Small States by the Sea 2022

  • 9 Days | 16 Meals
  • Sep 17 - Sep 25
  • $2,397

Visit seven states with small town charm and historic towns

Best of Alaska 2022

Discover the Wonders and Wilderness of “The Last Frontier”

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Multiple Dates
13 days | 12 nights • 26 meals
Starting at $3,997

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 Zuiderdam, 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, Alaska’s largest city
• Meet Iditarod Champion Martin Buser
• Sail Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam from Skagway to Glacier Bay National Park, 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


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.

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

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

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

You’ll be snapping plenty of photos during a spectacular guided tour of Denali National Park, home of majestic Denali 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. You’ll also travel to the Murie Cabin near the East Fork River to experience where Adolf Murie lived while conducting his famous research inside what was then known as Mount McKinley National Park. After the tour, the remainder of the day is yours to relax or choose an optional excursion, such as a visit to the National Park Visitor Center, a nature walk, rafting trip down the Nenana River, a flight-seeing tour over Denali, or a Ranger talk. B, L

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

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

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. Upon arrival, we'll be treated to an authentic barbecue lunch including ribs, chicken and various side-dishes. Then, get ready to find your own fortune! Experience a glimpse of the life of a prospector when you join a colorful cast of characters to learn the art of gold panning. Practice your technique in warm-water troughs -- gold is guaranteed in every pan. Haul your swag into the Gold Shack to have it weighed and browse among a collection of gold-nugget jewelry and mining-related souvenirs. B, L

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 Zuiderdam. 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

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

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

Quality Accommodations
Nights 1-2: Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage
Night 3: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Nights 4-5: McKinley Chalets, Denali NP
Night 6: Westmark Fairbanks
Night 7: Best Western Gold Rush Inn, Whitehorse, YT
Night 8: Westmark Skagway
Nights 9-12: MS Zuiderdam

Jul 8-20, 2022 Sold Out
Jul 15-27, 2022 Sold Out
Jul 29-Aug 10, 2022 Sold Out
Aug 5-17, 2022 Sold Out
Aug 12-24, 2022 New Date
Aug 19-31, 2022 Call for Availability

Anchorage, AK/Vancouver, BC

Price Per Person:
Double From: $3,997; Single From: $6,695*

(*Prices vary based upon date and stateroom category – Inside, Outside or Verandah – selected for cruise portion of this vacation package.)

Stateroom Inside Outside Verandah
Occupancy Double Single Double Single Double Single

July 8, 15, 29 & Aug 5, 12
Aug 19 $3,997 $6,695 $4,197 $7,075 $4,597 $7,675

Tour Taxes:
Double: $242; Single: $300

Pre/Post-Tour Hotel:
Anchorage: $368/night
Vancouver: Call for rates

See More Ashore

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 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.

Average Temps

high 67°/low 49° (August)

high 70°/low 52° (July)

Time Zone

Alaska (-3 hours from Central Time); Vancouver (-2 hours from Central Time)

Arrival Time

Schedule your flight to arrive by 4:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time

Schedule flight home to depart after 1:00 p.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.

Vehicle Parking


Walking Distance

Moderate walking is required to enjoy this tour to its fullest.


US and Canadian Dollar

Hotel Amenities

Hair dryer, iron, ironing board at most hotels. Guest laundry, for a fee, on board the MS Zuiderdam. Exercise room &
swimming pool on board the MS Zuiderdam and at Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

Additional Information

"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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