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. You’ll 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, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and board your ship.
Cruise amid the lush Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia—which runs between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island—and search for some of the many marine mammals that inhabit these waters.
Visit the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, where you’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn about the art and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
Sail northward along steep and rugged coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the remote bays and inlets.
With very special permission, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii, including the incredible Gwaii Haanas National Park & Haida Heritage Site. You will be joined by a Haida Interpreter for your days among the islands, wildlife and cultural sites. In the Haida ancestral town of Old Massett, you are invited into a home of a local carver for a feast of traditional foods and dance. Meet Haida artists and see their workshops. Visit the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Llnagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and their renowned artwork, a spiritual endeavor. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), kayak and take Zodiacs around the incredibly biodiverse islands in Gwaii Haanas.
Spend three days encountering spectacular scenery and wildlife in Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Explore the forested backwaters of Misty Fjords National Monument by kayak or expedition landing craft. Go ashore to visit the charming fishing village of Petersburg, and explore the surrounding area on a forest walk or on an optional bicycle ride. Or join a flightseeing excursion (at an additional cost). Cruise and kayak past the glacially carved cliffs of Tracy or Endicott Arm—both spectacular fjords that harbor orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a cruise on an expedition landing craft for unparalleled view of sculpted iridescent icebergs.
By special park permit, spend a full day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. A national park ranger joins us to interpret the area geology and ecosystems, and a native Tlingit interpreter will share the lore and legend of the area. Then, spend a day kayaking and hiking among incredible wildlife around the Inian Islands and Chichagof Island. Conditions permitting, the ship's hydrophone will be lowered to listen for whale communications. Enjoy a farewell dinner on your final night.
See the picturesque city of Sitka on Baranof Island and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Seattle): 9/3/2021
National Geographic Global Explorers:
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-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. With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you’ll enjoy special access. Guests partaking in this extension must sign a participant agreement. 6 Days. 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. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure for expedition.
2020 Double Occupancy from $6,690 per person
2020 Single Occupancy from $9,190
Transfers between ship/Sitka airport if on recommended flights; transfer upon disembarkation in Seattle to airport (select dates); shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; non-alcoholic beverages onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional extensions; transfers not mentioned as included; optional flightseeing; 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 ©: Stewart Cohen (totem pole, woman with binoculars); Ralph Lee Hopkins (red kayak, Zodiac and bear, orcas, eagle); Sven Lindblad (sea lions); Michael S. Nolan (seal, Zodiac and ice, whale); David Vargas (yellow kayak)