Duration

  • 19 Days

Price

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$14,395
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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 Westerdam for 7 days, spoiled with two included excursions. 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!

 

DeNure Tours Included Excursions

Cut the glass surface of the Inside Passage, reflecting ancient tidewater glaciers and snow-capped mountains.

DeNureTours guests are spoiled by two excursions:

Leave charming Haines (one of America’s “20 best places to live and play”– Outside magazine) in a vintage passenger coach that provides panoramic views of mountains, gorges, and waterfalls along the White Pass Summit Scenic Railway.

Juneau is an eclectic mix of old and new, built on a waterway that never freezes under an ice field that never melts! A city for adventurers, spot humpback whales on a scenic whale-watching cruise, and walk the famous deep blue Mendenhall Glacier. Join us for our most popular and breathtaking northern voyage!

• 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
• White Pass Summit Scenic Railway excursion (Haines)
• Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Quest excursion (Juneau)

Return airfare from Toronto, motorcoach transportation, accommodation, 18 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners, 7-day cruise on the ms Westerdam(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. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.

• 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: Eldorado 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 Westerdam (7 nights)

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 a salmon bbq this evening with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Eldorado 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, L

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 Westerdam, for a 7-day Glacier Discovery cruise. Holland America Line offers elegant ships, fabulous five-star dining and impeccable service.

Stay: ms Westerdam, 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 gold fields of the Klondike. Today, the town’s chief exports are adventure and scenery. Enjoy an included excursion today – travel by ferry to Skagway and board the White Pass & Yukon Railroad for a 3.5 hour journey through some of the most ruggedly beautiful terrain in the world.

Meals: B, L, D

Day16

Juneau, AK

During your day in Alaska’s capital, Juneau, you’ll experience glaciers and wildlife on today’s included excursion! See the famous Mendenhall Glacier before boarding a wildlife cruise that travels through Stephens Passage, a feeding ground for humpback whales and home to sea lions and harbour seals.

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

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

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