Alaska and British Columbia – Wilderness, Glaciers and Culture (Itinerary 2, Southbound)

Duration: 14 days

Departures: 19 July 2020
 
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Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Experience the highlights of the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska
  • Explore the largest tidewater glacier in North America – the Hubbard Glacier
  • Spend time whale-watching and spotting rich Alaskan wildlife
  • Discover the amazing cultural diversity of Alaskan towns and villages
Alaska's towns and villages offer rich histories and origins. There is strong Russian history and Norwegian heritage, gold rush towns with their saloons and native villages adorned with totem poles and intricate carvings.
Photo: Brewbooks
Alaska and British Columbia
Known as the Last Frontier, Alaska is a paradise for wildlife. Whales feed in Alaskan waters. Bears roam the shores or catch salmon in rivers. Sea lions group on rocky outcrops, eagles soar from tree to tree, and seals float on icebergs deep in the fjords. There is nowhere else on Earth quite like Alaska.
Photo: Mary Lynn Stephenson
Known as the Last Frontier, Alaska is a paradise for wildlife. Whales feed in Alaskan waters. Bears roam the shores or catch salmon in rivers. Sea lions group on rocky outcrops, eagles soar from tree to tree, and seals float on icebergs deep in the fjords. There is nowhere else on Earth quite like Alaska.
Sail with MS Roald Amundsen into the Tracy Arm Fjord near Juneau, Alaska.

Itinerary

This expedition cruise ranges from gold rush outposts to native lands where totem poles are in abundance. We call on towns of Russian and Norwegian heritage as well as lively fishing villages, and our captain takes every opportunity to truly explore Alaska – the land of ever-changing scenery and rich wildlife; of glaciers, rainforests and waterfalls.
Day 1
Anchorage - Hotel
Urban Outpost for Adventure
View of a glacier near Anchorage
View of a glacier near Anchorage
Photo: Forest Service Alaska Region

Anchorage, the largest town in Alaska, welcomes you with towering mountains and fantastic wildlife. You will start your expedition with an overnight which gives you time to experience this adventurous city.

View of a glacier near Anchorage
View of a glacier near Anchorage
Photo: Forest Service Alaska Region
City view of Anchorage by night
City view of Anchorage by night
Photo: Dennis Krymski
Seward, Alaska
Seward, Alaska
Photo: Murray Foubister
The fishing town of Seward, Alaska
The fishing town of Seward, Alaska
Photo: Murray Foubister
Day 2
Anchorage / Seward
Start of the Expedition
Seward, Alaska
Seward, Alaska
Photo: Murray Foubister

Transfer through the amazing nature from Anchorage to Seward. Largely a fishing town, Seward welcomes visitors with mountain trails right from town, nearby glaciers, and a beautiful coastal setting. MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation at the harbour.

Day 3
College Fjord / Prince William Sound - Full day
Glacial Wonderland
Less-visited College Fjord with glaciers
Less-visited College Fjord with glaciers
Photo: Kimberley Vardeman

We explore the less-visited College Fjord with its impressive collection of glaciers. This is a natural wonderland where ice and forests meet, home to five tidewater glaciers, five larger valley glaciers, and a dozen smaller glaciers, all named after famous East Coast colleges.

Less-visited College Fjord with glaciers
Less-visited College Fjord with glaciers
Photo: Kimberley Vardeman
A colony of Sea lions
A colony of Sea lions
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Hubbard Glacier, framed by mountains
Photo: NPS Photo
Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America
Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America
Photo: Bernard Spragg
Day 4
Gulf of Alaska / Hubbard Glacier - At Sea - Half day
Largest Tidewater Glacier
Hubbard Glacier, framed by mountains
Photo: NPS Photo

At 76 miles (120 km) long and almost 7 miles (11 km) wide, Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Framed by the amphitheater of snowcapped mountains, it sits at the end of Disenchantment Bay like a sleeping giant. 

Day 5
Sitka
Town of Many Stories
Sunset view of the sea and islands outside Sitka, Alaska
Sunset view of the sea and islands outside Sitka, Alaska
Photo: Joseph

Nestled on the western side of Baranof Island, Sitka hosts beautiful scenery with snowcapped mountains, small islands, rich wildlife and even a volcano in sight. A former capital of Russian Alaska, the town has history imprinted on its streets, where a Russian Cathedral and historic buildings stand next to the forest full of totem poles.

