EXPERIENCE THE LAST FRONTIER
With so much to see and do in Alaska, the sheer amount of possibilities can seem endless and overwhelming. Here at Azamara Club Cruises®, we’ve curated the perfect balance between cultural immersion and all-out-adventure with our Alaskan Cruise Global, Connect Local℠ shore excursions.
Connect with locals, take a chance at crabbing with local fisherman, and learn Alaska Native culture at an authentic Tlingit village. Whether it's toasting a day well spent with a pint of local brew, or stopping to admire scenic vistas from atop a bike on the Klondike Highway, we’ve got eight fantastic ways to experience the majesty of Alaska’s rugged beauty. From beaten paths to urban landscapes, see what makes Alaska different than anywhere else in the world.
Dog Sledding and Glacier Flightseeing by Helicopter
Embark on an expedition that shows you the wonders of Alaska in a truly intrepid fashion. Begin with a flightseeing helicopter tour. Climb in and feel the exhilarating sensation of lifting off into the clear Alaskan sky. Soar over Skagway and venture across snow-capped peaks and sweeping expanses of water on your way to Denver Glacier. After your captain gently sets the chopper down on the glacier’s frozen surface, you’ll meet up with a team of expert mushers and their incredible sled dogs. Learn about this legendary sport and get to know your canine guides, before setting off on an unforgettable dog sled ride across the Denver Glacier. Sit back and relax on the sled, or, stand on the rails like an expert musher, as you skid across this magnificent landscape—a fitting end to a full day of adventure.
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour
Set out to sea aboard the Aleutian Ballad, a Bering Sea crab boat, for an adventure that’s so carefree even landlubbers can do it. This boat was featured on season two of the Discovery Channel series, “Deadliest Catch,” and it’s seen some serious rolling seas and rogue waves. Fortunately, that won’t happen today. Instead, you’ll cruise calm waters as the fishing crew demonstrates the art of crabbing and long line fishing. Watch as massive crab pots are hauled on deck. Plus, check out the unique octopus pots, and keep your eyes on the long lines to spy what is pulled from the ocean's depths. During the voyage, you’re also likely to spot wildlife, including majestic bald eagles—so keep those cameras ready. This award-winning excursion gives you a fun, safe, and easy taste of hard-earned life on the Bering Sea.
Klukwan Native Culture Experience
Embrace the ways of Alaska’s Tlingit people on an excursion that provides a uniquely intimate look into their history and traditions. Begin with a narrated drive through Haines before setting out to the village of Klukwan. Stop along the way in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the world’s largest concentration of these majestic birds. Upon arrival in Klukwan, visit the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center for an account of Tlingit tradition as told by locals. Listen to stories passed down for generations that bring to life the pride of the Tlingit and their deep connection to this land. You’ll also explore the Whale House Collection, which boasts some of the most important native art in the Pacific Northwest. Marvel at the ornately carved house posts, the famous Rainwall Screen, and countless other works, as you embrace the beautiful traditions and artful culture of the Alaska Native people.
A Taste of Haines
Experience the comforting culinary traditions of Alaska on this unique journey through Haines. This tour is reserved for no more than 14 guests, as the dishes featured are prepared to perfection specifically for a small group. Begin with a sightseeing drive through Haines. Marvel at the cozy nature of this small town, and look out to see Mount Ripinksi and Glacier National Park in the distance. Reach the mouth of the Chilkat River and snap a few photos of the postcard-perfect setting. You’ll head to the Pilot Light Restaurant, where you’ll start with a selection of homegrown beers from the Haines Brewing Company. Afterward, sit down to a tasting of local dishes prepared for you by Cambria Goodwin, featured on the hit show “Cupcake Wars.” Enjoy her signature salmon bisque, fresh bread, salad with local greens, and wrap it all up with a scrumptious dessert.
Mendenhall Glacier and Salmon Hatchery Experience
Embark on a narrated tour that takes you to a salmon hatchery and showcases the legendary Mendenhall Glacier. Begin with a drive through Juneau, where you’ll hear tales of the town’s raucous gold rush days. Your first stop is the DIPAC Salmon Hatchery, where each year they produce over 150 million salmon. Go on a behind the scenes tour that shows you how experts collect and incubate eggs to keep Alaska’s fisheries thriving. Afterward, head to the legendary Mendenhall Glacier, spanning 1.5 miles wide. Take in postcard-perfect views from the visitor center and marvel at displays that detail the geology of this natural wonder. Feel free to ask the onsite experts questions, before following well-marked trails for a closer look. Stand before this frozen force of nature and marvel at the majestic beauty found only in Alaska.
Klondike Bicycle Tour
Experience the majesty of Alaska on a spirited bike ride that winds downhill for 15 breathtaking miles. A scenic drive will take you to the summit of White Pass. Here, you’ll gear up and follow a local guide on a bike ride that has the full advantage of gravity. It’s downhill all the way to the sea along the paved Klondike Highway, the same route gold-crazed stampeders once took more than a century ago. You’ll cruise downhill in the shadows of Alaska’s mighty glaciers and soaring mountains. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and get a true sense of the sheer size and scope of Alaska's unspoiled lands. Stop for photos at scenic viewpoints and the historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. Your guide will also share stories of the Gold Rush era and its colorful characters, as you wind your way down the historic Klondike Highway.
Taku Lodge Feast And Five Glacier Seaplane Discovery
Embark on an excursion, reserved for no more than 10 guests, that takes to the air on a flightseeing tour and touches down for an authentic Alaskan feast. Climb into a seaplane and skid across the water before lifting off into the skies above Juneau. Every guest enjoys a window seat as you fly over five of Alaska’s most spectacular glaciers. You’ll also soar above the wilderness where you might spot black bears and other wildlife, as an expert guide provides commentary through your headset. Your flight concludes with an exhilarating water landing at Taku Glacier Lodge, the only place in Juneau where you can dine in the presence of majestic glacial views. Savor a feast of king salmon (or chicken, if preferred) paired with a selection of side dishes made from the bounty of Alaska. Sip wine or crack open a cold beer and toast a truly exhilarating Alaskan excursion.
White Pass Railroad and Skagway Panorama
Return to the rough-and-tumble years of the Klondike Gold Rush, and ride through breathtaking scenery on this panoramic excursion. You’ll begin by boarding a vintage railcar on the famed White Pass and Yukon Route Railway that once carried gold seekers hoping to strike it rich in the Klondike. Settle into a comfy seat—a modern new addition—and rumble through Alaska’s evergreen forests in the shadows of soaring snow-capped mountains. Marvel at the unspoiled vistas on your outbound journey that crosses the Canadian border. Transfer to a motor coach for a return trip that showcases natural wonders and remnants of the Gold Rush era. Stop for photos in Tormented Valley, a stark landscape of sub-arctic alpine tundra, and see the tumbling waters of Pitchfork Falls. You’ll also pass Dead Horse Gulch, where nearly 3,000 overloaded and overworked pack animals died as gold-crazed stampeders rushed forth to stake their claims.