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Alaska

Alaska's Inside Passage Up Close

Program No. 11479RJ
The mighty glaciers and dramatic fjords of Alaska’s Inside Passage are incredible. Aboard an expedition ship, learn about this untamed land and its stunning diversity of wildlife.

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DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside Ship Suite
May 24 - Jun 2, 2024
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Ship Outside 9,499
Ship Suite 11,899
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 12, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

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This date sails from Juneau to Sitka.

May 31 - Jun 9, 2024
Ship Outside 9,699
Ship Suite 12,099
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OFFER EXTENDED: The price shown is $300 off the original price! Also, enroll by April 19, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

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This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

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Jun 7 - Jun 16, 2024
Ship Outside 9,999
Ship Suite 12,399
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 26, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

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This date sails from Juneau to Sitka.

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Jun 28 - Jul 7, 2024
Ship Outside 9,999
Ship Suite 12,399
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by May 17, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

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This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

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Jul 5 - Jul 14, 2024
Ship Outside 9,999
Ship Suite 12,399
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OFFER EXTENDED: The price shown is $1,000 off the original price! Also, enroll by May 24, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Juneau to Sitka.

Jul 26 - Aug 4, 2024
Ship Outside 10,999
Ship Suite 13,399
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 14, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

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This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

Aug 9 - Aug 18, 2024
Ship Outside 10,999
Ship Suite 13,399
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 28, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

Aug 23 - Sep 1, 2024
Ship Outside 9,999
Ship Suite 12,399
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: The price shown is $1,000 off the original price! Also, enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

Aug 30 - Sep 8, 2024
Ship Outside 9,999
Ship Suite 12,399
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: The price shown is $500 off the original price! Also, enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Juneau to Sitka.

Sep 6 - Sep 15, 2024
Ship Outside 9,499
Ship Suite 11,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside
May 24 - Jun 2, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 11,999
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 12, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Juneau to Sitka.

May 31 - Jun 9, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 12,199
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: The price shown is $300 off the original price! Also, enroll by April 19, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

Jun 7 - Jun 16, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 12,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 26, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Juneau to Sitka.

Jun 28 - Jul 7, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 12,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by May 17, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

Jul 5 - Jul 14, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 12,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: The price shown is $1,000 off the original price! Also, enroll by May 24, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Juneau to Sitka.

Jul 26 - Aug 4, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 13,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 14, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

Aug 9 - Aug 18, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 13,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 28, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

Aug 23 - Sep 1, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 12,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: The price shown is $1,000 off the original price! Also, enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

Filling Fast!
Aug 30 - Sep 8, 2024
Ship Outside 12,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: The price shown is $500 off the original price! Also, enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Juneau to Sitka.

Sep 6 - Sep 15, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 11,999
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free air from many cities.

Itinerary Note

This date sails from Sitka to Juneau.

10 days
9 nights
25 meals
9B 7L 9D
2
Explore Sitka, free time
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
3
Kake, Frederick Sound
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
4
Thomas Bay
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
5
Tracy Arm Fjord
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
6
Exploring, Orca Point Lodge
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
7
White Pass Railway, Free Time
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
8
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Northern Southeast Alaska - Inside Passage
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At a Glance

Famed for deep glacial fjords, spectacular mountains and lush temperate rainforest, Alaska’s Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park offer natural and scenic gifts rivaled only by the rich histories of the indigenous nations who have lived here for millennia. Experience magnificent sights and sounds as our experts create opportunities to view glaciers up close. Study Alaska's history at the newly renovated Alaska State Museum in Juneau, and explore secluded bays via sea kayak or watercraft, all in the company of experts who narrate your experience with in-depth analysis of this yet untamed land.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Optional walking up to 1.5 miles on trails; some uneven or wet terrain. Elevation of 3,000 feet on train. Ship decks are accessed by narrow ladder-like stairs as there is no elevator on the ship. Climbing in and out of kayaks and rafts.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Traverse the waters of a narrow fjord within soaring cliffs of granite and dotted with glittering icebergs.
  • Board the White Pass narrow-gauge railway for a journey back through the gold rush era, a time of uncertainty and adventure.
  • Experience chances to see whales, puffins, otters, bears, mountain goats and sea lions — the wealth of wildlife is amazing!

