Summary : 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. Enjoy footage taken by the Undersea Specialist as they bring the undersea to the comfort of the lounge. Benefit from 30+ years of experience and relationships in Alaska to see all you came for and more. 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––their knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Explore Juneau and the Alaska State Museum with its sprawling collection of natural history and cultural artifacts. Settle into your cabin before dinner.
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. Or join an optional flightseeing excursion (additional cost). 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.
By special permit, explore Glacier Bay. Wildness abounds—glaciers calving, mountain goats roam the steep cliffs and brown bears patrol the shore; Steller sea lions and puffins live in the icy waters. 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):
8/9/2020, 8/23/2020, 9/6/2020, 5/16/2021, 5/30/2021, 6/13/2021, 6/27/2021, 7/11/2021, 7/25/2021, 8/8/2021, 8/22/2021, 5/14/2022, 5/28/2022, 6/11/2022, 6/25/2022, 7/9/2022, 7/23/2022, 8/6/2022, 8/20/2022
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. 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
Optional Pre- or Post-Trip Extension: Canadian Rockies and Banff Heli-Hiking
Experience hiking in British Columbia, Canada in the most epic way. Fly high above the treeline and beyond your wildest dreams- deep into the wilderness to places so remote they would take days to reach with a backpack. The stunning views seen from the helicopter and while you are hiking will take your breath away. 7 Days.
2020 Double Occupancy from $5,990 per person
2020 Single Occupancy from $7,690
Optional Pre- or Post-Trip Extension: Glacier Bay
Delve into the natural and cultural riches of Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with a two-night stay at Glacier Bay Lodge, the only accommodations located within the national park’s borders. Get an insider’s perspective during guided catamaran and kayaking excursions, listen for the thunder of calving glaciers, and hike through old-growth forests. End each evening relaxing by the lodge’s stone fireplace or taking in the sunset over the Fairweather Mountains. 3 Days.
2020 Double Occupancy from $1,290 per person
2020 Single Occupancy from $1,730
Transfers between airport/ship if booked on recommended 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)