Summary : Explore Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact timeframe of one work week. Take long hikes on world-class trails through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords, and raft to an ancient Alaska native village—all with a nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp. This expedition will enable you to paddle on long, naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays, raft the Chilkat River with local guides and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan, explore Haines, the “adventure capital of Alaska,” via raft, bicycle, or hiking boot, and zip around incredible icebergs and view glaciers in Tracy or Endicott Arm.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$4,290 to $5,990
Arrive in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Stretch your legs by walking the Totem Trail in Sitka National Historic Park or other local nature trails before stopping in at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center for an up close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird and gather for a welcome dinner this evening. (L, D)
Immerse yourself in the wilds of Alaska as you kayak deep into one of Baranof or Chichagof Island’s countless, breathtaking bays. Hear bald eagles call from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees as you paddle through these mirror-calm waters. In the afternoon, hear the stories of this ancient rain forest on an adventurous hike with your naturalist guide. (B, L, D)
At the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Lynn Canal offers ample opportunity for active exploration. Spend today hiking and kayaking in the shadows of snow-capped peaks where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea. Tonight you will call into the small town of Haines for an Alaskan evening as the locals do. (B, L, D)
Haines is known as the “adventure capital of Alaska” for a very good reason. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can choose from one of many world class hikes. Or cycle along the edge of a glacial lake. Or you may also choose to raft down the Chilkat River, calling into the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a dance demonstration and cultural interpretation. The day is full of options. (B, L, D)
Awake this morning in the stunningly beautiful Tracy or Endicott Arm, part of the Fords Terror Wilderness. Enter this glacially carved wilderness aboard your nimble ship, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft for a view of South Sawyer or Dawes Glaciers. If conditions permit, hop into a kayak and paddle along fjord walls that soar straight from the sea, as you spot curious harbor seals trailing your wake. Cap off your adventurous voyage with Captain’s farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Disembark in downtown Juneau and transfer to the airport for flights home, or to an optional land extension. (B)
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Juneau to Sitka): 5/24/2018, 6/3/2018, 7/3/2018, 7/13/2018, 8/12/2018, 8/22/2018
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.
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.
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)