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Jewels of Alaska with Cruise

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Denali National Park
Tour Style: Premium
14 Days from $4,311 per person

Spectacular Denali National Park, calving glaciers and abundant wildlife combine to create the ultimate Alaskan experience.

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  1. Welcome to Alaska. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, there is a transfer to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.

    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa (2 nights).
  2. Get acquainted with downtown Anchorage. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the traditions of Alaska's first people during this private presentation. Afterward, journey around Lake Hood to visit the largest float plane base in the world. Meet a bush pilot who shares fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. The rest of the afternoon is yours to browse among the shops or native art galleries. In the evening, you are invited for a delectable Highlight Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
    meal(s):FB, HD
    hotel:Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa.
  3. Journey to Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak and the inspiration for the TV program 'Northern Exposure'. After a brief visit of downtown, board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over narrow gorges and swift-rushing streams to Denali National Park. View steep valleys framed by craggy mountains from the comfort of your reclining seat in the deluxe dome railcar. Your welcoming hotel is located on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, with unparalleled views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and Nenana River Canyon. Tonight, enjoy a taste of the frontier at a Signature Evening with boisterous theatre, featuring old-time sourdough, song-and-dance and hearty Alaska fare.
    meal(s):FB, SE
    hotel:Grande Denali Lodge (2 nights).
  4. The 6 million acre Denali National Park and Preserve is just a short walk away.The day is free for recreation or optional activities. 

    meal(s):FB
    hotel:Grande Denali Lodge, Mount Alyeska.
  5. Your day begins with a scenic journey south on the George Parks Highway. Stop along the way for lunch and an exclusive visit with Martin Buser, a champion dog musher and four-time Iditarod winner. You are invited to meet his dogs and share the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1688 km) dogsled race. Continue on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views. Arrive in the town of Girdwood, home of Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for panoramic views of the mountains and sea at your leisure. The evening is free for you to enjoy.
    meal(s):FB, HL
    hotel:The Hotel Alyeska (2 nights).
  6. Today is devoted to the 26 Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thundering calving of glaciers and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as sea otters, porpoises and whales. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialties, complete with wine and good cheer.
    meal(s):FB, L, CD
    hotel:The Hotel Alyeska.
  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. Guests continuing on the Glacier Discovery Cruise to Vancouver are transferred to the Port of Seward to board the ms Zaandam or ms Noordam. Set sail in the evening.

    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  8. Watch 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):FB, L, D
    hotel:Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  9. Watch 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):FB, L, D
    hotel:Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  10. Haines—home to autumn's Alaska Bald Eagle Festival—lies alongside the longest fjord in America. Visit galleries offering traditional Tlingit art in the quaint downtown.

    meal(s):FB, L, D
    hotel:Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  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 harbour and nearby mountains.

    meal(s):FB, L, D
    hotel:Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  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):FB, L, D
    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):FB, L, D
    hotel:Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam
  14. Disembark in the morning, where there are transfers to Vancouver International Airport or the tour hotel for guests extending their stay.

    meal(s):FB

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Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 lunch (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska's first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center.
  • Anchorage: In much of Alaska, where large distances separate towns and the road system is limited, bush planes are a part of everyday life. Visit the largest float plane base in the world and meet one of the experienced pilots.
  • Alaskan Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery all the way to Denali National Park.
  • Denali: Learn about the National Park's wildlife and ecosystem accompanied by a local climber.
  • Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains and Cook Inlet.
  • Prince William Sound: Experience the sounds of the thundering calving of glaciers on your included day cruise.
  • Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a reseacher of the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Anchorage: Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the downtown area.
  • Denali National Park: See Mt. Denali.

Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
21 May 18 3 Jun 18 $4,640$4,311pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
11 Jun 18 24 Jun 18 $4,985$4,656pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
18 Jun 18 1 Jul 18 $4,985$4,656pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
2 Jul 18 15 Jul 18 $5,085$4,756pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
16 Jul 18 29 Jul 18 $5,085$4,756pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
30 Jul 18 12 Aug 18 $5,085$4,756pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
13 Aug 18 26 Aug 18 $5,085$4,756pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote
3 Sep 18 16 Sep 18 $4,885$4,556pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 11 Request Quote

These departures cruise on the ms Noordam. All other departures are sailing on the ms Zaandam.

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 $2,095.

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

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $74 per person.

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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 48 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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