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A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

Book by June 1, 2017 and receive free one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on all 2017 departures. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Call for details.

2017 prices are guaranteed for all 2018 departures if booked by June 1, 2017. After June 1, 2017, call for new 2018 prices. Subject to availability.

Special Offer

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.”

Our 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 the ship. (D)

Day 2 - Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Alert Bay And Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where we’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere. (B,L,D)

Days 4-5 - Inside Passage of British Columbia

At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where we’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere. (B,L,D)

Days 6-8 - Haida Gwaii

With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. Two Haida Interpreters will join us, first visiting the Haida Heritage Center at K’aay Linagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their renowned artwork. In the ancestral town of Old Massett, join in a traditional dance performance and feast, and meet community members and Haida artists. Over the next two days, explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) or K'una (Skedans). Kayak and take Zodiacs around the incredibly biodiverse islands where black bears are the largest in the world and endemic species thrive. (B,L,D daily)

Day 9 - Misty Fiords, Alaska

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

Day 10 - Frederick Sound and Petersburg

Join naturalists on deck and search for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and in the fishing village of Petersburg, known as “Alaska’s Little Norway”. Explore with optional flightseeing or a bicycle ride. Enjoy a crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Tracy Arm-Fords 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 12 - Juneau

Visit Mendenhall Glacier with your naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close. (B,L,D).

Day 13 - 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. Search for Steller sea lions, puffins and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords

Kayak and hike among forested islands on our final exploration of southeast Alaska. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Sitka / Disembark / Home

Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights to Seattle. (B)

Dates & Rates

Book by June 1, 2017 and receive free one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on all 2017 departures. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Call for details.

2017 prices are guaranteed for all 2018 departures if booked by June 1, 2017. After June 1, 2017, call for new 2018 prices. Subject to availability.

Special Offer
Dates Ship 1 2 3 Solo 1 Solo 2
Apr 30, 2017 National Geographic Sea Lion $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
May 13, 2017 National Geographic Sea Bird $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
Sep 3, 2017 National Geographic Sea Lion $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
Sep 4, 2017 National Geographic Sea Bird $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
May 5, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860
Aug 27, 2018 National Geographic Sea Bird $10,900 $12,450 $14,530 $16,350 $19,860

*Reverse itineraries
photo cruisePhotography-themed sailings

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

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

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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