Jewels Of Alaska

Jewels of Alaska (Summer 2019)

Duration: 7 days Visiting: Alaska

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Welcome to Alaska. A haven for nature lovers, this US state is home to sweeping landscapes, calving glaciers and spectacular national parks. While here you'll have the opportunity to explore the iconic Denali National Park and to immerse yourself in its natural beauty, which is abundant in wildlife and breathtaking views. You'll have a range of stylish transportation options to see you through your trip, with the second half of your journey on board your Holland America cruise ship.

  1. Day 1

    Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers.

    Welcome to Alaska. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.

  2. Day 2

    Anchorage Sightseeing to Talkeetna.

    Get acquainted with Anchorage with an included city tour. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Centre and learn about the fascinating traditions of Alaska's first people during a private presentation. In the afternoon, depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak. Upon arrival, meet a bush pilot who will share fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. The evening is yours at leisure, so ask your Travel Director for suggestions on where is best to head for a bite to eat.

  3. Day 3

    Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad.

    This morning is yours to explore more of Talkeetna. Later in the morning board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, towards Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed railcar before meeting a local climber who will tell stories about what it's like to brave a climb up the tallest land-based mountain in the world. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner hosted by Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater. This theatrical dinner mixes old-time Alaska with storytelling, music and humour as you join a cast of characters in a tale of adventure in 1900s Alaska. The menu includes hearty Alaskan classics such as salmon, barbeque ribs and corn.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness.

    With the Denali National Park and Preserve just a short drive away from your hotel, you'll find a number of ways to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness on your own, or spend the day partaking in one of our optional activities. From an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River (waiver required) to a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mount Denali, the choice is yours – just don’t forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge and enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings at night.

  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. Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for sweeping views of the mountains and sea. The evening is free for you to enjoy.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Prince William Sound Cruise.

    Today is devoted to the 26-Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thunderous calving of glaciers and keep your eyes open for sea otters, porpoises, and whales. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, featuring a variety of local seafood specialities, complete with wine and good cheer. You’ll get some shut eye at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, which is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views.

  7. Day 7

    Seward and Return to Anchorage.

    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. Your Travel Director will be on hand to give you a few recommendations. Return to Anchorage and transfer to the airport or head to the trip hotel for guests extending their stay. Airport arrival will be at 17:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska's first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center.
  • Talkeetna: Interact with a local bush pilot who will regale you with tales of the joys and challenges of flying in rural Alaska.
  • Denali: Meet a local climber at a private reception and hear first-hand about their experience climbing the tallest land-based mountain in the world.
  • Big Lake: 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

  • Anchorage: Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the downtown area.
  • Alaskan Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery, all the way to Denali National Park and Preserve.
  • Denali National Park: See Mt Denali.
  • Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains.
  • Prince William Sound: Experience majestic glaciers on your cruise.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • 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 dinner theatre.
  • Girdwood: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialities and wine.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L) and 3 Dinners with wine (DW).

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.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • 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
  • We also 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 Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or 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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Float Plane Flightseeing

Fly over a Glacier! Take a Knik Glacier tour and experience a glacier and wildlife adventure. Soar over towering Knik Glacier - At 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, Knik Glacier is one of Southcentral Alaska’s biggest and most spectacular glaciers. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours

Adult Price: USD 263.00

Code: ANC0001

Flightseeing Fixed Wing - Denali Flyer with Glacier Landing

Explore Mt. Denali within six miles of this magnificent sight. Fly to the remote western end of Denali National Park and see the south side of Mt. Denali, Mt. Foraker, and Mt. Hunter. Fly over the winding Kahiltna glacier, the longest glacier in Denali National Park, and continue on to the climber’s base camp located at 7200 feet on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Includes a glacier landing. (2.5 hour tour, including 1.25 hour flight and 15 min. on glacier)

Adult Price: USD 427.00

Code: TAL0001

*Flightseeing Fixed Wing - Summit Tour with Glacier Landing

This tour flies the summits of Mt. Denali, Foraker and Hunter in our oxygen-equipped De Havilland turbine Otters. This tour spends more time at higher altitudes and gives a broad overview of the Alaska Range. This high-elevation expedition soars above Denali at over 20,000 ft. and is a one-of-a-kind tour for adventurous travelers that explores the Alaska Range from a unique, towering perspective. *Waiver required. (1.5-hour flight. 20 minutes on glacier. 2.5-hour tour with shuttles)

Adult Price: USD 513.00

Code: TAL0002

Wilderness Jet Boat Ecursion

This exciting jet boat excursion whisks you into the heart of the wilderness in comfort. Along the riverbanks, you will take a ¼ mile nature walk to visit an authentic trapper’s cabin. Wildlife, folklore, artifacts, and panoramic views of Denali and the Alaska Range combine to make this an unforgettable and unique Alaskan river adventure.

