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Each week aboard is crafted to offer you the most in-depth experience of Alaska possible. Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change when we take advantage of a sighting of a pod of killer whales or linger on shore to watch a brown bear sow and her cubs forage. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.


Embark: Seattle

Disembark: Sitka

Select departures travel from Sitka to Seattle.


  • DAY 1: Seattle/Embark

    Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture. (D)

  • DAY 2: San Juan Islands, Washington

    Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Search for killer whales. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Victoria, British Columbia

    Clear into Canada in the charming city of Victoria and choose from several tailor-made options to explore based on your interests. Visit private gardens, bike along the waterfront, take a historical stroll through Old Town, or discover James Bay on an architecture tour. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre while taking in the incredible collection of paintings. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Gulf Islands

    Located in the Strait of Georgia, between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands are a kayaker’s paradise. Explore the myriad islets and rocky coasts and keep an eye out for harbor seals and an array of sea birds, shore birds and birds of prey. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

    Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the Big House, and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6-7: Inside Passage of British Columbia

    Head northward along the pristine coastline in search of whales, dolphins, bears, deer, and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak among the many bays and inlets. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Misty Fjords, Alaska

    Cruise past glacially-carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fjords' forested backwaters. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Petersburg

    Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, Nordic fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Go ashore and explore the unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the "muskeg," with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Later, enjoy an evening crab feast. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness

    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 Zodiac cruise for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11: Glacier Bay National Park

    Via special park permit, 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. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the lore and legend of the area. Wildness abounds! (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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