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A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

At a glance

Duration: 15 Days/14 Nights

Coverage: Seattle to Juneau; Reverse

From: $10,900

Season: April-May, August-September

Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

Embark on a 15-day adventure between Sitka, Alaska and Seattle, Washington exploring three of the most appealing wild regions in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska’s Inside Passage, coastal British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii. You’ll sail into mist-shrouded fjords and past crashing glaciers, see brown bears stalking shores, and eagles flying. And in Haida Gwaii you’ll meet artisans and experience the resonance of their cultural heritage and artwork. With our special access to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, you’ll see ancient village sites, and the endemic species that make Haida Gwaii the “Canadian Galápagos.”

Lindblad Expedition's intimate 62-guest twin expedition ships are fully equipped with tools for exploration that will enable you to:

  • Sail deep into the fjords and narrow, wildlife-rich channels
  • Encounter abundant and varied wildlife; spend time observing them
  • Enjoy privileged access to Haida Gwaii, the ancestral home of the Haida people, which contains Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the first ship with over 22 guests permitted in 20 years)
  • Shoot with and learn from a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Experience the surprisingly colorful undersea through video shot by our undersea specialist on every expedition
  • Benefit from our 30+ years of experience and relationships in Alaska to see all you came for & more

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Seattle / Embark

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion. (D)

Day 2 - Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Cruise amid the lush Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia—which runs between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island—and search for some of the many marine mammals that inhabit these waters. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Johnstone Strait and Alert Bay, British Columbia

Visit the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, where we’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn about the art and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. (B,L,D)

Days 4-5 - Inside Passage of British Columbia

Sail northward along steep and rugged coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the remote bays and inlets. (B,L,D)

Days 6-9 - Haida Gwaii

With very special permission, we explore the islands of Haida Gwaii, including the incredible Gwaii Haanas National Park & Haida Heritage Site. We will be joined by two Haida Interpreters for our days among the islands, wildlife and cultural sites. In the Haida ancestral town of Old Massett, we are invited into a home of a local carver for a feast of traditional foods and dance. Meet Haida artists and see their workshops. Visit the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Llnagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and their renowned artwork, a spiritual endeavor. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), kayak and take Zodiacs around the incredibly biodiverse islands in Gwaii Haanas. (B,L,D)

Days 10-12 - Alaska's Inside Passage

Spend three days encountering spectacular scenery and wildlife in Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Explore the forested backwaters of Misty Fiords National Monument by kayak or expedition landing craft. Go ashore to visit the charming fishing village of Petersburg, and explore the surrounding area on a forest walk or on an optional bicycle ride or flightseeing excursion (at an additional cost.) Cruise and kayak past the glacially carved cliffs of Tracy or Endicott Arm—both spectacular fjords that harbor orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a cruise on an expedition landing craft for unparalleled view of sculpted iridescent icebergs. (B,L,D)

Days 13-14 - Glacier Bay National Park / Inian Islands / Chichagof Island

By special park permit, spend a full day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. A national park ranger joins us to interpret the area geology and ecosystems, and a native Tlingit interpreter will share the lore and legend of the area. Then spend two days kayaking and hiking among incredible wildlife around the Inian Islands and Chichagof Island. Conditions permitting, we’ll lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen for whale communications. Enjoy a farewell dinner on our final night. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Sitka/Disembark/Seattle

See the picturesque city of Sitka on Baranof Island and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center. (B)

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

Dates Ship Direction 1 2 3 Solo 1 Solo 2
May 4, 2019 NG Sea Lion Seattle to Sitka $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
May 11, 2019 NG Sea Bird Seattle to Sitka $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
Aug 24, 2019 NG Sea Lion Sitka to Seattle $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
Sep 2, 2019 NG Sea Bird Sitka to Seattle $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
May 3, 2020 NG Sea Bird Seattle to Sitka $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
Sep 4, 2020 NG Sea Bird Sitka to Seattle $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
Sep 5, 2020 NG Sea Lion Sitka to Seattle $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860

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 Sea Bird & Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Bird

Our twin expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, 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...

Land Tours

Denali National Park Extension

Denali National Park is one of North America's natural treasures, crowned by Mt. McKinley, the highest peak on the continent at 20,320 feet. By staying at North Face Lodge, the most exclusive property in Denali National Park, we are able to travel deep within the park and remain there. And with space for only eighteen guests on this extension, you know you'll always be part of a very intimate experience.

Winding through the remote Alaska Range, deep into the heart of the park, the "Park Road" offers opportunities to see Denali's famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles, and weather permitting, views of magnificent Mt. McKinley. Other highlights include a visit to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum and a ride on the scenic Alaska Railroad.

Day 1 — Fairbanks, Alaska

Arrive in Fairbanks and transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 — Fairbanks / Denali National Pk / North Face Lodge

In the morning visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the north. In the late morning we depart for Denali National Park and North Face Lodge. There we are met by the Naturalist guides of the North Face Lodge, who lead us on a six-hour, 89-mile journey into the heart of the park on the restricted access Denali Park Road, offering excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing along the way. (B,L,D)

Day 3-5 — Denali National Park / North Face Lodge

North Face Lodge lies in the heart of the Park, beneath the shadow of Mt. McKinley. It provides accommodations in well-appointed rooms with private bath. Delicious meals and fresh baked goods are featured in the dining room. Daily activities have a strong natural history focus including wildlife observation and hikes led by staff naturalists. Canoeing, fishing and biking are also available. Nightly programs focus on various aspects of Denali's natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Denali National Park / Anchorage

This morning we enjoy a wildlife drive back out the park entrance, where we board the Alaska Railroad for the trip to Anchorage, with dinner en route in the Dining Car. Overnight at the Hotel Captain Cook. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Anchorage / Sitka or Juneau / Home

This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. Or if your extension is taken after your voyage, transfer to the airport for connecting flights home. (B)

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