Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii tour

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

Lindblad Expeditions
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
15 days
From: $ 10,390 $ 693 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Sail deep into the fjords and narrow, wildlife-rich channels
  • Encounter abundant and varied wildlife; spend time observing them
  • Enjoy privileged access to Haida Gwaii, the ancestral home of the Haida people, which contains Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Shoot with and learn from a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Experience the surprisingly colorful undersea through video shot by our undersea specialist on every expedition

Short Description

Embark on a 15-day adventure between Sitka, Alaska and Seattle, Washington exploring three of the most appealing wild regions in the Pacific Northwest: Alaska’s Inside Passage, coastal British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii. You’ll sail into mist-shrouded fjords and past crashing glaciers, see brown bears stalking shores, and eagles flying. And in Haida Gwaii you’ll meet artisans and experience the resonance of their cultural heritage and artwork.  With our special access to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, you’ll see ancient village sites, and the endemic species that make Haida Gwaii the “Canadian Galápagos.”

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Seattle
End City Sitka

Trip Includes

  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Accommodations
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Seattle/Embark

Meals: Dinner

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship.

DAY 2: Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Search for orca whales and cruise around forested islands.

DAY 3: Johnstone Strait and Alert Bay, British Columbia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

At the community of Alert Bay, visit the U’mista Cultural Centre, 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.

DAY 4-5: Inside Passage of British Columbia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Head northward along the untouched coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the many bays and inlets.

DAY 6-8: Haida Gwaii

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

With a shared respect for the natural world, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii. A Haida Interpreter will join us as we visit the Haida Heritage Center at K’aay Llnagaay 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 local artistans. Explore 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.

DAY 9: Misty Fiords, Alaska

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fiord’s forested backwaters.

DAY 10: Frederick Sound and Petersburg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

DAY 11: Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and 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 cruise on an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs.

DAY 12: Juneau

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visit Mendenhall Glacier with your naturalists and observe the ever-changing, ice-carved valley up close.

DAY 13: Glacier Bay National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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. A National Park Service Ranger will join us as well.

DAY 14: Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kayak and hike among forested islands on our final exploration of southeast Alaska.

DAY 15: Sitka/Disembark/Home

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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Amazing, other worldly, up close, intimate and such a vast variety of landscapes and wildlife. The ship is 5* adventure and luxury wrapped into one. Staff on board are super well coordinated, friendly, helpful, warm and the naturalists on board know their stuff. This is a once in a lifetime experience and I would not hesitate to send any client here, regardless of age! An amazing education for all. I am a Virtuoso travel agent who sells Lindblad and this is my first experience with them for myself.
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I've been fortunate enough to travel around the world and see a lot of great sites. I've done budget group travel, and I've hoofed it on my own, but have also stayed with the most exclusive 5 Star Inns and tour operators. They all have their place, but for certain destinations -- particularly the arctic, Antarctic, and Galapagos, I would not consider anybody but Lindblad.

Yes there are others that call themselves Expedition ships, but I've been on 5 expeditions now, and I've have dozens of conversations with staff members who've worked for a variety of expedition companies. There's a reason so many of them work their tails off for years to try to get a job with Lindblad.

Will you have a good experience with the lesser-brand expedition ships? Sure. But for all the money you spend to get to these once-in-a-lifetime destinations, you want the best captains and the most aggressive and knowledgeable expedition leaders. Consider this: Your trip with Lindblad might lead to an afternoon spent on the nesting grounds with 200,000 penguins, or a night out hiking on pack ice, or swimming with whale sharks, when other nearby ships didn't want to risk the tricky tides at the nesting grounds, or were instead caught in a storm just a few miles away.
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Optional Activities

  • Denali National Park Pre-Voyage Extension: PRE-TRIP / 6 DAYS / FROM $5,690
  • Denali National Park Post Voyage Extension
  • Seattle Pre-Voyage Extension: PRE-TRIP / 3 DAYS / FROM $2,190

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

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  • International and internal airfare
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Gratuities
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses

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