Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Alaska: Complimentary Airfare

Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free one-way airfare from Sitka to Seattle on the May 4 and 11, 2019 departures. Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Please call for details.

Available Departures
  • May 4-18, 2019
  • May 11-25, 2019
  • By special permission, spend four full days exploring the rich wildlife and culture of Haida Gwaii—an archipelago known as the Canadian Galápagos—aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion.
  • Board a kayak or expedition landing craft and glide into fjords inhabited by orcas and humpback whales.
  • Spend a full day discovering the enormous glaciers and incandescent icebergs of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve—accessible thanks to our special permit.
  • A National Geographic photographer joins select departures to give onboard talks and provide hands-on instruction during excursions.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Set sail aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion on a remarkable journey to Alaska’s Inside Passage and British Columbia, and experience the extraordinary biodiversity and cultural riches of the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Encounter ancient totem poles, and kayak or cruise in motorized landing craft along wild shores shrouded with old-growth forest. Continue to the dramatic fjords and inland waterways of southeastern Alaska, on the lookout for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Then listen for the thunder of calving glaciers while exploring the stunning wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-2: Seattle, Washington and Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Arrive in Seattle in the afternoon and embark our ship. The next day, cruise amid the lush Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia—which runs between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island—and search for some of the many orcas that inhabit these waters.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 3-5: Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait, Canada/British Columbia’s Inside Passage

In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to watch a traditional performance by the Kwakwaka’wakw people and learn firsthand about their culture. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the Northern Hemisphere’s foremost viewing areas for orcas. Then head north along unspoiled coastline, looking for dolphins, bears, deer, and other wildlife. We’ll stop to explore the area’s many bays and inlets by kayak and on foot.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 6-9: Haida Gwaii

By special permission, enjoy four days to discover the wildlife and cultural sites of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, known as the Canadian Galápagos. Our ship is the only expedition vessel with access to these incredible islands, and a Haida interpreter will join us for this portion of the expedition. Visit the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay to learn the symbolism and spiritual significance of native art and textiles. In the town of Old Massett, take part in a traditional dance performance, followed by a feast with local artisans and other community hosts. In magnificent Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve gaze up at the totem poles of SGang Gwaay, and discover the archipelago’s rich biodiversity—including a host of endemic species—while exploring by expedition landing craft.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 10-12: Alaska’s Inside Passage

Spend three days encountering spectacular scenery and wildlife in Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Explore the forested backwaters of Misty Fiords National Monument by kayak or expedition landing craft. Go ashore to visit the charming fishing village of Petersburg, and explore the surrounding area on a forest walk or on an optional bicycle ride or flightseeing excursion. Cruise and kayak past the glacially carved cliffs of Tracy or Endicott Arm—both spectacular fjords that harbor orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a cruise on an expedition landing craft for unparalleled views of sculpted incandescent icebergs.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 13-14: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve/Inian Islands/Chichagof Island

By special park permit, spend a full day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. A national park ranger joins us to interpret the area geology and ecosystems, and a native Tlingit interpreter will share the lore and legend of the area. Then spend two days kayaking and hiking among incredible wildlife around the Inian Islands and Chichagof Island. Conditions permitting, we'll lower the ship's hydrophone to listen for whale communications. Enjoy a farewell dinner on our final night.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 15: Sitka/Seattle, Washington

In Sitka, visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and see rehabilitated eagles up close at the Alaska Raptor Center. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner