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This stunning tour is immensely popular with guests seeking the perfect combination of informative sightseeing, thrilling wilderness experiences and tranquil relaxation. Firstly, soak up the grandeur of Alaska with two nights in Anchorage, Denali National Park and Mt. Alyeska Resort. Then, after a full-day cruise excursion counting glaciers on Prince William Sound, many guests choose to join the 7-day luxury cruise along the Alaskan coast to Vancouver.
Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers.
Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
Get acquainted with downtown Anchorage. Journey around Lake Hood to visit the largest float plane base in the world. Meet a bush pilot who will share fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the traditions of Alaska's first people during a private presentation. The rest of the afternoon is yours to browse among the shops or native art galleries. In the evening, savour dinner at a local restaurant.
Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad.
Journey to Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak. After a brief visit to downtown, board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your dome railcar. Meet a local climber who will regale with you tales of what it's like to brave a climb up Denali. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner accompanied by boisterous theatre, featuring old-time sourdough, song-and-dance and hearty Alaskan fare.
Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness.
(Relaxed Start) The 6-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve is just a short walk away from your hotel. The day is completely open for recreation or optional activities. Perhaps take an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River, or a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mount Denali?
Girdwood and Mount Alyeska.
Enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway. After lunch, meet the champion dog team of four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 km) dogsled race. Continue on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views. Arrive in the town of Girdwood, home of Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for panoramic views of the mountains and sea. The evening is free for you to enjoy.
Prince William Sound Cruise.
(Relaxed Start) Today is devoted to the 26 Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thundering calving of glaciers and keep your eyes open for sea otters, porpoises, and whales. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, featuring a variety of local seafood specialities, complete with wine and good cheer.
Seward and return to Anchorage to join your Glacier Discovery Cruise.
Visit the aquariums of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward and enjoy an exclusive presentation about their marine research and rehabilitation program. Have lunch and explore downtown at your own pace. Guests continuing on the Glacier Discovery Cruise to Vancouver are transferred to the Port of Seward to board the ms Zaandam or ms Noordam. Set sail in the evening.
Scenic Cruising – College Fjord
Admire the massive glaciers of College Fjord in Prince William Sound and keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife and maybe even one of the 40-ton humpback whales that come to the waters of Alaska each summer.
Scenic Cruising – Glacier Bay National Park
Watch Glacier Bay National Park's immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers and imagine what Alaska was like before the first humans arrived.
Cruising – Haines
Haines—home to autumn's Alaska Bald Eagle Festival—lies alongside the longest fjord in America. Visit galleries offering traditional Tlingit art in the quaint downtown.
Cruising – Juneau
Stroll Juneau's picturesque streets, stopping in eclectic shops and saloons from the Gold Rush era. Perhaps embark on an optional trip on the Mount Roberts Tramway for exhilarating views of the harbour and nearby mountains.
Cruising – Ketchikan
Check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, intricately carved with native designs. Perhaps take an optional guided tour through town or a floatplane flightseeing trip.
Scenic Cruising – Inside Passage
Revel in the scenery as you slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by rugged, isolated islands.
Sail into Vancouver Harbour early this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel if you wish to extend your stay.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Anchorage (Traditional) - USA
The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa boasts the finest lodging in the city and is moments from downtown Anchorage's best restaurants, museums and attractions, while still being located in the heart of the great Alaskan wilderness. Whatever your plans are, you'll find a feeling of welcome unlike any other at this hotel in Anchorage. With room to spread out in, our 370 guest rooms at this hotel in Anchorage have everything for a great night, including our signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, 42" flat screen TV, refrigerator, and High Speed Internet Access.
Denali National Park (Traditional) - USA
The Grande Denali Lodge on Sugarloaf Mountain is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Your first stop is the main lodge, where you will experience warm log architecture with a rock fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The interior design highlights the Alaska Native Heritage of its owners while it offers panoramic views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon. You'll find the lodge is a very special place where you can truly relax, meet friends, share a meal, or simply take in the beauty all around you.
Girdwood (Central) - USA
The Hotel Alyeska, Alaska’s premier year-round resort destination. Nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views, The Hotel Alyeska offers our guests luxurious accommodations and convenient access to the magnificent Alaskan wilderness. Today, our chateau-style hotel makes the perfect base camp for your Alaskan vacation. During your stay here, you’ll experience supreme comfort with perfect modern touches and rich Native influences, bringing the natural beauty of Alaska’s great outdoors inside. Alyeska Resort lives up to – and helps define – Alaska’s spectacular “steep and deep” reputation.