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In the Wake of Pioneers with National Geographic

**SPECIAL OFFER** Save up to 30% on full prices. The earlier you book the better the discount available. Please call for latest special offers. Pricing shown here reflects full brochure price only. The state-of-the-art mega-yacht, L’Austral launched in May 2011, bringing a unique blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being to small ship cruising. With just 132 cabins, L’Austral’s sleek design and small size means she can offer exclusive itineraries featuring ports of call that are inaccessible to larger ships. The yacht’s distinctive shape features smooth contours and large, arched windows, opening up to the sea and letting in the light. Precious materials in soothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of colour to create a discreet elegance reminiscent of a private yacht.

 

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Embark

Board the flight from Seattle to Nome, Alaska. Transfer to ship in Nome, Alaska.

Day 1: Nome

Board your flight from Seattle to Nome, Alaska. Located along the Bering Strait at the westernmost point of Alaska, Nome offers the rustic charm of a former gold-mining town, set in the middle of magnificent wilderness. On arrival you will be greeted and transferred to the ship. You will have time to explore your cabin and new surroundings. Later you will join fellow guests for the captains first dinner, drinks and evening entertainment.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as you sail towards St Matthew Island.

Day 3: Saint Matthew Island

The remote island is located in the middle of the Bering Sea, between Siberia and Alaska. Classified as a National Wildlife Refuge by the United States, this island covered in wet tundra corresponds to the northern boundary of the polar bear’s range during winter. It is home to many birds, including the McKay's bunting, an endemic species whose population is estimated at 6,000 individuals.

Day 4: St Paul Island, the Pribilof archipelago

Part of the Earth’s History was written between Alaska and Russia. Discover a unique environment that seems to stretch out to infinity. Lost in the middle of the Bering Sea, the Pribilof archipelago is made up of four volcanic islands where nature has crafted exquisitely beautiful landscapes. The islands of Saint Paul and Saint George, you will find majestic volcanoes, lava deserts and crater lakes, offering travelers a magnificent vantage point from which to observe a fauna composed almost exclusively of fur seals.

Day 5: Dutch Harbour, Unalaska Island

Arrive at Unalaska Island and its port, Dutch Harbor. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, on the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor is the only deep water port in the archipelago. The island unique landscapes: volcanic summits swept by the wind and surrounded by the sea, lush green valleys, sometimes covered with bright summer flowers, sometimes with deep winter snow.

Day 6: Unga Island, Alaska

After a short Zodiac® journey between the rocks in the company of your naturalist-guides, you will land in a former village of which many vestiges remain: run-down wooden houses scattered around a flowery meadow, a church with crumbling walls but a roof that still stands, a cemetery. Originally called Ougnagok by the Aleuts, this small hamlet, which was home to some 100 inhabitants in the 19th century, was renamed Delarof, after Evstratii Ivanovich Delarov, he was the first Greek mariner to discover the Aleutian Islands.

Day 7: Geographic Harbor

Today board your Zodiac® and, a little further south, explore every part of Geographic Harbor and its tall cliffs covered in vegetation and plunging into the sea. Along the sandy beach, grizzly bears improvise hunting sessions, in search of fish and clams. In the thickets, these omnivores eat berries, roots and grasses.

Day 8: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Tsaa fjord.

Day 9: Tsaa fjord

Formed by the retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse and Tyndall glaciers over the past 100 years, Icy Bay is one of those timeless places where silence reigns supreme. Let yourself be enthralled by landscapes of breathtaking beauty, enhanced by magnificent views over the Saint Elias Mountains, visible in the background. Visit the Tsaa fjord very close to the Guyot glacier rich in marine mammals and sea birds.

Day 10: Sitka

Arrive at Sitka, formerly a Russian colony located on Baranof island and brimming with history. The historical national park of Sitka shelters totems carved out of red cedar, a tree that is omnipresent in the region. These totems are testimonials of the former presence of Tlingit Indians. The surrounding landscapes are also particularly stunning with the snow-peaked Edgecumbe volcano standing majestically in the background.

Day 11: Kake

Discover the small Tlingit village of Kake, around 60 kilometres west of Petersburg. Located on Kupreanof Island, it houses a community of over 500 inhabitants. During your visit, the children from the school and the inhabitants will be delighted to put on a show of traditional song and dance.

Day 12: Prince Rupert

Spend a full day exploring Prince Rupert, a wild and extraordinary where the open spaces are “larger than nature”. Located on the remote Kaien Island, off the coast of British Columbia, this little town founded in 1910 witnessed the history of the North West Pacific with the birth of American Indian nations, such as the Haida and Gitksan. Here you may also admire the impressive landscapes and picturesque residential districts where the sea mist often lingers; and its famous Museum of Northern British Columbia, home to a large collection of ancient totems.

Day 13: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Alert Bay

Day 14: Alert Bay

On the north coast of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, hides the small wooded island of Cormorant. Surrounded by pebble beaches, it offers wonderful opportunities for hikes and for whale watching. The surrounding waters are also home to harbour seals, orcas, Steller sea lions, dolphins, and a multitude of seabirds. When your ship calls at Alert Bay, a small sheltered fishing port located in the island’s south, set off to discover the indigenous culture and its traditions.

Day 15: Vancouver

Your voyage ends in Vancouver where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Vancouver.

Includes

  • Flight from Seattle to Nome, Alaska plus transfers
  • 14 Nights' accommodation on board L'Austral
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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