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Magnificent Southeast Alaska

Program Number: 21352RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/13/2014 - 6/27/2014; 6/12/2016 - 6/25/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Inside Passage, Alaska
Price starting at: $5,869.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 41; 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Glimpses of the 1896 Gold Rush live on in the Klondike boomtown of Skagway. Hundreds of harbor seals dot icebergs along 30-mile Tracy Fjord. Beauty surrounds at Glacier Bay National Park one of the world’s largest international protected areas. Capture the essence of Southeast Alaska in this wide-ranging, 14 day, Ketchikan to Sitka adventure, experiencing Native American cultures and authentic local flavor, spotting tidewater glaciers and islands teeming with wildlife, and gaining special insight into a frontier of remarkable beauty and history.

Activity Particulars

Walks no more than 3/4 of a mile. Climbing in, out of small craft. No elevator on vessel; access requires stairs (steeper than typical household staircase).

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Sitka (Alaska), 1 night; aboard Baranof Dream, 12 nights.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

Days 1-2: Arrival Ketchikan (Alaska) / embark Admiralty Dream:

View totem poles and attend a show performed by the Tsimshian people of Metlakatla — then rendezvous with the Admiralty Dream. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Day 3: Misty Fjords:

Glide beneath Misty Fjords’ 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs and learn about the natural history of the fjords.

Day 4: Kasaan / Thorne Bay:

In Thorne Bay, meet local artisans in what was once the largest logging town in the world, and visit the only remaining Haida clan house in North America in Kasaan.

Day 5: Wrangell / Petersburg:

Visit the Wrangell Museum to explore Wrangell's colorful history and view rare Tlingit door posts dating to the 1700's. Enjoy a local children's Norwegian folk dance in Petersburg.

Day 6: Frederick Sound:

This area known for its rich marine life habitat supports a large number of humpback whales. We'll watch for these magnificent creatures as they feed on krill and herring.

Day 7: Hobart or Windham Bay:

Get on the water in a kayak or skiff to quietly explore the bay for wildlife sightings and photo opportunities.

Day 8: Tracy Arm Fjord:

Trace sheer granite-faced cliffs punctuated with waterfalls and ride a skiff to explore a glacier.

Day 9: Auke Bay / Juneau / Orca Point Lodge:

After a morning viewing the Mendenhall Glacier, savor an evening dinner of salmon and king crab at Orca Point Lodge.

Day 10: Skagway / Haines:

Board the White Pass narrow gauge railway and hear gold rush tales from an onboard narrator. Enjoy an expert lead walk in Haines.

Day 11: Hoonah / Icy Strait:

Mid-morning arrive into Hoonah and visit a 1930's Hoonah packing Company facility.

Day 12: Glacier Bay National Park:

A park service ranger and a local native ambassador illuminate this stunning Alaskan treasure’s mysteries, mountains and wildlife.

Day 13: Eastern Baranof Island:

Explore this rarely visited part of Alaska. As we cruise close to the steep and dramatic cliffs, view spruce and hemlock, waterfalls, deer and bear.

Day 14: Sitka / disembark / departure:

Arrive Sitka early morning and disembark following breakfast.

Admiralty Dream

The Admiralty Dream, a three-deck American small ship, can carry 52 passengers exclusively for Road Scholar. Watch the magnificent scenery pass you from the forward-facing Vista View Lounge.

Inside Passage

Alaska’s “panhandle” offers pristine beauty and a rich past. The Inside Passage’s towering glaciers and forested islands are only a short distance from picturesque towns and Indian totem poles. Located in southeast Alaska, it is full of Gold Rush history and is a popular cruise destination, where travelers can see whales, sea lions and bald eagles.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Karen Christner

Karen Christner has made Alaska her home since journeying there with her husband, Jere, and their three children more than 30 years ago. After pursuing careers as an entrepreneur and substitute teacher, Karen became a Road Scholar coordinator through the University of Alaska. Soon, she embraced a role as a Road Scholar instructor and has shared her love for Alaska’s natural beauty, culture and local cuisine with lifelong learners.
Jere Christner

