Jagged volcanic mountains of rock with green moss rise from dark blue seas in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. on a cloudy day.
2 sea otters with tan & brown fur swim on their backs in calm teal water during an Aleutian Islands cruise.
Travelers stand on bow of small ship with gold bell & white tables looking onto teal water with snowcapped peaks behind.
Dark whale fluke seen on an Aleutian Islands cruise.
Grizzly bear stands near a waterfall & holds a fish in its mouth, seen on an Aleutian Islands cruise.
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North America Alaska Cruise

Aleutian Islands Cruise with Kodiak, Katmai & Kenai

On this 11-day Aleutian Islands cruise, experience a different side of Alaska. Kayak, hike and skiff past millennia-old glaciers. Puffins, eagles, otters and sea lions wait around every cove.

Experience Prince William Sound, Kenai and Katmai National Park, Kodiak Island and a selection of Aleutian Islands. Explore volcanic fields and a petrified forest. Beachcomb rocky shorelines and hike beneath a glacier. Navigate along the least-visited shores in coastal Alaska. Search for wildlife including whales, orcas, eagles, puffins, sea otters, seals and sea lions. Kayak, paddleboard and skiff in hidden coves and narrow fjords. And take in vistas few other Alaska visitors will experience.

One vessel operates this 11-day itinerary, the 36-guest Safari Explorer, which provides a luxury and intimate experience voyaging into the tiniest nooks that other small vessels can’t reach. Built on a unique reputation for adventure, this boat pampers her guests with a three-to-one guest/crew ratio, fresh and healthy meals, experienced expedition leaders/naturalists who know Alaskan culture and topography, high-end expedition gear, plus a wide variety of excursions to suit any activity level. The Safari Explorer is a perfect basecamp for luxury Alaska cruises due to her unique amenities and ideal size.

Read on for details about this Aleutian Islands cruise (plus Kodiak, Katmai and Kenai wilderness), or view all of AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips and small ship Alaska cruises.



Itinerary

Main Aleutian Islands Adventure with Dutch Harbor & Kodiak Itinerary

Cruise from Whittier to Unalaska, with regular stops along the way to explore Kodiak, Katmai National Park & Preserve, and Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Day 1
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska, Transfer to Whittier & Embark

Begin this adventure from beautiful Whittier, your gateway to Prince William Sound. Take a scenic motorcoach transfer from Anchorage to Whittier as you prepare to embark on your journey. Meet your crew and familiarize yourself with your home for the next 11 days. Adventure, here we come.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Kenai Fjords National Park

Welcome to the mesmerizing glacial wonderland of Kenai Fjords National Park. Established in 1980, this park safeguards Alaska’s glacial wilderness. Covering over 600,000 acres, it boasts stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and magnificent tidewater glaciers. The park’s 936-square-mile Harding Icefield feeds these glaciers, creating awe-inspiring fjords where land and sea intertwine.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Kodiak Island & Foul Bay

Embark on a wild and untamed journey to Kodiak Island and the breathtaking beauty of rugged landscapes and pristine waters. Paddle through calm bays on kayaking excursions, keeping an eye out for playful sea otters and majestic eagles soaring above. Each day presents new activities for water ops and wildlife watching for nature’s pure magic. View spectacular volcanic islands of the Aleutian chain, which provides essential habitat for marine mammals and some 40 million seabirds representing more than 30 species.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Katmai National Park, Kukak Bay

A landscape is alive underneath our feet, filled with creatures that remind us what it is to be wild. Katmai was established in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Novarupta and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Today, Katmai National Park and Preserve also protects 9,000 years of human history and important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Ugashik National Wildlife Preserve

Alaska Peninsula Refuge presents a breathtakingly dramatic landscape made up of active volcanoes, towering mountain peaks, rolling tundra and rugged, wave-battered coastlines. When the salmon are running, Ugashik Lakes and streams attract brown bears in great numbers.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve, Kujulik Bay

No lines, no waiting! Given its remote location and challenging weather conditions, Aniakchak is one of the most wild and least-visited places in the National Park System. This landscape is a vibrant reminder of Alaska’s location in the volcanically active Ring of Fire, as it is home to a massive six-mile-wide, 2,500-foot-deep volcanic crater formed during a massive eruption 3,500 years ago.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Shumagin Islands, Unga Island

Exposures of petrified logs and stumps along the shores of Unga Island are remnants of a sequoia or metasequoia forest buried as a result of volcanic activity millions of years ago. The petrified forest tells the story of the passage of species between Asia and America, and helps portray the climate and environment of the Aleutian Arc before humans inhabited Alaska.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
King Salmon or False Pass

Today’s adventure will take us to either King Salmon or False Pass. The location of sandbars and channels can shift significantly because of the movement and melting of ice, seasonal sedimentation and erosion in the area; making every visit unique. Skiff, kayak, or hike in these unique landscapes.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Akutan Island, Akutan Village

Today’s adventure will be a fiery one. Welcome to Akutan Island–home of the active Mount Akutan volcano. The volcano erupted most recently in 1992. The recent volcanic activity makes Akutan Island an amazing destination for ecotourism. Hiking on the island offers a diverse landscape where wildflowers and berries abound on hills and mountains.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Unalaska, Dutch Harbor with Overnight

Today, you’ll explore the town of Unalaska. You’ll dock in Dutch Harbor, the final stop of your trip. But the adventure doesn’t end here. Take in the sights of the Church of the Holy Ascension–a national landmark and the oldest church building in Alaska. Hike and explore Dutch Harbor, best known for being the home harbor of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Unalaska, Dutch Harbor, Fly to Anchorage & Depart

One last breakfast with new friends before you fly back to Anchorage.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines), non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embarkation/disembarkation day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities; presentations by onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts.

