Discover Southeast Alaska
With Optional Denali National Park Pre-Tour
August 5-12, 2022

Introduction

Dear W&L Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

I’m pleased to invite you to join us for a summertime expedition through some of North America’s more secluded landscapes.  Our destination is the remote inner reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the 76-guest Chichagof Dream. We’ll enjoy the agility and flexibility of small-ship travel, up-close encounters with wildlife, the stunning panoramas of Alaska’s coastal scenery, indigenous cultural experiences, and the guidance of two expert naturalists, including an Orbridge Expedition Leader.

We’ll marvel at the sight of whales breaching next to our ship, bears fishing along the shoreline, eagles soaring overhead or peering at us from their lofty nests, and the dazzling run of salmon on their final migration to their home streams—the staggering beauty of the Southeast Islands of Alaska is vibrant with an astounding variety of wildlife.

This program also offers an optional pre-tour to Denali National Park, where we’ll explore a vast and stunningly beautiful wilderness dominated by Denali, the highest mountain in North America. We’ll approach the park via the Alaska Railroad, stay at a hilltop lodge with panoramic views just north of the park entrance, and discover how this magnificent landscape became one of our nation’s most breathtaking conservation areas.

As with most W&L Traveller programs, space is limited. With significant savings of more than $1,000 per couple, we anticipate this tour will fill quickly, so be certain to reserve your spot today and share this brochure with family and friends who may be interested in traveling with you.

Reserve today by calling 540-458-8723 or by returning the enclosed reservation form.

Sincerely,

Robert Fure, Ph.D.
Director of Lifelong Learning

As we embark on this new world of group travel, the health and well-being of our guests, our team, and the communities we visit remain our top priority. For a detailed listing of the enhanced safety measures and hygiene protocols specific to our tours, please visit orbridge.com.

Orbridge

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Chichagof Dream

Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife, and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 76-passenger Chichagof Dream, you’ll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska’s Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you’ll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions—while learning about the traditions of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.

Your 8-Day Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1: Arrive in Sitka – Embarkation (D)
Tlingit dance presentation, Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka National Historical Park.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream

Day 2: Icy Strait / Chichagof Island (B,L,D)
Kayak, skiff excursions, wildlife viewing.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream

Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park (B,L,D)
Dynamic glaciers, ranger and cultural presentations.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream

Day 4: Eastern Baranof Island /Lake Eva (B,L,D)
Kayak, skiff excursions, wildlife viewing.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream

Day 5: Hidden Falls (B,L,D)
Hidden Falls Hatchery.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream

Day 6: Petersburg / Frederick Sound (B,L,D)
Wildlife viewing, Petersburg tour, hike.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream

Day 7: Tracy Arm Fjord (B,L,D)
Kayak, skiff excursions, wildlife and glacier viewing, farewell dinner.
Overnight: Chichagof Dream

Day 8: Auke Bay / Juneau – Disembarkation (B)

(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters.

Activity Level: This program offers a variety of activities, typically not strenuous for guests with average mobility, including skiff rides, hiking, and kayaking. Walks and hikes are at a leisurely pace in order to see and learn as much as possible about the region. It’s our expectation that guests are able to walk with good balance, and go up and down stairs easily without assistance. NOTE: The Chichagof Dream does not have an elevator.

Explore

  • See the spray of whales only yards away and venture into secluded inlets as you get up close to nature, whether from the decks of the Chichagof Dream or aboard its skiffs and kayaks.
  • Visit a salmon hatchery, the Alaska Raptor Center, and Sitka National Historical Park.

Interact

  • Accompanied by expert naturalists, including an Orbridge Expedition Leader, learn surprising details about animal behavior, glacier activity, and the wealth of natural spectacles along these protected waters.
  • Learn about Alaska’s culture and living history during a Native dance performance at a Tlingit Clan House.
  • Cruise around Glacier Bay National Park alongside a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide.

Admire

Joined by a Park Ranger, cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to see the sanctuary’s deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, and snow-capped mountain ranges.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights aboard the Chichagof Dream.
  • All onboard hand-crafted meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners—including a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner, and complimentary wine and beer at dinner.
  • An onboard lecture program and educational guidance of two expert naturalists, including an Orbridge Expedition Leader, and a Park Ranger and Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide during a visit to Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Guided kayaking, hiking, walking, skiff excursions, and wildlife viewing.
  • All port fees and entry fees to parks, preserves, museums, attractions and special excursions as described in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities for Orbridge Expedition Leader, airport transfer drivers, and drivers/guides on included land excursions.
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.

