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The Call of the Wild: Summer on the Alaskan Coast - 2024

Vancouver • 12-night expedition cruise with Inside Passage, Misty Fjords National Monument, Wrangell, Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords, Petersburg, Haines, William Henry Bay, Sitka, Icy Bay, Cordova,* College Fjord/Prince William Sound, Seward • Anchorage
  • Bears, wildlife, Alaska, USA
    FROM MOOSE AND CARIBOU TO BALD EAGLES AND HUMPBACKS, DISCOVER THE BREADTH AND BOUNTY OF ALASKAN WILDLIFE
  • Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, USA
    DISCOVER THE LUSH GREENERY, STEEP VALLEYS, ICE FLOES, AND WILDLIFE ALONG THESE AWE-INSPIRING FJORDS
  • Alaskan Coast Expedition Cruise Inside Passage from Vancouver including Misty Fjords National Monument, William Henry Bay, Icy Bay, Prince William Sound and Anchorage
    CRUISE THIS SCENIC STRETCH OF BRITISH COLUMBIA’S COASTLINE — HOME TO DOLPHINS, ORCAS, WHALES, AND MORE!
  • DISCOVER THE LASTING IMPACT OF TLINGIT, RUSSIAN, AND AMERICAN SETTLERS ON SITKA, NESTLED ON BARANOF ISLAND
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    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO VANCOUVER, CANADA
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DAY 1:

Alaskan arrival

You’ll board an Anchorage-bound flight today to begin your Alaskan expedition cruise! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your transfer to the hotel. After check-in, enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 2:

Transfer to the fishing village of Seward and embark the m/s Roald Amundsen

After breakfast, you’ll transfer by land on a scenic motorcoach ride from Anchorage to Seward. This scenic fishing town sits at the edge of Resurrection Bay, beneath otherworldly panoramas of the surrounding mountains, forest, ocean, and endless skies. Speaking of skies — while in Alaska, you’ll experience sunsets that sometimes stretch as late as 11 p.m.! Depending on your location, however, daylight hours may be shorter or longer.

Along the way to Seward, you’ll make a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Get an early glimpse at some of the wildlife you may encounter on this voyage!

Your expedition vessel, the m/s Roald Amundsen, will be waiting for embarkation at the harbor in Seward. Toast the adventure to come at the Captain’s Cocktail Reception this evening, followed by your first dinner on ship.

Included Features:

  • Visit the fishing town of Seward
  • Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 3:

Exploring College Fjord’s glacial wonderland

Experience a true expedition day and rare treat when explore the lesser-visited College Fjord, a natural wonderland, home to an impressive array of glaciers. Here, the ice and forests meet, and forge the world’s largest collection of tidewater glaciers, five valley glaciers, and other smaller glaciers — all named after prestigious East Coast colleges, including Vassar, Smith, Harvard, and Yale. If weather complies, we'll get into Zodiac boats to scout around. Have your camera at the ready — you’ll get awesome shots of glacier fronts, ice calving into the sea, and sea lions and whales may make a cameo, too!

Included Feature:

  • Half-day tour of College Fjord

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4:

Visit Prince William Sound’s Icy Bay

Icy Bay lives up to its name. Located in Prince William Sound, the spectacular scenery here was formed during the past 100 years with the retreat of three prominent glaciers, which still feed ice into the bay. Depending on weather conditions, our aim will be an exploration of 8-mile-wide Guyot Glacier.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Icy Bay and explore Guyot Glacier (depending on weather)

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

Discover William Henry Bay

After breakfast, we head ashore on Zodiacs to explore with local guides. Nestled against the Chilkat mountain range, the wilderness of William Henry Bay features old growth forest, and is home to brown and black bears, wolves, moose, and Sitka black-tailed deer. In the evening, the ship passes through Point Adolphus, a renowned whale-watching area.

Included Feature:

  • Explore the nature of William Henry Bay

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Exploring Haines, Alaska’s adventure capital

Located on the edge of North America’s longest and deepest fjord is Haines, which bills itself as the state’s adventure capital. The town was home to the Tlingit people for centuries, before Europeans arrived in the late 1800s, followed by gold rush settlers.

