Scenic Seattle Stopover
The trip commences in beautiful Seattle, Washington - home to breathtaking landscapes, high-tech and coffee giants, and of course, the Flight Academy.
We will gather for a welcome dinner at one of Seattle’s finest dining establishments. It’s a nice opportunity to wind down after a long day of flying, meet and mingle with your fellow travelers and sample some of the delicious regional flavors of the Pacific Northwest.
Accommodations this evening will be at a first-class hotel in downtown Seattle. Arrive a little early and experience the world famous Pike Place Market where you can literally watch the fish fly. You may also wish to explore the many shops that Downtown Seattle has to offer, as well as a recently expanded Seattle Art Museum and Safeco and Qwest fields.
The next morning we will meet for breakfast, discuss the route of flight and check weather before departing for Southeast Alaska. Despite the fact that we plan these trips for when we have the best chance of optimal weather, Alaskan weather can be dynamic and unpredictable- even in summer we can experience clouds, rain and ice.
DAYS 2 - 4
Inside Passage & Juneau Flightseeing
The flight portion of the trip officially begins (Day 2) with unprecedented views of breathtaking scenery. Fly up the majestic Inside Passage via the Canadian coastal route. View forests, wildlife, mountains and waterways along the beautiful and untouched British Colombian Coast and into the Alaskan Panhandle.
At the base of grand mountain peaks and the pristine waterfront of the Gastineau Channel is Juneau, Alaska's capital city. Juneau is approximately 900 air miles North of Seattle and 600 air miles Southeast of Anchorage. Deemed the Alaska destination with the most diversity of sightseeing and active adventure, Juneau is quickly becoming a vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers and romantics.
Juneau offers unparalleled viewing of magnificent glaciers, extraordinary kayaking (Day 3), dog sledding, rafting, biking, hiking and glacier hiking, and during the winter, snowboarding, downhill andcross-country skiing and heli-skiing. Traveling here is unlike any other place on earth.
The Flight Academy’s Juneau “flightseeing” excursion (Day 4) will take you to the peaks of breathtaking, snow capped mountains and crystal glaciers. We will witness towering Mt. Juneau, fly over the deep waters of the Gastineau Channel, and gaze across the spectacular expanse of Juneau Icefield, which includes 40 glaciers extended over a 1,500 square-mile radius.
Accommodations for the evening are in beautiful downtown Juneau and feature lovely views of the Gastineau Channel and Douglas Island. Meals will embody the delicious local flavors and feature some of the exciting fare Alaska has become famous for.
DAYS 4 - 5
Craig Fishing Lodge
Sure-Strike Lodge is located in Southeast Alaska on the West coast of Prince of Wales Island, two miles outside of the city of Craig. It is one of the most sought after destination lodges in Southeast
Alaska. You will enjoy your stay in this magnificent cedar lodge with its comfortable, home-style family atmosphere while being treated to spectacular scenery, first class fishing, and a gourmet chef preparingAlaskan cuisine each day.
After breakfast and a flightseeing excursion around Juneau on Day 4, we will fly to Klawock, home to Alaska’s first salmon cannery built in 1878 and the closest airport to Craig. You will have worked up quite an appetite from the excursion and will be treated to some downtime to relax before a delectable Alaskan dinner at the Lodge that will not be matched anywhere!
Day 5 begins early and a full breakfast will be waiting for you upon awakening. After breakfast, you will embark on the day’s fishing excursion from Sure-Strike’s private dock. Sure-Strike’s boats are fully equipped 21’-25’ Cabin Cruisers featuring ample deck space, a comfortable cabin, and the latest in navigational, fishing and safety equipment. You may pursue King and/or Silver Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod and Red Snapper on some of the finest salmon and bottom fish areas in Alaska! A hearty boat lunch with snacks will be provided throughout the day.
Sure-Strike’s fish processor will be standing by upon arrival at the dock to cut your fish to your specifications. He will vacuum pack, flash-freeze, and store your catch in a special Sure-Strike box for you to take home.
At day’s end, Sure-Strike’s chef will delight you with a meat dish and the special “Catch-of-the-Day,” brought in by you from the day’s adventure.
Our final day will begin with breakfast, and a weather and route briefing. After breakfast, we will prepare for departure from Klawock and say farewell before we head to Ketchikan, and ultimately home. We are here to assist you, whether you are continuing on to another destination or to your home base.
INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP:
5 nights accommodations
1 night at a downtown Seattle hotel
2 nights at a Juneau hotel
2 nights at the Sure-Strike Lodge in Craig
1 day of charter fishing
1/2 day of kayaking near Mendenhall glacier
Breakfast each morning
Lunch each day
Dinner each evening (nights 1-5)
Aircraft tie down fees
In-flight training with a CSIP instructor
The Flight Academy will not fly or sanction flight in weather that is unsafe or for which the Cirrus is not rated. The weather at our departure location and our destination must be above published minimums in order for us to launch.
In the event weather does not permit a flight to take place as scheduled, the Flight Academy will attempt to find an alternate route that allows for a safe execution of the flight. If the weather causes the trip to be cancelled, no refund will be offered. Any additional expenses incurred during the trip due to foul weather will be the responsibility of the customer.