Alaska Cruise and Interior Tour

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $2,269
  • Length: 13 days
  • Operator: YMT Vacations
  • 800-922-9000
    Destinations: North America, United States, Alaska
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Tour Description

Explore the Frontier State, beginning by taking a delightful cruise aboard Holland America’s five-star luxury liner, the ms Zuiderdam. Pampering yourself with scrumptious cuisine, multitude of luxurious amenities and stellar Signature of Excellence service as you trace along Alaska’s Inside Passage, stopping in Juneau. Next, embark on the land portion of your trip, traveling into the interior of Alaska to witnessing the unique cities of Whitehorse, Dawson City, Tok, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. Along the way, enjoy time to see Denali Park - perhaps you’ll even cross paths with a curious moose - and take in magnificent sights filled with mountainous terrain, exotic flora and fauna, and historic towns birthed from the Alaskan gold rush.

  • Visit Alaska’s most interesting towns: Juneau, Skagway, Anchorage and Fairbanks
  • Enjoy viewing opportunities of Alaska’s most famous wildlife in Denali Park
  • Learn how the Gold Rush changed history
  • See the verdant forests, quaint towns and soaring mountains of the Inside Passage
  • Cruise the mighty Yukon River on the mv Yukon Queen II and see an abandoned mining town

Itinerary

Day 1

(Saturday) - Arrive in Vancouver, B.C. and board Holland America Cruise Lines’ ms Zuiderdam(5:00 PM):

Guests who have purchased their airline tickets from YMT Vacations, please meet your Holland America representative in the baggage claim area for meet and greet services and your transfers to the Canada Place pier. Embarkation on your Holland America Line ship, ms Zuiderdam. Dinner included onboard ship.

Day 2

(Sunday) - Scenic Inside Passage Cruising:

Cruise along the west coast of Vancouver Island and the Alaska Inside Passage. The famous Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world. The ship’s daily program outlines a wide variety of shipboard activities. All this while you-re gliding along in the lap of luxury on your Holland America Cruise Line ship. All meals onboard ship are included.

Day 3

(Monday) - Juneau (2:30 PM - 9:30 PM):

This morning cruise to Tracy Arm. This narrow, 26 mile-long fjord is another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rain forest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 7,000 ft. mountain peaks and nearly vertical rocks cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn and icebergs make their way to the sea in all sorts of wondrous shapes. Tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age - the twin Sawyer Glaciers, calving icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea. This afternoon, we stop in Juneau, the capital city of the state of Alaska. Interesting sights abound in the historic downtown area, the state capital campus, the Alaska State Museum, near by Mendenhall Glacier and the Mt. Roberts tram. Optional tours are available.

Day 4

(Tuesday) - Skagway City Tour (8:15 AM):

After breakfast we disembark from our cruise in the gold rush era town of Skagway. We take a Skagway city historical tour (duration about two hours) and learn about Skagway’s frontier history and the rise and fall of the notorious outlaw Soapy Smith. We then transfer to the hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure for independent exploration of local shops and museums.

Overnight: Skagway Westmark Inn (or similar accommodations)

Day 5

(Wednesday) - Skagway to Whitehorse via White Pass and Yukon Route Rail:

Depart Skagway in the morning aboard the historic White Pass and Yukon Route railroad. Travel aboard a restored parlor car on a 28-mile train ride ascending White Pass to the summit and the rail stop at Fraser. Continue along the shores of Lake Bennet to the Chilkoot Trail site for lunch and interpretation by Park Canada. Then board a waiting deluxe motorcoach to continue travel to Whitehorse along the Klondike Highway. Arrive in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory in the evening. The Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue show is included this evening (show times vary).

Overnight: Westmark Whitehorse Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 6

(Thursday) - Whitehorse to Dawson City:

Leave Whitehorse in the morning and travel the Klondike Highway aboard a your Explorer Coach to Dawson City. See views of Lake Laberge and the Yukon River. Lunch is included at Minto. Arrive in historical Dawson City about 4:30 PM. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Optional evening entertainment is available at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s gambling hall or the Gaslight Follies show at the Palace Grande Theatre. (L)

Overnight: Westmark Inn (or similar accommodations)

Day 7

(Friday) - Dawson City Leisure Day:

The day is at leisure at Dawson. A variety of optional excursions are available in Dawson or to Tombstone Territorial Park. Tombstone offers incredible vistas of rugged mountains and sub-arctic tundra with a variety of hiking opportunities.

