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Alaska/British Columbia

Authentic Alaska: Seattle, Sitka & More by Expedition Ship

Program No. 24102RJ
Discover Alaska’s Inside Passage and incredible coastline during an expedition ship voyage that allows you to get up close to fjords, glaciers and much more.

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DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside Ship Balcony
May 22 - Jun 5, 2024
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Ship Outside 8,999
Ship Balcony 9,999
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 10, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Jun 12 - Jun 26, 2024
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Ship Outside 9,199
Ship Balcony 10,199
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by May 01, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

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Jul 3 - Jul 17, 2024
Ship Outside 9,499
Ship Balcony 10,499
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by May 22, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Jul 24 - Aug 7, 2024
Ship Outside 9,499
Ship Balcony 10,499
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 12, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

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Aug 14 - Aug 28, 2024
Ship Outside 9,499
Ship Balcony 10,499
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

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Sep 4 - Sep 18, 2024
Ship Outside 9,199
Ship Balcony 10,199
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside Ship Balcony
May 22 - Jun 5, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 12,999
Ship Balcony 15,999
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 10, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Jun 12 - Jun 26, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 13,199
Ship Balcony 16,199
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by May 01, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Jul 3 - Jul 17, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 13,499
Ship Balcony 16,499
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by May 22, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Jul 24 - Aug 7, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 13,499
Ship Balcony 16,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 12, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Aug 14 - Aug 28, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 13,499
Ship Balcony 16,499
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Sep 4 - Sep 18, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 13,199
Ship Balcony 16,199
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by June 30, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

At a Glance

With more than 6,640 miles of coastline to explore, Alaska is truly America’s “Last Frontier.” Join us for the ultimate learning adventure in our 49th state as you board the M/V Ocean Victory to explore Alaska’s breathtaking waterways and landscapes by expedition ship. Begin your journey in Seattle then travel by coach to Vancouver where you’ll board the Ocean Victory. Sail through the Canadian Inside Passage before making your way to the fjords and national parks and monuments of Alaska. Along the way, meet naturalists, historians and native peoples who offer a look into the ecology and human history of the region. Learn about Tlingit and Norwegian heritage, explore glaciers and fjords and pay a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center to witness the rehabilitation of bald eagles.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to a few miles over varied terrain; getting in and out of Zodiacs, going up and down ramps.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Search for humpback whales and sea lions as you explore the fjords.
  • Get insight into the Tlingit Nation as you explore Petroglyph beach, the Wrangell museum and Chief Shakes’ Tribal House.
  • Join naturalists for an exploration off the coast of Baranof Island and learn about this beautiful home to brown bears.
Featured Expert
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Mary Stensvold
Mary Stensvold lives in Sitka, Alaska, and holds a Ph.D. in botany. She recently retired as the regional botanist for the Forest Service Alaska Region. Fieldwork has taken her to remote areas across southern Alaska, from the Kenai Peninsula in the west to the southern "Panhandle" in the east. Her interests include wild-plant gardening, drawing, watercolor painting and northwest coast Native art. She has presented natural history lectures on ships in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Norway since 1991 and with Road Scholar since 2007.

