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Majestic Alaska With Glacier Discovery Cruise

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  • Duration: 18 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TSHEAW053

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Majestic Alaska with Glacier discovery Cruise

  • Cruise the icy waters of Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and its Inside Passage aboard a Holland America Line cruise ship

  • Ride through wilderness on the Alaska Railroad

  • Sail on a paddle wheel boat in Fairbanks

  • Discover the cities of Fairbanks and Anchorage

  • Visit Denali National Park Visitors Centre, Alaska Native Heritage Centre, Sports Fish Hatchery, Rika Roadhouse, Wrangell St.Elias Visitors’ Center, Alaska Pipeline & Seward

  • Uncover Anchorage and Fairbanks on city tours

  • Take a history tour in Denali National Park

  • Learn about the sport of Dog Mushing

  • Pan for gold in real Alaskan paydirt 

  • Board the Riverboat Discovery & visit a recreated Athabascan Indian Village

  • Visit Valdez Museum

  • Cruise Prince William Sound and see the Columbia Glacier

  • Journey along the Scenic Seward Byway

  • See the world’s largest collection of standing Totem Poles

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. We take you by road and cruise to get you to the heart of this incredible icy wilderness.

PRICE FROM ? £5122 per person
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Day 1: Arrive Anchorage

Anchorage is unique, a bustling city sat among seemingly endless wilderness on all sides, more than 2000 miles away from another city of the same size. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. 

Hotel: Hilton Downtown Anchorage Hotel

Day 2: Anchorage – Denali National Park (2 Nights)

We start the day with a brief Anchorage city tour, visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center. We then head north through the lakes of the Cook Inlet along the magnificent Susitna River and into the untamed wilderness of Denali National Park. A local specialist will take us through the rare flora and fauna of the park before discovering Denali's history at a dinner, featuring regional specialities and a show at the Denali Dinner Theatre. (Breakfast , Dinner) 

Hotel: Denali Park Village

Day 3: Denali National Park and Free Time

Continue discovering this untamed wilderness and try to catch a glimpse of Denali itself, North America's highest peak means ‘the tall one' or 'big mountain' in local languages. Embark on an extensive Denali Natural History Tour during which you'll learn about the Alaskan natives who once lived in the park and the first ascent of Denali. (Breakfast)

Day 4: Denali National Park – Fairbanks (2 Nights)

You'll have the whole morning to explore Denali at leisure. This afternoon, we'll join a local specialist at a dog musher's kennel to learn about the sport and witness how these energetic sled dogs work together. Later, we'll board the Alaska Railroad, in a deluxe dome railcar, and make our way to Fairbanks. A regional dinner will be served onboard before our arrival in Alaska's Northern Lights capital. (Breakfast, Dinner) 

Hotel: River's Edge

Day 5: Fairbanks Sightseeing

This morning's adventure sees us learn about Alaska's Gold Rush, one of the important formative events in Alaska's history. 'Dive into Culture' with Fairbanks' own Gold Daughters who will guide you through the process of panning for gold in real Alaskan paydirt. Then, board the Riverboat Discovery before visiting a recreated Athabascan Indian Village. This evening, indulge in the delicious flavours of a traditional salmon bake dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner) 

Day 6: Fairbanks – Valdez (2 Nights)

We journey south to the port community of Valdez on Prince William Sound. Carve your way through this rugged state along the Richardson Highway, Alaska's oldest highway, with views of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, a unique feat of engineering. Stretch your legs during a brief stop at the Historic Rika Roadhouse, an important crossroads for travellers, and the Wrangell St. Elias Visitors' Center, before arriving in Valdez. (Breakfast)

Hotel: Totem Inn

Day 7: Valdez

Delve into Alaskan heritage and culture at the Valdez Museum. Then keep an eye out for seals, otters, sea lions and porpoises as you cruise Prince William Sound, admiring the plunging ice cliffs of Columbia Glacier. Enjoy lunch against the backdrop of the wilderness. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 8: Valdez – Anchorage (2 Nights)

Journey back to Anchorage this morning. We'll take an afternoon stop at the Musk Ox Farm, featuring the largest captive herd in the world. On a guided tour we'll learn how this non-profit organisation promotes sustainable agriculture practice and see these magnificent creatures.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

