Wednesday, July 15 - ANCHORAGE

After long and dark winters, Alaskans love their summers and the residents of Anchorage Alaska are no exception. The city plants thousands of flowers to celebrate the arrival of warmer months and days that last as long as 19 hours from dawn to dusk.

Approximately 40 percent of Alaska' s population lives in Anchorage. This diverse city of 300,000 includes a large military population. Native Alaskans, individuals who work for the oil industry and adventure-seeking types who want to get away from "the Lower 48." 

Anchorage has lots of moose, known for being a bit rambunctious (and should be steered clear of if seen wandering down a street).

Thursday, July 16 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Overnight)
Friday, July 17 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK (Overnight)

Saturday, July 18 - DENALI NATIONAL PARK/ANCHORAGE

Day 2: Board the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer to Denali for a three night stay at this magnificent national treasure.

 

Day 3: 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 itself and Denali's iconic wildlife (snack included)

 

Day 4: Explore on your own or take optional excursions with an entire free day in Denali.

Sunday, July 19 - ANCHORAGE

Enjoy some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery via deluxe motorcoach to Seward (lunch included) whre you will embark your ship.

Monday, July 20 -AT SEA

Tuesday, July 21 - GLACIER BAY

Cruise the ice-studded fjords of this national treasure for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates

Frosted crags descend into mossy forests and a 457-meter-deep (1,500-foot-deep) fjord at this World Heritage Site, which is also one of the planet's largest biosphere reserves. Stone, ice and water continue to collide, sculpting a dramatic landscape that is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska's natural wonders.

Wednesday, July 22 - HAINES OR SKAGWAY, ALASKA

The best of two ports - stay in Haines for an uncrowded experience, or go to Skagway for excursions and shopping.

There's a reason Haines is known as the adventure capital of Alaska. Although many cities in Alaska feel different than those in "the lower 48," Haines is more unusual than most with its unique rustic feel. It's almost as if time has stopped and chain stores, and even stoplights, haven't infiltrated this town of 1,300 that once topped Outside magazine's list of "20 Best Places to Live and Play."

At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, 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, July 23 - JUNEAU

Enjoy a full day of exploring Alaska's capital - choose from exciting shore excursions and still have time to shop.

Juneau, Alaska may well be the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day.

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 - bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly gracefull creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildlife reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears lolling around.

Friday, July 24 - KETCHIKAN

Explore this uniquely Alaska port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords.

Alaska's "First City" of Ketchikan is so named because it's the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain. 

Saturday, July 25 - SCENIC CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE

Relax and enjoy a full day of scenic Inside Passage cruising and immerse yourself in Holland America Line elegance.

Alaska's Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

Sunday, July 26 - 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. It's a bustling seaport, a hub for outdoor enthusiasts looking for active things to do in Vancouver, an t=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 and modern sights and plentiful green spaces.