Duration

  • 19 Days

Price

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$9,195
Single
$13,695
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Alaska Tour and Cruise

Alaska is big! It pulls you from the world and hits you with towering cliffs, blue ice sheets, and mirrored lakes reflecting beauty from pines to sky. We begin by connecting the dots of Western Canada’s northern towns en route to Alaska. See the 72,000 signs of Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, stroll through vibrant Whitehorse, relive the days of the Klondike, and pan for gold in Dawson City.

Spectacular views stretch in all directions from the Top of the World Highway. Denali National Park packs 6 million acres of Alaskan wilderness around the highest mountain peak in North America – Denali is a showstopper! Our orientation tour of Anchorage explores the Russian and Native heritage that makes Alaska’s largest city unique.

Then we board Holland America Line’s, ms Noordam for 7 days. Glacier Bay National Park takes the cruise ship trophy! Tidewater glaciers tumble out of massive mountains, 100-tonne icebergs crash in the sea, and northern wildlife creates postcards.

We end by cruising the iconic Inside Passage, showcasing the grandest coastal scenery on the continent before disembarking the ship in Vancouver for your return flight home. Be our guests on the ultimate wilderness sightseeing adventure!

Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve is over 6 million acres of Alaska wilderness. This international biosphere reserve hosts more than 400,000 visitors every year. Home to “the big one,” Mount Denali (20,310 ft) is the tallest mountain in North America, and is just one of the many spectacular sights waiting for you at the park. Home to a vast array of wildlife including grizzly bears, black bears, dall sheep, caribou, moose, and grey wolves. Denali is also home to a large bird population who migrate to the park to raise their young during the spring and summer month. Birdwatchers can see Arctic warblers, pine grosbeaks, ptarmigan, tundra swans, and the majestic golden eagle. With over 450 species of flowering plants throughout the park, the valleys of Denali are often used on postcards and artwork.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

• Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway
• Watson Lake – Sign Post Forest
• Muncho Lake, Laird Hot Springs NP
• MacBride Museum of Yukon History
• S.S. Klondike National Historic Site
• Klondike guided tour and gold mine visit
• Top of the World Highway
• Santa Claus House, North Pole Alaska
• Denali National Park wilderness excursion and show
• Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquarters
• Cruise the Inside Passage

Motorcoach transportation, accommodation, 18 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners, 7-day cruise on the ms Noordam (outside cabin, Category C), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates. 

Land only price – Air available from $500

Included Highlights

• Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway
• Watson Lake – Sign Post Forest
• Muncho Lake, Laird Hot Springs NP
• MacBride Museum of Yukon History
• S.S. Klondike National Historic Site
• Klondike guided tour and gold mine visit
• Top of the World Highway
• Santa Claus House, North Pole Alaska
• Denali National Park wilderness excursion and show
• Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquarters
• Cruise the Inside Passage

• Dawson Creek, BC: George Dawson Inn (1 night)
• Fort Nelson, BC: Woodlands Inn (1 night)
• Muncho Lake, BC: Northern Rockies Lodge (1 night)
• Watson Lake, YT: Andrea’s Hotel (1 night)
• Whitehorse, YT: Westmark Hotel (1 night)
• Dawson City, YT: Triple J Hotel (2 nights)
• Tok, AK: Young’s Motel (1 night)
• Denali National Park, AK: Denali Park Village (2 nights)
• Anchorage, AK: Hilton Garden Inn (1 night)
• Cruise: ms Noordam (7 nights)

Alaska Tour and Cruise

Day1

Fly to Grand Prairie, AB

Fly to Grand Prairie, Alberta and travel to Dawson Creek, BC for an overnight stay. Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner this evening.

Stay: George Dawson Inn, Dawson Creek, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day2

Fort Nelson, BC

Begin your journey along the famous Alaska Highway at Mile Zero. Follow the Peace River valley, travel a rugged section of the Rockies and stop in Fort Nelson for the night.

Stay: Woodlands Inn, Fort Nelson, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L

Day3

Muncho Lake, BC

Travelling along the world famous Alaska Highway, marvel at the beauty of Muncho Lake. The jade green lake is the showpiece of the Muncho Lake Provincial Park and the small community of Muncho Lake. The deep, cold lake is a haven for fishing and boating. Enjoy a stop at Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park, which is home to the second largest hot spring in Canada.

Stay: Northern Rockies Lodge, Muncho Lake, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D

Day4

Watson Lake, YT

Experience the stunning scenery of British Columbia as you travel alongside 7,000 foot high mountains en route to Watson Lake. Visit the Sign Post Forest, a stunning display of over 100,000 street signs from around the world. It all began when a homesick GI working on the Alaska Highway decided to add a sign pointing to his hometown, and others soon followed his example.

Stay: Andrea’s Hotel, Watson Lake, BC
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D

Day5

Whitehorse, YT

Experience spectacular views of the Cassiar Mountains and cross the Great Divide, the principal watershed of the Americas. Reach Yukon’s capital of Whitehorse where summer days have 20 hours of daylight.