Jere Christner loves to share the joys of living in Alaska during his role as a Road Scholar group leader, instructor, and coordinator. Jere moved to Alaska after accepting a position with the U.S. Forest Service, and specialized in ecology, wildlife management, watershed, and subsistence. Since retiring, Jere and his wife, Karen, have shared their expertise of the sciences, natural resources and government of Alaska with lifelong learners.
Meals and Lodgings
   Westmark Hotel Sitka
  Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage 1 night
   Admiralty Dream
  Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage 13 nights
 Westmark Hotel Sitka
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Convenient downtown location within walking distance of historical and cultural sites and shopping.
  Contact info: 330 Seward St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 907-747-6241
  Room amenities: Flat screen TVs with cable, free high speed Internet access, in-room coffee makers, hairdryer and iron / ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Room service, fitness center, on-site restaurant and lounge, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet throughout hotel, guest computer available, coin-operated guest laundry and free airport shuttle (for scheduled flight times only).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact the hotel directly Please make arrangements for additional nights directly with the hotel.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Admiralty Dream
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: The three-deck American small cruise ship is 166 feet long and can carry 68 passengers on exclusive sailings for Road Scholar. The first thing guests notice when stepping into the Vista View Lounge aboard the Admiralty Dream is light, air, and views - wide picture windows port and starboard, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing forward. Backing the delightful scene are a bar and library with exquisitely detailed woodworking. Ample outside deck space and easy access to the extra-roomy bow area are perfect spots to view the sights around you. Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the vessel including all staterooms. Smoking is permitted on selected outside decks.
  Contact info: N/A
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 907-723-3281
  Room amenities: Every cabin has shampoo, body wash and a hair dryer.
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
You should try to arrive in Sitka, AK, by 7:00 PM for dinner. If Travel Services is arranging your flights, they will make every effort to get you to Sitka by this time. You will be staying at Westmark Hotel Sitka that night.
  End of Program:
We will visit the town of Ketchikan on the last morning. Please plan for flights to depart Ketchikan no earlier than 11:30 AM. You will be staying at Admiralty Dream the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. A picture ID (passport, state issued ID, or driver's license) will be required to board the vessel. Please include detailed information about your travel plans on the Participant Information Form including flight number, airline carrier, date and arrival time INTO Sitka and OUT OF Ketchikan so that shuttle service can be arranged for you. The Required Information For Ship Boarding and Rain Gear Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Sitka is not accessible by road. The only way to get a vehicle to Sitka would be to bring one aboard the Alaska Ferry. Parking would be available, but at a considerable cost. The program ends in Ketchikan, so participant would need to get back to Sitka.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
  From End of Program
  Location: Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Sitka, AK


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alaskan Dream Cruises
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 minutes 




1.5 miles


Alaskan Dream Cruises, the Road Scholar provider, will provide free shuttle service from the Sitka airport to the hotel the day the program begins. An Alaskan Dream Cruises representative will meet you in the baggage claim area. Please include detailed information about your travel plans on the Participant Information Form including flight number, airline carrier, date and arrival time INTO Sitka so that shuttle service can be arranged for you.


Ketchikan, AK


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alaskan Dream Cruises


Alaskan Dream Cruises, the Road Scholar cruise provider, will provide free shuttle service from the ship to the airport or a local hotel the day the program ends. Please include detailed information about your travel plans on the Participant Information Form including flight number, airline carrier, date and departure time OUT OF Ketchikan so that shuttle service can be arranged for you. Participants staying after the program are responsible for booking their own transfer to the airport.

Driving Directions
  Continental USA Sitka isn't accessible by car. The only way to access Sitka is via air (Alaska Airlines is the only commercial carrier to service Juneau - or by ferry (Alaska Marine Highway- The Alaska Marine Highway has two sailings a week from Bellingham, Washington. Alaska Airlines has flights daily from Seattle or Anchorage.
Elevation Note: The White Pass Railway tour will briefly (less than 1/2 hour) be at about 3,000 feet. No walking.