Included activity:

Alaska Raptor Centre (45 mins)

Join us on a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured bald eagles and other birds of prey. See the 24 ‘raptors-in-residence’, including bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, and learn about their habitats and how they came to be permanent residents at the Center.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Sitka - Alaska Raptor Centre
    Join us on a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured bald eagles and other birds of prey
  • Sitka Cultural Discovery
    Explore the historical highlights and heritage of Sitka, a former Russian capital city, on a unique, fully-narrated sightseeing journey that includes a tour through Sitka National Park and folk dancing presentation.
  • Sitka Kayak Adventure
    Enjoy a fully guided kayaking adventure exploring Sitka Sound’s spectacular scenery and marine life.
  • Sitka - Sea Otter, Raptors & Bears
    This unforgettable tour provides the opportunity to experience all three of Sitka’s most popular wildlife viewing experiences.
  • Sitka - Wildlife Quest and Fin Island Lodge
    The ultimate Alaska experience begins as soon as you board this expedition vessel in Sitka. Experience a magnificent scenic cruise followed by a delicious Alaskan feast!
  • Sitka - Alaska Zodiac Adventure & Fin Island Lodge
    Explore the waters and islands surrounding Sitka in a Zodiac and get a taste of real Alaska adventure before indulging a true Alaskan feast!
Sunset view of the sea and islands outside Sitka, Alaska
Sunset view of the sea and islands outside Sitka, Alaska
Photo: Joseph
A Russian cathedral in Sitka, former capital of Russian Alaska
A Russian cathedral in Sitka, former capital of Russian Alaska
Photo: Barek
Beautiful view of Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Beautiful view of Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Photo: Michelle Maria
Ice floes on Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Ice floes on Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Photo: Peter Mulligan
Mountain goats in Tracy Arm Fjord
Mountain goats in Tracy Arm Fjord
Photo: Gregory Smith
Day 6
Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm
From Rainforests to Glaciers
Ice floes on Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Ice floes on Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
Photo: Peter Mulligan

True gems of Southeast Alaska, Tracy and Endicott Arm Fjords feature lush greenery and steep valleys as well as intricate icebergs in the water, calved from the radiant blue glaciers at the end of the fjords. These fjord areas are also home to mountain goats and harbour seals.

Day 7
Haines
Art in the Wilderness
Haines, a town framed by glaciers and mountains
Haines, a town framed by glaciers and mountains
Photo: Magnus Manske

Home of Chilkat Tlingit people for centuries, European traders arrived in the late 19th century, followed by the prospectors of the gold rush era. Known for its community of artists today, Haines remains a small Alaskan town at the end of the road, full of stories and hidden surprises.

Included activity:

Fort Seward Town package (1 - 2 hrs)

Discover Fort Seward and the town of Haines at your leisure. Guides will be stationed at strategic points to present you with the history and culture. Wander with a map of the fort highlighting such interesting sites as the old barracks building, salmon smokehouse, Alaska Indian Arts, the old hospital building, Officers Row and the fire station.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Haines - Fort Seward Town package
    Discover the gorgeous scenery, historical buildings and intriguing stories of Fort William H. Seward!
  • Haines - Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float
    Float on a river raft through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve while enjoying spectacular scenery and watching for wildlife.
  • Haines - Klukwan Native Culture Experience
    Experience the native culture of the Tlingit people and the Chilkat Valley on this unique visit to the ancient village of Klukwan.
  • Haines – Last Frontier ATV Adventure
    Experience the thrill of driving Kawasaki and Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicles into the Alaskan wilderness.
  • Haines - Kelgaya Point Hike
    Nature lovers will thrill at this opportunity to discover and explore one of south-east Alaska’s most pristine natural environments.
Haines, a town framed by glaciers and mountains
Haines, a town framed by glaciers and mountains
Photo: Magnus Manske
Bald Eagle resting on a pole.
Bald Eagle resting on a pole.
Photo: Mary Lynn Stephenson
Moose near the river Hain.
Moose near the river Hain.
Photo: shutterstock
Brown bear in Alaska.
Scan for brown bears.
Photo: shutterstock
Black-tailed deer.
Black-tailed deer grazing on a meadow.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 8
William Henry Bay
In the heart of the Inside Passage
Brown bear in Alaska.
Scan for brown bears.
Photo: shutterstock

Nestled against the dramatic Chilkat mountain range, this exclusive anchorage features a beachfront, old growth forest, muskeg, and a beautiful creek. We head ashore with our expedition boats and explore the wilderness with local guides.

The area is prime habitat for wildlife, including brown and black bears, wolves, moose, and Sitka black-tailed deer.

Day 9
Petersburg - Full day
Little Norway in Alaska
Petersburg, nicknamed `Little Norway´, Alaska
Petersburg, nicknamed `Little Norway´, Alaska
Photo: Gillfoto

Nicknamed `Little Norway´, rarely-visited Petersburg is a thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage, scenery that will take your breath away and an abundance of marine life all around. Proud of their Scandinavian roots, local residents even celebrate Norwegian holidays, and the heart of the community is the Sons of Norway Hall.

