab pots, nets and hooks used to catch the crabs and fish off Alaska’s coast. Visit a fish processing plant where, if the boats are unloading, you will see the catch being sorted, weighed, cleaned and processed. Examine a fisherman’s cold water immersion survival suit, which helps fishermen survive the cold waters of Alaska. Observe the human activity on the docks and keep an eye out for bald eagles, harbor seals and Steller sea lions, which often frequent the harbor. You’ll also hear about the Great Alaskan Earthquake and Tsunami of 1964 that destroyed much of the town of Kodiak and its fishing fleet. 

Please note: This walking tour begins at the ship and ends at the Harbormaster Building in downtown Kodiak. You are encouraged to explore Kodiak from there, including visits to other museums and shopping. This tour is entirely on foot and involves about 1.5 miles of total walking distance over city streets and harbor floats. Some parts of the tour cross rough unpaved surfaces and accessing the harbor floats requires descending and ascending a ramp which can sometimes be steep if the tide is low. Participants must be able to walk for 90 minutes and be physically fit. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Minimum age is 10 years. Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.


price $159
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Dutch Harbor, Alaska



2 HRS

Moderate

hiking

sightseeing
Dutch Harbor, Bunker Hill Hike
This is a 2-hour guided hike to the top of Bunker Hill. This is a moderate climb along an old WWII-era gravel road and is approx. 1 mile with a 400-foot rise. The route passes a prehistoric site as well as numerous WWII ruins, and has the potential for viewing marine life, birds and bald eagles. There are several beautiful vistas along the hike with a total of 360 degree views of the Dutch Harbor and Captains Bay area. On the top of the hill is a large concrete bunker which was used as a battery command station during WWII. There are also the remains on the top of four circular panama mounts for 155mm guns. The hike will be guided by a local with extensive knowledge of the fishing industry, local history and prehistory, flora and fauna. There will be rest stops on the way up that offer great photo opportunities. 

Please note: Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring raingear and binoculars if you have them. This hike is weather-dependent and may be canceled due to excessive wind, fog, or rain. It will not be canceled for light rain if there is good visibility. The hike will depart from a parking spot near the base of the hill. 


price $35
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Kushiro, Japan



3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

culture
Kushiro, Japanese Crane Park & Museum
Kushiro is well known as “the town of mist” and is located in the southeastern part of Hokkaido facing the Pacific Ocean. Today, you will be taken to Red-Crowned Crane Natural Park which is known as the site of the first successful artificial breeding of Red-Crowned Cranes (Japanese Tancho Crane) and is designated as a special natural monument. You will spend about 45 minutes at the park before your 45-minute ride to the Kushiro City Museum, a general museum located on the shore of Lake Haruna. Its unique exterior draws a lot of attention from visitors. In the hall, there you will see a huge skeletal specimen of the Ice Age messenger Mammoth. Other exhibits include "The landscape of Kushiro," "The living creatures in Kushiro," "the Sea of Kushiro," "Prehistoric Kushiro," and "Early Modern and Modern day Kushiro." On the 4th floor, exhibits will include "People of Sakoro," and "Tancho." After about an hour at the museum you will return to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket and local currency.

price $149
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

culture

walking
Kushiro, Kushiro Highlight Tour

Kushiro is well known as “the town of mist” and is located in the southeastern part of Hokkaido facing the Pacific Ocean. Your first stop will be at Washo Market which is known as one of the biggest fish markets in Hokkaido. You can enjoy strolling in the lively market or try fresh seafood. For people who are eager to try seafood, “Katte-don” (free-style rice bowl) might be the one for you. After buying a bowl of rice, you can select and buy your favorite seafood items in several fish shops to add to your bowl.  Next, you will be taken to Red-Crowned Crane Natural Park which is known as the site of the first successful artificial breeding of Red-Crowned Cranes and is designated as special natural monument. Finally, you will visit Kushiro Marshland which is Japan’s largest marshland and stretches out over the majority of the Kushiro Plain. It was designated a national park in 1987 in order to preserve the country’s largest wetland and marsh habitat which supports the only known population of endangered Japanese Cranes in Japan. Your guide will take you for approximately 1 hour of walking on the wooden path and you will enjoy the magnificent view of this area. 

Please note: There are about 100 steps in Kushiro Wetland. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket and local currency. The order of the tour sites visited may vary.



price $139
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kushiro, Lake Akan & Ainu Village
Ainu people, who are the indigenous people of Hokkaido, have lived on Hokkaido and also near Lake Akan since early times and there is an Ainu kotan (shopping street) in the spa town. This kotan is the largest kotan in Hokkaido. There are some 30 craft shops and each shop sells its original goods such as wood carvings of bear or owls, accessories, and embroidered fabric. Onnechise, meaning "huge house" in Ainu, is a theater in which traditional folk dances are performed throughout the year.  Ainu Kotan is a small Ainu village near Lake Akan, which is basically a street lined by souvenir shops specializing in Ainu handicrafts. At the end of the street there is a small museum displaying traditional Ainu crafts, clothes and daily life utensils. Traditional Ainu performances are held in a hall next door. Lake Akan is a beautiful crater lake in Akan National Park, and you will have some time to stroll along the lake. On the way back to Kushiro port, you will have a brief stop to enjoy the magnificent view. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket and local currency. The drive between the port and Lake Akan is approximately 2 hours.

price $229
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Miyako, Japan



4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing

boating
Miyako, Scenic Miyako

The tour will start with a visit to Sannoiwa Rocks. The giant rock that stands like a massive pillar is called Otoko Iwa (Man Rock) which is in the center of the Sannoiwa Rocks (Three Kings Rock). Onna Iwa (Woman Rock) and a Taiko Iwa (Drum Rock) are on its sides. You will have an impressive view as you walk down the promenade and look up at the Sannoiwa Rocks that did not budge even by a tsunami. This site is where you will be able to feel nature's dynamic powers up close.  Your next destination will be Jodogahama Beach, or “Pure Land Beach,” one of the most famous places of scenic beauty on the Rikuchu Coast. The vivid contrast of the sharp, white rocks, green pines, and deep blue sea has been compared to the Pure Land or Paradise by a Buddhist monk named Reikyo, hence the name “Jodogahama.” There are facilities such as a bus terminal building, a marine house, a rest house, as well as a boat rental service. Look out for crabs and small fish in the tide pools along the esplanade from the beach to the marine house! You will take 40-minute Jodogahama boat tour around the islands of Jodogahama. You can enjoy the view of the uniquely-shaped islands as well as the beautiful coastline; you can also feed black-tailed gulls which follow the boat. 

Please note: Bring sunscreen, a jacket, and local currency and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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