Adult Price: USD 78.00

Code: TAL0003

Talkeetna Lakes Hike

Take a hike! Explore Talkeetna’s best trail with a great naturalist guide. A new scene of beauty unfolds around every turn on this three-mile moderate hike. Look for loons and kingfishers on the lakes, moose and bears in the woods, and Mt. Denali on the horizon. This lush old-growth forest is alive with songbirds, wildflowers, berries, and mushrooms. This is a great trip in any weather. Includes a healthy, home-baked snack. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Adult Price: USD 65.00

Code: TAL0004

Scenic Talkeetna River Float Trip

Enjoy a relaxing raft trip on a big glacial river right out of the Alaska range. The rivers are swift and smooth yet calming and serene. On a clear day enjoy the best views of Denali, The Alaska Range, & surrounding Talkeetna Mountains. Learn about the flora, and fauna of the area during a few stops along the way. Watch for potential sightings of bald eagles, beavers, moose, black bears, and grizzly bears. When river levels and guest mobility allow, we stop to explore river islands, scout for animal tracks, and take a brief walk along the river. During this rejuvenating experience guests enjoy the Boreal Forrest, giant ferns, seasonal berries, and wildflowers, along the way. All rafting equipment and rain gear is provided.

Adult Price: USD 84.00

Code: TAL0005

*Zipline Tour

During this three hour active tour you will be traversing from one platform to the next via nine separate and exciting ziplines, three suspension bridges, a spiral staircase and a rappel while clipped in at all times from beginning to end – all amidst the beautiful northern boreal forest building on anticipation and discovery. This zipline tour is more physically demanding than other zipline tours and guests must be of strong physical condition with no previous back injuries. Waiver required

Adult Price: USD 154.00

Code: TAL0006

Flightseeing Fixed Wing - Denali Flyer

Explore Mt. Denali within six miles of this magnificent sight. Fly to the remote western end of Denali National Park and see the south side of Mt. Denali, Mt. Foraker, and Mt. Hunter. Fly over the winding Kahiltna glacier, the longest glacier in Denali National Park, and continue on to the climber’s base camp located at 7200 feet on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Includes a glacier landing. (2.5 hour tour, including 1.25 hour flight and 15 min. on glacier)

Adult Price: USD 315.00

Code: TAL0007

Tundra Wilderness Tour

Travel deep into Denali National Park by school bus and search for moose, caribou, bear, wolves, and Dall sheep amongst a spectacular backdrop of valleys and mountains. This 6-8 hour tour is led by experienced driver guides, who provide a narrated history of the Park Road and the animals that call Denali home.

Adult Price: USD 195.00

Code: DEN0001

Husky Homestead

Visit with an Iditarod Champion! Step back from the crowds and join an intimate group for a personal tour of the homestead kennel of four-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King. Meet champion sled dogs, visit with puppies and see summer training in action. Two and a half-hour narrated kennel tour.

Adult Price: USD 59.00

Code: DEN0002

*Rafting the Nenana River

Each trip is approximately three hours with a total of two hours on the water. The scenic Wilderness Run is perfect for the family and travels 13 miles through the Alaska wilderness. Perfect for the beginning rafter! The Canyon Run is an exciting whitewater adventure with Class III and IV rapids. This is one ride where you might get wet!

Adult Price: USD 109.00

Code: DEN0003

Mt. Denali by Helicopter

Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar. (Weather dependent). This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Approx. duration: 35 minutes

Adult Price: USD 411.00

Code: DEN0004

*Mt. Denali by Helicopter with Heli-Hiking Adventure

Get an up close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar. (Weather dependent). This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Approx. duration: 15 minute flight with 3 hour hike

Adult Price: USD 499.00

Code: DEN0004b

Fixed Wing Flightseeing in Denali

Travel like the Bush pilots of Alaska! Enjoy a 60-70 minute fixed wing flightseeing journey following the Alaska Range out to about one mile from Mt. Denali (Weather dependent). Flight duration: 60-70 minutes. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours

Adult Price: USD 405.00

Code: DEN0005

*Denali Wilderness Hiking

Go for a hike! Take an interpretive, guided walk in the Denali area with a naturalist guide who will point out the landmarks and talk about the amazing geology and glacial history of this part of the world. Walk through boreal forests and discover how plants and animals have adapted to the extreme sub-arctic environment. Walk in the footsteps of animals, and gain a new appreciation for this far north landscape.