General Notes

Order of ports will vary subject to Glacier Bay schedule approved by the National Park Service. This program has a maximum group size of 50 participants.
Featured Expert
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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 Christner View biography
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.
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Lee grew up plying the rich waters of the inside passage with his mother on a commercial fishing boat. There he developed a love for the quiet power found in these places so far from human civilization. He began his career as a naturalist in Glacier Bay National Park, later returning to the inside passage as an expedition leader on cruises. Lee holds a degree in cultural anthropology and history, and loves to share his knowledge and his home with guests from across the world.
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.
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The Call of the Last Frontier: The True Story of a Woman's Twenty-Year Alaska Adventure
by Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook went to Alaska for a job and ended up finding a twenty-year Alaskan adventure! Throughout the book, Cook also includes information about Alaska's history including, the Aleut internment camps during WWII, southeast Alaskan logging camps, and the sinking of S.S. Princess Sophia.
The Sea Runners
by Ivan Doig
A survival story that is based on an actual incident in 1853, The Sea Runners is an uplifting tale of the human quest for freedom. Four indentured servants journey down the Pacific Northwest Coast after escaping their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe.
Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats
by Robert Armstrong
An in-depth guide to Southeast Alaska's flora and fauna. It provides detailed information about mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates, fungi, and plants, along with detailed maps and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations.
Roadside Geology of Alaska
by Cathy Conner and Daniel O'Haire
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Coming Into The Country
by John McPhee
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Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert Armstrong
In the new 6th edition, this guide to the birds of Alaska includes more than 900 full-color photos, 22 new species, name and systematic changes made by the American Ornithological Union, updated status and distribution charts, map of Alaska's six biogeographic regions, and much more.
Alaska's History: The People, Land and Events of the North Country
by Harry Ritter
This is a small, easily readable "digest" of Alaska's history. It is great for a quick overview and it is a good size for tucking into a suitcase or reading on a plane.
The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush
by Pierre Berton
Pierre Berton spent 12 years of his life researching in Dawson City. Berton tells the full story of the Klondike Gold Rush in a thrilling and dramatic way that has never been told before.
The Island Within
by Richard Nelson
Nelson's exploration of an unnamed island in the Pacific Northwest and our relationship with nature and the ability to observe and participant in it with admiration and a sense of wonder.
Fodor's Alaska (Full-cover Travel Guide)
by Fodor's Travel Guides
More than 25 detailed maps, color photos, recommendations from locals, up-to-date coverage on Juneau, Glacier Bay, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Skagway, Ketchikan, Hines, and many other areas!
An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past
by Edited by Stephen w. Haycox and Mary Childers Mangusso
An account of Alaska's history with photos and entertaining essays. Topics including Native lifestyles before contact with the Europeans, John Muir's visit to Glacier Bay, the Klondike gold rush stampede, Alaska's fisheries, and more.
Tlingit Tales: Potlatch and Totem Pole
by Lorie K. Harris
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Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
by Hilary Stewart
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Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska
by Kate Wynne
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Travels in Alaska
by John Muir
Take a trip to last century's Alaska through Muir's clean, easy-going, enthusiastic prose. He wrote the way he took pictures, with insight, attention, care and genuine feeling.
Going to Extremes
by Joe McGinnis
This book is controversial in Alaska. McGinnis traveled to Alaska during the "pipeline years" to see what Alaska was really like. He writes about the good and bad; potential exploitation, vast expanses of wilderness and the people interacting with their various environments and each other.
Passage To Juneau - A Sea and Its Meanings
by Jonathan Raban
An account of his voyage on a 35-foot sailboat from Seattle to Juneau "a masterpiece of literature of the sea, a work that overflows with wisdom, humor, sadness, and suspense".
Coming Into the Country
by John McPhee
Classic observations by an astute writer; 1970's, his observations are still relevant. Observations and musings about Alaskan life and the land. Readable and realistic, it shows the good and bad aspects of life in Alaska.
Cedar
by Hilary Stewart
The tree of life to the Northwest Coast Native people, who used all parts of the tree for making items including: canoes, totem poles, houses, masks, mats, baskets, fishing gear, and clothing.
Looking at Totem Poles
by Hilary Stewart
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The Woman Who Married a Bear
by John Straley
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Frigid Embrace - Politics, Economics, and Environment in Alaska
by Stephen Haycox
This book explores how the desire for resource extraction has shaped Alaskan people's views of nature and their interactions with natives in the region. It provides readers with an opportunity to understand the historical context of today's environmental disputes through this concise narrative about Alaska's colonial struggle.
Blonde Indian
by Ernestine Hays
The story of a woman growing up in a mixed-heritage family in Juneau.
Alaska Salmon Identification and Fishing Guide
by Alaska Department of Fish and Game
https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/fishing/PDFs/sport/AKSalmonFishingGuide.pdf This website provides a lot of information about salmon.





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