Accommodations

Aboard the Chichagof Dream, you will go where large ships cannot—gaining exclusive access to channels and bays full of wildlife.

The ship’s well-appointed, intimate, and unassuming style allows travelers to experience the true heart and soul of Alaska. The Chichagof Dream features expansive viewing areas on the bow and aft outdoor promenade decks, a hull design optimized for supreme comfort in Alaskan waters, and forward-facing windows in the spacious lounge that extend from the deck to the ceiling, offering panoramic views off the bow.

Enjoy a relaxed cruising speed ideal for viewing the endless surrounding fjords, glaciers, and wildlife. The ship offers complimentary expedition gear while touring, including rain jackets, rain pants, and boots. Plus, each stateroom is outfitted with binoculars. Nothing will be missed as you leisurely traverse the channels, bays, and islands of Southeast Alaska.

After each exciting day of exploration, enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and convivial conversation in the lounge before delighting in a five-star dining experience—where talented onboard chefs create mouthwatering masterpieces using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Categories

A: Two twin beds, two porthole windows, spacious wardrobe,  private bathroom with shower. Approx. 105 sq. ft.

AA: Two twin beds, one or two picture windows, spacious wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approx. 109 sq. ft.

AAA: One queen or two twin beds, one large picture window, spacious wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approx. 109 sq. ft.

Deluxe: One queen or two twin beds, one large picture window, spacious wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approx. 155 sq. ft.

Deluxe Suite (upper): One queen bed or two twin beds, two large picture windows, spacious wardrobe, vanity, sitting area, private bathroom with shower. Approx. 208 sq. ft.

Triple/Quad: Two-room suite (with either queen bed, two twin beds or bunk beds), large picture windows, spacious wardrobe, two private bathrooms with showers. Approx. 218 sq. ft.

Optional Pre-Tour: Denali National Park

Journey into the scenic wilds of America’s most northern state, through Alaska’s rugged forests and wildlife. Your destination: the magnificent, six-million acre Denali National Park and Reserve. A final highlight of this adventure includes an afternoon traveling aboard the historic Alaska Railroad with superior viewing from your upgraded GoldStar glass-dome seat.

Pre-Tour Itinerary (subject to change)

Day +1: Arrive in Fairbanks (R)
Welcome reception.
Overnight: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

Day +2: Fairbanks / Denali National Park (B,D)
Travel through expanses of boreal forest and tundra of interior Alaska; visit the Denali National Park Visitor Center; special dinner event and presentation.
Overnight: Grand Denali Lodge

Day +3: Denali National Park Wilderness Excursion (B,L)
Guided backcountry adventure, evening at leisure.
Overnight: Grand Denali Lodge

Day +4: Denali National Park (B,R)
Optional excursions or activities like self-guided hikes or ranger-led talks, wine and hors d’oeuvres with an Alaskan homesteader.
Overnight: Grand Denali Lodge

Day +5: Denali National Park / Anchorage (B,L,D)
Travel to Anchorage by Alaska Railroad.
Overnight: Hotel Captain Cook

Day +6: Depart Anchorage / Arrive Sitka / Day 1 of Main Program (B)

Optional Excursions

DogGoneIt Dog Sled Tour: An intimate visit to an Alaskan frontier home to learn about the lives of the world’s greatest athletes, sled dogs, and racing the Iditarod.

Denali Glacier Landing Flight: A 100-minute plane tour of Denali, viewing the continent’s deepest gorge, glaciers, surrounding peaks and valleys and a landing on one of Denali’s pristine glaciers.

Arctic Circle Flight Tour: This 6-hour tour includes a flight crossing into the Arctic Circle, ground tour of the only year-round village in the area, and visit to Coldfoot Camp.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Be on the lookout for vast wildlife including moose, Dall sheep, eagles, wolves, migrating caribou, and grizzly bears.
  • Familiarize yourself with Denali National Park, walking its trails with naturalists nearby.
  • Enjoy a special dinner including a presentation by a Murie Science & Learning Center educator.
  • Listen to an Alaskan homesteader’s tale of summiting Denali.
  • Admire the rugged forests and wildlife with superior viewing from your upgraded GoldStar glass dome seat aboard the Alaska Railroad.