Adult Price: USD 115.00

Code: DEN0006

Fly Fish Denali

Fly Fish in Alaska! Experienced or beginner; you will fish for Arctic Grayling on lakes in the heart of the Alaska Range. The catch and release fly fishing package offers half day opportunities with no experience necessary. This personalized and fully outfitted trip includes gear, guide, equipment, and transportation. Fishing License additional.

Adult Price: USD 205.00

Code: DEN0007

Arctic Circle Air Adventure

Fly above the Arctic! This thrilling tour allows a guest to experience the Brooks Range, cross the Arctic Circle and fly the wilderness airways of Alaska’s Arctic. Once on ground, this narrated ground adventure also includes a visit to the community of Wiseman, views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and mighty Yukon River. The flight is not fully narrated. Guests receive an official Arctic Circle Certificate upon completion of tour.

Adult Price: USD 519.00

Code: DEN0008

Fixed Wing Flightseeing-Denali Glacier Landing

We offer the only flight that lands on glaciers at the base of Mt. Denali. The pilot will ensure everyone has ample opportunity for photographs, especially photos of Denali. Upon arrival at one of the glacier landing zones passengers deplane and step into the "Ice Age". Passengers spend 20 minutes snowball throwing, snow angel making, picture taking, or just being awed by the beauty of the "other worldly" surroundings.

Adult Price: USD 549.00

Code: DEN0009

Kantishna Wilderness

Go deeper into Denali National park. Join our private bus for a day-trip of a lifetime while experiencing all 92 miles of the Denali National Park road. Our knowledgeable Driver/Guides will share the biology, geology, and history of the region with you as you. Enjoy lunch and an activity at the exclusive Kantishna Roadhouse, located just past Wonder Lake. 13 hour tour with stops every 90 minutes. Only offered June through August when the end of the road is open.

Adult Price: USD 217.00

Code: DEN0010

*Helicopter Dog Sled

A helicopter is used to transport you to our alpine camp where our experienced guide will accompany you as you mush along a snow-covered glacier. Drive the sled yourself or ride if you prefer as you enjoy the dramatic scenery. Back at camp you can bundle yourself up in actual Iditarod racing gear including an original bib-number for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. You will learn about Alaskan Huskies and the legendary Alaska dog mushing Seavey family.

Adult Price: USD 549.00

Code: GIR0001

Prince William Sound Kayaking

Explore the majestic coastline and calm protected waters by kayak! This tour includes a short transfer from Girdwood to Whittier, where your guide will provide a safety orientation and introduction to sea kayaking. Experience the natural beauty of the fjord, with its waterfalls, rock formations and wildlife from the serene “otter’s eye” perspective of your sea kayak.

Adult Price: USD 135.00

Code: GIR0003

*Helicopter Glacier Landing (Girdwood)

Land on a glacier! Extend your flightseeing adventure by taking our most popular tour that explores the Lake George Glacier, Lake George Valley, Whiteout Glacier and Colony Glacier. As you fly through the Chugach backcountry, the panorama opens to glacial-formed valleys and magnificent fields of ancient translucent blue glaciers. Highlight your trip with a glacier landing on Colony Glacier or atop a high ridge with a 360-degree panorama of mountains and glaciers and become surrounded by the surreal landscape. In the summer, your return flight provides opportunities to see mountain goats, moose and bears.

Adult Price: USD 399.00

Code: GIR0004

Portage River Scenic Float

Take in panoramic views of cascading glaciers floating through the Portage Valley, as your guide rows down the Portage River. Get views of Middle & Explorer Glaciers from the raft, there is no better way to see Portage Valley. A perfect float for ALL Ages. Pick-up from the Hotel Alyeska followed by 20 minute drive to Portage Valley. Learn about glaciers while your guide rigs the raft. Look for moose, bears, wolves, porcupines, eagles and at the many cascading glaciers, as your guide rows you down the scenic Portage River Valley. Rubber boots, rain gear, life jacket, and drink provided. Waiver required

Adult Price: USD 115.00

Code: GIR0005

Accommodation

 

Sheraton Hotel and Spa

Anchorage (Traditional) - USA

The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa is one of the finest accommodations in the city.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

Talkeetna (Traditional) - USA

Grande Denali Lodge

Denali National Park (Traditional) - USA

The Grande Denali Lodge offers panoramic views of the entire canyon.

The Hotel Alyeska

Girdwood (Resort) - USA

The luxurious Hotel Alyeska is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers, and spectacular ocean views.

Holland America's ms Westerdam.

(Cruise) - Alaska

Holland America's ms Westerdam.

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