Guests on Zodaic observing a diving Humpback Whale in Alaska
Small ship cruise passengers with their guide in the forest in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia looking at old totems
Kayaker paddling through a uniquely sculpted ice berg in tracy arm fjord, Alaska
Small ship cruise passengers on a skiff in front of a glacier in Alaska pointing out site and looking through bincoluars
Calving of a glacier in Alaska
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North America Alaska Cruise

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia

This 14- or 15-day comprehensive itinerary between Seattle, Washington, and Sitka, Alaska, offers an educational and inspirational voyage aboard the National Geographic fleet of small expedition ships. All itineraries include an in-depth exploration of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, British Columbia’s Inside Passage and Alaska’s national parks and wilderness areas, with select alternative routes including a visit to the seldom-seen ancestral world of Haida Gwaii.

Linger in the temperate rainforests and wildlife-rich channels of British Columbia, discovering the cultural facets of this coast during captivating performances and interactions with the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Alert Bay. Explore breathtaking fjords and towering glaciers in Southeast Alaska, including Misty Fiords, whale-rich Icy Strait and a special permitted sailing into Glacier Bay National Park. This Alaska small ship expedition is active travel at its best, with kayaking, beachcombing and exploring forest trails under the guidance of expert naturalists. Photograph with and learn from Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors on board and experience the surprisingly colorful undersea through video shot by the ships’ undersea specialist on every expedition.

Choose from the 14-day northbound itinerary, from Seattle to Sitka, or the southbound cruise, from Sitka to Seattle, aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Quest or Venture expedition ships. Both of these sister ships are an ideal basecamp for luxury Alaska cruises due to their upscale amenities and thoughtful design. 

To visit Haida Gwaii, look for the longer 15-day alternative route aboard 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion, which travels the same coastline but includes three days exploring the islands and ancestral home of the Haida people.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska cruises and Glacier Bay National Park cruises.



Itinerary

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia Itinerary

The 14-day Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia Cruise begins in Seattle, Washington, and travels northbound to Glacier Bay, then cruises southbound to end in Sitka, Alaska.

Treasures of the Inside Passage Alaska and British Columbia route map of this Alaska Canada cruise.
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Day 1
Embark Seattle, Washington

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
San Juan Islands, Washington

Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Watch for killer whales.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Victoria, British Columbia

Clear into Canada in the charming city of Victoria and choose from several tailor-made options to explore. Visit private gardens, bike along the waterfront, take a historical stroll through Old Town or peruse the collections at local art galleries. In the evening, enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre while taking in the incredible collection of paintings.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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 seabirds, shore birds and birds of prey.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Alert Bay & Johnstone Strait

Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Misty Fjords, Alaska

Cruise past glacially carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fjord’s forested backwaters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Petersburg

Search for humpback whales while heading toward the small fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and explore the unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the “muskeg,” with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Later, enjoy an evening crab feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
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 the vessel to share the lore and legend of the area. Wildness abounds!

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Inian Islands & Icy Strait

Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 13
Explore Baranof or Chichagof Island

Spend a full day searching for humpback whales in the rich waters off of Chichagof or Baranof Island, kayak, hike and enjoy the captain’s farewell dinner this evening.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Sitka & Town Tour

Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

Exclusions

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

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia cruise begins in Seattle, Washington (SEA), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Plan flights to arrive to Seattle by 2:30pm for a 5:30pm embarkation. Plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 12:00pm on day 14.

Activities

Opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography exist on and off the ship. On board, a wellness specialist offers wellness treatments, massages and complimentary morning stretching. Off-vessel activities can be tailored to most activity levels and may include hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Travelers under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia Itinerary

The 14-day Reverse Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska, and travels northbound to Glacier Bay, then cruises southbound to end in Seattle, Washington.

