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Alaska Travel

The Great Frontier

Our Expertise

We know Alaska-- from summers spent working and living in Alaska, to years of travel and trip planning, we at ExploringCircle feel lucky to help our travelers discover this wild gem that is right in our own 'back yard'.

How We Explore

Small ship Alaskan voyages emphasize unhurried exploration and an in-depth level of access to the pristine Alaskan marine environment, dramatic scenery, wildlife, and temperate coastal rainforests.

How We Pay It Forward

ExploringCircle strives to be more than a travel company. We offer extraordinary journeys while supporting inspiring people engaged in social and environmental issues, an easy process for travelers and our partners.

Best Family Trips

Best Alaska Savings

Small Yacht Cruises

Popular Alaska Trips

8 days

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

from $2,945

Whale Watching, Paddle Boarding, Photography, Kayaking, Birding, Hiking, Child Friendly

Ship: Wilderness Explorer

8 days

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

Enjoy Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, and stunning glaciers. Witness a South Marble Island sea lion haulout. Watch for whales in Icy Strait. Hike Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast. Explore by kayak, paddle board, and skiff.

8 days

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

from $4,145

Child Friendly, Whale Watching, Paddle Boarding, Zodiac Tours, Kayaking, Birding

Ship: Wilderness Discoverer

8 days

Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

Enjoy Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, and stunning glaciers. Witness a South Marble Island sea lion haulout. Watch for whales in Icy Strait. Hike Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast. Explore by kayak, paddle board, and skiff.

8 days

Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise

from $2,995

Whale Watching, Paddle Boarding, Zodiac Tours, Photography, Kayaking, Child Friendly, Hiking

Ship: Wilderness Adventurer

8 days

Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise


Discover scenic coves and fjords by kayak, paddle board, and skiff in the remote wildernss of the incomparable jewel that is Glacier Bay National Park. View stunning glaciers and watch for whales and wildlife. Delve into adventure options in quirky Haines, Alaska.

Our Expertise

We have watched the Alaska travel landscape change dramatically over the years, and it is an exciting time to help people discover the astonishingly beautiful landscapes, wildlife and culture of this American treasure. Once only a handful of small ships plied the islands and waterways of Southeast Alaska, now there many of different sizes and scope.  We have hand selected the best of these trips and ships utilizing our love and our first-hand experience of Alaska to find our travelers the perfect adventure in the Last American Frontier.

Why Book With Us

- Alaska & adventure travel experts
- Former Alaska residents
- Non-biased opinion
- Special discounts
- Member 1% for the Planet

How We Explore

Alaska is best witnessed via small ship cruises along her fjords and the Inside Passage, the longest protected waterway in the world. Here, cruise ships travel in comfort between the states of Washington and Alaska, via British Columbia, with almost continuous protection from the often-tumultuous seas of the Pacific Ocean. Wildlife and dramatic scenery are our constant companions on Alaskan adventures.

Check out this video of one week in Alaska aboard the Wilderness Explorer:

From Our Blog

Alaska Cruises - Perfect for kids!

“This is the best hike, ever!” Echoes of similar sentiments traveled up and down the line.... No trail, no set destination, just kids, parents and guides experiencing wildness in a nook of Southeast Alaska.

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Adventuring In Alaska By Small Ship Cruise

Alaska is a grand destination that is not to be missed. This land of deserved superlatives will wow the intrepid traveler with adventure, spectacular scenery and wildlife. 

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How We Pay It Forward

We are a proud member of 1% for the Planet, and make a commitment to donate one percent of our total sales to non-profits that share our mission.

Plastics in Water

Oceanic Science Solutions

5 Gyres

Oceanic Science Solutions

5 Gyres

5 Gyres has been a global leader in researching the extent of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.  They have vision of a planet free of plastic pollution and they undertake a range of initiatives towards this aim.  They conduct field research, publish data, educate youth and consumers as well as business and government leaders about ocean plastics, and advocate for solutions. 

Water and Sanitation

Clean Water for All

Water1st International

Clean Water for All

Water1st International

A non-profit that supports high-quality water and sanitation projects that provide permanent solutions for the world’s poorest communities, improving health, education and women's lives in the process.

Global Warming

Science Initiatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science Initiatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

We can reduce global warming emissions and ensure communities have the resources they need to withstand the effects of climate change. The Union for Concenrned Scientists develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.