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

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

      Gulf Islands, British Columbia

      Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands.

      Day 3

        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

          Canada's Inside Passage

          Port details pending.

          Days 6-8

            Haida Gwaii

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

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

              Day 10

                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

                  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

                    Juneau

                    Visit Mendenhall Glacier with your naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close.

                    Day 13

                      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 14

                        Southeast Alaskas Islands, Bays & Fjords

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

                        Day 15

                          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.
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                          North America, Alaska, Canada, Glacier Bay National Park, Ford's Terror, Juneau, Sitka, San Juan Islands, Petersburg, Seattle, Tracy Arm, Misty Fjords National Wilderness, Johnstone Strait, United States, Alert Bay, Masset, Haida Gwaii National Reserve
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                          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.

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