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Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Alaska, United States

Contact provider for price 8 Days March, May-August
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Lindblad Expeditions 24 people max
  • Airport near juneau, ak, united states
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
What You Came for – Bears, Eagles & Whales
Watch brown bears foraging along the wild Alaska shore from the safety of our National Geographic cruise ship. Wake to the cry of a soaring eagle, see tons of ice thunder from the face of a glacier, walk in a spruce forest, and observe lunge-feeding whales. Discover Southeast Alaska — a land of fjords and islands teeming with wildlife.

Tlingit Interpreter and National Park Ranger
Explore Glacier Bay National Park and experience its magnificent scenery animated by the lore and legend of its indigenous people and the expertise of a local guide. A native Tlingit Interpreter and a National Park Ranger will join us on board our cruise ship, adding layers of history and insider knowledge.

Alaska Through Your Viewfinder
Every Alaska cruise sails with an on board Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic-certified Photo Instructor. Exclusive to Lindblad Expeditions, this Naturalist is specially trained to help you capture the moments at the heart of your expedition cruise.

Benefit From Our Experience
Since 1982, longer than anyone else in the region, our Alaska tour and expedition has explored the magnificent Inside Passage of Alaska with an intimate number of guests in the company of Naturalists aboard our small cruise ship.

Go Deeper – Add a Denali National Park Exploration
Begin or extend your Alaska expedition with a 7-day journey into of one of North America’s natural treasures – Denali National Park.

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Alaska, United States

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

DAY 1 — Juneau, Alaska/Embark Ship
Our Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska.

Take an early afternoon flight from Seattle to Juneau. Before embarking the ship, we stop by the Alaska State Museum for an artful introduction to this unique state. We also visit Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. Embark the ship and take the time to settle into your cabin before dinner. After dinner onboard, take a few hours to yourself and explore the port of Juneau. (D)

NOTE: Some departures travel in reverse. Please inquire when making your reservation.

    
DAY 2 — Tracy Arm
This morning, we enter Tracy Arm/Endicott Arm, a spectacular fjord, with waterfalls cascading from its glacially carved walls. We’ll also pass the Sawyer Glacier, which has been described as bluer than any blue on earth, or the towering Dawes Glacier. If conditions permit, we'll use our Zodiacs to provide unparralelled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals and porpoises, Arctic terns and Bonaparte gulls.(B,L,D)

    
DAY 3 — Petersburg
Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the "muskeg," with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 4 — Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
These waters are prime areas for both killer whales and humpback whales. It's not uncommon to observe their fascinating behavior — breaching, tail-slapping and variations on feeding — as we fill the deck and listen to the play-by-play from our expert naturalists. We'll explore spectacular bays and inlets, following bear trails and salmon streams. Once ashore, we’ll have the opportunity to walk along a quiet forest trail. The still waters are excellent for kayaking, offering another option for up close exploration. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 5 — Point Adolphus and Inian Pass
Hike, kayak and search for whales in the waters off Point Adolphus, a favored feeding area for humpback whales. Keep watch on deck with our marine mammal experts. Under the right conditions, we'll lower the ship's hydrophone to listen in on the whale's communication. After some thrilling whale watching, we'll cruise Inian Pass in search of playful sea otters. (B,L,D)DAY 6 — Glacier Bay National Park
We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. You’ll see glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge and observe them “calving” — tons of ice crashing into the sea — accompanied by an exhilaratingly thunderous sound. Mountain goats scaling the peaks as well as harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins are some of the creatures we may observe. A visit to Tidal Inlet may bring the sight of brown bears lumbering up the hillside. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us onboard to share the legend of the area. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 7 — Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords
Today, nature is our guide as we set forth with the flexibility to take advantage of wildlife and weather conditions. We may stop at an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools, beachcomb, and hike stunning forest trails. Keep an eye out for old bear tracks worn into the soil as you move from forest to meadow. This area is home to the highest density of nesting bald eagles in the world, so sightings are very common. If conditions permit, we'll do some kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. (B,L,D)

    
DAY 8 — Sitka/Disembark Ship/Seattle
After breakfast we disembark in Sitka, southeastern Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Sitka has a strong Russian heritage, which is readily apparent as you visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Gaze up at the grand totem poles that line the wooded trails through Sitka National Historic Park. At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, we have close views of species normally seen at a distance in the wild — bald eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. After our visit, we’ll drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle. (B)

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