A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

Alaska Adventure Cruise

  • National Geographic
    Sea Lion/Sea Bird
  • Expedition Ship
  • 62 Capacity
  • 15 Days
  • 2014, 2015 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Sep 6 Sat
    • Sep 7 Sun
    • 2015
    • May 2 Sat Offer
    • May 3 Sun Offer
    • Sep 5 Sat
    • Sep 6 Sun
  • Price from
  • $9,990

Summary : Embark on a 15-day 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.”

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

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Free Chronicle: Receive a free video chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
Free Subscription: Complimentary 1-year subscription to National Geographic Magazine (one per booking).

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Itinerary
Day 1
Seattle / Embark

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and board your ship.

Day 2
Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Search for orca whales and other wildlife as you kayak around forested islands and enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Islands.

Day 3
Alert Bay And Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

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.

Day 4 – 5
Inside Passage of British Columbia

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.

Day 6 – 8
Haida Gwaii

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.

Day 9
Misty Fiords, Alaska

Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters.

Day 10
Frederick Sound and Petersburg

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.

Day 11
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

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.

Day 12
Juneau

Visit Mendenhall Glacier with your naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close.

Day 13
Glacier Bay National Park

Via special park permit, 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 Steller sea lions, puffins and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins you to share the lore and legend of the area.

Day 14
Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords

Kayak and hike among forested islands on your final exploration of southeast Alaska

Day 15
Sitka / Disembark

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.

Notes

This cruise may also operate on the Sea Lion or the Sea Bird.

Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Seattle): 9/6/2014, 9/7/2014, 9/5/2015, 9/6/2015

Photo Expeditions: 9/6/2014, 9/7/2014
These departures are Photo Expeditions, with a National Geographic photographer on board providing the opportunity to shoot with and learn from the best.
9/6/2014: Flip Nicklin
9/7/2014: Michael Melford

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 you coastal expedition. Explore from a comfortable, elegant wilderness lodge. From $5,590 per person. Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Included:

Accommodations aboard ship; all meals; all shore excursions and sightseeing; use of kayaking equipment; entrance fees; group transfers as indicated in itinerary; gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges; services of natural history staff.

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