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NORTH AMERICAN TOURS

From the Wilderness of Southeast Alaska to the Streets of New Orleans, these tours are sure to amaze any would-be explorer

ABC Islands Bear (Ursus arctos sitkensis) 

Size: Height 90 to 110 cm (35 to 43 in) Weight: 95–390 kg (210–860 lb)

Habitat: Tongass National Forest

Surviving Number: 4,200

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WILDLIFE AS LOCALS SEE IT

     In the back corners of North America's backyard are one of the rarest species of bears on the continent. During the last ice age, polar bears migrated across icy land bridges into a series of islands off the coast of Southeast Alaska where they evolved to shed their white coasts for brown fur to match the thawing glaciers of the receding ice age.

     Today, only a few thousand  of these bears remain among the islands that make up what local refer to as the Inside Passage- surviving on salmon and wild berries along with occasionally foraging through the trash cans of disgruntled locals. But while most Southeast Alaskans dread the site of one of these brown bears stalking their would-be fishing spot, they still recognize the need for protecting these unique woodland creatures.

     Many travelers to North America speak about cities in the New World as being far more young than those of Europe or Asia, but parts of North America produced some of the oldest cities in world history. From the Old Copper Complex of modern-day Ontario to the Mesoamerican city-states of modern-day Mexico, there is a wealth of history across the continent of North America.

     But North American history is far from isolated to backwoods ruins and the remains of conquered peoples. Not only are indigenous

peoples across the continent still alive and passing on their cultures to future generations, but there are also hidden histories of immigrant groups like the stories of mercenary samurai from Japan who fought in 16th Century Mexico and 19th Century explorers who endured the wilderness of the American West.

     Learn all about the under-studied history of North America with some of our historical tours to Canada, the United States, and Central America to learn more about the often hidden history of the continent.

Hidden History

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Sunset Over Sitka Sound

Sitka, Alaska

Photo by Joseph C Wilson

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Stairs Lead to a Perfect Surf Break in San Clemente, California

Photo by Joseph C Wilson

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Jackson Square, on a Cloudy March Day

New Orleans, Louisiana

Photo by Joseph C Wilson

INDIGENOUS RECOGNITION

It's important to recognize the indigenous peoples on whose land we walk- especially as world travelers. Labeled on this map are but a few of the indigenous peoples of the locations you'll visit when traveling North America with us from the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska to the Aztecs of Central Mexico.

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ALASKA & CANADA
Tours to the Great White North & the Last Frontier

ALASKAN ADVENTURE

Trip Type: Ethnoecology

Activity Level: Advanced

ANTHRO TOURS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wander Totem Bight State Historic Park

  • Tour Harbor Mountain Brewing

  • Explore Mendenhall Glacier

14 Days from $3625
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Departure Dates Available in May, July, & September

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Days 1-4: Ketchikan

After arriving in Ketchikan, we'll spend our first full day in Alaska seeing the confluence of culture and nature with a visit to Totem Bight State Historic Park before going on a hike on the Perseverance Lake trail.

On our second full day in Ketchikan, we'll learn more about the history of totem poles with a visit to the Totem Heritage Center before hiking the Lower Silvis Lake trail.

We'll then spend our final day in Ketchikan learning about the history of the area with visits to Tongass Historical Museum and the historical Creek Street.

Days 5-9: Sitka

After taking a ferry to Sitka, we'll spend our first full day there learning about wildlife rehabilitation programs at the Raptor Center and the Fortress of the Bear.

Participants will then get a day to freely explore Sitka and it's several hiking trails as well as history and culture.

We'll then spend our third full day in Sitka learning about the Russian colonial period with visits to S. Michael's Cathedral and the Russian Bishop's House before going on a hike on the Harbor Mountain trail.

 

For our final day in Sitka, we'll explore the confluence of nature and culture with visits to the Sitka Sound Science Center and Harbor Mountain Brewing. 

Days 10-14: Juneau

After taking a final ferry to Juneau, we'll spend our first full day there learning about Alaskan history with visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Last Chance Mining Museum.

We'll then spend our second full day in Juneau learning more about our impact on the environment with visits to Sealaska Heritage Museum and a hike on the West Glacier trail.

We'll then spend our final day on a visit to the incredible Mendenhall Glacier for a final sojourn into Alaska's beautiful nature.

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

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CAMAI DANCE FESTIVAL

Trip Type: Ethno-Choreography

Activity Level: Casual

ANTHRO TOURS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Music and Dance of Native Alaskan Culture

3 Days from $975
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Days 1-3: Bethel

We'll spend our first day in Bethel learning about the history of the Yupik People and their culture including the sport of dog sled racing with a morning historical tour before meeting with a local Yupik family to learn about their culture over lunch, then head to the opening ceremony for Camai Dance Festival later that evening.

For our second day of the tour, we'll head to the Wildlife Refuge of Yukon-Kuskokwim to learn about how nature has inspired Yupik culture OR (based on weather conditions) spend the morning learning about traditional sewing practices in Yupik fashion before heading to the festival after lunch.

For our final day of the tour, we'll learn to cook traditional recipes with a local Yupik family before heading to Camai after lunch for the final day of the festival.

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

3 Days from $925
Departure Dates August, September, & October

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  • Explore the History and Culture of the Tlingit in Sitka, Alaska

ANTHRO TOURS HIGHLIGHTS

Trip Type: Peoples & Cultures of North America

Activity Level: Moderate

Tlingit Sitka

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QUEBEC LANGUAGE IMMERSION

Trip Type: French

Activity Level: Casual

ANTHRO TOURS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dinner from Fletchers Espace Culinaire

  • Day Trip to Montérégie

  • Explore the Montreal Botanical Garden

8 Days from $2000

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Days 1-8: Montreal

After arriving in Montreal, we'll spend our first day in Quebec learning about the city's food scene with visits to the Marché Jean-Talon and Fletchers Espace Culinaire.

We'll the spend our second full day on a day trip exploring the rural agriculture of Montérégie to taste the flavors of Canada's cider, farmer's markets, and craft breweries.

For our third full day in the city, we'll learn about the role of French Catholicism in Montreal with visits to the Notre Dame Basilica and St. Patrick's Basilica.

We'll then spend our fourth full day exploring the beautiful nature of Quebec's river systems with a day trip to nearby Oka.

We'll then spend our sixth full day in Montreal exploring the flora of the Montreal Botanical Garden to get experience with the French language and Quebec botany.

Participants will then get a free day to explore Montreal on their own and learn more about the local history and culture for their final full day before departure.

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.