Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
• Coastal Trip
• Denali Extension
• Request a brochure (from Betchart)
• download PDF brochure (1.4MB)
This is a GSA GeoVenture with a difference. Come and join members of AAAS and Sigma Xi societies on a remarkable Alaskan
nature experience. As we explore Alaska's dramatic Inside Passage, we'll walk among magnificent spruce
forests, explore the picturesque coves of Baranof Island, view up-close the spectacular waterfalls and fjords of Tracy Arm, and see local
communities indelibly linked to the history of this region. Experience firsthand the Alaska most people bypass when they travel on
large cruise ships. In addition as a special benefit to members and friends, we are offering FREE round-trip airfare from Seattle to
Alaska - an extraordinary savings.
Aboard the comfortable, 70-guest expedition ship, Sea Bird, we'll experience the freedom that only a small ship can provide - the
freedom to be flexible, permitting us to follow a pod of humpback or orca whales or to go ashore and examine the flora of a particular
cove. From the unique vantage of sea kayaks and motorized Zodiac landing craft, you'll observe glaciers up close and land to explore
The Sea Bird is equipped with a hydrophone to allow us to hear live vocalizations of whales. The video microscope will transmit microscopic images to monitors
in the ship's lounge and allow us to view an otherwise largely unnoticed world.
You'll be in good company with a group of like-minded travelers interested in adventure and discovery and accompanied by a team
of dedicated naturalists who tell you about this region. They'll
answer your questions and help you make the most of your journey. I hope you will join us!
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
P.S. - To extend your exploration of Alaska to the great interior, please consider joining the optional post-voyage extension to Denali
National Park from June 20-26 (see brochure [p. 13] for details).
COST (Coastal trip)
All participants: $3840 - $5710
(depending on choice of cabin and occupancy)
Advance payment of US$1,000 per person is required at the time of reservation and is payable by check. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
To make your reservation, please call the Geological Society of America at 800-252-4910 or
return the reservation form on page 15 of the brochure.
INCLUDED: Everything from accommodations and meals to costs involved in getting you to and from the airport/ship plus entrance fees, etc. And there's never a charge for kayaks, Zodiacs, our Undersea exploring equipment or the services of Lindblad's expedition staff.
NOT INCLUDED: Air transportation; optional extension; flightseeing; personal items including satellite telephone calls; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; and discretionary gratuities to ship's crew.
COST (Denali Extension)
Note: Space on the extension is limited to 18 guests.
$3,290 (per person, double occupancy)
$5,090 (single occupancy)
Included on Extension: All accommodations; meals; guided activities; luggage handling and transfers from arrival in Anchorage through departure from Anchorage.
Not Included on Extension: Air transportation to and from Anchorage; personal items; gratuities to guides.