Explora Journeys has revealed further details of its inaugural Alaska deployment for EXPLORA I, which is set to begin in the destination in May 2024.
The luxury lifestyle travel brand has revealed three journeys departing from Vancouver, Canada, that will provide a rare opportunity for guests to explore untouched Alaskan wilderness from a unique perspective. Each journey will achieve the brand’s aim of allowing guests to embrace enticing destinations and create lifelong memories, all done with minimal impact on the natural environments for which Alaska is best known.
The Remote Wrangell and Spectacular Sitka Inaugural Alaskan Journey will operate round-trip from Vancouver, departing on 6 May 2024. This 11-night journey will sail the Inside Passage, Wrangell, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan, Misty Fjord and Victoria.
Prices start from €11,600 per suite.
Sailing the Whale’s Highway is an 11-night journey that includes, Icy Strait Point (Hoonah and the Hubbard Glacier).
Sail where mountains have no names, paved roads are few, and vast wildernesses are gateways beyond the knowable realm. Venture to remote Wrangell; step lightly in Sitka; and forge Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords. Experience thrills that go beyond: flight-seeing Mount Edgecumbe; kayak Sitka Sound; hike former WWII installations; step inside the Fortress of Bears; and find peace in the blue-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral.
Dates: 17 May, 7 and 28 June, 19 July and 9 August 2024.
Prices start from €12,100 per suite.
Journey of the Glaciers is a 10-night journey that will visit Mendenhall Glacier, Misty and Tracy Arm Fjords.
Sailing into the mystic and explore the full breadth of the Inside Passage. Experience coastlines sculpted by rivers of jagged ice; navigating islands scattered like jigsaw pieces across cobalt bays. Mendenhall Glacier, Misty and Tracy Arm Fjords — ephemeral landmarks will leave a lasting impression and memories. Hike, bike, paddle, trek wildlife, or board a seaplane to soar across the Tongass National Forest.
Dates: 28 May, 18 June, 9 July and 30 July 2024.
Prices start from €11,000 per suite.
Guests will be able to connect with the native cultures and experience landscapes that cannot be seen or experienced anywhere else on earth.
Michael Ungerer, the Chief Executive Officer of Explora Journeys, comments, “Explora Journeys’ Alaskan experience will inspire and excite in equal measure, especially for those who are curious for remarkable exploration.
“Blending luxury and adventure from soaring mountains, Arctic tundra, giant rivers, fjords, and glaciers, to deep, frozen oceans and vibrant wildlife, Explora Journeys will ensure a one-of-a kind experience. These journeys will also offer guests the opportunity to unlock our unique philosophy, the Ocean State of Mind, an elevated state of mind inspired by the sea, as elusive as it is sought after,” Ungerer said.
Each unique journey will have its own personality and opportunity for adventure from experiencing the crack and gurgle of the Mendenhall Glacier – a remnant of the last ice age, flying over the sweeping wilderness or observing nature at its most powerful with the sights of brown bears, hunting salmon or humpback whales breaching calm, ice-cold waters. For those looking to take things at a slower pace, there will be plentiful options, all of which will revolve around a state where ecotourism sits at the very forefront – allowing guests to feel enriched from their connection with nature and the wilderness.
Both on board and ashore, guests will have ample of opportunity to explore the cuisine that Alaska has to offer. While exploring, restaurants and eateries will serve up a wonderful array of locally sourced seafood, game, and the absolute freshest produce,
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introducing guests to a new dimension of provenance and seasonality in their culinary experience. Local favourites such as Coho salmon or Dungeness crab, all complimented with a refreshing beer or cider from one of the numerous renowned Alaskan microbreweries.