Included activity:

Dock Walk of Petersburg (1 hr)

Meet your local guide who is either a commercial fisherperson or someone involved in the fishing industry for a walk through the harbors. During your time on the dock your guide will point out various types of fishing gear and how it is used to successfully harvest some of Alaska's delicious seafood. Learn about what types of seafood is caught and the sustainability of the fisheries in the area. An underwater video camera will provide the opportunity to see under the dock in hopes of viewing sealife up close, you will be amazed to see what is living just underneath your feet! During your walk you may even hear a story or two from the fishermen preparing their boats.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Petersburg - Dock Walk of Petersburg
    Meet your local guide who is either a commercial fisherperson or someone involved in the fishing industry for a walk through the harbors
  • City Creek Trail Hike
    Join us on the City Creek Trail Tour through Alaska’s ‘Little Norway', which starts at picturesque Hammer’s Slough. We then proceed by motor vehicle past totem poles and along Peterburg’s Main Street to beautiful Sandy Beach.
  • Rainforest hike Raven's Roost
    This two-mile (3.5km) hike on the Raven’s Roost Trail starts at a trailhead near picturesque Hammer’s Slough. During your ride to the trail we drive past totem poles and along Petersburg’s Main Street with its traditional Norwegian rosemaled storefronts.
  • Sons of Norway
    Join us on a fascinating tour that explores historic Norwegian culture in Alaska at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Petersburg.
Petersburg, nicknamed `Little Norway´, Alaska
Petersburg, nicknamed `Little Norway´, Alaska
Photo: Gillfoto
View of the village, Petersburg
View of the village, Petersburg
Photo: Dankarl
Wrangell, Alaska
Wrangell, Alaska
Photo: Rob Wynne
Seals in the Harbour of Wrangell
Seals in the Harbour of Wrangell
Photo: Andrew E. Russell
Eagle Totem and Clan House on Shakes Island, Wrangell
Eagle Totem and Clan House on Shakes Island, Wrangell
Photo: Gillfoto
Day 10
Wrangell - Full day
The Soul of Alaska
Seals in the Harbour of Wrangell
Seals in the Harbour of Wrangell
Photo: Andrew E. Russell

One of the oldest island towns in Alaska, Wrangell has been governed by four different nations – Tlingit, Russia, Britain and the United States. Numerous petroglyphs on the beach and moss-covered totem poles are remnants of the distant past of this area. Outside of the main cruise ship routes, nowadays it remains a simple fishing town.

Included activity:

An Alaskan's Day (1 - 3 hrs)

Join us and learn what it means to be Alaskan. We drive to a city park with views of the water and surrounding islands, to learn how to cook (and taste) local seafood on a fire pit. Your hosts tell stories about Wrangell’s fishing industry, its history and what it’s like living here today. Local hosts include people from various backgrounds representing their unique perspective of culture, traditional occupations with local skills, and more. Occasional humpback whales, Orca, seals and more frolic in the channel and tidal creatures play in several tide pools ready to be explored along the beach.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Wrangell - An Alaskan's Day
    Join us and learn what it means to be Alaskan
  • Wrangell - Tongass Botanical Forest Walk
    Explore the botanical bounty that the Tongass Rainforest has provided both its two and four-legged inhabitants for thousands of years.
  • Wrangell - Wrangell Highlights
    Discover the highlights of a genuine Alaska town. See its colourful history and native culture come to life while visiting the Wrangell Museum, Petroglyph Beach and Kiks Adi Totem Park.
  • Wrangell - Stikini River & Wilderness Glacier Lake by Jet Boat
    Visit one of the last truly wild rivers in North America. The Stikine River runs directly through Alaska’s nearly one-half million-acre Stikine LeConte’ Wilderness area.
  • Wrangell - Coastal Canoe
    Join us on an exciting adventure in traditional Native Alaskan canoes along the coastline of Wrangell Harbor.
  • Wrangell - Rainforest Jet Boat and Hike
    Join us for an exciting combination of water adventure and hiking experience.
Day 11
Misty Fjords National Monument - Full day
Unspoiled Wilderness
Inlet in the Misty Fiords National Monument
Inlet in the Misty Fiords National Monument
Photo: Zarxos

Misty Fjords National Monument is a realm of thick evergreen rainforests, granite cliffs adorned by strings of waterfalls, mountain rivers and wetlands along the coast, often with milky fog filling the bays and coves. Quiet and tranquil, this magical place will show you the serenity of the Alaskan soul.