Hotel: Hilton Downtown Anchorage Hotel 

Day 9: Anchorage – Seward – Kenai Fjords Cruise

Journey along the Scenic Seward Byway this morning to the port community of Seward. Our first stop is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where a local specialist will explain the role of this wildlife rehabilitation centre. You'll also see animals including black and brown bears, bald eagles, coyotes, lynx, deer, elk, moose, reindeer and more. We continue to take a sightseeing cruise, including lunch, into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park. (Breakfast, Lunch) 

Day 10: Depart Anchorage

Today we travel to Seward where we embark our ship for the cruise along the southern Alaskan coast. (Breakfast)

Day 11: Cruise Prince William Sound 

Heading out of Anchorage you’ll see colossal glaciers, snow capped peaks and beautiful turquoise waters in College Fjord. Keep an eye out for majestic wildlife, in particular the humpback whales that call this beautiful place home as we sail through Prince William Sound. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Cruise Glacier Bay National Park

We sail through Glacier Bay National Park's with more than 1000 glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers as we experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site where grizzly bears and caribou abound.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Cruise to Haines

Haines not only lies alongside the longest fjord in the U.S. but is also home to the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in autumn and the largest concentration of these birds in the world. Wander around the quaint downtown area, which enjoys great views of the surrounding mountains. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Cruise to Juneau

Juneau is Alaska’s capital; it has developed a unique culture due to being cut off from Canada and the rest of the state by road. Stroll picturesque streets, stopping in eclectic shops and saloons from the Gold Rush era, choose to join an optional tour to Mount Roberts Tramway for great views of the harbour and mountains. Or discover the city’s Russian heritage at the Alaska State Museum and the Russian Orthodox Church. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15: Cruise to Ketchikan

Today we arrive at the beautiful town of Ketchikan at the foot of Deer Mountain. The town contains the world’s largest collection of totem poles, intricately carved with native designs, which you can learn about at the heritage centre here. You can take an optional guided tour through town or enjoy a seaplane sightseeing trip. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16: Cruise the Inside Passage

Revel in the scenery and wildlife as you slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by rugged, isolated islands and coastal mountains and spot for bears, whales and coastal birds. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17: Disembark in Vancouver

This morning we sail into Vancouver harbour where you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

River's Edge Resort

We stay on the banks of the Chena River, the quaint riverside resort also has a waterfront restaurant with a terrace and a bar. In room you will have a cable TV and coffeemaker, breakfast is included and served in the lodge dining hall.  

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Juneau - Optional

Juneau is the state capital of Alaska and represents the sparseness of state as a whole, the city is huge, bigger than some US states, but with a population of just 30,000 people. The city centre is easily walkable, the main sights are the Alaska State Museum, the State Capitol and the Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, which shines a light on the Russian ownership of Alaska before it was sold to the USA. Juneau's other main attraction is the Mendenhall Glacier which can be reached by bus or taxi from the cruise dock.

Anchorage - Optional

Anchorage is by far the largest city in Alaska, but it is still a relatively small city by most other measures. The city has a small centre with a number of interesting sights and opportunities to discover the history and culture of the state as a whole. In the downtown area visit the Alaska Native Heritage centre, the museum of History and Art and the museum of Science and Nature. To experience some of the nature around Anchorage take the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from downtown along the ocean and back inland through forests. 

Alaska Railroad - Included

We travel aboard the Alaska Railroad through just over 125 miles of amazing wilderness, from Denali to the city of Fairbanks. The tracks first pass Horseshoe Lake and follow the Nenana River through a canyon gorge. From here on you'll only pass tiny mining villages before reaching Fairbanks. One of these is Nenana, crossing the Tanana River across one of the longest single track bridges in the world as you head out of town.     

Denali National Park - Included

Denali is home to the mountain of the same name which is the highest in North America. The park protects incredible wilderness, one of the most isolated you are likely to encounter with grizzly bears, reindeer, wolves and moose as well as other animals. The huge park has just one main road into its heart and a shuttle bus operates along here. From the stops along the road you can pick up hiking trails into the wilderness which will take in awesome landscapes and amazing wildlife.

Prince William Sound - Included

The eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound was named after George III's third son, William who explored the world in the Royal Navy in the late 18th century. He never made it as far as the sound, but it's unlikely he got to anywhere more scenic. The sound is flanked by the Chugach National Forest, the USA's second largest forest reserve and the Chugach Mountains and the scenery here is particularly reminiscent of the Norwegian fjords. 

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