Summary : Embark on an in-depth exploration of the San Juan Islands, British Columbia, and Alaska on a brand new vessel. Linger in the temperate rain forests and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia, and enjoy ample time to explore the breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers of Southeast Alaska. Plus, discover the cultural facets of this coast during captivating performances and interactions with the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Alert Bay. This expedition will enable you to explore the wild and sublimely tranquil San Juan and Gulf Islands, observe a moving First Nations performance at the U’Mista Cultural Center, and – by special permit – spend a full day exploring Glacier Bay National Park.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$9,990 to $12,890
Embark the ship in Seattle. (D)
Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Search for orca whales. (B,L,D)
Sail into British Columbia to kayak among forested islands and along wildlife-rich shorelines. (B,L,D)
Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. (B,L,D)
Head northward along the pristine coastline in search of whales, dolphins, bears, deer, and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak among the many bays and inlets. (B,L,D)
Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fjord’s forested backwaters. (B,L,D)
Search for humpback whales as you head towards the small, fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and explore the unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the “muskeg,” with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Later, enjoy an evening crab feast. (B,L,D)
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 Zodiac cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D)
Via special park permit, spend the entire 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. A native Tlingit interpreter will join you to share the lore and legend of the area. Wildness abounds! (B,L,D)
Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in rich waters of Icy Strait. (B,L,D)
Spend a full day searching for humpback whales in the rich waters off of Chichagof Island, kayak, hike and enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire; walk through the Sitka National Historical Park, where totem poles line trails; and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Seattle): 9/2/2018
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.
Optional 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 you coastal expedition. Explore from a comfortable, elegant wilderness lodge. From $6,190 per person. (6 Days)
Accommodations and meals aboard ship; shore excursions; use of kayaking equipment; park entrance fees; port charges; group transfers as indicated in itinerary; 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.
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)