What’s included: 1 night accommodation in Fairbanks, 3 nights accommodations in Denali, and 1 night accommodation in Anchorage; 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 receptions; motor coach transportation from Fairbanks to Denali National Park; hotel courtesy shuttle between Grande Denali Lodge, the Denali Park Visitor Center, town, and the rail depot; a full-day wilderness tour into Denali National Park (including a box lunch); a lively dinner event with a special presentation from a Murie Science and Learning Center educator, plus an engaging discussion with Jimmie Hendricks, a colorful local who will share his experiences of summiting Denali; transport aboard the distinguished Alaska Railroad with upgraded GoldStar Service, including reserved seating in the upper-level glass-dome car, priority seating in the dining room for lunch and dinner (with two alcoholic beverages/unlimited non-alcoholic beverages); gratuities for Orbridge Expedition Leader, local guides, drivers, porters, housekeeping, and wait staff for included meals; transfers between the airport and hotel for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.

Not all excursions listed may be available. Availability is also subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability and group interests. For flight excursions, weight and minimum age requirements apply.

Payment & Reservation Information

Reservations, Deposits and Final Payment: To secure your reservation, deposits are due upon placing a reservation as follows: $850 per person per program and $500 per person for any pre-tour and/or post-tour. Deposits are payable by check, ACH, wire transfer or major credit card. Final payment, including any pre-tour and/or post-tour, optional excursion(s) fees and optional electives, is payable by check, ACH, wire transfer or major credit card, and is due no later than 90 days prior to the program’s scheduled departure date. If your reservation is made between the final payment due date and the program’s scheduled departure date, the full cost of the program, plus any pre-tour and/or post-tour, optional excursion(s) fees and optional electives, is due at the time of registration, payable by check, ACH, wire transfer or major credit card. If final payment is not received by Orbridge by the final payment due date, Orbridge may, at any time and with or without notice, cancel your reservation in its sole discretion with no right of refund. CST#2098750-40 WST#602828994

Reservation Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations must be submitted to Orbridge in writing. If the cancellation notice is received by Orbridge: (a) more than 90 calendar days prior to the program’s scheduled departure date, all monies paid to Orbridge for the main program and for any  pre-tour and/or post-tour will be refunded in full; (b) between 90 and 60 days prior to the scheduled departure date, a 25% cancellation fee will be applied to the full cost of the program, including any pre-tour and/or post-tour, and the balance will be refunded; (c) between 59 and 30 days prior to the scheduled departure date, a 50% cancellation fee will be applied to the full cost of the program, including any pre-tour and/or post-tour, and the balance will be refunded; (d) within 29 days prior to the scheduled departure date, a 100% cancellation fee will be applied to the full cost of the program, including any pre-tour and/or post-tour. In addition to and not in lieu of the foregoing, a Cancellation Fee equal to 100% of the carrier charge applies to all non-refundable airfares due to your cancellation made at any time prior to the scheduled program departure date, as applicable. Refunds, if any, will be processed within 30 calendar days of our receipt of your written notice.

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Cost

Main Tour:

CAbin STANDARD RATE SPECIAL RATE*
Category A $4,899 $4,395
Category Aa $6,299 $5,795
Category Aaa $6,899 $6,395
DELUXE $8,999 $8,495
DELUXE Suite (upper) $9,999 $9,495
Triple/Quad $6,899 $6,395
Single (Cat. AA) $9,999 $9,495
Single (Cat. AAA) $10,499 $9,995

Denali Pre-Tour:

Room Standard Rate Special Rate*
Double $3,199 $2,995
Single $4,199 $3,995

Plus $350/person internal airfare.

*Special group rate; limited offer. Rates are per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Airfare not included. Single availability limited. Internal airfare from Anchorage to Main Program is an additional $350 per person

Upon submission of your registration form, Orbridge will call you within two business days to confirm your reservation and collect your credit card deposit. If you would prefer to pay your deposit by check, please make payable to Orbridge, LLC and mail to:

Office of Lifelong Learning
Washington and Lee University
204 West Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450

For more information, please call the Office of Lifelong Learning 540-458-8723.

What Guests Are Saying...

Fantastic ship and the crew was wonderful. Food was amazing—four star! Lots of opportunities to see different things and make individual choices. Highlights were wildlife sightings, bears, humpbacks, orcas, otters, seals and sea lions  and on and on. Wonderful trip—everything we  hoped for.
~Ron & Terry D., Florissant, MO

The naturalists were amazing. They added a lot to the trip and were wonderful folks. It was an amazing trip! Thank you!
~Fred H. & Gail S., Wilmington, DE