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Big Picture Alaska

Embark on an immersive, wide-ranging photo expedition that focuses entirely on Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. You’ll experience the perfect mix of small-town life and the grand expanse of the wild landscape that surrounds it. Capture it all with the help of our Lindblad-National Geographic photo expedition team.

Highlights

  • Raft though the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, which boasts the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world
  • Explore Glacier Bay National Park, Misty Fiords National Monument, and search for humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds
  • Kayak amid glacial ice, hike the Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage

About Big Picture Alaska

11 day / 10 night —
Ketchikan to Sitka, Alaska
From: $8,990

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Itinerary


Itinerary

Day 1: Ketchikan
Arrive in Ketchikan, view the priceless collection of 19th century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird. (D)
Day 2: Misty Fiords
Wake amid the glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Explore by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Behm Canal / Clarence Strait
Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest. Cruise through whale-rich channels in search of humpback whales. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Thomas Bay / Petersburg
Call at the quaint Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. See a unique muskeg ecosystem with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Explore by bike or, optional flightseeing. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness
Navigate the spectacular Tracy or Endicott Arm fjords to South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier, and, if conditions permit, venture closer in our expedition landing craft for unparalleled views. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Haines
Explore Alaska’s “adventure capital” on a world class hike or bike ride along the edge of a glacial lake. Or raft the Chilkat River to a bald eagle preserve, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a cultural interpretation. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Lynn Canal
Hike and kayak where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea, in the shadow of snow-capped peaks and at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Glacier Bay National Park
We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A native Tlingit interpreter aboard shares the legends of the area. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Icy Strait / Inian Islands
See an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Exploring Baranof or Chichagof Islands
Kayak, hike, and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. Cap off the day with the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Sitka/Disembark
After breakfast, disembark to visit picturesque Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral then visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights home. (B)

Big Picture Alaska Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates


Dates & Rates

Dates123Solo 1Solo 2
Jun 8, 2018 ↺$8,990$10,490$11,890$13,490$15,740
Jun 18, 2018$8,990$10,490$11,890$13,490$15,740
Jul 18, 2018 ↺$8,990$10,490$11,890$13,490$15,740
Jul 28, 2018$8,990$10,490$11,890$13,490$15,740

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.

The Ships


The Ships

National Geographic Sea Bird

National Geographic Sea Bird / Sea Lion
The twin 62-guest expedition ship 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 ship 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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Videos


Videos

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