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

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Mary Stensvold lives in Sitka, Alaska, and holds a Ph.D. in botany. She recently retired as the regional botanist for the Forest Service Alaska Region. Fieldwork has taken her to remote areas across southern Alaska, from the Kenai Peninsula in the west to the southern "Panhandle" in the east. Her interests include wild-plant gardening, drawing, watercolor painting and northwest coast Native art. She has presented natural history lectures on ships in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Norway since 1991 and with Road Scholar since 2007.
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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.
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast
by Jim Pojar & Andy MacKinnon
This is the resource for Northwest Coast flora. If you are interested in the trees, wildflowers, and other plants of the Oregon Coast, this is the only book that has them all.
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.
Homewaters: a Human and Natural History of Puget Sound
by David Williams
Details the natural history of the Puget Sound basin – starting with glaciation, after glacial melting, the colonization of the land and water with plants and animals. Interesting chapters on marine life, arrival of people who thrived in this place, European exploration, Puget Sound boat traffic.
Looking at Totem Poles
by Hilary Stewart
This book describes 110 totem poles from British Columbia through southeastern Alaska. She explains figures on the poles, the pole's purposes and provides a wealth of other information about the poles. They are illustrated with drawings and photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russians in Alaska: 1732-1867
by Lydia Black
The author presents a comprehensive history of Russia's presence in America from a socio-anthropological and ethnohistorical perspective.
Where the Sea Breaks Its Back: The Epic Story of Early Naturalist Georg Steller and the Russian Exploration of Alaska
by Corey Ford
The great naturalist Georg Steller's adventures during the disastrous 1741-1742 voyage of Vitus Bering. This voyage from eastern Russia across the Pacific resulted in the Russian "discovery" of Alaska. The epic journey back across the Pacific Ocean is a gripping account of survival.
Travels in Alaska: Adventures In The Far Northwest Mountains And Arctic Glaciers
by John Muir
Take a trip to last century's Alaska through Muir's clean, easy-going, enthusiastic prose.
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.
Frigid Embrace - Politics, Economics, and Environment in Alaska
by Stephen Haycox
Provides readers with an opportunity to understand the historical context of today's environmental disputes through this concise narrative about Alaska's colonial struggle.
The Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats
by Robert H. Armstrong, Rita M O'Clair & Richard Carstensen
Learn about the flora and fauna of Southeast Alaska. A guide to the natural world and the unusual aspects of Southeast Alaska natural history.
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
he "end of the line" story of Chris McCandless takes place in the Denali area and is a fascinating read. One of the chapters describes Krakaur's visit to southeastern Alaska and a climb of Devil's Thumb, a challenging mountain near Petersburg.
Art of the Northwest Coast
by Aldona Jonaitis
An excellent resource covering all aspects of Native design all along the northwest coast, well illustrated.
Alaska: A History
by Claus Naske and Herman Slotnik
Spans the human history of Alaska from ancient people arriving from Asia to modern economics, industrial, and cultural issues.
Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
by Hilary Stewart
An introduction into the indigenous art of the Northwest Coast and it's the styles, myths and legends that shaped the motifs, and stylistic differences between the major cultural groups are defined and illustrated.
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.
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".
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.
Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats
by Robert Armstrong, Richard Carstensen, & Rita M. O'Clair
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 illustrations.
Coming Into The Country
by John McPhee
Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush.
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15 days
14 nights
39 meals
14 B 12 L 13 D
DAY
1
Arrive Seattle, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Seattle, WA
D
SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown/South Lake Union

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Remember to bring your nametag (sent previously).

Afternoon: Program Registration 5:00-5:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please contact your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat “Expedition” program. Expedition ships — more rugged than traditional vessels — are designed to venture into remote landscapes, enabling us to seek opportunities for getting up close to nature and wildlife. There may also be serendipitous occasions to experience something unexpected. The itinerary may change based on weather, sailing conditions, and potential wildlife sightings. Routes, port stops, field trips, and excursions could be impacted; the cruise itinerary should therefore be regarded as provisional. Updates will be provided aboard ship. Thank you for your understanding. In addition to lectures, field trips, and activities exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. Due to the remote location of the ports, some embarkation and disembarkation will be via Zodiac rafts. Staff will be available for assistance.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. Port stops are subject to change as weather and ocean conditions could affect the progress of the vessel. The cruise itinerary should therefore be regarded as provisional. The time in each port is set by the cruise line. The cruise line reserves the right to change the itinerary without prior notice. Our knowledgeable Group Leader will give lectures throughout the program on the natural and human history of Coastal Alaska. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of the many activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. Unless specified otherwise, land transportation will be provided primarily by motorcoach, requiring going up/down a few steps when getting on/off. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Seattle Exploration, MOHAI, Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA
B,L
SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown/South Lake Union

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles. Walking about 2 miles and standing during field trips on mainly flat surfaces.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll gather in the hotel meeting space for a lecture by our Group Leader. Then we will board a motorcoach with a local expert and set out to explore Seattle. We will visit many city highlights including the Seattle Center and Fremont's Gasworks Park. We'll arrive at the Museum of History and Industry for lunch before our field trip.

Lunch: Boxed lunch at the museum.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will enjoy a self-direct visit to Seattle's Museum of History and Industry, (MOHAI). MOHAI collects and preserves artifacts and heritage of the Puget Sound region, its diverse history, and tradition of innovation and imagination — bridging past, present, and future with captivating exhibits, educational programs, and community engagement. During a self-directed exploration, we will learn about the past, present, and future possibilities. We will reboard our motorcoach and travel to Pike Place Market where our study leader will introduce us to Seattle's historic market. We will then return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning. Pack passports in carry-on bags.

