10-Night Double Denali
September 1, 2022
Where Are We Going?
Thursday, September 1 - Fly to ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
Although the wildlife is reason alone to cruise to Anchorage, Alaska, the culture of the city itself is worth exploring. Almost half of the state's residents live in Anchorage, a population that largely comprises military members, Alaska Natives, military members, Alaska Natives, adventurous transplants from the"lower 48," and oil industry workers. Coffee and espresso huts dot every corner, and fresh halibut, smoked salmon, and reindeer dogs are among the local eats.
Friday, September 2 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Overnight)
Board the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer to Denali for a two-night stay at this magnificent national treasure. Don't miss the chance to visit Denali Square and immerse yourself in the Denali experience.
Saturday, September 3 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Today features the unforgettable Tundra Wilderness Tour. This 6-8 hour fully narrated sightseeing excursion is a deep dive into Denali National Park - the very best chance of seeing both the mountain and Denali's iconic wildlife (snack included).
Sunday, September 4 - WHITTIER, ALASKA
Enjoy some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery via deluxe motorcoach to Whittier (lunch included) where you will embark on your ship.
Monday, September 5 - CRUISING HUBBARD GLACIER
Enjoy a leisurely day highlighted by afternoon scenic cruising to Hubbard Glacier - North America's longest tidewater glacier.
An Alaska cruise toward Hubbard Glacier feels like you're approaching another planet in a tiny spacecraft. It is that big and that otherworldly. Among all the vanishing Alaska glaciers, Hubbard has a rapidly advancing ice margin - up to seven feet in one day - earning it the nickname, "the Galloping Glacier."
Hubbard Glacier is so popular because of the glacier's three-story icebergs that cannon into crystal waters, a process called calving.
Tuesday, September 6 - GLACIER BAY
Cruise the ice-studded fjords of this national treasure for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates.
On your cruise to Glacier Bay, close your eyes and take in the sounds - the creaks and groans of "living" ice, the shrill cries of gulls and soaring eagles, the splash of a breaching humpback whale. Frosted peaks towering over mossy forests, wide tidewater glaciers (there are seven in the park), and marine wildlife are givens on Glacier Bay cruises, but every experience in this changing biosphere is unique.
Wednesday, September 7 - SKAGWAY
Step back to the days of the last great gold rush, choose from exciting shore excursions, and still have time to shop.
At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary goldfields and quickly grew into Alaska's largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons, and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway, but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska's colorful history, pristine wildlife, and unrivaled natural beauty.
Thursday, September 8 - JUNEAU
Enjoy a full day of exploring Alaska's capital-choose from exciting shore excursions and still have time to shop.
Juneau is known for its outdoor recreation, fresh seafood, and fine dining. The city itself is pleasant, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay 0 bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildfire reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears lolling around.
Friday, September 9 - KETCHIKAN
Explore this uniquely Alaskan port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords.
Ketchikan is one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park, while the attractions of Saxman Village just outside of Ketchikan offer the chance to see Tlingit culture in action, with working carvers and a dance show in the clan house. Don't forget to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon, and local art while exploring gold rush-era tourist attractions like Dolly's House Museum.
Saturday, September 10 - SCENIC CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Relax and enjoy a full day of scenic Inside Passage cruising and immerse yourself in Holland America Line elegance.
Sunday, September 11 - VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Your Land + Sea Journey concludes this morning in Vancouver.
Once a trading post and a rough-and-tumble sawmilling settlement, today modern Vancouver, Canada is many things. This city is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts looking for active things to do in Vancouver, an ethnically diverse metropolis, and Hollywood of the North. Hemmed in by mountains and sea, Vancouver seduces visitors with its combination of urban sophistication and laid-back attitude against a backdrop of glass towers, modern sights, and plentiful green spaces.