Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity

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 orcas or linger on shore to watch a brown bear sow and her cubs forage. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.


Embark: Sitka

Disembark: Ketchikan

Select departures travel from Ketchikan to Sitka.


  • DAY 1: Sitka

    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. 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. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird and gather for a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

  • DAY 2: Exploring Baranof or Chichagof Islands

    Kayak, hike, and explore where conditions are best and wildlife most active. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Icy Strait / Inian Islands

    See an abundance of Steller sea lions. Hike nearby islands, kayak, and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Glacier Bay National Park

    We spend the entire day amidst the coves, fjords, tidewater glaciers, and majestic mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins. A native Tlingit cultural interpreter and a National Park Service Ranger join us to share the local legends of the area. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Lynn Canal

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

  • DAY 6: Haines

    Explore Alaska’s “adventure capital” on a world class hike or bike ride along the edge of a glacial lake. Raft the Chilkat River to a bald eagle preserve, and call at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a cultural interpretation. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness

    Navigate the spectacular Tracy or Endicott Arms fjords to South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier, and, if conditions permit, venture closer in our expedition landing craft for unparalleled photo opportunities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Thomas Bay / Petersburg

    Call at the quaint Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. See a unique muskeg ecosystem with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Explore by bike or optional flightseeing. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Behm Canal / Clarence Strait

    Explore the verdant Tongass National Forest. Cruise through steep-walled fiords in search of photogenic wildlife. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10: Misty Fiords

    Wake amid the glacially-carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Explore by expedition landing craft and kayak for a closer perspective. (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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