DAY
3
Transfer to Vancouver, BC, Bill Reid Gallery
Vancouver, BC
B,L,D
American Queen Vancouver Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 145 miles, approximately 2.5 hours riding time. At the US-Canada border, we will step off the motorcoach to show passports.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will check out of the hotel, board a motorcoach, and begin our transfer to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Upon arrival to the hotel, we will check in.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the hotel.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will walk to the nearby Bull Reid Gallery of Northwest Coastal art. Here we will see classical and contemporary Northwest Coast art created by the great Bill Reid. Following this gallery visit we will have the remainder of the afternoon free.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Vancouver, BC exploration, Embarkation
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 20 miles, approximately 2.5 hours with stops; walking and standing for up to one hour during field trips. Boarding Ocean Victory.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board a motorcoach and set out to explore Vancouver, BC. We will stop at Stanley Park before heading to the University of British Columbia's Botanical Garden. Established in 1916, the UBC Botanical Garden is home to approximately 120,000 specimen. With an expert docent, we will explore a garden and learn about some of the species within their collection.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will travel by motorcoach to the Museum of Vancouver for a docent-led visit to learn more about the history of the city. Then we will board our motorcoach and make our way to the Canada Place Cruise Terminal where our field trip concludes. Here we will complete the embarkation procedures and board the Ocean Victory. After getting your cabin, take some time getting acquainted with the ship and its amenities. The Ocean Victory features a lecture room, library, observation lounge, and fitness center in addition to the restaurants, bar-lounge, and pool deck. Before dinner, the ship's staff will have a special welcome and introduction for us. We will also take part with everyone on board in the ship’s muster/safety drill when announced.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Scenic Ocean Cruising
Inside Passage
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Full day aboard ship. Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will begin our educational program aboard the ship with lectures by the ship's staff. We will learn about our route along the Inside Passage, a nature-rich myriad of islands, fjords, bays and channels extending from cosmopolitan Puget Sound to remote southeastern Alaska.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: As the Ocean Victory continues through the Canadian Inside Passage, we'll enjoy more lectures provided by the expedition team as well as lectures by Road Scholar staff, exclusively for Road Scholar participants. You will also have a chance to enjoy some free time on the ship. Take advantage of the library or gym. Or spend time out on the ship deck looking for wildlife.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Canadian Inside Passage
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Full day aboard ship. Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today the expedition team's lecture series continues as we make our way through the Inside Passage.

Lunch: Aboard the ship

Afternoon: Following lunch we'll have a chance to enjoy two more lectures. This afternoon enjoy some free time on the ship. Take advantage of the viewing platforms on the ship to look for wildlife. Don't forget your binoculars!

Dinner: Aboard ship

Evening: At leisure

DAY
7
Ketchikan, Saxman Totem Park, Creek Street
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach; driving about 20 miles, approximately 1/2 hour riding time and walking one mile on pavement and hardened trails. Dress for rainy weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Arriving at Ketchikan, the southernmost city in Alaska, we will step off the ship and board a motorcoach for a field trip to the Saxman Village Totem Park. This world-class collection of totem poles includes some that were moved from the old Cape Fox village and are more than 100 years old. During our expert-led exploration, we'll learn the stories and history of these grand works of Native art and learn about traditional tools, paints, and carving techniques. Next, we can watch carvers ply their craft at the totem carving shed. Then we can explore downtown Ketchikan and Creek Street on our own before driving back to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time. Use this time to do something that interests you the most. Late in the afternoon there will be lectures by Road Scholar staff, exclusively for Road Scholar participants and lectures by ship staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Misty Fjords National Monument
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Getting on and off Zodiac boats and kayaks from the ship's launch platform.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we'll have a chance to explore Misty Fjords National Monument via Zodiac with the expedition team. The national monument is called Misty Fjords due to almost constant precipitation—more than 150 inches of rain fall here each year.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will have a chance to participate in a hands-on science activity as well as a lecture. Staff from the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences at the California Polytechnic State University will tbe on the ship with us sharing their knowledge of these waters. We will also have a chance to go out and explore one of the many bays or coves in kayaks with some of our expedition leaders.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Wrangell, Shakes Island Tribal House, Petroglyphs, Free Time
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach; driving about 3 miles, approximately 1/2 hour riding time. Walking about 1 mile on paved or hardened trails and a sandy/gravelly beach. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We'll step off the ship, board a motorcoach, and set out on our field trip to explore key Wrangell sites with an Alaska Native expert. A short drive takes us to the Chief Shakes Tribal House, where there will be a presentation introducing the tribal house, Tlingit legends, history, and culture. Later at Petroglyph Beach, we will have an opportunity to make petroglyph "rubbings" and learn more about Wrangell's diverse history. Finally, the Wrangell Museum showcases the history of Europeans, Americans and Natives in Wrangell.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most in Wrangell. Later in the afternoon there will be a chance for lectures by Road Scholar staff, exclusively for Road Scholar, or lectures by ship staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Chatham Strait
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Getting on and off Zodiac boats and kayaks from the ship's launch platform.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today is another exciting expedition day. We'll have a chance to set out in a Zodiac with our expedition leader to explore the shoreline and look for wildlife. Upon returning to the ship we'll enjoy a lecture put on by one of the expedition leaders.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Following lunch we'll participate in another hands on science activity in the lounge on deck 8. Later we'll have another opportunity for guided exploration in kayaks.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Petersburg
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Boarding a Zodiac via the ship's launch platform. Walking about 1 mile on paved walkways. Additional walking as far you choose. Dress for weather and wear comfortable walking shoes

