The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Discover Southeast Alaska

July 6 – July 13, 2018

Details

Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska.

Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.

Tour highlights and included features

  • See the spray of whales only yards away and venture into secluded inlets as you get up close to nature, whether from the decks of the Admiralty Dream, or aboard its skiffs and kayaks.
  • Accompanied by an Orbridge Expedition Leader and two expert naturalists, learn surprising details about animal behavior, glacier activity, and the wealth of natural spectacles along these protected waters.
  • Learn about Alaska's culture and living history during a Native dance performance at a Tlingit Clan House and from a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide at Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Tour Hidden Falls Hatchery where you'll learn about Chum, Chinook, and Coho Salmon.
  • Joined by a Park Ranger, cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to see the sanctuary’s deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, and snow-capped mountain ranges.
  • 7 nights accommodations aboard the Admiralty Dream.
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners.
  • Beverages including complimentary beer and wine with dinner.
  • All excursions and presentations.
  • Luggage porterage.
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.
  • Optional Pre-Tour Extension: Denali National Park.

Dates July 6 – July 13, 2018

Cost $3,495* (From price. Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Cruise

Region North America

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Operator

Contact Debbie Vargo
vargo.42@osu.edu
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1

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Itinerary

Today, travel to Sitka from your home city, or from Anchorage if you visited Denali National Park on the 6-day Orbridge Pre-Tour. Before embarkation, explore the newly renovated Alaska State Museum. Peruse the museum's artifacts and art objects that tell the tale of Alaska's history. Then visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to view the fascinating glacial mass.

Afterward, take a short bus ride to the Admiralty Dream for your embarkation. Enjoy your first dinner on board as you get to know your Expedition Leader, crew, and travel companions.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (D)

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Relax on deck with your binoculars and a hot cup of cocoa as you sail through Icy Strait in search of wildlife, including orca (killer whales), Steller sea lions, seal, porpoise, and the magnificent humpback whales. Along the shore, perhaps catch sight of bald eagles in the treetops. Choose from activities like kayaking, skiff rides, and hiking.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

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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 hike. Meet a National Park Service Ranger and a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide who will come aboard and accompany you during your time in Glacier Bay National Park. Watch for puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, bears, and eagles, and take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

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Spend the morning cruising through the Peril Strait to Hanus Bay. In the afternoon, enjoy a kayak, skiff or hiking excursion. Hike through old-growth forest to Lake Eva, home to a variety of salmon and trout.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

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Experience a rare tour of the Hidden Falls Hatchery where you will learn about the release of Chinook and Coho salmon fry and smolts, and the vital role fishing has held in Alaska for centuries. In the evening, share the day's adventures with your fellow travelers over dinner.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Arrive early at the charming fishing village of Petersburg, founded by a Norwegian fisherman in the late 1800s. Tour the town with a local guide and see the local youth perform a spirited dance celebrating their Norwegian heritage. Explore the town on your own, then return to the Admiralty Dream for lunch. Afterward, take a skiff excursion for a beautiful hike at Petersburg Creek across Wrangell Narrows. Depart Petersburg in the late afternoon and sail through Frederick Sound in search of whales.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

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Today 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 floating platforms and mountain goats on nearby perches. In the afternoon and conditions permitting, glide through and discover coves or bays by kayak or skiff, soaking in the splendor of some of the most untouched wilderness in the world. Recount your trip highlights with fellow travelers tonight during a Captain's Farewell Dinner.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Disembark this morning after breakfast and take your complimentary shuttle to the airport for your flight home, or to your accommodation if you reserved a post-night in Juneau. (B)

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*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Debbie Vargo at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1
Email: vargo.42@osu.edu

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