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Magnificent Southeast Alaska

Program Number: 21352RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/13/2015 - 6/26/2015; 6/12/2016 - 6/25/2016;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Inside Passage, Alaska
Price starting at: $6,165.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 38; 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 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
   Cape Fox Lodge
  Ketchikan, AK 1 night
   Admiralty Dream
  Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage 12 nights
 Cape Fox Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: This three-story lodge is located in the Tongass National Forest and has a ski-lodge style interior featuring local native art, a river rock fireplace, beamed ceiling, overstuffed chairs and spectacular views of forest, mountains and water. Its native art celebrates the Alaskan landscape and culture through totem poles and wood carvings. The surrounding forest provides numerous recreational opportunities including flightseeing, sportfishing, eagle watching, kayaking, and hiking. Downtown Ketchikan, three blocks away, offers historic buildings and museums that explore the city's colorful past. The lodge is owned by a native corporation whose shareholders are direct descendants of the Tlingit, Saanya Kwaan people. The lodge carries on the native tradition of hospitality providing food and shelter for traveling friends.
  Contact info: 800 Venetia Ave
Ketchikan, AK 99901 USA
phone: 866-225-8001
  Room amenities: Rooms include: Cable/satellite TV, blackout drapes, free local calls & voice mail, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, coffee maker, clock radio, mini-fridge and microwave oven.
  Facility amenities: The lodge offers 69 standard hotel rooms, 2 suites and 1 deluxe room; 24-hour front desk; on-site restaurant, lounge & café; complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi); room service; business & secretarial services; send out dry cleaning service; laundry facilities (limited hours); and elevator access in main lodge.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact lodge Contact the lodge at 866-225-8001 for additional nights. Be sure to ask for James Montgomery or Michelle Lewis when calling to make a reservation. Rooms are reserved under "Alaskan Dream Cruises / Road Scholar" confirmation number 26511.
  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 Ketchikan, AK, by 7:00 PM for dinner. If Travel Services is arranging your flights, they will make every effort to get you to Ketchikan by this time. You will be staying at Cape Fox Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
We will visit the town of Sitka on the last morning. Please plan for flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 11:30 AM. You will be staying at Admiralty Dream the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Participants are required to sign the "Waiver and Release Agreement" before participating in program activities. This form is required by Alaskan Dream Cruises. We also ask that participants complete the "Required Information For Ship Boarding and Rain Gear Form" in advance of the program. 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 Ketchikan and OUT OF Sitka so that shuttle service can be arranged for you.
  Parking availability:
Ketchikan is not accessible by road. To get here via vehicle you need to travel aboard the Alaska Ferry. Parking would be available, but at a considerable cost. The program ends in Sitka, so participant would need to get back to Ketchikan.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ketchikan, AK
  Nearest airport:  Ketchikan International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
Travel Details

Sitka, 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 Sitka so that shuttle service can be arranged for you. Participants staying after the program are responsible for booking their own transfer to the airport.


Ketchikan, AK


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alaskan Dream Cruises


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

Driving Directions
  Continental USA Ketchikan isn't accessible by car. The only way to access Ketchikan is via air (Alaska Airlines is the only commercial carrier to service Ketchikan - 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
(Saturday, June 13)
 Arrive To: Arrive in Ketchikan 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: Cape Fox Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ketchikan / Metlakatla
(Sunday, June 14)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy artistic Ketchikan, one of “America’s Top 100 small arts communities,” browsing among shops and galleries featuring local artisans, including historic Creek Street, one-time red-light district. The Totem Heritage Center and Saxman Village provide excellent examples of Totem Poles.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: As we depart Ketchikan we'll stop at the native community of Metlakatla whose name comes from Maxlakxaala, a Tsimshian word meaning "Salt Water Passage." In ancient times it was a Tlingit hunting ground known as "Taquan". Here we'll learn about the Tsimshian Indian culture.

Each evening aboard ship, there will be a social hour before dinner, an opportunity to recap the day’s activities, preview what happens tomorrow, get to know your fellow participants better and make new Road Scholar friends, and see amazing scenery. As a tasty treat, enjoy complimentary hors d‘oeuvres as well as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate; other beverages available for purchase.
 Dinner: In the pleasant dining room, enjoy meals prepared by professionally trained chefs using fresh, organic, and locally produced foods. Menus change daily, usually including a seafood or meat entrée.
 Evening: On some evenings, there will be a presentation for the group after dinner. It might be a narrated slide presentation, a talk, an opportunity for questions and answers, or just a good story. The ship’s public address system allows participants to hear programs in the forward lounge (where most of our onboard programming occurs) or in the comfort of staterooms.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Misty Fjords
(Monday, June 15)
 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: We will continue to explore this wilderness area watching for wildlife as we glide along the fjords.
 Dinner: Aboard the ship.
 Evening: We'll recap the days events and follow with a talk by our leaders.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Thorne Bay / Kasaan
(Tuesday, June 16)
 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 5: Wrangell
(Wednesday, June 17)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Board a jet boat to tour the Stikine River, the fastest navigable free-flowing river left in North America.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: In Wrangell, located in the heart of the Inside Passage, you will visit Totem park and the Wrangell Museum to 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."
 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 6: Kake
(Thursday, June 18)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We'll continue our visit in the town of Kake and then board the ship and head towards Petersburg, 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 7: Petersburg
(Friday, June 19)
 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 8: Windham Bay
(Saturday, June 20)

Note: Activities this day are at particpants' option. 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: Today we will stop in Windham Bay for a full day of exhilarating outdoor activities. You will have the opportunity to quietly explore the bay via 2-person sea kayaks or via guided skiffs. Kayak launchers make it easy to get into kayaks that are then slid into the water slowly. The skiffs are boarded via the dock and will allow a group of approximately 10 the chance to explore the inlets of the bay watching for wildlife photo opportunities.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the secluded bay. A variety of marine life and birds are visible as well as an occasional black bear roaming the shoreline.
 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 9: Tracy Arm Fjord
(Sunday, June 21)
 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 10: Skagway / White Pass Railway
(Monday, June 22)
 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 11: Auke Bay / Juneau / Orca Point Lodge
(Tuesday, June 23)
 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: Enroute to town.
 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 12: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
(Wednesday, June 24)
 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 13: Eastern Baranoff Island
(Thursday, June 25)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: Today's cruising along the east coast of Baranof Island is in areas virtually unknown to tourists. We will spend the morning cruising through this delightful and lovely yet rarely visited part of Alaska. Several bays along this coast have arms that can be explored. We'll view old-growth rainforest, waterfalls and pristine beaches from the comfort of the ship and scan the skies for birds and the shores for wildlife.
 Lunch: Aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: We continue cruising along the island, scoping the shores for wildlife. Eastern Baranof Island is known as the waterfall coast with many cascading falls. If we're lucky, you may see brown bear and Humpback and/or Orca whales.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner will be served aboard the ship and will be an occasion for sharing your most memorable events during the program.
 Evening: At leisure. As we head back to Sitka overnight, prepare for departure in the morning and get a good night's sleep.
Accommodations: Admiralty Dream
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Sitka / Disembark
(Friday, June 26)
 Breakfast: Aboard the ship.
 Morning: We arrive in Sitka 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

Free Time Opportunities
  Ketchikan, AK Self guided tour
Pick up a copy of the “Ketchikan Walking Tour” map (available free at one of the two Visitors Information Centers) and set out to see the sights. You’ll learn about the history and culture of the community and have the freedom to pop into any one of the many attractions, shops or eating establishments along the way. Routes can be walked in as little as 60 minutes, but be sure to give yourself some extra time to appreciate the sights. From: For additional information, visit
  Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
At the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the unique natural and cultural history of the Tongass National Forest, a place where people have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Stroll through a lush rainforest, visit a re-created native fishing village and learn how the Tongass sustains Southeast Alaska communities today. You can also hear the story of the forest in person from one of the friendly Forest Service rangers or enjoy a film in the comfortable theatre. from: For additional information, visit
  Tongass Historical Museum
The Tongass Historical Museum collects, preserves, and interprets material and information pertaining to the history, art, and culture of Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska. The Museum features permanent and temporary exhibits based on its own collections and community participation, as well as hosting traveling exhibitions from other institutions. Public programs, special events, workshops, and educational programs that relate to Ketchikan area history are also offered. The Museum’s extensive historical archive and photograph collections are available for research. From: For additional information, visit
  Totem Heritage Center
The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan. Those magnificent, original poles are displayed at the Center in conjunction with other totems and Native Alaskan artifacts. In addition to functioning as a museum, the Totem Heritage Center also preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures through a nationally-recognized program of Native Arts classes and other activities. From: For additional information, visit
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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