Dates

July 24 to 31, 2020

Starting Price

$3,495 + Air + Taxes; Singles Please Ask

Deposit per Person

$850

8 Days
Cruise
Orbridge
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Trip Highlights

Discover the awesome beauty, abundant wildlife, and native cultures of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Sitka – Embarkation

Today, travel to Sitka from your home city, or from Anchorage if you visited Denali National Park on the 6-day Orbridge Pre-Tour. After arriving, immerse yourself in the Tlingit culture at a Sheet’ka Kwaán Naa Kahídi (which roughly translates to “The clan house for all the people of Sitka”) dance show.

Afterward, visit the Alaska Raptor Center—Alaska’s foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center—with a local guide.

Then venture to Sitka National Historical Park where you’ll learn the history of the area that served as the battle site between Russian traders and the indigenous Tlingit. Stand in awe before the massive totem poles lining the park’s coastal trail, and gain insight into their powerful symbols.

Later, transfer to the Admiralty Dream for embarkation. Enjoy your first dinner on board as you get to know your Expedition Leader, naturalists, crew, and travel companions.

Note: depending upon tides, actual flight arrival times and other factors, you may transfer onto a day boat to rendezvous with the Admiralty Dream.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (D)

Day 2

Icy Strait / Chichagof Island

Relax on deck with your binoculars and a hot cup of cocoa as you sail through Icy Strait in search of wildlife, including orca (killer whales), Steller sea lions, seal, porpoise, and the magnificent humpback whales. Along the shore, perhaps catch sight of bald eagles in the treetops. Choose from activities like kayaking, skiff rides, and hiking.

Overnight: Admiralty Dream (B,L,D)

Full Itinerary
Your Journey
Meet Your Trip Host

Tom Baird

Tom Baird is the vice president for development at the University of Michigan, where he has responsibility for all fundraising and development activities across the university. This includes leading the central Office of University Development as well as oversight of more than 30 U-M fundraising units, including Michigan Medicine, UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn.
A U-M alumnus (AB ‘83) with 23 years of experience in higher education philanthropy, Baird focuses intently on organizational leadership, creating a positive work culture and developing trusted relationships. He most recently spent three years as assistant dean for advancement at the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), helping the 85-person team raise more than $544 million, or 136 percent of the college’s Victors for Michigan campaign goal.
Before his service to LSA, Baird was the assistant vice president and campaign director for the Victors for Michigan campaign, which ultimately raised more than $5 billion. He served as vice chancellor for advancement for UM-Dearborn (2003-11), assistant vice president and Victors for Michigan campaign director (2011-15), and the interim associate vice president of development for Michigan Medicine during a time of transition in 2015. Earlier he served as interim assistant dean of development for LSA.
Prior to his career in university fundraising, Baird worked in the financial services and airline industries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from U-M and a master’s degree in human resources education from Boston University.

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Dates

July 24 to 31, 2020

Starting Price

$3,495 + Air + Taxes; Singles Please Ask

Deposit per Person

$850

8 Days
Cruise
Orbridge
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064