Equipment Requirements: Rain gear is highly recommended. Alaskan Dream Cruises has rain coats and pants available in many sizes, too, for your use. Comfortable walking shoes are necessary (they will probably get wet, so a good waterproofing is also recommended.) Binoculars are also highly recommended, but will be provided on the ship. A windproof jacket or parka is required (this could be the same jacket used for rain gear).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Welcome Dinner
(Friday, June 13)
 Arrive To: Arrive in Sitka and check-in to the hotel. After you receive your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar desk to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Following dinner, your expedition instructor will provide a presentation on the voyage. Your Road Scholar group leader will provide additional information.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Accommodations: Westmark Hotel Sitka
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Sitka! Sheldon Jackson Museum / Russian Bishop's House / St. Michael's Cathedral / Native Dance Performance / Embark Ship
(Saturday, June 14)

Note: Walking up to one mile with stops. Stairs at St. Michael's Cathedral, Russian Bishop’s House, and dance performance. Transfer from dock to ship via a 65 foot catamaran requiring a few steps along a ramp with railing from dock to catamaran and eventually from catamaran to ship.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant
 Morning: After luggage out and breakfast, we explore Sitka, one of Alaska's most charming communities that also has a complex history. Kiksadi Tlingit people have lived in the area for 8,000 years or more. When European exploration reached the area, the protected harbor and rich natural resources made it attractive. Serious Russian interest began in 1725 when Tsar Peter the Great sent Vitus Bering to explore the Pacific coast of North America. A Russian trading enterprise called the Russian American Company was eventually formed. After much fighting between Russian forces and the native Tlingit people, Sitka became the administrative center and remained so until the sale of Alaska to the United States in 1867. The name “Alaska” is actually a Russified version of an Aleut word meaning “great land.” We can will stand on the very site that witnessed the change-over of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. We will begin our adventure in Sitka with an exploration of downtown Sitka, visiting the Russian Bishop's House and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

At the conclusion of the field trip, you will have some free time to explore Sitka on your own.
 Lunch: Late morning will include a Native Tlingit NaKaHidi dancer performance featuring traditional dances and songs, some thousands of years old. The dance is performed in a traditional replica clanhouse, featuring beautiful Native Tlingit artwork. Afterward, the dancers in full regalia invite you to have your picture taken with them or chat informally. There will be a snack served during the dance performance with a more extensive lunch following on our wildlife quest aboard a 36 foot catamaran.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we board a small boat for a "Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest" exploration of Sitka Sound. We will transit two beautiful, twisty narrow passageways on our way to Peril Strait. The scenery is magnificent and wildlife sightings, particularly bald eagles, are common. The boat will rendezvous with our vessel near Peril Straits, 30 miles from Sitka. We will meet the Captain and crew, receive an orientation, and get underway for our big adventure.
 Dinner: Each evening we present a Recap and Social Hour in the Vista View Lounge. Appetizers are served and your Road Scholar team will recap the day's activities and preview the next day. It's a wonderful opportunity to relax with some excellent appetizers and a cold or hot drink, get to know your fellow Road Scholar participants, make new friends, or just watch the magnificent scenery of Southeast Alaska roll by. Following our evening Recap, we'll enjoy our first gourmet dinner in the dining room.
 Evening: Tonight your Road Scholar team will lead an evening discussion covering aspects of Alaska and its people that may touch on history, culture, or nature.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lake Eva
(Sunday, June 15)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: This morning we will depart the area around Sitka Sound and explore either Kelp Bay or Lake Eva (Captains Choice & weather permitting) via 16 passenger pontoons where we may see a variety of marine animals in these scenic areas located on the northern side of Baranof Island.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Both areas are known for its abundance of brown bears. Here is a chance to see these fascinating creatures along with other area wildlife.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Relax and take time to enjoy visiting with your new friends!
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
(Monday, June 16)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Entering Glacier Bay early morning, we will be joined by a National Park Service (NPS) Ranger who will lead our programming for the day. The NPS citation reads, “Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site — one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From summit to sea, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.” The National Park Service Naturalists are intimately acquainted with the mysteries of Glacier Bay, and explain them in detail. The entrance to Glacier Bay teems with wildlife, particularly sea birds. This is also an area frequented by feeding humpback whales. Birders and wildlife watchers will want to be up early and out on decks as we enter Glacier Bay. The Huna Tlingit people once lived in Glacier Bay here and consider it their spiritual homeland. A Native Tlingit interpretive naturalist will joins the National Park Service NPS Ranger to discuss their traditional ties to this stunning Alaskan natural treasure.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We continue to explore the crown jewel of Southeast Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park. Rated the No. 1 national park in the USA by Consumer Reports Magazine, Glacier Bay boasts the largest number of tidewater glaciers in North America, the 15,000-foot Fairweather Mountain range, some of the most stunning scenery anywhere, and a prolific amount of wildlife including humpback whales, sea otters, puffins, mountain goats and much more.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Each evening will vary, but will include a re-cap of the days events and the schedule for the next day.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Point Adolphus / Icy Strait
(Tuesday, June 17)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: The ship captain will take us on an exploration of the northern region of Chichagof island including the world famous Point Adolphus. Point Adolphus near Gustavus is a popular feeding area for the Alaska humpback and a popular place for travelers to get a glimpse of these enormous mammals. From the deck of the ship will watch for these and other wildlife.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Take a leisurely afternoon to enjoy the views from the ship's deck while we continue to explore the rich waters in this area as we head towards Skagway our destination for tomorrow.

