Uncover the awe-inspiring beauty, abundant wildlife, and native cultures of Alaska’s Inside Passage.


  • 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.
  • Witness the spray of whales from only yards away and venture into secluded inlets from the decks of the Admiralty Dream, or aboard its skiffs and kayaks.
  • Learn about Alaska’s vibrant culture and living history during a Native dance performance at a Tlingit Clan House.
  • In the company of expert naturalists, discover surprising details about animal behavior, glacier activity, and the wealth of natural spectacles along these protected waters.
  • Visit the Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka National Historical Park, and a salmon hatchery, and take a guided tour of the Norwegian fishing community of Petersburg.

Itinerary at a Glance

July 31Arrive in Sitka–Embarkation
August 1Icy Strait | Chichagof Island
August 2Glacier Bay National Park
August 3Eastern Baranof Island | Lake Eva
August 4Hidden Falls
August 5Petersburg | Frederick Sound
August 6Tracy Arm Fjord
August 7Auke Bay | Juneau–Disembarkation

Optional Extension(s)

Pre-tour: Denali National Park

Trip Scholar

Victor Friedman, LAB’66, AM’71, PhD’75

Victor A. Friedman, is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Linguistics, Anthropology, and the College at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1993 to 2015. His research has been supported by fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council. He has published extensively on language and its relation to society. In addition to teaching, he has worked for the United Nations as a policy and political analyst and has consulted for the Council on Foreign Relations and other national and international organizations. He has lectured and taught extensively in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia and has also led several successful alumni trips to Europe. He has a special interest in the languages and cultures of the native peoples of Alaska and the Northwest Coast, which he began to study while he was still in high school.