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Explore Denali & sail Alaska's Glacier Bay

Join a small expeditionary boat cruise, disembarking to trek and kayak amongst bears and whales

13 days

from £7,232pp (excluding flights)
  • Board the Alaskan Railroad for an adventure to a remote lodge in Denali National Park
  • Spend seven nights on a small expeditionary ship exploring remote areas of Alaska
  • Watch for whales, bears, mountain goats, sea lions, puffins, bald eagles and sea otters
  • Disembark for daily expert guided excursions, including kayaking, paddle boarding or walking
Experience the highlights of Alaska's remote wilderness, spending three nights in Denali National Park before boarding an expeditionary vessel for a seven-night cruise through the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. Explore glacial landscapes and temperate rainforests, go paddling and hiking, or unwind in a hot tub under the stars.

Why cruise?

Travelling on a small ship grants access to the remotest bays and coves and allows for up close wildlife viewings in areas that are virtually inaccessible by land. This journey by vessel operates in an area that is comprised of around 1,000 islands and 15,000 miles of coastline, and all of this impossible to reach overland due to the distinct absence of roads. Without overland access to any of the navigable destinations, passengers on the Safari Endeavour can experience true isolation in the Alaskan wilderness.

Relaxed within their natural habitats, the resident wildlife are unperturbed by the presence of this exploratory vessel. Dozens, and occassionally hundreds, of humpback whales can be observed in a magnificent natural display around Admirality Island, and skiff safaris bring you closer to the sea lions and sea otters that bob on the surface of these icy waters.

The Safari Endeavour carefully balances its expeditionary capabilities that include underwater hydrophones and EZ Dock launch platforms (that make launching kayaks and boarding skiffs easy!) with luxurious amenities of saunas, hot tubs, fitness equipment, massage suites and yoga classes.

Pre-Cruise

Take a panoramic overland train journey on the Alaskan Railroad from Fairbanks to the fringes of Denali National Park, followed by a 90-mile cross-country shuttle in to the heart of the six-million-acre wilderness. From the cosy North Face Lodge, your home for three nights, embark on mountain biking and canoeing trips or guided expeditions in search of wolves, moose, bears and caribou. When departing the lodge, take an optional light-aircraft flight for a lasting eagle-eye view of the park from above.

Unique Experiences

Surrounded by spectacularly expansive scenery and 360° views of snow-capped mountains, lush temperate rainforests, huge glaciers and iceberg-laced fjords, cruising comes with the obvious advantage of navigating through the remote waterways of Alaska in the comfort of a floating hotel. In an area known for inconceivable populations of moose, mountain goats and stealthy brown and black bears (which you will be on the lookout for during your voyage), this route also traverses what are arguably the richest whale waters in south east Alaska, frequented by orcas and porpoises.

These outlying locations are not only to be witnessed from the comfort of the boat, and passengers are treated to daily off-boat excursions come rain or shine. Harnessing a true expeditionary spirit, the expert guides will accompany you on explorations of sea and land by kayak, paddle-board, skiff or on foot that are suited to all abilities. While routes are planned in advance, the crew operate with a high level of flexibility that responds to both weather conditions and wildlife populations, so exciting changes are always possible at the last minute.

What is given back?

The Safari Endeavour works closely with a number of local communities and charities, and is particularly invested in hands-on approach animal and habitat conservation programmes. Food and supplies are also purchased locally, an action that aims to enrich the lives of Alaska's remote populations. 

Sustainability

With a stringent single-use plastics policy and a dedication to the provision of only sustainable consumables on board, the Safari Endeavour is an advocate of responsible travel. The ship's fuel has been selected in compliance with its replaced engines, part of an efficiency overhaul motivated by lessening the environmental footprint of the vessel, and a stringent "Leave No Trace" policy is in place on all voyages.

Guides

Days spent sailing in the glacial landscapes of Alaska are already breath-taking, but it is the enthusiastic and knowledgeable expedition guides that make the small group excursions truly memorable. Whether exploring forests on foot, beachcombing along the coast, paddling past icebergs or wildlife watching from small motor boats, you will be accompanied by local specialists with advanced training in natural and cultural history. So that passengers can further take advantage of their supreme local knowledge, the guides present informal evening lectures throughout the voyage.

Steppes' Value Adds

During the sailing, Steppes clients will receive a $50 shipboard credit.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 7232 £ 1000
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what is included

  • Accommodation on a full board basis on the boat
  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Seattle
  • Guided small group sightseeing on the boat as per itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly Seattle to Fairbanks


You will be staying at Springhill Suites Fairbanks, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Travel from Fairbanks to Denali National Park (Rail Journey)


Drive from Phalodi to Jodhpur.


