Experience Alaska's iconic scenery and wildlife as you kayak along its coastlines, listen to calving glaciers, and spend a day in Glacier Bay National Park aboard our small ship.

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 Mother bear and cubs in Alaska  Travelers exploring Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm  A kayaker amid sculpted iceberg in Tracy Arm Fjord. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Sea Bird among icebergs in remote Endicott Arm. Credit: Michael Nolan & CT Ticknor  A glacier calving ice. Credit: Sven-Olof Lindblad  Travelers watching a brown bear, Tongass National Forest. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Bald eagle  Sea Otter. Credit: Katherine Davis  Harbor seal lounging on an iceberg. Credit: Larisa Manewal  Breaching whale  Brown bear with cubs fishing for pink salmon on Chichagof Island. Credit: Michael S. Nolan  Sea Bird, Le Conte Bay, Tongass National Forest. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Travelers watching a diving Humpback whale up close.  Credit: Lindblad Expeditions  Killer whale, Chatham Strait. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Outlet of glacier in Glacier Bay National Park  Glacier and mountains of Glacier Bay National Park  The town of Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley  St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka. Credit: ©State of Alaska/Mark Kelley

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion

8 days from $5,890

Experience Alaska's iconic scenery and wildlife as you kayak along its coastlines, listen to calving glaciers, and spend a day in Glacier Bay National Park aboard our small ship.

or Call 855-330-1542

SPECIAL OFFER

Receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on our May 27–June 3, 2017 departure when you book by March 31, 2017!

Share an expedition with your family and take $500 off the double occupancy price for each guest under 18!

Overview

Experience the pristine wilderness of "the last Frontier" up close during our small-ship adventure to Southeast Alaska this summer. Take in breathtaking glaciers, enchanting fjords, secluded coves, and the magnificent wildlife of this iconic American destination. Plus, through a Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest you'll have the special opportunity to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas. 

Highlights Include

  • Active Adventure: Kayak into protected coves to get up-close views, hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and take excursions by expedition landing craft for more wildlife sightings. 
  • Stunning Vistas: Explore the renowned Glacier Bay National Park, Frederick Sound, Tracy Arm, and South Sawyer Glacier. 
  • Wildlife: Watch iconic wildlife such as bears, whales, Steller sea lions and sea otters, and a myriad of birdlife, including eagles, guillemots, and puffins.
  • Flexibility: Enjoy cruising aboard our small ship, which allows the flexibility to change course for wildlife sightings and explore small coves that larger ships can’t access. 
  • Cultural Experiences: Get a firsthand perspective of Alaska’s lore and indigenous people from a Tlingit cultural interpreter. In Sitka, visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. 

Our May 27–June 3, 2017 and June 8-15, 2017 departures will accommodate guests on the National Geographic Sea Bird from Sitka to Juneau with tour extension offered as post-program options only. Our August 27–September 3, 2017 departure will accommodate guests on the National Geographic Sea Lion from Juneau to Sitka with tour extension offered as both pre- and post-program options. 

Breathtaking views, wildlife, glaciers, waterways. Once in a lifetime way to see the 49th state!

- Jeffrey G.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Aug. 27–Sept. 3, 2017 Itinerary

Our Aug. 27Sept. 3, 2017 departure runs in reverse from Juneau to Sitka aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion.

Day 1 — Juneau, Alaska, Embark Ship

Fly from Seattle to Juneau. Explore the newly constructed Alaska State Museum, with its sprawling collection of natural history and cultural artifacts, and explore downtown Juneau. Settle into your cabin before dinner. Later, explore the port of Juneau on your own. (D)

Day 2 — Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. You'll also pass Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, go out on expedition landing craft, which provide unparalleled up-close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Petersburg

Search for humpback whales en route to the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the muskeg, with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is also the opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding. Enjoy a Dungeness crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. Gathering on the ship's deck, it's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping, and variations on feeding — as you listen to the play-by-play from expert naturalists. You'll also explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration. And once ashore, enjoy walks along quiet forest trails. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Icy Strait and the Inian Islands

Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, listen in on the whales'  communication by using the ship's hydrophone. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Glacier Bay National Park

Spend the entire day amid the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” tons of ice crashing into the sea—accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Observe mountain goats as they scale mountain peaks, as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter and National Park Service Ranger join you onboard to share the legends of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords

Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. The possibiities are endless. You may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, or hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, you'll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Sitka, Alaska / Disembark Ship / Seattle, Washington

After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, enjoy up-close views of species usually seen at a distance in the wild—bald eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. After your visit, your Alaska adventure concludes with the transfer to the airport for afternoon flight to Seattle. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

May and June 2017 Itinerary

Day 1 — Sitka, Alaska, Embark Ship

To begin your Alaska cruise, fly from Seattle to Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, enjoy up-close views of species usually seen at a distance in the wild—bald eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 — Southeast Alaska's Island, Bays, and Fjords

Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. The possibilities are endless. You may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beach comb, or hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, you'll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Icy Strait and the Inian Islands

Cruise among the Inian Islands, home to an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, listen in on the whales' communication by using the ship's hydrophone. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Glacier Bay National Park

Spend the entire day amid the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You'll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water's edge and observe them "calving" tons of ice crashing into the sea—accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Observe mountain goats as they scale mountain peaks, as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter and National Park Service Ranger join you onboard to share the legends of the area. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. Gathering on the ship's deck, it's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior—breaching, tail-slapping, and variations on feeding—as you listen to the play-by-play from expert naturalists. You'll also explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up-close exploration. And once ashore, enjoy walks along uiet forest trails. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Petersburg

Search for humpback whales en route to the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the muskeg, with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is also the opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding. Enjoy a Dungeness crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. You’ll also pass the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, go out on the expedition landing craft, which provide unparalleled up-close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Juneau, Alaska / Disembark Ship

Disembark the ship this morning in downtown Juneau. Take time to visit the local shops before exploring the newly constructed Alaska State Museum, with its sprawling collection of natural history and cultural artifacts. Your Alaska adventure concludes as you transfer to the airport for connecting flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)