Seattle Alaska Cruise, Hawaii & Los Angeles
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What an amazing combination! A stay in the Emerald City of Seattle before embarking on an Alaska Cruise where you will witness some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, then hopping over to Hawaii and spending 7 night’s sun worshipping on Waikiki beach before flying to Los Angeles where you can shop till you drop!! What an adventure!
Upon arrival into Seattle Airport, clear customs and make your way to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Check out Pike Place Market and take a photo underneath the famous market sign before walking through the hundreds of stalls, Space Needle one of Seattle top attractions, or the Chihuly Gardens & Glass a stunning museum.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travellers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.
In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city. Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colourful history.
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans."
From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government.
Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest.
Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.
The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome
Roam the spacious lawns of stunning Butchart Gardens with its exotic flora, unusual topiary and exquisite fountains. Explore historic Bastion Square, the treasures of Chinatown and the many sights and sounds to be found along the boardwalk of the Inner Harbour.
Disembark your cruise ship and make your way independently to your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day at leisure to explore. Take a City Tour (not included) or visit Pike Place Market one of Seattle most popular tourist destination. Or take a ride to the top of the Space Needle for spectacular view over the city. Overnight: Seattle
Check out of your Seattle hotel and make your way independently to the airport for your onward flight to Honolulu. Make your way to your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
You now have plenty time to relax on your tropical beach soaking up the sun, but if you feel a bit more adventurous there is so much to see and do in this tropical paradise from Whale watching, trekking thru the Volcanoes National Park, and so much more. This trip is sure to be an unforgettable one.
Today you leave paradise behind – check out of your hotel and make your way to the Airport for your flight to Los Angeles to continue your adventure.
Spend the next 2 days exploring this amazing, vibrant city. Shop till you drop on Rodeo Drive, or take a stroll on Santa Monica Pier and ride the Ferris wheel, or take a studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Today check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport for your return flight back to the UK