SDJU01 Juneau – Bears, Whales & Glaciers

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Juneau is many things: a mountain town, a coastal community and the most scenic capital city in the U.S. A natural wonder, wildlife hotspot and cultural jewel, Juneau is rich in history, art, music and Native heritage. This 5-day tour itinerary uses Juneau as a base to explore the scenic surrounding area. From here you explore the best and most interesting places of the Inside Passage. Spend a day observing grizzly bears in the Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary on Admiralty Island - one of Alaska’s most wild and remote bear viewing areas. The following day you’ll enjoy a journey through one of the most dramatic sites in the world - Tracy Arm Fjord. Witness glacier calving and take pictures of floating icebergs as your captain navigates safely through the narrow fjord as it twists and turns for over 30 miles, culminating in a spectacular view of the twin tidewater Sawyer Glaciers. The finale of this exciting tour is the overnight stay at Glacier Bay Lodge, located in Glacier Bay National Park. Glacier Bay National Park - with its high mountain peaks, ice-sculptured fjords, an abundance of marine wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers - is one of Alaska's most spectacular National Parks and best viewed during the day cruise on board the “Spirit of Adventure” catamaran.

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Juneau ( Overnight: Juneau )

Welcome to Juneau ! Pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel in downtown Juneau. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is situated in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, the community's rich culture and history is displayed throughout the town. Juneau has a vibrant urban feel with great dining, shopping and lodging, while being surrounded by jaw-dropping scenic vistas. Explore the sights of Juneau including Mendenhall Glacier - a half-mile wide ice field - for many the most accessible and breathtaking glacier in Alaska. The Mount Roberts Tramway takes guests up to an observation deck, providing arguably the best picture-taking opportunities.

Juneau ( Overnight: Juneau )

Join the exciting day tour to the Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary on Admiralty Island - one of Alaska’s most wild bear viewing areas. After the scenic floatplane flight from Juneau, walk on the same ground as the bears. Human visitation is limited, allowing us to enjoy a wilderness bear viewing experience. Pack Creek is ideal habitat for Alaska’s massive coastal brown bears. This tour is a premium guided and fully-outfitted package. Explore some of the most prime bear country on earth and to observe these amazing animals in the protected Kootznoowoo Wilderness on Admiralty Island. While July and August are the peak of bear activity related to salmon, Pack Creek is an excellent place to see bear activity in May, June and September as well. Included: Admiralty Island Pack Creek Bear Viewing Tour

Juneau ( Overnight: Juneau )

Journey through one of the most dramatic sites in the world - Tracy Arm Fjord. This narrow fjord twists and turns for over 30 miles, culminating in a spectacular view of the twin tidewater Sawyer Glaciers. Your captain will navigate as close as the ice floe allows, stopping for an extended stay at the face of the glacier. Watch for seals relaxing on the icebergs and bald eagles soaring above the cliffs. Learn about the natural history, glaciers and the wildlife from our onboard naturalist. Gain insights into Tlingit Native culture. Overcast days will not dampen your enjoyment as clouds and mist only heighten the drama of the fjord and intensify the glacial blue color. Included: Tracy Arm Fjords Cruise

Juneau – Flight to Gustavus ( Overnight: Glacier Bay Lodge )

Drop off your rental car at Juneau airport and enjoy the scenic flight to Gustavus. Upon arrival in Gustavus, you will be transferred to Glacier Bay Lodge where you will check into your room. Glacier Bay National Park - with its high mountain peaks, ice-sculptured fjords, an abundance of marine wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers - is one of Alaska's most spectacular National Parks. This afternoon join a whale watching cruise to Point Adolphus, the popular feeding area for the Alaska humpback and killer whales. Their unique feeding techniques, acrobatics, and vocalizations make every tour unique. Spend the remaining day to stroll the beach at Bartlett Cove or join the Park Ranger for a walk through the rainforest.

Gustavus – Flight to Juneau

Morning departure at 7:30 AM for a scenic high-speed catamaran cruise into Glacier Bay. Watch glaciers with giant towers of ice 'calve' into the water. Throughout the cruise, watch for the Park's resident wildlife: humpback, orca and minke whales; harbor seals and sea lions: bears, mountain goats and moose; and more than 200 species of birds. The "Spirit of Adventure", a spacious, comfortable catamaran, was designed for maximum viewing enjoyment with open top-deck viewing, interior seating and large picture windows. Throughout the cruise, a National Park Service Ranger explains wildlife behavior as well as the geologic features and cultural history of the park. Lunch is included. Late afternoon enjoy the scenic return flight to Juneau. The tour ends at Juneau Airport. Included: Glacier Bay Cruise