Alaskan Adventure with Alaska Cruise (8425)

14 Day Tour from Fairbanks to Vancouver

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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. 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 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.

Guides:

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

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

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 printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Journey on the Alaska Railroad from Denali National Park to Anchorage; 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 Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Fairbanks

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 3 Fairbanks–Denali National Park

Today we make our way from Fairbanks to National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation DENALI NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE. 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 4 Denali National Park

A free day for independent activities. A hike along the many wilderness trails might be 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 suggestions.

Day 5 Denali 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 6 Anchorage

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 7 Anchorage. 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.

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Day 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Airport transfers are provided. Please schedule 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

FAIRBANKS Bridgewater Hotel (MF)
DENALI NATIONAL PARK Denali Bluffs Hotel (ST)
ANCHORAGE Ramada Downtown Anchorage (MF)
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.

Fairbanks
Denali National Park
Anchorage

Fairbanks

Fairbanks Salmon Bake

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

Denali Backcountry Adventure - Kantishna

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

Denali Excursion By Helicopter

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

Denali Glacier Landing By Helicopter

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

Denali Park Dinner Theater

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

Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

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

Fixed Wing Flightseeing In Denali

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

Fly Fish Denali

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

Heli-Hiking Adventure

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

Rafting The Nenana River

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

Sled Dog Kennel Tour

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

Tundra Wilderness Tour

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

Anchorage

Anchorage Float Plane Flightseeing

Anchorage Float Plane Flightseeing

Take an Anchorage 30 minute flightseeing safari and experience Anchorage and Alaska from above. Depending on the weather and mountain conditions, your pilot will choose the most scenic and interesting flightseeing option for you. One option is to soar above the Chugach Mountains, the dramatic backdrop to Anchorage, Alaska.

Approximate value: $114 USD per person

Anchorage Photo Walk

Anchorage Photo Walk

Join this fun, instructional photo tour in the historic city center. Regardless of skill level or picture taking device (smart phone to high-end DSLR), you will learn how to take better images while enjoying the sites, geography and history of downtown Anchorage. This is a perfect opportunity to learn some new photography techniques to help you document your tour through Alaska!

Approximate value: $45 USD per person

Big Swig: Alaska's Craft Beer Tour

Big Swig: Alaska's Craft Beer Tour

Come experience the booming Anchorage craft beer scene in style as you join your knowledgeable 'Hoperator' for an off-the-beaten path tour of Anchorage full of sudsy and safe fun. Guests are introduced to some of Anchorage's finest breweries, brewers, beers, and Alaskan characters on this behind the scenes look at the local craft brewing industry. The tour done by van includes three stops, a minimum of 12 beer tastings, a selection of appetizers and round trip transportation. With a maximum group size of 12, this small group tour ensures a personalized experience.

Approximate value: $99 USD per person

Glacier and Wildlife Float Plane Flightseeing

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

Half Day Hiking

Half Day Hiking

Enjoy the long Alaskan summer days by hiking the beautiful Chugach Mountain Range from Anchorage. The hikes include: transportation from downtown to trailhead, a guided naturalist hike in the valleys and peaks surrounding Anchorage and is tailored to your hiking and fitness levels. Valley stroll or Mountain climb... you decide! Your naturalist guide will point out and discuss the flora and fauna of these unique coastal alpine mountains. (Please note: This can only be booked in coordination with post nights in Anchorage)

Approximate value: $99 USD per person

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