12 Day Classic Alaska with 7 Day Cruise 2020
12 days with
Gate 1 Travel
DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Anchorage
Welcome to Alaska! Arrive in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, where most of the population resides. The remainder of the day is at leisure to get familiar with this thriving city located between the Chugach Mountains and the waters of the Cook Inlet. In the afternoon, your Tour Manager will be available to offer suggestions for your free time. The downtown area in Anchorage has grown into a prosperous and vibrant center with a world-class museum and plenty of gift shops, galleries, and restaurants. Stop to see the bronze statue of Captain Cook at Resolution Park dedicated to his exploration of Cook Inlet in 1778 or visit the monument to President Eisenhower commemorating Alaska’s admission to the Union in 1959
DAY 2, Friday - Denali National Park
Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the world-famous Alaska Railroad's Deluxe Dome Rail for the scenic journey from Anchorage to Denali National Park. Sit back, relax and enjoy this picturesque train ride. View magnificent panoramas along the route, including the Susitna River, the longest in South Central Alaska, with its premier streams sometimes plentiful with salmon and rainbow trout. Arrive in Denali, home to the six million acre Denali National Park and the tallest peak in North America. After the Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant, return to your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 3, Saturday - Tundra Wilderness Tour, Denali
Awake in Denali National Park, a vast region of unspoiled beauty, home to awe-inspiring Denali, the highest peak in North America. Today’s Tundra Wilderness tour takes you through the National Park, and if the weather is clear, you'll see Denali. During the early part of the trip, keep a sharp lookout for the most impressive animal in the park - the Alaskan moose, largest in the world, weighing up to 1600 pounds. It’s possible that you'll see Dall sheep on the mountainsides, caribous anywhere above the tree line, eagles soaring above and grizzly brown bears too! It’s possible to also see and hear howling wolves in the distance. As you travel over mountain passes, the highest points offer expansive views of the Alaska Range on the horizon. While glaciers cover one-sixth of the Park, the sub-arctic wilderness also supports over 650 species of colorful flowering plants. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY 4, Sunday - Depart Denali, Arrive in Seward
Travel today from Denali to Seward on the beautiful Parks Highway. En route, stop for lunch at leisure, then continue on one of the world’s greatest scenic drives along the Turnagain Arm, where the mountains rise out of the sea and the ever-changing landscape is abundant with wildlife. Arrive in the coastal community of Seward, the most popular port in Alaska, with its colorful history of Russian fur traders and gold prospectors. Upon arrival, enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, Monday - Day at Leisure, Embark Cruise
Spend the day at leisure to explore Seward. Later, transfer to the cruise port for embarkation. Set sail this evening at 9:00 pm. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6, Tuesday - Cruising Hubbard Glacier
Enjoy a day at sea while you cruise to the Hubbard Glacier, the longest river of ice in North America and one of the most active glaciers of its kind in Alaska. With 1,350 square miles of translucent blue ice, the Hubbard Glacier offers breathtaking views from the comfort of the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day Icy Straight Point
Arrive at 9:00 am to Icy Straight Point, a port which combines authentic regional culture with incredible natural beauty. The day is at leisure. Perhaps you might be able to catch a glimpse of humpback whales or brown bears in the wild. Set sail for Juneau at 5:00 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8, Thursday - Morning in Juneau, Afternoon Sailing Sawyer Glacier
This morning, at 7:00 am, dock at Juneau, Alaska. Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door. Juneau is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest, visit the rustic shops in town, or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, or whale watch. Set sail for Skagway at 1:15 pm. As you cruise to Skagway, enjoy cruising the Sawyer Glacier. Tucked away at the end of the remarkable Tracy Arm fjord are two very active reminders of the Ice Age - the twin Sawyer Glaciers, calving icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea, and Kittiwakes, a mountain where seals are a common sight and even whales and bears may even make an appearance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9, Friday - Full Day in Skagway
Arrive in Skagway at 7:00 am. This city was originally founded by hopeful adventurers looking for gold, but today the city is the perfect jumping off point for a hike or horseback ride. The Yukon Railroad offers scenic rides through the countryside, and the Chilkat Glacier system offers the opportunity for an up-close and personal view of icebergs. Set sail at 5:00 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Ketchikan
This afternoon arrive in Ketchikan, Alaska at 1:00 pm. Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass. Besides the main attractions which include Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, try a flightseeing trip to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument, an adventure not to be missed. These deep water fjords left by retreating glaciers left granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters. Set sail this evening at 8:00 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 11, Sunday - Sailing the Inside Passage
Spend a day at sea aboard the ship as you cruise Alaska's Inside Passage. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as orca whales and bald eagles. Humpback whales are often seen breaching by the ship, sometimes even lifting their whole bodies out of the water in a spectacular acrobatic display. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12, Monday - Return Home
This morning, arrive in Vancouver at 8:00 am. Disembark the ship and transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)
National Parks route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.
All This Included
11 nights accommodations
26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Hotel & cruise porterage
Deluxe Dome rail service to Denali National Park
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach (Days 2-5)
Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-5)
Entrance fees per itinerary (Days 2-5)
Enjoy a Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park
A chance to view majestic Denali, the tallest mountain in North America
Travel on one of the world’s greatest scenic drives along the Turnagain Arm
Norwegian Cruise Line® Complimentary & Specialty Restaurants
Cruising: Cabin onboard Norwegian Jewel
Anchorage: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Denali National Park: Denali Park Village
Seward: Windsong Lodge
Passengers disembarking to the airport should select flights that depart no earlier than 12:00 pm on Day 12.
Reservations may only be completed for one cabin. Customers requiring multiple cabins will require one reservation per cabin.
Shore excursions may be booked in advance online or by phone with Norwegian Cruise Line®. Alternatively, tours can be purchased onboard and are subject to advance booking restrictions and availability.
While sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line®, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions.
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
This is a moderately active cruise and tour program. Services of a Tour Manager are provided for the land tour in Alaska, however the tour manager will not accompany passengers on the cruise. Expect up to four hours of walking every touring day. A few early wake-ups are necessary to cover the territory. Bus access to Denali National Park is regulated by the National Park Service and only authorized buses are allowed to operate within the park. These buses are school buses with bench seats and no restrooms on board. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs and steps. Some hotels in Denali, Seward and Homer are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. The altitude in the national parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Partially Escorted program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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