Itinerary – Discover the Best of Alaska
Date Port of Call Arrival Departure Jun 17, Sunday Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – 05:00pm Jun 18, Monday Cruising the Inside Passage – – Jun 19, Tuesday Sitka, Alaska, USA 12:00pm 07:00pm Jun 20, Wednesday Cruising Glacier Bay – – Jun 21, Thursday Juneau, Alaska, USA. 08:00am 07:00pm Jun 22, Friday Ketchikan, Alaska, USA 01:30pm 07:00pm Jun 23, Saturday Cruising the Inside Passage – – Jun 24, Sunday Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06:00am
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Prosperous and vibrant Vancouver is Canada’s third-largest city and British Columbia’s most cosmopolitan center. Enjoy exploring the restored Gastown district or discovering the intrigue of Chinatown. Seize this opportunity to sample delicacies from the sea, explore the North Shore and Stanley Park, the largest natural park of any city on the North American continent, and browse among shops and galleries in Granville Island. Blessed with an unsurpassed natural backdrop, Vancouver is set amid a gorgeous landscape of water and mountains. On a clear day, one can view rugged mountains, emerald-green parklands and the luminous sea from almost any vantage point.
Juneau, Alaska, USA
Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is a town accessible only by air and sea. It was founded during the rush for gold in the 1880s and was named after Joe Juneau, the prospector who first discovered gold in this state. Today, much of its independent frontier atmosphere remains. The infamous and rowdy Red Dog Saloon coexists beside impressive modern office towers. It has a superb location, snuggled between the flanks of 3,600-foot Mt. Juneau and the picturesque Gastineau Channel. Mountains, glaciers and the sea are everywhere to be seen. Among its many attractions, Juneau is our gateway to the Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile river of ice that is Alaska’s most accessible, and most photographed, glacier. You may find it hard to believe, but Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is almost as large as Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Mining remains an important aspect of the town, but as the capital of the state, Juneau is also known for having lots of government jobs and buildings.
Sitka, Alaska, USA
Some very special places on earth seem to be forged for the curious and adventurous souls who demand diversity and grandeur in their travels. For those who venture for out-of-the-ordinary, majestic and lush places, Sitka proudly beckons. For the seekers of treasures, natural, cultural and historical, Sitka is that treasure island. With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water’s edge, Sitka is considered Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town. Yet Sitka’s hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally diverse past. In a young state whose history is filled with tales of boom towns and ghost towns, Sitka has the distinctive character of a place that has been settled for thousands of years. These ancient lands, home to the Tlingit Indians, celebrated their life and culture long before Russians or Americans walked on the rocky shores and today Tlingit living culture is deeply rooted in this small seaside city.
Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for fishermen and nature-lovers alike. A quiet city, it hosts quaint restaurants perched on stilts above the water, scores of fascinating shops and spectacular views from every vantage point. Although Ketchikan’s Indian name means “Thundering Wings of an Eagle,” it is also known as “Alaska’s First City,” so coined as it is frequently the first stop along the Inside Passage. Venture ashore and discover Ketchikan’s rich Indian heritage, visit the world’s largest collection of authentic totem poles at Totem Bight and walk along the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street where stilt-buildings in the harbor preserve a distinct pioneer feel. Or, we welcome you to paddle a kayak on sheltered waters, take a floatplane to a remote mountain lake or try your hand at sport fishing. Regardless of how you plan to spend your time in “Alaska’s First City,” we’re sure your visit will be a memorable one.