Treasures of the Inside Passage Alaska and British Columbia route map of this Alaska Canada cruise.
Read More
Day 1
Embark Sitka, Alaska

Visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its picturesque spire and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Explore Baranof or Chichagof Island

Spend a full day searching for humpback whales in the rich waters off of Chichagof or Baranof Island, kayak, hike and enjoy the captain’s welcome dinner this evening.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Inian Islands & Icy Strait

Cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of steller sea lions reside. Hike nearby islands, kayak and search for whales in the rich waters of Icy Strait.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
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 the vessel to share the lore and legend of the area. Wildness abounds!

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Petersburg

Search for humpback whales while heading toward the small fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Go ashore for a walk along a quiet forest trail and explore the unique Southeast Alaskan ecosystem, the “muskeg,” with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. Later, enjoy an evening crab feast.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Misty Fjords, Alaska

Cruise past glacially carved cliffs and kayak in the stillness of Misty Fjord’s forested backwaters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 8 - 9
Inside Passage of British Columbia

Head southward 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Alert Bay & Johnstone Strait

Observe a traditional First Nations performance in Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Center and learn from the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Victoria, British Columbia

Choose from several tailor-made options to explore based on personal interests. Visit private gardens, bike along the water-front, 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 13
San Juan Islands, Washington

Spend a full day exploring the San Juan Islands via naturalist-led hikes and by kayak. Watch for killer whales.

Accommodations

National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 14
Disembark Seattle, Washington

Arrive in Seattle and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

Exclusions

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

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Reverse Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Seattle, Washington (SEA). Plan flights to arrive to Sitka by 2:30pm for a 5:30pm embarkation. Plan flights to depart Seattle no earlier than 12:00pm on day 14.

Activities

Opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography exist on and off the ship. On board, a wellness specialist offers wellness treatments, massages and complimentary morning stretching. Off-vessel activities can be tailored to most activity levels and may include hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Travelers under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii Itinerary

The 15-day A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii, begins in Seattle, Washington, and ends in Sitka, Alaska, and includes a visit to the seldom-seen ancestral world of Haida Gwaii.

Route map of main & reverse 15-day A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii small ship cruise, operating between Seattle, Washington and Sitka, Alaska with visits to Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Johnstone Strait, Alert Bay, Haidai Gwaii, Misty Fiords, Frederick Sound, Petersburg, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait & the Inian Islands.
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Day 1
Embark Seattle, Washington

Arrive in Seattle this afternoon and embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Cruise amid the lush Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia, which runs between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and search for some of the many marine mammals that inhabit these waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Johnstone Strait & Alert Bay, British Columbia

Visit the U’mista Cultural Center in Alert Bay and watch traditional First Nations performances and learn about the art and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 4 - 5
Inside Passage of British Columbia

Sail northward along steep and rugged coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the remote bays and inlets.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 6 - 9
Haida Gwaii

With very special permission, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii, including the incredible Gwaii Haanas National Park & Haida Heritage Site. Be joined by a Haida Interpreter for these days among the islands, wildlife and cultural sites. In the Haida ancestral town of Old Massett, be welcomed into a home of a local carver for a feast of traditional foods and dance. Meet Haida artists and see their workshops. Visit the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Llnagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and their renowned artwork, a spiritual endeavor. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), kayak and take Zodiacs around the incredibly biodiverse islands in Gwaii Haanas.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 10 - 12
Alaska's Inside Passage

Spend three days encountering spectacular scenery and wildlife in Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Explore the forested backwaters of Misty Fjords National Monument by kayak or expedition landing craft. Go ashore to visit the charming fishing village of Petersburg, and explore the surrounding area on a forest walk or on an optional bicycle ride or flightseeing excursion (at an additional cost.) Cruise and kayak past the glacially carved cliffs of Tracy or Endicott Arm—both spectacular fjords that harbor orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a cruise on an expedition landing craft for unparalleled view of sculpted iridescent icebergs.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 13 - 14
Glacier Bay National Park, Inian Islands & Chichagof Island

