Expedition Details


Set sail on a remarkable journey to Alaska’s Inside Passage and British Columbia, and experience the extraordinary biodiversity and cultural riches of the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Encounter ancient totem poles, and kayak or cruise in motorized landing crafts along wild shores shrouded with old-growth forest. Continue to the dramatic fjords and inland waterways of southeastern Alaska, on the lookout for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Then listen for the thunder of calving glaciers while exploring the stunning wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.

Trip Highlights

    • Explore the Haida Gwaii islands, known as the Canadian Galápagos, for endemic plants, land mammals, and birds.
    • Peer up at the ancient totem poles of SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    • Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls.
    • Spot incredible marine life, including orcas and humpback whales, from the prow of the National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea Bird
    • Learn from National Geographic photographers aboard a photo expedition on September 2015 and all 2016 departures.

Itinerary - 15 Days

Days 1 & 2 — Seattle, Washington and Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Arrive in Seattle in the afternoon and embark our ship. The next day, search for orcas and cruise around forested islands.

Days 3, 4, & 5 — Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait, Canada/British Columbia’s Inside Passage

In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to watch a traditional performance by the Kwakwaka’wakw people and learn about their culture. Then head north along the unspoiled coastline, looking for whales, dolphins, bears, and other wildlife. We’ll stop to explore the many bays and inlets by kayak and on foot.

Days 6, 7, & 8 — Haida Gwaii

Discover the wildlife and cultural sites of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, including the magnificent Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Join a traditional dance performance and feast, gaze up at the totem poles of SGang Gwaay, and experience the islands’ rich biodiversity while exploring by kayak and motorized landing craft.

Days 9, 10, & 11 — Alaska’s Inside Passage

Spend three days encountering spectacular scenery and wildlife along Alaska’s coast. Visit the charming fishing village of Petersburg; cruise and kayak past the glacially carved cliffs of Tracy or Endicott Arm spotting orca, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions; and go ashore for walks through the forest.

Days 12, 13, & 14 — Glacier Bay National Park/Inian Islands/Chichagof Island

By special park permit, spend the day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to 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. Enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 15 — Sitka/Seattle, Washington

In Sitka, visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and see rehabilitated eagles up close at the Alaska Raptor Center. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle.

Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by July 31, 2015 and receive complimentary one-way airfare between Sitka and Seattle on the April 30 or May 1, 2016 departures. Offer applies to new bookings only and airfare must be booked through Lindblad Expeditions.

National Geographic Expert

Rich Reid

Rich ReidRich has specialized in travel, environmental, and adventure photography for the past 20 years. His frequent contributions to National Geographic Adventure magazine included an assignment biking Alaska's Inside Passage. As a previous Alaska travel business owner, he has guided a variety of groups throughout the state. Much of his current work is with non-profit organizations preserving lands and cultural sites with his photography. He also works in film, and recently produced and directed an award-winning documentary on watersheds. As a former instructor at Brooks Institute, Rich traveled with his students to document California's natural history.

Rich will join the following departure:

Sep 04 - 18, 2016


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Apr 30 - May 14, 2016 [SB]
  • May 01 - 15, 2016 [SL]
  • Sep 03 - 17, 2016 [SB]
  • Sep 04 - 18, 2016 [SL]

[SL] National Geographic Sea Lion
[SB] National Geographic Sea Bird

Please note that the September 2015 and all 2016 departures are designated as photo expeditions. September departures will run in reverse order, embarking in Sitka and ending in Seattle.

Expedition Cost

Category 1 $10,900
Category 2 $12,450
Category 3 $14,520

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2015, add $5,200 in Category 1 and $5,930 in Category 2. For a single cabin in 2016, add $5,450 in Category 1 and $6,230 in Category 2.

Airfare to/from Sitka is not included in the expedition cost.

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