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A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

Book by Mar. 31, 2018 and receive free one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on the May 5 & 6, 2018 departures. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Luggage is additional with compliment airfares. Contact us for further information.


Join this unique Alaska cruise expedition in Alaska’s Inside Passage and British Columbia including a special exploration of Haida Gwaii. We are the first company with ships carrying more than 22 guests granted permission to visit Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage site in over two decades. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meet with local artisans and search for endemic species. In Alaska, explore glacially-carved fjords, Glacier Bay National Park, search for humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds.

Highlights

  • See an abundance of wildlife in Alaska and British Columbia—humpback and orca whales, bears, Steller sea lions, eagles, puffins sea otters, and more.
  • Kayak and Zodiac among icebergs in remote wilderness in Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls, and hike old-growth forest where paw prints outnumber footprints.
  • Explore ancestral Haida villages, see ancient totem poles, take part in a traditional dance performance, and see artifacts, canoes and totem carvings at the Haida Heritage Centre and museum.
  • Search for endemic species in Haida Gwaii, considered the ‘Canadian Galapagos’ for its wildlife-rich intertidal zone, including the world’s largest black bears, deer mouse, shrew, river otter, pine marten, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Stellar’s jay and hairy woodpecker.

About A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

15 days / 14 nights —
Seattle, WA to Sitka, AK
From: $10,900

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Itinerary


Itinerary

Day 1 – Seattle/Embark
Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship. (D)

Day 2 – Gulf Islands, British Columbia
Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Alert Bay And Johnstone Strait, British Columbia
At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where we’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere. (B,L,D)

Days 4-5 – Inside Passage of British Columbia
Head southward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go shore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets. (B,L,D)

Days 6-8 – Haida Gwaii
With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. Two Haida Interpreters will join us, first visiting the Haida Heritage Center at K’aay Linagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their renowned artwork. In the ancestral town of Old Massett, join in a traditional dance performance and feast, and meet community members and Haida artists. Over the next two days, explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) or K’una (Skedans). Kayak and take expedition landing craft around the incredibly biodiverse islands where black bears are the largest in the world and endemic species thrive. (B,L,D daily)

Day 9 – Misty Fiords, Alaska
Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Frederick Sound and Petersburg
Join naturalists on deck and search for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and in the fishing village of Petersburg, known as “Alaska’s Little Norway”. Explore with optional flightseeing or a bicycle ride. Enjoy a crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 11 – Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular fjords, with waterfalls cascading from glacially carved walls. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take an expedition landing craft cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Juneau
Visit Mendenhall Glacier with your naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close. (B,L,D).

Day 13 – Glacier Bay National Park
Via special park permit, spend the entire day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. Search for Steller sea lions, puffins and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 14 – Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords
Kayak and hike among forested islands on our final exploration of southeast Alaska. (B,L,D)

Day 15 – Sitka / Disembark / Home
Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights to Seattle. (B)

Itinerary Map - A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

Dates & Rates


Dates & Rates

Book by Mar. 31, 2018 and receive free one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on the May 5 & 6, 2018 departures. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Luggage is additional with compliment airfares. Contact us for further information.


DatesShip123Solo 1Solo 2
May 5, 2018National Geographic Sea Bird$10,900$12,450$14,530$16,350$19,860
May 6, 2018National Geographic Sea Lion$10,900$12,450$14,530$16,350$19,860
Aug 26, 2017 ↺National Geographic Sea Lion$10,900$12,450$14,530$16,350$19,860
Aug 27, 2018 ↺National Geographic Sea Bird$10,900$12,450$14,530$16,350$19,860

↺ – Reverse direction
Listed prices is per person based on double occupancy.

Included

  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks; park and entrance fees
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included

  • Air transportation
  • Voyage DVD
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to Naturalist staff and crew

Extensions


Land Extensions

Denali National Park

Denali National ParkDiscover the wildness that lives at the heart of Alaska; add an inland exploration of Denali National Park to your coastal expedition.

With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you’ll enjoy special access. North Face Lodge’s relationship with the Park ensures exclusive opportunities for you to explore Denali’s most pristine backcountry areas for prime hiking and wildlife viewing. Set deep in the heart of the Park, this unique wilderness retreat offers unparalleled views of Mt. McKinley, a wide range of outdoor activities and nightly presentations that emphasize Denali’s natural and cultural history, plus locally sourced cuisine. The small group size of 11 guests per naturalist enhances the intimacy of outings and opportunities for in-depth learning. Explore via private touring vehicles, or if you prefer a more personal exploration, you can hike a trail near the lodge, canoe on Wonder Lake, bike the trails or even spend an afternoon fishing. At the expedition’s end, you’ll return to Anchorage first class in lavishly appointed cars on the Alaska Railroad that feature original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck.

