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Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

Book by Mar. 31, 2018 and receive free one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on the Apr. 30, 2018: Sept. 1 & 2, 2018 departures. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Contact us for further information.


Join the inaugural voyage of the newest ship in the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet on an in-depth exploration of the San Juan Islands, British Columbia, and Alaska. Linger in the temperate rain forests and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia, and enjoy ample time to explore the breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers of Southeast Alaska. Plus, discover the cultural facets of this coast during captivating performances and interactions with the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Alert Bay.

Highlights

  • Explore the wild and sublimely tranquil San Juan and Gulf Islands
  • Observe a moving First Nations performance at the U’Mista Cultural Center
  • By special permit, spend a full day exploring Glacier Bay National Park

Inaugural voyage of National Geographic Quest

Join the June 26th expedition and sail into history on the inaugural voyage of the newest vessel in the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet. Look forward to “explorer firsts” like the dockside christening, an inaugural party, and more.

An in-depth exploration of the San Juan & Gulf Islands plus British Columbia’s Inside Passage

Spend a full day in the San Juan Islands hiking and kayaking with naturalists and searching for killer whales. Explore some of the hundreds of uninhabited, remote inlets and bays of the Gulf Islands. In British Columbia you’ll kayak among forested islands and along wildlife-rich shorelines to see whales, dolphins, bears and more—plus observe a moving traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay.

Explore Alaska’s National Parks and wilderness areas

By special permit you’ll sail into Glacier Bay National park and pass a full day taking in the grand scale of the park’s mountains, fjords, and active glaciers. In Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area you’ll be able to nose your expedition landing craft or kayak up to spectacular falls or hike over the lush green earth into the mist-shrouded mountainside. And in Misty Fiords National Monument you’ll be able to kayak along sheer, glacially-carved cliffs and forested backwaters.

Get a slice of Alaska life

Spend an afternoon strolling the streets of the 100-year-old town of Petersburg. You’ll find its charming Norwegian heritage evident, and you’ll get a firsthand look at a town supported largely by fishing the region’s productive waters. Visit the ships in port, walk the colorful downtown, stop for a pint in one of the town pubs, and enjoy an evening crab feast.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist––the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska. Their knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

About Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

13 day / 12 night —
Seattle Washington to Sitka, Alaska
From: $9,390

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Itinerary


Itinerary

Day 1: Seattle/Embark
Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship. (D)
Day 2: San Juan Islands, Washington
Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Search for killer whales. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Gulf Islands
Sail into British Columbia to kayak among forested islands and along wildlife-rich shorelines.
Day 4: Alert Bay And Johnstone Strait, British Columbia
Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. (B,L,D)
Day 5-6: Inside Passage Of British Columbia
Head northward along the pristine coastline in search of whales, dolphins, bears, deer, and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak among the many bays and inlets. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Misty Fiords, Alaska
Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fjord’s forested backwaters. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Petersburg
Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and explore the unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the “muskeg,” with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Later, enjoy an evening crab feast. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Tracy Arm-Ford’s 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 a Zodiac cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D)
Day 10: 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. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. Wildness abounds! (B,L,D)
Day 11: Inian Islands / Icy Strait
Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in rich waters of Icy Strait.
Day 12: Exploring Chichagof Island
Spend a full day searching for humpback whales in the rich waters off of Chichagof Island, kayak, hike and enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Sitka/Disembark/Home
Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire; walk through the Sitka National Historical Park, where totem poles line trails; and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

Treasures of the Inside Passage Alaska and British Columbia Itinerary Map

Dates & Rates


Dates & Rates

Book by Mar. 31, 2018 and receive free one-way air (Sitka/Seattle) on the Apr. 30, 2018: Sept. 1 & 2, 2018 departures. Subject to availability, new bookings only. Contact us for further information.


DatesShip12345Solo 1Solo 2
Apr 30, 2018National Geographic Quest$9,990$10,640$11,190$11,990$12,890$14,999$15,960
Jun 24, 2018National Geographic Venture$9,990$10,640$11,190$11,990$12,890$14,999$15,960
Sep 1, 2018 ↺National Geographic Venture$9,990$10,640$11,190$11,990$12,890$14,999$15,960
Sep 2, 2018 ↺National Geographic Quest$9,990$10,640$11,190$11,990$12,890$14,999$15,960

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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 Quest

National Geographic Quest
Our newest ship in Alaska is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves, and fast-moving channels where wildlife congregate while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort. Spacious cabins, open decks for wildlife viewing, and specialty tools for exploration make it the ideal platform for sailing in the remote areas of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize.

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