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This Alaska tour is a dream come true for value-minded travelers seeking to experience Alaska's breathtaking scenery and thrilling experiences. Your tour includes seven nights aboard your Alaska cruise ship and overnights in Anchorage, Valdez, and Denali National Park. In between destinations, you'll have the opportunity to witness scenery unlike anywhere else, with untamed wilderness and exciting wildlife sightings. A tour highlight is your cruise across the striking Prince William Sound. Witness the three-mile face of the Mears Glacier as you keep your eyes open for marine wildlife, such as otters, seals, and whales, all while you admire stunning glaciers. Another tour highlight is your ride from Talkeetna, a quaint town exemplifying small-town Alaska, to Anchorage aboard the Alaska Railroad. On this train trip, you’ll travel through gorgeous wilderness and understand Alaska’s allure. Two nights in Denali National Park give you the opportunity to explore this amazing park, home to six million acres and North America's highest peak (20,310-foot Denali). Perhaps go for a hike or participate in an optional outing, such as a wilderness tour to seek out grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and more. But that’s not all… your Alaska vacation includes a 7-night Alaska cruise. Explore the remote and rugged beauty of areas such as Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Ketchikan, and the amazing Inside Passage. With magnificent scenery, opportunities to witness wildlife in the natural environment, and awe-inspiring experiences, this Alaska tour is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!
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In Anchorage; Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise, Alaska Railroad, and Anchorage Museum.Guides:
Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising the Inside Passage on Holland America’s MS Westerdam or MS Noordam.Scenic Highlights:
Prince William Sound, Valdez, Thompson Pass, Denali Highway, Interior of Alaska, Denali National Park & Preserve, and Talkeetna.Notes:
While wildlife in Alaska is often seen, early season (May-early June) and late-season (September) departures offer even greater chances to view wildlife Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.Enjoy the spectacular colors of Alaska on our special fall foliage departures: August 7 to September 4 (if Mother Nature permits).Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.
Journey on the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Anchorage; Holland America’s MS Westerdam or MS Noordam; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
3 continental breakfasts, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ANCHORAGE. Arrive in Anchorage and make your way to your hotel. This afternoon, you are free to explore the “Last Frontier” on your own.
ANCHORAGE–WHITTIER–PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND–VALDEZ. Today, travel to the port community of Whittier, and the gateway to Prince William Sound. View the tunnel built during the World War II era by the Army Corps of Engineers to allow materials to travel undetected into Interior Alaska. This afternoon, board your vessel to travel across magnificent PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND. Explore the three-mile face of mighty Mears Glacier and hear tales of the region as told by the Alaskan crew. Keep your eyes open and cameras ready for marine wildlife such as otters, seals, and whales while viewing spectacular glaciers. End the journey today in the town of Valdez, nestled between the waterfront and mountains, giving it the nickname, Alaska’s Little Switzerland.
VALDEZ–THOMPSON PASS–DENALI HIGHWAY–DENALI NATIONAL PARK. Today, travel over the top of Thompson Pass. Well-known for the annual snowfall in the winter months, Thompson Pass offers summer guests unforgettable views. Continue into the interior of Alaska and travel across the Denali Highway. This seldom-traveled road was the first road to allow access to Denali National Park, and is true wilderness with frequent wildlife sightseeing and amazing views of the Alaska Range. Arrive at DENALI NATIONAL PARK and stay for the next two nights.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK. Denali National Park and Preserve, home to North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), majestically dominates the park’s 6 million acres. A free day for independent activities. A hike along the many wilderness trails might be fun. Also take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bears, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep; a raft trip down the Nenana River; or a helicopter ride over the park. Your Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK–TALKEETNA–ALASKA RAILROAD–ANCHORAGE. Relish one last look at the outstanding scenery and wildlife of Denali, before traveling to the quaint community of Talkeetna, a model for the TV show Northern Exposure. Enjoy strolling along the shops in downtown or take a walk to the river. This evening, board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a memorable train journey through untamed wilderness to Anchorage. If the weather cooperates, you will have the opportunity to view Mount Denali from the train.
ANCHORAGE. This morning, a city sightseeing tour of Anchorage, with a visit to the ANCHORAGE MUSEUM, where you will see a quality display of artifacts of the native people of Alaska. After your Anchorage sightseeing, transfer to your ship. (CB,D)
CRUISING: GULF OF ALASKA. A relaxing day at sea provides time to explore the ship’s many amenities. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and, with a little luck, you may spot a pod of mighty yet graceful killer whales. (B,L,D)
SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY. This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)
HAINES. Nestled along a scenic fjord, Haines features the impressive Sheldon Museum, as well as galleries, shops, and Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles occurs each year. (B,L,D)
JUNEAU. Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)
KETCHIKAN. This self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)
SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE. One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)
VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION). Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon.
"Born and raised in Anchorage, I love Alaska and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I grew up camping, fishing, and hiking and still enjoy spending time outdoors. I have led tours in Alaska for over 20 years and still enjoy sharing the history, culture, and economics of my home state. I am a teacher during the school year and apply similar lesson plans and organization to each tour. My goal is to share Alaska with every guest as I would share it with a relative. Above all else I want my guests to have fun, but that does not mean that they won¿t learn a lot about Alaska and being an Alaskan while they are enjoying The Land of the Midnight Sun!"
ANCHORAGE Dimond Center Hotel (F)
DENALI NATIONAL PARK Denali Bluffs Hotel (ST)
VALDEZ Valdez Hotel (MF)