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Jewels of Alaska with Cruise

14 Days from $4,910 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Comfortable

A haven for nature lovers, Alaska is home to sweeping landscapes, calving glaciers and spectacular national parks, wildlife and breathtaking views.

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A haven for nature lovers, Alaska is home to sweeping landscapes, calving glaciers and spectacular national parks, wildlife and breathtaking views.

  1. Welcome to Alaska. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at 6:00 for a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
  2. Get acquainted with Anchorage with an included city tour. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the fascinating traditions of Alaska's first people during a private presentation. In the afternoon, depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak. Upon arrival, meet a bush pilot who will share fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. The evening is yours at leisure, so ask your Travel Director for suggestions on where is best to head for a bite to eat.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
  3. The morning is yours to explore more of Talkeetna. Later, board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, towards Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed railcar before meeting a local climber who will tell stories about what it's like to brave a climb up the tallest land-based mountain in the world. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner hosted by Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater. This theatrical dinner mixes old-time Alaska with storytelling, music and humor as you join a cast of characters in a tale of adventure in 1900s Alaska. The menu includes hearty Alaskan classics such as salmon, barbeque ribs and corn.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grande Denali Lodge
  4. With the Denali National Park and Preserve just a short drive away from your hotel, you'll find a number of ways to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness on your own, or spend the day partaking in one of our optional activities. From an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River* to a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mount Denali, the choice is yours—just don't forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge and enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings at night.

    *Note: Participation in this activity is at your own risk, and a signed liability waiver will be required.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  5. Enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway. After lunch, meet the champion dog team of four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile dogsled race. Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for sweeping views of the mountains and sea. The evening is free for you to enjoy.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:The Hotel Alyeska
  6. Today is devoted to the 26-Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thunderous calving of glaciers and keep your eyes open for sea otters, porpoises, and whales. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, featuring a variety of local seafood specialties, complete with wine and good cheer. You'll get some shut eye at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, which is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
  7. Visit the aquariums of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and enjoy an exclusive presentation about their marine research and rehabilitation program. Have lunch and explore downtown at your own pace. Your Travel Director will be on hand to give you a few recommendations. Return to Anchorage where you will be transferred to the Port of Seward to board the MS Westerdam (or MS Noordam) and continue your journey on the Glacier Discovery Cruise to Vancouver. Enjoy dinner and set sail in the evening. While on board, the cruise line will provide you with options and activities for the day, so whether you want to stay on the ship or explore more on land, the choice is yours. You'll also have a wide range of meal options to choose from throughout your journey. Information about these will be given by the cruise line once on board.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America's MS Westerdam (or MS Noordom)
  8. Admire the massive glaciers of College Fjord in Prince William Sound and keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife and maybe even one of the 40-ton humpback whales that come to the waters of Alaska each summer.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Today you'll catch Glacier Bay National Park's immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers and imagine what Alaska was like before the first humans arrived.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Haines—home to autumn's famous Alaska Bald Eagle Festival—lies alongside the longest fjord in America. Visit galleries offering traditional Tlingit art in the quaint downtown.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Stroll Juneau's picturesque streets, stopping in eclectic shops and saloons from the Gold Rush era. Perhaps embark on an optional trip on the Mount Roberts Tramway for exhilarating views of the harbor and nearby mountains.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, intricately carved with native designs. Perhaps take an optional guided tour through town or a floatplane flightseeing trip.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  13. Revel in the scenery as you slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by rugged, isolated islands.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Sail into the iconic Vancouver Harbor early this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver if you wish to extend your stay and explore more of this diverse city. Airport arrival will be at approximately 9:30 am.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,995.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single and Triple cruise staterooms are available on a request basis only.

Cruise Fees, Taxes & Tips (included in above prices): These compulsory charges are levied by the cruise line and comprise a Non-Discountable Amount, Government Fees, Taxes and Tips/Gratuities.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $81 per person.

The above prices are for an Ocean View stateroom. Inside staterooms and Veranda staterooms are also available. Please call for details.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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Meal Summary

13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinner

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska's first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center.
  • Big Lake: Enjoy a chance to meet the dogs of a championship dog musher and learn about Alaskan Huskies and Arctic dog sleigh racers.
  • Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a reseacher of the Alaska SeaLife Center.
  • Denali: Meet a local climber at a private reception and hear first-hand about their experience climbing the tallest land-based mountain in the world.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Alaska Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery, all the way to Denali National Park and Preserve.
  • Glacier Discovery Cruise: Cruise from Seward to Vancouver on the MS Westerdam or MS Noordam.
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Anchorage

Float Plane Flightseeing

Fly over a Glacier! Take a Knik Glacier tour and experience a glacier and wildlife adventure. Soar over towering Knik Glacier—at 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, Knik Glacier is one of Southcentral Alaska’s biggest and most spectacular glaciers. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $263

Denali National Park

Tundra Wilderness Tour

Travel deep into Denali National Park by school bus and search for moose, caribou, bear, wolves, and Dall sheep amongst a spectacular backdrop of valleys and mountains. This 6-8 hour tour is led by experienced driver guides, who provide a narrated history of the Park Road and the animals that call Denali home.
Adult Price: $190

Husky Homestead

Visit with an Iditarod Champion! Step back from the crowds and join an intimate group for a personal tour of the homestead kennel of four-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King. Meet champion sled dogs, visit with puppies and see summer training in action. Two and a half-hour narrated kennel tour.
Adult Price: $59

Rafting The Nenana River

Each trip is approximately three hours with a total of two hours on the water. The scenic Wilderness Run is perfect for the family and travels 13 miles through the Alaska wilderness. Perfect for the beginning rafter! The Canyon Run is an exciting whitewater adventure with Class III and IV rapids. This is one ride where you might get wet!
Adult Price: $94

Mt. Denali By Helicopter

Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar. (Weather dependent.) This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Approx. duration: 35 minutes
Adult Price: $411

Mt. Denali By Helicopter With Glacier Expedition

Get an up-close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar. (Weather dependent.) This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Approx. duration: 50-minute flight with 15-20 minutes on the glacier
Adult Price: $536

Mt. Denali By Helicopter With Heli-Hiking Adventure

Get an up-close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar. (Weather dependent.) This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Approx. duration: 15-minute flight with 3-hour hike
Adult Price: $599

Fixed Wing Flightseeing In Denali

Travel like the Bush pilots of Alaska! Enjoy a 60-70 minute fixed-wing flightseeing journey following the Alaska Range out to about one mile from Mt. Denali (Weather dependent.) Flight duration: 60-70 minutes. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $405

Denali Wilderness Hiking

Go for a hike! Take an interpretive, guided walk in the Denali area with a naturalist guide who will point out the landmarks and talk about the amazing geology and glacial history of this part of the world. Walk through boreal forests and discover how plants and animals have adapted to the extreme sub-arctic environment. Walk in the footsteps of animals, and gain a new appreciation for this far north landscape.
Adult Price: $110

Fly Fish Denali

Fly Fish in Alaska! Experienced or beginner; you will fish for Arctic Grayling on lakes in the heart of the Alaska Range. The catch and release fly fishing package offers half day opportunities with no experience necessary. This personalized and fully outfitted trip includes gear, guide, equipment, and transportation. Fishing License additional.
Adult Price: $195

Arctic Circle Air Adventure

Fly above the Arctic! This thrilling tour allows a guest to experience the Brooks Range, cross the Arctic Circle and fly the wilderness airways of Alaska’s Arctic. Once on ground, this narrated ground adventure also includes a visit to the community of Wiseman, views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and mighty Yukon River. The flight is not fully narrated. Guests receive an official Arctic Circle Certificate upon completion of tour.
Adult Price: $509

Fixed Wing Flightseeing—Denali Glacier Landing

We offer the only flight that lands on glaciers at the base of Mt. Denali. The pilot will ensure everyone has ample opportunity for photographs, especially photos of Denali. Upon arrival at one of the glacier landing zones passengers deplane and step into the "Ice Age". Passengers spend 20 minutes snowball throwing, snow angel making, picture taking, or just being awed by the beauty of the "other worldly" surroundings.
Adult Price: $549

Kantishna Wilderness

Go deeper into Denali National park. Join our private bus for a day-trip of a lifetime while experiencing all 92 miles of the Denali National Park road. Our knowledgeable Driver/Guides will share the biology, geology, and history of the region with you as you. Enjoy lunch and an activity at the exclusive Kantishna Roadhouse, located just past Wonder Lake. 13-hour tour with stops every 90 minutes. Only offered June through August when the end of the road is open.
Adult Price: $190

Girdwood

Helicopter Dog Sled

A helicopter is used to transport you to our alpine camp where our experienced guide will accompany you as you mush along a snow-covered glacier. Drive the sled yourself or ride if you prefer as you enjoy the dramatic scenery. Back at camp, you can bundle yourself up in actual Iditarod racing gear including an original bib-number for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. You will learn about Alaskan Huskies and the legendary Alaska dog mushing Seavey family.
Adult Price: $529

Helicopter Glacier Landing

Land on a glacier! Extend your flightseeing adventure by taking our most popular tour that explores the Lake George Glacier, Lake George Valley, Whiteout Glacier and Colony Glacier. As you fly through the Chugach backcountry, the panorama opens to glacial-formed valleys and magnificent fields of ancient translucent blue glaciers. Highlight your trip with a glacier landing on Colony Glacier or atop a high ridge with a 360-degree panorama of mountains and glaciers and become surrounded by the surreal landscape. In the summer, your return flight provides opportunities to see mountain goats, moose and bears.
Adult Price: $389

Prince William Sound Kayaking

Explore the majestic coastline and calm protected waters by kayak! This tour includes a short transfer from Girdwood to Whittier, where your guide will provide a safety orientation and introduction to sea kayaking. Experience the natural beauty of the fjord, with its waterfalls, rock formations and wildlife from the serene “otter’s eye” perspective of your sea kayak.
Adult Price: $135

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