AIA Tours: cruise

Alaska’s Glaciers & the Inside Passage

Tour Dates: July 29 to August 5, 2020 (8 days)

Tour Leader(s): Quentin Mackie ,

Join Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) lecturer and host Quentin Makie on this AIA voyage among Alaska’s cobalt-blue glaciers and through the Inside Passage—the last of the great American frontiers. Although not an inherently “archaeological” destination, this region is undeniably significant as the land of the first humans to have entered the Americas, and its spectacular geography shaped their settlements and cultures.

This specially-designed itinerary uniquely combines Five-Star accommodations with exploration-style travel as you cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Juneau, Alaska, under the lingering glow of the long days of summer. Marvel at towering mountains, untouched coastlines, and abundant wildlife as they unfold around you in an immense panorama.

The Five-Star small ship Le Soléal, with only 110 elegantly-appointed staterooms and suites (most with balconies), is ideal for navigating narrow fjords and isolated coves that are inaccessible to larger ships. In terms of environmental responsibility, it is worth noting that Le Soléal has earned the prestigious “clean ship” certification.

Experience the unforgettable scenery of southeastern Alaska and Northwestern Pacific Canada, and view thrilling wildlife up-close, from observation decks and during Zodiac excursions. Call at archetypal Alaskan towns, including colorful Ketchikan, rich in Alaskan art and tradition; off-the-beaten-path Petersburg, the region’s “Little Norway”; and historic Sitka, a cultural fusion of indigenous Tlingit and Russian heritage. Cruise the majestic Misty Fjords and Tracy Arm Fjord, a seascape of plunging waterfalls and serrated peaks, to the face of the monumental Dawes and South Sawyer Glaciers. Glide through the serene Inside Passage and into remote inlets in search of harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, and eagles.

Also available are a pre-cruise option in cosmopolitan Vancouver, British Columbia’s most vibrant city; and a post-cruise option deep into Alaska’s interior to explore Denali National Park and visit the former frontier trading post of Fairbanks.

Pricing for 8-day Voyage

*Early Booking Savings extended! Reserve by February 21, 2020 and save $2000 per couple!

Prices per person (7 nights) aboard the MV Le Soléal
Double Occupancy Cabins start at $4,295 EBS Fare*, $5,295 after December 20, 2019.
Single Occupancy Cabins start at $11,195 EBS Fare*, $12,195 after December 20, 2019.

Program Rates; per person, double occupancy (excluding taxes*).  Prices and itinerary are subject to change.

Taxes are an additional $420 per person and subject to change.

For complete itinerary details, pricing, and cabin information, download the brochure

The fluke of a whale © operator

Dawes Glacier near Endicott Arm ©Richard Martin

Boats in Juneau harbor © Gillfoto

Misty Fjords National Monument © Enrico Blasutto

Tracy Arm Fjord © Peter Mulligan

MV Le Soléal

Category 2 Stateroom


Pre-Program Option: Vancouver, Victoria
Post-Program Option: Denali National Park • Fairbanks
Details for the pre- and post-program options will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Cruise (8 day) Itinerary
Wednesday, July 29, 2020: Depart home city | Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Embark Le Soléal
Thursday, July 30: Cruising the Inside Passage
Friday, July 31: Misty Fjords National Mounument, Alaska, U.S. | Ketchikan
Saturday, August 1: LeConte Bay | Petersburg
Sunday, August 2: Sitka
Monday, August 3: Point Adolphus | Elfin Cove
Tuesday, August 4: Tracy Arm Fjord | Sawyer Glacier | Endicott Arm | Dawer Glacier
Wednesday, August 5: Juneau | Disembark ship | Return to home city

Please note that the ship’s cruising pattern and positioning are dependent on weather, ice and water conditions and are subject to change.


For reservations or questions, please email us at (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

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