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Juneau to Gustavus, or Juneau to Juneau
Juneau-Excursion Inlet-Glacier Bay National Park-Gustavus:
This trip starts in JUNEAU and ends in GUSTAVUS (return to Gustavus the morning of day 5):
$17,500 (5 people)
$21,000 (6 people)
JUNEAU-JUNEAU (return to Juneau morning of day 6):
5 Days/5 Nights:
$15,500 (up to 4 people)
$19,375 (5 people)
$23,250 (6 people)
JUNEAU-JUNEAU (return to Juneau morning of day 7):
6 Days/6 Nights:
$16,600 (up to 4 people)
$20,750 (5 people)
$24,900 (6 people)
SAMPLE ITINERARIES BELOW - All trips are customized to your group.
4 DAYS/4 NIGHTS: JUNEAU-EXCURSION INLET-GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK-GUSTAVUS :
Day 1: Leave Juneau at 8:00 am. Cruise to Icy Straits while viewing whales, bears, otters, eagles and more. Troll for several hours out of Swanson Harbor for Salmon to eat onboard. Journey to Excursion Inlet, site of an old WWII POW camp and deep water submarine port, now operating as a fish processing plant. Stroll the area and view artifacts from past generations including steam logging equipment and bunkers. Visit the new historic museum with fascinating memorabilia and newspapers from the German POW days and past cannery activities. From there, we will cruise to the end of Excursion Inlet for our evening anchorage in a secluded cove often filled with brown bears, moose, porpoise, and birds of all kinds. A hearty hot evening meal will be served. Fish for Dolly Varden trout when available, and drop crab pots for Dungeness Crab.
Day 2: After a hot breakfast, we will cruise to and enter Glacier Bay National Park with our exclusive 10-year private permit, awarded to only 15 charter operators statewide. Glacier Bay is a natural resource brimming with glaciers, glacial ice tide pools, spectacular scenery and wildlife. Our first stop is Park Headquarters, Bartlett Cove. Visit the Lodge Interpretive Center, walk the beautiful 1 Mile Rainforest Trail, identify the many wildflowers in bloom, stroll the beach for shells. Back onboard, we will cruise a short distance across the inlet and jig the rest of the afternoon for halibut with our exclusive 6-pole sport charter halibut permit. Spend the night in a secluded cove in the Park. After dinner, keep your eyes open for bears on the beach, and other wildlife.
Day 3: Journey to the Glaciers: Johns Hopkins, Marjorie, Lamplugh, and Reid. Eat a hot breakfast and watch the abundance of wildlife during the day, from bears to whales. Johns Hopkins Glacier moves 12-15 feet per day and the calving activity is spectacular! We will anchor in Reid Inlet near the glacier and zodiac to shore where you can walk along the beach at the base of the glacier. Awesome photography opportunities await you this entire day. Spend the night in a secluded anchorage. Hot lunch and dinner onboard.
Day 4: After a hot breakfast, we will head towards North Sandy Cove, a rich ecosystem that supports black bears, moose, coyotes, and a plentiful marine environment. Nearby Puffin Island with its low tide vertical intertidal zone, is home to hundreds of sponges, periwinkles, whelks, sea cucumbers and urchins. On the way to N. Sandy, we will pass South Marble Island, a large Stellar Sea Lion Haul-out and a seabird-nesting rookery. We will also pass Gloomy Knob where we often view majestic Mountain Goats peppered throughout the rock walls.
Day 5: We will take you back to Bartlett Cove for the 10-mile shuttle to Alaska Airlines or Alaska Seaplanes where you will depart in the afternoon back to Juneau and other destinations.
5 Days/5 Nights: ADD ONE MORE DAY TO THE ABOVE:
Days 1-4 are the same.
Day 5: Leave Glacier Bay and cruise to Point Adolphus, home to dozens of returning summer Humpback Whales that put on a spectacular show just for you! You will have plenty of opportunity to photograph the Humpback Whales while they play, spout and breach, right in front of your eyes. Anchor in secluded Swanson Harbor for the night.
Day 6: Rise and shine for a hot breakfast and cruise our way back to Juneau. We will deliver you to the Juneau airport for your afternoon flight, or to your hotel if you plan to spend additional time in Juneau.
6 Days/6 Nights: ADD ONE MORE DAY TO THE ABOVE:
Days 1-4 are the same.
Day 5: We will leave Glacier Bay and cross Icy Straits heading west towards the ocean to the community of Elfin Cove, a tiny fishing village with NO ROADS and NO CARS. Elfin Cove is like stepping back in time, only accessible by float plane of private boat. Explore this magical village, walking on the Boardwalk and taking in the sights. Anchor or stay in Elfin Cove for the night.
Day 6: Leave Elfin Cove after a hot breakfast and cruise to Point Adolphus, home of the returning whale pods that feed on the abundant krill in this area. Photograph these majestic creatures while they put on a show, often breaching, flapping, or bubble feeding. Plenty of time to get so close to these amazing mammals that you can see the barnacles on their backs and tails. Journey on to Swanson Harbor where we will spend our last night.
Day 7: Rise and shine for a hot breakfast and cruise our way back to Juneau. We will deliver you to the Juneau airport for your afternoon flight, or to your hotel if you plan to spend additional time in Juneau.