Exploring Southeast Alaska on our expeditions is an unrivalled experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Our expedition ships are fully equipped with tools for exploration that will enable you to:
- Venture into a land of mist shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers and islands teeming with wildlife
- Hike through lush forests to cascading waterfalls, and ride Zodiacs into secluded inlets to look for brown bears
- Enjoy footage taken by the Undersea Specialist as they bring the undersea to the comfort of the lounge
- Benefit from our 30+ years of experience and relationships in Alaska to see all you came for and more
You’ll have the opportunity to hike over spongy earth on trails used by bears for centuries or along boardwalks built over bogs and winding through forests. You’ll take expedition landing craft past floating icebergs for closer looks at glaciers, and each day you’ll have the option to walk or kayak, and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups. See more of what you’ll do.
Encounter iconic and abundant wildlife: Brown bears. Humpback whales. Orcas. Steller sea lions. Bald eagles. Sure-footed mountain goats on steep cliffs. The wildlife of Alaska is legendary—see it in abundance.
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist––the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska. Their knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
National Geographic Venture
The NEW 50-cabin National Geographic Venture comfortably accommodates 100 guests and with a shallow draft depth, allowing us to navigate the inner reaches and provide the same intimate experiences of the charismatic regions we explore. Her twin expedition craft landing platforms allow us to rapidly get on and off the ship to take advantage of wildlife sightings and to ensure we maximize our time off the ship exploring. Designed with decades of expedition experience in the region, the vessel also features open decks, generous windows, and specialty tools for exploration—all which bring you closer in to these pristine wilds.
Day 1: Sitka, Alaska/ Embark
Day 2: Southeast Alaska's Island, Bays and Fjords
Day 3: Icy Strait and the Inian Islands
Day 4: Glacier Bay National Park
Day 5: Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
Day 6: Petersburg
Day 7: Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness
Day 8: Juneau, Alaska/Disembark
Michael Mastanduno is the Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College. An international relations expert with a specialization in U.S. foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region, Professor Mastanduno led the 2014 Delegation of U.S. Scholars to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and frequently teaches abroad in Japan and Italy as a distinguished lecturer and visiting professor. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, and a recipient of numerous teaching awards and academic fellowships including Fulbright, Pew, and Brookings Institution fellowships. His more recent books include Introduction to International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015) and International Relations Theory and the Consequences of Unipolarity (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and his B.A. from SUNY Albany.