Denali National Park is a huge area of wilderness, covering six million acres, with just one road running through it. The National Park has glaciers, lakes, rivers and mountains, including Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak. Wildlife in this area is fantastic with the chance to see moose, bears, caribou and wolves.


You will be staying at North Face Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Camp Denali Daily Activities
Join Camp Denali's naturalist guides to explore remote alpine valleys and tundra-covered ridges where you can take time to observe wildlife and learn about the hardiness of the tundra's flora. Guides are highly trained and practiced in interpreting biology, botany, sub-arctic ecology, geology, bird life and Alaska history. They are also experienced backcountry travelers and enjoy sharing their favorite places in the park.

Each morning, there will be the opportunity for a guided outings requiring different levels of physical activity. Your goal may be to seek a summit ridgeline for its commanding view and high alpine wildflowers, or to meander in a lush valley looking for ground-nesting birds and meadow flowers. Either way, the naturalist guides will assist you in negotiating the trail-less terrain while sharing their knowledge of Denali National Park.

Over the course of your stay, these guided trips take in different areas of the park, allowing you to experience a variety of geologic formations, hiking opportunities, wildlife habitat and scenery.


You will be staying at North Face Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Day at leisure in Denali National Park


Anchorage is the main gateway to Alaska and the state's largest city, surrounded on all sides by wilderness. With a stunning backdrop of the Chugach mountains and sitting on the edge of the Cook Inlet, almost half of Alaska's population live here.


You will be staying at Anchorage Marriott Downtown, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Fly Anchorage to Juneau


Juneau is the state capital in an area known as the Inside Passage. A stunning coastal route made up of narrow channels, fiords, small islands and surrounded by snow topped mountains. It is a wonderful area for seeing bald eagles, sea lions and whales.


Juneau embarkation
Meet fellow guests and expedition leaders and then embark the boat in late afternoon, sail out towards Icy Strait.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, full board

Day 7

Glacier Bay
Over the two days in the park you will travel nearly 60 miles to the tidewater glaciers of Grand Pacific and Margerie, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. If conditions permit, take a zodiac cruise to weave among the icebergs or paddle your kayak in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. The bay is home to puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, bears, moose and eagles. Glacier Bay is at its best when explored by small groups over the course of two days to hike and kayak inside the bay and wilderness areas.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, full board

Day 9

Chatham Strait
Chatham Strait stretches for 150 miles in the Tongass National Forest. Anchor in a remote Chichagof Island inlet where many adventure optons are available, trekking through moss-covered trees; kayak, paddle board in the sheltered waters of the bay; or take a skiff ride in search of wildlife. Tonight, take a nightcap to the sun deck and watch the sky.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, full board

Day 10

Kuiu Island
Salmon streams dot the coastline and where there’s salmon, there are usually bears. Kuiu Island is home to one of the world’s densest populations of black bears. Scope the intertidal zones of Saginaw Bay for them from a kayak or skiff. Eagles fish here too, their white heads give away their perches. Kayak along the Keku Islands or take the pace down a notch checking out tide pools and abundant life in the intertidal zones.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, full board

Day 11

Frederick Sound
Spend the day cruising the feeding grounds of Frederick Sound for an excellent chance for viewing humpback whales and other marine wildlife. Pass by Five Fingers Lighthouse and watch for playful antics at a large sea lions haul out made from dozens of rocky islets. Later, cruise picturesque bays, where evergreen forests crowd the shores.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, full board

Day 12

Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier
Snow-covered mountains, glacier-carved valleys and ice calving glaciers, this is an impressive wilderness area. Skiffing up Endicott Arm, harbour seals pups laze around on icebergs. If the tides are right, slip into Fords Terror. The fjord’s steep walls are streaked with waterfalls. Choked with ice, at the end of the arm, meet Dawes Glacier. Blue ice marches down from the Coast Mountains. With a sharp crack, a calving slice makes a mega-splash. Tonight, celebrate with a farewell dinner and photo journal from your expedition team.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, full board

Day 13

Juneau disembarkation
Arrive back into Juneau. Disembarkation directly after breakfast followed by group transfer to the airport.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

North Face Lodge

North Face Lodge

North Face Lodge is a north-country inn, set amongst native tundra, overlooking the Alaska Range, in the heart of Denali National Park....

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Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

At 70m long, the Safari Endeavour is a small ship excellent for exploring the small bays and inlets of South East Alaska and getting close to the wildlife....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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