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Adventures Afloat: Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness by Small Ship

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9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Waterproof knee-high rubber boots with a strong non-skid sole. Some of our landings will be wet, by Zodiac onto a beach or low jetty. Waterproof pants and a waterproof jacket are also strongly recommended. Please see the packing list for a complete list of recommended equipment. Boots can be rented from the cruise line for the duration of the program: www.shiptoshoretraveler.com/rental/alaskaboots/

Itinerary for May 16 — May 24, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location within walking distance of historical and cultural sites and shopping.

Contact info:
330 Seward St
Sitka, AK 99835 USA
phone: 907-747-6241
web: www.westmarkhotels.com/sitka.php

Room amenities: Flat screen TVs with cable, free high speed Internet access, in-room coffee makers, hairdryer and iron / ironing board.

Facility amenities: Room service, fitness center, on-site restaurant and lounge, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet throughout hotel, guest computer available, coin-operated guest laundry and free airport shuttle (for scheduled flight times only).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact the hotel directly
Please make arrangements for additional nights directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Friday, May 16 - Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientati...
Arrive To: After arrival in Sitka, look for the complimentary hotel shuttle which meets all flights.

Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 PM.

At 6:00 PM meet your group leader in the hotel lobby.

Dinner: At 6:30 pm in our private meeting room.

Evening: Following dinner our program staff will reveiw the up-to-date program schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Westmark Hotel Sitka

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This expedition ship is able reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Lindblad Expeditions' captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions they explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to the sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time on board, the expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. The seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Ship Information: Sea Bird accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 800-762-0003
web: www.expeditions.com

Room amenities: Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Facility amenities: The ship features a library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, spa. The "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Saturday, May 17 - Russian American History / Russian Bishop's House...
Russian American History / Russian Bishop's House / Catheral / Raptor Center / Embark Ship

Note: Walking tour of about 3/4 of a mile total in the morning and about 1/3 of a mile in the afternoon. Bus will be taken to the Raptor Center.

Breakfast: At the hotel in our private meeting room.

Morning: After breakfast in our meeting space, attend a lecture on Russian American history by Road Scholar staff. Following the presentation, discover the native Tlingit history with an historical walking tour of Sitka.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in Sitka.

Afternoon: Free time in Sitka to explore on your own until 3:00 PM. Meet Road Scholar staff at a pre-arranged meeting spot and visit the Russian Bishop's House, St. Michael's Cathedral and the Raptor Center before boarding the National Geographic Sea Bird.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: After dinner, Road Scholar staff will meet with the group over coffee and dessert to review the schedule for the following day.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This expedition ship is able reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Lindblad Expeditions' captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions they explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to the sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time on board, the expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. The seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Ship Information: Sea Bird accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 800-762-0003
web: www.expeditions.com

Room amenities: Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Facility amenities: The ship features a library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, spa. The "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Sunday, May 18 - Alaska's Islands, Bays and Fjords
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Today we let nature be our guide. Beachcomb, hike forest trails and explore by kayak in a region with perhaps the world's highest density of nesting bald eagles.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Alaska's Islands, Bays and Fjords.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This expedition ship is able reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Lindblad Expeditions' captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions they explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to the sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time on board, the expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. The seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Ship Information: Sea Bird accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 800-762-0003
web: www.expeditions.com

Room amenities: Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Facility amenities: The ship features a library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, spa. The "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Monday, May 19 - Point Adolphus / Inian Pass
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Hike, kayak and search for whales near Point Adolphus, consistently a favored summer feeding area for humpback whales. Then, cruise to Inian Pass, where playful sea otters reside.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Point Adolphus and Inian Pass.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This expedition ship is able reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Lindblad Expeditions' captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions they explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to the sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time on board, the expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. The seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Ship Information: Sea Bird accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 800-762-0003
web: www.expeditions.com

Room amenities: Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Facility amenities: The ship features a library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, spa. The "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Tuesday, May 20 - Glacier Bay National Park
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: In Glacier Bay, enormous glaciers flow from ice fields. Listen as the quiet stillness of the area is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea and search for brown bears and mountain goats. A Tlingit interpreter will also be on board to give the local, cultural perspective.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Glacier Bay National Park.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This expedition ship is able reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Lindblad Expeditions' captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions they explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to the sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time on board, the expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. The seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Ship Information: Sea Bird accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 800-762-0003
web: www.expeditions.com

Room amenities: Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Facility amenities: The ship features a library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, spa. The "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Wednesday, May 21 - Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: With luck, we'll see whales breaching, tail-slapping and feeding. We'll explore spectacular bays and inlets. Later, hike or kayak for up close exploration.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploration of Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This expedition ship is able reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Lindblad Expeditions' captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions they explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to the sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time on board, the expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. The seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Ship Information: Sea Bird accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 800-762-0003
web: www.expeditions.com

Room amenities: Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Facility amenities: The ship features a library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, spa. The "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Thursday, May 22 - Petersburg
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Search for humpback whales as we head towards the small, true Alaskan town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Explore a unique Southeast Alaska ecosystem, the "muskeg' with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. There is an opportunity for optional flightseeing or bike riding.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue north exploring Alaska's coastline.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This expedition ship is able reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to her small size. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Lindblad Expeditions' captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions they explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. Thanks to the sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time on board, the expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove. The seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Ship Information: Sea Bird accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.

Contact info:
Lindblad Expeditions
96 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014 USA
phone: 800-762-0003
web: www.expeditions.com

Room amenities: Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Facility amenities: The ship features a library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables, spa. The "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet the Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. Meals are served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Friday, May 23 - Tracy Arm / Ford's Terror Wilderness
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Voyage into Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, 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.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Alaskan coastline.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: National Geographic Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, May 24 - Juneau / Disembark
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: After breakfast, visit Mendenhall Glacier followed by a visit to a salmon hatchery. Transfer to the airport for flights home.

This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sitka, AK
Charter fishingWorld class salmon and halibut fishing on a chartered boat with all gear provided. Non-resident fishing license may be purchased from captain. A list of charter operators can be found online.
For additional information, visit: www.sitka.com
Golf9 holes in a fantastic setting. Rentals available.
For additional information, visit: seamountaingolf.com
HikingThere are hiking trails easily accessed from downtown Sitka. Maps are available.
KayakingLocal rentals of sea kayaks and gear. They provide basic safety lessons and guides if needed.
For additional information, visit: www.ssoceanadventures.com
MuseumsThree museums are located in Sitka: Sitka National Historic Park (concentrating on the local Tlingit culture); Sitka Historical Museum (concentrating on Sitka after purchase) and Sheldon Jackson State Museum (concentrating on the native cultures of all Alaska).
For additional information, visit: www.museums.state.ak.us; www.sitkahistory.org

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