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Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii

Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii

From USD $10,895

Description

Encounter iconic Alaskan wildlife around Chicagof Island. Sail along Tracy Arm towards the twin Sawyer Glaciers, keeping your eyes peeled for whales, harbour seals, and bears. Visit the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island, and with special permission, we visit Haida Gwaii, where Haida locals welcome you to their community and share stories about their history and culture. Near Bella Coola, Nuxalk guides will lead you on an exclusive Zodiac excursion in search of grizzly bears.

Trip Name
Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii
Days
13
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 104 meters Passenger Capacity: 126 Built / Refurbished: 2020/2021 Due to sail in October 2021 our new ship honours the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. As the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998 – this vessel pays tribute to Sylvia’s long standing conservation efforts for marine protected areas and ocean wildlife. Sylvia Earle will be actively involved in the development of her namesake. Designed for rugged, remote areas Crossing the notorious Drake Passage or the Denmark Strait, our expeditions face some of the most intense conditions nature can throw at us. The Sylvia Earle is at the cutting edge of nautical technology: robust, powerful and up to the task. Ulstein X-BOW® & Lounge The streamlined Ulstein X-BOW® cuts through the swell so you feel fewer vibrations and disturbances*, and makes quicker transits through waves. It also helps reduce our fuel consumption by up to 60%^. Experience the Glass Atrium Lounge inside the bow, featuring huge windows and superb views to the front of the ship. Swimming pool & wellness centre In between landings, enjoy the heated saltwater open air swimming pool and jacuzzis on board the Sylvia Earle and watch the world go by, or experience our gym, sauna or enjoy a massage (additional cost) in the Wellness centre. Safety features The Sylvia Earle will feature industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for a ship of this size with a world class return-to-port equipment, which duplicates the propulsion system, enabling the ship to maintain operating systems and comfort in the event of engine failure. The ship will also feature a fully-stocked medical clinic designed for use in remote areas. Responsible travel features We believe that preserving and protecting the environment is of the utmost importance and this is reflected in several features of the Sylvia Earle. The Sylvia Earle will boast one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world due to low energy consumption, high fuel-efficiency and a streamlined design to deliver an 80% reduction in emissions. The ship can also utilise virtual anchoring to hold its position using a combination of GPS, steering technology, propellers and thrusters. This protects the sea floor and minimises the damage caused by conventional anchors. Zodiac launching platforms Our ships carry many Zodiacs, which you can board via four dedicated, sea-level launching platforms. These platforms make boarding the Zodiacs as quick, efficient and safe as possible, minimising wait times and getting you closer to the action for longer. Whether you’re Zodiac cruising through awe-inspiring fjords in search of wildlife or making a quick transit from ship to a shore landing site, these sturdy crafts will play an integral role in your expedition experience. Activity preparation area We offer a range of add-on adventure activities from kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, and your ship is designed to support these activities, making the transition from ship to sea or shore as smooth as possible. We built the spacious activity preparation areas and loading platforms in consultation with our expert activity guides. You will also have access to lockers and rapid drying areas for dry suits and wet suits, to give your gear the best chance to dry between excursions.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Sitka
Arrive in Sitka and transfer to your hotel. Upon check-in, reception staff will provide you with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow us to deliver your luggage to your cabin. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at our voyage briefing this evening.Accommodation: Westmark Hotel
Day 2 - Day 2 Sitka
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sitka before transferring to the pier to embark the Sylvia Earle. After boarding, there’s time to settle into your cabin before learning important safety briefings. This evening, meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 - Day 3 Elfin Cove, Icy Strait, Inian Islands
The islands along Icy Strait, such as Inian Island, Point Adolphus, Elfin Cove and George Island, offer some of the best Zodiac-cruising and kayaking experiences. Your expedition leader will draw on their experience to decide the best places to encounter iconic Alaskan wildlife, especially whales, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbour seals, bald eagles and brown bears.
Day 4 - Day 4 Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier
Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, Juneau’s rich culture, and history is reflected throughout the town and its beautiful attractions. In Alaska’s scenic capital, we visit nearby Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most famous glaciers. The glacier is 2.4 km / 1.5 miles wide and is fed by the Juneau Icefield, and ranks as the largest, most rugged glacier that is accessible by road in Alaska. Hike the trails near the glacier to enjoy panoramic views. Back in town, enjoy free time to explore and learn about Juneau’s local history and art with a visit to the newly-built Alaska State Museum.
Day 5 - Day 5 Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
We explore Tracy Arm, featuring spectacular glaciers and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Flanked by colossal granite cliffs with snow-capped mountains in the distance, Zodiac-cruise or kayak among icebergs of tidewater glaciers in search of wildlife. At the end of the waterway are the main attractions: the twin Sawyer Glaciers, which calve regularly to create the icebergs floating in the fjord.
Day 6 - Day 6 Misty Fjords, Metlakatla
In Misty Fjords National Monument, affectionately called ‘The Yosemite of the North, sail along fjords flanked by towering granite cliffs where bald eagles soar, brown bears and black bears prowl the shoreline fishing for salmon’, and abundant marine mammals frolic and patrol the waters. Visit Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay, soaking in the familiar scenery that Alaska is famous for, and perhaps Zodiac to shore for a hike or a paddle in the bay.
Day 7 - Day 7 Metlakatla, Prince Rupert Island
On Annette Island, experience the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Tsimshian tribe of Metlakatla Indian Community, the only Indian Reserve in Alaska.Shore Excursions (choose one of the following): Yellow Hill Hike (3.5 hours)Enjoy a 5-mi / 8-km hike to Yellow Hill, a challenging walk with rewarding panoramic views of Metlakatla and Annette Bay. Walking mostly on timber board walk, stairs, and moderately steep terrain, the hike is suitable for individuals without mobility issues.Visit the community Long House to learn about the building’s history and traditions, and where you will enjoy a dance performance from a local Tsimshian dance group followed by a Q & A with the dancers. Afterwards, visit the Artist Village next door to see handicrafts made by local artists, and which are available for purchase.Walking Town Tour & Totem Pole Journey (3.5 hours)The Totem Exploration Journey is a path guides you to the Totems & points of interest of Metlakatla. On a guided walk, you get a close-up view of the fascinating, handcrafted cedar carvings scattered throughout Metlakatla. During the excursion, you’ll discover the 14 totem poles standing in Metlakatla, all carved by local artists, you’ll visit several historical and cultural points of interest, including the William Duncan Memorial Church, the Metlakatla Indian Community Longhouse, and the Artist Village. Visit the community Long House to learn about the building’s history and traditions, and where you will enjoy a dance performance from a local Tsimshian dance group followed by a Q & A with the dancers. Afterwards, visit the Artist Village next door to see handicrafts made by local artists, and which are available for purchase.Skater’s Lake Trail Walk & Totem Journey (3.5 hours)On this scenic timber boardwalk, you’ll experience the lush scenery at Skater’s Lake. Afterwards, visit the community Long House to learn about the building’s history and traditions, and where you will enjoy a dance performance from a local Tsimshian dance group followed by a Q&A with the dancers. Afterwards, visit the Artist Village next door to see handicrafts made by local artists, and which are available for purchase.Later, at Prince Rupert, we clear U.S customs for entry into Canada.
Day 8 - Days 8–10 Haida Gwaii
Sii.ngaay ’laa! Greetings and welcome! Over three days, your time in Haida Gwaii will be tailor-made by Haida locals who know the area like no-one else can. Mixing culture and history through storytelling, your local Haida guides will share their unique experiences with you on village walks, nature hikes, dance performance and wildlife-viewing excursions. At Naikoon Provincial Park, explore North Beach and hike Tow Hill. We visit the Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay, an award-winning Inuit cultural centre that celebrates the living culture of the Haida people with exhibits on history, wildlife and culture. Protected by Parks Canada and the Haida people who draw cultural inspiration from their ancestors, we plan to offer an optional excursion to Gwaii Haanas Natural Park Reserve, where cedar and Sitka spruce forests tower above the Haida people’s ancient carved poles and fallen longhouses. Here, bald eagles soar overhead, bears scavenge salmon on wild beaches and the ocean teems with whales, porpoises and sea lions.As an expeditioner, your sense of adventure is your most prized possession. Be prepared to explore forests and cruise the coast searching for whales, bears, and sea lions. Visit traditional long-house villages and learn of the Haida’s struggle for independence.
Day 9 - Day 11 Dean River Channel, Kimsquit
We explore the estuaries and tide flats along the Dean River Channel, where some of highest numbers of grizzly bears are known to gather. In a wilderness area rarely visited by cruise ships, we enjoy a grizzly bear-viewing excursion led by Nuxalk guides. Exclusive to Aurora Expeditions, this is a bear-viewing experience not to be missed!
Day 10 - Day 12 Inside Passage
Sail British Columbia’s Inside Passage, navigating through straits and channels that are home to vast pods of orca. Enjoy splendid scenery featuring cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, temperate forests, and abundant marine life.
Day 11 - Day 13 Vancouver
Disembark in Vancouver and transfer to the airport to continue your journey.
Day 12 - Please Note:
The itinerary outlined is intended to be used as a guide. Although we plan to visit as many of the places mentioned in the itinerary as possible, tides, timing, local regulations and weather conditions may determine where we land and the precise order in which we operate the itinerary.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
30-05-202211-06-2022USD $10,895Aurora Stateroom Twin Share
30-05-202211-06-2022USD $11,595Aurora Stateroom Superior
30-05-202211-06-2022USD $11,895Balcony Stateroom Category C
30-05-202211-06-2022USD $12,495Balcony Stateroom Category B
30-05-202211-06-2022USD $13,395Balcony Stateroom Category A
30-05-202211-06-2022USD $14,695Balcony Stateroom Superior
30-05-202211-06-2022USD $18,395Junior Suite
30-05-202211-06-2022USD $21,795Captain’s Suite

Inclusions

    • Guided by local Nuxalk guides, explore the estuaries and tide flats along the Dean River Channel, where grizzly bears are known to gather in their greatest numbers
    • Spend three days in Haida Gwaii, where Haida residents share stories about their history and culture, and look for wildlife on Zodiac cruises or while hiking through lush temperate forest
    • Explore the islands around Icy Strait for superb wildlife-viewing opportunities by Zodiac-cruising, kayaking or shoreline exploration while keeping watch for iconic wildlife such as orca, brown bears, Steller sea lions and countless birds
    • Experience Tongass National Forest, the largest forest in the U.S covering most of southeast Alaska and encompassing famous wilderness areas such as Misty Fjords National Monument and Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

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