Alaskan Song Private Yacht Charter

 

A private charter along the backwaters of Southeast Alaska

Explore tranquil inlets, secluded coves, and mighty glaciers on a private voyage

DESTINATION  |   ACTIVITIES  |   YACHTS  |   ITINERARY  |   DATES & PRICES  |   FAQs

Welcome to Southeast Alaska!

Together with captain and crew, chart a course through narrow inlets and secluded bays in search of humpback whales bubble-net feeding. Spot grizzlies and bald eagles. Fish or drop crab and shrimp pots for a succulent feast. Most of all, enjoy the quiet majesty of Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, far from the busy cruise-ship lanes.
More about Southeast Alaska »

Daily exploration

Two skiffs and three 2-person kayaks provide a choice of activities each day, depending on weather, location and animal sightings.

Each day, you’ll consult with your captain for a choice of possible activities.  Depending on your location, you may choose to go ashore and stretch your legs, try your hand at fishing, or simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty over a cup of fresh coffee or a glass of wine.

ALASKAN SONG

The perfect vessel for a small group of friends or family.

MV ALASKAN SONG is a safe, quiet, tastefully decorated and very comfortable vessel. She has large interior spaces with great visibility, covered aft decks and side walkways for watching wildlife when the weather turns bad.   More about ALASKAN SONG »

Your Itinerary

Alaskan Song operates alternately between Juneau and Sitka. The itinerary below is a sample. The actual itinerary is left flexible, somewhat dependent on weather, wildlife, and group interests. From Sitka to Juneau, the itinerary operates in reverse.

 

Click to enlarge

Day 1 | Arrive Sitka

Arrive in Sitka, Alaska. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon and evening free in Sitka. Explore Totem Park, the Sheldon Jackson Museum, St. Michaels Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House.

Day 2 | Embarkation and commence your voyage

Board your yacht and start cruising! Head up Gastineau Channel and around the northern tip of Admiralty Island. Look for whales and orcas. Kayak in the evening light.

Day 3 | Icy Strait

Cruise into Icy Strait, one of the best places to see humpback whales and fish for salmon.

Day 4 | Chatham Strait

Depending on wildlife sightings, continue into Icy Strait or head back towards Chatham Strait. Anchor in Freshwater Bay and explore the tidal flats.

Day 5 | Admirality Island

Cruise Chatham Strait. Look for bears (from yacht and skiff) on Admiralty Island. Look for bubble-need feeding whales.

Day 6 | Peril Strait

Cruise to Peril Strait and hike Sitka spruce trails, fish, kayak and be always on the lookout for whales.

Day 7 | Salisbury Sound

Cruise towards Salisbury Sound, looking for whales. Cruise narrow Neva Strait towards Sitka. Last day for fishing, kayaking and hiking.

Day 8 | Sitka

Cruise into Sitka, Alaska. Enjoy an overnight in Sitka to explore Totem Park, the Sheldon Jackson Museum, and the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House.

Day 9 | Sitka

Enjoy one last look around Sitka before heading back to the airport for your flight home.

Alaskan Song - Dates & Prices

Alaskan Song private yacht charters operate from May to August. 
Charter prices starting from $36,000 are based on the total number of guests (minimum 4, maximum 10)
Please call for details.

2019 Dates Start End
May 16 - May 24 Juneau Sitka
May 24 - Jun 1 Sitka Juneau
Jun 1 - Jun 9 Juneau Sitka
Jun 9 - Jun 17 Sitka Juneau
Jun 17 - Jun 25 Juneau Sitka
Jun 25 - Jul 3 Sitka Juneau
Jul 3 - Jul 11 Juneau Juneau
Jul 11 - Jul 19 Juneau Juneau
Jul 19 - Jul 27 Juneau Sitka
Jul 27 - Aug 4 Sitka Juneau
Aug 4 - Aug 12 Juneau Sitka
Aug 12 - Aug 20 Sitka Juneau
Aug 20 - Aug 28 Juneau Sitka
2020 Dates Start End
May 15 - May 23 Juneau Sitka
May 24 - Jun 1 Sitka Juneau
Jun 1 - Jun 9 Juneau Sitka
Jun 9 - Jun 17 Sitka Juneau
Jun 17 - Jun 25 Juneau Sitka
Jun 25 - Jul 3 Sitka Juneau
Jul 3 - Jul 11 Juneau Juneau
Jul 11 - Jul 19 Juneau Juneau
Jul 19 - Jul 27 Juneau Sitka
Jul 27 - Aug 4 Sitka Juneau
Aug 4 - Aug 12 Juneau Sitka
Aug 12 - Aug 20 Sitka Juneau
Aug 20 - Aug 28 Juneau Sitka

