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.
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.
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.
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.
Cruise amid the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fjords 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Denali National Park Extension6 days from $6,350
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.