- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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