Crossing the Gulf of Alaska aboard the sailboat Qilak
Coastal and offshore sailing cruise to Alaska's finest maritime glaciers immersed in wilderness.
The cruise at a glance
- Overview :
- 10 days on site
- 2 departure dates
- 2330 € per person
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We cross territories only accessible by boat, from Glacier Bay in the Inside Passage to Prince William Sound, with many stops allowing the observation of Alaskan wildlife in its natural environment: grizzly bears, cetaceans, birds sea…
Navigation in Glacier Bay National Park where 16 sea glaciers are smashing their seracs. Southeastern Alaska was completely overgrown with ice 300 years earlier during the last “little ice age” of the 18th century. Climate change experts predict their melting by 2036!
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When to join us?
All our cruises including 10 days on-site for 2330€. (1990€ + 340€ onboard kitty ).
June 2020From 05/06/2020 To 14/06/2020 Boarding : Juneau Landing : Valdez Code : P5
Jully 2020From 19/07/2020 To 28/07/2020 Boarding : Valdez Landing : Juneau Code : P9
Why join us ?
- Alaska’s maritime glaciers
- Discovery of wild Alaska off the beaten track
- Offshore sailing cruise in the Gulf of Alaska
- Coastal navigation in the Inside Passage and walks ashore
- Observation of mythical species: grizzly bears, orcas, humpback whales …
- Small group sailing: up to 6 passengers, top cooking and fishing on board
Prices do not include air and hotel, transportation from the airport to the sailboat, alcohol (other than wine at dinners), or restaurants (including the last dinner on Day 10) and shore bars.
Participants arrive at the boarding port the day before Day 1 and spend a night in hotel. Boarding takes place in the morning at 9am on Day 1 and we set sail shortly afterwards. The landing takes place around 6pm on Day 10.
NB: Extend your stay!
We imagined an original and unique route along the Pacific coast, from Vancouver Island (Canada) to Valdez (Alaska, USA). This long roaming is divided into 3 geographical areas. You can therefore extend your cruise by registering on several areas of the course or supplementing it with your continuity of travel!
Day 1 : Boarding
Boarding Qilak in Juneau, capital of Alaska and living memory of the pioneers of the gold Rush. Museums and ancient gold mines are witness to this period.
Day 2 to 5 : Glacier Bay National Park
Coastal navigation and hikes at the foot of the 16 glaciers of the Glacier Bay National Park. The glaciers surge during the last « Little Ice Age » of the 18th century forced the Tlingit nation to flee their land they had inhabited for centuries. The landscapes of this immense glacial valley are breathtaking.
Day 6 and 7 : Stop at the end of the world
Stop at Elfin Cove "village at the end of the world", where a dozen fishermen live in this cove with flower houses and starting an offshore navigation to go up the Pacific coast to Yakutat, with the lovely icy mountains of Kluane National Park in the background, anchorage at he foot of this village founded by the Tlingit nation.
Day 8 and 9 : Offshore sailing
Offshore Navigation from Yakutat to Prince William Sound, accompanied by whales. If lucky the Aurora borealis, will light up our nights. The arrival in Prince William Bay is magical! Some sailing experience would be desirable but not obligatory (in case of seasickness: do not confuse the adaptation of the first days with recurrent sea sickness!).
Day 10 : Landing
Approach to a rockery of a hundred sea lions then anchorage and landing at Valdez a large village at the head of the fjord, which is glacier free all year round. Anchorage and landing in Valdez.