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Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Quest
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Join the National Geographic Quest on a 14-day in-depth exploration of the San Juan Islands, British Columbia, and Alaska. Linger in the temperate rain forests and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia, and enjoy ample time to discover the breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers of Southeast Alaska. Plus, enjoy the cultural facets of this coast during captivating performances and interactions with the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Alert Bay. 
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Highlights
  • Explore the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes
  • Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, B.C.
  • Visit the U’Mista Cultural Center & learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people
  • Search for humpback whales as you head towards Petersburg on Mitkof Island
  • Kayak in the stillness of Misty Fjord’s forested backwaters
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Day 1: Seattle | Embark

Arrive in Seattle and embark the National Geographic Quest for the beginning of your journey.

Day 2: San Juan Islands, Washington

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Search for killer whales. 

Day 3: Victoria, British Columbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Clear into Canada in the charming city of Victoria and choose from several tailor-made options to explore based on your interests. Visit private gardens, bike along the water-front, take a historical stroll through Old Town or peruse the collections oat local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre wile taking in the incredible collection of paintings. 

Day 4: Gulf Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail into British Columbia to kayak among forested islands and along wildlife-rich shorelines.

Day 5: Alert Bay And Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center, and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

Day 6-7: Inside Passage of British Columbia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Head northward along the pristine coastline in search of whales, dolphins, bears, deer, and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak among the many bays and inlets.

Day 8: 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 9: Petersburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Search for humpback whales as you head towards the small fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and explore the unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem - the “muskeg,” with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Later, enjoy an evening crab feast.

Day 10: Tracy Arm | Ford’s 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 a Zodiac cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs.

Day 11: 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. A native Tlingit interpreter joins you to share the lore and legend of the area. Wildness abounds! 

Day 12: Inian Islands | Icy Strait

  • 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.

Day 13: Exploring Chichagof Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a full day searching for humpback whales in the rich waters off of Chichagof Island. Kayak, hike, and enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening.

Day 14: Sitka | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire; walk through the Sitka National Historical Park, where totem poles line trails; and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Category 1
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 2
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 3
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and a large view window. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 4
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door, and small, private balcony. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 5
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.

Notes

Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • 13 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
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
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
     
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Regional charter flight fees not included, pricing varies by departure
  • Rubber Boots: Please bring your own. 

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