Venture into the pristine wilds of Alaska's to see its most iconic creatures - humpback whales and grizzly bears - in their natural habitats.
Depart for Point Adolphus on a whale-watching boat, listening to a naturalist talk about the majestic animals you will soon observe. The nutrient-rich waters here are absolutely teeming with humpback whales that come to feed each summer before heading south to their breeding grounds. What a sight to watch these behemoths - which grow to about 50 feet long and weigh up to 50 tons, as they breach the water's surface and then dive down to feed again. Chances are, you will also catch sight of porpoises, sea lions and seals.
Returning to the ship, you will have a short break before rejoining your group in the excursion lounge and after heading out to board your motor coach, your tour resumes with a drive into Alaska's wilderness, traveling deep into the remote Spasski River Valley. On the way, your guide will enlighten you on the history and culture of the Tlingit village of Hoonah.
Upon arriving in the valley, you will take a short easy hike to an area of raised platforms designed to provide you with the best viewing opportunities. It's a great spot to observe grizzly bears, which take their name from the gray, grizzled tips of their fur. Bald eagles and Sitka black-tailed deer are also abundant here.
Finally, you will return to the coach and make the return journey back to the pier at Icy Strait Point.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 800 yards of walking, over gravel and boardwalk paths and there may be stairs to negotiate for upper-deck viewing on the touring vessel. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those who are prone to sea sickness should take appropriate pre-emptive measures before commencing the tour and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Children under 8 years of age are not allowed on the tour and anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Flat, comfortable hiking shoes and warm layered clothing is suggested. Rain jackets may be provided as needed. During the tour you will be in wilderness areas that are not fenced and the wildlife is not in captivity; therefore, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The road to the Spasski River site is an unpaved remote road that will be bumpy. Don't forget your camera and binoculars.