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Grand Alaska - A Tauck Escorted Tour including 7 night Alaska Cruise
Experience a land of bald eagles, totem poles, calving glaciers and majestic wildlife by land, sea, and air on Tauck's granddaddy of Alaska tours. Cruise Prince William Sound, Glacier Bay, and the Inside Passage aboard a Princess ship. Tour Anchorage, Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, explore Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias national parks, take a flight-seeing tour over glaciers, two scenic rail journeys, a jet boat cruise and a raft trip in a bald eagle preserve. Meet an Iditarod champion musher and his Husky sled dogs; visit a homesteader at her wilderness farm; enjoy a private Tlingit cultural presentation, a Music of Denali dinner show and more.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Anchorage/home from Vancouver
7 nights accommodation on land in sought after locations
7 nights cruise
Traveling with Tauck’s private group and Tauck Director on land and at sea
Private Tauck shore excursions
Private float-plane flight-seeing flight of Mount McKinley & Denali National Park
A jet boat cruise, a Chilkat rafting adventure and a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad
All meals and charges
Anchorage and the Chugach Mountains
Anchorage Museum and Mount McKinley
Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks
College Fjord and Glacier Bay
Please phone Bon Voyage for the most up-to-date departures for this itinerary
Day 1 : Your Alaska adventure begins
Tauck's most comprehensive of Alaska tours begins at 6:30 PM at The Hotel Captain Cook. A transfer is included from Anchorage International Airport to the Hotel Captain Cook, overlooking Cook Inlet, downtown Anchorage, and the Chugach Mountains. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.
Day 2 : Alaskan traditions and a flight to the wilderness
Learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska's indigenous tribes on a visit to the Anchorage Museum; hundreds of artifacts and two multimedia installations share the enduring cultures and histories of peoples from across the circumpolar North. Then take a scenic flight to Talkeetna, near the base of Mount McKinley (North America's highest peak, known to the locals as Denali), followed by a drive to your wilderness lodge in Trapper Creek for a two-night stay.
Day 3 : A wilderness homestead and a jet boat adventure
Begin the day with a visit to the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness; her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Mount McKinley for more than four decades. Set off on a wilderness jet boat adventure this afternoon. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.
Day 4 : Rail trip to Denali & the sled dogs of Husky Homestead
A journey by rail to Denali National Park precedes a visit to Husky Homestead to meet former Iditarod champion musher Jeff King and his family and of course their indomitable Husky sled dogs who live and train there. This evening’s destination is your lodge near the entrance to Denali National Park, one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers; dinner tonight is at your choice of restaurants at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Day 5 : Exploring Denali National Park
A highlight of any Alaska travel experience is a visit to Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve highlighted by North America's highest mountain, 20,320 foot Mt. McKinley. Look for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other Denali denizens on a Tundra Wildlife Search in the park with a National Park Service guide. Then spend some time exploring on your own before enjoying a Music of Denali dinner show this evening.
Day 6 : Across the wilderness to mountain majesty
Traverse the Alaskan wilderness today from Denali along the Alaska Range to your lodge situated on the Copper River in the small town of Copper Center, a gateway to the massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, known as North America's Mountain Kingdom. Dinner this evening features a regional favorite, Alaskan salmon.
Day 7 : North America's Mountain Kingdom
Discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on both sides of the border of the USA and Canada. Home to more glaciers and mountains above 16,000 feet than any spot in North America, enjoy
a private tour of the park's visitor center with a park ranger. Today you’ll also get a glimpse of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports crude oil from wells at Prudhoe Bay in the north to the port of Valdez. Return to your wilderness lodge to spend the remainder of the day exactly as you please.
Day 8 : Take a catamaran ride & embark your Princess cruise
As you pass through the Chugach Mountains en route to Valdez, make a stop at Worthington Glacier. Here you will set off by private boat across Prince William Sound
to Whittier, ringed by mountains and abundant with wildlife, where you may spot whales, seals and eagles as you journey. Board your Princess ship in Whittier to launch the 7-night cruise portion of your Alaskan adventure.
Day 9 : Hubbard Glacier and a day at sea
Spend a day at sea touring the ship’s galley and cruising to Hubbard Glacier where you can view Alaska’s longest tidewater glacier up close. This blue glacier gains its colour from the dense ice absorbing all the spectrum colours except blue. By night, take in a Broadway-style show, try your luck in the casino, check out the nightclub, or read in the library; join us for the Captain's welcome reception aboard ship this evening.
Day 10 : Glorious Glacier Bay
Prepare to be awestruck by Glacier Bay National Park, an Alaska travel highlight. View blue-tinged ice cliffs towering over the sea, and hear the roar when they calve and crash into the water. Look for humpback whales, orcas, seals, and seabirds. Tonight, attend Tauck's exclusive cocktail party featuring hors d'oeuvres and an open bar as your ship sails to Skagway.
Day 11 : Skagway, bald eagle country & a vintage rail trip
Explore historic Skagway, gateway to the Klondike gold fields, in antique cars before boarding a ferry cruise on Lynn Canal to Haines. Go rafting through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, hosting the world's largest concentration of bald eagles. Ride the exciting White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway built in 1898 during the gold rush. This vintage rail excursion heads up steep grades, around cliff-hanging turns, and over high bridges. Reboard the ship in Skagway.
Day 12 : Views of Juneau and Tlingit culture
Arrive in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel. Gather insights on the traditions of the indigenous Tlingit peoples of the Pacific Northwest during a private cultural presentation for Tauck guests only.
Day 13 : Totem poles & native culture in Ketchikan
Today you'll dock in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, for an inside look at the role that Tlingit heritage plays in the local culture. See some of the city's numerous totem poles, and watch local totem carvers at work at Saxman Native Village; catch a performance of traditional Tlingit and Haida dances.
Day 14 : Inside Passage cruising
Enjoy spectacular views of Alaska's Inside Passage from your stateroom, or a variety of decks and lounges, on a full day of cruising past the densely forested islands and coastal communities of this renowned waterway. You can also swim in four pools, hear a nature presentation, play a board game in the library, work out in the fitness center, get a relaxing spa treatment, or check out the golf simulator. Cap this most extraordinary of Alaska tours by joining us tonight for a farewell cocktail party followed by dinner aboard your Princess ship.
Day 15 : Bid Alaska farewell
Your most memorable of Alaska tours ends in Vancouver. Disembark your Princess ship in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fly home any time; a transfer is included from the dock to Vancouver International Airport. However your adventure doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay and spend a few days exploring Vancouver or include a visit to America's northeastern states.
Call the travel experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Grand Alaska tour.
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