By special park permit, spend a full day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. A national park ranger joins us to interpret the area geology and ecosystems, and a native Tlingit interpreter will share the lore and legend of the area. Then, spend a day kayaking and hiking among incredible wildlife around the Inian Islands and Chichagof Island. Conditions permitting, lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen for whale communications. Enjoy a farewell dinner on this final night.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 15
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in the picturesque city of Sitka on Baranof Island and meet eagles up close at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

Exclusions

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

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii Cruise begins in Seattle, Washington (SEA), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Plan flights to arrive to Seattle by 2:30pm for a 5:30pm embarkation. Plan flights to depart Sitka no earlier than 12:00pm on day 15.

Activities

Opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography exist on and off the ship. On board, a wellness specialist offers wellness treatments, massages and complimentary morning stretching. Off-vessel activities can be tailored to most activity levels and may include hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Travelers under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii Itinerary

The 15-day Reverse A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii, begins in Sitka, Alaska, ends in Seattle, Washington, and includes a visit to the seldom-seen ancestral world of Haida Gwaii.

Route map of main & reverse 15-day A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii small ship cruise, operating between Seattle, Washington and Sitka, Alaska with visits to Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Johnstone Strait, Alert Bay, Haidai Gwaii, Misty Fiords, Frederick Sound, Petersburg, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait & the Inian Islands.
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Day 1
Embark Sitka, Alaska

Arrive in the picturesque city of Sitka on Baranof Island and embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

dinner

Read More
Days 2 - 3
Glacier Bay National Park, Inian Islands & Chichagof Island

By special park permit, spend a full day among the enormous glaciers and expansive wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. A national park ranger joins us to interpret the area geology and ecosystems, and a native Tlingit interpreter will share the lore and legend of the area. Then, spend a day kayaking and hiking among incredible wildlife around the Inian Islands and Chichagof Island. Conditions permitting, lower the ship’s hydrophone to listen for whale communications.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 4 - 6
Alaska's Inside Passage

Spend three days encountering spectacular scenery and wildlife in Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Explore the forested backwaters of Misty Fjords National Monument by kayak or expedition landing craft. Go ashore to visit the charming fishing village of Petersburg, and explore the surrounding area on a forest walk or on an optional bicycle ride or flightseeing excursion (at an additional cost.) Cruise and kayak past the glacially carved cliffs of Tracy or Endicott Arm—both spectacular fjords that harbor orcas, humpback whales, and Steller sea lions. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close and take a cruise on an expedition landing craft for unparalleled view of sculpted iridescent icebergs.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 7 - 10
Haida Gwaii

With very special permission, explore the islands of Haida Gwaii, including the incredible Gwaii Haanas National Park & Haida Heritage Site. Be joined by a Haida Interpreter for these days among the islands, wildlife and cultural sites. In the Haida ancestral town of Old Massett, be welcomed into a home of a local carver for a feast of traditional foods and dance. Meet Haida artists and see their workshops. Visit the Haida Heritage Center at Kay Llnagaay to learn about the incredible history of the Haida people and their renowned artwork, a spiritual endeavor. See the ancient totems at SGang Gwaay (Ninstints), kayak and take Zodiacs around the incredibly biodiverse islands in Gwaii Haanas.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 11 - 12
Inside Passage of British Columbia

Sail northward along steep and rugged coastline looking for whales, dolphins, bears, deer and other wildlife. Go ashore to explore or kayak the remote bays and inlets.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 13
Johnstone Strait & Alert Bay, British Columbia

Visit the U’mista Cultural Center in Alert Bay and watch traditional First Nations performances and learn about the art and culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 14
Gulf Islands, British Columbia

Cruise amid the lush Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia, which runs between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and search for some of the many marine mammals that inhabit these waters.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 15
Disembark Seattle, Washington

Disembark in Seattle and continue on your way home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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

Exclusions

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

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Reverse A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT), and ends in Seattle, Washington (SEA). Plan flights to arrive to Sitka by 2:30pm for a 5:30pm embarkation. Plan flights to depart Seattle no earlier than 12:00pm on day 15.

