Alaska & the Yukon with Alaska Cruise (8365)

19 Day Tour from Anchorage to Vancouver

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This vacation features many of the most popular scenic vistas that Alaska and the Yukon have to offer. Begin your trip in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, then board a boat for an up-close look at the playful life in Prince William Sound and overnight in Valdez, the “Switzerland of Alaska.” Continue to Tok, the “Dog Sled Capital of the World.” Enter Canada’s Yukon Territory and overnight in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon and the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Follow the Trail of ’98 over the same mountains that determined gold seekers traveled in the middle of winter, and continue to Skagway with its wooden sidewalks and colorful saloons. Spend two nights in Dawson City and soak up the exciting history of this Gold Rush town on your sightseeing tour. Cross back into Alaska via the Top of the World Highway and in Fairbanks, Alaska’s second-largest city, enjoy sightseeing and board a sternwheeler riverboat cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Next, ride the legendary Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park for free time to explore on your own; to take an optional wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep; to take an optional helicopter ride over the park; or to raft down the Nenana River. On your way back to Anchorage, stop at the Iditarod Visitor Center to learn more about this epic race. Then, board your Holland America cruise ship for a spectacular journey through Alaska’s picturesque Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. Hear the thunderous roar as glaciers crash into the sea, experience some of Alaska’s small towns, and watch for wildlife such as sprouting whales and soaring eagles—a great way to end your trip!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Dawson City and Fairbanks; College & Harriman Fjords cruise in Prince William Sound, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Saloon, authentic Alaska roadhouse, Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery III, world-famous Alaska Railroad, and Iditarod Visitor Center. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Scenic Highlights:
Columbia Glacier in Prince William Sound, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Denali National Park & Preserve, Matanuska Valley, Thompson Pass, Worthington Glacier, Tok: the “Dog Sled Capital of the World,” Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, Kluane National Park, Trail of ’98, Five Finger Rapids, and Top of the World Highway.

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.
Alaska and the Yukon are blessed with exquisite scenery, fascinating attractions, and an extraordinary amount of daylight in the summer months. We take advantage of these extended daylight hours in this vast territory; therefore, some of the traveling days can be long. However, rest assured there are frequent photo and comfort stops.
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 printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Kluane National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Glacier Bay

Transportation:

Transportation:
Day boat across Prince William Sound; journey on the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali National Park; Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Zaandam; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Anchorage

Welcome to Anchorage! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Anchorage–Valdez

Board a BOAT today for an up-close look at the playful life in PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND—the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier and the epicenter of the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Watch for eagles, whales, mountain goats, dolphins, and sea lions! Overnight in Valdez, the “Switzerland of Alaska.”

Day 3 Valdez–Tok

Leave Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal. On today’s journey, enjoy views of Bridal Veil Falls, Worthington Glacier, and Thompson Pass. Overnight in Tok, the “Dog Sled Capital of the World.”

Day 4 Tok–Whitehorse

Join the Alaska Highway and follow along the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Skirt the shores of Kluane Lake, once a meeting place for crews constructing the Alaska Highway. Behold spectacular vistas of the rugged mountains of Kluane National Park, home to 19,625-foot-high Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. The next two nights are in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon and the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Day 5 Whitehorse. Excursion to Skagway

Follow the Trail of ‘98 over the same mountains that thousands of determined gold seekers scaled on foot in the dead of winter while heading for the Klondike. From Frasier, your Tour Director will suggest an optional train trip on the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway. Otherwise, continue by motorcoach to Skagway. Stroll the wooden sidewalks past charming false-front buildings and colorful saloons.

NOTE:
Operation of the White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway is subject to seasonal conditions.

Day 6 Whitehorse–Dawson City

Head northwest through the town of Carmacks, once an important supply station for gold seekers on their way to the Klondike. A stop at the Five Finger Rapids, a major obstacle to the hordes of fortune seekers that passed this way. Reach Dawson City, the center of excitement after the first gold strike in the Klondike in 1896, which led to the world’s largest gold rush. Tonight, enjoy the high-flying entertainment of DIAMOND TOOTH GERTIE’S SALOON, featuring ragtime music, can-can girls, and an old-fashioned casino.

Day 7 Dawson City

A full day to soak up the exciting history of this Gold Rush town. Highlights on your morning tour include Bonanza Creek, site of Claim #1, where the first gold strike was made; Robert Service’s cabin; and a photo stop at the SS Keno, the last sternwheeler to run between Dawson and Whitehorse.

Day 8 Dawson City–Fairbanks

A long day and well worth it, as the scenery is magnificent. Motor over the Top of the World Highway and re-enter Alaska. Travel through the village of Chicken and west on the Alaska Highway. Stop at an authentic Alaska roadhouse before your early evening arrival in Fairbanks.

Day 9 Fairbanks

Morning sightseeing features the highlights of Alaska’s second-largest city, including a visit to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Board the STERNWHEELER RIVERBOAT Discovery III for a leisurely cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Listen as the ship’s guides discuss the region’s wildlife, history, geology, and customs.

Day 10 Fairbanks–Denali National Park

Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a memorable journey through untamed wilderness. Sit back in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery through wide windows. Be sure to take advantage of the domed-roof car. The ride ends in National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation DENALI NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE. North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, dominates the park’s 6 million acres of glacial streams, river valleys, and multicolored tundra. The afternoon is free for exploring on your own.

Day 11 Denali 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 12 Denali National Park–Anchorage

Continue your exploration of DENALI NATIONAL PARK as you head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at the IDITAROD VISITOR CENTER, home of the great dogsled race. After arrival in Anchorage, transfer to Seward and board your cruise ship this evening.

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Day 13 Cruising: 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.

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Day 14 Scenic 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.

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Day 15 Haines

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.

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Day 16 Juneau

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.

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Day 17 Ketchikan

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.

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Day 18 Scenic 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.

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Day 19 Vancouver

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon.

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 Tour Director

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: 12

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!

Tour Director - ANDREW MORAN

 Accommodations

ANCHORAGE Ramada Downtown Anchorage (MF)
VALDEZ Mountain Sky Hotel (ST)
TOK Tok Lodge (ST)
WHITEHORSE High County Inn (F)
DAWSON CITY Triple J Hotel (ST) or Eldorado Hotel (F)
FAIRBANKS Bridgewater Hotel (MF)
DENALI NATIONAL PARK Denali Bluffs Hotel (ST)
ALASKA CRUISE Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Zaandam

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Anchorage
Whitehorse
Fairbanks
Denali National Park

Anchorage

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Glacier and Wildlife Float Plane Flightseeing

Take a 90 minute float plane flightseeing tour and experience a glacier and wildlife adventure. Soar over towering Knik Glacier - At 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, Knik Glacier is one of South-central Alaska's biggest and most spectacular glaciers.

Approximate value: $263 USD per person

Whitehorse

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White Pass & Yukon Railroad

Travel back in time and relive the Klondike Gold Rush. Follow the original route of the hopeful stampeders of 1898 in comfort aboard refurbished vintage train cars. This 1.5 hour, fully narrated railroad experience travels between Fraser, B.C. down to the coastal town of Skagway, AK one-way over a 3,000-foot pass. View cascading waterfalls, spectacular mountains, valleys and the Lynn Canal. This historical adventure is one you won't soon forget.

Approximate value: $84 USD per person

Fairbanks

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Arctic Circle Air Adventure

Fly above the Arctic! This thrilling tour allows a guest to experience the Brooks Range, cross the Arctic Circle and fly the wilderness airways of Alaska's Arctic. This narrated adventure also includes a visit to the community of Wiseman, views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and mighty Yukon River. Tour departs early evening and returns at approximately midnight, taking full advantage of the evening 'daylight'.

Approximate value: $464 USD per person

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Fairbanks Salmon Bake

Operating in historic Pioneer Park, this family owned establishment has been a staple in Fairbanks for over 30 years. You will enjoy an all-you-can-eat Alaskan style meal as you dine on fire-grilled salmon, roasted prime rib, and cod direct from Alaska's icy waters. Dinner includes salad bar, roasted potatoes, homemade baked Beans, fresh rolls, coffee, tea and a dedicated Dessert Cabin - the only one in Alaska! Alcoholic beverages available for purchase, including selection of Alaskan craft beers.

Approximate value: $39 USD per person

Denali National Park

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Denali Backcountry Adventure - Kantishna

At the very end of the Denali Park road, past Wonder Lake, you'll find a unique enclave in the park known as Kantishna, home to Denali Backcountry Lodge. While on our private bus, your driver will introduce you to the park, its wildlife and the wild lands in Denali. You'll learn about Denali's history, geology, and so much more. The leisurely bus trip to the lodge takes about 6 hours each way. Your bus driver will stop along the way for wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities. There are scheduled rest stops along the road (about every 2 hours), where you can get off the bus to stretch your legs, use the restroom facilities, and smell the tundra flowers. Includes lunch.