Included Feature:

  • Visit the town of Haines

Cultural Discovery:

  • Explore the town’s community of local artists and learn about its history

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

The Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm fjords

This morning, awaken to some of the most spectacular scenery around — the Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm fjords. On a full-day exploration of these fjords, we’ll discover lush greenery and steep valleys, as well as intricately shaped icebergs bobbing in the water, calved from the radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. We may also encounter mountain goats and harbor seals!

Included Feature:

  • Visit Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm fjords

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Uncovering Russian influence in Sitka

Tlingit, Russian, and American settlers have all made a lasting impact on the town of Sitka, nestled on the western side of Baranof Island. With its snowcapped mountains, small islands, and even a visible volcano, Sitka oozes adventure — but its culture is just as alluring.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day tour of Sitka

Cultural Discovery:

  • Learn about the Russian and Native American history of Sitka

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

A slice of Norway in Petersburg

Nicknamed “Little Norway,” the rarely-visited Petersburg was founded more than a century ago by Norwegian fishermen. The city’s name can be traced to Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant who arrived in the late 1890s and within 10 years had built a cannery, sawmill, and a dock, luring more people of Scandinavian origin to this area. Today, Buschmann’s cannery still operates and Petersburg remains one of Alaska’s most thriving fishing villages.

Included Feature:

  • Visit the town of Petersburg, known as “Little Norway”

Cultural Discovery:

  • Experience Norwegian culture and heritage around the town

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Seeking Wrangell’s petroglyphs

One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations — Tlingit, Russia, Britain, and the United States — and these shifts in culture and power, coupled with a collapsed lumber industry, have given the town its rough-and-tumble outback soul. But peel back Wrangell’s layers and you’ll find that it’s a nature lover’s paradise with its proximity to the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory and the Stikine River Delta. Birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to the Stikine, which is comprised of 11,000 hectares of freshwater and tidal wetlands, and is home to lesser snow geese, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, and other important waterfowl.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Wrangell, one of the oldest towns in Alaska

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Exploring Misty Fjords National Monument

This ancient landscape was once covered with ice, but as that ice broke and disbanded, it carved the long, deep fjords that now comprise Misty Fjords National Monument. Weather permitting, we'll spend a full day on expedition boats exploring the coastline's thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs and cascading waterfalls, mountain rivers, and coastal wetlands, with milky fog often filling the bays and coves. This quiet and tranquil outpost will speak to your soul — and show you why so many people are proud to call this state home.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day exploration of Misty Fjords National Monument

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Cruising the Inside Passage

Today we’ll sail toward Vancouver, passing through the narrow weaving channels and straits of Canada’s Inside Passage. Be on the lookout for the dolphins, porpoises, orcas, and whales that frequent these protected inland waters. Regroup in the Amundsen’s Science Center for lectures by the Expedition Team, or spend some time on deck, enjoying the scenery, or relaxing alongside your fellow travelers.

Included Feature:

  • Search for marine wildlife while sailing Canada’s Inside Passage

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lectures by the Expedition Team

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Visit Alert Bay and explore wildlife in neighboring islands

Today we arrive in Alert Bay, a scenic village at the northern tip of Vancouver Island where the indigenous Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community is based. Take a look at the elaborate totem poles, paintings, carvings and ceremonial masks in the local museum. After, we’ll search for wildlife in the nearby islands.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Alert Bay and explore wildlife in neighboring islands

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Arrive in Vancouver and disembark the m/s Roald Amundsen

Our Alaskan expedition comes to a close in cosmopolitan Vancouver, a city of waterfront parks, international cuisine, galleries, museums, colorful neighborhoods, and resplendent nature all around. Disembark the m/s Roald Amundsen and transfer to the hotel. All guests must undergo an onsite COVID test upon arrival at the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic tour of Vancouver

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 15:

Fly home

Today you’ll transfer to the airport and board your return flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert. Vantage reserves the right to refuse compensation to any traveler due to itinerary changes not listed on our web site.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary.

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