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Treasures of the Inside Passage

Treasures of the Inside Passage

Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on May 6 & 12, 2019 departures. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Contact us for further information.

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At a glance

Duration: 14 day / 13 night

Coverage: Seattle WA to Sitka, AK

From: $9,990

Season: June, September

Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

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
  • By special permit, spend a full day exploring Glacier Bay National Park

An in-depth exploration of the San Juan & Gulf Islands plus British Columbia’s Inside Passage

Spend a full day in the San Juan Islands hiking and kayaking with naturalists and searching for killer whales. Explore some of the hundreds of uninhabited, remote inlets and bays of the Gulf Islands. In British Columbia you’ll kayak among forested islands and along wildlife-rich shorelines to see whales, dolphins, bears and more—plus observe a moving traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay.

Explore Alaska’s National Parks and wilderness areas

By special permit you’ll sail into Glacier Bay National park and pass a full day taking in the grand scale of the park’s mountains, fjords, and active glaciers. In Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area you’ll be able to nose your expedition landing craft or kayak up to spectacular falls or hike over the lush green earth into the mist-shrouded mountainside. And in Misty Fiords National Monument you’ll be able to kayak along sheer, glacially-carved cliffs and forested backwaters.

Get a slice of Alaska life

Spend an afternoon strolling the streets of the 100-year-old town of Petersburg. You’ll find its charming Norwegian heritage evident, and you’ll get a firsthand look at a town supported largely by fishing the region’s productive waters. Visit the ships in port, walk the colorful downtown, stop for a pint in one of the town pubs, and enjoy an evening crab feast.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist––the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska. Their knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We hiked, we kayaked, we swam, (it was so warm we jumped in for no more than 3 seconds), we made new friends, we ate, we learned, we loved every minute of it.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Seattle/Embark

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture. (D)

Day 2: San Juan Islands, Washington

Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Search for killer whales. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Victoria, British Columbia

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. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Gulf Islands

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. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Alert Bay And Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the Big House, and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. (B,L,D)

Days 6-7: Inside Passage Of British Columbia

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)

Day 8: Misty Fiords, Alaska

Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Petersburg

Search for humpback whales as we 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. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness

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)

Day 11: Glacier Bay National Park

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 joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. Wildness abounds! (B,L,D)

Day 12: Inian Islands / Icy Strait

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.

Day 13: Exploring Baranof or Chichagof Island

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. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Sitka/Disembark/Home

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)

Treasures of the Inside Passage Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on May 6 & 12, 2019 departures. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Contact us for further information.

Special Offer
Dates Ship Direction 1 2 3 4 5 Solo 1 Solo 2
May 6, 2019 NG Venture Seattle to Sitka $9,990 $10,640 $11,190 $11,990 $12,890 $14,999 $15,960
May 12, 2019 NG Quest Seattle to Sitka $9,990 $10,640 $11,190 $11,990 $12,890 $14,999 $15,960
Aug 31, 2019 NG Quest Sitka to Seattle $9,990 $10,640 $11,190 $11,990 $12,890 $14,999 $15,960
Sep 8, 2019 NG Venture Sitka to Seattle $9,990 $10,640 $11,190 $11,990 $12,890 $14,999 $15,960
May 4, 2020 NG Venture Seattle to Sitka $9,990 $10,640 $11,190 $11,990 $12,890 $14,999 $15,960
May 10, 2020 NG Quest Seattle to Sitka $9,990 $10,640 $11,190 $11,990 $12,890 $14,999 $15,960
Aug 29, 2020 NG Quest Sitka to Seattle $9,990 $10,640 $11,190 $11,990 $12,890 $14,999 $15,960
Sep 6, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Seattle $9,990 $10,640 $11,190 $11,990 $12,890 $14,999 $15,960

Sailings go in both directions, please contact us prior to making further plans.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated
  • Air transportation where indicated as included
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available)
  • Gratuities (except to Egyptologists and ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Scuba diving (where available)
  • Meals not indicated
  • Baggage/accident/travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry
  • Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion

Ships

National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest

The 100-guest National Geographic Quest is the perfect ship to explore from the northern reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, the National Geographic Quest is the first expedition ship of its kind to be made entirely in the U.S. View ship details...


National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture

The 100-guest National Geographic Venture is the perfect ship to explore Alaska’s Inside Passage and beyond. Designed with over 50 years of expedition heritage, National Geographic Venture is able to explore the same remote locations we’ve sought out for decades while setting a new standard in comfort and style. She features step-out balconies (available in 22 of the 50 spacious cabins), plus 6 sets of connecting cabins for families and groups; a Sun Deck bar, and a designated mudroom for expedition gear. View ship details...

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