- Denali and Eastern Coves - 13 Days / 12 Nights from Anchorage
June 3- August 26, 2014 | Tuesdays
From $3,899 per person + $279 tax
Un-Cruise is one of the leading small cruise operators in Alaska. Their goal is to create a balanced between exploration and relaxation. The small vessels have only 32-100 guests allowing you unequalled access to wilderness areas, by skiff or wildlife viewing and active adventure. Kayaking and day hikes into the wilderness are major parts of these cruises. Un-Cruise offers 5 different seven day cruise itineraries. This is one of them. Call us for more information on other cruise ideas.
Day 1 - Anchorage
Arrive Anchorage and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 -
Anchorage to Denali Park
Travel by Luxury Dome rail to Denali National Park and transfer to your hotel.
Day 3 - Denali Park
Best of Denali Tour
This full day (10 hour) tour will start with the scenic 95 - mile drive through Denali to historic Kantishan in the heart of the National Park. A trained naturalist driver-guide provides interpretation along the way. Spot wildlife that roams freely within the boundaries such as grizzly bears, caribou, Dall Sheep, moose, wolves and fax. You arrive at Kantishna and enjoy a hearty lunch at one of the lodges.
There is time for a guided nature walk or just relaxing in this beautiful setting. You then board your small plane and flight see Denali National Park. You return to your hotel by 4:30 p.m..
Day 4 -Denali Park to Anchorage
Morning free in the Park and then travel by Luxury Dome Rail to Anchorage
Day 5 - Anchorage to
Fly to Juneau and upon arrival transfer to your ship. After meeting your crew, finish the evening with a delicious meal and keep a lookout for Orca and humpback whales.
Day 6 - Tracy Arm/Frederick Sound
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjords with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and one of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers - Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, wolves, harbor seal, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemonts. Later today, move into Frederick Sound - Summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere's largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, Orca and Steller sea lions.
Day 7 - Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier
Choose kayaking and a lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go big on a round-trip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Dinner includes a reading from "The Strangest Story Ever Told," a story about Thomas Bay and native bigfoot-like creatures call Kushtaka.
Day 8 - Glacial Landscapes, Wrangell Narrows
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in an area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explorer glacial landscapes marked by moraines , muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or kinking today. After dinner, we cruise Wrangell Narrows, and are guided by over 30 bright red and green navigation lights, locally known as Christmas Tree Lane.
Day 9 -
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder - Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park and step inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.
Day 10 -Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds in Behm and the surrounding Tongass National Forest. Whales, porpoise, seals, sea lions, black bears, brown bears, mink, marten, eagles and otters all call this area home. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.
Day 11 -
Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness
Watch the sun rise over the steep and sometimes sheer walls of the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness Area. In the afternoon, we anchor inside Rudyerd Bay and Punchbowl Cove to leisurely take in its famous scenic waterfalls and vast granite walls. Enjoy a sumptuous Alaskan seafood and prime beef dinner.
Day 12 -
Ketchikan and Home
Known as the "Salmon Capital of the World," Ketchikan is located on the edge of the Tongass National Forest. A Bon Voyage breakfast ends our ship journey. Transfer to Airport for your journey home.