Inlet in the Misty Fiords National Monument
Inlet in the Misty Fiords National Monument
Photo: Zarxos
Misty Fjords National Monument, the largest wilderness area in Southeast Alaska
Photo: Kathryn Burke
Orcas (killer whales) in Alaska
Meet the Orcas (killer whales) in Alaska.
Photo: Christopher Michel
Day 12
At sea
Cruising Through British Columbia
Orcas (killer whales) in Alaska
Meet the Orcas (killer whales) in Alaska.
Photo: Christopher Michel

Enjoy the scenery of the coastal mountains and be on a lookout for the dolphins, porpoise, orcas and whales that frequent these protected inland waters.

Day 13
Alert Bay
In the heart of the Inside PassageWilderness
Totem poles in Alert Bay
Totem poles in Alert Bay
Photo: Brian Burger

Alert Bay´s Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community is based in this scenic village at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Enjoy the elaborate totem poles, paintings, carvings and ceremonial masks in the local museum. We will search for wildlife in the nearby islands.

Totem poles in Alert Bay
Totem poles in Alert Bay
Photo: Brian Burger
The village Alert Bay
The village Alert Bay
Photo: Brian Burger
West End is a neighbourhood in Vancouver
View of the West End, Vancouver, with beautiful waterfront parks.
Day 14
Vancouver - Full day
End of the Expedition
West End is a neighbourhood in Vancouver
View of the West End, Vancouver, with beautiful waterfront parks.

Our voyage ends in cosmopolitan Vancouver, city of waterfront parks, international cuisine, galleries, museums, colourful neighbourhoods, and beautiful nature all around. Take your time to explore the city to get even more out of your adventure.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • One overnight in Anchorage before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to ship in Seward

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  

Notes

  • Visa for US (ESTA) required - for details please see Visa information in our Entry requirements
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills

Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

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Sitka - Alaska Raptor Centre

Alaska

Duration

45 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-SIT1

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Sitka - Sitka Cultural Discovery

Alaska

Duration

2 hours 30 min

Price per person

From $ 93

Booking code

A-SIT2

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Sitka Kayak Adventure

Alaska

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

From $ 168

Booking code

A-SIT3

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Sitka - Sea Otter, Raptors & Bears

Alaska

Duration

5 hours

Price per person

From $ 187

Booking code

A-SIT4

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Sitka - Wildlife Quest and Fin Island Lodge

Alaska

Duration

3 hours 30 min

Price per person

From $ 280

Booking code

A-SIT5

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Sitka – Alaska Zodiac Adventure & Fin Island Lodge

Alaska

Duration

3h45

Price per person

From $ 243

Booking code

A-SIT6

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Haines - Fort Seward Town package

Alaska

Duration

2h35

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-HNS1

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Haines – Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float

Alaska

Duration

4 hrs

Price per person

From $ 196

Booking code

A-HNS1

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Haines – Klukwan Native Culture Experience

Alaska

Duration

2h45

Price per person

From $ 149

Booking code

A-HNS2

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Haines – Last Frontier ATV Adventure

Alaska

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From $ 243

Booking code

A-HNS3

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Haines – Kelgaya Point Hike

Alaska

Duration

3h30

Price per person

From $ 102

Booking code

A-HNS4

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Petersburg - Dock Walk of Petersburg

Alaska

Duration

1 hr

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-PSG1

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Petersburg - City Creek Trail Hike

Alaska

Duration

1hr

Price per person

From $ 74

Booking code

A-PSG1

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Petersburg - Rainforest hike Raven's Roost

Alaska

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From $ 83

Booking code

A-PSG2

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Petersburg - Sons of Norway

Alaska

Duration

1hr

Price per person

From $ 93

Booking code

A-PSG4

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Wrangell - An Alaskan's Day

Alaska

Duration

1 - 3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-WRG1

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Wrangell – Tongass Botanical Forest Walk

Alaska

Duration

2hrs

Price per person

From $ 112

Booking code

A-WRG1

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Wrangell – Wrangell Highlights

Alaska

Duration

Price per person

From $ 112

Booking code

A-WRG2

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Wrangell – Stikini River & Wilderness Glacier Lake by Jet Boat

Alaska

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From $ 449

Booking code

A-WRG3

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Wrangell – Coastal Canoe

Alaska

Duration

3hrs

Price per person

From $ 168

Booking code

A-WRG5

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Wrangell – Rainforest Jet Boat and Hike

Alaska

Duration

4h30

Price per person

From $ 318

Booking code

A-WRG6

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Vancouver: Post-Programme

North America

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 793

Booking code

YVRPOSTA

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