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Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau

From AUD $5,720

Description

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 our nimble expedition ship as your moving basecamp.

Choose our most active Alaska expedition
Expect long point-to-point kayak outings where our ship drops off our groups and then repositions to pick us up after time spent exploring quiet bays and coastlines of towering ancient trees. Hike rocky trails high into the mountains for incredible views. And venture deep into the forest along rugged trails and salmon streams to explore new ecosystems.

Encounter legendary wildlife
See humpback whales, brown bears, and bald eagles—the iconic wildlife of Southeast Alaska. Search for killer whales in the wildlife-rich channels between islands and sure-footed mountain goats in steep fjords.

Explore the “Adventure Capital of Alaska”
Call in at the small town of Haines, Alaska and choose to take a bicycle ride around a glacial lake or raft to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where the highest concentration of bald eagles in the world thrive. Be sure to stop in at local stores or, in the evening, at one of the town’s bars to hoist a few pints of local craft ale and mix with locals.

Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist–the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska. Their knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Trip Name
Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau
Days
6
Overview
Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition Length: 52 metres Passenger Capacity: 62 (in twin cabins) Built: 1982 / Refurbished 2015 Twin Expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each can comfortably accommodate 62 guests. The feeling, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Full interior renovations have been completed on these twin 62-guest ships, National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Sea Bird. The extensive renovation to guest cabins, the lounge and bar, dining room, public areas and spa has transformed the ships to provide the ultimate in expedition hospitality and comfort. Nothing has been left untouched, from the sleekly framed wall photos, to the fresh paint, and new carpets throughout the ships. - The lounge and bar have been completely redesigned and reconfigured to provide an open, enhanced environment with additional seating and better flow. The modern design features new tables and chairs, upholstery of settees, overhead ceiling panels, and LED dimmable lighting. The lounge also hosts a new food & beverage area, library, and Global Market. - The dining room’s upgrade features all new tables, chairs, ceiling panels, and LED dimmable lighting. The wine bar has been replaced and features a display showcasing selections from the regions explored. - Every cabin has been completely redone and all furnishings have been replaced. Modern aged cherry bed boxes, faux leather headboards, Lindblad signature bed linens, new windows, lighting, and additional USB outlets provide a dramatic makeover for a relaxing guest experience. Bathrooms now feature new shower doors and all new hardware. - Exterior renovations include new deck furniture and outdoor awning.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1: Sitka / Embark
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. (L, D)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Exploring Baranof / Chichagof Islands
Immerse yourself in the wilds of Alaska as you kayak deep into one of Baranof 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 rain forest on an adventurous hike with your naturalist guide. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - DAY 3: Lynn Canal
At the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Lynn Canal offers ample opportunity for active exploration. Spend today hiking and kayaking in the shadows of snow-capped peaks where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea. Tonight we’ll call into the small town of Haines for an Alaskan evening as the locals do. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - DAY 4: Haines
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. Or cycle along the edge of a glacial lake. 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. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - DAY 5: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness
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 paddling 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. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - DAY 6: Juneau
Disembark in downtown Juneau and transfer to the airport for flights home, or to an optional land extension. (B)
Day 7 - Please Note:
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
16-05-202121-05-2021AUD $5,720Category 1
16-05-202121-05-2021AUD $6,590Category 2
16-05-202121-05-2021AUD $7,880Category 3
16-05-202121-05-2021AUD $8,480Category 1 Single
16-05-202121-05-2021AUD $9,820Category 2 Single
10-06-202115-06-2021AUD $5,720Category 1
10-06-202115-06-2021AUD $6,590Category 2
10-06-202115-06-2021AUD $7,880Category 3
10-06-202115-06-2021AUD $8,480Category 1 Single
10-06-202115-06-2021AUD $9,820Category 2 Single
15-06-202120-06-2021AUD $5,720Category 1
15-06-202120-06-2021AUD $6,590Category 2
15-06-202120-06-2021AUD $7,880Category 3
15-06-202120-06-2021AUD $8,480Category 1 Single
15-06-202120-06-2021AUD $9,820Category 2 Single
30-06-202105-07-2021AUD $5,720Category 1
30-06-202105-07-2021AUD $6,590Category 2
30-06-202105-07-2021AUD $7,880Category 3
30-06-202105-07-2021AUD $8,480Category 1 Single
30-06-202105-07-2021AUD $9,820Category 2 Single
05-07-202110-07-2021AUD $5,720Category 1
05-07-202110-07-2021AUD $6,590Category 2
05-07-202110-07-2021AUD $7,880Category 3
05-07-202110-07-2021AUD $8,480Category 1 Single
05-07-202110-07-2021AUD $9,820Category 2 Single
25-07-202130-07-2021AUD $5,720Category 1
25-07-202130-07-2021AUD $6,590Category 2
25-07-202130-07-2021AUD $7,880Category 3
25-07-202130-07-2021AUD $8,480Category 1 Single
25-07-202130-07-2021AUD $9,820Category 2 Single
29-08-202103-09-2021AUD $5,720Category 1
29-08-202103-09-2021AUD $6,590Category 2
29-08-202103-09-2021AUD $7,880Category 3
29-08-202103-09-2021AUD $8,480Category 1 Single
29-08-202103-09-2021AUD $9,820Category 2 Single

Inclusions

    • Paddle on long, naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays
    • Choose to raft the Chilkat River with local guides and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan
    • Explore Haines, the “adventure capital of Alaska,” via raft, bicycle, or hiking boot
    • Zip around incredible icebergs and view glaciers in Tracy or Endicott Arm

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