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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

Our pick of some of the best places to visit and things to do during your exploration of Alaska.

Alaska small ship cruise

UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise Adventures’ small group experiences are an unbeatable combination of activity, discovery, impeccable service, expertise and awe-inspiring encounters. Experience rainforests, glaciers, bear viewing, humpback whales, bald eagles, hiking, kayaking, even hot tubbing under the stars.

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Alaskan Dream Cruises

Alaskan Dream Cruises have 50 years’ experience in Alaska’s pristine southeastern waters. Their itineraries offer unforgettable opportunities to go ashore into ancient forests, remote towns and indigenous communities. Activities on all their small ships ensure an authentic, sustainable experience of this wild state.

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Denali and Backcountry Lodges

Denali National Park & Talkeetna

Denali is an enormous national park comprised of over 6 million acres of scenic wilderness teeming with wildlife including grizzly bears, caribou, moose, wolves and many species of raptors. It also features North America’s highest peak, while charming Talkeetna is the centre of flightseeing over Mt Denali.

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Alaska bear viewing lodges

Katmai National Park

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 along riverbanks.

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Alaska wildlife

Brooks Lodge

Brooks Lodge overlooks famous Brooks Falls in the heart of the extraordinary Katmai National Park. Each year from mid June to mid September large numbers of bears congregate here to catch spawning salmon. The lodge offers 16 ensuite rooms accommodating up to 4 people each.

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Redoubt Bay Lodge

Accessed by float plane, Redoubt Bay Lodge nestles amongst spectacular scenery at the entrance to Lake Clark National Park. Activities include wildlife viewing by boat or on foot with a naturalist guide, fishing and canoeing. There is a main log cabin with dining room, and 3 guest cabins.

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Kodiak Brown Bear Centre

The Kodiak Brown Bear Centre is located in the heart of the 1.9 million acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Karluk Lake, home to one of the highest densities of bears in the world. Visitors here have a chance to see famously large Kodiak brown bears, many who commonly reach between 300 and 600kg in body weight.

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Anchorage

Alaska City Stays & Day Tours

Scenic Anchorage nestles on the shores of Cook Inlet, set against the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains. Explorations of Prince William Sound and stunning Kenai Fjords are accessible from here, whilst the scenic cities of Juneau and Anchorage are gateways to even more awe-inspiring sights.

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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 up close to magnificent tidewater glaciers, hike through wildlife-rich forests, and ride skiffs or kayaks.

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Southeast Alaska’s Inner Reaches Western Coves

Alaska Yacht – Bears, Bergs & Bushwhacking

Take in four designated Wilderness Areas or National Monuments as well as Tlingit culture, glaciers and grizzlies on this amazing circuit from Petersburg, nicknamed “Little Norway”.

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Southeast Alaska’s Inner Reaches Eastern Coves

Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

Enjoy three full days in Glacier Bay National Park and the chance to actively explore the grand Alaskan wilderness. Inspect glaciers by skiff, hike along historic trails and through forests.

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Discoverers’ Glacier Country

Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers

Enjoy a full day in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Glacier Bay National Park, with plenty of time to comb quiet coves and the majestic Tongass National Forest for iconic Alaskan wildlife.

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Wilderness Passages of Discovery

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers

Experience some truly remote sections of Alaska’s Inside Passage on these active adventures with UnCruise. Spy harbor seals, porpoises and humpback whales as you glide along pristine waterways.

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Alaska’s Southeast Explorer

This all-encompassing cruise takes in three compelling ports: the former gold rush town of Skagway, the adventure capital of Haines and the Nordic-style community of Petersburg.

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Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn

Take in gorgeous southeast Alaska from top to bottom, scouring its most abundant wildlife areas, soaking up traditional native cultures and seeing its most captivating glaciers.

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Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure

Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions and cultures of Alaska visiting a Tlingit village. You’ll also spend a full day touring the impressive Glacier National Park and cruising pure waters teeming with icebergs.

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Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers

Enjoy an intimate exploration of Alaska’s Inside Passage from the inspiring Tracy Arm to serene Hoonah Sound and humpback-rich Icy Strait. This voyage will reveal southern Alaska’s greatest highlights.

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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. Staying within the park allows for a more intimate experience.

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Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Katmai Wilderness Lodge

Katmai Wilderness Lodge claims to offer “the world’s most spectacular bear viewing”. 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 Jun-mid Sep large numbers of bears congregate here to catch spawning salmon. Be sure to book early!

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Redoubt Bay Lodge

Redoubt Bay Lodge is located at the entrance to Lake Clark National Park. Activities include wildlife with a naturalist guide, fishing and canoeing. There is a main log cabin with dining room, and 3 guest cabins.

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Kodiak Brown Bear Center

With a maximum capacity of 10 guests, the Kodiak Brown Bear Centre is the perfect place for any bear enthusiast to immerse themselves in the observation and study of one of the largest carnivores on earth.

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Anchorage

Anchorage

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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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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Juneau & Fairbanks

Juneau and Fairbanks offer access to a range of incredible activities, including Admirality Island bear viewing, glacier landing with dog sledding, Arctic Circle adventures and a Barrow expedition.

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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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