Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Alaska: Complimentary Airfare

March 31, 2018 and receive free one-way airfare (Sitka/Seattle) on the May 6 and 12, 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 6-19, 2019
  • May 12-25, 2019
  • Travel aboard the nimble National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture, each designed to navigate narrow Alaska inlets and passageways that are inaccessible to larger ships.
  • By special permission, spend a full day discovering the calving ice fields and wildlife-rich waters of spectacular Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
  • Meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw community—indigenous peoples of British Columbia—and enjoy a traditional performance.
  • Explore the charming city of Victoria, British Columbia with a guide, and enjoy a private reception surrounded by incredible art at the Robert Bateman Centre.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Embark one of the the newest ships in our fleet, the National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture, for an incredible voyage from the Pacific Northwest to British Columbia and Alaska. Cruise pristine coastlines, boarding kayaks or expedition landing craft to get a closer look at hidden coves, dramatic fjords, pristine backwaters, and bays dotted with massive icebergs. Hike through old-growth forests teeming with wildlife—from brown bears to bald eagles—and listen for the thunder of calving ice while exploring the incomparable Glacier Bay National Park.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-3: Seattle, Washington/San Juan Islands/Victoria, British Columbia

Arrive in Seattle and embark our ship. Discover the San Juan Islands on hikes and kayaking excursions, and seek out orcas in the surrounding waters. Explore the charming city of Victoria, choosing from a variety of excursions. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre.

Meals Included:Day 1 (Dinner) / Day 2 & 3 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Gulf Islands, Canada

Located in the Strait of Georgia, between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands are a kayaker’s paradise. Paddle along rocky coastline and explore some of the many islets that dot these sapphire waters, keeping an eye out for harbor seals and some of the region’s many bird species.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-7: Alert Bay/British Columbia’s Inside Passage

In the village of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations community and watch a traditional performance. Continue north along the pristine coastline of British Columbia's Inside Passage, looking for orcas, bears, and other wildlife. Disembark to explore the surrounding bays and inlets by kayak and on foot.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Days 8-9: Misty Fiords National monument wilderness, Alaska/Petersburg

Cruise amid the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Set out by expedition landing craft or kayak to explore stunning forested backwaters framed by snowcapped peaks. The following day, search for humpback whales as we navigate to the quaint fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 10: Tracy Arm—Fords Terror Wilderness

Enter Tracy or Endicott Arm—both spectacular fjords where waterfalls cascade from towering, glacially carved walls. Board our expedition landing craft to maneuver among icebergs, and get close-up views of a glacier. Keep your eye on the coastline to spot feeding bears and mountain goats climbing the cliffs above.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

By special permission, we’ll have the entire day to explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, where enormous glaciers are actively calving from towering ice fields. Venture near islets harboring puffins and guillemots, and look for humpback whales and orcas. A Tlingit cultural interpreter joins us on board today to give us a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous people, sharing stories passed down through oral tradition and art.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 12-13: Inian Islands/Icy Strait/Baranof or Chichagof Island

Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters resides; and search for whales in the Icy Strait. The next day, explore either Baranof or Chichagof Island by foot and kayak. Both of these rugged isles are part of the ancient Tongass National Forest and are home to diverse wildlife, including brown bears and bald eagles. Gather for a farewell dinner this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 14: Sitka

Disembark in Sitka. Step into the St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and walk through the Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles line coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at area birds of prey. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions