Alaska Yacht – Bears, Bergs, and Bushwhacking (9 Days)

Cruise Line: UnCruise Adventures
Ship: Safari Quest  |  2 Reviews
Petersburg, AK, United States to Petersburg, AK, United States
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Petersburg, AK, United States

Velkomen! Petersburg, nicknamed "Little Norway", has its fair share of charm. Check in. Drop your bags. Then head into town. This hardworking fishing harbor bustles with action—trollers, seiners, longliners, crabbers. Beachwalk and bird watch. The views are pretty good too with the Coast Mountains and Devils Thumb looming from across the bay. Rest easy tonight after your Norwegian smorgasbord dinner, you have a big adventure tomorrow. Overnight at the Tides Inn (or similar).

Petersburg, AK, United States

Flightseeing to a glacial icefield, fishing charter, or easy-going exploration of quaint Petersburg's charms? You made your choice, but you're in Alaska after all. And weather can factor in on your mode of transportation for these activities. Whatever the day brings, enjoy it! Make the scene with the locals, you're on your own for lunch. Late afternoon, you'll get a warm welcome aboard the Safari Quest. Settle in with champagne for an evening sail into whale-loving Frederick Sound. (Petersburg activities on Day 2/Friday of itinerary are subject to change due to weather/conditions. While UnCruise will do its best to keep groups together on flightseeing or fishing charter departures, due to weight limits and other requirements, groups may be split up and should not expect to fly/fish together. Choose from restaurants in town—Friday lunch is on your own. For complete details and restrictions on fishing charter, flightseeing, and the included Petersburg cultural tour, refer to the Alaska Travel FAQs.)

Kake, AK, United States
Keku Islands, Alaska, AK, United States

At the northwest end of Kupreanof Island, dancing, legends, and totems tell the Tlingit story. Tribal members share Kake's history—settle in, it goes back thousands of years. Ambling along, black bears. Eyes peeled on the woods and the shore. And look up now and again for bald eagles. Across the water, the Keku Islands dot Keku Strait. Slide into a kayak or skiff and glide along the fingerling islets and passageways. Make for shore on a tidal-zone stroll turning up sea life clinging to rocks. Back onboard, you're greeted with a Viking handshake and a belly-warming cocktail.

Tebenkof Bay, AK, United States

Into the wild you go, on the western shore of Kuiu Island. Tebenkof Bay Wilderness Area is just shy of 67,000 acres of islands, islets, and forest. And a little farther north, the Bay of Pillars. Either primed for exploration. Rubber boots at the ready—muskeg, woods, and tide pools set the stage for guided hikes. Kayaks and skiffs bring on the search for seaweed, kelp, harbor seals, sea stars, and jellies. Or try your hand at paddle boarding. Balance not quite so steady? The crew has a dry towel and hot toddy ready if you take a "polar plunge" by choice or by accident.

South Baranof Wilderness, Alaska, AK, United States

2,500-foot-high granite fjord walls. Rushing waterfalls. Snowfields and glaciers blanket the high country of South Baranof Wilderness, giving way to coastal forest of hemlock and spruce. It's wilderness with a capital W! Your captain knows these waters like the back of her hand. Skiff and paddle among little-known inlets with your guides, and likely seals, otters, and sea lions, too. There's brown in this green landscape—Baranof is a hot spot for bears. Take a scrambling bushwhack in search of lupine, big views, and massive rainforest. Underway again, pop up to the bridge to look over charts with your captain and mates.

Chatham Strait, AK, United States
Frederick Sound (Cruising), AK, United States

At the whim of the whales. Humpbacks migrate in droves to Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait. The krill and plankton here are just to their liking. Grab your binoculars and rally with your shipmates on the bow. It's a sight to see when lots of whales appear far and near, their spouts look like picket fences. Look for the tell-tale bubbles and blows. And have your camera point-and-shoot ready. Drop the kayaks and skiffs and along with your guide, take your search to tucked-away nooks. It's also a favorite spot of orcas and Dall's porpoises—and likely one of yours too.

Admiralty Island, AK, United States

It's a bear-o-rama. Tlingit call the island Kootznoowoo, meaning "Fortress of the Bear". Inspiration for the name is clear—the highest concentration of brown bears in the world, more bears than the lower U.S. states combined. It also claims the world's greatest congregation of bald eagles. But back to the bears. Wake in the heart of the Admiralty Island National Monument wilderness. Pull on your gummies (boots) then hop aboard the skiff for a wet landing and a guided hike to a protected bear viewing area. Take it all in—these are powerful beings. Lower your pulse with a quiet kayak or write postcards on the sun deck later in the day.

LeConte Bay, AK, United States
Ideal Cove, Alaska, AK, United States

Alaska wilderness delivers! Flowing a little slower than your typical river, you find a river of ice and the southernmost tidewater glacier—LeConte. It's a grand finale of a day. Tides and currents decide your LeConte Bay adventures. Drop anchor in Ideal Cove and hike along the Three Lakes Trail. High tide? Pass bergy-riding seal pups as you motor through the glacier's ice gardens. Low tide? Walk among icebergs caught in the glacial outwash field. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner and slideshow.

Petersburg, AK, United States

Truth, all good things must end. After one last breakfast with new friends, transfer to the airport for your flight home, or to your UnCruise hotel stay or land tour.

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What's Included


  • Onboard meals; alcoholic and non beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment

Not Included

  • Port taxes/fees; airfare to and from your home city; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance; optional excursions and land tours

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