Alaska Cruise and Tour featuring Denali National Park

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $2,699
  • Length: 14 days
  • Operator: YMT Vacations
  • 800-922-9000
    Destinations: North America, United States, Alaska
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Tour Description

Discover amazing Alaska on an unforgettable itinerary that showcases the Last Frontier State’s unique flora and fauna. Begin in Anchorage, home to forty-two percent of Alaska’s entire population, and enjoy a day trip to the agricultural community of Palmer for a visit to the Palmer Botanical Gardens. Travel along the famous Alaska Railway and witness some of Alaska’s majestic landscape en route to breathtaking Denali National Park. See the Iditarod Headquarters in Anchorage before boarding Holland America’s ms Zaandam (August 21st, 2012 departure) or ms Statendam (August 28th, 2012 departure) to enjoy the pampered life during a seven-night cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Cruise to College Fjord and Glacier Bay, observing the unforgettable spectacle where colossal glaciers meet the mesmerizing blue waters of Alaska. After, explore fascinating ports of call, including Haines, Juneau, and Ketchikan, before disembarking in Vancouver and finishing the vacation with some time in Seattle.

Special Note: although all sites are featured on all departures for this vacation, each departure date features a different Holland America cruise ship and slight variations in the itinerary for the land portion of this unforgettable trip. Please select your desired departure date(s) in the above drop-down menu to see the correct corresponding itinerary and Holland America cruise ship used.

  • Learn about Alaska’s agricultural history and then have some fun at the Great Alaska State Fair
  • Enjoy viewing opportunities for Alaska’s most famous wildlife at Denali Park and Haines
  • Visit Alaska’s fascinating towns: Anchorage, Seward, Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan
  • Learn how the Gold Rush changed history
  • See the verdant forests, quaint towns and soaring mountains of the Inside Passage
  • Ride the famous Alaska Railway
  • View some of Alaska’s most beautiful glaciers at Glacier Bay and College Fjord

 

Itinerary

Day 1

(Tuesday) - Fly to Anchorage, AK:

Today your Alaskan adventure begins upon arrival in Anchorage. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, you will be welcomed in the baggage claim area by a Holland America representative, and they will transfer you to the hotel. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 2

(Wednesday) - Palmer the Great Alaska State Fair:

This morning we drive to the agricultural community of Palmer. Tour a local farm to learn about early Alaskan pioneers, hear tales of their giant vegetables and explore the 110-acre Palmer Botanical Gardens. Next, we visit the Great Alaska State Fair, an annual exposition jam-packed with Alaskan- size produce competitions, homemade food, crafts and plenty of fair- fun. Enjoy time on your own to explore your favorite fair booths and exhibits. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 3

(Thursday) - Alaska Railway to Denali National Park:

This morning we board the famous Alaska Railway from downtown Anchorage. Relax, gaze through the large picture windows, and watch the magnificent Alaskan wilderness unfold before you. Mid-afternoon we arrive at Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley (Denali), at 20,300 feet, the tallest peak in North America. This vast six million acre park offers a wide expanse of wilderness filled with the Alaskan Big Five - grizzly bear, moose, caribou, wolf and Dall sheep. There is time to explore on your own, or take one of the optional park tours. Overnight: Denali

Day 4

(Friday) - Denali National Park:

The entire day is yours to explore and enjoy this magnificent and massive wilderness. There are numerous hiking trails, complimentary park programs, and an informative visitor center. You may choose to travel deeper into the park on an optional motorcoach, flight-seeing, jetboat or rafting tour. This afternoon we suggest accompanying your local guide on the optional Flora and Fauna Walk around Horseshoe Lake. Included in your tour, travel 54 miles into the park to the Toklat River rest area, the Tundra Wilderness Tour offers a bit of everything for visitors. Incredible scenery, a narrated history of the park road, and some of the best opportunities to view the park’s wildlife inhabitants await you on this tour. Tonight, enjoy a few laughs at the Denali Dinner Theater. Overnight: Denali

Day 5

(Saturday) - Denali to Anchorage:

Today we motorcoach south to Anchorage, stopping before leaving Denali to see the Alaska Veteran’s Memorial. In the afternoon visit the Iditarod Headquarters to learn about the “Last Great Race on Earth,” the 1050-mile dogsled race across Alaska. We stop at a local farm before arriving into Anchorage, a modern city surrounded by wilderness. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 6

(Sunday) - Seward and Embark Holland America Cruise:

This morning drive south along the Chugach Mountains to Resurrection Bay and the coastal town of Seward. Here we tour the Alaska Sealife Center, a modern 56 million-dollar interactive marine exhibition and research center. Learn about Alaska’s marine ecosystem, including the fascinating native Stellar sea lions, puffins, starfish and squid. You have time to explore this picturesque town at your leisure before we transfer to the cruise terminal for embarkation onto the ms Statendam, your home for the next seven nights.

Your cruise ship: The ms Statendam is a spacious 1260-passenger ship with a wide range of on-board facilities including a library, fitness center, spa, children’s activity rooms, a Culinary Arts Center, Wine Tasting Room, numerous dining venues, and a variety of lounges with nightly entertainment. There’s even a casino and a movie theater. Enjoy three delicious meals a day included during your cruise.

