Experience the remarkable beauty of southeast Alaska on a voyage onboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or one of the new vessels, including the National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture. Discover a rugged landscape of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife - from bald eagles and brown bears to orcas and humpback whales. Kayak into secluded inlets and around dramatic icebergs, spend a full day in spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, and learn firsthand about Alaska's rich Native American heritage. 

  • Day 01

    Seattle / Juneau, Alaska
    Fly from Seattle to Juneau, where we'll meet the naturalists and visit the newly constructed Alaska State Museum - home to an impressive collection of natural and cultural artifacts. Tour downtown Juneau before settling into your cabin. Gather for dinner onboard, and then head back into town for this evening. 

    Meals included: Dinner (D)

  • Day 02

    Tracy Arm Fjord to Fords Terror Wilderness
    Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. See the soaring South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier up close, and take a cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 03

    Search for humpback whales as we head toward the small Alaska town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. It was found more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen. Explore Southeast Alaska's muskeg, an area with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for bike riding or optional flightseeing, weather permitting. In evening, enjoy a crab feast for dinner. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 04

    Exploring Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
    These waters often offer great whale watching. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the rocky islands that dot the channels, and take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the area's tiny coves. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation and discuss some of the recent discoveries about the region's marine mammal population.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)
  • Day 05

    Icy Strait And The Inian Islands
    Cruise among the Inian Islands, home to an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for marine mammals in the rich waters off Icy Strait. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 06

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
    By special permit, explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve today. See glaciers that end abruptly at the water's edge, and observe them calving - when tons of ice crash into the sea. Wilderness abounds - mountain goats and brown bears patrol the shore; and harbor seals, Steller sea lions and puffins swim in these icy waters. 

    A native Tlingit interpreter join to share local lore, and a National Park Service ranger will offer insights on the natural world. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 07

    Exploring Alaska's Islands, Bays, and Fjords
    Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools and beachcomb, hike stunning forest trails, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking through an isolated meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we'll go kayaking and watch for marine and terrestrial life. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 08

    Sitka / Seattle
    After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, Southeast Alaska's only oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. At the Alaska Raptor Center, get an up-close view of species, which it can normally seen at distance. Drive to the airport for an afternoon flight to Seattle. 

    Meals included: Breakfast (B)


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Cruise Line: National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions

Cruise Ship: National Geographic Quest

Traveling aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, you’ll enjoy the daily thrill of discovery without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with superior amenities, personalized service, and a vibrant yet casual onboard atmosphere.

Route details
From Juneau to Sitka

Dates (7 nights)
2019 departures are available from May to September


  • Transfers upon arrival / departure for guests booked on recommended group flights 
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic - Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary

Not included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable 
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance 
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities

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