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
NEW – National Geographic Global Explorers kids and teen program.
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$8,990 to $11,890
Arrive in Ketchikan, view the priceless collection of 19th century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Embark the ship.
Wake amid the glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Explore by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective.
Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest. Cruise through whale-rich channels in search of humpback whales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait.
Kayak, hike, and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. Cap off the day with the Captain’s farewell dinner.
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.
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, 6/14/2019, 6/24/2019, 7/24/2019, 8/3/2019
National Geographic Global Explorers: All Departures
Developed in conjunction with National Geographic Education, this unique program will offer kids and teens the opportunity to choose cool activities—from earning a Zodiac “driver’s license” to recording wildlife sightings in their Field Notebook—all designed to help them develop what National Geographic Education defines as the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of an explorer. They’ll take part in all kinds of cool activities—like learning about glaciers by making ice cream sundaes, or using glacial ice to paint water colors. They will be encouraged to use their creativity—with photos, videos, music, writing, drawing and more, to tell stories about all they’ll see and do.
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 Pre- or 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)
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.
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.
Photos: © 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)