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Exploring Muir's Wildnerness

Onboard the Safari Endeavour

from $4,695
8 days

Ship Name

Safari Endeavour

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

May - September

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Trip Summary

“Hopelessly beyond description,” said John Muir of his beloved Alaska. Behold—inspiration on a grand scale, the crack of white thunder, whales and wildlife, and Glacier Bay National Park. This small and comfortable expedition vessel is perfect for individuals or families and offers a myriad of included adventure activites that bring you up close to Muir's Alaska.

Activities
Child Friendly
Whale Watching
Kayaking
Hiking
Paddle Boarding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation

Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!

Day 2

Icy Straight

It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.

Day 3

Glacier Bay National Park

It’s a day John Muir would’ve delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice, as recently as 1795, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.

Day 4

Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island

The options are aplenty—it's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made

Day 5

Thomas Bay

The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day 6

Port Houghton

Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

Day 7

Endicott Arm / Fords Terror

Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.

Day 8

Juneau - Disembark

After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. You’ll be transferred to the Juneau airport, your hotel stay or land tour.

Dates & Rates

Please click on a column header to view cabin photos and descriptions.

Departure DateMasterCommander SuiteCaptain SuiteAdmiral SuiteCommodore SuiteSingle
 May 14 - May 21469549955495619587956195
 May 21 - May 28469549955495619587956195
 May 28 - Jun 4529555956095689594956895
 Jun 4 - Jun 115995629567957596103957795
 Jun 11 - Jun 175995629567957596103957795
 Jun 18 - Jun 255995629567957596103957795
 Jun 25 - Jul 25995629567957596103957795
 Jul 2 - Jul 95995629567957596103957795
 Jul 9 - Jul 165995629567957596103957795
 Jul 16 - Jul 235995629567957596103957795
 Jul 23 - Jul 305995629567957596103957795
 Jul 30 - Aug 65995629567957596103957795
 Aug 6 - Aug 135995629567957596103957795
 Aug 13 - Aug 205995629567957596103957795
 Aug 20 - Aug 27529555956095689594956895
 Aug 27 - Sep 3469549955495619587956195
 Sep 3 - Sep 10469549955495619587956195

View Rate Notes

The above rates are in U.S. dollars and per person, double occupancy, unless indicated otherwise. Rates displayed do not reflect special offers or discounts, inquire for final pricing.

Deposit: $750 per person deposit (refundable up to 72 hours after payment is received).

Final Payment: Due 60 days prior to departure. Payment is due by check, credit card, wire transfer or money order.

Additional Costs, Discounts & Departure Notes:

  • Port Fees: $250 per person
  • Single: Limited amount of single cabins available at fixed rates determined seasonally. Inquire for details. Any cabin (except Single) may be sold as a single for 175% of double occupancy rate if available.
  • Triple: Available in the Commodore Suites, (inquire for special pricing)
  • Child: $500 rate reduction for kids 8-13 years old
  • Themed Departures are Marine Biology 6/11/17 (with Carolyn Bergstrom) & 8/20/17;  Photography 6/4/17 & 8/13/17

Included: All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port taxes/fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage

Not Included: Airfare to and from your home city, port fees $250pp,  discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, travel insurance, optional excursions and land tours.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Penalties are based on the number of days prior to departure and are subject to change without notice. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 91 days or more: 50% of initial deposit
  • 90-61 days: forfeiture of full deposit
  • 60-46 days: 50% of gross fare
  • 45-31 days: 75% of gross fare
  • 30-0 days: 100% of gross fare

 Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Ship Information

M/V Safari Endeavour - 84 Passengers

Aboard this spacious expedition vessel, 3 decks offer ample outside vantage points for taking in daytime sights and the sparkling night sky with new friends. Interior spaces including the intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library provide comfortable and relaxing spaces to relax, gather for presentations, or to share experiences from the day. The fully-stocked bar in the lounge is a magnet for activity and mingling.  Ready for adventure at a moment’s notice, the Safari Endeavour is fully loaded with adventure equipment: kayaks; paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; and snorkel gear and wetsuits; plus, a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera. Perks include 2 hot tubs, a sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a massage suite.

Trip Policy

Included: All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port taxes/fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage; 

Not Included: Airfare to and from your home city, Port Fees: $250 pp, discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew, travel insurance, optional excursions and land tours.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Penalties are based on the number of days prior to departure and are subject to change without notice. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 91 days or more: 50% of initial deposit
  • 90-61 days: forfeiture of full deposit
  • 60-46 days: 50% of gross fare
  • 45-31 days: 75% of gross fare
  • 30-0 days: 100% of gross fare

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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