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Wild Alaska Escape

Wild Alaska Escape

At a glance

Duration: 6 day / 5 night

Coverage: Juneau to Sitka

From: $4,290

Season: May - August

Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

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 our nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp.

  • Paddle on long, naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays
  • Choose to 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
  • Zip around incredible icebergs and view glaciers in Tracy or Endicott Arm

Choose Lindblad's most active Alaska expedition

Expect long point-to-point kayak outings where our ship drops off our groups and then repositions to pick us up after time spent exploring quiet bays and coastlines of towering ancient trees. Hike rocky trails high into the mountains for incredible views. And venture deep into the forest along rugged trails and salmon streams to explore new ecosystems.

Encounter legendary wildlife

See humpback whales, brown bears, and bald eagles—the iconic wildlife of Southeast Alaska. Search for killer whales in the wildlife-rich channels between islands and sure-footed mountain goats in steep fjords.

Explore the “Adventure Capital of Alaska”

Call in at the small town of Haines, Alaska and choose to take a bicycle ride around a glacial lake or raft to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where the highest concentration of bald eagles in the world thrive. Be sure to stop in at local stores or, in the evening, at one of the town’s bars to hoist a few pints of local craft ale and mix with locals.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, 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: Sitka / Embark

Arrive in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Stretch your legs by walking the Totem Trail in Sitka National Historic Park or other local nature trails before stopping in at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center for an up close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird and gather for a welcome dinner this evening. (L, D)

Day 2: Exploring Baranof Or Chichagof Islands

Immerse yourself in the wilds of Alaska as you kayak deep into one of Baranof or Chichagof Island’s countless, breathtaking bays. Hear bald eagles call from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees as you paddle through these mirror-calm waters. In the afternoon, hear the stories of this ancient rain forest on an adventurous hike with your naturalist guide. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Lynn Canal

At the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Lynn Canal offers ample opportunity for active exploration. Spend today hiking and kayaking in the shadows of snow-capped peaks where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea. Tonight we’ll call into the small town of Haines for an Alaskan evening as the locals do. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Haines

Haines is known as the “adventure capital of Alaska” for a very good reason. Many, in fact. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can choose from one of many world class hikes. Or cycle along the edge of a glacial lake. Or you may also choose to raft down the Chilkat River, calling into the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a dance demonstration and cultural interpretation. The day is full of options. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness

Awake this morning in the stunningly beautiful Tracy or Endicott Arm, part of the Fords Terror Wilderness. Enter this glacially carved wilderness aboard our nimble ship, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft for a view of South Sawyer or Dawes Glaciers. If conditions permit, hop into one of our kayaks to paddle along fjord walls that soar straight from the sea, as you spot curious harbor seals trailing your wake. Cap off your adventurous voyage with Captain’s farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Juneau

Disembark in downtown Juneau and transfer to the airport for flights home, or to an optional land extension. (B)

Dates & Rates

Dates Ship 1 2 3 Solo 1 Solo 2
May 19, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
May 24, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
May 29, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Jun 3, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Jun 28, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Jul 3, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Jul 8, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Jul 13, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Aug 7, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Aug 12, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Aug 17, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490
Aug 22, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,290 $4,990 $5,990 $6,440 $7,490

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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

Map

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness Itinerary Map

Ships

National Geographic Sea Bird

National Geographic Sea Bird

The National Geographic Sea Bird can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. View ship details...

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