Alaska “8 Day / 7 Night" Sample Itinerary
Here is a typical itinerary for Motor Yacht REFLECTIONS for a charter of seven 24-hour days and nights in Southeast Alaska, beginning and ending at 12 Noon. Your crew will be happy to customize the trip in advance according to your interest in wildlife, scenery, recreational opportunities, local history and culture. Your itinerary can also be modified during your charter based on your preferences and the weather.
For Juneau to Sitka charters, please reverse the itinerary.
Sitka to Douglas Cove Hoonah Sound (45 nautical miles)
Explore scenic Sitka, the historic Russian capital of Alaska. Walk among historic totem poles at Totem Park; view eagles and large birds of prey at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center; visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral; and shop the galleries for paintings, carvings and jewelry made by local and Alaska Native artists. Depart Sitka and transit Sergius Narrows and Peril Strait to anchor in Douglas Cove.
Douglas Cove Hoonah Sound to Takatz Bay (50 nautical miles)
Cruise Peril and Chatham Straits into good waters for viewing Orca whales and the world's fastest marine mammals, the Dall's Porpoises. Continue on to Takatz Bay, a great place to kayak and view Brown Bear.
Takatz Bay to Baranof Warm Springs to Red Bluff Bay (30 nautical miles)
You'll continue cruising south today in Chatham Strait with a refreshing stop at Baranof Warm Springs. Bring your swimsuit to soak in the gorgeous natural hot pool facing a raging whitewater river, or enjoy a hot tub au naturel in a rustic private individual bathhouse with views of the bay. There's a nice short hike along the river to a scenic lake. You can fish for trout in the river or lake. Pick wild salmonberries (in July), or blueberries (in August) along the trail. From Baranof Warm Springs, it's a short cruise to Red Bluff Bay, which offers one of the most scenic landscapes along Southeast Alaska's inside passage. You can kayak into the spray of an awe-inspiring waterfall and get a close-up view of bears fishing (most likely in August). This is another good location to set pots for shrimp.
Red Bluff Bay to Deep Cove (27 nautical miles)
As you head deeper into the South Baranof Wilderness area, you will appreciate why it is also known as the Waterfall Coast. While anchored at the head of Deep Cove, enjoy this stunning spot from the deck of REFLECTIONS or the kayaks.
Deep Cove to Pybus Bay (46 nautical miles)
Cruise into Frederick Sound, which features some of the highest concentrations of Humpback Whales on the planet. Watch them dive, surface and breach for as long as you want. Finish the day anchored in scenic Cannery Cove. Take kayaks or the tender up the estuary at high tide. You might see birds and Brown Bear fishing and feeding in the river, depending on the timing of Salmon runs.
Pybus Bay to No Name Cove (50 nautical miles)
North from Fredrick Sound, you'll enter Stephens Passage. Let the crew know if you'd like to pass the southernmost point of the Brothers Islands to see if the Stellar Sea Lions are hauled out. If you're lucky, you'll catch the unbelievable spectacle of Humpback Whales "bubble net feeding." Anchor tonight in No Name Cove. Kayak near small icebergs - but not too close, as they sometimes roll!
No Name Cove to Tracy Arm to Taku Harbor (71 nautical miles)
Travel 25 miles up Tracy Arm Fjord to the blue ice glacier. The trip features abundant waterfalls, steep granite cliffs, and the awesome sights and sounds of calving ice. See harbor seals floating on icebergs, and perhaps catch a glimpse of elusive Mountain Goats perched on rocky ledges. Enjoy plenty of time at Sawyer Glacier. Anchor tonight in Taku Harbor and keep an eye on the beach for Black Bear. Listen for the haunting song of the Loons that often visit this area.
Taku Harbor to Downtown Juneau (21 nautical miles)
Enjoy a final breakfast aboard REFLECTIONS, then depart Taku Harbor and travel north through Stephens Passage. Along the mainland shoreline, scan for Brown and Black Bear. You may even see Humpbacks, Orcas and/or Dall's Porpoises on your trip into Juneau. If you have time, we'd be happy to recommend some local attractions and establishments to visit in Alaska's capital city prior to your departure.
A scenic flight is a wonderful addition to your Alaska yacht charter. It's best to fly in clear weather, so we recommend you let the crew arrange a spectacular flightseeing tour during the charter based on the weather. If you are interested in a helicopter tour up to a glacier with a Dog Sled experience, please let us know when you book your charter, because these sell out.
*Not to be used for navigation purposes. This itinerary is considered proprietary and is for planning potential Motor Yacht REFLECTIONS charter opportunities only.