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Expedition Details

 

Set sail aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion 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

    • By special permission, explore the rich wildlife and culture of Haida Gwaii—an archipelago known as the Canadian Galápagos—aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion.
    • Board a kayak or expedition landing craft and glide into fjords inhabited by orca and humpback whales.
    • Spend a full day discovering the enormous glaciers and incandescent icebergs of Glacier Bay National Park—accessible thanks to our special permit.
    • A National Geographic photographer joins select departures to give onboard talks and provide hands-on instruction during excursions.

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.
(B,L,D)

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.
(B,L,D)

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.
(B,L,D)

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.
(B,L,D)

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.
(B,L,D)

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.
(B,L,D)

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National Geographic Expert

Ken Garrett

Ken GarrettIn a career spanning 40 years, Ken Garrett has photographed more than 60 feature stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, Air and Space, Archaeology, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Life, Audubon, Geo Germany, National Wildlife and Natural History magazines, among others. With an academic background in anthropology, Ken has documented ancient cultures, archaeological sites, and dramatic landscapes worldwide.

Ken will join the following departure:

Aug 27 - Sep 10, 2018

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2018
  • May 05 - 19, 2018 [SB]
  • May 06 - 20, 2018 [SL]
  • Aug 26 - Sep 09, 2018 [SL]
  • Aug 27 - Sep 10, 2018 [SB]

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

Please note: The August and September departures will run in the reverse order, embarking in Sitka and ending in Seattle. The following departures are dedicated photo expeditions: September 3 and 4, 2017; May 5, 2018; and August 27, 2018. Learn more about photo expeditions here >>

Add one of two six-day extensions to Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

2017/2018
 
Category 1 $10,900
Category 2 $12,450
Category 3 $14,530

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $5,450 in Category 1 and $7,410 in Category 2.

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

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Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.