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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
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8 days
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3,099
Alaska/Washington

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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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.
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Alaska, the Harriman Expedition, 1899
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The Sea Runners
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The Island Within
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The Thousand Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians
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Roadside Geology of Alaska
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The Nature of Southeast Alaska
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Guide to the Birds of Alaska
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(5)

The Best of Alaska's Inside Passage provided a unique view of the people of Alaska, as well being educational and memorable.

(5)

This program gave great incite into the real Alaska. Relying on the ferry to go from place to place lets you experience what Alaskans experience on a daily basis.

(5)

This adventure provided for me the opportunity to experience the Inside Passage as it should be experienced-slow and relaxed-and a credible perspective on current and historical Alaska that I could not have gained any other way. KH

(5)

Road Scholar is a great way to travel especially if you are not an experienced traveler. The programs are also affordable and interesting. There are programs for all interets.

(5)

This was a very authentic way to travel through the Inside Passage. Alaskans are traveling from island to island, their cars and sometimes their dogs are in their vehicles below deck. As a passenger your schedule on shore is dictated by the ferry schedule, there may not be as much time as you would like, but the program leaders have transportation ready to make the most of each stop. This program gives you a glimpse of Alaskan life, the history of the Native people, the beauty of the land and the adventure of being on a small boat!

(5)

Go! You’ll be so glad you did.

(5)

On the 400 foot long Columbia ferry we traveled more than 2000 miles round-trip from Washington to Skagway and Sitka Alaska in back never going into the open ocean but always with land on both sides. The food was satisfying. Our rooms had large windows. The presentations were informative. If it was more than half empty, wonderfully roomy. There were many stops people boarded and departed here and there. A beautiful and dreamy journey.

(5)

Interesting and thorough program. The Ferry is a fun way to travel but the Ferry schedule means time in port is limited and/or at odd hours.

(5)

It was great having instructors--the ferry ride by itself was enjoyable, but our instructors multiplied the enjoyment and value of our trip.

(5)

Exceeded expectations ... having a bus waiting for us when we departed the ship at several ports was not only welcoming but took us to places we never would have found on our own. Especially memorable were watching brown bears and salmon swimming upstream.

(5)

The Alaska ferry cruise far exceeded my expectations. I had no interest in going on a cruise ship with 3,000 other people, and the small ships are very expensive. The berths were small, but adequate and with their own bath. Meals were excellent. The leaders offered 2-3 lectures, slide shows or videos daily. The leaders on tour guides were perfect. This is a wonderful trip for the price.






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