Overnight: Westmark Inn (or similar accommodations)

Day 8

(Saturday) - Dawson City to Tok:

Transfer this morning from your hotel to the day cruise vessel, mv Yukon Queen ll, down the mighty Yukon River. See sights including a sternwheeler graveyard, miner’s cabins and the abandoned town of Fortymile. Arrive at the Alaskan village of Eagle about 11:00 AM (note 1 hour time change). A hot meal is included aboard the boat. After a short tour of Eagle, depart aboard a deluxe motorcoach and travel the Taylor Highway to the town of Tok, Alaska in the evening. (L)

Overnight: Tok Westmark Inn (or similar accommodations)

Day 9

(Sunday) - Tok to Fairbanks:

Depart Tok and travel to Fairbanks along the famed Alaska Highway. You will arrive in Fairbanks in the afternoon. Visit the gold camp at historic Gold Dredge No. 8. A hearty “miner’s lunch” is included at the gold camp dining hall. Then, tour the gold camp to view gold mining exhibits, walk aboard the gold dredge and pan for gold. Transfer to your hotel and view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and sights of Fairbanks en route. (L)

Overnight: Westmark Fairbank’s Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 10

(Monday) - Fairbanks to Denali:

In the morning, you will board the second train of your tour, McKinley Explorer dome car to Denali National Park. Arrive in Denali National Park around noon and transfer to your hotel. Today you have the afternoon at leisure in Denali Park. A variety of optional activities are available: Park Service programs, the park shuttle bus service, fixed-wing and helicopter flightseeing, river rafting, the Alaska Cabin Nite dinner show and more.

Overnight: McKinley Chalet Resort or McKinley Village (or similar accommodations)

Day 11

(Tuesday) - Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour:

An afternoon departure of the Denali Park Tundra Wilderness tour by bus is included along with a snack lunch. Tour duration is approximately 6-7 hours. The tour is narrated by a driver- guide. The tour travels to mile 53 of the park road and offers opportunities to view wildlife which may include caribou, Dall sheep, moose, grizzly bear and wolves. A viewpoint offers a view of Mt. McKinley (weather permitting.) In the evening, return to your hotel.

Overnight: McKinley Chalet Resort or McKinley Village (or similar accommodations)

Day 12

(Wednesday) - Denali Park to Anchorage:

The morning is at leisure at Denali Park then transfer about 11:30 AM to the train station. You will then board the McKinley Explorer dome car and depart at 12:15 PM to Anchorage, with scenic views of the Alaskan countryside. Optional lunch and dinner are available in the dining room aboard your McKinley Explorer rail car. Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, in the evening.

Overnight: Hilton Anchorage (or similar accommodations)

Day 13

(Thursday) - Depart for Home:

The tour ends this morning with a motorcoach transfer to the Anchorage International Airport. Take home new friends, memories, stories to share and plans for your next YMT adventure!

Departures

Pricing Information

June 22, 2012

From $2,269.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,269.00 single room supplement.

July 13, 2012

From $2,319.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,319.00 single room supplement.

July 20, 2012

From $2,319.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,319.00 single room supplement.

August 10, 2012

From $2,169.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,169.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Nine nights of accommodations are based on twin/double occupancy in moderate, clean, comfortable hotels.
  • Three-night cruise aboard Holland America’s ms Zuiderdam. All meals aboard ship are included.
  • Some meals included on land portion of vacation as listed in itinerary.
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing and special events as listed in itinerary.
  • 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 portion of this vacation. Please check with your airline regarding checked baggage policies and fees.
  • Transportation provided by a professionally trained and accredited tour driver/guide who is licensed, bonded, and insured. Their knowledgeable on the local areas will provide you with a wealth of information, and their 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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