Friday, June 7 - FAIRBANKS, ALASKA (Overnight)
Upon arrival in Fairbanks, the largest city in Alaska's interior, you'll have a free evening to unwind and acclimate to the Alaskan atmosphere. Enjoy our overnight stay in Fairbanks, making the most of this opportunity to settle in and embrace the beauty of Alaska.
Saturday, June 8 - FAIRBANKS, ALASKA (Overnight)
Embark on our first full day in Alaska as our group explores the iconic Alaska Pipeline. This expansive pipeline serves as a vital link, transporting oil from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to the charming coastal town of Valdez, playing a significant role in the state's economy. Later in the day, we will immerse ourselves in an unforgettable river adventure aboard the majestic Grand Sternwheeler, the Riverboat Discovery. Get ready to submerge yourself in the exhilarating experience of cruising along the Chena River, where we'll embark on a captivating journey back in time to an era when rivers were the lifeblood of transportation, creating a truly immersive and nostalgic adventure. Gain insights into the rich Alaska Native Culture at an Athabaskan Indian Village. As evening sets in, we will treat ourselves to a delectable dinner showcasing the freshest Alaskan Salmon at the Fairbanks Salmon Bake. Afterward, prepare to be enthralled as we immerse ourselves in a captivating comedy theater show that vividly depicts Alaska's early pioneers' remarkable tales and adventures. Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay in Fairbanks, rejuvenating yourself for the thrilling adventures that await you tomorrow.
Sunday, June 9 - FAIRBANKS/DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Overnight)
To kick-start your day, our group will be transferred to the Fairbanks rail depot, where we'll board the luxurious Deluxe Dome Rail cars for a scenic journey south to Denali. Prepare to be mesmerized as you traverse vast tundra landscapes, lush forests, and untamed rivers. Breakfast will be provided during the train ride to ensure we start our day with a satisfying meal. Upon arrival in Denali, we'll have some free time to enjoy lunch, on our own, at the Marino Grill and explore the Denali Visitor Center. In the afternoon, our group will be dropped off at the Denali Hotel, allowing us to unwind and relax. Alternatively, you can opt for exciting activities such as whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, or venture on a scenic flight around Denali or Mount McKinley. The choice is yours to make the most of your evening in Denali.
Monday, June 10 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Overnight)
Today, our group has an exciting adventure ahead! We'll embark on the Included Tundra Wilderness Tour, which will take us deep into the heart of Denali National Park. This 5-hour narrated bus tour covers an expanse of 43 miles, allowing us to marvel at the stunning landscapes and learn about the park's history and significance. The knowledgeable guide will also help spot wildlife en route, making the journey even more thrilling. A tasty snack will be provided, keeping us fueled and satisfied throughout the journey. After the tour, we'll have some free time to explore the charming town of Denali and check out its unique gift shops. Enjoy your day of adventure and discovery!
Tuesday, June 11 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK / ANCHORAGE
Today, our group will embark on a thrilling journey southbound aboard a comfortable motorcoach, heading towards the magnificent city of Anchorage, Alaska's biggest urban hub. Along the way, we'll make a delightful pit stop at the charming town of Talkeetna, with its rich history and captivating array of historic buildings that adorn its main street. Once a bustling mining town, Talkeetna has gained fame as the ultimate base for all Denali climbers, boasting the awe-inspiring title of North America's tallest peak. As we venture further south on our expedition, we'll also have the opportunity to visit the renowned Iditarod Headquarters. Here, we'll have the chance to delve into the captivating world of the famed sled dog race that graces the Alaskan wilderness each year. After an exhilarating day of exploration, we'll settle in for a well-deserved rest in the vibrant city of Anchorage. Get ready for an unforgettable overnight stay in this bustling Alaskan metropolis.
Wednesday, June 12 - ANCHORAGE / WHITTIER (Board your Ship)
We will have an exciting adventure planned as we embark on a scenic motorcoach journey toward the picturesque coastal town of Whittier. Prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of Turnagain Arm and the majestic Chugach Mountain range, consistently ranked among the most stunning drives in the world. Along the route, we'll make a meaningful stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a place of refuge that nurtures and rehabilitates injured and abandoned animals, aiming to reintroduce them into their natural habitats. Once we reach Whittier, it's time to bid farewell to our knowledgeable local guide and skilled driver as they drop us off at the cruise terminal. In the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a thrilling 3 hours and 45-minute Glacier Quest Cruise, an experience that will leave you in awe of Alaska's mesmerizing glaciers. Get ready to be captivated by the wonders of nature on this remarkable journey.
