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Departure 23 August 2019 | Denali and Alaska Cruise
- Hubbard Glacier
Denali and Alaska Cruise
Majestic glaciers and dramatic fjords are breathtaking in their grandeur, as are rainforest sanctuaries, towering totems and gold rush discoveries.
Day by day itinerary
Fly from the UK to Anchorage, via Vancouver, arriving the same day. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Located in downtown Anchorage, just blocks from the Alaska Centre for the Performing Arts and local shopping, this 4 star hotel is spread over 3 buildings and consists of 547 guest rooms, each with views of the Chugach Mountains, Cook Inlet or cityscape.
Stay: Captain Cook Hotel
Make your way to the Anchorage train station for your Goldstar rail road journey on the Denali Star.
GoldStar guests enjoy confirmed upper level dome car seating with glass roof, priority check-in and a private outdoor viewing deck. Seating is plush, leather trimmed and with more leg room than most first class airline seats. The entire roof is curved glass to nearly waist level height. Front and rear walls are also glass to afford a new level of wildlife and scenery observation throughout the journey. There is a bar with a full time attendant on the upper deck with the dining area on the lower level.
During you Goldstar journey, expect to see stunning views of Mt. Denali, as the train passes within 46 miles of the summit. Traverse over Hurricane Gulch on a bridge some 296 feet above the creek, and keep an eye out for wildlife and of course the stunning scenery. Breakfast and lunch are included from Anchorage to Denali.
Upon arrival in Denali, transfer to the Grand Denali Lodge. Located at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain overlooking the town of Denali, one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park. This hotel features 166 rooms situated in two guest lodges, and 6 guest cabins.
Stay: Grand Denali Lodge
Denali Adventure Tour with lunch.
This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148km /92mi of the restricted Denali Park Road. During your journey to Denali Backcountry Lodge, your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife while pointing out the biology and geology of the area. There are numerous stops for wildlife viewing, photography and to stretch your legs and enjoy complimentary snacks. Lunch is included at Denali Backcountry Lodge where you can take a nature walk or try panning for gold.
The return journey by bus offers a different perspective of the stunning landscapes and more opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Stay: Grand Denali Lodge
Enjoy your scenic coach trip from Denali to Seward. The coach will drop you at the hotel for an overnight stay. Located just outside of Seward; this comfortable Alaskan lodge offers 180 guest rooms and suites.
Stay: Seward Windsong Lodge
Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay, the SeaLife Center research aquarium, not to mention the charm of the town itself, all conspire to make Seward one of the most appealing destinations in Alaska. You might paddle a kayak on the lookout for sea otters, hike one of the many beautiful hiking trails near town, embark on a fishing expedition or ride a wheeled sled pulled by a team of 12 spry and intelligent dogs.
Check out and take the hotel shuttle bus to the port to embark the ship.
This enormous, stunning glacier is best viewed from the sea. The ice on Hubbard Glacier fell as snow centuries ago; compressed by its own tremendous weight, it flows seaward. Large chunks of ice regularly break off in a process called calving. And in the summer, rare humpback whales come to these waters to feed – with luck, you’ll see one of these gentle giants.
Juneau, the capital of Alaska, is a town accessible only by air and sea. It was founded during the rush for gold in the 1880s and was named after Joe Juneau, the prospector who first discovered gold in this state. Today, much of its independent frontier atmosphere remains. The infamous and rowdy Red Dog Saloon coexists beside impressive modern office towers. It has a superb location, snuggled between the flanks of 3,600-foot Mt. Juneau and the picturesque Gastineau Channel. Mountains, glaciers and the sea are everywhere to be seen. Among its many attractions, Juneau is our gateway to the Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile river of ice that is Alaska's most accessible, and most photographed, glacier.
Discover the flavor of the gold rush era in Skagway. In its heyday, this atmospheric frontier town was the largest in Alaska. During the height of the gold boom, Skagway was known as the gateway to the goldfields, and its population went from 2 to 10,000 in a single year. At one time it boasted 80 saloons and was known as the "roughest town on earth." Although its population is now less than 1,000, its rip-roaring past will come alive as you stroll along Broadway or browse through the Trail of '98 Museum's outstanding collection of memorabilia.
Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for fishermen and nature-lovers alike. A quiet city, it hosts quaint restaurants perched on stilts above the water, scores of fascinating shops and spectacular views from every vantage point. Although Ketchikan's Indian name means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle," it is also known as "Alaska's First City," so coined as it is frequently the first stop along the Inside Passage. Venture ashore and discover Ketchikan's rich Indian heritage, visit the world's largest collection of authentic totem poles at Totem Bight and walk along the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street where stilt-buildings in the harbor preserve a distinct pioneer feel. Or, we welcome you to paddle a kayak on sheltered waters, take a floatplane to a remote mountain lake or try your hand at sportfishing. Regardless of how you plan to spend your time in "Alaska's First City," we're sure your visit will be a memorable one.
Prosperous and vibrant Vancouver is Canada's third-largest city and British Columbia's most cosmopolitan center. Enjoy exploring the restored Gastown district or discovering the intrigue of Chinatown. Seize this opportunity to sample delicacies from the sea, explore the North Shore and Stanley Park, the largest natural park of any city on the North American continent, and browse among shops and galleries in Granville Island. Blessed with an unsurpassed natural backdrop, Vancouver is set amid a gorgeous landscape of water and mountains. On a clear day, one can view rugged mountains, emerald-green parklands and the luminous sea from almost any vantage point.
Debark the ship and take your included private transfer to the airport for your direct flight to the UK, arriving the following day.
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