Approximate value: $189 USD per person

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Denali Excursion By Helicopter

Travel along the Alaska Range through the eastern portion of Denali National Park. This 35 minute flight explores the natural beauty of vast tundra and valleys carved by glaciers. View the impressive Cantwell Glacier as it cascades over 1,000 feet, while North America's Highest Peak, Mt. Denali, towers on the horizon. Keep an eye out for local park residents, such as caribou, moose, and Dall sheep.

Approximate value: $375 USD per person

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Denali Glacier Landing By Helicopter

Stunning views of the Alaska Range, ancient glaciers, and towering peaks combine to make this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As you fly east (away from Denali National Park) along the spine of the Alaska Range, view how the Pacific and North American tectonic plates have collided with each other, creating massive mountainous peaks. View numerous glaciers that have carved their way through rugged backcountry. Take some time to step out into this world of ice and experience a part of Alaska most people never see. You will spend 15 minutes of this 70 minute tour on the Yanert Glacier, located is East of Denali outside park boundaries.

Approximate value: $525 USD per person

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Denali Park Dinner Theater

Go back in time and join a group of unforgettable characters as they treat you to hilarious stories of living in Denali National Park. The evening features foot-stomping, knee-slapping music and colorful storytelling. Seated at carved wooden picnic tables, you'll enjoy an all-you-can-eat, family style feast of Alaska salmon, BBQ ribs, potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, salad, sourdough rolls and tasty dessert. A lighthearted evening out in Denali!

Approximate value: $72 USD per person

DenaliWildernessWalkingTour

Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

Hike Denali! Enjoy a moderate "walk" through local terrain adjacent to Denali NP and narrated by a local naturalist guide. You'll walk through boreal forests and discover how plants and animals have adapted to the extreme sub-arctic environment. Guide will determine the trail based on group ability and local conditions. The pace is usually about one mile per hour, as there are frequent stops.

Approximate value: $110 USD per person

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Fixed Wing Flightseeing In Denali

Enjoy a 60-70 minute fixed wing flightseeing journey following the Alaska Range out to about one mile from Mt. Denali (weather dependent). This is the flightseeing trip to do if you want to see North America's highest peak.

Approximate value: $405 USD per person

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Fly Fish Denali

Fish for Arctic Grayling on lakes in the heart of the Alaska Range for a true wilderness experience. This catch and release fly fishing excursions is half day with no experience necessary. This personalized and fully outfitted trip includes gear, guide, equipment, and transportation. Fishing License is additional cost (approx. $20USD) and can be purchased in advance through the state or through your fishing guide.

Approximate value: $175 USD per person

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Heli-Hiking Adventure

For passengers wanting to experience Alaska, this tour offers the opportunity to explore magnificent backcountry with an unforgettable guided hike. Your naturalist guide will lead you on a tailor-made adventure hike above the tree line. Track animals, learn the history of the area, and relax on a hillside overlooking the valley. Take in the spectacular views while enjoying a small snack. Tour includes approximately 3 to 3.5 hours of guided hiking and a 15 minute helicopter ride.

Approximate value: $560 USD per person

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Rafting The Nenana River

This float trip excursion travels 11 miles through the Alaska wilderness on Class II and II 1/2 rapids. Choose to do either the "Scenic Wilderness" Run excursion or the 'Canyon Run'. Each trip is approximately three hours with a total of two hours on the glacially fed Nenana River. Your guide controls the boat with oars so no paddling required as you enjoy the scenery. The Scenic Wilderness run is perfect for the beginning rafter or those that simply want to enjoy the scenery! The Canyon run offers you the opportunity to paddle.

Approximate value: $92 USD per person

SledDogKennelTour

Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Enjoy a warm welcome and experience true Alaskan lifestyle as you visit a kennel and Iditarod veteran. Sled dogs play an important cultural role in Alaska's past and present. During your visit you will meet sled dogs, visit with puppies and see summer training in action.

Approximate value: $59 USD per person

TundraWildernessTour

Tundra Wilderness Tour

Go deep into Denali National Park and search for moose, bear, wolves, caribou and Dall sheep amongst a spectacular backdrop of valleys and mountains. This 6-8 hour tour is led by experienced driver guides, who provide narrative on the many critters that call Denali home. With tales of Mt. Denali and breathtaking photographic opportunities, this is one tour to be sure and reserve early! The tour includes a small snack box and beverage; although guests are certainly encouraged to bring a boxed lunch or additional snacks.

Approximate value: $165 USD per person

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