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

On our Alaska and British Columbia cruise excursions, each week aboard is crafted to offer you the most in-depth experience 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 whales or linger near shore to watch a brown bear sow and her cubs forage. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

Encounter legendary wildlife
See humpback whales, brown bears, and bald eagles—the iconic wildlife of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. Search for killer whales in the wildlife-rich channels between islands and sure-footed mountain goats in steep fjords.

Travel in excellent company 
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist––the largest and most knowledgeable expedition team in Alaska and British Columbia. Their knowledge and passion is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet the team


  • DAY 1: Ketchikan, AK, USA

    Arrive in Ketchikan and head to the Totem Heritage Center to view the priceless collection of 19th-century totem poles. This afternoon, board the National Geographic Venture. (D)

  • DAY 2: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada

    Wake up in Prince Rupert, a scenic harbor town on British Columbia’s rugged northwest coast. Get immersed in First Nations history at the Museum of Northern British Columbia, built in the style of a coastal longhouse. Breathe in the scent of cedar beams and peruse an impressive collection of ornate carvings, weavings, ceremonial objects, and regalia. Visit the North Pacific Cannery Museum, a collection of cannery buildings located in a pristine wilderness surroundings that highlight BC’s economic, cultural and natural development over the last century. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3-6: Exploring the Great Bear Rainforest

    Over the course of the next four days, we will cruise deep into the fjords and deep valleys that carve into the Coast Range looking for black and grizzly bears. We will be accompanied by a cultural interpreter who knows the area intimately and will share with you the legends of their people. We will circumnavigate Gribbell Island, what the Valhalla Wilderness Society has dubbed “Mother Island of the White Bear,” in search of this elusive bear. It is believed that between 10 to 20 percent of bears in this region are born with the recessive gene that causes the white fur; fewer than 400 are estimated to exist.

    British Columbia has one of the highest proportions of protected land of any jurisdiction in the world. Almost 15% of the land is protected, with a wide range of provincial parks, national parks, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will go ashore and explore several remote locations where few people venture. Discover hidden gems by Zodiac and kayak, navigating the tidal narrows that lead to the spectacular Foch lagoon and gliding into rugged valleys of Owyacumish Bay--all while constantly scanning the rocky shoreline for bears. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Cruising and Union Passage Provincial Marine Park

    Sail alongside pods of killer whales, see foraging brown bears as we sail north through the narrow Grenville Channel, a dramatic navigational experience. Not only does the channel narrow to less than a quarter of a mile across, but a slight bend in the passage makes the waterway seem to disappear into the hills ahead and behind the ship. Here, we will drop our Zodiacs and kayaks to explore the salmon run at Verney Falls in Lowe Inlet Provincial Marine Park on our way to Prince Rupert. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada*/Disembark/Seattle, WA, USA/Home

    Disembark and transfer to the airport in Prince Rupert. Board a charter flight to Seattle for your connecting flight home. (B)

    *PLEASE NOTE: 2021 departures will disembark in Ketchikan and transfer to airport for flights home. Please call an Expedition Specialist for details.

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

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