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Ketchikan Alaska Shore Excursions

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Ketchikan hugs the bluffs that form the shoreline along the southwest corner of Revillagigedo Island. Ketchikan is a small town that reminds one that they are in Alaska. The town of Ketchikan is worth visiting on its own merits. However, visitors during their Port of Call should make an effort to take advantages of optional shore excursions there are to see around Ketchikan. Misty Fjords Flightseeing, Bear Country Wildlife Expedition, Rainforest Island Adventure, Wildlife Sanctuary/Eagle Center, and excellent Sport Fishing for Halibut and Salmon.

Ketchikan

Rainforest Island Adventure
Approximately 4 Hours • $135 per person

Join an experienced Alaskan trail guide for a walk through natural, unspoiled beauty in the coastal rain forest on a remote island in the Tongass National Forest. The trail takes you through a beautiful old growth forest, by way of a secluded beach, and is mostly boardwalk, about one-mile in length and well maintained.

Follow your knowledgeable guide through this ancient forest and learn about botanic species native to this region, like Western red cedar and yellow cedar that early Natives were so dependent upon for spiritual enrichment, shelter and transportation, and how Sitka spruce was instrumental in the construction of Howard Hughes’ famous “Spruce Goose” and other early vintage fighter planes.

After hiking this gently sloped historic trail, enjoy an Alaskan snack of smoked salmon, cheese and crackers, hot chocolate, coffee, juice and water. Then take some time to explore the natural beauty around you.

A motorized rigid inflatable Seahawk provides a short, but exciting cruise along the coast of Clover Passage. Whales, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles and migrating seabirds may be spotted on this route. Bring your camera and binoculars!

Round-trip transportation from dock or hotel; quality raingear; life jackets; snack and beverages.

Dress comfortably with sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Warm, waterproof clothing is highly recommended. Restroom facilities are limited. Bring your camera and binoculars. Moderate to good physical condition is necessary for participation in this excursion.

Rainforest Canopy & Zipline
Approximately 3 1/2 Hours • $188 per person
Experience the Rainforest via Eight Dual Zip Lines! Traverse
3 Treetop Skybridges! Hillside ascent aboard all-terrain vehicle equipment! See website for specific limitations. Transfers and rain gear provided.

Misty Fjords Float Plane
Approximately 2 hours $268 per person
View a 3,000-foot sheer granite rock wall plunging
into the ocean and observe abundant wildlife. A guaranteed window seat, flight guide & map, and a bush plane certificate included.

Bear Country Wildlife Expedition
Approximately 3 1/4 hours $210 per person
8 mile narrated coastal drive - the only drive-up bear
viewing in SE Alaska! Small, intimate groups with experienced
naturalist/guides. Series of elevated bridges, boardwalks and decks for viewing! Tours start mid-July.

Mountain Top Flightseeing & Crab Feast Expedition
Approximately 3 hours • $240 per person
Flight to George Inlet Lodge will bring you over the mountains
to the far uninhabited side of Revillagigedo Island. James
Michener wrote of George Inlet Lodge in his novel, Alaska.
Meal includes beer, wine, smoked salmon and
Dungeness crab, plus cheesecake smothered in
Alaskan blueberries.

Alaska Bush Pilot Experience
1 Hour • $190 per person
Fly over some of the most beautiful tree-clad mountainous areas in the sprawling 16.8 million acre Tongass
National Forest.

Wildlife Sanctuary/Eagle Center
2 3/4 Hours • $90 per person
Guided by an experienced Naturalist, you will feed reindeer, view bald eagles, watch a totem carver working, explore a
historic saw mill and much more.

Pilot's Choice Seaplane Safari
Bird's eye view of native totems, snow capped
mountains and wildlife!
30 to 45 minutes: $160 per person
Begin or end your visit to Ketchikan with a bird's eye view of our historic town. You will take off from the Ketchikan waterfront, fly over the community, and immediately enter wilderness. Your expert local pilot/guide will point out the highlights and provide insights of Alaskan lifestyles. Experience a richly forested fjord lined with massive granite cliffs, waterfalls, and the Ketchikan lakes below.

Make sure your camera is loaded and ready as your pilot watches for bear and mountain goats in this area of pristine grandeur. Dramatically see how the residents of this frontier-style community live amongst islands and at the edge of a rich wilderness.

Marvel at the close-up views of the spectacular snowcapped Ketchikan Alps, including Deer, Fish, Achilles and Buck mountains. Your experience unfolds as you descend through a lush valley and over the rustic Herring Cove community, as your aircraft heads towards Ketchikan.

The Deluxe Seaplane Safari includes a 10 minute water landing on a pristine alpine lake located on Revillagigedo Island. Your pilot will invite you to step out onto the pontoons to enjoy the fresh mountain air and the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Your pilot will carry you along the Revillagigedo Island coast and by the Saxman Native Village. Admire Saxman's many totem poles as they tower into the sky and have one more glimpse of the mountainous background of town before descending onto the Ketchikan waterfront.

NOTES: Flightseeing tour conducted on a daily schedule or with a four fare minimum. Weather could alter flight routes for safety and quality assurance. Taquan Air operates under a special use permit from the United States Forest Service.

Alaska Bear Adventure
3 1/2 Hours $370 per person
Experience the thrill of taking off from the Ketchikan waterfront by floatplane with a veteran Alaska bush pilot, on this unique wildlife expedition only available to a small number of visitors. Your pilot will guide you to a remote site in the Tongass National Forest noted for its salmon rich streams and abundant wildlife. A 20-minute flight takes you by historic homesteads and over the sparkling waters of Alaska's fabled Inside Passage. View an unfolding landscape of forested mountains and pristine lakes on your way to our choice remote location.
Few forest locations in North America offer the wildlife viewing opportunities found here! Upon landing you will be met by an Alaskan naturalist, and driven approximately one mile by van, along a forest road, to a trailhead. A pleasant and short hike along an improved trail leads to a viewing platform overlooking a beautiful salmon spawning stream. Along the way, your guide will identify the variety of vegetation that flourishes in this rich rain-forest environment.

From the viewing platform, you will look down on stunning rapids as the fast flowing creek cascades towards the sea and the large numbers of salmon in the stream congregate to complete their spawning journey. This is where black bear gather to feed on runs of pink, Coho, and Chum salmon, as they head upstream to spawn. Bald eagles perch in the surrounding trees waiting for fish scraps left by the bears. In addition, a variety of birds, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink and marten frequent the area.

Ample time is allowed to observe the wildlife activity in this forest ecosystem before the hike back to the van and the short drive to your awaiting aircraft. Interpretation by your pilot and guide will enhance this truly intimate natural experience, perfect for the nature lover and photographer.
Wear comfortable hiking footwear and waterproof outerwear. Wildlife sightings are frequent, however they cannot be guaranteed.

NOTES: Flightseeing tour conducted July through mid-September on a daily schedule or with a four fare minimum. Weather could alter flight routes for safety and quality assurance. Taquan Air operates under a special use permit from the United States Forest Service.

Rain Forest Canoe and Nature Trail
3 ½ Hours $120 per person

The adventure begins with a scenic motorcoach tour to a secluded mountain lake, where you will board Indian-style 37-foot, 20 passenger canoes which are fast, stable, and easy to maneuver. Paddle under the direction of an experienced guide, scan the shore for wildlife and learn the unique natural and Indian history of the Ketchikan area. The lake, part of a lush rain forest, is ideal for canoeing and is surrounded by the Tongass, the largest National Forest in the United States.

Stop ashore for a native-style snack including smoked fish, clam chowder, rolls with wild berry jams and beverages. A knowledgeable guide will lead a short nature walk highlighting the flora and fauna of the rain forest, including a carnivorous plant, the Sundew, which uses tentacles with an adhesive "dew" to ensnare small insects. Paddle back to the canoe dock and reboard your motorcoach that returns to the cruise ship pier.

INCLUDES: Round trip transfer from the dock or hotel to the mountain lake; two hours canoeing, which includes the nature walk; snack and beverages consisting of clam chowder, rolls, jam, smoked salmon, crackers, mints, juice, hot chocolate, coffee and water; and a souvenir "I Canoed Ketchikan" pin. All participants are provided with raingear and life jackets. Souvenir T-shirts are available for purchase.

NOTES: Suitable for all ages and no prior experience necessary, just good health and an adventurous spirit.

Prices shown are effective as of August 15, 2012.
Prices are subject to change. All tours purchased prior to any price increase will be honored at the confirmation price.

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