Small ship cruise guests rafting down the Chilkat River in Alaska's Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines
Zodiac up close to massive glaciers in Alaska
Group of small ship cruise passengers hiking Cascade Creek Trail, Thomas Bay in the Tongass National Forest of Alaska
Curious northern stellar sea lion colony get up close to a group of people on an inflatable skiff in Alaska
Group of stellar sea lions hanging out on rocks in Alaska.
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North America Alaska Cruise

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau

Explore Alaska on an active, exciting expedition to see the region’s iconic wildlife and epic landscapes in the compact timeframe of one work week. Take long hikes on world-class trails through forests of towering trees, kayak long routes deep into glacially carved fjords and raft to an ancient Alaska native village—all with the nimble 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion expedition ships as your moving basecamp.

Highlights include paddling on long, naturalist-guided kayaking journeys into Alaska’s dramatic bays, rafting the Chilkat River with local guides and calling at the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan, flightseeing Glacier Bay National Park and zipping around incredible icebergs and glaciers at Tracy and Endicott Arm. Haines, known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,” delivers big with options to bike around a glacial fjord, take a world class hike and more. With all the action, there’s still time for simple, serene moments with Alaska’s iconic wildlife. Keep eyes open for humpback whales, brown bears and bald eagles. Search for killer whales in the wildlife-rich channels between islands and sure-footed mountain goats in steep fjords.

The main 6-day Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau cruise begins in Sitka and ends in Juneau. There is also a reverse itinerary that begins in Juneau and ends in Sitka, as well as special themed departures. Aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion, guests are in the most excellent company. Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader and five veteran naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist. The expedition staff’s knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to this once-in-a-lifetime, active cruise experience.

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



Itinerary

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau Itinerary

The 6-day Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau Cruise begins in Sitka, travels north to Haines with a possible flightseeing excursion over Glacier Bay National Park, then travels south to end in Juneau.

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Day 1
Embark Sitka, Alaska

Arrive in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Stretch your legs by walking the Totem Trail in Sitka National Historic Park or other local nature trails before stopping in at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center for an up close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Explore Baranof or Chichagof Islands

Be immersed in the wilds of Alaska while kayaking deep into one of Baranof or Chichagof Islands’ countless, breathtaking bays. Hear bald eagles call from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees while paddling through these mirror-calm waters. In the afternoon, hear the stories of this ancient rainforest on an adventurous hike with the naturalist guide.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Icy Strait & Inian Islands

Spend today searching for wildlife in these rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Options include an expedition landing craft cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of steller sea lions reside, quiet kayaking in the outer waters of Glacier Bay or hikes in lush, temperate rainforest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Haines

Haines is known as the adventure capital of Alaska for a very good reason. Many, in fact. Those feeling extra adventurous can choose from one of many world-class hikes; cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord; take an optional (included) flightseeing excursion over Glacier Bay National Park; or raft down the Chilkat River, calling into the ancient Chilkat Tlingit village of Klukwan for a dance demonstration and cultural interpretation. The day is full of options.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Tracy or Endicott Arm, Fords Terror Wilderness

Awake this morning in the stunningly beautiful Tracy or Endicott Arm, part of the Fords Terror Wilderness. Enter this glacially carved wilderness aboard your nimble ship, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft for a view of South Sawyer or Dawes Glaciers. If conditions permit, hop into one of the kayaks to paddle along fjord walls that soar straight from the sea and watch for curious harbor seals trailing the kayak’s wake. Cap off this adventurous voyage with the captain’s farewell dinner.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Disembark Juneau, Alaska

Disembark in downtown Juneau and transfer to the airport for flights home, or to an optional land extension.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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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; flightseeing.

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 $750 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 penalties, 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 Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau Cruise begins in Sitka, Alaska (SIT) and ends in Juneau, Alaska (JNU). Embarkation time on day 1 may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 6 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on group flights. In general, plan to arrive into Sitka in the early afternoon of day 1 at the latest and depart Juneau on the final day of the cruise no earlier than 2:00pm.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, whale watching, wildlife observation and included flightseeing.

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 Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Sitka Itinerary

The 6-day Reverse Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Sitka Cruise begins in Juneau, travels north to Haines with a possible flightseeing excursion over Glacier Bay National Park, then travels south to end in Sitka.

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Day 1
Embark Juneau, Alaska

Arrive in downtown Juneau and take in the incredible view of the Gastineau Channel from the top of Mt. Roberts. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion in the early evening.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Tracy Arm & Fords Terror Wilderness

Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved fjord, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and keep an eye out for the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate with a farewell dinner on board.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Haines

Known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,” Haines is situated on a scenic peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. Hike one of the many world-class trails in the area, enjoy an optional flight-seeing tour over Glacier Bay National Park or cycle along the edge of a glacial lake. Visit the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan and enjoy a traditional dance and cultural performance before setting off on a rafting excursion, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, bears and moose as you float through the spectacular Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Icy Strait & the Inian Islands

Spend today searching for wildlife in rich waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Inside Passage. Options include an expedition landing craft cruise among the Inian Islands, where an abundance of Steller sea lions reside; kayaking in the calm outer waters of Glacier Bay; or hiking in lush temperate rain forest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Exploring Baranof or Chichagof Island

Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof or Chichagof Islands, both part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island harbors one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard along rugged coastlines, and in the afternoon, go hiking through the temperate rain forest, listening for bald eagles calling out from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Disembark Sitka, Alaska

Disembark in Sitka, situated on the western coast of Baranof Island and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Take a walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. 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; flightseeing.

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 $750 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 penalties, 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 Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Sitka cruise begins in Juneau, Alaska (JNU), and ends in Sitka, Alaska (SIT). Embarkation time on day 1 may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 6 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on group flights. In general, plan to arrive to Juneau in the early afternoon of day 1 at the latest and depart on the final day of the cruise no earlier than 2:00pm.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable skiff excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, whale watching, wildlife observation and included flightseeing.

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

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May 16 - May 21, 2021
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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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10% Group Savings On 2021 Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau Cruises

Book your group's select 2021 Alaska cruise and save up to 10% on the total cruise price in this special deal.

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Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Choose from a variety of other AdventureSmith Alaska trips to extend your journey, combine cruise itineraries, or opt for a pre-cruise extension with your fellow passengers on this cruise.

The Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau itinerary can be combined with the Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan itinerary for an 11-day Alaska cruise that travels between Sitka and Ketchikan with no repeated landing sites. Please inquire with an Adventure Specialist for further details.

A pre- or post-cruise 6-day extension to Denali is also offered 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 ExplorerCamp Denali & North Face Lodge Adventure or Brown Bears of Katmai. Our Alaska experts will help you customize your Alaska adventure, call today.

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Denali Backcountry Explorer

Spend 3 nights at a remote backcountry lodge situated 90 miles inside Denali National Park. Unbeatable wildlife viewing, landscape photography, guided hikes, fishing, dog sleds and an Alaska railroad ride can be customized to complement any Alaska small ship cruise.

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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.

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Alaska bear viewing in Katmai National Park is one of the state's greatest wildlife spectacles. From your home base at Brooks Lodge, see the brown bears of Brooks River. This independent package includes hotels in downtown Anchorage and a seaplane flight to Katmai.

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