14-Day Alaskan Cruise & Land Tour
We are going to sail from Vancouver to the Inside Passage of Alaska ending in Fairbanks on this wildly, wonderful summertime 14-day Alaskan cruise & land tour. A perfect opportunity to celebrate our country’s beauty with a new way to discover Alaska, an educational trip for the children, and a relaxing vacation for the adults.
Vancouver, BC to Fairbanks, Alaska – 14-day Cruise/Land Tour
You’ll begin by flying into Vancouver, BC and enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria for a couple of days. Then board your Holland America Ship for a picturesque sailing of the Inside Passage to Anchorage.
While in Vancouver and Victoria, BC enjoy two full days sightseeing and touring. Visit Bastion Square, discovering what’s beautiful about the Queen Elizabeth park and gardens, Chinatown, or the breathtaking Lion’s Gate Bridge.
Set Sail and enjoy a relaxing day cruising the Inside Passage, a thousand miles of protected waterways with land close on each side of the ship. Explore the many fine amenities and activities aboard your 5-Star floating resort, or just kick back and watch the wonderful scenery glide smoothly by. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party and dinner.
The fishing village of Ketchikan, perched in the small space between mountains and sea, is the first port of call. Your tour will give you this town’s colorful history and take you past the site of what was once the world’s largest wood pulp mills to Totem Bight State Park, a former native campsite on the shoreline, where beautifully-carved totems stand silently among cedar and hemlock trees. Juneau is Alaska’s state capital, but you can only reach it by air or water – no roads connect it with the rest of the world. Visit the Macauley Fish Hatchery and the Mendenhall Glacier. Skagway is a step back in time with its false-fronted buildings and wooden boardwalks, perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and gateways to the Trail of ’98, which you may explore by vintage railcar. In Skagway, find time to visit the Red Onion Saloon with its costumed bar maids and honky- tonk piano. A Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. Your cruise ship will be your visitor center for this unforgettable day. Sail on to the Gulf of Alaska. This is your last full day aboard your luxurious floating resort. Be sure to take full advantage of all the many activities aboard ship.
After breakfast, you will disembark in Seward, Alaska. A deluxe motorcoach will take you to Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage; with a stop at Portage Glacier. At Portage Glacier, you will cruise across Portage Lake while you view the glacier and watch for fractures of ice break off the glacier. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the historic points of interest in downtown Anchorage; then on to the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum for an exploration of Alaska’s aviation history. Then drive past Lake Hood, the busiest floatplane base in the world. You will enjoy a nice dinner at your hotel.
Transfers to the McKinley Explorer railroad station begin at 7:15 AM. Breakfast and lunch aboard the train is included and full bar service is available. Enjoy spectacular scenery in the wild Alaskan interior as you travel to Denali National Park & Preserve. Watch in awe from the observation lounge as you glide past rivers, waterfalls, mountains and valleys. Keep watch for bald eagles, swans and beaver lodges as you enjoy the elegant onboard dining. Your accommodations for the evening are at the McKinley Chalet Resort.
After breakfast, you will depart for a4-hour Natural History Tour of Denali National Park. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars. Lunch is included. You may choose to upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour which takes you deeper into the park. You will continue to Fairbanks and enjoy your dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, you’ll be treated to one of Alaska’s premier gold mining attractions, Gold Dredge #8. Your 4-hour tour will introduce you to Alaska’s mining history from 1905 to the present. Next is an historical tour of Fairbanks and a stop at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline; lunch at the Chena River Landing aboard the Sternwheeler Riverboat, Discovery, on to a 44-acre Pioneer Park which you will enter via an old mining tunnel. There you’ll enjoy an All-you-can-eat dinner. Also, is the famed Palace Theater Show where you’ll catch the Fairbanks past and present show. Then back to the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred to the Fairbanks International Airport approximately two hours prior to your flight.
Departure dates include – 05/12 thru 08/25. Pricing is varied by travel dates, ship and hotel accommodations starting at $2599/per person. Included is the hotel in Vancouver, Anchorage, Denali, and Fairbanks. Some restaurants included are the Hooper Bay Café, a dinner theatre at the Denali McKinley Chalet, and a Salmon Bake and theater show. Don’t forget the train ride to Denali with domed traincar dining.