Day 1 Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers.
Welcome to Alaska, an adventurous land of wildlife, mountains, national parks and glaciers. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum, a venue dedicated to studying and exploring the land, people, art and history of Alaska.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 Anchorage Sightseeing and the Matanuska Valley.
Get acquainted with Anchorage with on an included city tour. Enjoy an exclusive Agutak (Inuit Ice Cream) making demonstration by Alaska's Indigenous people during a visit to the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center. Learn how this culinary treat establishes a link to the past, inspires a sense of pride and spurs a dialogue about an ancient people’s remarkable ability to survive. This afternoon, travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley and stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and glacial silt create the perfect environment for growing vegetables and flowers. Depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak. The evening is yours at leisure, so ask your Travel Director for suggestions on where is best to head for a bite to eat.(Breakfast)
Day 3 Talkeetna Sightseeing.
This morning, enjoy an included jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and visit a Trapper Cabin. Learn about the lifestyle of hunting and trapping in Interior Alaska. The rest of the day is yours to explore more of Talkeetna or perhaps join an optional experience.(Breakfast)
Day 4 Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad.
Enjoy a relaxed start this morning before boarding 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. Meet a local climber who will share stories about what it's like to brave a climb up the tallest land-based mountain in the world. For tonight's dinner with wine, the choice is yours between a local brewery or your lodge's restaurant during your Dine-Around evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 5 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 or a Denali Wilderness walking tour, 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.(Breakfast)
Day 6 Girdwood and Mount Alyeska.
Enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway. 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 and enjoy lunch at his home. 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. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, 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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Day 7 Prince William Sound Cruise and on to join your Glacier Discovery Cruise.
Take this morning to enjoy the surroundings and amenities at the beautiful Alyeska resort. Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord where you will come up close and personal to the glaciers. Visit with the Captain in the wheelhouse and enjoy an included lunch. Continue your journey on the Glacier Discovery Cruise from Whittier, you will be transferred to the ship pier to board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Noordam where you'll enjoy dinner and set sail in the evening. While on board, the cruise line will provide you with options and activities for the day, so whether you want to stay on the ship or explore more on land, the choice is yours. You'll also have a wide range of meal options to choose from throughout your journey. Information about these will be given by the cruise line once on board.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 8 Cruising – Day at Sea.
Enjoy the facilities on board the ship during this day at sea. You will find plenty of options for entertainment, dining or shopping or simply sit back and relax.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 9 Scenic Cruising – Glacier Bay National Park.
Today you’ll catch Glacier Bay National Park's immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers and imagine what Alaska was like before the first humans arrived.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 10 Cruising – Haines.
Haines—home to autumn's famous Alaska Bald Eagle Festival—lies alongside the longest fjord in America. Visit galleries offering traditional Tlingit art in the quaint downtown.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 14 Depart Vancouver.
Sail into the iconic Vancouver Harbour early this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver if you wish to extend your stay and explore more of this diverse city. Airport arrival will be at approximately 10:30.(Breakfast)