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Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

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. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seattle | Embark
Day 2 : San Juan Islands, Washington
Day 3 : Victoria, British Columbia
Day 4 : Gulf Islands
Day 5 : Alert Bay And Johnstone Strait, British Columbia
Days 6-7 : Inside Passage of British Columbia
Day 8 : Misty Fjords, Alaska
Day 9 : Petersburg
Day 10 : Tracy Arm | Ford’s Terror Wilderness
Day 11 : Glacier Bay National Park
Day 12 : Inian Islands | Icy Strait
Day 13 : Exploring Chichagof Island
Day 14 : Sitka | Disembark

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

Ship

National Geographic Quest

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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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.

National Geographic Quest

Per person starting at
$9,990
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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

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability. 
 

Rubber boots are not included on your cruise; please supply your own. Rubber, waterproof boots that are mid-calf or higher, with a strong, ridged non-skid sole (essential for wet landings) are highly recommended.  Click  here for information about rubber boots rental.

Rates Include:


Aboard ship
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of the expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of the expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
 
Rates Exclude:

Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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