Alaska: Small Ship, Big Adventure Cruise
July 12 - 24, 2021 (13 Days)
Airfare ABQ to Sitka / Vancouver to ABQ (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
1 nights’ lodging at excellent hotel
12 night cruise with all meals on-board
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
Admission to all listed attractions
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 15 or more passengers)
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
*CAT F - Double Occupancy, per person
DEPOSIT: $500 per person now holds your place
*** PASSPORT REQUIRED***
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: March 9, 2021
$250 through March 9, 2021
25%* March 10 - April 6, 2021
50%* April 7 - May 6, 2021
75%* May 7 - June 4, 2021
100%* after June 4, 2021
*Percentage of total price
This is Alaska as you never imagined. This Alaskan cruise connects you to the people and cultures in remote indigenous villages while respecting the value of protecting this delicate environment. As we cruise along the Pacific coast, you can explore coastal secrets, stunning waterfalls, ancient glaciers, and hidden villages on this purpose-built, luxurious ship that carries fewer that 200 passengers.
We fly to Sitka and transfer to our hotel and transfer to our deluxe hotel for one night.
DAY 2 D
We explore the best of Sitka, the former "Russian" capital city of Alaska. It includes a wildlife tour through the Alaska Raptor Center and a visit to the Sitka National Historical Park. Next, you'll visit the Sitka National Historical Park which hosts totem lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms. We transfer to our ship and enjoy our welcome dinner
DAY 3 B,L,D
We port in Kake Tlingit and enjoy a leisurely walk to community hall where a carving or weaving demonstration will take place at the hall. A Dance Performance with songs with local dancers. We'll make a stop a stop at the world’s largest one tree totem, where guests will hear some history and a Tlingit legend from the pole.
DAY 4 B,L,D
We will spend the night in Endicott Arm and Fjord Terror. Our ship is uniquely equipped to stop here, in a secluded cove of the captain’s choice, without disturbing the serenity with mechanical sounds or interruptions. Stand on deck and experience the stillness. The sounds of the waters and wilderness wrap around us.
DAY 5 B,L,D
Nature will dictate our route here. Northbound cruises will explore one of these spectacular fjords. Both are deep, narrow, and host to distinct marine environments we’ll explore with experts via a Zodiac or kayak. We will spend two days here, with the opportunity to explore both fjords with equal curiosity and expertise.
DAY 6 B,L,D
These abundant waters and an endless supply of ice from nearby LeConte Glacier led Norwegian fisherman Peter Buschmann to build the region’s first cannery and invite his fishing countrymen to join him. Hence the town’s name and its strong Norwegian culture. Large cruise ships cannot come into Petersburg, so we'll be among a privileged few in this charming, authentic Alaskan village.
DAY 7 B,L,D
Today’s challenge is trying to keep track of the number of waterfalls we’ll encounter as we glide along Baranof Island’s beautiful eastern coast, the little known “waterfall coast.” Some trickle, some thunder, some simply splash merrily to the sea.
DAY 8 B,L,D
Wrangell is the perfect spot to explore the dramatic Stikine River – what the Tlingit people call “the Great River.” The picturesque town is the gateway to the river, perched at the very tip of rugged Wrangell Island. Native Alaskans whose ancestors have lived on this island for thousands of years open their tribal home, their culture, and their magnificent river for our exploration.
DAY 9 B,L,D
The soaring granite cliffs that greet us this morning are 50 to 70 million years old. Ancient glaciers scrubbed deep troughs through this wilderness, leaving a scenic geological wonder. New Eddystone Rock is a remnant of long ago volcanic activity that left the iconic basalt pillar as a testament to the power of this place. Humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, bears, wolves, moose, and hundreds of species of sea and shorebirds await.
DAY 10 B,L,D
The totem poles of Ketchikan and Saxman welcome us this morning to Alaska’s southernmost city. Standing tall and noble, each hand-carved pole tells a silent story. This afternoon in Metlakatla, the first thing we'll notice are the smiles.
DAY 11 B,L,D
In the spectacular setting of this provincial park, we'll discover a kayaker’s paradise, with inlets, bays, islands, and fjords that reveal an intricate network of waterfalls and glaciers. Old growth Sitka spruce and dense coastal western hemlock forests shelter black bears and grizzlies along the rugged coastline. This is a day that will stretch all the senses. Granite cliffs over 3,000 feet high drop straight into seemingly bottomless water – and waterfalls cascade from dizzying heights into glacial inlets.
DAY 12 B,L,D
The first people to explore these picturesque waters did it in hand-carved cedar dugout canoes. We will enjoy an intimate connection to this place as Ocean Victory takes us through a narrow maze of channels, passages, and reaches from Vancouver Island to the northern edge of British Columbia.
DAY 13 B
It's time to leave the beautiful Ocean Victory. We return to Albuquerque with wonderful memories of an in-depth visit to Alaska.
Itinerary subject to change.