Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

May 30, 2015 through June 6, 2015

Member Price

Prices are Per Person Double Occupancy (Single Supplement applies if sole occupant of cabin) on main voyage.
Category 1—$6,290 pp double occupancy; $9,440 single occupancy
Category 2—$7,340 pp double occupancy; $11,010 single occupancy
Category 3—$8,390 pp double occupancy

$750 Reservation Deposit

Denali Extension

$5,690 per person double occupancy; $8,090 single occupancy

$550 Advance Deposit

Related Parks

Denali National Park & Preserve
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

Limited availability left on this departure but multiple alternate departures are available May-August. Book by December 31 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska! 

May 30-June 6, 2015

The coast of Southeast Alaska is a maze of fjords, channels, rivers, and glaciers gliding towards the sea. On this Alaskan cruise, you will travel aboard a comfortable, small ship designed for exploring the coastal islands teeming with wildlife.

Tour 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 Park Service ranger will join us on board the vessel, adding layers of history and insider knowledge.

You will get many opportunities to disembark the 62 passenger boat to kayak and spend time in expedition landing craft to get even closer to iconic wildlife like whales, bears, and eagles. Also, get unique access to massive glaciers, scenic coastlines, and Alaska’s many hidden wonders.

For details about this trip, download the brochure (pdf)

Tour Highlights

National Geographic Sea Bird

Carrying just 62 guests and with a shallow draft, you will get the opportunity to go where others can’t go in the comfort of a large private yacht.

Glacier Bay National Park

A little over 200 years ago, what is now Glacier Bay was then a glacier more than 4,000 feet thick and extended more than 100 miles to the St. Elias Mountain Range. Today the Glacier has retreated more than 65 miles from the bay’s mouth, such rapid retreat is known nowhere else on earth.

Denali National Park & Preserve Extension

Home to North America's highest mountain, Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses more than six million acres of varied landscapes. With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you'll experience Denali National Park as few visitors do. Set deep in the heart of the park, this unique wilderness retreat offers unparalleled views of Mt. McKinley and a wide range of outdoor activities, locally-sourced cuisine, and special access to the park.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Sitka/Juneau, Alaska

Length of Tour

8 days/7 nights

Pace

Easy to moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests.

Price Includes

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; park and entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Price Does Not Include

Air transportation; voyage DVD; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; discretionary tips to Naturalist staff and crew.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $750 (+$550 extension) per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 120 days prior receive a refund, less the $350 per person handling fee; 119-90 days full deposit is forfeited, 89-60 days prior to departure. 25% of trip cost is forfeited; 59-45 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 44 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost. Additional Fees apply for cancelling extension. 

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets.

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Daily Itinerary

May 30: Sitka, Alaska/Embark Ship

To begin your Alaska cruise, fly from Seattle to 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. Gather for a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

May 31: 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)

June 1: 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, 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)    

June 2: Icy Strait And The Inian Islands

Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions and sea otters reside. We’ll search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait and, conditions permitting, lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen in on the whales’ communication. (B,L,D)

June 3: 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)

June 4: 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. Enjoy a Dungeness crab feast this evening. (B,L,D)

June 5: Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness

Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. 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, you can hop into a an expedition landing craft to provide unparalleled up close views of the glacier. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises and arctic terns. (B,L,D)

June 6: Juneau/Disembark Ship

Disembark at the port of Juneau. Spend time visiting Mendenhall Glacier, set in the dramatic Mendenhall Valley, located just 12 miles from downtown Juneau. (B)

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Pricing Details

Member Price

Prices are Per Person Double Occupancy (Single Supplement applies if sole occupant of cabin) on main voyage.
Category 1—$6,290 pp double occupancy; $9,440 single occupancy
Category 2—$7,340 pp double occupancy; $11,010 single occupancy
Category 3—$8,390 pp double occupancy

$750 Reservation Deposit

Denali Extension

$5,690 per person double occupancy; $8,090 single occupancy

$550 Advance Deposit

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Map

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National Geographic Sea Bird Deck Plan

Category 1: Main Deck #300-305

Conveniently positioned between the dining room & lounge, these cabins feature two single lower beds, a writing desk and a large view window.

Category 2: Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215

These well-located cabins include two lower single beds & a view window.

Category 3: Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219

These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.

Note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in certain categories at one half the double occupancy rate. Shared accommodations can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only, but cannot be guaranteed.

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Post-Trip Extension

With the idyllic North Face Lodge as your base camp, you’ll experience Denali National Park as few visitors do. Set deep in the heart of the park, this unique wilderness retreat offers unparalleled views of Mt. McKinley and a wide range of outdoor activities, locally-sourced cuisine, and special access to the park.

Extension Daily Itinerary

June 7: Faribanks, Alaska

Arrive in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and settle into your river view room at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner. (D)

June 8: Fairbanks to Denali National Park & Preserve

In the morning visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the North. In the late morning we depart on a wilderness drive to our temporary home located within the heart of the park, the North Face Lodge. We’ll travel in the lodge's private bus, on the otherwise highly restricted Denali Park Road, in order to access prime wildlife viewing areas; a privilege extended to the owners of North Face Lodge and their guests. The seven-hour, 90-mile drive is rife with opportunities to look for Denali's famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles, Arctic terns and more. We’ll enjoy a hearty, picnic-style dinner, served at the midpoint of the drive alongside the East Fork River. Regular bathroom stops at National Park Service facilities provide additional chances to stretch your legs. North Face Lodge (B,L,D)

June 9-11: Denali National Park & Preserve

Immerse yourself in the remote wildness and north country charm of the North Face Lodge, and become one with nature. See Denali’s rich wildlife, flora and fauna firsthand and learn about its natural history during the daily activities of your choice – hiking, canoeing, fishing and biking. Hiking is among guests’ favorite activities, as the lodge offers exclusive opportunities to hike with trained naturalist guides in the protected wilderness backcountry of Denali National Park. Optional flightseeing offers breathtaking aerial views of Alaska and is available at an additional cost. Days wind down with nightly presentations by the fireplace that focus on various aspects of Denali’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. Sleep in well-appointed, comfortable rooms and enjoy delicious meals featuring fresh baked goods and locally-grown produce throughout your stay. North Face Lodge (B,L,D)

June 12: Denali National Park & Preserve to Anchorage

This morning we depart the North Face Lodge and enjoy the scenic drive back out to the park entrance. Continue to experience the grandeur of Alaska aboard the Alaska Railroad, enjoying the first class, GoldStar Service en route to Anchorage. Lavishly appointed cars feature custom-designed interiors highlighted with original Alaska art and a private outdoor viewing deck. Dinner will be served on board the train. Anchorage Hilton Hotel (B,L,D)

June 13: Departures Home

Departures home from Anchorage

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Travel Partner

Lindblad Expeditions

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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