The Experience

DAY 1: Seattle/Embark
Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship. (D)

DAY 2: Gulf Islands, British Columbia
Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Alert Bay And Johnstone Strait, British Columbia
At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U,™Mista Cultural Center, where we’ll watch traditional First Nations performances and learn from the Kwakwaka,™wakw people. Visit Johnstone Strait, one of the foremost viewing areas for orcas in the Northern Hemisphere. (B,L,D)

DAY 4-5: Inside Passage of British Columbia
Head northward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go shore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets. (B,L,D)

DAY 6-8: Haida Gwaii
With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. Two Haida Interpreters will join us, first visiting the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Linagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and the meaning behind their renowned artwork. In the ancestral town of Old Massett, join in a traditional dance performance and feast, and meet community members and Haida artists. Over the next two days, explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints) or K’una (Skedans). Kayak and take expedition landing craft around the incredibly biodiverse islands where black bears are the largest in the world and endemic species thrive. (B,L,D daily)

DAY 9: Misty Fiords, Alaska
Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: Frederick Sound and Petersburg
Join naturalists on deck and search for orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and in the fishing village of Petersburg, known as Alaska’s Little Norway,. Explore with optional flightseeing or a bicycle ride. Enjoy a crab feast this evening. (B,L,D) DAY 11: Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
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 an expedition landing craft cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: Juneau
Visit Mendenhall Glacier with your naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close. (B,L,D).

DAY 13: Glacier Bay National Park
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. Search for Steller sea lions, puffins and mountain goats. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. (B,L,D)

DAY 14: Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords
Kayak and hike among forested islands on our final exploration of southeast Alaska. (B,L,D)

DAY 15: Sitka/Disembark/Home
Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for flights to Seattle. (B)
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Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Extensions
Denali National Park

PRE- OR POST-TRIP / 6 DAYS / FROM $5,590
Discover the wildness that lives at the heart of Alaska; add an inland exploration of Denali National Park to your coastal expedition. With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you’ll enjoy special access.

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