Triple Denali Cruise Tour
11 Day Alaska Cruise Tour With Holland America
12 Days | September 4 - 15, 2019
Starting At $3195
On this Alaska Cruise Tour with Holland America, experience staying the their exclusive McKinley Chalet Resort at the gateway to Denali National Park, home to the highest mountain in North America and Alaska’s Big Five: grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and moose. Combined with a 7 day Southbound Alaska Cruise, this trip will create memories that last a lifetime.
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Prices Per Person:
Interior: $3195 Double…..$5825 Single
Oceanview: $3625 Double…..$6645 Single
Verandah: $4195 Double…..$7825 Single
September 4 – Arrive Anchorage
Today arrive into Anchorage. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of the day is on your own.
September 5 – Rail to Denali
This morning, transfer from your hotel to the rail depot and board the McKinley Explorer for Denali National Park. Almost as large as the state of Massachusetts, Denali National Park is the first and last stop on any adventure into Alaska’s wild. At some 24,500 square kilometers (or 6 million acres) including the surrounding preserve, it is the third-largest national park in the United States, after two other Alaska parks: Wrangell-St. Elias and the Gates of the Arctic. Upon arrival into Denali, you will be transferred to the McKinely Chalet Resort for your three night stay.
September 6 – Denali National Park
Today enjoy another day in Denali National Park. The park offers excellent chances for seeing wildlife, including moose, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bears. Presiding over it is the tallest peak in North America, Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), which means “the tall one” in a name derived from Koyukon, a language traditionally spoken by the Athabascan people of Alaska. The soaring mountain divides the park into north and south sides. The south side is most popular with mountain climbers and those on flightseeing tours, while the north is where the bulk of visitors go, traveling along Park Road, which winds for 148 kilometers (92 miles) through Denali National Park. