The Best of Alaska’s Inside Passage
Discover magnificent glaciers, unique wildlife, coastal villages and the story of the local Tlingit people as you sail north through Alaska’s awe-inspiring Inside Passage.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 1017RJ
8 days
Starts at
8 days
7 nights
20 meals
7B 6L 7D
Arrive, Check-In, Board Ferry, Orientation
Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
British Columbia, Inside Passage
Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
Ketchikan, Wrangell
Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
Mendenhall Glacier, Haines, Skagway
Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
Excursion in Sitka
Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
Wrangell Narrows, Ketchikan
Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
Classes and viewing scenery and wildlife
Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
Program Concludes in Bellingham
Inside Passage, Alaska and Washington
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At a Glance

Board the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry in Bellingham, Washington, to explore Alaska’s famed Inside Passage the up-close Alaskan way. The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry serves as public transportation in Southeast Alaska and therefore you'll have the opportunity to interact with the people and culture along your journey. As with all public transportation, the schedule for the ferry requires participants to be flexible with the itinerary and ports of call. Because this is how real Alaskans travel, the politics, industry and lifestyle of Alaskans come to light on this eight-day voyage. From Bellingham to Skagway and back, glide past mountains, deep fjords and verdant forests, and take advantage of opportunities for whale watching and eagle viewing.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Activity level is dependent on the time available in port, but some activities may involve walking up to 1.5 miles, sometimes on uneven terrain. Ferry cabins require climbing up a ladder to a bunk bed.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Absorb Alaska’s natural wonders including glaciers and the bald eagles that populate the coastal islands.
  • Study the culture of the Tlingit people and life in the fishing villages of Alaska’s panhandle.
  • The ports of call along your journey include Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka, Haines, Juneau and Skagway.

General Notes

Ferry schedule requires a flexible itinerary, and time available in port may be limited. Please see daily itinerary for anticipated port times.
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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