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Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau

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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 basecamp. 
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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
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Sitka | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Stretch your legs by walking the Totem Trail in Sitka National Historic Park or other local nature trails before stopping in at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird and gather for a welcome dinner this evening. 

Day 2: Exploring Baranof Or Chichagof Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Immerse yourself in the wilds of Alaska as you kayak deep into one of Baranof or Chichagof Island’s countless, breathtaking bays. Hear bald eagles call from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees as you paddle through these mirror-calm waters. In the afternoon, hear the stories of this ancient rainforest on an adventurous hike with your naturalist guide. 

Day 3: Icy Strait | Inian Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today searching for wildlife in these rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Options include an expedition landing craft cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea Lions reside, quiet kayaking in the outer waters of Glacier Bay or hikes in lush temerate rainforest.

Day 4: Haines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Haines is known as the “adventure capital of Alaska” for a very good reason. Many, in fact. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can choose from one of many world-class hikes, cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord, or take an optional flightseeing excursion over Glacier Bay National Park. Or you may also choose to raft down the Chilkat River, calling into the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a dance demonstration and cultural interpretation. The day is full of options.

Day 5: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Awake this morning in the stunningly beautiful Tracy or Endicott Arm, part of the Fords Terror Wilderness. Enter this glacially carved wilderness aboard our nimble ship, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft for a view of South Sawyer or Dawes Glaciers. If conditions permit, hop into one of our kayaks to paddle along fjord walls that soar straight from the sea, as you spot curious harbor seals trailing your wake. Cap off your adventurous voyage with Captain’s farewell dinner. 

Day 6: Juneau | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in downtown Juneau and transfer to the airport for flights home, or to an optional land extension. 

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$4,660
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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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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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

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of expedition leader, naturalist staff, and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • Park and entrance fees
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Voyage DVD
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to Naturalist staff and crew


Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.

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