Discover the Wild Beauty of Alaska Via a Private Yacht Charter

Discover the Wild Beauty of Alaska Via a Private Yacht Charter

While many charters opt for trips to the Keys or the Bahamas this time of year to escape the lingering winter winds, why not seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in Alaska’s wild, remote and enthralling beauty? One of the world’s most beautiful and secluded destinations, with endless opportunities for exploration year-round, discover the great outdoors like never before during an Alaskan yacht charter. Home to an estimated 100,000 glaciers, from tiny cirque glaciers to huge valley glaciers, its sprawling coastline features snow-capped mountains, rugged terrains and dense forests. It’s no secret that many travel to Alaska to encounter its diverse wildlife. From bears, moose and sheep to wolves and caribou on land and humpback whales, orcas and grey whales in the water, an Alaskan yacht charter is the best way to see these majestic creatures. In addition to its awe-inspiring scenic beauty, Alaska is also home to a fascinating and layered history, with charming towns and villages along the coast that tell the story of the state’s past. A serene backdrop for a yacht charter, here we share a sneak peek of what to expect if you choose to embark on this journey of a lifetime:

Day 1: Juneau to Tracy Arm Fjord

Depart from Juneau, the capital of Alaska located in the heart of the Inside Passage, also known as Alaska’s marine highway. Enjoy a welcoming feast as you cruise through the Gastineau Channel, a flooded glacial valley about 15 miles long which separates the mainland from Douglas Island. Take in the breathtaking beauty of the coastline lined with evergreens from the warmth and comfort of your yacht. In the afternoon, cruise through Stephens Passage towards Tracy Arm, a spectacular fjord. During the cruise down the passage, keep an eye out for humpback whales, orcas, and sea lions. Spend the afternoon exploring the Tracy Arm fjord. Take the tender and navigate through the ice floes to see the twin Sawyer Glaciers up close before taking in the mesmerising beauty of the waterfalls along the fjord’s steep walls. See how many harbour seals you can spot resting on icebergs before returning to your yacht for a gourmet meal with fjord views. Relax under the Alaskan twilight; if lucky, you may glimpse the Northern Lights.

Day 2: Tracy Arm Fjord to Baranof Island

In the morning, wake up and cruise for Baranof Island, known for its hot springs and rugged beauty. Enjoy a delectable breakfast as you take in the view of the changing landscapes. Once you’ve arrived on the island, have a leisurely cruise along the eastern coast, famous for its numerous waterfalls. Have lunch on the deck of your yacht while the scenic beauty unfolds along the way. Later on in the afternoon, have your crew anchor near the community of Baranof Warm Springs. Take the tender ashore and enjoy a private excursion to the natural springs for a long, well-earned, deserved soak in the thermal waters. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not have your crew organise a fishing trip or bear-watching in the nearby wilderness? As night falls, sit down for a 5-course meal prepared by your chef with locally sourced seafood. As you overnight by Baranof island, watch the stars come out and enjoy the calm of the Alaskan night.

Day 3: Baranof Island to Glacier Bay National Park

In the morning, wake up for an early departure to Glacier Bay National Park, a highlight of the Alaskan Inside Passage. See if you can spot more whales as you have breakfast. Once you’ve arrived at Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take out the tender and visit the Margerie Glacier and Grand Pacific Glacier. Look out for calving glaciers and listen to the thunderous sound of ice breaking. In the afternoon, enjoy viewing wildlife, such as brown bears, moose, eagles, and a variety of seabirds call Glacier Bay home. Break out the kayaks to explore smaller inlets and get closer to raw nature before returning to your yacht. As evening falls, begin your return journey to Junea while enjoying a farewell dinner. Reflect on the unforgettable experiences of the past three days.