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Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Coverage: Juneau to Sitka

From: $7,100

Season: May - August

Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic
Cruiser's Choice Cruise Critic 2019 Best in AlaskaLindblad Expeditions is honored to be named the Top Small Ship Cruise Line in Alaska in Cruise Critic’s 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards! Experience Alaska with us to find out why.

Unique, immersive style of travel

Exploring Southeast Alaska on our expeditions is an unrivalled experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Our expedition ships are fully equipped with tools for exploration that will enable you to:

  • Venture into a land of mist shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers and islands teeming with wildlife
  • Hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and ride Zodiacs into secluded inlets to look for brown bears
  • See the Alaska undersea through live video
  • Benefit from Lindblad's 30+ years of experience and relationships in Alaska to see all you came for and more

Every day is active and engaging

You’ll have the opportunity to hike over spongy earth on trails used by bears for centuries or along boardwalks built over bogs and winding through forests. You’ll take expedition landing craft past floating icebergs for closer looks at glaciers, and each day you’ll have the option to walk or kayak, and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups.

Encounter iconic and abundant wildlife

Brown bears. Humpback whales. Orcas. Steller sea lions. Bald eagles. Sure-footed mountain goats on steep cliffs. The wildlife of Alaska is legendary—see it in abundance.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five 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

Lindblad Expedition's Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska.

Each week aboard is crafted to offer you the most in-depth experience of Alaska possible. Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change when we take advantage of a sighting of a pod of orcas or linger on shore to watch a brown bear sow and her cubs forage. An extraordinary visit to Alaska is a guarantee.

Day 1 — Juneau, Alaska/Embark Ship

Explore Juneau and the Alaska State Museum with its sprawling collection of natural history and cultural artifacts. Settle into your cabin before dinner. Later, explore the port of Juneau on your own. (D)

Day 2 — Tracy Arm Fjord—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 cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view among sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, harbor porpoises and arctic terns. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Petersburg

Visit the small, true Alaskan fishing town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, which still retains much of its Norwegian heritage. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the “muskeg,” with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for bike riding and an optional flightseeing excursion. Enjoy a crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

Explore along the rugged coast seeking out humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds. Expert staff will interpret their life histories and behaviors as we cruise the nutrient rich waters. Later we will explore the shoreline by kayak or go ashore to explore the rainforest ecosystem. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Icy Strait and the Inian Islands

Explore among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. We’ll search for marine mammals in the rich waters of Icy Strait and choose the perfect spot around Chichagof Island to hike where sightings of bald eagles are very common. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Glacier Bay National Park

By special permit, we explore Glacier Bay. Wildness abounds—glaciers calving, mountain goats roam the steep cliffs and brown bears patrol the shore; Steller sea lions and puffins live in the icy waters. A native Tlingit cultural interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. We will also be joined by a National Park Service Ranger. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords

Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, hike stunning forest trails, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking an isolated meadow. If conditions permit, we will do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Sitka/Disembark Ship/Seattle

After breakfast we disembark in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, we enjoy close-up views of bald eagles, owls and other species normally seen at a distance. (B)

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates

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Dates Ship Direction 1 2 3 4 5 Solo 1 Solo 2
May 17, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
May 23, 2020 NG Quest Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
May 24, 2020 NG Venture Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
May 30, 2020 NG Quest Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
May 31, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jun 6, 2020 NG Quest Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jun 7, 2020 NG Venture Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jun 13, 2020 NG Quest Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jun 14, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jun 20, 2020 NG Quest Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jun 21, 2020 NG Venture Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jun 27, 2020 NG Quest Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jun 28, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jul 4, 2020 NG Quest Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jul 5, 2020 NG Venture Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jul 11, 2020 NG Quest Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jul 12, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jul 18, 2020 NG Quest Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jul 19, 2020 NG Venture Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jul 25, 2020 NG Quest Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Jul 26, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 1, 2020 NG Quest Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 2, 2020 NG Venture Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 8, 2020 NG Quest Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 9, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 15, 2020 NG Quest Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 16, 2020 NG Venture Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 22, 2020 NG Quest Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 23, 2020 NG Venture Sitka to Juneau $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770
Aug 30, 2020 NG Venture Juneau to Sitka $7,100 $7,850 $8,340 $9,260 $10,290 $10,640 $11,770

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...

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)

Cruise Reviews

National Geographic Sea Lion - July 2015

National Geographic Sea LionHonestly we spoke to you a number of times and your excitement and enthusiasm for Lindblad Alaska set the bar really high. Margie and I commented a number of times "she better be right" in the months leading up to our cruise. When on the ship, your name was mentioned many times. "Yup Linda was right". Became our inside joke. And for that we sincerely thank you.

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National Geographic Sea Bird - July 2015

National Geographic Sea BirdLinda, we are more than glad to offer a review of our spectacular experience with National Geographic/Lindblad sailing Alaska from Juneau to Sitka. This was our first trip to Alaska. I believe you would be as awed by the beauty if you were floating through on a rubber raft as well as our experience. Coming from New York and the air quality of a big city, everywhere in Alaska is literally a breath of fresh air. I do wish their smoking laws were a little stricter.

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National Geographic Sea Lion - May 2015

National Geographic Sea LionWe both felt the expedition was wonderful. We were the first sailing of the season which lead to excitement with staff and passengers in itself. We sailed from Juneau to Sitka. Being the first sailing we were impressed by the knowledge and efficiency of the staff. No one seemed new, although I am sure some were.

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