Discover the endless beauty, abundant wildlife and native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Aboard the nimble, 66-passenger Admiralty Dream, you'll have access to the breathtaking byways of Alaska's Inside Passage. With skilled naturalists by your side, you'll encounter magnificent peaks and fjords, and ice-blue glaciers of unfathomable proportions--while learning about the traditions of Alaska's indigenous cultures.
* See the spray of whales only yards away and venture into secluded inlets as you get up close to nature, whether from the decks of the Admiralty Dream, or aboard its skiffs and kayaks.
* Accompanied by a naturalist Orbridge Expedition Leader, learn surprising details about animal behavior, glacier activity, and the wealth of natural spectacles along these protected waters.
* Learn about Alaska's culture and living history from a Native Huna Tlingit Cultural Heritage Guide at Glacier Bay National Park, visits to a salmon hatchery, the Alaska Raptor Center, and Sitka National Historical Park, and a guided tour of the Norwegian fishing community of Petersburg.
* Joined by a Park Ranger, enter the pristine waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to see the sanctuary's deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, and snow-capped mountain ranges.
Day 1: Arrive in Sitka - Embarkation
Day 2: Icy Strait / Chichagof Island
Day 3: Glacier Bay National Park
Day 4: Baranof Island / Lake Eva
Day 5: Hidden Falls
Day 6: Frederick Sound / Petersburg
Day 7: Tracy Arm Fjord
Day 8: Auke Bay / Juneau - Disembarkation
Optional 5 night pre-cruise: Denali National Park
*Itinerary can run in reverse*
A prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, Randall Balmer holds the John Phillips Chair in Religion at Dartmouth, the oldest endowed professorship at Dartmouth College. He earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for twenty-seven years before becoming the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2012 and the Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences in 2014. He is also the director of the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, and Emory universities and in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was a visiting professor at Yale Divinity School from 2004 to 2008.
Dr. Balmer has published widely in both scholarly journals and in the popular press. His op-ed articles have appeared in newspapers across the country. He is regularly asked to comment on religion in American life, and he has appeared frequently on network television, on NPR, and on both the Colbert Report and the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. Dr. Balmer has published more than a dozen books, including "Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush", and "The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond". His next book, Evangelicalism in America, will appear in October 2016.
Dr. Balmer is currently working on a television documentary about Russian Orthodoxy in America. For this trip, Dr. Balmer will speak about Native American Religions, the role of Evangelicalism in American Politics, and the Orthodox Church in Alaska.