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

Ralph Lee Hopkins
Three Killer Whales swimming side by side.
Hiking the wilderness
A bear catching lunch
Night time in Alaska
Traveler on a glacier tour of Alaska.
David Vargas
Guest getting reading for a zodiac trip.
Guests viewing off the bow of the Sea Bird & Sea Lion.
Embark on a 15-day adventure between Sitka, Alaska and Seattle, Washington, exploring three of the most appealing wild regions in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska’s Inside Passage, coastal British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii. You’ll sail into mist-shrouded fjords and past crashing glaciers, see brown bears stalking shores, and eagles flying. And in Haida Gwaii you’ll meet artisans and experience the resonance of their cultural heritage and artwork. With special access to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, you’ll see ancient village sites, and the endemic species that make Haida Gwaii the “Canadian Galápagos.”

Day 1

Seattle, Washington / Embark

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Alert Bay & Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where you’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.

Days 4-5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Inside Passage of British Columbia

Head northward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets.

Days 6-8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Haida Gwaii

With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. Two Haida Interpreters will be with you, 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.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Misty Fjords, Alaska

Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fjord’s forested backwaters.

Day 10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Frederick Sound & 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.

Day 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 you to share the lore and legend of the area.

Day 13

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 rich waters of Icy Strait. Conditions permitting, the ship's hydrophone will be lowered to listen in on the whales' communication.

Day 14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays & Fjords

Kayak and hike among forested islands on our final exploration of southeast Alaska.

Day 15

  • Breakfast

Sitka / Disembark

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 your independent flights to Seattle.

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* Itinerary operates in reverse.
Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
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Fare Includes:
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of your expedition staff.

Rates do not include:
Air transportation, group charter flights mentioned above, extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.