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Alaskan Adventure with Alaska Cruise (8425) - 2015

14 Day Tour from Fairbanks to Vancouver


Alaskan Adventure with Alaska Cruise
Looking down the grand Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska
Looking down the grand Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska
Enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear in Denali National Park
The Kenai Fjords in Alaska
A view of Mount McKinley from Denali National Park
Brown bear in Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park, Alaska
Enjoy the scenic beauty Denali National Park has to offer
Iditarod Sled Dogs
Alaska Railroad
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

From Fairbanks to Anchorage, see what the "Great Land" of Alaska has to offer on this exhilarating vacation. In Alaska, wildlife viewing is abundant—from bald eagles to Dall sheep—and this tour also gives you the opportunity to see spectacular scenery. Begin your trip in Fairbanks, Alaska’s second-largest city, with time to explore the city’s sights. Cruise down the Nenana and Tanana Rivers aboard a sternwheeler riverboat. Then, head to Denali National Park for free time to explore on your own, or you can opt to hike, whitewater raft, or “flightsee” Mount McKinley. Also visit an Iditarod Dogsled Center to learn about this epic race, and travel aboard the legendary Alaska Railroad to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with time to explore the city’s sights. Travel to Seward “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park,” on the Seward Highway to visit the Alaska Sealife Center, a research facility that offers an up-close experience with marine wildlife from the Gulf of Alaska. Your trip ends in Anchorage—the vacation of a lifetime!

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Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

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*Book a 2015 Cosmos vacation to receive the $50 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.

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Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

*Book a 2015 Cosmos vacation to receive the $50 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.

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Sightseeing:
In Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Seward; Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery III, Anchorage Museum, and Alaska Sealife Center. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Scenic Highlights:
Alyeska Pipeline, Nenana and Tanana Rivers, Denali National Park, Susitna River, National Scenic Byway, Seward, and a recreated Athabascan Indian village.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising the Inside Passage on Holland America’s MS Oosterdam or MS Zaandam.

NOTES:

  • While wildlife in Alaska is frequently seen, early season (May & early June) and late-season (September) departures offer even greater opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife. Departures after mid-August should enjoy blazing fall colors.
  • Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.
  • Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.


Day 1Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

Day 2Fairbanks

Morning sightseeing features the highlights of this historic Alaskan city and includes a visit to the Alyeska Pipeline and the chance to learn about the Gold Rush heritage of this community. Board the STERNWHEELER RIVERBOAT Discovery III for a leisurely cruise on the Nenana and Tanana Rivers, and visit a recreated ATHABASCAN INDIAN VILLAGE. Listen as the ship’s guides discuss the wildlife, history, geology, and customs of the region.

Day 3Fairbanks–Denali National Park

Today we make our way from Fairbanks to DENALI NATIONAL PARK. Stop in the town of Nenana, where they drove the golden spike in 1923 to signal the completion of the Alaska Railroad. Your afternoon and evening are free for exploring on your own. Take advantage of the park service programs, along with optional activities that can be purchased.

Day 4Denali National Park

A free day for independent activities. A hike along the many wilderness trails might be good fun. Also take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bears, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep; a raft trip down the Nenana River; or a helicopter ride over the park. Your Tour Director will have plenty of other suggestions.

Day 5Denali National Park–Anchorage

Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a memorable journey as you wind along the Susitna River to Anchorage. Sit back in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery through wide windows. Be sure to take advantage of the domed-roof car and, if the weather cooperates, you will have the opportunity to view Mount McKinley from the train.

Day 6Anchorage

Today begins with city sightseeing of Anchorage. Visit the ANCHORAGE MUSEUM, where you will see a quality display of artifacts from Alaska’s native people. Enjoy a free afternoon in Anchorage to explore.

Day 7Anchorage. Seward Excursion

Travel this morning to Seward, “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park,” on the Seward Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway. Included is a visit to the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER, a research facility that offers an up-close experience with marine wildlife from the Gulf of Alaska. Witness a stellar sea lion gliding past underwater viewing windows, puffins diving in a carefully crafted naturalistic habitat, and harbor seals resting on rocky beaches. After your Seward sightseeing, transfer to your ship. (D)

Day 8Cruising: Gulf of Alaska

A relaxing day at sea provides time to explore the ship’s many amenities. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and, with a little luck, you may spot a pod of mighty yet graceful killer whales. (B,L,D)

Day 9Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)

Day 10Haines

Nestled along a scenic fjord, Haines features the impressive Sheldon Museum, as well as galleries, shops, and Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles occurs each year. (B,L,D)

Day 11Juneau

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 12Ketchikan

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)

Day 13Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)

Day 14Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)

Transportation:
Journey on the Alaska Railroad from Denali National Park to Anchorage; Holland America’s MS Oosterdam or MS Zaandam; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.


FAIRBANKS Bridgewater Hotel (MF)
DENALI NATIONAL PARK Denali Bluffs Hotel (F)
ANCHORAGE Ramada Downtown Anchorage (MF)
ALASKA CRUISE Holland America’s MS Oosterdam or MS Zaandam

This Cosmos travel package does not include meals. Most of our hotels offer anything from coffee to a full breakfast, so you can start the day the way you like best. At most lunch stops, your Tour Director will have information on local restaurants. Dinnertime is your chance to sample local cuisine. Sometimes your Tour Director will offer an optional dinner outing.


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANDREW MORAN

Years of Experience: 10 years

Born in Salisbury, England, I left England at the age of nine and ended up in Los Angeles. Some of my hobbies include travel, flying (I have my license to fly small, single-engine planes), gardening (growing my own fruits and veggies is awesome), and landscaping (it gives me a chance to learn about different trees and plants). My advice to travelers is to come with an open mind and look forward to learning new things. What makes other places so special is that they're not home!



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Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

Save $50 per person on any 2015 Cosmos vacation.*

*Book a 2015 Cosmos vacation to receive the $50 per person discount. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and October 28, 2014 for travel in 2015. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time.



UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Alaskan Adventure with Alaska Cruise:

  • Glacier Bay


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