Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage 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, and the long days of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the evening hours. Traveling aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or the new sister ships National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture, we take time to stop and explore this intriguing place up close in the company of expert naturalists who have an intimate knowledge of the region.
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.
National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Venture, or National Geographic Quest (D)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Book by July 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select May 2018 and 2019 departures.
Offer is for new bookings only and is subject to availability. Please call for details.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. His majestic photos and amazing audio tracks of humpbacks and killer whales have appeared in numerous National Geographic publications and television specials. The North American Nature Photography Association has named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year. Flip migrates with the humpbacks, spending summers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and winters off Maui, Hawai'i.
Flip will join the following departures:
Jun 03 - 10, 2018
Jun 10 - 17, 2018
May 25 - Jun 01, 2019
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
National Geographic Quest
National Geographic Sea Lion
National Geographic Venture
REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.
Add one of two six-day extensions to Alaska’s Denali
National Park and Preserve. Please call for details.
Prices are per person, double occupancy.
For a single cabin on the Quest in 2018, add $3,400 in Category 1 and $3,310 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Sea Lion in 2018, add $3,000 in Category 1 and $3,450 in Category 2.
Airfare to Juneau and return from Sitka, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. For a single cabin on the Quest/Venture in 2019, add $3,440 in Category 1 and $3,810 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Sea Lion in 2019, add $3,000 in Category 1 and $3,450 in Category 2.
Airfare to Juneau and return from Sitka, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.
Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they 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 on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.
For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.