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Inaugural Alaska Journey - Remote Wrangell and Spectacular Sitka

Sail from Vancouver to Alaska's untouched wonders: Wrangell's wild beauty, Tracy Arm Fjord's ice-carved majesty, and vibrant Alaskan towns from Juneau to Ketchikan. Revel in Misty Fjords' mystery before Victoria's charm welcomes you back. An unforgettable Northern voyage.

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11 nights from £5225pp

Luxury Holiday
Sitka, Alaska
Vancouver, Canada
Ketchikan, Creek Street, Alaska

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At home in the remote wild, EXPLORA I sails where mountains have no names, paved roads are few, and vast wildernesses are gateways beyond the knowable realm.

Remote Wrangell is a rarely seen gem that is nestled deep within a maze of 1,100 islands. History and mysteries loom large here: centuries-old petroglyphs left by the Tlingit; tales of the gun-slinger Wyatt Earp; and John Muir who dubbed this refuge as the “Yosemite of the North”. Wildlife is off the charts too: the largest run of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska; thousands of migrating birds; boats jetting up the Stikine River to find LeConte and Shakes Glaciers. Listen closely and you may hear the sounds of calving glaciers and breeching whales. Wonderful, stunning. We step lightly in Sitka and discover where even more wild things are: the Fortress of Bears, Alaska Raptor Centre, and waters teeming with halibut fish that are amongst the biggest in the world.

Venture skyward on floatplanes to cast in trout-filled streams or hop kayaks to slip silently amongst slumbering seals. Few places can tell their story like Sitka. A former fur-trading outpost settled by the Tlingit and fought for by Russians, Spanish, English, French and Americas, this a global melting pot and muse. We coast south into Canada to the charming city of Victoria to find gardens of elegant English and classical Chinese on display. Inviting and inventive, Vancouver ends our journey. Here the cuisine is fusion, the fashion is eco-friendly, and the vibe is both high-tech and hippie. Indeed, a journey of life both wild and free.

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Inaugural Alaska Journey - Remote Wrangell and Spectacular Sitka Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver, British Columbia

Surrounded by mountains, vibrant Vancouver is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and cosmopolitan adventurers alike. Meandering oceanside pathways surround eclectic neighbourhoods – Stanley Park, the West End, Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown. A major global city, it is renowned for its cultural diversity and thriving art, theatre, music and food scenes. Its perfectly picturesque setting makes it popular filming location – with old-growth cedar forests, mountains covering 75% and two-thirds of Canada's bird species and land mammals. A big, bustling city perched on the edge of wilderness.

Day 3 - Wrangell, Alaska

Day 4 - Cruising Tracy Arm Fjord

Day 5 - Juneau, Alaska

Urban and wild, the juxtaposition of Juneau is both homeland to the Dena’ina Athabascan peoples and Alaska’s modern capital. Here, rivers become runways for floatplanes to access the bears of Admiralty Island or the five glaciers of the Juneau icefield (tip: don sunglasses and step softly across a white ice wonders). Board boats seeking whales in Auke Bay with or scout hotspots for halibut and salmon. Lichen draped trees, flying squirrels, fox, deer and truffles; its rich rainforest creates a micro-climate that sustains stunning botanical gardens. Juneau has it all.

Day 6 - Sitka, Alaska

Lace up your hiking shoes for Sitka won't let you down. A true wilderness of volcanoes, mountain forests, islands and glaciers. Fishing is famous; whale and wildlife sightings epic; stories of battles between Russian fur traders and Tlingit are legendary. Thrills that go beyond: flight-seeing Mount Edgecumbe; kayak Sitka Sound; hike former WWII installations; step inside the Fortress of Bears; and find peace in the blue-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Day 7 - Skagway, Alaska

Rush into Skagway to discover the great Yukon and Klondike goldfields; strike it rich with adventure in this tiny frontier town that sits at the base of the great Coastal Mountains. Hike the Chilkoot Trail; bike a coastal rainforest along the Taiya River; ride the rails on a real gold-rush era, nar¬row-gauge railroad into the heart of the White Pass and Yukon. Bald eagles, brown bears, and an astonishing history that includes Wyatt Earp.

Day 9 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Kichx̱áan, as the First People named her, fuses the largest collection of authentic totem poles with outrageous outdoor adventures. Cast for salmon and cook your catch at a wilderness campsite; cycle rainforests; paddle in calm waters to meet the locals: harbour seals, humpback whales, and bald eagles. Scout remote coves to witness bears, orcas and to smell, touch, and truly feel the beauty of the forest.

Day 9 - Cruising Misty Fjords

Day 11 - Victoria, British Columbia

On the rugged southern edge of Vancouver Island, Victoria, bustling capital of British Columbia, dynamically harmonizes with the magnificent Olympic Mountains. Victoria’s history dates to pre-colonial time when native peoples inhabited the area. In 1849, Vancouver Island became a British crown colony, widely evident in Victorian architecture, including the majestic Craigdarroch Castle. Indigenous Peoples’ legacies live on in festivals, ceremonies, dances, and art. Along the rugged Pacific coastline, lush rainforests, gardens, lakes, waterfalls, and charming fishing villages. Majestic mammals and marine wildlife abound in its waters, including four species of whales. Vibrant and verdant, you too will blossom in its perfect climate.

Day 12 - Vancouver, British Columbia

Surrounded by mountains, vibrant Vancouver is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and cosmopolitan adventurers alike. Meandering oceanside pathways surround eclectic neighbourhoods – Stanley Park, the West End, Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown. A major global city, it is renowned for its cultural diversity and thriving art, theatre, music and food scenes. Its perfectly picturesque setting makes it popular filming location – with old-growth cedar forests, mountains covering 75% and two-thirds of Canada's bird species and land mammals. A big, bustling city perched on the edge of wilderness.

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