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A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Sea Lion
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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. Sail into mist-shrouded fjords and past crashing glaciers, see brown bears stalking shores, and watch eagles flying. In Haida Gwaii 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, see ancient village sites, and the endemic species that make Haida Gwaii the “Canadian Galápagos.”

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seattle, Washington | Embark
Day 2 : Gulf Islands, British Columbia
Day 3 : Alert Bay | Johnstone Strait
Days 4-5 : Inside Passage of British Columbia
Days 6-8 : Haida Gwaii
Day 9 : Misty Fjords, Alaska
Day 10 : Frederick Sound | Petersburg
Day 11 : Tracy Arm | Fords Terror Wilderness
Day 12 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 13 : Icy Strait | Inian Islands
Day 14 : Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays & Fjords
Day 15 : Sitka | Disembark

Highlights

  • Encounter and observe abundant and varied wildlife
  • Sail deep into Northwest fjords and narrow, wildlife-rich channels
  • Kayak in Misty Fjord's forested backwaters
  • Visit Haida Gwaii, the ancestral home of the Haida people

Ship

Sea Lion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Night time in Alaska Three Killer Whales swimming side by side. Hiking the wilderness A bear catching lunch Traveler on a glacier tour of Alaska.

Day 1 Seattle, Washington | Embark

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship.

Day 2 Gulf Islands, British Columbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands.

Day 3 Alert Bay | Johnstone Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, where you can 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.

Day 4-5 Inside Passage of British Columbia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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.

Day 6-8 Haida Gwaii

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. A Haida Interpreter accompanies 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 Misty Fjords, Alaska

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fjord’s forested backwaters.

Day 10 Frederick Sound | Petersburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Tracy Arm | Fords Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Glacier Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. A National Park Service Ranger joins you as well.

Day 13 Icy Strait | Inian Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 is lowered to listen in on the whales' communication.

Day 14 Southeast Alaska's Islands, Bays & Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kayak and hike among forested islands on your final exploration of southeast Alaska.

Day 15 Sitka | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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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Cat 1
Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
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Cat 1 Single
Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabin.
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Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabins.
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Cat 2 Single
Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 3 Cabins.
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Cat 3
Bridge Deck cabins #105, 106 and Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219. These cabins feature a seating unit with table, outside access and two large windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

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
  • 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

Included

  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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