3-Day Classic Voyage
The 3-Day Discovery Voyage is designed especially for travelers with less time. It samples all the highlights of our Classic Discovery Voyage by focusing on the northwestern Prince William Sound. In order to provide the best possible experience, we may make changes to the following itinerary either to take advantage of seasonal opportunities like wildlife viewing, to avoid open water during times of inclement weather, or to visit places of particular interest. Nights are spent at anchor in any of the Sound’s intimate and protected bays, fjords, or coves.
Arrive in Anchorage and transfer on own to your downtown Bed & Breakfast (included) for a comfortable night stay. Accommodations offer convenient access to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a network of developed hiking and bicycling trails throughout the Anchorage area. We recommend a walk or bike ride this afternoon or evening, if time allows. The views of the Alaska Range are spectacular! Dinner on own this evening. A great selection of restaurants are within easy walking distance of your B&B. We’re happy to share our favorites.
Van transfer pick up by Discovery staff at 10:00am for the scenic ride along Turnagain Arm, known for it’s tremendous tidal flats and frequent sightings of Beluga Whales. Continue south through the Chugach mountains to rendezvous with the captain and crew in Whittier for a warm welcome aboard the Discovery. While the crew prepares for departure, relax in the Discovery’s cozy salon and enjoy specially prepared appetizers of smoked salmon or halibut spread with crackers, fresh baked breads, fruits, and a plentiful selection of fine beverages. Leave Whittier in the early afternoon, enjoying lunch while traveling east and south to a hiking destination.
Upon arrival, we will launch inflatable Zodiacs to take us onshore for a short hike through lush rainforest vegetation and countless rivers and waterfalls. Return to the Discovery for an exquisite dinner waiting of local Copper River Red salmon, breads, roasted rosemary potatoes, vegetables, desserts, dinner wine selections and many other beverages are available. Meanwhile, the Discovery travels to an evening anchorage in one of the Sound’s many intimate and secluded coves.
Awake to breakfast and a short cruise to a spectacular waterfall. If the salmon have returned to adjacent streams, black bears may be seen during low tide feeding. Optional shore rainforest hike or kayak the intimate shoreline with small coves and bays to explore or enjoy the magical scenery from the comfort of the Discovery.
Later in the day, we travel the remote shores of Eaglek Bay to visit the oyster farm of David Sczawinski. Oyster lovers will enjoy one of the Sound’s most delicious sea products. Upon leaving Eaglek Bay, the Discovery makes a brief stop near one of the many small islands, home to a colony of Tufted Puffins, thought by many visitors to be Alaska’s most adorable seabird. Dinner and overnight in lovely quiet cove.
Depending on interests, this day will unfold accordingly. Spend the morning exploring the wonders of Harriman Fjord and Surprise Glacier. Countless waterfalls of every description cascade down from out of almost nowhere. Sea otters and harbor seals haul out on the floating ice which has recently crashed from the glacial face with a thunderous roar into the fiord in front of you. Hike along the shore among beached icebergs stranded by the ebbing tide, or take an upland hike for broad spectacular views of the Chugach mountain range and glacial valleys.
Mid day begin cruising and sightseeing back towards the port of Whittier and arrival approximately 4:00 PM. Lunch will be served while taking in the final sights of Passage Canal prior to docking in the Whittier Harbor and your van transfer to Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.
Enjoy breakfast this morning at your Bed & Breakfast. Transfer on own to the airport for departures home, or you may choose to extend your stay in Alaska. If you have the time, we recommend seeing Dave Parkhurst’s Northern Lights show at the Performing Arts Center, or a visit to the Museum of Natural History and Art; or, if you have children, you may find a visit to the Alaska Zoo to be fun and informative (the indigenous Alaskan wildlife at the zoo are all “rescued” animals, taken to captivity only when they could not survive in the wild). Often, there is an outdoor market in downtown Anchorage, featuring Alaskan art and other local goods.