Sitka to Vancouver (14 nights/ 15 days)

Day 1 - Arrive in Sitka

Fly in to Sitka. Private transfer to Sitka Hotel for a two night stay.

Your southbound voyage begins with a two night stay in this spirited city.

Day 2 - Hotel Stay in Sitka

Sitka is a place of many traditions. You’ll immediately recognize the distinctive Russian domes of the churches, and may assume this city has Russian origins. You’d be right, of course, it was formally founded by the Russian-American Company in 1799. But the heart of Sitka is much deeper. The downtown area of Sitka was settled by the Tlingit people more than 10,000 years ago. For even longer, it has been home to the wild creatures who make Alaska a place unlike any other. Listen to the chattering of eagles and drink in the scent of the eponymous Sitka spruce as you experience the joy of this place, once called the “Paris of the Pacific.”

Day 3 - Embark in Sitka

After spending your day in Sitka, we welcome you on board the Ocean Victory for your first dinner at sea.

Included Shore Excursions: Best of Sitka Experience
This unique excursion explores the best of Sitka. It includes a wildlife tour through the Alaska Raptor Center and a visit to the Sitka National Historical Park. The Raptor Center operates with bird care professionals assisted by volunteers to rescue birds, provide them with rehabilitative care and hopefully release them back into the wild. Next, you'll visit the Sitka National Historical Park which hosts totem lined trails, cultural exhibits and carving rooms where Native Alaskan artisans demonstrate their totemic art form.

Day 4 - Kake & Frederick Sound Whale Watching

The towering totem pole, the largest ever carved from a single tree, stands sentinel over this ancient village on the tip of Kupreanof Island. The Kake tribe of the Tlingit people still observe a subsistent lifestyle here, the harshness of its demands belied by the warmth of their welcome. In adjacent Frederick Sound, we’ll explore by Zodiac, led by our team of naturalists.

Day 5 - The Silent Night of Alaska

We will spend the night in these splendid surroundings. 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. Hear the sounds of the waters and wilderness around you. Be fully aware of where you are, who you are, and how you are in this matchless environment.

Day 6 - Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm Thundering Glaciers Wilderness Area

We’ll explore these picturesque areas via Zodiac looking for mountain goats, harbor seals and the harbor porpoise. With over 20 miles of winding inlets, as well as the magnificent Sawyer and Dawes glaciers – arguably the best tidewater glaciers in Alaska, you will learn about glacial geology and plant succession from experts.

Day 7 - Petersburg and The Leconte Glacier

We’ll dock right beside Alaska’s largest home-based halibut fleet, who call this shallow, protected harbor home. 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 you’ll be among a privileged few to be in this charming, authentic Alaskan village.

Day 8 - Waterfall Coast Expedition Adventure

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. Exploration is the order of the day, and you choose your point of view – from any of Ocean Victory’s observation perspectives, or right at water level by kayak or Zodiac. This almost hidden shoreline is perfect for discovery. Watch for seals, deer, and tidepools ready to reveal their secret treasures.

Day 9 - Wrangell & The Stikine River

Wrangell is the perfect spot for an optional jet boat excursion to explore the dramatic Stikine River – what the Tlingit people call “the Great River.” The picturesque town of Wrangell is the gateway to the river, perched at the very tip of rugged Wrangell Island. You are most welcome here, as native Alaskans whose ancestors have lived on this island for thousands of years open their tribal home, their culture, and their magnificent river for your exploration. Take home your own petroglyph rubbing to remember your time among more than 40 ancient petroglyphs on the 8,000-year-old site of Petroglyph Beach.

Day 10 - Misty Fjords National Monumnet

The soaring granite cliffs that greet us this morning are 50 to 70 million years old. Yes, million. 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 as we spend most of today exploring the shoreline with our team of marine biologists from Cal Poly.

Day 11 - Ketchikan and Metlakatla, Alaska

The totem poles of Ketchikan and Saxman welcome you 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 you’ll notice are the smiles. They are wide, warm, and genuine – welcoming you to the only settlement of indigenous Tsimshian people in the United States.

Day 12 - Fiordland Conservancy, British Columbia

In the spectacular setting of this provincial park, you’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 your senses. Granite cliffs over 3,000 feet high drop straight into seemingly bottomless water – and waterfalls cascade from dizzying heights into glacial inlets. You’ll explore unique coastal marine life in an area accessible only by sea.

Day 13 - British Columbia Inside Passage

The first people to explore these picturesque waters did it in hand-carved cedar dugout canoes. You will enjoy an intimate connection to this place as Ocean Victory takes you through a narrow maze of channels, passages, and reaches from Vancouver Island to the northern edge of British Columbia. Whether you’re in the expansive Observation Lounge, on deck or on the one-of-a-kind viewing platform, keep your eye out for whales and dolphins in Queen Charlotte Sound – and watch for bears as we glide along pristine island shorelines.

Day 14 - Disembark in Vancouver

Consider extending you r stay in this vibrant city with a post cruise city stay package. From the shopping delights of Robson Street to the lively energy of Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver brings a unique European flair to Canada’s western coast. Its setting alone will take your breath away, especially from the 450-foot Vancouver Lookout atop Harbour Centre – a 360-degree view from ocean to mountains. On Day 2 the landmark white sails of Canada Place welcome you to your point of embarkation, where Ocean Victory waits to welcome you on board in time for your first dinner at sea.

Day 15 - Arrive London, UK

Flight from Vancouver arrives London, UK

Prices

Cabin category "F" - Stateroom with French Balcony:

Price From £5895 per person

Please call for more details

Cruise Prices

Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London UK
  • Two nights pre-cruise stay at a premium hotel including breakfast
  • Premium City Highlights Tour on embarkation day
  • Entertainment each evening
  • Shore excursions in each port of call
  • Afternoon tea service
  • Cocktail hour daily
  • Complimentary non-premium beer, wine, spirits, tea, coffee, filtered waterand soft drinks
  • Wi-Fi in all public areas
  • Onboard enrichment
  • Private transfers from/to overseas airports and shared transfer to vessel
  • All Port Charges
  • Gratuities
  • Full ATOL financial protection


Additional Charges

  • Additional Premium shore excursions
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)

For more information call: 01223 568904 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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