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Majestic Alaska with Cruise (Inside Stateroom)

14 Days from $4,105 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Explore the scenic river valleys and snowcapped peaks of Alaska, traversing Denali's tundra and Hurricane Gulch to Kenai Fjords National Park—home to Black Bears and Resurrection Bay.

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Overview

Explore the scenic river valleys and snowcapped peaks of Alaska, traversing Denali's tundra and Hurricane Gulch to Kenai Fjords National Park—home to Black Bears and Resurrection Bay.

  1. Kick-start your epic adventure through 'The Great Land' in the remote city of Fairbanks, the Arctic gateway to Alaska's Midnight Sun. This evening, Join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Rivers Edge Resort
  2. Dive deep into the history of the Gold Rush in Alaska's largest city in the interior, Fairbanks. A Local Specialist, Fairbanks' Gold Daughters will guide you through the process of panning for gold in real Alaskan paydirt. Board the Riverboat Discovery, to hear tales of the Gold Rush and visit a recreated Athabascan Village. Later today, indulge in a salmon bake Regional Meal.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  3. Admire the soulful expanse of Tanana River Valley, stretching hundreds of miles in every direction until it collides into the snow-capped peaks of Denali National Park. Touch the sky as you wind your way through this untamed wilderness to catch a glimpse of the 'Great One'. Join a Local Specialist at your lodge to learn about the rare Subarctic flora and fauna, before delving into Denali's lively history during a Regional Meal and show at the Denali Dinner Theater.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Denali Park Village
  4. Tune into your unfettered surrounds - a free day to connect with Denali on your terms. Be present amidst the sounds of Bunting and Gray Jays, hike through the wilderness or take the perfect shot of Mount Denali. Today is yours to indulge in the contemplative solitude offered by this national park.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. A leisurely start to our day sees us board the famous Alaska Railroad for the scenic journey south to Anchorage. Epic Alaskan landscapes provide an inspiring backdrop for expert insights into such icons as Hurricane Gulch and Indian River Canyon. Arriving in Anchorage, we enjoy an evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Anchorage Marriott Downtown
  6. Explore Anchorage's historic downtown and view the scenic shores of Cook Inlet as you travel to a nearby local sports fishing hatchery where you'll learn about this complex process and its positive impact on the local communities. We'll visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center where you'll gain a deeper understanding of Alaska's 11 major cultural groups through storytelling and authentic demonstrations. Enjoy some free time to explore before joining your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  7. Visit a wildlife rehabilitation center before embarking on a sightseeing cruise into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park with lunch made of local, fresh ingredients while marveling at wildlife and glaciers. Then bid farewell to your Travel Director as you board your Holland America Line cruise ship and set sail.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Cruise (7 Nights)
  8. Enjoy the facilities on board ship today during this day at sea.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Watch as Glacier Bay National Park's immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers pass you by.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Haines is home to autumn's Alaska Bald Eagle Festival and lies alongside the longest fjord in the U.S. Visit the quaint downtown.

    meal(s):Full 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):Full 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):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  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):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Sail into Vancouver Harbor early this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the hotel if you wish to extend your stay. Airport arrival will be at approximately 9:30 am. Please be aware when booking your flights.

    meal(s):Full 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 $1,795.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip or cruise.

Single and triple cruise staterooms are on request basis only.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Cruise Fees, Taxes and Tips: These compulsory charges are levied by the cruise line and are comprised of a Non-Commissionable Fare, Hotel Service Charges (cruise tips), Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.

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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
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

31 meals: 13 full breakfasts, 7 lunches, 11 dinners. 

Included Highlights

Local Specialist

  • Pan for gold in real Alaskan paydirt
  • Learn about the rare subarctic flora and fauna and the uniqueness of Alaskan wildlife
  • At a wildlife rehabilitation center

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage, a sports fish hatchery, Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Alaska Pipeline, Denali National Park Visitors Center and Seward
  • Cruise in a paddlewheel boat in Fairbanks with the historic Binkley Family's Riverboat Discovery, into Kenai Fjords National Park, closer to Alaska's natural wonders—from calving glaciers to breaching humpback whales
  • Iconic train journey through Alaska's wilderness aboard the Alaska Railroad
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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.

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. Approx. duration: 6-8 hours
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 two-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

Enjoy a scenic trip or wild canyon run on 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! Approx. duration: 3 hours.
Adult Price: $94

Mt. Denali by Helicopter Excursion

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. flight duration: 35 minutes.
Adult Price: $411

Mt. Denali by Helicopter 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 time with 15-20 minutes on the glacier
Adult Price: $536

Mt. Denali 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. Heli-Hiking Adventure. 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). 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 from Denali

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

Kantishna Wilderness (Denali NP Bus)

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 road is end of the road is open.
Adult Price: $190

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

Wilderness Dog Sled Ride

Learn about the lifestyle of Seward’s own Iditarod racing family and see what it takes to prepare musher and sled dogs for the world’s most demanding race. Tour the racing kennels, cuddle puppies, and climb aboard a comfortable custom wheeled sled for a thrilling two-mile sled ride from the Seavey Homestead to the base of Resurrection Mountain.
Adult Price: $80

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, it is one of Southcentral Alaska’s biggest and most spectacular glaciers. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $263

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.