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Alaska Tours and Cruises

Alaska is wild nature on a grand scale. It is a destination of stunning scenery, and incredible wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Our Alaska tours and cruises explore the fjords and inlets of the famous Inside Passage. See the region’s many bears and moose, kayak around icebergs and explore gorgeous Denali National Park.

This fabulous holiday destination offers a wide range of scenic tours and adventures. Most popular of all is a cruise through the extraordinary Inside Passage, one of earth’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Our small ships and luxury yachts will get you close up to calving glaciers and towering waterfalls. You can kayak around icebergs, visit picturesque towns and walk along idyllic shores.

The wildlife is spectacular, with incredible marine wildlife like orca, humpback whales, and sea lions, as well as moose, caribou, and especially bears. These giants of the forest are best seen from a special bear viewing lodge in Katmai or on a safari in Denali National Park.

To find out more about our range of recommended Alaska tours and cruises, please download pages below or click here to download the full Alaska section of our Canada and Alaska brochure.

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Alaska Tour and Cruise Highlights

Alaska small ship cruise

Cruise the Inside Passage on a small ship

From Ketchikan to Juneau, Alaska’s famous Inside Passage is a maze of islands, fjords and inlets framed by soaring mountains and towering waterfalls.

View gigantic glaciers “calve” icebergs into surrounding seas, watch whales breaching and see bears browsing along the shore. Our small ships can enter narrows and inlets that big ships cannot, and they also offer exciting guided excursions on foot, by kayak or Zodiac, getting you up close to whales, icebergs and glaciers. Visit traditional Inuit villages or just relax on board and soak up the amazing views.
Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay and other Inside Passage Highlights

Visit amazing Glacier Bay National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its many tidewater glaciers.

Watch huge pieces of ice dramatically break off glaciers and fall into the sea, and be immersed in some of the most spectacular natural landscapes on earth. Explore by Zodiac, kayak or on foot whilst looking out for puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, bears, moose, eagles and whales. Cruise Tracy Arm with its icebergs and sheer granite walls or navigate the majestic fjord of Ford’s Terror. Glide through the beautiful Wrangell Narrows and visit Misty Fjords National Monument, with its glacial valleys and high cliffs.
Denali and Backcountry Lodges

Denali and Backcountry Lodges

Denali is an enormous national park comprised of over 6 million acres of scenic wilderness teeming with wildlife.

It is home to a vast array of wildlife including grizzly bear, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolf and many species of raptor. It is also home to Mt Denali, the highest peak in North America. Stay at a backcountry lodge in the heart of the park and enjoy naturalist-guided outdoor activities. Alternatively, set up base in Talkeetna, gateway to south Denali and centre of flightseeing tours over the mountain and national park.
Alaska bear viewing lodges

Bear viewing lodges: Katmai, Brooks and Redoubt Bay

For the best chance of seeing bears, visit Katmai Wilderness Lodge in the spectacular Katmai National Park.

Katmai is renowned for its volcanoes and large wild population of bears. Accompanied by an highly experienced guide, you’ll explore by boat, looking for bears on the mudflats and on sedge-lined riverbanks. At the end of each day, enjoy gourmet Alaskan meals in the cosy lodge. Other recommended lodges are Brooks Lodge in Katmai or Redoubt Bay Lodge near Lake Clark. Bears in these areas are not hunted and in summer when food is plentiful, the bears are extremely tolerant of humans making extraordinary viewing possible.


The gateway to Alaska, scenic Anchorage nestles on the shores of Cook Inlet, set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Chugach Mountains.

Anchorage is the business and cultural centre of Alaska, offering a range of attractions, restaurants and shopping. From here, you can explore the Kenai Fjords, Prince William Sound or Denali National Park. It is also the home of the famous Iditarod Dog Sled Race which starts on the streets of the city on the first Saturday of March.
Alaska wildlife

Grizzlies, Orcas and other Amazing Wildlife

The Alaskan wilderness is home to many large mammals, from bears to moose, caribou, wolves and river otters.

