AIA Tours: cruise

Alaska’s Glaciers & the Inside Passage

Tour Dates: Saturday, July 13, 2019 to Saturday, July 20, 2019 (8 days)

Tour Leader(s): Ted Goebel ,

Join Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) lecturer and host Ted Goebel on this, the AIA’s first 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. Dr. Goebel, an archaeologist and the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, is known for his expertise in First American studies and lithic analysis. During onboard lectures (as part of a team of onboard experts) and informal discussions he will provide insights into the peopling of the Americas.

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.

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

Itinerary


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


Cruise (8 day) Itinerary
Saturday, July 13, 2019: Depart home city | Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Embark Le Soléal
Sunday, July 14: Cruising the Inside Passage
Monday, July 15: Misty Fjords National Mounument, Alaska, U.S. | Ketchikan
Tuesday, July 16: LeConte Bay | Petersburg
Wednesday, July 17: Sitka
Thursday, July 18: Point Adolphus | Inian Island | Elfin Cove
Friday, July 19: Tracy Arm Fjord | South Sawyer Glacier | Endicott Arm | Dawer Glacier
Saturday, July 20: 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.


Program Rates; per person, double occupancy (excluding taxes*)

aboard the MV Le Soléal

 

Category

 

Description Early Booking Tariff* through 2/15/19 Tariff* after 2/15/19
8 One large window. Deck 3, Andromède forward. (limited availabitly) $4,295 $5,295
7  

Picture window, single door onto private, partial-wall balcony. Deck 3, Andromède, aft. (limited availabilty)

 

$5,695 $6,695
6 Small window, single door onlto private, partial-wall balcony. Deck 3, Andromède, midship. $6,595 $7,595
5 Expansive sliding glass door, private partial-wall balcony, Deck 4, Pégase, forward. $6,995 $7,995
4 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, Deck 4, Pégase, midship. $7,795 $8,795
3 Expansive sliding glass door, private partial-wall balcony, Deck 5, Equinoxe, forward. $7,995 $8,995
2 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, shower or tub/shower. Deck 5, Equinoxe, midship. $8,695 $9,695
1 Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, shower or tub/shower. Deck 6, Solstice. $8,995 $9,995
Deluxe Suite Expansive sliding glass door, private balcony, sitting area with sofe. Deck 6, Solstice. (limited availability) $9,595 $10,595
Prestige Suite II Two rooms, expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony, two bathrooms: tub/shower and shower, large sitting area with sofa, two closets. Deck 6, Solstice. (limited availability) $9,995 $10,995
Privilege Suite I Two rooms, expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony, two bathrooms: tub/shower and shower, large sitting area with sofa, two closets. Deck 6 Solstice. (limited availability) $10,495 $11,495
Owner’s Suite Two rooms, expansive sliding glass door, large private balcony, one and a half bathrooms, separate tub and shower, sitting room with sofa, table and four chairs. Deck 6 Solstice. (limited availability) $10,995  

$11,995

 

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

Singles are available in category 6 at $11,195 and in category 4 at $13,295 on or before February 15, 2019.  Add $1,000 for reservations made after February 15, 2019.


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

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