USA & Canada 2018 - Insight Vacations

Jewels of Alaska and Cruise Inside Stateroom (Summer 2018)

Duration: 14 days Visiting: United States, Canada

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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.

  1. Day 1

    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.

  2. Day 2

    Anchorage Sightseeing.

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    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?

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    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.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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.

  9. Day 9

    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.

  10. Day 10

    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.

  11. Day 11

    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.

  12. Day 12

    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.

  13. Day 13

    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.

  14. Day 14

    Depart Vancouver

    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.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Anchorage: At the largest float plane base in the world, interact with a local bush pilot who will regale you with tales of the joys and challenges of flying in rural Alaska.
  • Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska's first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center.
  • Denali: Learn about the National Park's wildlife and ecosystem, accompanied by a local climber.
  • Girdwood: Enjoy a chance to meet the dogs of a championship dog musher and learn about Alaskan Huskies and Arctic dog sleigh racers.
  • Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a researcher from the Alaska SeaLife Center.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alaskan Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery, all the way to Denali National Park and Preserve.
  • Prince William Sound: Experience the thunderous sounds of calving glaciers on your cruise.
  • Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Anchorage: Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the downtown area
  • Denali National Park: See Mt Denali.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Anchorage: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
  • Denali: A night of fun, festivity and food awaits during your Highlight Dinner. Get a taste of old-time Alaska at a boisterous theatre dinner.
  • Mount Alyeska: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialities and wine.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), 4 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).
  • On-Board Glacier Discovery Cruise: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 6 Dinners (D)

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Anchorage: The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa is one of the finest accommodations in the city.
  • Denali: The Grande Denali Lodge offers panoramic views of the entire canyon.
  • Alyeska: The luxurious Hotel Alyeska is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers, and spectacular ocean views.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from and to Vancouver International Airport are available only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

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.

Accommodation

 

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa

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.

Grande Denali Lodge

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.

The Hotel Alyeska Girdwood

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.

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