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Wild Alaska Escape: Haines, the Inian Islands, and Tracy Arm Fjord

Sitka to Juneau or reverse - Example 6 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Sea Bird
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On this 6-day Wild Alaska Escape Cruise from Sitka to Juneau aboard National Geographic Sea Bird. 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 your nimble expedition ship as your moving base camp. 
A humpback breaches near the shipBrown Bear sow with cubs fishing for pink salmon.Glacier streams wind across the Alaskan landscapeCruising the arctic waters
Highlights
  • Paddle on naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays
  • Raft the Chilkat River with guides to the Chilkat Tlingit village Klukwan
  • Explore Haines, the “adventure capital of Alaska”
  • Zip around incredible icebergs and view glaciers in Tracy or Endicott Arm
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Sitka | Embark

Arrive in Sitka, Alaska, situated on the western coast of Baranof Island and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the early afternoon and embark National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird in time for cocktails and an introduction of the vessel staff and crew.

Day 2: Exploring Baranof Or Chichagof Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof or Chichagof. Both islands are part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard along rugged coastlines and go hiking through the temperate rainforest, listening for bald eagles calling out from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees.

Day 3: Icy Strait | Inian Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today searching for wildlife in nutrient-rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Options include a Zodiac cruise among the Inian Islands, home to a sizeable population of Steller sea lions; kayaking in the protected coves of Chichagof Island; or hiking in lush temperate rain forest where bald eagles dot the canopies.

Day 4: Haines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A paradise for adventure seekers, Haines offers the chance to cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord, go flightseeing over Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, or choose from an array of world-class hikes. Other options include a visit to the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan for a dance demonstration and cultural interpretation before rafting down the Chilkat River. This day brims with options.

Day 5: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacier-sculpted fjord, then set out to explore by Zodiac. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and keep an eye out for the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board.

Day 6: Juneau | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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National Geographic Sea Bird

Dates & Prices

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Per person starting at
$4,800
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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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.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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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 Cabins.
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Cat 2
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 Cabin.
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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 - These cabins include two lower single beds. Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins include two lower single beds that can convert to a double bed and a pullout single bed for a third person. All cabins include a small table, two chairs, and two windows. Cabin doors open to the outside.

Notes

Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • The Guidance and Company of the Expedition Staff
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Snorkeling, Including Wetsuits, Masks, Fins & Snorkel Where Relevant
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Use of Kayaks
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Alcoholic and non specified beverages
  • Private Transfers
     
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Regional charter flight fees not included, pricing varies by departure

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