Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness
Trip Length: 8 Days
Price Point: $7,340-$12,140/person (not including airfare)
Seasons Available: Spring, Summer
Be one of 100 guests to sail with National Geographic to get up close to the rich wildlife and spectacular scenery of southeast Alaska in this active 8-day voyage. Take a kayak or Zodiac to venture into the UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve of Glacier Bay National Park. Hike into Tongass National Forest by special permit. Breathe in the beauty of America’s last frontier.
Activities & Sites
- Hike, Kayak, and explore by Zodiac to view blue icebergs and curious wildlife
- Explore Glacier Bay National Park
- Learn from expert naturalists and guides who accompany each trip
- Glimpse the undersea world through the lens of the undersea specialist
- Hike and kayak in Tongas National Forest
Day to Day Itinerary
- Day 1
Fly to Juneau, visit the Alaska State Museum, and embark
- Day 2
View icebergs and wildlife from the ship in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
- Day 3
Explore Petersburg, muskegs, and bike around the town
- Day 4
Spot wildlife, hike, and kayak in Fredrick Sound and Chatham Strait
- Day 5
Wildlife spotting in the Inian Islands and hiking on Chichagof Island
- Day 6
View wildlife in Glacier Bay from the ship and native storytelling
- Day 7
Hike, beachcomb, and kayak in remote islands, bays, and fjords.
- Day 8
Disembark in Sitka, enjoy a tour of the town's points of interests
Quest or Venture
When she rolled out of Nichols Brothers shipyard and into the bay on Whidbey Island, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest became the third ship in the Lindblad fleet built at this storied Pacific Northwest shipyard. In the 1970s, Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, which continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America. National Geographic Quest and her twin sister, National Geographic Venture, also explore in these regions.
National Geographic Quest was purpose-built to explore the North American coast, her design and engineering informed by our nearly 40 years of experience in these regions. Her twin boarding platforms, for example, were suggested by a veteran staffer. Enabling our team to load two Zodiacs at once means guests get off the ship quickly to take advantage of wildlife sightings and maximize exploring time.
Larger than her siblings National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Quest has the same shallow draft, allowing her captain to navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate, “”insider”” experiences in these charismatic regions. Modern cleaned-lined, with large expanses of glass to keep you connected to the extraordinary views, National Geographic Quest enables you to see, do, and experience the best of her geographies.
Following the build of National Geographic Quest at Nichols Brothers shipyard, her sister ship the 100-guest National Geographic Venture floated into the bay on Whidbey Island, becoming the 4th ship in the Lindblad fleet built at this storied PNW shipyard. In the 1970s, Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, which continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
Venture, like much of the wildlife she follows, is migratory. She follows the seasons from Alaska, along the coast of British Columbia, up the Columbia & Snake Rivers, and along the Baja coast and into the Sea of Cortez. In each region, her design innovations were informed by 50+ years of expedition expertise to ensure extraordinary discoveries. Larger than her sibling twin ships, Sea Bird and Sea Lion, Venture has the same shallow draft, enabling her to nimbly navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate, ‘insider’ experiences of the charismatic regions we explore.
Like her sister, ship Quest, Venture has dual boarding platforms, enabling our team to load two Zodiacs at once means guests get off ship quickly, to take advantage of wildlife sightings and maximize exploring time. Modern, cleaned-lined, with large expanses of glass to keep you connected to the extraordinary views, National Geographic Venture enables you to see, do and experience the best of her geographies.
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