Explore wild Alaska on an action-packed expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird. Spend six adventure-filled days discovering stunning coastal scenery, iconic wildlife, and the timeless culture of the land's indigenous people. With our nimble expedition ship as our moving basecamp, kayak deep into glacially carved fjords, hike beneath towering spruce and hemlocks in old-growth rain forests, raft to an ancient Tlingit village, and more.
This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.
Arrive in Sitka, Alaska, situated on the western coast of Baranof Island and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Take a walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Later, embark the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird.
National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird for the entire voyage
Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof or Chichagof Islands, both part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard along rugged coastlines, and in the afternoon, go hiking through the temperate rain forest, listening for bald eagles calling out from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees.
Spend today searching for wildlife in rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Options include an expedition landing craft cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside; kayaking in the calm outer waters of Glacier Bay; or hiking in lush temperate rain forest.
Known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,” Haines is situated on a scenic peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. Hike one of the many world-class trails in the area, enjoy an optional flight-seeing tour over Glacier Bay National Park, or cycle along the edge of a glacial lake. Or visit the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan and enjoy a traditional dance and cultural performance before setting off on a rafting excursion, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, bears, and moose as we float through the spectacular Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved fjord, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and keep an eye out for the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board.
Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- Denali National Park Post Voyage Extension6 days from $6,350
Pre or Post-Voyage
Extend your coastal Alaska expedition and head inland to explore the wilds of Denali National Park & Preserve. Enjoy exclusive access to Denali’s pristine backcountry and choose from a range of daily activities, paced for all endurance levels. Return to Anchorage via the historic Alaska Railroad, riding the rails through spectacular mountain landscapes.
Arrive in Fairbanks and transfer to your waterfront hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for dinner.
Begin your day with a visit to the University of Alaska Museum of the North, featuring exhibits on the culture and history of the state’s diverse regions. Later, set out along a wilderness drive to North Face Lodge, located near the end of the highly restricted Denali Park Road—off limits to private vehicles. Traveling in the lodge’s bus, we will enjoy prime opportunities to spot Denali’s “big five” in the surrounding landscape: grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves, and Dall sheep. Tuck into a hearty picnic-style dinner on the bank of the East Fork River before arriving at your lodge, nestled deep in the Denali wilderness.
Over the next three days, immerse yourself in the wilds of Denali as you explore the various trail systems of its backcountry. On hiking excursions customized for a range of activity levels, venture into deep pine forests and across vast open tundra, and scan the scenery for wildlife, including golden eagles, foxes, ptarmigans, and more. In the evenings, curl up by a roaring fire for expert presentations on Denali’s natural and cultural history, with topics ranging from tundra ecology to the various uses of natural resources.
In addition to guided hikes, our lodge offers a series of educational programs, including wildlife drives and interpretive walks with naturalists. Self-guided fly-fishing, mountain biking, and canoeing on Wonder Lake are also available, as well as optional add-on flight seeing. Or, simply relax on the lodge porch, enjoying unparalleled views of Denali’s snow-capped peak.
After an early breakfast, return to the entrance of the park, arriving at the train depot in time to board the historic Alaska Railroad, bound for Anchorage. Head to the dining car to enjoy lunch, dinner, and a farewell drink. Much of your route traverses remote, inaccessible areas and provides a different experience than the highway. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Alaska’s largest city.
This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage.