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–ALASKA RAILROAD TALKEETNA–DENALI NATIONAL PARK. This morning, board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a memorable train journey to Talkeetna, the jumping-off point for climbers attempting to summit Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), the highest peak in North America at 20,310 feet. Enjoy strolling along the shops in downtown or take a walk to the river. Early this afternoon, journey to DENALI NATIONAL PARK for a two night stay.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK. Denali National Park and Preserve, majestically dominates the park’s 6 million acres. Enjoy a free day for independent activities; a hike along the many wilderness trails might be of interest. 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–THOMPSON PASS-VALDEZ. Relish one last look at the outstanding scenery and wildlife of Denali, before traveling across the Denali Highway. This seldom-traveled road was the first road to allow access to Denali National Park—a true wilderness with frequent wildlife sightings and amazing views of the Alaska Range. Next, climb over the top of Thompson Pass, well-known for the annual snowfall in the winter months, the pass offers summer guests unforgettable views. End today’s journey in the town of Valdez, nestled between the waterfront and mountains, giving it the nickname, Alaska’s Little Switzerland.
VALDEZ–WHITTIER-PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND–ANCHORAGE. Board a BOAT and travel across magnificent Prince William Sound. Explore the three-mile face of the 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. Return to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.
ANCHORAGE (EMBARKATION). This morning, join 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 Anchorage sightseeing, transfer to Seward to board Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Westerdam for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise
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). Your cruise ends this morning this morning. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon.