Hancock to Alaska Aug 22 - 29, 2007

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Hi All:

If you want to see lots of Bald Eagles -- including the ones we will have on our CAM shortly from Haines Alaska then this is your trip. WE will see many whales, sea otters, sea bird, and even likely peregrine falcons. This is the most productive waterway in the world. Come and share it with me.

I have been up the BC - Alaska coast over a 100 times and I never get enough. Every time is different. Every time is better than the last. Not only do I know the coast but I know the best shore cruises to go on. We may not be traveling in my float plane or in my Zodiac this time -- but we will do it right and personal. And I have picked a cruise that visits all the best places.
The many requests
we have had over the past year for me to lead an Alaskan cruise have finally come to fruition. Late last summer my long time friend Lynn Dye of Marysville Travel -- she and her husband also operate a very fine conservation interpretation center in Washington State -- asked if she could arrange a tour. Many CAM followers asked the same question. Well I now have her tentative offer based on my suggestions of favorite towns and tours. The details & costing of the offer are not yet totally worked out but the tentative plans and approximate prices are as follows.

I will be earning a small fee on the top of costs
for the Foundation and this is built into the price. Instead of paying the tour director your contribution goes to the HWF. Lynn has to now organize the details of the shore excursions but she has included an approximation of these tour costs so you have an idea of the total package. Lynn has suggested, and this makes good sense, that our tour will include all the tours we outline. We will be getting the volume prices on that basis so we can’t discount the total tour if some person don’t want to go on one or two daily tours. Most days ashore will be planned to have 1/2 day with "my guided tour" and the other half you are on your own. The price will be a flat rate, the cost differences will only be to do with the cabin class differences.
Read on for details




Tentative Details:


Trip dates: :

  1. Vancouver departure August 22 via the Carnival Spirit.
  2. week trip to all my favorite towns & tours?!?
  3. Pre Departure Tour from Vancouver:
    I will be pleased to either (possibly both?) give a personal ½ day tour of Vancouver either the day before or on the morning of the day of departure. Keep in mind that in August all of our local eagles – in all southern BC – will have fledged and left for Alaska so I cannot show you our local nesting birds – they have gone north! We will see them onroute!! Maybe some we will have banded!
  4. Schedule:
    DAY
    DATE
    PORT
    ARRIVE
    DEPART
    Wednesday
    Aug. 22
    Vancouver, Canada

    5:30PM
    Thursday
    Aug. 23
    Inside Passage (Cruising)


    Friday
    Aug. 24
    Ketchikan, Alaska
    6:30AM
    5:00PM
    Saturday
    Aug. 25
    Juneau, Alaska
    9:00AM
    11:00PM
    Sunday
    Aug. 26
    Skagway, Alaska
    7:00AM
    5:00PM
    Monday
    Aug. 27
    Sitka, Alaska
    6:30AM
    5:00PM
    Tuesday
    Aug. 28
    Prince William Sound (Cruising)


    Tuesday
    Aug. 28
    College Fjord, Alaska (Cruising)


    Wednesday
    Aug. 29
    Whittier, Alaska (you're on your own)
    7:00AM



This is the end of the personal tour. The normal route back is a train / bus from Whittier to Anchorage and a flight home. Many people will want to delay the return so they can also go for a few days to other Alaskan places such as Denali National Park, Homer etc. I will be talking of some of these options later as so much of Alaska is magnificent. Lynn can arrange those extra days / tours for you on the side. Lynn says so many of you will want to use airmiles for this part – if not, she can arrange the flight for you.

Onboard Talks:
I will be giving four lectures to our group on board and be available for daily deck talks and pointing out highlights as we travel or look for whales, eagles etc. Hopefully we can share some meals as a group or sub-group but we will also have the opportunity to be private. The marvelous thing about these big ships is that you can choose from so many options as to how to fill your sea-days.

Our tour will include me taking the people on at least a half day tour at each stop as follows:

Ketchikan:
a visit by bus to Saxman Tlingit Indian Village, Creek Street etc. This is the totem pole capitol of the world.
((half day so you can have 1/2 day to yourself -- we will certainly offer other suggestions of what to do at each site as I have been to these areas many times)

Juneau:
We will undertake whale watching tour -- an Alaskan highlight! And with the best whale guide on the coast. We will suggest other super items for the rest of the day. the Mendenhall Glacier, Raptor Center, Fish Hatchers, Juneau Ice Fields -- a spectacular flight etc. (half day)

Skagway:
this will be whole day trip as we will take the High Speed Catamaran to Haines, visit the American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum and get guided tour by Dave Olerud, Director, visit the two bald eagle nests that will then be live on the CAM. Visit the famous Chilkat River Eagle Council Grounds (where the 3000 eagles gather in Novermber -- a few will be present in August) and have a special luncheon & presentation at the Klukwan Tlingit Native Museum -- a full exciting day!

Sitka: my favorite Alaskan community. Here we will do a three hour boat trip out into the Sound, see peregrines, puffins, murres, auklets, eagles, whales and sea otters in abundance. Back at shore you will have time time to visit all the Russian, Tlingit and Raptors highlights on your own or via 5 minute taxi rides. Sitka is not big! but its great!

What Lynn wants to know is: if there is enough interest to fill the minimum of 32 cabins required to warrant getting Mary & I a free passage? Of course a few of you have already expressed the desire to go -- of course now that Lynn has found 32 cabins, is this the right timing for you? If there are fewer people then we would have to add a few dollars to cover our travel costs or postpone?


A SPECIAL BONUS FOR OUR CAM SUPPORTERS:


Each will get a HWF T-shirt, Tour badges and a couple of my autographed books on the area.

FINAL COSTING:

The our costs will comprise the three parts:

  1. Basic ticket -- cost depending upon cabin class
  2. HWF fee per person
  3. Package of the 4 shore tours.

    then additional will be:

  4. additional costs of your flights and any further Alaska trips you wish to undertake on your own.

Inside cabin $1549 per person based on double
Balcony cabin $1999 per person based on double
These include the ground tours.
According to travel agent Lynn Dye who you are to contact, a deposit of $350 per person is required immediately and balance would be due 4th June 2007.
Please email Lynn Dye at: lynn@marysvilletravel.com

Phone: (360) 658-8747

Just refer to the: Hancock Alaska Tour August 22, 2007.

Wow! It seems to be coming together and hopefully with enough time for all those interested to make plans.

Much thanks
david hancock


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