Exclusions

Charter flight between Unalaska and Anchorage; airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; taxes and port fees of $590 per person (2025).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $250 ($500 starting May 1, 2024) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit (transferable to another traveler)
90 to 61 days – 66.67% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main Aleutian Islands cruise begins in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) and ends in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor (DUT). Plan flights to arrive to Anchorage by 1:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Unalaska/Dutch Harbor no earlier than 12:00pm on the final day.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include whale watching, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and polar bear plunges. Limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots and rain gear are available on board. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 17, with the exception of holiday departures.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Aleutian Islands Adventure with Dutch Harbor & Kodiak Itinerary

Cruise from Unalaska to Whittier, with regular stops along the way to explore Kodiak, Katmai National Park & Preserve, and Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Day 1
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska, Fly to Unalaska, Dutch Harbor & Embark

From Alaska’s capital to Unalaska in Dutch Harbor. Fly from Anchorage to Unalaska and enjoy the bird-eye view as you prepare to embark on your journey. Meet your crew and familiarize yourself with your home for the next 11 days. Adventure, here we come.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Unalaska, Dutch Harbor with Overnight

Today, you’ll explore the town of Unalaska. Take in the sights of the Church of the Holy Ascension–a national landmark and the oldest church building in Alaska. Hike and explore Dutch Harbor, best known for being the home harbor of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Akutan Island, Akutan Village

Today’s adventure will be a fiery one. Welcome to Akutan Island–home of the active Mount Akutan volcano. The volcano erupted most recently in 1992. The recent volcanic activity makes Akutan Island an amazing destination for ecotourism. Hiking on the island offers a diverse landscape where wildflowers and berries abound on hills and mountains.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
King Salmon or False Pass

Today’s adventure will take us to either King Salmon or False Pass. The location of sandbars and channels can shift significantly because of the movement and melting of ice, seasonal sedimentation and erosion in the area; making every visit unique. Skiff, kayak, or hike in these unique landscapes.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Shumagin Islands, Unga Island

Exposures of petrified logs and stumps along the shores of Unga Island are remnants of a sequoia or metasequoia forest buried as a result of volcanic activity millions of years ago. The petrified forest tells the story of the passage of species between Asia and America, and helps portray the climate and environment of the Aleutian Arc before humans inhabited Alaska.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve, Kujulik Bay

No lines, no waiting! Given its remote location and challenging weather conditions, Aniakchak is one of the most wild and least-visited places in the National Park System. This landscape is a vibrant reminder of Alaska’s location in the volcanically active Ring of Fire, as it is home to a massive six-mile-wide, 2,500-foot-deep volcanic crater formed during a massive eruption 3,500 years ago.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Ugashik National Wildlife Preserve

Alaska Peninsula Refuge presents a breathtakingly dramatic landscape made up of active volcanoes, towering mountain peaks, rolling tundra and rugged, wave-battered coastlines. When the salmon are running, Ugashik Lakes and streams attract brown bears in great numbers.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Katmai National Park, Kukak Bay

A landscape is alive underneath our feet, filled with creatures that remind us what it is to be wild. Katmai was established in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Novarupta and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Today, Katmai National Park and Preserve also protects 9,000 years of human history and important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Kodiak Island & Foul Bay

Embark on a wild and untamed journey to Kodiak Island and the breathtaking beauty of rugged landscapes and pristine waters. Paddle through calm bays on kayaking excursions, keeping an eye out for playful sea otters and majestic eagles soaring above. Each day presents new activities for water ops and wildlife watching for nature’s pure magic. View spectacular volcanic islands of the Aleutian chain, which provides essential habitat for marine mammals and some 40 million seabirds representing more than 30 species.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Kenai Fjords National Park

Welcome to the mesmerizing glacial wonderland of Kenai Fjords National Park. Established in 1980, this park safeguards Alaska’s glacial wilderness. Covering over 600,000 acres, it boasts stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and magnificent tidewater glaciers. The park’s 936-square-mile Harding Icefield feeds these glaciers, creating awe-inspiring fjords where land and sea intertwine.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Disembark Whittier, Alaska, Transfer to Anchorage & Depart

One last breakfast with new friends before you begin to head back to Anchorage via a scenic motorcoach ride. Then transfer to the Anchorage airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines), non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embarkation/disembarkation day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities; presentations by onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts.

Exclusions

Charter flight between Anchorage and Unalaska; airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; taxes and port fees of $590 per person (2025).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $250 ($500 starting May 1, 2024) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit (transferable to another traveler)
90 to 61 days – 66.67% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Aleutian Islands cruise begins and ends in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor (DUT) and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan flights to arrive to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor by 1:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Anchorage no earlier than 2:00pm on the final day.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include whale watching, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and polar bear plunges. Limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots and rain gear are available on board. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 17, with the exception of holiday departures.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

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May 30 - Jun 09, 2025
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Mid-Sized Cruiser
Safari Explorer

This luxury motor yacht embodies an ambiance of refinement and relaxation, with just 36 guests. The Safari Explorer cruises the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska's Inside Passage. and the Gulf of Alaska.

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Expert Review: UnCruise Alaska

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