Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Alaska: Complimentary Airfare

Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select May 2019 departures.

Complimentary flights based on economy group flights and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. In the case that group flights are not available at time of booking, we reserve the right to issue an air credit. 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 25-30, 2019
  • May 30-Jun 4, 2019
  • Enter narrow channels and small ports that are inaccessible to large ships aboard the agile National Geographic Sea Bird.
  • Get close up to dramatic icebergs and glaciers on excursions by expedition landing craft in Tracy or Endicott Arm.
  • Take in an aerial view of the jagged peaks and ice caps of Glacier Bay on an optional flight-seeing tour.
  • Kids on board can take part in the Global Explorers program, learning about glaciers, whales, and the undersea during fun, hands-on activities with our naturalists.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Explore wild Alaska on an action-packed expedition aboard the 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.

 

Day 1: Sitka, Alaska

This afternoon, 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 Bird.

Meals Included:Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Exploring Baranof and Chichagof Island

Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof and 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 the 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Icy Straight and the Inian Islands

Spend today searching for marine life where the Pacific Ocean meets Alaska's Inside Passage. Options include an excursion aboard expedition landing craft to 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.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Haines

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 set 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. Later, visit the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan and enjoy a traditional dance and cultural performance.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness

Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved seascape, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and possibly witness 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. Tonight, celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Juneau

Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight to Seattle.

Meals Included:Breakfast