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Big Picture Alaska

Alaska Adventure Cruise Information

  • National Geographic Sea Bird
  • Expedition Ship
  • 62 Capacity
  • 11 Days
  • 2018 View Departure>
    • 2018
    • Jun 8 Fri
    • Jun 18 Mon
    • Jul 18 Wed
    • Jul 28 Sat
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  • $8,990
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Summary : Embark on an immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition that focuses entirely on Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. You’ll experience the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. This expedition enables you to raft though the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, explore Glacier Bay National Park, Misty Fjords National Monument, and search for humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds. Kayak amid glacial ice, hike the Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ketchikan / Embark

Arrive in Ketchikan, view the priceless collection of 19th century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Embark the ship. (D)

Day 2
Misty Fjords

Wake amid the glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Explore by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective. (B,L,D)

Day 3
Behm Canal / Clarence Strait

Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest. Cruise through whale-rich channels in search of humpback whales. (B,L,D)

Day 4
Thomas Bay / Petersburg

Call at the quaint Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. See a unique muskeg ecosystem with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Explore by bike or optional flightseeing. (B,L,D)

Day 5
Tracy Arm / Ford Terror Wilderness

Navigate the spectacular Tracy or Endicott Arm fjords to South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier, and, if conditions permit, venture closer in the expedition landing craft for unparalleled views. (B,L,D)

Day 6
Haines

Explore Alaska’s “adventure capital” on a world class hike or bike ride along the edge of a glacial lake. Or raft the Chilkat River to a bald eagle preserve, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a cultural interpretation. (B, L, D)

Day 7
Lynn Canal

Hike and kayak where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea, in the shadow of snow-capped peaks and at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. (B,L,D)

Day 8
Glacier Bay National Park

Spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A native Tlingit interpreter aboard shares the legends of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 9
Icy Strait / Inian Islands

See an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. (B,L,D)

Day 10
Baranof or Chichagof Islands

Kayak, hike, and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. Cap off the day with the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 11
Sitka / Disembark

After breakfast, disembark to visit picturesque Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral then visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights home. (B)

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Ketchikan): 6/8/2018, 7/18/2018

Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.

Optional Post-Trip Extension:
Denali National Park: Discover the wildness that lives at the heart of Alaska; add an inland exploration of Denali National Park to your coastal expedition. Explore from a comfortable, elegant wilderness lodge. From $6,190 per person. (6 Days)

Included:
Accommodations and meals aboard ship; nonalcoholic beverages onboard ship; shore excursions; use of kayaking equipment; park entrance fees; port charges; service taxes. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; optional extensions; individual transfers; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, internet, etc.; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photo Credit: © Lindblad Expeditions; © Michael S. Nolan (bears at waterfall, seal, glacier, whale) ; © Ralph Lee Hopkins (kayaker, Zodiac and bear, orcas, eagle) ; © Steward Cohen (totem pole, woman with binoculars)

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