Summary : Embark on an adventure between Sitka, Alaska and Seattle, Washington exploring three of the most appealing wild regions in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska’s Inside Passage, coastal British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii. Sail into mist-shrouded fjords and past crashing glaciers, see brown bears stalking shores, and eagles flying. And in Haida Gwaii you’ll meet artisans and experience the resonance of their cultural heritage and artwork. With special access to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, you’ll see ancient village sites, and the endemic species that make Haida Gwaii the “Canadian Galápagos.”
This cruise may operate on the Sea Lion or the Sea Bird.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
Just-Released Offer Free one-way airfare from Sitka to Seattle.
Free Chronicle: Receive a free video chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$10,900 to $14,530
Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and board your ship.
Search for orca whales and other wildlife as you kayak around forested islands and enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Islands.
At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where you’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere.
Head southward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets.
With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. Two Haida Interpreters will join you, first visiting the Haida Heritage Center at K’aay Linagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their renowned artwork. In the ancestral town of Old Massett, join in a traditional dance performance and feast, and meet community members and Haida artists. Over the next two days, explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) or K'una (Skedans). Kayak and take Zodiacs around the incredibly biodiverse islands where black bears are the largest in the world and endemic species thrive.
Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters.
Join naturalists on deck and search for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and in the fishing village of Petersburg, known as “Alaska’s Little Norway”. Explore with optional flightseeing or a bicycle ride. Enjoy a crab feast this evening.
Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a Zodiac cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs.
Spend the entire day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. Search for Stellar sea lions, puffins and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. A National Park Service Ranger will join us as well.
Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in rich waters of Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, the ship's hydrophone will be lowered to listen in on the whales' communication.
Kayak and hike among forested islands on your final exploration of southeast Alaska.
Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights to Seattle.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Seattle): 9/3/2016, 9/4/2016, 9/3/2017, 9/4/2017
National Geographic Photographer Departures: 9/3/2016: Flip Nicklin; 9/4/2016: Rich Reid
These departures are Photo Expeditions, with a National Geographic photographer on board providing the opportunity to shoot with and learn from the best.
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 Pre- or Post-Trip Extension: (6 Days)
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 $5,690 per person. To reserve your space on a Denali extension, a $550 per person initial deposit is required. A second deposit in the amount of 60% of the cost of the extension is due 120 days or more, prior to the departure. Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Accommodations and meals aboard ship; shore excursions; use of kayaking equipment; park entrance fees; port charges; group transfers as indicated in itinerary; service taxes; services of natural history staff. Subject to change without notice.
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.