Summary : 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 Alaska itinerary 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
- Free One-way Airfare Sitka/Seattle
Receive a FREE DVD chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$9,990 to $16,440
Embark the ship.
Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Search for orca whales.
Clear into Canada in the charming city of Victoria and choose from several tailor-made options to explore based on your interests. Visit private gardens, bike along the waterfront, take a historical stroll through Old Town or peruse the collections at local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre while taking in the incredible collection of paintings.
Located in the Strait of Georgia, between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands are a kayaker’s paradise. Explore the myriad islets and rocky coasts and keep an eye out for harbor seals and an array of sea birds, shore birds and birds of prey.
Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the Big House, and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
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.
Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters.
Search for humpback whales as you head towards the small, Nordic fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Go ashore and explore the unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Later, enjoy an evening crab feast.
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.
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.
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.
Spend a full day searching for humpback whales in the rich waters off Chichagof or Baranof Island. Kayak, hike and enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening.
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.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Sitka to Seattle): 8/31/2019, 8/29/2020
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-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; 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)