Experience both bucket-list highlights and hidden gems of “the Last Frontier” in this “best of” route. By rail, sail and coach, you’ll just love this discovery
of Alaska’s natural splendor, summer bounty and frontier history. From Anchorage, you’ll range across colorful tundras, cruise pristine waterways,
travel amid magnificent glaciers and mountain peaks and encounter unbelievable wildlife. Watch for tidewater glaciers calving on a cruise around Portage
Lake. Spend two nights right inside famed Denali National Park before riding aboard an old-fashioned narrow-gauge train back to Gold Rush days from
Canada’s Yukon to historic Skagway. En route, meet mushers and fishermen, discover native cultures, and marvel at agriculture in the “Land of the Midnight
Sun”. Finally, unpack for a 4-night cruise aboard Holland America’s gorgeous MS Volendam, sailing to the ice-studded fjords of Glacier Bay,
the scenic port of Ketchikan, and through the Inside Passage, the beautiful coastal route passing the islands of British Columbia.
- • 2 nights in Denali National Park
• 2 nights in Anchorage, AK’s largest city
• Meet Iditarod Champion Martin Buser
• Sail Holland America’s MS Volendam from Skagway to Glacier Bay N.P.,Ketchikan and the Inside Passage
• Follow the Gold Rush trail on the White Pass & Yukon R.R.
• Scenic Cruises on the Chena River and Portage Lake
• Gratuities to rail attendants & motorcoach drivers
• See amazing wildlife & native cultures
DAY 1—ANCHORAGE WELCOME
Welcome to the land of the midnight sun! After your complimentary transfer to our hotel, meet your fellow travelers at a friendly welcome reception this evening in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage.
DAY 2—AWCC/PORTAGE GLACIER CRUISE/ALYESKA RESORT
Travel south along Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Mountain range on your way to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Learn how this facility takes in orphaned and injured animals. Next, cruise across Portage Lake on the mv Ptarmigan. You’ll stand just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age, watch for fractures of ice to break off from the glacier and crash into the water below. A delicious lunch awaits us at Alyeska Resort followed by a tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska. We return to Anchorage for our overnight. B, L
DAY 3—HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS/TALKEETNA
An Alaska visit would be incomplete without seeing sled dogs in action! Meet the champion dogs at Happy Trails Kennels, where veteran Iditarod racer Martin Buser will share stories of races and trails, and give a dog sled demonstration. Later, continue towards the historic village of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of North America’s tallest peak, Denali. Settle in for the evening, overlooking the majestic Alaska Range. B, L
DAY 4—BIRCH SYRUP/MCKINLEY EXPLORER/DENALI
Today, visit Birch Syrup for a fun and educational tour illustrating the joys and difficulties of Alaska’s short and intense harvest. Enjoy sweet samples along with other local food products. Then, climb aboard the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer as we head to Denali for a two-night stay at this magnificent national treasure. See the wide open tundra and watch out for wildlife such as eagles and bears. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or choose an optional excursion, such as a nature walk, rafting trip down the Nenana River, a flight-seeing tour over Denali, or a Ranger talk. B, L
DAY 5—DENALI NATIONAL PARK
You’ll be snapping plenty of photos during a spectacular seven-hour guided tour of Denali National Park, home of majestic Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), lush forests and crystal-clear waters. Be on the lookout for wildlife, such as “The Big 5” mammals: moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolf, and grizzlies. B, L
DAY 6—RIVERBOAT DISCOVERY/ALASKA PIPELINE/SALMON BAKE & SALOON SHOW
Today, coach to Fairbanks for a ride along the Chena River on The Riverboat Discovery, an authentic sternwheeler. Then get up close to the famous Alaska pipeline. Tonight you’re in for a treat at Pioneer Park. Enjoy generous portions of prime rib, beer battered cod and grilled salmon grilled over an outdoor alder wood fire and rounded out with roasted potatoes, baked beans, salad and blueberry cake. Then sit back and enjoy songs and stories, and historical highlights of Fairbanks, also known as “The Golden Heart City”. B, L, D
DAY 7—MUSEUM OF THE NORTH/WHITEHORSE
This morning, visit the Museum of the North, highlighting the art and culture of Alaska. This afternoon, fly from Fairbanks into Canada’s majestic Yukon Territory. Our home this evening is Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon. B
DAY 8—WHITE PASS & YUKON RAILROAD
