Vancouver Alaska Cruise & Alaskan AdventureReference CTS9611
Jump on board this luxury Alaskan adventure. Enjoy a piece of Canada as you spend 3 spectacular nights in the vibrant city of Vancouver. The next 7 days are filled with relaxation as you sit back and enjoy the views as the Silver Shadow takes you through Alaska stopping off to sample some of the sights in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Explore the rest of Alaska in style as the GoldStar Railcar takes you to visit the most picturesque sights in the state.
You will be met upon arrival into Vancouver Airport and transferred to your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver
Day at leisure. Free to enjoy Vancouver’s fabulous shopping, have a coffee at the cities famous harbour or search for a bargain at the Granville Island Markets. Why not travel up Grouse Mountain for a spectacular view over the city, on a clear day you can see as far as Seattle! Overnight: Vancouver
You are free today to explore the city some more. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park. Situated between English Bay and Burrard Inlet,, the peninsula at the north-western edge of down-town Vancouver, Stanley Park covers 1,000 acres. Its seawall, beaches, walking trails, totem poles, aquarium, pool, miniature railway and more attract 8 million visitors each year. Why not hop on one of the horse drawn tours that makes its way around the park. Overnight : Vancouver
Morning at leisure, and then late afternoon make your way (Independently) to the Vancouver Cruise Terminal where you will board your Luxury cruise ship for your 7 night Alaska Cruise.
Today you'll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage, a complex labyrinth of fjords and bays where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers 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 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. Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
Go for gold. Go for gold. Thousands have before you, because the once infamous port of Skagway was gateway for the 1898 Yukon Gold Rush. Climb aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway, travelling though stunning mountain scenery to a trail camp where you can pan for gold and enjoy ‘naughty nineties’-style entertainment.
Called "Shee Atika" by the Tlingit Indians, then "New Archangel" by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska's oldest native culture collections.
Hubbard Glacier is the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. The glacier routinely calves off icebergs as high as 10-story buildings, sending massive blocks of ice into the sea every few minutes.
This morning disembark the cruise ship and proceed to your hotel. The afternoon is free to explore Seward on your own. We suggest a visit to Exit Glacier and the SeaLife Centre. Overnight – Seward
This morning take a shuttle transfer to the small boat harbour for a 6-hour cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park. The park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. As you cruise through Resurrection Bay, keep watch for Steller sea lions, seals, puffins, eagles and whales. Cruise past the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large variety of birds, on your way to either the Holgate or Aialik Glacier. You will stop in front of the glacier to hear it moving and possibly see ice fall into the ocean. Enjoy lunch onboard. On arrival to Seward proceed to the train station and board the Coastal Classic Train in the GoldStar Railcar for a breathtaking ride to Anchorage. Lunch & Dinner Included Overnight - Anchorage
Depart early on the Denali Star Train by GoldStar Railcar to Talkeetna, best known as the base camp for climbers attempting Mount McKinley and for the stunning views of this famous mountain. Included today is Wilderness Adventure jet boat tour. As you travel twenty miles of river your Naturalist will talk about the rivers in the area, as well as information about Mt McKinley. Breakfast Included Overnight – Talkeetna
This morning take the Denali Star in the GoldStar Railcar to Denali National Park. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as white water rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the park, landing on a glacier, or hiking. Lunch Included Overnight : Denali National Park
Early this morning embark on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. On this 6-8 hour bus tour of Denali National Park wildlife sightings are common, so keep your camera handy. You’ll definitely want a photo if spectacular Mount McKinley comes into view. After lunch (not included), take the shuttle to the Alaska Railroad Station and board the Denali Star Train in the GoldStar Railcar to Fairbanks. Enjoy the late afternoon scenery as you travel north to Fairbanks. Dinner Included Overnight: Fairbanks
The morning is free to explore Fairbanks on your own. In the afternoon climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise into the Alaskan Interior; travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska. This narrated tour provides background on the area’s natural history and the Athabascan Indian culture. You will see a floatplane take off, meet sled dogs, witness the “wedding of the rivers,” and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture. Athabascan guides who have worked and lived in Alaska will take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village. Overnight : Fairbanks
Early this morning depart Fairbanks and travel by the GoldStar Railcar to Anchorage. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included Overnight : Anchorage
This morning check out of your hotel and make your way (independently) to Anchorage Airport and your flight back to the UK