Expedition Details


Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion into a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Search for orcas and humpback whales, kayak around dramatic icebergs, spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park, and learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage.

Our approach during this voyage is one of discovery. We take time to stop and explore this beautiful and intriguing land up close, in the company of expert naturalists who have an intimate knowledge of the region. Our small ship has the flexibility to take you ashore to places that few others see. The long days of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the evening hours.

Trip Highlights

    • Kayak into protected coves and look for sea otters, seabirds, and whales.
    • Hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and ride an expedition landing craft into coves looking for brown bears.
    • Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the local whale population, and get a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous peple from a Tlingit cultural interpreter.
    • Discover Alaska’s seldom-seen, vibrant marine life, revealed by our undersea specialist.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — Seattle/Juneau, Alaska

Fly from Seattle to Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Visit the imposing Mendenhall Glacier. There is time to explore Juneau on your own before we embark the ship in the late afternoon.
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Day 2 — Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness

Enter Tracy Arm, a spectacular 22-mile-long fjord where waterfalls cascade from towering, glacially carved walls. We maneuver among large icebergs, keeping an eye out for feeding bears on the shoreline and mountain goats on the cliffs above.

Day 3 — Petersburg

Discover the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island, founded more than 100 years ago by rugged Norwegian fishermen. A visit to Petersburg provides a glimpse of a true Alaskan town and an opportunity for hiking along forest trails. Explore Southeast Alaska’s muskeg, an area with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is also an opportunity for optional flightseeing (weather permitting) or bike riding. Enjoy a crab feast for dinner this evening.

Day 4 — Exploring Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters often make for great whale watching. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the rocky islands that dot the channels. Take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the tiny coves in this area. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is supported by a grant from the National Geographic/Lindblad Fund—and discuss some of their recent discoveries about the region's marine mammal population.

Day 5 — Icy Straits and Inian Pass

Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. We’ll search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Straits and, conditions permitting, lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication.

Day 6 — Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Spend the day exploring magnificent Glacier Bay, where enormous glaciers flow from the ice fields far above. Watch and hear glaciers calving as tons of ice crash into the sea. Venture near islets that are home to seabirds such as puffins and guillemots, and look for humpback whales and orcas. Get a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous people from a Tlingit cultural interpreter, who will be on board with us today to share stories passed down through oral tradition and art.

Day 7 — Exploring Alaska's Islands, Bays, and Fjords

Beachcomb, hike forest trails, explore by kayak, or cruise along Admiralty Island, where the massive brown bear is found, along with perhaps the world's highest density of nesting bald eagles. If conditions permit, explore the coastlines of some remote islands by kayak. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 8 — Sitka/Seattle

After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, a unique town with a strong Russian heritage. Visit St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a striking testament to Alaska's roots prior to the U.S. purchase of the territory from Russia. In the early afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by March 31, 2016 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on the following May and June 2016 departures: May 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; Jun 4, 5. Offer applies to new bookings only.

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • May 14 - 21, 2016 [SB] REV
  • May 15 - 22, 2016 [SL] REV
  • May 21 - 28, 2016 [SB]
  • May 22 - 29, 2016 [SL]
  • May 28 - Jun 04, 2016 [SB] REV
  • May 29 - Jun 05, 2016 [SL] REV
  • Jun 04 - 11, 2016 [SB]
  • Jun 05 - 12, 2016 [SL]
  • Jun 11 - 18, 2016 [SB] REV
  • Jun 25 - Jul 02, 2016 [SB] REV
  • Jul 02 - 09, 2016 [SB]
  • Jul 03 - 10, 2016 [SL]
  • Jul 09 - 16, 2016 [SB] REV
  • Jul 10 - 17, 2016 [SL] REV
  • Jul 16 - 23, 2016 [SB]
  • Jul 23 - 30, 2016 [SB] REV
  • Jul 30 - Aug 06, 2016 [SB]
  • Aug 06 - 13, 2016 [SB] REV
  • Aug 07 - 14, 2016 [SL] REV
  • Aug 13 - 20, 2016 [SB]
  • Aug 14 - 21, 2016 [SL]
  • Aug 20 - 27, 2016 [SB] REV
  • Aug 21 - 28, 2016 [SL] REV

[SL] National Geographic Sea Lion
[SB] National Geographic Sea Bird
REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Add a seven-day extension to Alaska’s Denali National Park. Please call for details.

Expedition Cost

Category 1 $6,490
Category 2 $7,490
Category 3 $8,590

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in Category 1, add $3,150 in 2015 and $3,250 in 2016. For a single cabin in Category 2, add $3,670 in 2015 and $3,750 in 2016.

Airfare to Juneau and return from Sitka is not included in the expedition cost.

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