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Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Book by Dec. 30, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on multiple, select May 2018 departures. Subject to availability; new bookings only.

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At a glance

Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Coverage: Juneau to Sitka

From: $5,890

Season: May - August

Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

Exploring Southeast Alaska on our expeditions is an unrivalled experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Our 62-guest twin expedition ships are fully equipped with tools for exploration that will enable you to:

  • See more of the region’s landscapes and habitats
  • Encounter incredible and varied wildlife
  • See the Alaska undersea through live video
  • Benefit from our 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.
Day 1 — Juneau, Alaska/Embark Ship

To begin your Alaska Cruise, we will take an early afternoon flight from Seattle to Juneau. Before embarking the ship, we stop by the Alaska State Museum for an artful introduction to this unique state. We also visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Embark the ship and take the time to settle into your cabin before dinner. After dinner onboard, take a few hours to yourself and explore the port of Juneau. (D)

Day 2 — Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. We’ll also pass the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, we'll use our Zodiacs to provide unparralelled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals and porpoises, Arctic terns and Bonaparte gulls.(B,L,D)

Day 3 — Petersburg

Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the "muskeg," with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as we fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from our expert naturalists. We'll explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Once ashore, we’ll have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Point Adolphus and Inian Pass

Hike, kayak and search for whales in the waters off Point Adolphus, a favored feeding area for humpback whales. Keep watch on deck with our marine mammal experts. Under the right conditions, we'll lower the ship's hydrophone to listen in on the whale's communication. After some thrilling whale watching, we'll cruise Inian Pass in search of playful sea otters. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Glacier Bay National Park

We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins are some of the creatures we may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us onboard to share the legend of the area. (B,L,D)

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

Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. We may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. This area is home to the highest density of nesting bald eagles in the world, so sightings are very common. If conditions permit, we'll 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, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Gaze up at the grand totem poles that line the wooded trails through Sitka National Historic Park. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, we have close views of species normally seen at a distance in the wild — bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. After our visit, our Alaska Cruise ends where we’ll drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle. (B)

Dates & Rates

Book by Dec. 30, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on multiple, select May 2018 departures. Subject to availability; new bookings only.

Special Offer
Dates Ship 1 2 3 4 5 Solo 1 Solo 2
May 13, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
May 20, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
May 20, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
May 27, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
May 27, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Jun 3, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jun 10, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jun 10, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Jun 17, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jun 17, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Jun 24, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 1, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 7, 2018 National Geographic Venture $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 8, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Jul 8, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 14, 2018 National Geographic Venture $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 15, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 15, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Jul 21, 2018 National Geographic Venture $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 22, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Jul 22, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 28, 2018 National Geographic Venture $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 29, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Jul 29, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Aug 4, 2018 National Geographic Venture $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Aug 5, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Aug 5, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Aug 11, 2018 National Geographic Venture $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Aug 12, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Aug 12, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Aug 18, 2018 National Geographic Venture $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Aug 19, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Aug 19, 2018 National Geographic Sea Lion $5,990 $6,890 $7,990 $8,990 $10,340
Aug 25, 2018 National Geographic Venture $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600
Aug 26, 2018 National Geographic Quest $6,590 $7,290 $7,790 $8,690 $9,590 $9,990 $10,600

*Reverse itineraries
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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 & 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...


National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest

Lindblad's newest ship in Alaska is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves, and fast-moving channels where wildlife congregate while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort. Spacious cabins, open decks for wildlife viewing, and specialty tools for exploration make it the ideal platform for sailing in the remote areas of Alaska. 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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