JEWELS OF ALASKA TOUR

Anchorage - Denali National Park - Mount Alyeska

validity

valid until September 2017

duration

7 days / 6 nights

TOUR PHOTOS

USD3,375 / Person

EXPECTED HOTELS


Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa, Grand Denali Lodge, The Hotel Alyeska Girdwood

DEPARTURE DATES


July: 3, 17, 31, Sept: 4

INCLUSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska’s first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center. In much of Alaska, where large distances separate towns and the road system is limited, bush planes are a part of everyday life. Visit the largest float plane base in the world and meet one of the experienced pilots. 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.
  • Denali: Learn about the National Park’s wildlife and ecosystem accompanied by a local climber. See Mt. Denali.
  • Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains and Cook Inlet.
  • Prince William Sound: Experience the sounds of the thundering calving of glaciers on your included day cruise.
  • Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a reseacher of the Alaska SeaLife Center.

MEALS


  • Anchorage: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
  • Denali: A night of fun, festivity and food. Get a taste of old-time Alaska at a boisterous theatre dinner.
  • Girdwood: Enjoy an exclusive lunch and a chance to meet the dogs of a champion dog musher.
  • Mount Alyeska: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialities with wine and newfound friends.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 lunch (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) Included on-board Holland America Glacier Discovery Cruise:* 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES


  • An expert Tour Director
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of a luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
  • Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ANCHORAGE, THE CITY OF LIGHTS AND FLOWERS

Welcome to Alaska. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, there is a transfer to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa

Welcome Reception and Dinner

DAY 2 ANCHORAGE SIGHTSEEING

Get acquainted with downtown Anchorage. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the traditions of Alaska’s first people during this private presentation. Afterward, journey around Lake Hood to visit the largest float plane base in the world. Meet a bush pilot who shares fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. The rest of the afternoon is yours to browse among the shops or native art galleries. In the evening, you are invited for a delectable Highlight Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.

Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa

Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 3 JOURNEY ALONG THE ALASKAN RAILROAD

Journey to Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America’s tallest peak and the inspiration for the TV program ‘Northern Exposure’. After a brief visit of downtown, board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over narrow gorges and swift-rushing streams to Denali National Park. View steep valleys framed by craggy mountains from the comfort of your reclining seat in the deluxe dome railcar. Your welcoming hotel is located on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, with unparalleled views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and Nenana River Canyon. Tonight, enjoy a taste of the frontier at a Signature Evening with boisterous theatre, featuring old-time sourdough, song-and-dance and hearty Alaska fare.

Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge, Mount Alyeska

Full Breakfast, Signature Evening

DAY 4 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. Learn about the tundra and wildlife in the park from a local climber and wildlife expert. The remainder of the day is 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 Mt. Denali.

Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge, Mount Alyeska

Full Breakfast

DAY 5 GIRDWOOD AND MOUNT ALYESKA

Your day begins with a scenic journey south on the George Parks Highway. Stop along the way for lunch and an exclusive visit with Martin Buser, a champion dog musher and four-time Iditarod winner. You are invited to meet his dogs and share the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1688 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 at your leisure. The evening is free for you to enjoy.

Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska

Full Breakfast, Highlight Lunch

DAY 6 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 peeled for wildlife such as sea otters, porpoises and whales. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialties, complete with wine and good cheer.

Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska

Full Breakfast, Lunch, Celebration Dinner

DAY 7 TO SEWARD AND OUT OF ANCHORAGE

Visit the aquariums of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and enjoy an exclusive presentation about their marine research and rehabilitation program. Explore downtown at your own pace. Then return to Anchorage and transfer to the airport or the tour hotel if extending your stay. Airport arrival will be at 15:30.

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