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Glacier Bay Adventure

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7 days • Level 1 (Details)Glacier Bay Adventure
From the waterfront Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau to an exclusive wilderness lodge in Gustavus, your home bases for the Glacier Bay Adventure ready you for a trip like no other: Alaska helicopter rides to a glacier, scenic flights, whale watching, sea kayaking, small ship day cruising and unparalleled wildlife viewing. Witness the magnificent tidewater glaciers and wildlife of Glacier Bay Nat ional Park aboard a high-speed catamaran. Watch whales, sea otters, sea lions and bald eagles on a private wildlife excursion to Point Adolphus. After a helicopter flight-see over the Juneau Ice Field, local guides lead you on a trek across the surface of a glacier. Many travelers choose to extend this adventure to spend more time at the Bear Track Inn and Glacier Bay. Ask our expert staff about additional activities such as fishing, White Pass Railroad excursions, zipline adventures, sea kayaking and more. read more From the waterfront Goldbelt Hotel in Juneau to an exclusive wilderness lodge in Gustavus, your home bases for the Glacier Bay Adventure ready you for a trip like no other: Alaska helicopter rides to a glacier, scenic flights, whale watching, sea kayaking, small ship day cruising and unparalleled wildlife viewing. Witness the magnificent tidewater glaciers and wildlife of Glacier Bay National Park aboard a high-speed catamaran. Watch whales, sea otters, sea lions and bald eagles on a private wildlife excursion to Point Adolphus. After a helicopter flight-see over the Juneau Ice Field, local guides lead you on a trek across the surface of a glacier. Many travelers choose to extend this adventure to spend more time at the Bear Track Inn and Glacier Bay. Ask our expert staff about additional activities such as fishing, White Pass Railroad excursions, zipline adventures, sea kayaking and more.
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Day 1 - Arrive Juneau

Day 2 - Glacier Trekking

Day 3 - Scenic Flight to Glacier Bay

Day 4 - Point Adolphus Whale Watching

Day 5 - Sea Kayak Alaska

Day 6 - Glacier Bay National Park Day Cruise

Day 7 - Depart Juneau


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Day 1 - Arrive Juneau

Arrive independently at the Juneau airport where a hotel courtesy shuttle brings you to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore this historic gold rush city on your own.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Goldbelt Hotel
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Glacier Trekking

The up-close exploration begins with a scenic Alaska helicopter flight over the incredible Juneau Ice Field, birthplace to many of the region’s glaciers. On your way, witness the landscape change from the lush forests at sea level to the granite peaks that surround the Juneau Icefield. As soon as the helicopter touches down, professional glacier guides teach the basic mountaineering skills and proper use of ice axe, crampons and other equipment. Then you're led on an exhilarating hike across the ice. No experience is necessary. This afternoon, return downtown to explore, shop or relax on your own.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Goldbelt Hotel
MEALS:
n/a

Day 3 - Scenic Flight to Glacier Bay

Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight over Alaska’s Inside Passage to Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. Upon arrival in this quaint homestead community, you are met by a local representative and transferred to the trip's family-run wilderness lodge. You’ll appreciate sitting by the roaring fire enjoying views of Icy Strait. The afternoon is open to explore the surrounding wilderness. Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner made from scratch with local ingredients.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Bear Track Inn
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Point Adolphus Whale Watching

Across Icy Strait from Glacier Bay lies Point Adolphus, one of the premier humpback whale watching sites in the world. Nutrient-rich currents from Glacier Bay attract these magnificent cetaceans. Each year they gather here to feed on krill and herring-filled waters. You may also see Minke and Orca whales, porpoise, seals, sea lions and sea otters sharing in the bounty. The rich waters and pristine forests also attract numerous bald eagles and seabirds, brown bears and deer. Return to the lodge for lunch and a free afternoon to relax or explore.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Bear Track Inn
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Sea Kayak Alaska

