Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 14 Days | Seattle to Sitka
  • Group Size: Max 100

Expedition Details


Embark the newest ships in our fleet, the National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture, for an incredible voyage from the Pacific Northwest to British Columbia and Alaska. Cruise pristine coastlines, boarding kayaks or expedition landing craft to get a closer look at hidden coves, dramatic fjords, pristine backwaters, and bays dotted with massive icebergs. Hike through old-growth forests teeming with wildlife—from brown bears to bald eagles—and listen for the thunder of calving ice while exploring the incomparable Glacier Bay National Park.

Trip Highlights

  • Travel aboard the nimble National Geographic Quest, each designed to navigate narrow Alaska inlets and passageways that are inaccessible to larger ships.
  • By special permission, spend a full day discovering the calving ice fields and wildlife-rich waters of spectacular Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw community—indigenous peoples of British Columbia—and enjoy a traditional performance.
  • Kayak in the dramatic bays of Baranof and Chichagof Islands, home to bears, bald eagles, and sea otters, and glide into the pristine backwaters of Misty Fiords in a Zodiac.

Itinerary - 14 Days

Days 1, 2, & 3 — Seattle, Washington/San Juan Islands/Victoria, British Columbia

Arrive in Seattle and embark our ship. Discover the San Juan Islands on hikes and kayaking excursions, and seek out orcas in the surrounding waters. Explore the charming city of Victoria, choosing from a variety of excursions. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre.

Day 4 — Gulf Islands, Canada

Located in the Strait of Georgia, between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands are a kayaker’s paradise. Paddle along rocky coastline and explore some of the many islets that dot these sapphire waters, keeping an eye out for harbor seals and some of the region’s many bird species.

Days 5, 6, & 7 — Alert Bay/Johnstone Straight/ British Columbia’s Inside Passage

In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community and watch a traditional performance. Continue north along pristine coastline, looking for orcas, bears, and other wildlife. Disembark to explore the surrounding bays and inlets by kayak and on foot.
(B,L,D daily)

Days 8 & 9 — Misty Fiords, Alaska/Petersburg

Cruise amid the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness. Set out by expedition landing craft or kayak to explore stunning forested backwaters framed by snowcapped peaks. The following day, search for humpback whales as we navigate to the quaint fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island.
(B,L,D, daily)

Day 10 — Tracy Arm—Fords Terror Wilderness

Enter Tracy or Endicott Arm—both spectacular fjords where waterfalls cascade from towering, glacially carved walls. Board our expedition landing craft to maneuver among large icebergs, and get close-up views of a glacier. Keep your eye on the coastline to spot feeding bears and mountain goats climbing the cliffs above.

Day 11 — Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

By special permission, we’ll have the entire day to explore Glacier Bay, where enormous glaciers are actively calving from towering ice fields. Venture near islets harboring puffins and guillemots, and look for humpback whales and orcas. A Huna Tlingit cultural interpreter joins us on board today to give us a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous people, sharing stories passed down through oral tradition and art.

Days 12 & 13 — Inian Islands/Icy Strait/Baranof or Chichagof Island

Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters resides; and search for whales in the Icy Strait. The next day, explore either Baranof or Chichagof Island by foot and kayak. Both of these rugged isles are part of the ancient Tongass National Forest and are home to diverse wildlife, including brown bears and bald eagles. Gather for a farewell dinner this evening.
(B,L,D, daily)

Day 14 — Sitka

Disembark in Sitka. Step into the St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and walk through the Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles line coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at area birds of prey. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by July 31, 2018 and receive free one-way airfare between Sitka and Seattle on select departures.

Offer is for new bookings only and is subject to availability. Please call for details.

National Geographic Expert

Flip Nicklin

Flip NicklinNational Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. His majestic images 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:

Apr 30 - May 13, 2018
Sep 02 - 15, 2018
May 12 - 25, 2019


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Apr 30 - May 13, 2018 [QUE]
  • Sep 02 - 15, 2018 [QUE] REV
  • May 06 - 19, 2019 [VEN]
  • May 12 - 25, 2019 [QUE]
  • Aug 31 - Sep 13, 2019 [QUE] REV
  • Sep 08 - 21, 2019 [VEN] REV

[QUE] National Geographic Quest
[VEN] National Geographic Venture
REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.

Expedition Cost

Category 1 $9,990
Category 2 $10,640
Category 3 $11,190
Category 4 $11,990
Category 5 $12,890

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2018 and 2019, add $5,000 in Category 1 and $5,320 in Category 2.

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

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Activity Level

Light or Moderate

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.