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Destination: Southeast Alaska
Discover Southeast Alaska (Juneau to Sitka)

Discover Southeast Alaska (Juneau to Sitka)Itinerary

July 26 – August 2, 2024

The Chichagof Dream itinerary order and daily activities (including skiff rides, kayaking and hiking) are subject to change based on weather, wildlife viewing, and navigating conditions.

Day 1: Arrive in Juneau – Embarkation 
Friday, July 26, 2024
Today, travel to Juneau from your home city or from Anchorage if you visited Denali National Park on the six-day Orbridge Pre-Tour.

For those arriving by the suggested time, join an included excursion to explore the Alaska State Museum. Peruse the museum's artifacts and art objects that tell the tale of Alaska's history, including extensive ethnographic exhibits of the cultures of Alaska's native people.

NOTE: The originally planned tour of Mendenhall Glacier will be replaced with an alternate excursion due to the reduction of permits granted by the National Park Service for 2024.

Afterward, take a short bus ride to the Chichagof Dream for embarkation. Enjoy your first dinner on board as you get to know your Expedition Leader, naturalists, crew, and travel companions.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (D)

Day 2: Icy Strait 
Saturday, July 27, 2024
Relax on deck with your binoculars and a hot cup of cocoa as you sail through Icy Strait in search of wildlife, including orcas (killer whales), Steller sea lions, seals, porpoises, and magnificent humpback whales. Watch the treetops along the shoreline for bald eagles.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park 
Sunday, July 28, 2024
Arrive in Glacier Bay National Park, where scientists have found exposed rock that's believed to be more than 200 million years old. While at Bartlett Cove, visit the park lodge and visitor center or participate in a guided forest walk. Watch for puffins, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, mountain goats, bears, and eagles, and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Alaska.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 4: Tracy Arm Fjord
Monday, July 29, 2024
This morning, experience Tracy Arm, a narrow fjord that winds through towering mountains and massive glaciers. Witness the “calving” of glaciers as gigantic chunks of ice break and crash into the water. Watch for harbor seals that often dot the ice floes and mountain goats on nearby perches. In the afternoon, if conditions permit, glide through and discover coves or bays by skiff, soaking in the splendor of some of the most untouched wilderness in the world. 
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 5: Petersburg | Frederick Sound 
Tuesday, July 30, 2024
This morning, visit charming Petersburg, a fishing village founded by a Norwegian fisherman in the late 1800s. At the Sons of Norway Hall, see customary Norwegian dances and taste traditional home-made pastries and cookies. After lunch on board or in town, take a skiff across Wrangell Narrows for a beautiful hike on the Petersburg Creek Trail. Depart Petersburg in the late afternoon and sail through Frederick Sound in search of whales.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 6: Eastern Baranof Island | Hidden Falls 
Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Experience a rare tour of the Hidden Falls Hatchery and learn about the release of Chinook, coho, and chum salmon fry and smolts, and the vital role fishing has played in Alaska for centuries. In the evening, share the day's adventures with your fellow travelers over dinner.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 7: Lake Eva
Thursday, August 1, 2024
Spend the morning cruising to Lake Eva. Take a guided hike or join a skiff excursion (if conditions permit). Recount your trip highlights with fellow travelers tonight during a Captain's Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream (B,L,D)

Day 8: Sitka – Disembarkation | Depart Sitka
Friday, August 2, 2024
Disembark this morning after breakfast. Take a complimentary shuttle to your accommodation if you reserved a post-night in Sitka or to the airport for your flight home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner 

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level

Moderate

This program offers a variety of activities: skiff rides, walking, hiking, and kayaking. Activities are not strenuous for guests with average mobility. Walks and hikes are leisurely in pace to allow guests the opportunity to see and learn as much as possible about the region. Skiffs provide the mode for much of the exploration on this program and sure-footed guests can enter/exit them with little trouble. The Chichagof Dream crew is diligent in assisting guests while boarding and exiting the ship and small craft. Guests with no previous experience can easily handle the double kayaks. We expect that guests on this program can walk with good balance and go up and down stairs easily without assistance, as the Chichagof Dream does not have an elevator.