The best places to see them all is in Denali, Lake Clark or Katmai national parks. Marine life is equally spectacular, with orcas and humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, seals and sea lions. The best place to see these is on a cruise along the Inside Passage, Prince William Sound or in the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Alaska Tour & Cruise Sample Itineraries

Our Alaska tours include a range of rail tours, cruises, wilderness lodges and city hotels. Choose from one of our featured itineraries or let us tailor make an itinerary to suit your interests, style and budget. To find out more about the type of Alaska experience we can put together for you, please download pages below.

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

Cruise through remote and pristine wilderness to Glacier Bay, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Get close to tidewater glaciers, hike through wildlife-rich forests, and ride skiffs or kayaks along dramatic fjords as you look for whales and seals.

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Southeast Alaska’s Inner Reaches Western Coves

Southeast Alaska’s Inner Western Coves

This cruise takes you through some truly wild areas on the western side of Alaska’s Inside Passage, with a chance to view its amazing wildlife, icebergs, old settlements and remote communities via ship, on kayaks or while hiking.

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Southeast Alaska’s Inner Reaches Eastern Coves

Southeast Alaska’s Inner Reaches

Experience the remote eastern coves of Alaska’s Inside Passage on an Active or a Luxury Adventure with Un-Cruise. Travelling by small ship, you will enjoy unrivalled access to hidden bays, pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery.

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Discoverers’ Glacier Country

Discoverers’ Glacier Country

Explore the stunning protected wilderness and waterways of Glacier Bay National Park, a World Heritage Site, whilst enjoying the comforts and amenities of Un-Cruise’s luxury vessels. Kayak in remote bays and walk along tranquil shores.

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Wilderness Passages of Discovery

Exploring Muir’s Wilderness

Cruise the Alaska that inspired the 19th century adventurer, conservationist and writer John Muir. Enjoy unmatched wildlife viewing and birding, the wonders of Glacier Bay, whale watching in Icy Strait, nature walks and kayaking.

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Denali Backcountry Lodges

Denali Backcountry Lodges

Within Denali National Park are a select range of backcountry lodges that offer comfortable, cosy accommodation in a postcard perfect setting. Spend days on naturalist-led activities that may include hiking, mountain biking or fishing.

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Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Katmai Wilderness Lodge claims to offer “the world’s most spectacular bear viewing”. The scenery is spectacular and this lodge is the only private establishment on the coast of Katmai National Park’s 3.6 million acre wilderness.

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Brooks Lodge

Brooks Lodge

Popular Brooks Lodge overlooks famous Brooks Falls in the heart of Katmai National Park. Each year from mid June to mid September large numbers of bears congregate here to catch spawning salmon. Be sure to book early!

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Kenai Fjords Excursion

Kenai Fjords Excursion

Nestled beneath towering mountains and lapped by the sparkling blue waters of Resurrection Bay is the coastal town of Seward, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Discover an incredible variety of marine life from otters to orcas.

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Scenic Anchorage nestles between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet in southeast Alaska. It was first settled in 1915 at the mouth of Ship Creek to support the building of the railway. Today it is the business and cultural centre of Alaska.

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Alaska Overview

Why Alaska: Mountains, glaciers, wildlife – everything is bigger in Alaska. A cruise of the stunning Inside Passage is on nearly everyone’s bucket list; consider a small ship for the most intimate experience. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife encounters, in particular whale watching and bear viewing. In Denali NP, look for the “Denali Slam”: moose, caribou, wolf, Dall sheep and brown bear.

When to Go: The warmer months (mid May to mid September) are the best time to visit, as they offer long hours of daylight. Spring is when the wilderness becomes a hive of activity, with whales arriving and bears coming out of hibernation to feed on sedge and berries. July to September is when the salmon run occurs and a good time to see bears fishing.

Combine With: Canada. The country’s west (Pacific) coast is home to the picturesque Rocky Mountains, and can be easily explored by rail. You can also visit the beautiful alpine towns of Banff and Jasper, or encounter wild grizzly bears at Knight Inlet. On the east (Atlantic) coast, explore charming French-speaking Montreal or Quebec City, or take a tour of the historic Atlantic Maritimes.

Getting There: Fly to Anchorage or Juneau in Alaska. Inside Passage cruises depart from Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau or Seattle (in Washington State).

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