Day 7

(Monday) - College Fjord (6:00 AM - 9:00 PM):

This morning we travel through the only place in Alaska surrounded on three sides by flowing rivers of ice. We cruise by one dramatic tidewater glacier after another - an awesome assemblage of Ice Age wonders. Discovered in 1899 by the Ivy League college funded Harriman Expedition, the region was appropriated named “College Fjord.” As we linger, giving you time to appreciate the beauty and power of nature, you’ll learn the names of the glaciers - women’s colleges on the left and men’s colleges on the right.

Day 8

(Tuesday, Sept. 06) - Glacier Bay (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM):

Today we experience the dramatic sights and sounds of Glacier Bay - watching as monumental chunks of ice split off glaciers and crash into the sea. It sounds like thunder as ice “calves” off these tidewater glaciers and then shoots water up hundreds of feet in the air when they hit the water. Gaze around you at the glaciers, snow-capped mountains, deep fjords and freshwater rivers of Glacier Bay National Park. A Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is a unique ecosystem hosting a mosaic of plants and animals living amidst this ever-changing natural landscape. Have your camera at the ready throughout the day as we cruise through this 60-mile passage of nature’s grandeur.

Day 9

(Wednesday) - Haines (6:30 AM - 9:00 PM):

Haines sits in a spectacular setting; nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, and home to an incredible array of more than 100 indigenous Alaskan animals including moose, bear, wolves, and most notably, the American Bald Eagle. Site of Fort William Seward, the first permanent US Army post in Alaska, Haines played an important role in US expansion north. You have the day to explore the town, with its native art galleries, local shops, and the historic Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Optional shore excursions include up-close wildlife encounters; river trips by raft or kayak; a Chikoot Lake cruise; Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve river excursions and more.

Day 10

(Thursday) - Juneau (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM):

Today’s port-of-call is Alaska’s state capital city. Sitting at the foot of snowcapped Mt. Juneau, next to the massive Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau Icefields, this remote yet developed destination offers a variety of activities. Explore the city, nicknamed “Little San Francisco” because of its narrow streets and multicolored houses that hug the hillside. Take the Mt. Roberts Tramway up 1800 feet for incredible panoramic views, and to explore the mountaintop complex with its extensive trail system, Nature Center, bald eagle exhibit, bear viewing platforms, shop and craft displays. Optional shore excursions include sea kayaking or rafting; flight-seeing by helicopter or seaplane; dog sledding; fly-fishing; whale-watching; gold-panning; and much more!

Day 11

(Friday) - Ketchikan (11:00 AM - 8:00 PM):

Eye-catching and inviting, this distinctive city was built on stilts over the water, with a boardwalk and weathered stairways that cling to the granite cliff shores of Tongass Narrows. There’s plenty to see in this unique fishing port town: stroll along the picturesque waterfront district, visit the Tongass Historical Museum, and wander through the former “Red Light” district with its gold shops, gift boutiques, and restaurants. Ketchikan is also home to the world’s largest collection of Native American totem poles. Optional shore excursions include flight-seeing to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument; jetboating; salmon fishing; a jeep, canoe or kayak safari; visiting the Native Saxman Village and more.

Day 12

(Saturday) - Scenic Inside Passage Cruising:

Enjoy your last day on board the ship while we cruise through the fabled Inside Passage, one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world. Sail close to the steep mountain walls, beside forests colored with a hundred shades of green, waterfalls, and tumbling turquoise glaciers. When explorer John Muir first sailed the Inside Passage, he could hardly tear himself away from the railing for fear of missing some new marvel. “Never before,” he wrote, “have I been embosomed in scenery so hopelessly beyond description.” Tonight enjoy your last evening aboard the ship.

Day 13

(Sunday) - Disembarkation in Vancouver, BC, to Seattle and City Tour:

We disembark this morning in Vancouver, Canada, then coach south across the US border to Seattle. Our knowledgeable driver/guide will show you all the highlights of this landmark city. See the iconic Space Needle, the bustling waterfront and have time to meander through colorful Pike Place Market.

Overnight: Doubletree Seattle Airport (or similar accommodations)

Day 14

(Monday) - Depart for Home:

Today you are transferred to the Seattle Airport for your departing flight. Take home a suitcase full of memories and stories to share about your YMT Alaskan adventure!

Departures

Pricing Information

August 20, 2012

From $2,699.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,800.00 single room supplement.

August 27, 2012

From $2,699.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,800.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • 6-Night Hotel Accommodations: On land portion. Based on twin/ double accommodations.
  • 7-Night Alaska Cruise: Seward to Vancouver including Inside Passage. All meals onboard are included.
  • Sightseeing: Special events and sightseeing as listed.
  • To Your Room Baggage Handling: Free baggage allowance is up to 50 pounds per person, to be contained in a single suitcase, while on the land tour and ship. Please check with your airline regarding checked baggage policies and fees.
  • Service: Enjoy the service of a professionally trained and accredited tour driver guide who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information. This friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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