Day 1 – Fairbanks, Alaska
Arrive in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and settle into your river view room at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 – Denali National Park / North Face Lodge
In the morning visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the North. In the late morning we depart on a wilderness drive to our temporary home located within the heart of the park, the North Face Lodge. We’ll travel in the lodge’s private bus, on the otherwise highly restricted Denali Park Road, in order to access prime wildlife viewing areas; a privilege extended to the owners of North Face Lodge and their guests. The seven-hour, 90-mile drive is rife with opportunities to look for Denali’s famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles, Arctic terns and more. We’ll enjoy a hearty, picnic-style dinner, served at the midpoint of the drive alongside the East Fork River. Regular bathroom stops at National Park Service facilities provide additional chances to stretch your legs. (B,L,D)

Days 3-5 – Denali National Park / North Face Lodge
Immerse yourself in the remote wildness and North country charm of the North Face Lodge, and become one with nature. See Denali’s rich wildlife, flora and fauna firsthand and learn about its natural history during the daily activities of your choice – hiking, canoeing, fishing and biking. Hiking is among guests’ favorite activities, as the lodge offers exclusive opportunities to hike with trained naturalist guides in the protected wilderness backcountry of Denali National Park. Optional flightseeing offers breathtaking aerial views of Alaska and is available at an additional cost. Days wind down with nightly presentations by the fireplace that focus on various aspects of Denali’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. Sleep in well-appointed, comfortable rooms and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally-grown produce throughout your stay. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Denali National Park / Anchorage
This morning we depart the North Face Lodge and enjoy the scenic drive back out the park entrance. Continue to experience the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying the first class, GoldStar Service en route to Anchorage. Lavishly appointed cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Dinner will be served on board the train. Overnight at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Anchorage / Sitka or Juneau / Home
This morning fly to either Sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. Or if your extension is taken after your voyage, transfer to the airport for connecting flights home. (B)

Depending on your departure date, you may be responsible for one night on your own before or after joining the Denali extension. Please call for details.

Pre- or Post-voyage Extension Cost Per Person*

From: $5,590 Call for details

*A deposit of $550 is required at the time of booking. Additional payment (60% of total extension cost) due 120 days prior to departure or March 28th, whichever comes first. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure, along with the final payment for the voyage.

The Ships


The Ships

National Geographic Sea Bird

National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Bird / Sea Lion
The twin 62-guest expedition ships offer the perfect platform for exploring Alaska. With a shallow draft, they can go where larger ships cannot, nosing up to waterfalls in secluded coves and venturing into narrow channels where humpback whales and orcas come to feed. The ships can accommodate accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The open bow and sundeck have ample space for all guests to stand together and share in the wildlife viewing experience.

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Cruise Reviews

Cruise Reviews

Average rating:  
 1 reviews
the expedition was wonderful

We both felt the expedition was wonderful. We were the first sailing of the season which lead to excitement with staff and passengers in itself. We sailed from Juneau to Sitka. Being the first sailing we were impressed by the knowledge and efficiency of the staff. No one seemed new, although I am sure some were.

We especially liked the cultural part of the cruise. We loved seeing the different cultures at Alert Bay, Haida Gwaii and then the Tlinget. Haida Gwaii was definitely the highpoint (not just its Unesco site). We had entry to two great carvers/artists homes and workspaces. We saw great dancing and the native people shared their food with us. We did not expect that and it really enriched our understanding of their culture. We especially liked when the native interpreters came on board to share with us their personal insights.

The naturalists on-board presentations were timely and pertinent to our itinerary. The nature walks, they led, were truly enjoyable and always informative. On board they were always approachable to answer our questions.

The crew was great. They took care to keep us safe, everywhere. I had a massage on-board to help with my twisted knee.

The photographic aspect of the expedition offered us several naturalists that were great photographers themselves and generously shared their skills with us. We especially enjoyed working with Mcduff Everton. We will treasure the photos of the trip and of ourselves, that he shared with us.

Food was fine, fresh, creative, generous portions, better than expected. The cabin,Sea Lion, lower twin beds, Category 2, were a little uncomfortable. We are used to our King bed at home, twins took some getting used to. Cabin was clean and fresh. Daily "maid" service was efficient and kept everything in order. Our "maid" had numerous jobs on the ship including servings in the dinning room.

The Zodiac rides were fast and fun. We even saw the northern lights which we were told was very unusual.

We are already considering future Lindblad expeditions and you will hear from us soon. Is there a specific destination that most people take after the Alaska experience? We were thinking Galapagos as a number of people on board were raving about their experience.


 

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