A social hour will be held prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: The ship staff will share stories most evenings about life in Alaska.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Skagway / White Pass Railway
(Wednesday, June 18)
 Breakfast: Have breakfast aboard as we make our way up the spectacular Taya Inlet toward our docking in Skagway.
 Morning: The famous gold rush town of Skagway is also home to the Klondike National Historic Park, which owns and has restored many of the buildings. Although a busy cruise ship destination, Skagway drips with early Alaska history, and there are many interesting places to peruse. One of Skagway's more famous attractions is the impossibly scenic White Pass narrow gauge railway. Built at the height of the Gold Rush, it operates today as a tourist attraction and a very spectacular one at that. In the morning we will have some free time to explore Skagway.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We will board the famous White Pass railway to the White Pass summit. Spectacular views are frequent, and an onboard narrator passes on nuggets of gold rush history along the way.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: Tonight may include a slide presentation, a talk, or an opportunity for questions and answers dependent on the days activities and the areas we have explored. Our PA system allows for guests to enjoy programs in the forward lounge (where most of our formal programming occurs) or in the comfort of their own staterooms.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Auke Bay / Juneau / Orca Point Lodge
(Thursday, June 19)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Following breakfast we will board our buses to visit the famous Mendenhall Glacier. One of Alaska’s most-visited natural features, the Mendenhall spills out of the Juneau Ice Field, an ice field the size of the state of Connecticut. The Visitor Center provides terrific views of the Glacier and the lake, many very well-conceived displays and presentations, a wonderful short movie, and some exquisite hiking trails. National Forest Service interpretive rangers will be available to answer questions. After our visit to glacier we will proceed to downtown Juneau for a luncheon in town.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Post lunch there will be the following options. For those wanting to return to the ship a transfer will be provided back to the ship which sails at 4:30 p.m. Those wanting more time in town can choose to do the following: walk with your Road Scholar leader or coach to the Mt. Roberts Tramway providing wonderful views of the surrounding area. There will be an assigned meeting time and place to board the motor coach back to the ship. Once we return to the ship, enjoy a social hour and hors d'oeuvres as we make our way to yet another exclusive stop: Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island. Here we will enjoy a wonderful dinner of Salmon and King Crab. At this beautiful lodge, get up close and personal with the Alaskan sea life by visiting the lodge's touch tank and take a stroll on the private beach.
 Dinner: Alaskan Salmon and King Crab dinner at Orca Point Lodge.
 Evening: After our feast we'll end the evening with a summer solstice bonfire--the Alaskan way to celebrate!
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Tracy Arm Fjord
(Friday, June 20)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: This morning we head for what may be Alaska’s most scenic fjord, Tracy Arm, and a photographer’s paradise. A “fjord” is a narrow inlet of ocean running between cliffs or steep slopes. Tracy Arm twists and turns for more than 30 miles through some of the most dramatically scenic landscapes anywhere, dotted with thousands of icebergs from twin glaciers -- North Sawyer and South Sawyer -- at the end of the fjord. Wildlife is seasonally prolific, with whales and sea lions, seals on floating ice, bears, deer, mountain goats, wolves, and smaller animals inhabiting surrounding forests, and bald eagles and other birds flying above. Along the way, our staff narrates and points out the highlights.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We wind our way back down the arm, pausing to view some of the spectacular waterfalls that spill out of the granite cliffs that line the fjord. We may have an opportunity to ride the 16 passenger pontoons to explore either the North or South Sawyer Glacier.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: The Road Scholar staff lead an evening presentation.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Hobart Bay
(Saturday, June 21)

Note: Activities in Hobart Bay are at particpants' option. Zego runabouts and kayaks require the ability to climb in and out of the boats. Before each event, crew give operating instructions, paddling instructions, safety instructions. Each group that goes out has two guides to provide assistance as needed.

 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Arriving at Hobart Bay, we will have a full day of exhilarating outdoor activities. You will can explore the Bay via 2-person sea kayaks, small outboard-driven Zego runabouts, and to explore old logging roads via Kawasaki all-terrain vehicles. Kayak launchers make it easy to get into kayaks that are then slid into the water slowly. The stable, catamaran-type runabouts are tied up at the dock.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Hobart Bay. If you were on the water this morning, try the all-terrain vehicles this afternoon, or vice-versa.
 Dinner: Following tonight's Recap, we enjoy a leisurely dinner.
 Evening: Your Road Scholar Group Leaders will provide a presentation this evening.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Red Bluff Bay & Kake / Tlingit Culture / Totem Carving Demo / Tlingit Dance Performance / Salmon Hatchery
(Sunday, June 22)
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast and an early morning coffee or tea while we explore the rugged waterfall coast of eastern Baranoff Island and Red Bluff Bay from the comfort of the ship.
 Morning: We spend the morning cruising through this delightful and lovely yet rarely visited part of Alaska. Rusted cliffs of Red Bluff Bay glow in the morning sun as you view the old-growth rainforest, waterfalls and pristine beaches from the comfort of the ship. With binoculars supplied by the ship scan the skies for birds and the shores for wildlife as we pass along this rugged coastline.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: The village name Kake (pronounced just like cake) comes from the Tlingit word "eix" (Northern Tlingit) or "eex" (Southern Tlingit), which is derived from "ee" which meant dawn or daylight and "xe" meaning mouth, i.e. "mouth of dawn" or "opening of daylight." We will be greated by a Tlingit elder and see the "World's Tallest Totem," a carving demonstration, a Tlingit dance and end the stay by visiting the local salmon hatchery, which includes a bear viewing platform.
 Dinner: Join in the lounge for drinks and to discuss the days adventures, followed by dinner.
 Evening: Sit back and relax as you visit with your Road Scholar companions.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Wrangell / Coffman Cove
(Monday, June 23)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: In Wrangell, located in the heart of the Inside Passage, you will visit Petroglyph Beach and imagine the people who carved them thousands of years ago. This area has the highest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the southeastern region of Alaska. As we visit the Chief Shakes Tribal House, Totem park and the Wrangell Museum you will catch a glimpse of the local history. Having been Tlingit territory and then under the jurisdiction of Russia, Great Britain, and the United States, Wrangell has the unique status as the only Alaskan city to have been governed under four "flags".
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Following lunch we will head to Prince of wales Island to Coffman Cove, known as "Alaska's Hidden Secret on Prince of Wales Island." After a greeting by a representative of the city, enjoy a walk through downtown Coffman Cove.
 Dinner: Enjoy fresh oysters selected by the ship's chef from the harvest of the local fishermen.
 Evening: Relax onboard as we recap our day's adventures.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Petersburg
(Tuesday, June 24)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Today's destination is charming Petersburg. Petersburg is a town that still makes its living from the sea and is not a port of call for large cruise ships. We'll visit this thriving fishing village which was established by Norwegian fishermen in the late 1800's. Its strong Norwegian heritage is still evident and you'll see many fisherman working along the docks which harbor tugs, salmon trollers, seiners, longliners, and crabbers.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: At the Sons of Norway Hall, enjoy a Norwegian Folk Dance show performed by Petersburg's children. Then enjoy some free time to explore the town.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: We'll recap the days events and have a presentation by our Road Scholar staff.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Thorne Bay / Kasaan
(Wednesday, June 25)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: We'll dock in Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world. It is now an Alaskan small town with a wonderful sense of community. It is located on the east side of Prince of Wales Island, in Southeast Alaska, near the town of Ketchikan. We'll enjoy a walking tour of town and meet local artisans.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: In Kasaan, we will walk through a magical forest to visit the Chief Son-I-Hat Whale House, the only remaining Haida clan house in North America. Inside the clan house stand three original totem poles from 1880. Chief Son-I-Hat brought them from Old Kasaan, about seven miles from Kasaan, to put in the clan house.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: We'll recap the days events and follow with a talk by our leaders or maybe a movie!
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Misty Fjords / Metlakala
(Thursday, June 26)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: We will head to Misty Fjords and enjoy a relaxing cruise through this National Monument, a wilderness area administered by the US Forest Service. Learn about the natural history of the fjords, listen to the calls of nesting seabirds, and feel the mist of glistening waterfalls while gliding beneath 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: To complete the exploration of Magnificent Southeast Alaska, We will end the day with a brief stop at Metlakatla to enjoy a guided walking tour to learn of the Tsimshian Indian culture and the legacy of founder Father Duncan.
 Dinner: We'll share stories of our adventures at our Captain's Farewell Dinner.
 Evening: A slide show presentation wil be provided covering the highlights or our voyages!
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Arrive Ketchikan / Disembark
(Friday, June 27)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: We arrive in Ketchikan early this morning where we disembark the vessel for a visit to this final port (subject to flight schedules) followed by transfers to the airport, or to your hotel if you are staying beyond the program. We suggest that you do not schedule flights to depart prior to 11:30 AM. If an earlier flight is required, the ship staff will accommodate as long as this has been arranged in advance.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Author: James Michner

Alaska Trees and Shrubs

Author: Leslie Viereck and Elbert Little

Alaska's History: the People, Land and Events of the North Country

Author: Harry Ritter

Description: This is a small, easily readable "digest" of Alaska's history. It is great for a quick overview and it is a good size for tucking into a suitcase or reading on a plane.

An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past

Author: Edited by Stephen w. Haycox and Mary Childers Mangusso

Description: This anthology is a compilation of essays by noted Alaska historians, geographers and naturalists and is easy to browse and read in small segments. The essays cover Alaskan history from the days of Russian-American Company domination to the threat of nuclear testing by the Atomic Energy Commission and provide an understanding of the events, themes and those involved in the development of the state.

Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska

Author: Kate Wynne

Description: This book covers all 29 marine mammal species of Alaska. Each whale, porpoise, dolphin, seal, sea lion, walrus, sea otter, and polar bear is described and illustrated. Color photos and surface profile drawings show all Alaska marine mammals and compare similar species, and color range maps show distribution.

Guide to the Birds of Alaska

Author: Robert Armstrong

Description: This comprehensive guide provides the most current knowledge about the birds in Alaska.

Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast

Author: Hilary Stewart

Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats

Author: Robert Armstrong

Roadside Geology of Alaska

Author: Cathy Connor

Description: Alaska is a mosaic patchwork, a collage of continental scraps swept in from the Pacific and added, one after the other, onto the far northwest corner of the continent. Here are the rocky foundations of Alaska, every bit as exotic as the landscape they support, just as varied and vital as the people who live in that landscape. Due to the rugged terrain and limited road access, this is not just a "roadside" book--it describes the geology of southeast Alaska as one might see it from the observation lounge of one of Alaska's comfortable ferries traveling the marine highway.

The Island Within

Author: Richard Nelson

Description: Richard Nelson a Sitka resident is recognized as one of the nation's best known nature writers. This is his account of his exploration of an unnamed Alaskan island which causes one to think about our own relationship with nature, and the importance of observing and participating in nature with reverence and a sense of wonder.

The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush

Author: Pierre Berton

Description: In 1897 a grimy steamer docked in Seattle and set into epic motion the incredible succession of events that Pierre Berton's exhilarating The Klondike Fever chronicles in all its splendid and astonishing folly. For the steamer Portland bore two tons of pure Klondike gold. And immediately, the stampede north to Alaska began.

The Sea Runners

Author: Ivan Doig

Description: In this timeless survival story, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from New Archangel, Alaska, to Astoria, Oregon, the men struggle to avoid hostile Tlingit Indians, to fend off starvation and exhaustion, and to endure their own doubt and distrust. Although fictional it is based on an actual incident in 1853.

Tlingit Tales: Potlatch and Totem Pole

Author: Lorie K. Harris

Description: Legends of the Tlingit people.

Travels in Alaska

Author: John Muir

Description: Take a trip to last century's Alaska through Muir's clean, easy-going, enthusiastic prose. He wrote the way he took pictures, with insight, attention, care and genuine feeling.

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