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The Best of Alaska’s Inside Passage

Discover magnificent scenery, unique wildlife, coastal villages and the story of the local Tlingit people as you sail north through Alaska’s awe-inspiring Inside Passage.
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Program No. 1017RJ
8 days
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The Best of Alaska’s Inside Passage

Discover magnificent scenery, unique wildlife, coastal villages and the story of the local Tlingit people as you sail north through Alaska’s awe-inspiring Inside Passage.
8 days
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Program No. 1017 RJ
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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. Because this is how real Alaskans travel, the politics, industry and lifestyle of Alaskans come to light on this fascinating voyage. From Bellingham to Sitka, glide past mountains, deep fjords and verdant forests, and take advantage of opportunities for whale watching and eagle viewing.
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 ...

  • Glide past mountains, forests, fjords and coastal islands, watching for bald eagles, whales, sea otters and more.
  • 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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier
by David Ramseur
Alaska, the Harriman Expedition, 1899
by John Burroughs and John Muir
Alaska Trees and Shrubs
by Leslie Viereck and Elbert Little
The Sea Runners
by Ivan Doig
The Island Within
by Richard Nelson
The Thousand Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians
by Brian Garfield
The Firecracker Boys: H-Bombs, Inupiat Eskimos, and the Roots of the Environmental Movement
by Dan O'Neill
Best Tales of the Yukon
by Robert Service
by James Michener
The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush
by Pierre Berton
Travels in Alaska
by John Muir
Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000- Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier
by Mark Adams
Roadside Geology of Alaska
by Cathy Conner and Daniel O'Haire
The Nature of Southeast Alaska
by Robert H. Armstrong, Rita M O'Clair & Richard Carstensen
Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
by Hilary Stewart
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert H. Armstrong
20 Meals
7 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
7 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Oct 01, 2021 - Oct 08, 2021
  • Oct 01, 2021 - Oct 08, 2021
4 nights
The Alaska Marine Highway provides an opportunity to experience coastal Alaska at an unhurried pace and in close-up detail. As your vessel glides through the waters of the Inside Passage or along Alaska's rugged coastline, you may see whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles, and perhaps even bears. In addition to interesting ports of call, you will pass fishing outposts, small villages, and see Alaska's bustling maritime activity from the decks of the ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway has been named an All-American Road, a rare national designation that recognizes the spectacular and unique experiences it offers travelers. Cabins are inside berths, and are small and basic in nature. All rooms are double occupancy. If you have not specified a roommate, we will assign one for you. The berths are upper and lower bunk beds. The upper bunk is accessed by a ladder.
3 nights
The Westmark Sitka is located conveniently downtown within walking distance of cultural sites and shopping.

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