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will gather for a Norwegian welcome at the colorful and traditional Sons of Norway Hall, located adjacent to the dock. Here we'll enjoy tasty treats featuring Norwegian pastries and coffee. We'll also see traditional Norwegian dances by a local group of young people wearing the Petersburg Bunad (traditional Norwegian clothing).

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to explore Petersburg do what interests you most.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Tracy Arm Fjord
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: Getting on and off Zodiac boats and kayaks from the ship's launch platform.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will spend the day exploring the stunningly scenic Tracy Arm fjord from the ship and by Zodiac boats. Tracy Arm, a photographer's paradise, may be Alaska's most scenic fjord. This narrow inlet runs between cliffs and steep slopes. Tracy Arm twists and turns for more than 30 miles through dramatically scenic landscapes, dotted with thousands of icebergs from the North Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers, which are located at the head of the fjord. Wildlife is seasonally prolific, with humpback whales, sea lions, seals on floating ice, bears, deer, mountain goats, and smaller animals inhabiting surrounding forests. The expert staff will provide commentary as we travel up Tracy Arm.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will make our way back down the arm, pausing to view some of the spectacular waterfalls that spill out of the granite cliffs along the fjord. As we leave Tracy Arm, we will be on the lookout for humpback whales and other marine mammals.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Kake Tlingit Cultural Field Trip, Frederick Sound
At sea
B,L,D
American Queen Voyages Ocean Victory

Activity note: The ship anchors at the village of Kake. To go ashore, we use the Zodiacs, which we board from the ship's launch platform. In Kake, we have a short walk along a maintained road. A bus is available for transfer between points of interest. Sitting or standing during totem carving demonstration and sitting during Tlingit dance performance with an opportunity to participate and dance with the group. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will go on a field trip to learn about and experience Kake’s Tlingit culture. We'll walk to the local community hall for a carving or weaving demonstration. There will also be a dance performance with an opportunity to join in! We will hear some history and Tlingit legends at the world's tallest one-tree totem pole. There will also be opportunities to see more of this native community and handcrafted native art directly from artisans.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: The ship will take us along Frederick Sound, where we will view the temperate rainforest, waterfalls, and pristine beaches and scan the skies for birds and the shores for wildlife.

Dinner: Aboard ship. Enjoy our last dinner together aboard the Ocean Victory.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for disembarkation in the morning.

DAY
14
Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska Raptor Center
Sitka, AK
B,D
Aspen Suites Sitka

Activity note: The ship arrives at Sitka early in the morning. Getting on and off a motorcoach; driving about 8 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 2 miles; paved walkways and hardened paths.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After arrival in Sitka, we will complete disembarkation procedures, then board a motorcoach for a field trip to Sitka National Historical Park. From the National Park Service: “On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Totem poles from Tlingit and Haida areas line the park’s scenic coastal trail, and the restored Russian Bishop’s House is a rare reminder of Russia’s colonial legacy in North America. Sitka is one of Alaska’s most charming communities, situated in a protected harbor rich in natural resources. Its complex history dates back more than 8,000 years beginning with the native Kiksadi Tlingit people.” We’ll then ride to the Alaska Raptor Center where we’ll see and learn about the wonderful work the center is doing to rehabilitate raptors. Following the Raptor Center we'll make our way to the SHeldon Jackson Museum where we'll be greeted by museum staff and then have a chance to explore on our own.

Lunch: On your own to have what you like in Sitka. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests each of us most in Sitka.

Dinner: At the hotel. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friend during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and morning departure in the morning.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
Sitka, AK
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel depending on flight times. Those who need to depart early will have a box breakfast provided. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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