The Great Alaska Cruise

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

Witness the Frontier State like never before! Take in the natural beauty of Alaska’s Inside Passage as you cruise to unforgettable ports of call, including Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway before witnessing the nearly indescribable beauty of Glacier Bay and College Fjord from the comforts of your 5-star luxury liner, the ms Statendam. After, disembark in the coastal town of Seward and learn about Alaska’s marine life ecosystem with a visit the Alaska Sealife Center en route to Anchorage. Travel on the McKinley Explorer Rail to spend some time in picturesque Denali National Park, the home of Mount McKinley, then visit the Iditarod Trail Headquarters on the way back to Anchorage.

  • Enjoy viewing opportunities of Alaska’s most famous wildlife at Denali National Park
  • Visit Alaska’s fascinating towns: Anchorage, Seward, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan
  • Learn how the Gold Rush changed history
  • See the verdant forests, quaint towns and soaring mountains of the Inside Passage
  • View some of Alaska’s most beautiful glaciers at Glacier Bay and College Fjord
  • Learn about the “Last Great Race on Earth” while visiting the Iditarod Trail Headquarters

Itinerary

Day 1

(Saturday) - Fly to Seattle, WA and Seattle Evening Night Lights City Tour:

Today your Alaskan adventure begins with your flight to Seattle. Upon arrival at the Seattle International Airport, guests who have purchased their airline tickets from YMT Vacations, please meet your YMT staff representative in baggage claim for meet and greet services and transfers to the hotel. This evening an outstanding tour of Seattle is included which will show you the City of Seattle by night.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Renton (or similar accommodations)

Day 2

(Sunday) - Vancouver, Embark on Holland America’s ms Statendam:

Transfer to Vancover to Wave “Bon Voyage!” as you set sail on your Alaska journey aboard the ms Statendam. Holland America’s stellar five-star service will soon take your breath away for your next 7 nights across Alaska’s pristine waters.

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 3

(Monday) - Scenic Inside Passage Cruising:

When explorer John Muir first sailed the Inside Passage, he could hardly tear himself away from the rail for fear of missing some new marvel. “Never before,” he wrote, “have I been embosomed in scenery so hopelessly beyond description tracing shining waves through fjord and sound, past forest and waterfall, islands and mountains.” All this while you-re gliding along in the lap of luxury that only Holland America can provide.

Day 4

(Tuesday) - 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 5

(Wednesday) - 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 6

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

Where the Gold Rush began, Skagway was the turbulent staging point for prospectors hell-bent on getting to the Klondike gold fields; even in modern day, Skagway’s well-preserved history and culture brings to life the 1898 gold rush atmosphere like no other Alaska port of call. Go ashore to stroll the weathered boardwalks and drop in at old-time saloons or shop for gold nuggets. Follow along historic paths by purchasing tickets for a ride in a vintage parlor car up the historic White Horse Pass, via the narrow gauge railway. No matter how you decide to experience Skagway, you-re bound to feel the gold rush fever!

Day 7

(Friday) - 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 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 8

(Saturday) - College Fjord (6:00 PM - 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, you’ll learn the names of the glaciers - women’s colleges on the left and men’s colleges on the right.

Day 9

(Sunday) - Disembark in Seward, AK, Transfer to Anchorage:

Disembark the ms Statendam in the coastal town of Seward. En route 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. Then visit the Wildlife Center where they rescue and rehabilitate wild animals. You get the chance to see bear, moose, caribou, elk, bison, deer, eagles, and other animals roaming their natural habitat in the conservation.

Overnight: Anchorage Hilton (or similar accommodations)

Day 10

(Monday) - Anchorage City Tour:

You’ll explore Alaska’s northern most city of Anchorage with stops at the Rasmuson Center Museum and the Botanical Garden. The largest museum in Alaska, the Rasmuson Center lets you discover Alaska through its art, history, and culture. Then stop at the 110 acre Botanical Garden where you can leisurely walk on trails surrounded by a spruce and birch forest native to Alaska with views of the Chugach Mountain Range.

Overnight: Anchorage Hilton (or similar accommodations)

Day 11

(Tuesday) - Denali National Park via McKinley Explorer Rail:

Gaze through the large picture windows and watch the magnificent Denali National Park unfold before you via the McKinley Explorer Rail. Home to Mount McKinley (Denali), at 20,300 feet, the tallest peak in North America, Denali National Park park consists of six million acres of wilderness filled with the Alaskan Big Five - grizzly bear, moose, caribou, wolf and Dall sheep. Do not forget your camera!

Overnight: Denali McKinley Chalets Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 12

(Wednesday) - Denali Tundra Wildlife Tour:

Traveling 54 miles into the Denali National 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, you may want to have a few laughs at the Denali Dinner theater (optional).

Overnight: Denali McKinley Chalets Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 13

(Thursday) - Eagle River’s Memorial and Wasilla:

Visit the first memorial to honor the state’s veterans, erected during the summer of 1983 in Eagle River. Then stop in Wasilla to tour the Iditarod Trail Headquarters to learn about the “Last Great Race on Earth,” the 1050-mile dogsled race across Alaska. Time and weather permitting you could get a chance to take a thrilling trip down the trail, and meet the dogs that make the Iditarod so unique. We stop at a local farm before returning to Anchorage.

Overnight: Anchorage Hilton (or similar accommodations)

Day 14

(Friday) - Depart for Home:

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

Departures

Pricing Information

June 30, 2012

From $2,699.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,800.00 single room supplement.

July 28, 2012

From $2,699.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,800.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • 7-Night Alaska Cruise: Vancouver to Seward including Inside Passage. All meals onboard are included.
  • 6-Night Hotel Accommodations: On land portion. Based on twin/ double accommodations.
  • 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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