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9 Days | 8 Nights
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. 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.
Start of Program
May 16, 2014
Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Meet your Road Scholar Group Leaders in the hotel lobby at 6:00 PM. Dinner begins at 6:30 PM.
You will be staying at the Westmark Hotel Sitka that night.
Location: Sitka, AK
Nearest highway: Alaska Marine Highway Ferry. No land connection.
Nearest airport: Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT)

End of Program
May 24, 2014
Disembark the ship after breakfast. A city tour of Juneau is scheduled before the group transfer to the airport at approximately 12:00 PM.
You will be staying at the National Geographic Sea Bird the night before.
Location: At Sea
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

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.

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8 nights of accommodations
22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips


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