Today we travel on the captivating White Pass Trail aboard an old-fashioned narrow-gauge train. You’ll see some spectacular scenery along the winding route once used by gold seekers as we head to Skagway, the jumping off point for the Klondike. Later, we’ll visit Jewell Gardens, located on the Historic Clark Farm site. Savor an abundance of herbs and vegetables displayed among brilliantly colored flowers–varieties that thrive on the long daylight hours. This evening, enjoy the bounty of the garden during a scrumptious dinner. B, D
DAY 9—SKAGWAY/MS VOLENDAM
Stroll the wooden sidewalks of this famous Gold Rush town, do some last minute souvenir shopping, or take in a Ranger-led walking tour before embarking on our home away from home the next four nights, the MS Volendam. Get acquainted with the ship’s amazing amenities before dinner; and don’t miss the evening entertainment, which includes everything from Broadway reviews to stand-up comedians. B, D
DAY 10—GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
Cruise the ice-studded fjords of this national treasure for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates on board the ship. Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. B, L, D
Explore this uniquely Alaskan port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords. Ketchikan is one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park. And leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art. B, L, D
DAY 12—INSIDE PASSAGE AND SHIPBOARD FUN
Today, glide through Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage, one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world. You’ll see steep mountain walls on both sides of the ship, brilliantly colored forests, blue glaciers and seaside villages dotting the coastline. Take a break from the beautiful sights and partake in one of the ship’s many activities such as bingo, cooking demonstrations and naturalist talks. B, L, D
Alas, we must say farewell as we disembark in Vancouver, British Columbia, and head for home—carrying enough “midnight sun” memories to last a lifetime! B
Nights 1-2: Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage
Night 3: Talkeetna Princess Lodge
Nights 4-5: McKinley Chalets, Denali NP
Night 6: Westmark Fairbanks
Night 7: Raven Inn, Whitehorse, YT
Night 8: Westmark Skagway
Nights 9-12: MS Volendam
Jul 17-29, 2020
Jul 31-Aug 12, 2020
Aug 21-Sep 2, 2020
Anchorage, AK/Vancouver, BC
Double From: $3,997; Single From: $6,375*
(*Prices vary based upon date and stateroom category – Inside, Outside or Verandah – selected for cruise portion of this vacation package.)
Tour Taxes: Double: $242; Single: $300
Vancouver: Call for rates
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Throughout your trip, you may choose among a variety of optional shore excursions. These range from simple park ranger talks to nature walks to river rafting trips, a trip to Misty Fjords or a “flight-seeing tour” of Denali.
These options are offered directly with Holland America, and may be booked online at www.hollandamerica.com or by calling the Shore Excursion Desk at 888-425-9376. A booking number provided on your invoice by Country Travel DISCOVERIES is required to reserve excursions.
high 67°/low 49° (August)
high 70°/low 52° (July)
Alaska (-3 hours from Central Time); Vancouver (-2 hours from Central Time)
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule flight home to depart after 11:30 a.m. on Day 13.
Returning to the United States: Vancouver Int'l Airport allows US Residents to clear Passport Control/Customs in Canada rather than upon your first point of entry into the US. This allows for a convenient and quick entry at your returning U.S. airport, similar to arrival on a domestic flight.Airport Info
Complimentary airport shuttle service is provided to starting hotel and return to airport from Holland America Line. Additional information will be provided in final documents.
Moderate walking is required to enjoy this tour to its fullest.
US and Canadian Dollar
Hair dryer, iron, ironing board at most hotels. Guest laundry, for a fee, on board the MS Volendam. Exercise room & swimming pool on board the MS Volendam and at Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.
"Country Club" casual attire (excluding jeans and shorts) is recommended for dinners on your cruise. However, the last night is the Captain's Farewell Dinner and it is required that men wear a dress shirt & suit coat and ladies should bring along a nice dress, skirt & blouse or a nice pants suit. If you do not feel comfortable dressing for dinner in the formal dining room, there are alternate casual dining choices while on board. You may eat in the Lido Restaurant or choose room service, both are complimentary. A valid US Passport is required for travel to/from the United States.
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