Alaska’s Wild and Historic Inside Passage With Your Family

Come face to face with raptors, glaciers and sled dogs as you explore Alaska with your family. Scout for whales, otters, moose and more by land and sea.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21351RJ
10 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Pack your sunglasses and get ready for summertime in Alaska, where the sky is bright nearly all night long! Fill up those long days with family adventures. With a cozy small ship as your new home, you and your family will set out to discover a new and exciting frontier, with wilderness experiences at every port. Say hello to frozen glaciers, massive humpback whales, friendly sled dogs and fierce raptors. Take off on a train ride through the mountains, glide by a lovely lighthouse by kayak or guided skiff, and fill up on Alaskan salmon and King Crab as you get a true taste of Alaska!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Optional walking up to one mile on trails; some uneven or wet terrain. Elevation of 3,000 feet on train. Ship decks are accessed by narrow ladder like stairs. Climbing in and out of kayaks and rafts.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get up close to Mendenhall and Sawyer Glaciers, and journey by motor skiff or kayak to watch for wildlife.
  • Gain insight into Alaska's indigenous people, view totems, and study the history and cultures of Southeast Alaska.
  • Strike it rich in Skagway as you learn about gold rush history, and ride the rails to the summit of White Pass in British Columbia.

General Notes

This is a family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 8 and up. Port order may vary based on permitting for Glacier Bay National Park. The maximum group size for this program will be 50 participants. Because of the special nature of this program, we request that you call us to enroll. Please call toll free at (800) 454-5768, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET.
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'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 Sea Runners
by Ivan Doig
The Island Within
by Richard Nelson
Alaska Trees and Shrubs
by Leslie Viereck and Elbert Little
Roadside Geology of Alaska
by Cathy Connor
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
by Robert Armstrong
This comprehensive guide provides the most current knowledge about the birds in Alaska.
The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush
by Pierre Berton
Travels in Alaska
by John Muir
Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
by Hilary Stewart
Tlingit Tales: Potlatch and Totem Pole
by Lorie K. Harris
Legends of the Tlingit people.
An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past
by Edited by Stephen w. Haycox and Mary Childers Mangusso
Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska
by Kate Wynne
This book covers all 29 marine mammal species of Alaska. Each whale, porpoise, dolphin, seal, sea lion, walrus, sea otter, and polar bear is described and illustrated. Color photos and surface profile drawings show all Alaska marine mammals and compare similar species, and color range maps show distribution.
Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats
by Robert Armstrong
by James Michener

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