Spend the day actively exploring Alaska’s wilderness up close with a 6-hour kayaking excursion. You will be transported to the first paddle site in a kayak-outfitted vessel for drop off in the morning. Your kayak guide knows the best locations for natural history exploration including whale watching, birding or marine mammals. Point Adolphus is a rich summer feeding ground for humpback whales but sightings may also include Orca or Killer whales, Minke whales, porpoise, sea otters, sea lions, bald eagles and more. The vessel later returns for pick up in the afternoon, and return to the Bear Track Inn for dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Bear Track Inn
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Glacier Bay National Park Day Cruise

Board the M/V Spirit of Adventure to cruise 70 miles up Glacier Bay’s beautiful West Arm where you will witness a spectacular congregation of tidewater glaciers. Take time to imagine how this entire bay must have looked just 200 years ago, when it was completely filled with ice. Since that time it has endured the fastest retreat of glaciers in recorded history, some 70 miles. Throughout the journey you will be witness to the succession of habitats from old growth temperate rain forest at the bay’s mouth to bare rock near the glaciers’ face. Watch for resident wildlife en route to the glaciers including whales, harbor seals, otters, bears, mountain goats and moose. During the cruise a National Park Service Ranger interprets the ecological, natural and cultural history of the park. This evening fly back to Juneau and transfer to your downtown hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Goldbelt Hotel
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 7 - Depart Juneau

Transfer to the Juneau International Airport to catch your flight home or begin your Alaska trip extension.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
n/a

Itinerary Notes

We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes our style of travel unique.

Arrival & Departure

Your Glacier Bay Adventure starts and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). Airport arrivals may be at anytime on Day 1 and departures may be at anytime on Day 7. Transfers will be provided both upon arrival on Day 1 and on Day 7 for your return flight home.

Internal Flights

Internal flights from Juneau to Gustavus are booked aboard small planes. While these are regularly scheduled flights they are almost like a flight-seeing excursion and we feel this is part of the Alaska experience. Baggage limits on these flights are 70 pounds per person, and travelers will be charged 50 cents per pound for additional luggage.

Activities

Included in this trip are sea kayaking, glacier trekking, a helicopter ride and opportunities to hike. Optional add-on activities include Alaska fishing from salt-water charters to Blue Ribbon stream fishing; the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark that climbs nearly 3000 feet in just 20 miles and features cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees; additional sea kayaking and whale watching; flight-seeing; a visit to the brown bears of Chichagof Island and the option to ride the longest zip line in the world; and golfing at Mt. Fairweather Golf Course.
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Departs Any Day:
From early June through late September. Prices are per person for 2014, based on double, triple or quadruple occupancy cabins.

2 guests: $3495

3 guests: $3095

4 guests: $2895


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Included

Airport arrival transfer via courtesy shuttle, most meals, accommodations in a mix of hotels and rustic lodges, entrance fees, leadership, crew, local guides, kayaking, hiking activities, private coach transfers in Gustavus.

Exclusions

Taxes of $216 per person double occupancy,$204 per person triple/quad occupancy. Airfare to Alaska, airport taxes, excess baggage charges; any additional hotel nights in Gustavus or Juneau; some meals, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of 50% of the total tour cost is required to book this trip. The remaining 50% of the tour cost is due 90 days before departure. Cancellation fees are as follows, for days prior to departure:
91 days or more - 50% of deposit
31-90 days - 50% of total tour cost
0-30 days - 100% of total tour cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Trip Reviews

OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

The captain and crew of the Sea Wolf made this a wonderful experience. They were eager to make this a fun, exciting and educational cruise. The small group atmosphere allowed for a lot of special attention. We were busy all the time. It was fun to get to know the crew and to learn so much much about the Glacier Bay area and its' wildlife, while paying close attention not to upset the delicate balance of nature.

