Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise (Itinerary A)
13 days with Collette Vacations Rating:
Day 1 Fairbanks, Alaska - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Fairbanks, in the great state of Alaska. On this adventure we bring together the best of both land and sea.
Day 2 Fairbanks - Denali National Park
Step aboard an amazing cruise on the popular Sternwheeler Discovery, an unforgettable journey showcasing Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. Make stops along the way to meet the people and get a taste of local life. Take a scenic motor coach ride to Denali National Park. Tonight, enjoy an authentic meal at Fannie Q’s Saloon, where you’ll dig into dishes inspired by the Alaskan mining pioneer Fannie “Q” Quigley. (B,D)
Day 3 Denali National Park
This morning, travel deep into Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour* which affords the best opportunities to view the region’s wildlife. Learn about the history of the park and see why Denali is one of the top three reasons that people visit Alaska. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 4 Denali National Park - Talkeetna - Denali
Your day begins with a scenic train ride** to Talkeetna. Savor every moment inside your luxury domed railcar. View the incredible landscape from glass-ceiling railcars and open-air observation platforms as rail guides provide expert commentary. Head to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge where, from the moment you arrive, you’ll know you are somewhere special. This comfy Alaskan lodge invites the ultimate experience, overlooking Denali and the Alaskan Range with one of the most inspirational views of the mountain found anywhere. There will be plenty of time to explore the area or enjoy a host of recreational activities. (B)
Day 5 Denali - Anchorage - Whittier - Board Cruise Ship
Depart for your ship, stopping en route in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Continue with a scenic drive along the Alaska Range. Pass the amazing Turnagain Arm, a deep glacial fjord, and arrive in the port of Whittier where you’ll embark on your 7-night Princess cruise aboard a fabulous floating resort designed to make your stay on board truly memorable. You will be dazzled by the entertainment in the state-of-the-art lounges and a myriad of dining options. While on board, breakfast, lunch, dinner and nightly entertainment are included. (B,D)
Day 6 Cruising - Hubbard Glacier
Your ship cruises past the mammoth Hubbard Glacier, one of Alaska’s largest glaciers. Have your camera ready as today is filled with amazing natural sights as you linger along its shimmering surface. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Cruising - Glacier Bay
Cruise through Glacier Bay, a spectacular national park and preserve that is a treasure trove of tidewater glaciers and scenic coastal islands. Its rich world of marine life and large concentration of tidewater glaciers is Alaska at its best. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Cruising - Skagway
Relive Alaska's Gold Rush days in this “Gateway to the Klondike” and home of the famed Chilkoot Trail. In historic Skagway, Alaska’s past lives on in a spectacular natural setting and cries of “gold in the Yukon!” can still be heard. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Cruising - Juneau
From massive scenic mountains to historic buildings, there is so much to explore in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Cruising - Ketchikan
Your port of call today is Ketchikan, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and the “City of Totems.” Located on the tranquil Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Cruising - Inside Passage
A wonderful day of sightseeing awaits as your ship sails along the amazing Inside Passage, an extensive stretch of land known for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. You will be awestruck with this natural wonder. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Vancouver, B.C. - Disembark Cruise - Seattle, WA Area
Your cruise ends this morning in the vibrant city of Vancouver.*** We then continue on to the Seattle, Washington airport area for an overnight stay. Tonight, toast to the end of a wonderful adventure at a farewell reception at the Sky View Observatory with 360 degree views of Seattle, Mt. Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountains. (B)
Day 13 Seattle Airport Area - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many wonderful memories of your tour to the last of the great frontiers.
All This Included
Relax for seven nights and enjoy the epic Alaskan scenery from aboard one of Princess Cruise Lines’ lovely ships. Cruise through the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, taking in rugged natural wonders. Cruise the Sternwheeler Discovery and encounter Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. Enjoy three nights at stunning Princess’ Lodges and Hotels. Ride a Luxury Domed Rail from Denali to Talkeetna viewing incredible landscapes from glass-ceiling railcars and open air observation platforms as guides provide expert commentary. Travel deep into Denali National Park for the best opportunities to view the region’s wildlife. Explore Alaska’s gorgeous capital, Juneau. Visit Ketchikan, the “Salmon Capital of the World.” In a modern saloon, enjoy local dishes inspired by Fannie Q, the famed Alaskan pioneer. End in vibrant Seattle with a farewell reception at the Sky View Observatory.
Fairbanks: Fairbanks hotel
Denali National Park: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Cruising: Cabin onboard Princess Cruises' Golden, Royal or Island
Seattle: Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport
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