Summary : Explore Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact timeframe of one work week. Take long hikes on world-class trails through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords, and raft to an ancient Alaska native village—all with a nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp. This expedition will enable you to paddle on long, naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays; raft the Chilkat River with local guides and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan; explore Haines, the “adventure capital of Alaska,” via raft, bicycle, or hiking boot; and zip around incredible icebergs and view glaciers in Tracy or Endicott Arm.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
Receive a FREE DVD chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips! This trip can be combined with select dates of their Juneau to Ketichan voyage for a more in-depth Alaskan experience.
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Arrive in Sitka, Alaska, situated on the western coast of Baranof Island and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Take a walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey.
Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof or Chichagof Islands, both part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard along rugged coastlines, and in the afternoon, go hiking through the temperate rain forest, listening for bald eagles calling out from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees.
Spend today searching for wildlife in these rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Options include a Zodiac cruising among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea Lions reside, kayaking in the outer waters of Glacier Bay, or hiking in lush temperate rainforest.
Known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,” Haines is situated on a scenic peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. Hike one of the many world-class trails in the area, enjoy an optional flightseeing tour over Glacier Bay National Park, or cycle along the edge of a glacial lake. Or visit the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan and enjoy a traditional dance and cultural performance before setting off on a rafting excursion, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, bears, and moose as you float through the spectacular Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved fjord, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and keep an eye out for the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board.
Disembark in downtown Juneau and transfer to the airport for flights home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Juneau to Sitka):
6/10/2021, 6/30/2021, 8/29/2021
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- 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.
2021 Double Occupancy from $6,690 per person
2021 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.
2021 Double Occupancy from $5,990 per person
2021 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.
2021 Double Occupancy from $1,290 per person
2021 Single Occupancy from $1,730
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on recommended flights; option to flightsee on Day 4 over Glacier Bay National Park for 2020 trips (2021 to be determined); shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship. 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; 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)