Supplements, inclusions and exclusions

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers as specified in itinerary

  • All yacht and hotel accommodations as specified in itinerary

  • All meals while on yacht and as specified in itinerary

  • All non-alcoholic beverages, wine and beer while on yacht

  • All guides, activities, tours and sightseeing arrangements as specified in itinerary

  • Use of kayaks while on yacht

Use of fishing gear with supervision by crew while on yacht.

Exclusions

  • Round-trip airfare to Alaska

  • Late arrival or early departure via floatplane

  • Highly personalized fly-fishing rods & gear – waders

  • Fishing licences - available from Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game website

  • Gratuities to the ship’s crew

  • Travel insurance

  • Child care

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the right trip for me?

Each departure is shaped by your personal interests combined with the great variety of activities available in Southeast Alaska, including hiking, beachcombing, kayaking, fishing, whale watching and wildlife viewing.  

The crew meet with guests each morning to discuss the day’s opportunities.  Yet there are no required activities.  You may happily spend your entire trip curled up in the salon with a good book—or watch it all go by from a chair up on the skiff deck while sipping coffee or a chilled glass of wine.

What will I see?

There are no wildlife “guarantees,” however you will see a variety of species each day. Brown and black bear are present on shore throughout the summer and can be spotted stream fishing in fall.  Dolphins and whales, especially humpbacks, abound.  Orca and sea otter are less common but also present.  We’ll pass Harbor seals with new pups resting on ice floes in Tracy Arm fjord.  We usually visit a sea lion rookery each trip.  Deer and different kinds of birds—notably bald eagles, hawks and other raptors—may be observed on hikes or along the shores.  Tide pools reveal a plethora of smaller creatures.  Sitka and Juneau host impressive museums of native history, culture and art, which should not be missed.

When is the best time to go?

The season is between May and August, with July the most popular month.  When you choose to go depends on your schedule and your interests.  

Humpback and Minke Whales, Orcas, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Dall's and Harbor Porpoises can all be seen in Alaska's waters generally between June and early September.  Spring is an excellent time to see wildflowers in bloom and the fall is known for its colorful fall foliage.  The warmest and longest days of the year are in June and July. 

Best fishing times in the Sitka-Juneau area
Species Peak Season
King Salmon May through July
Sockeye Salmon July
Coho Salmon Mid july through August
Pink Salmon Mid July through August
Chum Salmon June through August
Dolly Vardon June through Mid July
Cutthroat Trout June
Halibut June through August
Rockfish June through August
Lingcod Year Round

Climate and Weather

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a temperate rain forest.  Rainfall averages about 3½“ during May and June, trending upward to 7½“ in September.  Rainfall is usually intermittent and it is rare to have an entire week of blue skies.  Temperatures average in the mid-60s during the day and mid-40s at night, but range from 80s to 30s—layers are the key to comfort!

Should I worry about seasickness?
You’ll be traveling on the sheltered, often mirror-calm waters of the Inside Passage.  Each night will be at anchor in a sheltered cove.  If you are prone to motion sickness, it’s best to consult your physician beforehand and choose either a prescription or OTC remedy.

What about bugs—do I need to bring bug spray?
Biting insects are not as prevalent in the Inside Passage—the famous “Alaskan State Bird” mosquitoes are very rare—and they peak in July.  Pack your preferred brand of insect repellent and we will also have head nets and a variety of sprays, lotions and creams aboard.

I don’t know anything about fishing—will someone help me?
Yes.  The deckhands and guides are happy to help novices.  They’ll get you started in any fishing excursion; however, their primary job while ashore in bear country is to ensure group safety, so fishing excursions do not allow for prolonged one-on-one individual attention.

Can I bring the fish I caught in Alaska home with me?
Yes!  The crew will clean; fillet & vacuum seal your fish before stowing it in the walk in freezer on board.  At the end of your trip, they will pack your catch in an insulated, easy to carry box for your flight home. 

Back to top