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Alaska and British Columbia Photo Expedition

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September 01 - 12, 2013 (12 Days)

Day 1 — Sitka, Alaska

Arrive in Sitka this afternoon and embark the ship.
National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion.

Day 2 — Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays and Fjords

Take advantage of an unscheduled day to hike on remote islands, comb the beach, walk through old-growth forest, or trace the shoreline in a kayak.

Day 3 — Glacier Bay National Park

Spend the day exploring the coves, fiords, tidewater glaciers, and freshwater lakes of Glacier Bay National Park. Watch calving glaciers and mountain goats scampering on the peaks, and look for puffin and brown bears.

Day 4 — Juneau, Alaska

Today we'll visit Alaska's state capital. Here we'll visit the Alaska State Museum, viewing its fascinating permanent collection with an emphasis on Alaska's native peoples and natural history.

Day 5 — Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a Zodiac cruise for an unforgettable view of sculpted icebergs.

Day 6 — Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

Join naturalists on deck to observe the antics of the killer and humpback whales that frequent these waters. Keep an eye out for Steller's sea lions and go ashore for a forest walk.

Day 7 — Misty Fjords

In these majestic fjordlands, kayak beneath glacier-carved outcrops and float past icy waterfalls in a Zodiac, easily navigating narrow waterways that slice between sheer cliffs.

Days 8 & 9 — Inside Passage of British Columbia

We continue our journey North along the Coast of British Columbia, searching for wildlife along the way. If conditions permit we may go ashore to explore or kayak.

Day 10 — Alert Bay/Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

Sail into Alert Bay to see Native American artifacts at the U'mista Cultural Centre. Continue to Johnstone Strait, a narrow channel favored by orcas.

Day 11 — Gulf Islands

Search for orca whales, kayak around forested islands and explore the town of Nanaimo.

Day 12 — Seattle, Washington

Disembark in Seattle, and transfer to the airport for flights home.