Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Alaska Family Offer

Book select 2020 departures on select Alaska voyages by October 31, 2020 and save on the expedition cost for up to two children ages 22 and under, when traveling with two full-paying adults. Save 50% on voyages departing in May and August, and 25% on June and July departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

Complimentary Roundtrip Airfare on Select Expedition Cruises

Book by October 31, 2020 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on select 2020 departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Airfare is based on economy group flights and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. In the case that Lindblad’s group flight is no longer available at time of booking, we reserve the right to issue a credit. Baggage fees may be additional. Call for details.

Special Offer for Solo Travelers

Book by October 31, 2020 and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select 2020 departures. New bookings only. Subject to availability and may not be combined with pre- or post-extensions. Please call for details.

  • Glide past the soaring cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument, a landscape of foggy inlets and forested slopes known as the “Yosemite of the north.”
  • Explore rugged coasts and active tidewater glaciers by kayak and expedition landing craft, getting up close to calving fronts and floating icebergs.
  • Discover the quaint town of Wrangell and learn about the culture of the indigenous Tlingit people during a visit to a restored tribal house.
  • Through our Global Explorers program, young travelers hone their skills as scientists and storytellers while learning about rainforest ecology and wildlife behavior from experienced naturalists.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Navigate narrow straits and glacial bays aboard the nimble National Geographic Sea Lion on a voyage through the southern reaches of Alaska’s Inside Passage. As we cruise from Juneau to Ketchikan, experience the pioneering spirit of Alaska’s capital city, explore rugged coastline, and delve into the indigenous history of remote Wrangell Island. Kayak past towering cliffs and roaring waterfalls, and hike through old-growth forests in the Tongass National Forest in search of moose, black bears, bald eagles, and other iconic wildlife.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Day 1: Juneau

Arrive in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, spread out on the banks of the Gastineau Channel at the base of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts. Transfer to downtown Juneau and visit the Alaska State Museum to learn more about the history and culture of this incredible region of the world, then, settle in aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodation:

National Geographic Sea Bird for the entire voyage

Day 2: LeConte Bay/Thomas Bay

Today we explore the LeConte Glacier, one of the most active glaciers in Southeast Alaska and the southernmost tidewater glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Icebergs regularly break off from the glacier face, getting caught in this shallow moraine and along the shoreline. Take advantage of spectacular photographic opportunities, practicing tricks and tips from our certified photo instructor. Our experienced captain will read the ice and bring us as close as possible to the glacier, where we’ll set out by expedition landing craft to navigate among these surreal floating sculptures.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Sumner Strait

Navigate the stunning Wrangell Narrows, an area inaccessible to larger ships, and then cruise into the Sumner Strait, keeping watch for humpback whales surfacing and sea otters gliding through the clear water around our ship. Explore the coast by kayak or expedition landing craft, and go ashore to trace bear trails through forests intersected by crystalline salmon streams as you learn about the rain forest ecosystem from our naturalists. Fix your binoculars on the banks to spot Sitka black-tailed deer and moose, as well as black bears, wolves, and bald eagles that frequent the shoreline in search of plentiful salmon.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Wrangell Island

Drop anchor at the remote town of Wrangell, situated on the northern tip of Wrangell Island. The indigenous Tlingit people have made their home on this island for thousands of years. In the 19th century, Russian fur traders established one of the oldest non-native settlements in Alaska at the site of present-day Wrangell. Spend the afternoon exploring the town, including a visit to a tribal house and a beach famous for native petroglyphs, or set out on an optional jet boat excursion up the Stikine River.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Misty Fjords National Monument

Wake up this morning to catch the sunrise over the stunning cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument, rising more than 2,000 feet above the deep blue waters of the fjord. Watch wisps of cloud drift down the winding waterway and drape over green peaks as we cruise through the mists that give this extraordinary landscape its name. Set out by expedition landing craft and kayak to get close to the forested banks and the many dramatic waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska

Arrive in Ketchikan, the southeasternmost city in Alaska, spread at the base of forested slopes on Revillagigedo Island. Its many monikers, from “salmon capital of the world” to “rain capital of Alaska,” capture the spirit of this city, famous for its colorful buildings and abundant fishing boats and canneries. Visit the Totem Heritage Center to view a unique collection of 19th-century Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian totem poles from abandoned villages around Ketchikan before transferring to the airport to connect with your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast