Nature's Best: Alaskan Land and Cruise
DUE TO COVID-19, THIS TRIP WAS POSTPONED FROM JUNE 2020.
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COST: Listed below, and will include motorcoach transportation to and from the Airpoprt, hostess service, 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners, first class accommodations on the land tour, roundtrip airfare to and from Alaska, a Sternwheeler Cruise aboard the Discovery, Wilderness Expedition into Denali National Park, Alaska Railroad journey to Talkeetna, a Dog Mushing Demonstration at Happy Trails Kennels, a cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park, and 7 night cruise aboard Holland America's MS Noordam (cabin choices listed below).
$100 PP DISCOUNT FOR ANY NEW BOOKINGS, IF DEPOSITED BY NOVEMBER 1, 2020!!!
Day 1: Tuesday, June 8 - ARRIVE IN FAIRBANKS
Welcome to Fairbanks, the state's second-largest city. Meet your Tour Director this evening between 4 pm and 6 pm in the hotel reception area.
Day 2: Wednesday, June 9 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK
This morning, board the sternwheeler DISCOVERY for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers, with a stop at the Chena Indian Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. You will also have the chance to meet Iditarod mushers and their famed dog teams to learn about breeding, training, and the big race! We then continue to DENALI NATIONAL PARK, home to North America’s highest peak, 20,3000-foot Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), majestically dominating the park’s six million acres. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Murie Science & Learning Center, followed by an exclusive PRESENTATION on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3: Thursday, June 10 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Morning is at leisure. Optional activities include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Then, dress comfortably for a WILDERNESS EXPEDITION into Denali National Park to seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and other wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4: Friday, June 11 - ALASKA RAILROAD & TALKEETNA
Continue your exploration of Denali National Park and then board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness. Today’s ride ends in the unique town of Talkeetna, a model for the TV show Northern Exposure. (Breakfast)
Day 5: Saturday, June 12 - TALKEETNA, BIG LAKE, ANCHORAGE
This morning, enjoy a traditional Alaskan TREAT at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse. Then, head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS, home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser and his dogs. See a demonstration on mushing, complete with a mock Iditarod checkpoint, and get a chance to play with the sled dogs! This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Sunday, June 13 - ANCHORAGE, CRUISE IN KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK, SEWARD (EMBARKATION)
Witness one of the world’s most scenic drives as you follow the south shore of lovely Turnagain Arm. Upon arrival in Seward, board your vessel for a cruise of KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK and the opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more! After your cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park, transfer to the pier to embark on your HOLLAND AMERICA MS NOORDAM. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Monday, June 14 - GULF OF ALASKA
- Enjoy breathtaking scenery as we travel the route of Alaska’s Marine Highway. The entire shoreline of the Gulf of Alaska is a rugged combination of forests, mountains, and tidewater glaciers. Be on the lookout for Alaska’s wildlife including whales, seals, otters, puffins, and more! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Tuesday, June 15 - GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
The Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protect a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea – making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: Wednesday, June 16 - HAINES
Nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, Haines enjoys a spectacular setting. You may choose to take a float trip through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the largest annual gathering of bald eagles, or maybe visit the Sheldon Museum, art galleries, or local shops in town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Thursday, June 17 - JUNEAU
Visit one of the most remote capital cities – Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop of gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Friday, June 18 - KETCHIKAN
Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: Saturday, June 19 - INSIDE PASSAGE
Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13: Sunday, June 20 – Return Flight Home
The vacation ends this morning as you leave with wonderful memories of you Alaskan vacation! (Breakfast)
PLEASE NOTE: All trips and itineraries are subject to change, pending the effects of COVID-19.
- From Tuesday, 08 June 2021 to Sunday, 20 June 2021