Experience the perfect mix of small-town life and the wild landscape that surrounds it. Capture it all with the help of our Lindblad-National Geographic photo expedition team. Sailing with you aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird will be a team of top photographers to ensure you go home with top shots.

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Raft though the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, which boasts the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world.

Explore Glacier Bay National Park, Misty Fiords National Monument, and search for humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds.

Kayak amid glacial ice, hike the Tongass National Forest and learn about the region’s rich Tlingit heritage.

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Day 1

Ketchikan

Arrive in Ketchikan where you can visit the Saxman Village and read the native history of Alaska etched on 25 totem poles. This afternoon, embark the National Geographic Sea Bird, a 62 guest expedition ship that offers the perfect platform for exploring. (D)

Day 2

Misty Fjords

Wake up surrounded by the spectacular glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument. Spend the day exploring by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Behm Canal/Clarence Strait

Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest, America’s largest, on one of the hiking trails. Cruise through whale-rich channels in search of humpback whales in their summer feeding grounds. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Thomas Bay/Petersburg

Call in at the quaint Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island where you can see a unique muskeg ecosystem with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Explore the area by bike or choose to take an optional flightseeing tour. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Tracy Arm - Ford's Terror Wilderness

Navigate the spectacular Tracy or Endicott Arm fjords to South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier and, if conditions permit, jump aboard an expedition landing craft to make a path through floating ice and bergy bits to get upclose for unparalleled views of these actively carving tidal glaciers. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Haines

Explore Alaska’s ‘adventure capital’ on a world class hike or a bike ride along the edge of a glacial lake. Or you can choose to raft through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, which boasts the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a cultural interpretation. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Lynn Canal

Hike and kayak where the mighty Chilkat River meets the sea in the shadow of snowcapped peaks and at the northern limit of Alaska’s Inside Passage. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Glacier Bay National Park

Spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Search for mountain goats, harbour seals, Steller sea lions and puffins. A native Tlingit interpreter on board the ship will share the legends of the area. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9

Icy Strait/Inian Islands

See an abundance of Steller sea lions and listen to the unique bark-like sounds they make. Hike nearby islands, kayak and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. (B)(L)(D)

Day 10

Baranof or Chichagof Islands

Kayak, hike and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. Cap off the day with the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day 11

Sitka

After breakfast disembark in Sitka where you can visit picturesque Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Raptor Rehabilitation Center before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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