Prior to checking into your hotel, step back in history with a visit to the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site. This stern-wheeler plied the upper Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City. The largest of the fleet, this ship has been restored and refurnished, paying tribute to an era before roads.

After checking into the hotel and having some free time on your own for dinner, enjoy an exclusive after hours visit to the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. With more than 30,000 artifacts, this museum is offers a great way to explore the stories and history of the Yukon.

Stay: Westmark Whitehorse, Whitehorse, YT
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L

Day6

Dawson City, YT

Follow the original miner’s trail from the days of the Klondike Gold Rush, as we head for Dawson City. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Triple J Hotel, Dawson City, YT
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, D

Day7

Dawson City, YT

Dawson City has been classified as a national historic site, and many of its buildings have been restored to reflect life during the gold rush. Relive the excitement of bygone days with an opportunity to try gold panning at a working mine. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Meals: B

Day8

Tok, AK

The Top of the World Highway traverses the mountains above the tree line offering spectacular views in all directions. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you cross into the State of Alaska. Experience the mystique of Chicken, the trading centre for Athabasca native villages, en route to Tok.

Stay: Young’s Motel, Tok, AK
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D

Day9

Denali National Park, AK

Travelling the final leg of the Alaska Highway, visit the town of North Pole and Santa Claus House, a trading post featuring a great toy department and a unique gift shop. After lunch in Fairbanks, follow the George Parks Highway to Denali National Park. Celebrate like the first miners at tonight’s Cabin Nite dinner theatre.

Stay: Denali Park Village, Denali National Park
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, D

Day10

Denali National Park, AK

Although officially known as Mount McKinley, ‘Denali’, The Great One, is the name the Athabascans gave to the massive peak that crowns the 600 mile long Alaska Range. Enjoy an early morning wilderness tour of Denali National Park’s interior. While at Denali National Park you will received a boxed lunch to enjoy at your leisure. Return to the hotel for a free afternoon to explore park activities.

Meals: B, L5

Day11

Anchorage, AK

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and is home to almost half of the state’s residents. Landmarks denote both the Russian and American First Nations heritage. An orientation tour of Anchorage leads to Ship Creek, Lake Hood and through the downtown.

Visit the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquaters prior to enjoying some free time in Anchorage to explore the shops, museums and art galleries.

Stay: Hilton Garden Inn, Anchorage, AK
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L

Day12

Seward, AK

Travel to nearby Seward, a charming seaside town, flanked by snowcapped mountains and tidal glaciers. Board one of Holland America’s grand ships, the ms Noordam, for a 7-day Glacier Discovery cruise. Holland America Line offers elegant ships, fabulous five-star dining and impeccable service.

Stay: ms Noordam, Holland America Line
Nights: 7
Meals: B, L, D

Day13

At Sea

Between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy, enjoy 274 nautical miles of mountains, islands, waterfalls, glaciers, sea lions, whales, eagles, and some of the grandest coastal scenery on the continent.

Meals: B, L, D

Day14

Glacier Bay

Cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, home to sixteen dazzling tidewater glaciers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Park has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world. Watch as monumental chunks of ice split off a glacier and fall into the sea shooting water hundreds of feet into the air.

Meals: B, L, D

Day15

Haines, AK

Nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, Haines got a jump-start supplying miners headed for the goldfields of the Klondike. Today, the town’s chief exports are adventure and scenery.

Meals: B, L, D

Day16

Juneau, AK

Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, there are a lot of things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day. You may choose to relive the mining days on a tour of the world’s largest gold-producing mill!

Meals: B, L, D

Day17

Ketchikan, AK

Clinging to the mountainside and stretching along the sea, Ketchikan is a picturesque community of boardwalks and turn-of-the-century buildings perched on pilings. Take time to visit the Totem Heritage Center or shop on historic Creek Street.

Meals: B, L, D

Day18

Inside Passage

Spend the day at sea and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Inside Passage coastal route as you head south toward Vancouver.

Meals: B, L, D

Day19

Vancouver, BC

Say farewell to an incredible journey as you disembark the ship, and transfer to the Vancouver Airport for your return flight home.

Meals: B

Travellers will occasionally have to walk on uneven surfaces or get on and off boats or trains. Tours on the itinerary may include periods of up to an hour of walking at a gentle pace. There may also be a few one-night stays, but often the majority of your trip is spent in just a handful of hotels. Most of our North American sightseeing tours fall into this category.

Holland America Line – ms Noordam

Named for the Northern compass point, Noordam features museum-quality art — from 19th-century oils to contemporary photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King. Guests onboard can enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table programming. Explore the world’s wonders through BBC Earth Experiences. Take yoga or Pilates in our Fitness Center. Savor the sounds of Music Walk™ and the delights of our specialty restaurants.

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