Featuring: Ports along Alaska's Inside Passage
Day 1 - Ketchikan
Arrive in Alaska's "First City" and take a city tour inclusive of either Saxman Village or Totem Bight for a first-hand Native Alaska cultural experience. Take a day cruise or flightseeing tour to Misty Fiords National Monument returning in time to catch the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show.
Day 2 - Wrangell
After arrival, jump on a jetboat for the half-hour trip to the USDA Forest Service's Anan Creek - and bear viewing. Due to one of the largest pink salmon runs in the state, black and, at times, brown bear mutually feast here. A one-half mile boardwalk ends at a covered viewing stand giving visitors a close view of these impressive mammals.
Day 3 - Wrangell - Juneau
A morning tour of Wrangell includes a visit to the Tlingit ceremonial home of Chief Shakes before heading to Juneau, Alaska's capital city. A city tour will showcase Juneau and the Mendenhall Glacier or opt for a helicopter trip to land on a glacier and go dog mushing or glacier hiking.
Day 4 - Juneau
Enjoy Juneau's fine dining and shopping, many featuring local artisans before taking in the Alaska State Museum. From there you will hop a commuter jet or small plane to Gustavus, gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. Stay overnight at a rustic lodge or local B&B.
Day 5 - Glacier Bay National Park
Embark on a full-day cruise into famous Glacier Bay National Park. Watch for bear, humpback and orca whales, seals, sea lions and numerous waterfowl that make this a birders dream come true. The breathtaking scenery and spectacular glaciers will make this a day to remember. After the cruise, board a small commuter plane for Skagway. Enjoy a city or foot tour of the Gold Rush Town and take in a performance of "The Days of '98" after dinner.
Day 6 - Skagway
Historic wooden storefronts are perfectly preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, testimony to the 20,000 gold-seekers who braved the Chilkoot and White Pass trails in 1898. A visit to Skagway would not be complete without taking the tour on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. Re-live the adventure of ascending the pass on a narrow gauge railroad, and view the pass as the gold seekers did from the comfort of your seat on the train. After returning from the 40-mile roundtrip ride, depart for Sitka.
Day 7 - Sitka
In Sitka, you'll take in the Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska's oldest federally designated park, established in 1910 to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka. All that remains of this last major conflict between Europeans and Alaska native is the site of the Tlingit Fort and battlefields, located within this scenic 113-acre park. Here you'll also see working Tlingit artists at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center carving, beading, sewing and eager to share their stories. Other opportunities include the Sitka Raptor Center, St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church, and performances by the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Dancers and/or the Russian New Archangel Dancers before departing.