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Jewels of Alaska & Cruise 2018

Duration 14 days

Destinations visited :
  • Western Canada and Alaska
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This stunning tour is immensely popular with guests seeking the perfect combination of informative sightseeing, thrilling wilderness experiences and tranquil relaxation. Firstly, soak up the grandeur of Alaska with two nights in Anchorage, Denali National Park and Mt. Alyeska Resort. Then, after a full-day cruise excursion counting glaciers on Prince William Sound, many guests choose to join the 7-day luxury cruise along the Alaskan coast to Vancouver.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

ANCHORAGE, THE CITY OF LIGHTS AND FLOWERS.
Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

ANCHORAGE SIGHTSEEING.
Get acquainted with downtown Anchorage. Journey around Lake Hood to visit the largest float plane base in the world. Meet a bush pilot who will share fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the traditions of Alaska’s first people during a private presentation. The rest of the afternoon is yours to browse among the shops or native art galleries. In the evening, savour dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa.
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3

JOURNEY ALONG THE ALASKAN RAILROAD.
Journey to Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America’s tallest peak. After a brief visit to downtown, board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your dome railcar. Meet a local climber who will regale with you tales of what it’s like to brave a climb up Denali. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner accompanied by boisterous theatre, featuring old-time sourdough, song-and-dance and hearty Alaskan fare.
Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, THE CROWN JEWEL OF THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS.
(Relaxed Start) The 6-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve is just a short walk away from your hotel. The day is completely open for recreation or optional activities. Perhaps take an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River, or a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mount Denali?
Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge.
Full Breakfast

DAY 5

GIRDWOOD AND MOUNT ALYESKA.
Enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway. After lunch, meet the champion dog team of four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 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. The evening is free for you to enjoy.
Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska.
Full Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND CRUISE.
(Relaxed Start) 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 open for sea otters, porpoises, and whales. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, featuring a variety of local seafood specialities, complete with wine and good cheer.
Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

DAY 7

SEWARD AND RETURN TO ANCHORAGE TO JOIN YOUR GLACIER DISCOVERY CRUISE.
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.
Hotel: Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8

SCENIC CRUISING – COLLEGE FJORD
Admire the massive glaciers of College Fjord in Prince William Sound and keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife and maybe even one of the 40-ton humpback whales that come to the waters of Alaska each summer.
Hotel: Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9

SCENIC CRUISING – GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
Watch Glacier Bay National Park’s immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers and imagine what Alaska was like before the first humans arrived.
Hotel: Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

CRUISING – HAINES
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.
Hotel: Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11

CRUISING – JUNEAU
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.
Hotel: Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12

CRUISING – KETCHIKAN
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.
Hotel: Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13

SCENIC CRUISING – INSIDE PASSAGE
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.
Hotel: Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14

DEPART VANCOUVER
Sail into Vancouver Harbour early this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel if you wish to extend your stay.
Full Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Anchorage: At the largest float plane base in the world, interact with a local bush pilot who will regale you with tales of the joys and challenges of flying in rural Alaska.
  • Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska’s first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center.
  • Denali: Learn about the National Park’s wildlife and ecosystem, accompanied by a local climber.
  • Girdwood: Enjoy a chance to meet the dogs of a championship dog musher and learn about Alaskan Huskies and Arctic dog sleigh racers.
  • Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a researcher from the Alaska SeaLife Center.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alaskan Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery, all the way to Denali National Park and Preserve.
  • Prince William Sound: Experience the thunderous sounds of calving glaciers on your cruise.
  • Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

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

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Anchorage: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
  • Denali: A night of fun, festivity and food awaits during your Highlight Dinner. Get a taste of old-time Alaska at a boisterous theatre dinner.
  • Mount Alyeska: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialities and wine.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), 4 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).
  • On-Board Glacier Discovery Cruise: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 6 Dinners (D)

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Anchorage: The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa is one of the finest accommodations in the city.
  • Denali: The Grande Denali Lodge offers panoramic views of the entire canyon.
  • Alyeska: The luxurious Hotel Alyeska is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers, and spectacular ocean views.

Prices from £4541
Mondays– May to September

  • Land only price – Twin-share option
  • Triple and Single rooms available
  • Flights available
  • Pre and Post extensions available

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Jewels of Alaska & Cruise 2018

This stunning tour is immensely popular with guests seeking the perfect combination of informative sightseeing, thrilling wilderness experiences and tranquil relaxation. Firstly, soak up the grandeur of Alaska with two nights in Anchorage, Denali National Park and Mt. Alyeska Resort. Then, after a full-day cruise excursion counting glaciers on Prince William Sound, many guests choose to join the 7-day luxury cruise along the Alaskan coast to Vancouver.

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