Meals Review

Lynn is an excellent chef. Her meal choices, preparation and presentation can't be beat.  It was great when one of crew joined us for dinner

Crew & Guides Review

Captain Jay was very personable, welcoming and always cautious about safety. We enjoyed times in the wheel house talking with him about the ship and the local area. We couldn't have asked for more knowledgeable and eager naturalists. Monica and Julie were always eager to share mountains of information about the wildlife, plant life, history of the glacier movement and re-vegetation after glacial retreat as well as conservation of the area.  They were always eager to point out points of interest as well as wildlife. The engineer, Keith, always greeted us with a smile and was eager to meet any need. The tour of the engine room was very interesting as was the history of the ship itself. What a great  summer experience for the intern- Olivia and the deckhand - Jordanne.  Both were very eager to  help make this cruise an enjoyable journey for us. What a great way for the Sea Wolf to give back to the community. We enjoyed meeting them. Everyone was always very professional, knowledgeable, helpful and it was obvious that they genuinely love their work.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Aaron Gaines was incredibly helpful in helping us plan this great trip. His attention to detail and follow are to be commended. 

Traveler Advice

Dress warm.

K. Peterson - Falcon, CO
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 4 stars

Overall Trip Review

Pick-ups/transfers were always on time.People we encountered were wonderful & friendly;accommodating. Bear Track Inn is great.  Glacier Bay day trip and whale watching to Pt. Adolphus also good.  There wasn't anything we didn't enjoy.  Although disappointed that the helicopter trip had to be cancelled per storm. This was a way to spend a few days with my 10-y.o. Grandson in a beautiful, natural environment.

Accommodations Review

2 nights at Goldbelt Hotel were good.  2 nights at Bear Track Inn most enjoyable.

Meals Review

The food at Bear Track Inn is varied and delicious.

Crew & Guides Review

Our Ranger on Glacier Bay, Andrew, was exceptional.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

My custom itinerary covered it all quite well. Each place we arrived, our transportation was waiting for us. Love the small planes to Gustavus from Juneau. We love Alaska!!

Traveler Advice

Turn off all electronics and soak in the beauty.

L. Brown - Sacramento, CA
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 4 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Report

Exceeded our expectations all around, an amazing trip! We dragged Francie (Wife) somewhat kicking and screaming to Alaska after wanting a fufu sit by the beach vacation, but now she can't stop bragging about it. Proof is in the pudding. The best experience was the glacial trek over the Mendenhall Glacier. Helicopter ride let you see so much of the varied terrain and the grandeur of the location from a great vantage. Also being on the Glacier itself was surreal, like you are on the moon or the north pole. Blows the senses, plus highly educational and fun. The fish didn't bite for about 5 hours. But we hit a weird seasonal tide that chased the fish away until the last 5 minutes of fishing where we nailed 2 big ones..so it wasn't a bad experience. Plus there were whales and sea lions all over the place. This was a truly remarkable vacation. We even grew to like Juneau, the views were great, and there are hiking trails just 3 - 4 blocks out of town that lead you to mountain tops and waterfalls.

Accommodations Review

Bear Track Inn gets an excellent. Juneau hotels were humorously fair or poor..but that was part of the charm I guess. We laughed at the broken toilet seat, the dirty showers, broken lamp shades etc at the GoldBelt Hotel. Its clear that Juneau is a cruise ship town and doesn't really cater to hotel folks. We laughed and enjoyed it all the same. choppers were stellar. Puddle-jumpers via air excursion were run down and kinda scary, but also added to the charm. we giggled a lot, the pilots were GREAT...so that made us feel good. That Gustavus airport is a crack up.

Meals Review

Bear Track did an awesome job.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Andrew is awesome, very responsive.  Excellent for the most part, except a few missing things like our itinerary for our trip to Gustavus and not knowing how to tip for a few events. No big deal, you guys are very very responsive with the questions so we are very pleased. The pre-trip information is awesome.

Traveler Advice

Bring loads of cash for tips. Don't be put off by the weather. It is mostly cloudy in Juneau. Better weather evidently shows up in l Aug - Sep. We were initially bummed that it was going to be cloudy with showers the entire week, but after seeing the grandeur out there, we were still blown away by the beauty. I can't imagine how more beautiful it would be with sunshine. Bring plenty of waterproof layers (moisture wicking) and maybe some warmer items. Definitely a hat, preferably insulated. Don't forget your cameras in the parking lot back home, like we did.

T. Lowe - Lafayette, CA