(Glacier Quest Cruise is an extra cost)
Thursday, June 13 - HUBBARD GLACIER (SCENIC CRUISING)
Dubbed the "Galloping Glacier," this Alaskan marvel swiftly advances towards the Gulf of Alaska, carving its way through the pristine Disenchantment Bay. Notably, its movement has temporarily created a natural dam, sealing off nearby Russel Fjord twice. Yet, the build-up of intense water pressure within the transformed fjord lake has caused explosive breakthroughs.
Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America, stretches 76 miles long and plunges 1,200 feet into the bay's depths. From a distance, its exquisite beauty and remarkable blue hues are spellbinding. However, when the cruise ship draws nearer, its towering surface truly astounds, dwarfing even the highest deck of your vessel at 40 stories tall. Positioned against a backdrop of majestic snow-capped mountains, your price viewpoint presents an incredible sight of the glacier calving, often ejecting icebergs the size of 40-story buildings - envision the splash!
Notably, the Hubbard Glacier vicinity is renowned for its abundant wildlife. Whales, harbor seals, and playful otters gracefully navigate the waters while brown bears, moose, and black-tailed deer wander the scenic shoreline. Various seabirds elegantly soar across the sky, completing this captivating natural habitat.
Prepare for an enchanting encounter with the impressive wonders of Hubbard Glacier and its thriving ecosystem as you embark on your memorable Alaskan experience.
Friday, June 14 - GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK (Scenic Cruising)
This cruise takes you to Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we can witness some of the world's most breathtaking tidewater glaciers, including the impressive Margerie Glacier.
During our cruise, we'll have the pleasure of having friendly Park Rangers on board who will be delighted to share their extensive knowledge about Glacier Bay National Park. The Park Rangers will also arrange an incredible Junior Ranger program to captivate and entertain the young ones throughout the cruise. They can also help spot the abundant wildlife in the area, such as humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles, and seabird colonies.
Imagine sailing through the emerald waters of Glacier Bay, surrounded by towering icebergs, and taking in the crisp, fresh air. It's a truly unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of Alaska's magnificent natural beauty.
Saturday, June 15 - SKAGWAY
Skagway, an Alaskan gem, beckons with boundless possibilities. Discover the allure of its historic downtown, embark on invigorating hikes amid awe-inspiring natural beauty, or even conquer a glacier. With a diverse range of activities, Skagway is the ideal playground for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Immerse yourself in its rich history, set against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes, making Skagway an absolute must-visit for history buffs and nature lovers alike.
Sunday, June 16 - JUNEAU
In Juneau, there is a plethora of exciting activities to indulge in. Start your exploration by visiting the Mendenhall Glacier, a stunning natural wonder that offers breathtaking views and opportunities for hiking. Enjoy a whale-watching tour and witness the majestic beauty of humpback whales in their natural habitat. Take a scenic tram ride up Mount Roberts for panoramic views of the city and surrounding wilderness. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Juneau by visiting the Alaska State Museum or exploring the historic downtown area. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are endless hiking trails, kayaking opportunities, and fishing adventures to embark on. No matter your interests, Juneau has something to offer for everyone.
Monday, June 17 - KETCHIKAN
Ketchikan, a picturesque town in Alaska, offers a range of exciting activities to make your visit memorable. Immerse yourself in the rich Native American heritage by exploring the Totem Heritage Center or taking a guided tour to learn about the local indigenous cultures. Embark on a scenic cruise through the stunning Misty Fjords National Monument, where you can witness cascading waterfalls and breathtaking vistas. For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking trails such as Deer Mountain or the Rainbird Trail provide opportunities to explore the beautiful wilderness. Don't miss the chance to go fishing, as Ketchikan is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." Additionally, you can stroll through Creek Street, a historic district featuring charming shops and galleries built over the water. Your time in Ketchikan promises to be filled with natural beauty, cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures.
Tuesday, June 18 - CRUISING
Wednesday, June 19 - VANCOUVER, CANADA (Disembark Ship)
In a surprising turn of events, "Gassy Jack" Deighton, an unlikely character, played a significant role in the creation of one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. During the gold rush, he seized the opportunity to profit from the waves of miners heading to the Yukon. The saloon he constructed became the focal point of the shanty town Gastown, which later evolved into modern-day Vancouver.
The provincial government successfully convinced settlers to rename Vancouver, honoring Captain George Vancouver, who had explored the region's waters in 1792. Today, Vancouver is Canada's third-largest city, boasting a cosmopolitan ambiance with a distinctly European feel. Its vibrant community reflects a rich blend of cultures, including the second-largest Chinatown in North America. The city is adorned with stunningly breathtaking parks, enhancing its natural allure. In essence, Vancouver is a captivating destination that defies expectations. Despite its unlikely origins, it has blossomed into a vibrant and diverse metropolis characterized by its distinct personality and sensational natural surroundings.