Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
Board the boat for a thrilling ride through the scenic islands of Sitka Sound. Watch for marine life on your way to Kruzof Island. After arriving the guides will help you gear up, and then you're off on an exhilarating ride through the temperate rainforest onboard a 2-person off-road vehicle. Next stop at Iris Meadows and be on the lookout for wildlife before continuing though the old growth forest. At the beach enjoy a snack and scenic views before returning to Sitka. Drivers must be at least 18 years old.
Whale sightings are guaranteed on this high-speed cruise to Point Adolphus -- one of Alaska's premier humpback whale watching destinations. Your onboard naturalist will describe the diversity of marine life that accumulates here every summer to indulge in the nutrient rich waters, fueled by the long Alaska summer days. The whales are so plentiful at Point Adolphus that the tour operator will give you a refund of $100 ($50 per child) if a whale is not spotted on the trip.
Experience Alaska's humpback whales and the Mendenhall Glacier's temperate wilderness on an excursion tailored for close up encounters with nature in small group setting (space is limited to 20 travelers). Get an eye-to-eye vantage with area wildlife in a custom built safari vessel and step away from the crowds on a secluded rainforest trail, two pristine habitats to explore - on a single tour! Learn and observe the many interconnections between the land and sea giving you a more complete story of the Tongass National Forest. If a whale is not sighted, a $100 cash refund is provided by the tour operator for both adults and children at the conclusion of the tour.
Take the wheel of a 4-wheel drive Jeep Wrangler® and follow your guide through the rugged back roads of Revillagigedo Island. Using two-way radio your guide will provide you with interesting and informative commentary along the way. Along the route there will be opportunities to change drivers. If you would like to drive bring your driver's license and name of insurance company.
At Lake Harriet Hunt climb aboard a large, stable guided canoe and paddle your way across a mountain lake where a snack and nature walk await. Drivers must be at least 25 years old.
Visit Fortress of the Bear, a one-of-a-kind sanctuary for orphaned Alaska Brown Bears where you can observe bears up-close, then take a cruise to the wild side aboard the Sea Otter Quest. The tour operator guarantees you will see an otter, a whale or a bear on cruise portion. If not, you'll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the tour vessel.
Wildlife is Alaska! Crabs, eagles, octopus, and whales are all frequent visitors on this tour. Set out in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage to witness the amazing life of commercial fishermen. Marvel at the scenic beauty and watch as the skilled crew haul and set long line, barrel pots and huge 700 lb king crab pots. The amazing marine life is placed in an on-deck aquarium so you can get up close with the unique creatures of the sea. This fascinating, educational and interactive experience is packed with stories and adventures shared by the men who risk their lives fishing the Bering Sea. Tour does not go out in the rough waters of the open ocean.
Join a 90-minute bay cruise that sails along the entire San Francisco skyline and guides you under the Golden Gate, around Alcatraz Island and under the Bay Bridge. While cruising, you'll discover this city's colorful history and world famous landmarks through personal headphone audio in 12 languages. During the cruise you may see seagulls, pelicans and sea lions. You may see even harbor porpoises and whales. Participants must walk approximately 1 mile roundtrip to join the tour vessel. Guests are encouraged to dress in layers, as there are many microclimates in San Francisco, and a cruise of the bay can be windy and cool, even on a sunny day.
Join a casual two-hour evening cruise with hearty appetizers from the buffet, live guitar music, stunning bay views and one complimentary drink. Sail down the San Francisco waterfront, past the famous Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, sail into Tiburon and Sausalito and then under the Golden Gate Bridge. Participants must walk approximately 1 mile roundtrip to join the tour vessel. Guests are encouraged to dress in layers, as there are many microclimates in San Francisco, and a cruise of the bay can be windy and cool.
Hike the first 2 miles of the Chilkoot Trail, the centerpiece of gold rush history, then raft back down the scenic Taiya River to its estuary at the head of the vast and scenic fjord. Enjoy this entertaining mixture of exercise, natural history, and Klondike folklore. Don't forget your camera!
Raft through the Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the world's largest concentration of eagles. Explore the Lynn Fjord, North America's deepest Fjord, by boat. Watch for wildlife such as eagles, bear, moose, whales and more. Visit historic Fort Seward. Throughout your journey the scenery will be world class, so don't forget your camera.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.