Alaska/British Columbia

Coastal Alaska: Glacial Waters, Breathtaking Shores

Discover the story of Alaska as you explore the Alaska coast, take a whale-watching expedition, explore seven ports of call and learn about Native cultures at the Totem Heritage Center.
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Program No. 18669RJ
16 days
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At a Glance

Purchased for two cents an acre, Alaska has become an invaluable part of America, its Last Frontier. Glide past icebergs and through breathtaking fjords to explore Alaska’s coast and learn about those who’ve inhabited it, from the indigenous peoples to Russian traders to adventurers seeking Gold Rush fortunes.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Moderate walking, mainly on flat surfaces but some trails can be uneven or wet. Participants should be able to walk up to one mile per day at a rate of ¼ mile in 15 minutes.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Board a smaller vessel for a whale watching expedition at Point Adolphus near Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Discover Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, and traditional small towns like Homer, Valdez, and Icy Strait Point.
  • Enjoy native cultural presentations at the Totem Heritage Center and Alaska Native Heritage Center.

General Notes

In some ports you will have the option of enjoying lunch on your own at your expense rather than returning to the ship for lunch. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. The maximum group size for this program will be 30 participants.
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Valerie Hershfield
Valerie has been in educational travel since 1993, visiting more than 100 countries. She joined Road Scholar in 2010 and has led 10 three- to four-month-long World Academy programs. Summer finds her leading Road Scholar groups in Alaska. Valerie also enjoyed a career in journalism, and has volunteered for a marine mammal rehabilitation center and as an EMT with a local fire department. To Valerie, the greatest joy of traveling with Road Scholars is sharing their “first time” experiences, seeing old places with new eyes.

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

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