Summary : Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist––the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska. Their knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Venture into a land of mist shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers and islands teeming with wildlife. Hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and ride Zodiacs into secluded inlets to look for brown bears. See Alaska undersea through live video!
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
- Free round-trip airfare between Seattle/Alaska
Receive a FREE DVD chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$6,990 to $11,770
Explore Juneau and the Alaska State Museum with its sprawling collection of natural history and cultural artifacts. Settle into your cabin before dinner. Later, explore the port of Juneau on your own.
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 cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view among sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, harbor porpoises and arctic terns.
Visit the small, true Alaskan fishing town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, which still retains much of its Norwegian heritage. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the “muskeg,” with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for bike riding and an optional flightseeing excursion. Enjoy a crab feast this evening.
Explore along the rugged coast seeking out humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds. Expert staff will interpret their life histories and behaviors as you cruise the nutrient rich waters. Later explore the shoreline by kayak or go ashore to explore the rainforest ecosystem.
Explore among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. Search for marine mammals in the rich waters of Icy Strait and choose the perfect spot around Chichagof Island to hike where sightings of bald eagles are very common.
Spend the 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 boards the ship to share the rich cultural history of the area. A National Park Service Ranger will join the group as well.
Today, nature is your guide. Explore an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, hike stunning forest trails, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking an isolated meadow. If conditions permit, do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life.
After breakfast disembark in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only open-oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, enjoy close-up views of bald eagles, owls and other species normally seen at a distance.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Juneau):
5/25/2019, 6/8/2019, 6/22/2019, 7/6/2019, 7/20/2019, 8/3/2019, 8/17/2019, 5/23/2020, 6/6/2020, 6/20/2020, 7/4/2020, 7/18/2020, 8/1/2020, 8/15/2020
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- 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. 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. From $6,350 per person (6 Days). Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; video chronicle of your trip; certified photo instructor; all meals onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional extensions; flightseeing; 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 ©: 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)