Magnificent Southeast Alaska
Discover pristine waters, soaring glaciers, unique wildlife and indigenous culture as you learn the fascinating story of Alaska and celebrate with a king crab feast!
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Program No. 21352RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

Glimpses of the 1896 Gold Rush live on in the Klondike boomtown of Skagway. Thousands of harbor seals dot icebergs along 30-mile Tracy Fjord. Beauty abounds in Glacier Bay National Park, one of the world’s largest international protected areas. Capture the essence of Southeast Alaska in this wide-ranging, 13-day, Ketchikan-to-Sitka adventure, experiencing Native American cultures and authentic local flavor, spotting tidewater glaciers and islands teeming with wildlife and gaining special insight into a frontier of remarkable beauty and history.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to three-quarters of a mile. Climbing in, out of small craft. Access on vessel requires steep stairs. Elevation of 3,000 feet on train.
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 ...

  • Experience the 12-mile-long Mendenhall Glacier and savor a salmon and all-you-can-eat king crab dinner at Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island.
  • Explore charming Petersburg, visit Totem Park in Wrangell at the mouth of the great Stikine River and spot whales, otters, bears, moose and eagles.
  • Explore Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Bishops House, and St. Michael's Cathedral while we are in Sitka.

General Notes

Please note that the June 23 departure begins in Sitka and ends in Ketchikan.
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Mary Stensvold
Mary Stensvold lives in Sitka, Alaska and holds a Ph.D. in Botany. She retired as the Regional Botanist for the USDA Forest Service Alaska Region in 2016. Fieldwork has taken her to remote areas throughout southern Alaska, from Prince William Sound to the southern tip of the "Panhandle" in the east. Other areas of particular interest include wild-plant gardening, drawing, woodcarving and northwest coast Native art. She has been presenting natural history lectures on ships in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Norway since 1991.

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

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