Bears, Glacier Dog Sledding & Alaska Cruise
Holiday Ref 16564
Start your amazing journey in Anchorage; taste, touch, hear and take time to breathe, it is the beginning of your outdoor Alaskan adventure. See some of the famous black and brown bears up close and personal! Then head on your scenic drive south to the small Alaskan mountain resort town of Girdwood where your next amazing experience awaits – a helicopter ride to a glacier where you will then land a dog sled in the snow, in the middle of summer! Off next to Seward, Alaska, not only an amazing cruise ship port, but where you will visit the Wildlife Conservation Centre. See how they take care of injured and orphaned wildlife. You will then board your ship for your 7-night Alaska Cruise. Wind up your adventure with 4 days in the vibrant city of Vancouver. Explore the bustling neighbourhoods, dine on the tasty seafood, go up Grouse Mountain and enjoy downtown.
Price based on August 2019 departure. Other dates Available June – August 2019 – call for details!
Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer at your own cost to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights. With almost 300,000 people calling it home, Anchorage is the largest city and cosmopolitan centre of Alaska. While not the capital of the state, it is the self-proclaimed gateway to Alaska for many visitors. Built originally as a railway depot, the city grew with the development of the farming collective in the Mat-Su valley and the building of Air Force bases. With the discovery of oil, the city became the commercial and financial centre of the state. Situated on the Pacific Ocean on Cook Inlet and moderated by the ocean, the city does not often get the extreme weather that much of Alaska is renowned for. A vibrant and unique city on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness - parks, trails, and moose all for a unique setting, and there are plenty of opportunities for exploring if you choose. The quaint log cabin visitor centre is a good place to start.
Enjoy a half day guided day tour with the opportunity to view Alaska’s black and brown bears in their natural habitat. You’ll fly by floatplane, 70 miles southwest of Anchorage to the entrance of Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge to view resident brown bears up close from one of the lodge’s covered pontoon boats. (Lunch is included today)
This morning, board a motorcoach to Girdwood. This scenic journey takes you along
Cook Inlet and into the glacier-filled Chugach Mountains. This is where your next adventure begins. A helicopter ride, a glacier landing & dog sledding on snow in the summer in Alaska... there is no better way to see Alaska than from the air, and there’s no better Alaskan activity than dog sledding. Returning to the heliport you will be transferred just up the road to Alyeska Resort. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this scenic alpine resort and we have included air tram tickets for the ride to the peak of Alyeska.
Mid-day join your coach for a short drive to your stop for lunch then on to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife. Here you can safely get close, observe, and photograph some of Alaska’s largest land animals including: moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears, muskox, small mammals, and birds of prey. Lastly, stop at Exit Glacier if time allows. An eight mile drive off the main road reveals a spectacular vantage point; a short and easy walk provides an up-close and personal view of a magnificent glacier. Upon arrival in Seward, at approximately 4 pm, you’ll be transferred directly to your cruise ship and helped with offloading of your luggage. (Lunch included today) Board your cruise ship for your 7 night Cruise southbound on Radiance of the Seas.
Look out for whales, seals and otters during your trip to the spectacular Hubbard Glacier in Disenchantment Bay, Alaska, the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Be amazed at the rapid advancement of this massive natural wonder, which routinely calves off icebergs the size of a ten-storey building. It makes for an awe-inspiring and dramatic sight.
Whizz above the tundra on a zip wire or experience the amazing buzz of mushing with husky sled dogs across the snow. Soar above a glacier in a helicopter or pan for gold like the pioneers of yesteryear. Watch humpback whales, seals and orcas up close or glide in a gondola to Mount Roberts for some breath-taking views. It’s a thrill a minute in Juneau, with unforgettable holiday experiences that will last a lifetime.
Ride the White Pass and Yukon railroads in a vintage rail car, learning the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush. Meet a musher from the world-famous and gruelling Iditarod dog-sled race or discover Skagway’s breath-taking mountains and glaciers on a thrilling helicopter trip. Fly over the treetops on an exhilarating zip-line ride or explore Skagway’s stunning scenery by boat, jeep, bike or kayak.
Go whale watching, learn Tlingit tribal customs or fly high on the world’s largest zipline. Explore the wilds of Chichagof Island and the Spasski River Valley looking for bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer and Alaska coastal brown bears. There are kayak adventures too in the protected waters off Port Frederick. Later, tuck into the famous Alaska halibut and chips at the historic waterfront Cookhouse Restaurant.
Take on the lumberjacks in an axe-throwing competition or join tough fishermen hauling in huge king crabs at sea. Discover more about Alaska’s Native American culture at the Totem Bight State Historical Park or go in search of salmon, black bears and bald eagles. On a historic walking tour, learn about Ketchikan’s lawless past as a mining and fishing frontiers town, including stories of some shady ladies.
Sit back and relax as you sail through Alaska’s Inside Passage. In this stunning region of coastal mountains, fjords, temperate forests and glaciers take in the awe-inspiring scenery from the comfort of your ship as you explore a labyrinth of islands, waterways, bays and small towns. Whales, sea lions and sea otters may accompany you on your journey, making your experience all the more spectacular.
Disembark your ship and make you way independently to your Vancouver Hotel where you stay for the next 4 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day at leisure to explore. See the totem poles, Girl in a Wetsuit statue and 700-year old Hollow Tree in Stanley Park, packed with fun activities and stunning views. Surrounded by breath-taking mountains and sea, Vancouver has it all, from snow sports and sandy beaches to forest trails and seawall bike lanes. Soak up the atmosphere in buzzing Granville Island, with its waterfront cafes, studios, shops and wonderful fresh food market.
Your tour today is all about adventure, as you take in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver. Begin with a traverse through the green urban oasis of Stanley Park, and across the historic Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s North Shore. At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, stand above an old growth cedar forest and the Capilano River. Experience the awe of natural surroundings, view First Nations Artwork, and feel the rush of adrenaline at the Cliffwalk attraction. The Treetops Adventure walk showcases the beauty and diversity of the Capilano coastal rainforest. Continue to the Capilano River Hatchery, a project dedicated to several species of BC salmon and trout. Learn about the life cycle of salmon, with opportunity to view hatching and juvenile fish before they are released into a nearby river. Spectacular Grouse Mountain is next, offering up ever changing views as the Skyride ascends to the peak. Explore the wildlife refuge, awesome chainsaw carvings and learn about the local wildlife at the Theatre in the Sky. Be amazed and enchanted by the forests and mountains surrounding Vancouver on this memorable tour.
A day at leisure to explore more of this beautiful city. We have included a flexible Hop on Hop off sightseeing pass which offers up the highlights of downtown Vancouver including major attractions and scenic points of interest. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 29 stops and Hop-On again to continue the tour. Take an up close and personal look at Vancouver’s urban oasis, Stanley Park, have lunch at Granville Island (not included), visit the historical Gastown or the trendy Yaletown, and don’t forget Robson Street to do a little shopping! Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District.
Your Hop-On-Hop-Off ticket is giving you access to all Hop-On, Hop-Off busses in the city for 24 Hours!
Today your amazing journey comes to an end when you check out of your Vancouver Hotel and make your way independently to Vancouver Airport for your flight back to the UK with memories to last a life time.