Nature's Best: Alaska with Alaska Cruise


  • 13 days

  • Alaska

  • Steady pace

tour : CKI

Overview

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From Fairbanks to Anchorage, see what the "Great Land" of Alaska has to offer on this exhilarating Alaska tour and cruise. You’ll visit Denali National Park, where North America’s highest peak—Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley)—dominates the park’s six million acres. Here, enjoy an exclusive presentation on the park from a local Naturalist—a special experience offered by Globus—and enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and more.

You’ll have an opportunity to ride the thrilling, world-famous Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service for a journey through untamed wilderness to Talkeetna, where you’ll overnight at the Talkeetna Lodge. With amazing views of Denali, it’s another special adventure offered by Globus! You’ll also cruise aboard a sternwheeler riverboat in Fairbanks and visit Happy Trails Kennels near Willow, the official start of the famous Iditarod Race. Here, you’ll learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs—another fun experience offered by Globus.

You’ve seen photos of glaciers calving into the sea, but nothing compares to being there in person. During your cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park, watch the glaciers crash into the sea and hear the thunderous roar. It’s a spectacular sight! Along the way, watch for wildlife, including sea otters, seals, birds, and more. On your 7-night Alaska cruise, witness even more stunning scenery as you cruise Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and scenic Inside Passage. Visit Juneau, Alaska's capital with beautiful forests and mountains; Haines, on the shores of America's longest fjord; and Ketchikan.

Alaska is a destination that should not be missed. So grab your camera, sit back, and let Globus handle all the details on this Alaska tour and cruise—a vacation of a lifetime!

Highlights

FAIRBANKS
Cruise aboard the sternwheeler riverboat Discovery
DENALI NATIONAL PARKDinner and [LF] exclusive presentation at the Murie Science & Learning Center by a local Naturalist; guided wilderness expedition
DENALI–TALKEETNAJourney aboard Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service
TALKEETNAEnjoy a local [LF] Alaskan treat
BIG LAKEVisit Happy Trails Kennels
ANCHORAGEFarewell dinner
KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARKCruise through Kenai Fjords National Park
CRUISE7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Westerdam

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Tour prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home at the end of your tour! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

ARRIVE IN FAIRBANKS

Day
1

Welcome to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. Meet your Tour Director this evening between 4 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.

FAIRBANKS–DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Day
2

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, 20,320-foot Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), majestically dominating the park’s 6 million acres. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Murie Science & Learning Center, followed by an exclusive LF PRESENTATION on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Day
3

Morning 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DENALI NATIONAL PARK–ALASKA RAILROAD–TALKEETNA

Day
4

Continue your exploration of Denali National Park and then board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness (see page 49 for information about your train). Today’s ride ends in the unique town of Talkeetna, a model for the TV show Northern Exposure.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the LF Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, where you can enjoy hiking, flightseeing, jet boating, or just relaxing on the deck with amazing views of Denali.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

TALKEETNA–BIG LAKE–ANCHORAGE

Day
5

This morning, enjoy a LF 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

ANCHORAGE. CRUISE IN KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK. SEWARD (EMBARKATION)

Day
6

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 cruise ship, the MS Westerdam (sailing on the May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25 and September 8 departures) or MS Noordam (sailing on the May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, and August 4, 18, and September 1 departures).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: GULF OF ALASKA

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

Day
8

This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

HAINES

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

JUNEAU

Day
10

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 for 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

KETCHIKAN

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE

Day
12

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION)

Day
13

The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Please schedule flights after Noon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • While wildlife in Alaska is frequently seen, early season (May and early June) and late-season (September) departures offer even greater opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife. Departures after mid-August will enjoy blazing fall colors.
  • Enjoy the chance to witness the spectacular aurora borealis (Northern Lights) when the aurora dances across the horizon and lights up the sky. An amazing opportunity! The best chances of viewing the Northern Lights is on late August and September departures (if Mother Nature permits).
  • Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your Travel Documents will contain the most current information.
  • At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

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