Head for a prime grizzly habitat on a 1 to 2 hour bush plane ride, with scenic views of Cook Inlet along the way. Explore an area safely where bears are known to fish, for a close up (but respectful view) of these magnificent creatures. Lunch is included. This is a full day journey into the Alaska wilderness.
Please note: Guests should fly into Anchorage to begin this program.
Guests who require a visa for entry into the United States must obtain it prior to travel.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE ANCHORAGE
On arrival at Anchorage International Airport you will be met by our local Silversea Cruises representative and taken on a brief orientation tour of Anchorage, before transferring to the Captain Cook Hotel. If your flight is scheduled to arrive in the morning or early afternoon, please be aware that the hotel's official check-in time is 3:00 p.m. you might wish to consider reserving an additional night to insure immediate occupancy upon arrival.
Embraced by six mountain ranges and warmed by a maritime climate, Anchorage is alive year round with adventure, recreation, seasonal festivities, and sporting events - a modern city surrounded by spectacular wilderness. Lunch and dinner are at your own expense.
Overnight at the Captain Cook Hotel
DAY 2 - ANCHORAGE/LAKE HOOD/REMOTE BEAR VIEWING/ANCHORAGE
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a brief tour of Anchorage's highlights. Continue to Lake Hood, home to the largest float-plane base in the world. From the base in Lake Hood you board a Bush Plane and for the next hour or two head into the wilderness of Alaska. Your will fly over a lush green landscape of forests, tundra, rivers, and mountains. Your experienced naturalist guide will lead you safely to where your Alaska bear watching trip begins. The rivers and lakes are host to sockeye and Coho salmon runs which are popular feeding sites for resident bear.
After lunch, re-board your floatplane and return to Lake Hood. Upon arrival, return transfer to the hotel and spend the evening at your leisure. Dinner is at your own expense.
Bear Season, dictated by the annual salmon runs, is generally considered to be June through August, peaking in July. As with any wildlife viewing, bear sightings are expected but cannot be guaranteed.
DAY 3 - ANCHORAGE / NOME FOR EMBARKATION
Enjoy breakfast this morning before it's time to return to the Anchorage Airport for the short flight to Nome. Once there, the local Silversea representative is on-hand to direct you to your transportation. Nome's airport has limited services and guests should be prepared to carry their own luggage to the coach. The staff and crew of the Silver Explorer are looking forward to welcoming you aboard.
Sailings to/from Nome:
For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises
Day 2: Lake Hood/Remote Bear Viewing/Lake Hood
The aircraft used for the flight will be a propeller-driven bush plane. The specific type of aircraft will depend on the overall number of guests participating in this program.
Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules. One to two hours each direction.
This is a full day journey - approximately 8-10 hours in duration depending on location of bear activity.
Remember to bring warm clothing (layering is highly recommended), sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, a wind-proof jacket, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
If you require a visa for the United States please consult with your travel professional well in advance of your trip. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all the appropriate visa documents before your cruise.
Mosquitoes are at their worst during peak season June, July, and August. If you plan on traveling into the backcountry or in wooded areas make sure to take bug spray along with long sleeved pants and shirts.
The sites visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.
Please Note: There are no 5-star hotel properties in Alaska. The Captain Cook Hotel is well located and comfortable, but cannot be considered as a 'Deluxe' property. The property operates at its peak capacity at this time of the year and is staffed with seasonal personnel. Lapses in service do occur.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.