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Alaska’s Whales and the Alaska Marine Highway: In-Depth Study at Sitka’s WhaleFest

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11 Days | 10 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Join the intimate community of Sitka during WhaleFest, a celebration of the area’s diverse marine mammal population. Students and scientists from all over the world converge to discuss humpback whales and other Alaskan marine wildlife through lectures and discussions. Begin in Bellingham, Wash., onboard the Alaska Marine Highway ferry. Enroute to Sitka, travel the inside passage studying the culture and history of Alaska. While in Sitka, also learn about Sitka’s Tlingit natives, days of Russian rule and enjoy a wildlife quest as you share Sitka Sound with humpback whales!


• Ply the waters of the Inside Passage and be captivated by settlements enveloped within Alaska’s pristine natural wonders as you explore Juneau, Haines, Ketchikan and Sitka.
• Enjoy lectures and discussions on whales and their roles in the complex ecology of the Arctic, delivered by world-renowned scientists and experts in the field.
• Have your camera ready: Opportunities to spot wildlife abound, both from the decks of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry and on a wildlife quest in Sitka Sound.

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Walk up to one mile, some uneven terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Bellingham, Wash., embark Alaska Marine Highway ferry, 4 nights; disembark in Sitka, Alaska, 6 nights; departure.

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10 nights of accommodations
29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
18 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
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