Activities

Opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography exist on and off the ship. On board, a wellness specialist offers wellness treatments, massages and complimentary morning stretching. Off-vessel activities can be tailored to most activity levels and may include hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Travelers under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

May 02 - May 16, 2021
National Geographic Sea Lion • 15 days
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May 03 - May 06, 2021
National Geographic Venture • 14 days
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May 09 - May 22, 2021
National Geographic Quest • 14 days
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Sep 03 - Sep 17, 2021
National Geographic Sea Lion • 15 days
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Sep 11 - Sep 24, 2021
National Geographic Quest • 14 days
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May 01 - May 14, 2022
National Geographic Venture • 14 days
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May 02 - May 15, 2022
National Geographic Quest • 14 days
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Sep 04 - Sep 17, 2022
National Geographic Quest • 14 days
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Accommodations

Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Quest

Purpose built to cruise coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art, expedition, luxury vessel designed for supreme comfort and enhanced wildlife viewing.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Venture

The 100-guest National Geographic Venture is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Lion is a tried and true educational-based 62-guest expedition ship. Onboard experts from National Geographic make this ship, and its twin the National Geographic Sea Bird, unique.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Complimentary One-way Airfare On 2021 Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska & British Columbia Cruises

Book your 2021 Alaska cruise and receive free airfare in this special deal.

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Flexible Alaska Cruise Cancellation Available Close To Departure

Book or re-book your 2021 Alaska cruise aboard the National Geographic fleet with confidence using these risk-free, flexible policy details.

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Receive 2021 Rates for 2022 National Geographic Alaska Cruises

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Expert Review

Ship Reviews from our Experts so You Know What to Expect

Arielle Lightcap • August 27th, 2017
Expert Aboard: National Geographic Quest Review

Adventure Specialist Arielle Figueroa was among the first to step aboard the new National Geographic Quest during its first month sailing. Read her review of this stunning small ship.

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Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Choose from a wide variety of other AdventureSmith Alaska trips to extend your journey, or opt for a pre- or postcruise extension with your fellow passengers on this cruise. Consult the following for prices and further details: 

A pre- or post-cruise 6-day extension to Denali is offered by Lindblad in conjunction with this cruise. From the Kantishna Roadhouse, set deep in the heart of the park, enjoy opportunities to explore Denali’s most pristine backcountry areas via private touring vehicles, hiking, biking, canoeing and fishing. Call for pricing. You may also wish to consider one of AdventureSmith Explorations’ more affordable independent tours Denali Backcountry Explorer, Camp Denali Adventure or Brown Bears of Katmai. Our Alaska experts will help you customize your Alaska adventure, call today.

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6 - 10 Day Land Tour
Camp Denali Adventure

This premier Denali National Park base camp, in view of Denali, is located near Wonder Lake at the end of the 92-mile Denali Park Road and offers expert guided explorations and unique hikes.

From $2825USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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7 Day Land Tour
Alaska Wildland Collection

The 7-day Alaska Wildland Collection is a seamless Alaska adventure promising remote and in-depth exploration of the Kenai Peninsula. Easy access from Anchorage, short travel times, fun activities and special youth rates make this a great family travel option.

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From $4595USD
May Jun Jul Aug
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7 Day Land Tour
Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer

The ultimate of all Kenai Fjords tours, this trip offers active exploration from the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only lodge located within Kenai Fjords National Park. Enjoy a more in-depth exploration—think kayaking, hiking, relaxing and less overland travel.

From $2965USD
Jun Jul Aug Sep
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This active, 6-day adventure aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion is a perfect cruise complement to a land program, offering unique adventures like river rafting, biking along fjords and optional flightseeing Glacier Bay National Park.

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