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Explore wild Alaska on an exciting, active expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird. This compact itinerary will introduce you to the stunning coastal landscapes, iconic wildlife, and culture of southeastern Alaska. Kayak deep into glacially-carved fjords, hike beneath towering spruce and hemlock trees in old-growth rain forests, and raft to an ancient Tlingit village—all with our nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp.

Trip Highlights

  • Aboard the agile National Geographic Sea Lion, venture deep into Lynn Canal, the longest fjord on the continent, and enter narrow channels that are inaccessible to larger ships.
  • Go rafting in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and go on hikes, bike rides, and kayak excursions in the Alaska wilderness.
  • Peer into the hidden world beneath the ship through underwater footage interpreted by our undersea specialist.
  • Look for grizzlies on Chichagof Island, and watch for calving glaciers from your expedition landing craft in Tracy or Endicott Arm.

Itinerary - 6 Days

Day 1 — Sitka, Alaska

This afternoon, arrive in Sitka, Alaska, situated on the western coast of Baranof Island, fronting the Pacific Ocean. Take a walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Later, embark the National Geographic Sea Bird.
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Day 2 — Exploring Baranof and Chichagof Island

Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof and Chichagof Islands, which are part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak along the rugged coastlines and in the afternoon, go hiking through the temperate rain forest, listening for the call of bald eagles from the tops of lofty spruce and hemlock trees.
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Day 3 — Lynn Canal/Haines

Venture to the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Lynn Canal—North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Spend the day hiking and kayaking in the shadows of snowcapped peaks. This evening, step ashore at the quaint town of Haines and experience local Alaskan life.
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Day 4 — Haines

Known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,” Haines is situated on a scenic peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. Hike one of the many world-class trails in the area, or cycle along the edge of a glacial lake. Or set off on a rafting excursion, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, bears, and moose as we float through the spectacular Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Later, visit the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan and enjoy a traditional dance and cultural performance.
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Day 5 — Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness

Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved wilderness, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and possibly witness the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board.
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Day 6 — Juneau

Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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National Geographic Expert

Jonathan Irish

Jonathan IrishDuring his eight years on the National Geographic staff, photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program. He specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. Jonathan has photographed on all seven continents, and has shot a variety of assignments in Antarctica, Patagonia, and beyond. His photography has appeared in National Geographic and The New York Times, on BBC, CNN, and elsewhere. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Jonathan took a year-long road trip with an Airstream visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national parks.

Jonathan will join the following departures:

Jul 11 - 16, 2017
Jul 16 - 21, 2017

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2017
  • Jun 03 - 08, 2017 REV
  • Jul 06 - 11, 2017
  • Jul 11 - 16, 2017 REV
  • Jul 16 - 21, 2017
  • Jul 21 - 26, 2017 REV
  • Aug 15 - 20, 2017
  • Aug 25 - 30, 2017
  • Aug 30 - Sep 04, 2017 REV
2018
  • May 19 - 24, 2018
  • May 24 - 29, 2018 REV
  • May 29 - Jun 03, 2018
  • Jun 03 - 08, 2018 REV
  • Jun 28 - Jul 03, 2018
  • Jul 03 - 08, 2018 REV
  • Jul 08 - 13, 2018
  • Jul 13 - 18, 2018 REV
  • Aug 07 - 12, 2018
  • Aug 12 - 17, 2018 REV
  • Aug 17 - 22, 2018
  • Aug 22 - 27, 2018 REV

REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

2017/2018
Sea Bird
Category 1 $4,290
Category 2 $4,990
Category 3 $5,990

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,150 in Category 1 and $2,500 in Category 2.

Airfare to Sitka and return from Juneau, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.

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