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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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Program No. 1017RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
3,199
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. 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 ...

  • 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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Karen Christner
Karen Christner arrived in Alaska more than 30 years ago and realized that she had come home. She and her husband, Jere, raised their 3 children on Baranof Island. With degrees in biology and teaching, she quickly embraced the Alaskan lifestyle. While employed at the University of Alaska, she began the development and administration of Alaskan programs. After 25 years, she is still sharing the story of the people, environment, history and culture of her adopted home—now as an Alaskan group leader and lecturer.

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

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Karen Lawton
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