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Explore Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact timeframe of one work week. Take long hikes on world-class trails through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords, and raft to an ancient Alaska native village—all with our nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp. This expedition will enable you to:
- Paddle on long, naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays
- Raft the Chilkat River with local guides and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan
- Explore Haines, the ‘adventure capital of Alaska,’ via raft, bicycle, or hiking boot
- Zip around incredible icebergs and view glaciers in Tracy or Endicott Arm
DAY 1: Juneau
Arrive in downtown Juneau and take in the incredible view of the Gastineau Channel from the top of Mt. Roberts. Embark National Geographic Sea Lion in the early evening. (D)
DAY 2: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness
Awake this morning in the stunningly beautiful Tracy or Endicott Arm, part of the Fords Terror Wilderness. Enter this glacially carved wilderness aboard our nimble ship, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft for a view of South Sawyer or Dawes Glaciers. If conditions permit, hop into one of our kayaks and allow yourself to be dwarfed by soaring fjord walls, as you spot curious harbor seals trailing your wake. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: Haines
Haines is known as the “adventure capital of Alaska” for a very good reason. Many, in fact. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can choose from one of many world class hikes, cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord, or take an optional flightseeing excursion over Glacier bay National Park. Or you may also choose to raft down the Chilkat River, calling into the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a dance demonstration and cultural interpretation. The day is full of options. (B, L, D)
Flightseeing option available on this day.
DAY 4: Icy Strait & the Inian Islands
Spend today searching for wildlife in these rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Options include an expedition landing craft cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea Lions reside, quiet kayaking in the outer waters of Glacier Bay or hikes in lush temperate rainforest. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Exploring Baranof Or Chichagof Islands
Immerse yourself in the wilds of Alaska as you kayak deep into one of Baranof or Chichagof Island’s countless, breathtaking bays. Hear bald eagles call from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees as you paddle through these mirror-calm waters. In the afternoon, hear the stories of this ancient rain forest on an adventurous hike with your naturalist guide. Cap off your adventurous voyage with Captain’s farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Sitka / Disembark
Arrive in Sitka, southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. After breakfast, disembark the National Geographic Sea Lion and stretch your legs at the Totem Trail in Sitka National Historic Park or other local nature trails before stopping in at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center for an up close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)
Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
Enjoy our most active Alaska expedition
Expect long point-to-point kayak outings where our ship drops off our groups and then re-positions to pick us up after time spent exploring quiet bays and coastlines of towering ancient trees. Hike rocky trails high into the mountains for incredible views. And venture deep into the forest along rugged trails and salmon streams to explore new ecosystems.
Encounter legendary wildlife
See humpback whales, brown bears, and bald eagles—the iconic wildlife of Southeast Alaska. Search for killer whales in the wildlife-rich channels between islands and sure-footed mountain goats in steep fjords.
Explore the ‘Adventure Capital of Alaska’
Call in at the small town of Haines, Alaska and choose to take a bicycle ride around a glacial lake or raft to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where the highest concentration of bald eagles in the world thrive. Be sure to stop in at local stores or, in the evening, at one of the town’s bars to hoist a few pints of local craft ale and mix with locals.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, 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.