Expedition Details

 

Explore wild Alaska on an action-packed expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird. Spend six adventure-filled days discovering southeastern Alaska, from its stunning coastal landscapes and its iconic wildlife to the timeless culture of its indigenous people. Kayak deep into glacially carved fjords, hike beneath towering spruce and hemlocks in old-growth rain forests, and raft to an ancient Tlingit village— with our nimble expedition ship as our moving basecamp.

Trip Highlights

  • Go rafting in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and go on hikes, bike rides, and kayak excursions in the Alaska wilderness.
  • Look for grizzlies on Chichagof Island, and watch for calving glaciers from your expedition landing craft in Tracy or Endicott Arm.
  • Take in an aerial view of the jagged peaks and ice caps of Glacier Bay on an optional flight-seeing tour.
  • Kids on board can take part in the Global Explorers program, learning about glaciers, whales, and the undersea with onboard naturalists; taking part in scavenger hunts, and working with video, photography, and writing to tell a story.

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 — Icy Strait

Spend today searching for wildlife in the rich waters of the Icy Strait, where humpbacks and orcas can be found. Ride an expedition landing craft among the Inian Islands, home to an abundance of Steller sea lions, or take out a kayak for a quiet paddle in the outer waters of Glacier Bay. Step on shore for hikes in the temperate rain forest.
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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, enjoy a flight-seeing tour over Glacier Bay National Park, or cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord. 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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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book now and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on the following departures:

2018: May 19, 24, and 29

2019: May 25 and 30

Half Off the Expedition Cost for Kids

Book the May 19, 24, or 29, 2018 departures and receive 50% off the expedition cost for kids (ages 17 and under) when you book two adults at the full fare.

Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combinable, are are subject to availability. Please call for details.

National Geographic Expert

Trevor Frost

Trevor FrostTrevor Frost is a photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on the human relationship with wildlife and wild places. Trevor has always had an adventurous spirit—he has crisscrossed Alaska and northern British Columbia in bush planes, followed the Serengeti migration, researched indigenous navigation in Polynesian culture in Micronesia, swum with humpback whales in Tonga, and embarked on numerous projects around the globe. He has received grants from National Geographic for work ranging from mapping and photographing caves in Central Africa to documenting saltwater crocodiles in Northern Australia using specially designed remote cameras. Frost is particularly interested in telling stories that illuminate the intelligence of animals, and he shot his first feature story as a photographer for National Geographic magazine on gelada monkeys in the highlands of Ethiopia. Trevor has won various awards, including with Pictures of the Year International, and has images featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, and Wired, among other publications. His film credits include half a dozen television documentaries, as well as Person of the Forest, a documentary short about the unique cultural behaviors of wild orangutans in the rainforests of Borneo. Trevor also works with non-profit organizations that support global conservation projects, including Focused on Nature and Global Wildlife Conservation.

Trevor will join the following departures:

May 25 - 30, 2019
May 30 - Jun 04, 2019

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

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
2019
  • May 25 - 30, 2019
  • May 30 - Jun 04, 2019 REV
  • Jun 04 - 09, 2019
  • Jun 09 - 14, 2019 REV
  • Jul 04 - 09, 2019
  • Jul 09 - 14, 2019 REV
  • Jul 14 - 19, 2019
  • Jul 19 - 24, 2019 REV
  • Aug 13 - 18, 2019
  • Aug 18 - 23, 2019 REV
  • Aug 23 - 28, 2019
  • Aug 28 - Sep 02, 2019 REV

REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

2018/2019
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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Activity Level

Moderate

Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.