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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 1017RJ
8 days
Starts at
8 days
7 nights
20 meals
7B 6L 7D
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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.
Alaska Trees and Shrubs
by Leslie Viereck and Elbert Little
The Nature of Southeast Alaska
by Robert H. Armstrong, Rita M O'Clair & Richard Carstensen
The Thousand Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians
by Brian Garfield
Alaska, the Harriman Expedition, 1899
by John Burroughs and John Muir
Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000- Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier
by Mark Adams
Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier
by David Ramseur
The Island Within
by Richard Nelson
by James Michener
The Firecracker Boys: H-Bombs, Inupiat Eskimos, and the Roots of the Environmental Movement
by Dan O'Neill
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert H. Armstrong
The Sea Runners
by Ivan Doig
The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush
by Pierre Berton
Roadside Geology of Alaska
by Cathy Conner and Daniel O'Haire
Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
by Hilary Stewart
Best Tales of the Yukon
by Robert Service
Travels in Alaska
by John Muir

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