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Alaska Expedition Cruise

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Explore Alaska's mesmerising landscapes on this luxury cruise expedition that takes you through the state's most spectacular natural locations, where you'll have the opportunity to encounter a diverse range of iconic wildlife, kayak amidst towering glaciers, trek across verdant terrains, and meet small communities in remote areas. You'll board The Sylvia Earle Aurora Expeditions for 12 nights after departing from British Columbia, Canada.

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 1 night stay at the 4.5-star Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
  • 12 nights stay aboard the 5-star Sylvia Earle Aurora Expeditions Cruise Ship
Day 1
Fly from UK to Vancouver

Your expedition across Canada and Alaska begins in Vancouver! Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by your driver and transferred to your accommodation for the night. 

Day 1-2
1 night stay at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Situated downtown overlooking the Vancouver skyline, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is a contemporary-style hotel located mere moments away from the city's most notable attractions. Featuring an on-site pool, excellent restaurant and sleek and spacious accommodation, the hotel is the perfect venue to rest and rejuvenate after your long flight.

Day 2
Stanley Park & Prospect Point

Surrounded by the waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay, Stanley Park is a 405-hectare park spanning half of Vancouver's Downtown peninsula. Comprised of roughly half a million trees, some dating back to the late 19th-century, the park's rich landscape is best explored on walking excursions or cycling tours along the famous Vancouver Seawall, the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path that runs along the park's perimeter. Travel down the path until reaching Prospect Point, situated at the northern tip of the park, which offers glorious views of the Lions Gate Bridge, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains.

Day 2-14
12 nights stay at The Sylvia Earle*

Explore the ethereal beauty of Alaska in luxury over the course of a 12-night cruise on the exquisite Sylvia Earle. Boasting exceptional facilities that ensure your stay is nothing less than spectacular, throughout your voyage, you can enjoy utilising the open-air swimming pool, fully-equipped wellness centre which includes a gym, sauna and spa, as well as the swanky leisure lounge and learning about the regions you'll visit at the Sylvia Earle Science Centre. 

*Launching April 2022

Day 3-5
British Columbia's Inside Passage & Totem Exploration Journey

Departing from Vancouver Island, the first few days of the cruise will take you through the southern reaches of British Columbia's Inside Passage, navigating through narrow straits and passages teeming with marine life, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of untouched forests, snow-capped mountains, and gorgeous waterfalls. 

The following day, you'll reach Metlakatla, a small village situated on Alaska's Annette Island, and disembark for a guided walk along the Totem Exploration Journey, a path lined with towering totems carved by local artists and several points of interest, such as William Duncan Memorial Church and the Artist Village. A fascinating experience, you'll get the chance to closely examine the intricate handcrafted cedar carvings before visiting the community Metlakatla Indian Long House for an intimate seminar detailing the building's history and traditions, as well as enjoying an authentic dance performed by a local Tsimshian dance group.

Day 5-6
Misty Fjords National Monument, Wrangell & Baird Glacier

As you enter the misty atmosphere of the Misty Fjords National Monument, a protected area of wilderness renowned for its pristine beauty and dense concentration of Alaskan wildlife, you will be greeted by scenic landscapes of blue glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains, glacial valleys, and rugged sea cliffs carpeted with alpine and cedar trees. Witness grand vistas unfold before you as you venture out on enthralling kayaking or zodiac excursion through the docile fjords, undoubtedly the best vantage point to spot roaming wildlife, such as grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, deer, moose, wolves. Observe marine life in the distance, such as whales breaching the surface and river otters and sea lions lounging along the rocky shores, while various bird species circle the skies above you.

The next day, your journey will take you north to Wrangell, a historic town that dates back to the 19th century. Once you arrive, you'll disembark and go on a tour of the town's most fascinating sights, such as the ancient rock carvings at Petroglyph Beach and the church of St. Rose of Lima, Alaska's oldest Catholic church. Later that afternoon, the ship will anchor in Thomas Bay, where you will disembark for an afternoon of exploration around Baird Glacier, a glacial outwash plain that homes a diversity of unique flora and fauna.

Day 7-8
Frederick Sound, Tracy Arm, Juneau & Mendenhall Glacier

Sheltered by thick forests nestled at the feet of the majestic snow-covered mountains of the Coast Range, Frederick Sound is one of Alaska's premier whale-watching destinations, with an estimated 1,000 whales frequenting the waters. The ship will cruise along the passage of water, stretching a distance of 120km, providing spectacular opportunities to spot breaching whales, orcas and Steller sea lions. Later that afternoon, you'll get back in the water on a kayak or zodiac excursion in Tracy Arm, a scenic fjord that boasts sensational views of the twin Sawyer Glaciers.

Your next destination is Juneau, the capital city of the state. During your time here, you'll spend some time exploring the natural wonders of the region on a captivating hike, such as the famed Mendenhall Glacier, before spending an afternoon learning about Juneau’s local history with a visit to the newly-built Alaska State Museum. 

Day 9-10
Icy Strait & Hubbard Glacier

Once you've arrived at Icy Strait, located on Chichagof Island, you'll be able to take advantage of some of the best kayaking opportunities in the state, venturing out to explore the areas that surround the strait, such as Point Adolphus, a fantastic whale-watching location, Elfin Cove, a secluded fishing resort, as well as George Island and the Inian Islands, two secluded locations inhabited by small populations, offering the opportunity to meet communities few travellers get the chance to encounter. 

The following day, the ship will continue to sail west across the Gulf of Alaska, onwards through Disenchantment Bay at around midday. Along the way, you can anticipate sighting pairs of sea otters and harbour seals floating along the water surface while bald eagles circle the skies above in search of prey. Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tidewater glacier, the bay offers spectacular sightings of brown bears catching leaping salmon, a truly wonderful experience. 

Day 11-13
Kayak Island & Prince William Sound

One of the first regions of Alaska reached by European explorers, Kayak Island is an uninhabited island nestled away in a secluded region southeast of Cordova. If the weather allows it, you'll be able to explore the islands shorelines and unique features, such as Cape Saint Elias and its lighthouse on a kayaking or Zodiac excursion. 

The final two days of your expedition will be spent exploring the waters of Prince William Sound, a breathtaking region renowned for its majestic beauty and diverse variety of wildlife. Embark on a zodiac cruise along the crystalline glacial waters and wander amidst colossal icebergs and forested islands, sighting puffins, sea lions, seals, and a wide variety of whale species along the way. Venture into enigmatic sea caves around Glacier Island at the opening of Columbia Bay and spot terrestrial wildlife such as black and brown bears, as well as clinging mountain goats on Granite Bay before kayaking around College Fjord, a hotspot of glaciers. 

Day 13-15
Fly from Anchorage to UK

Your cruise will end in Seward after an incredible journey around Alaska. You will be transferred to Anchorage, from where you will fly back to the UK.

ID: 3VB8

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 1 night stay at the 4.5-star Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
  • 12 nights stay aboard the 5-star Sylvia Earle Aurora Expeditions Cruise Ship
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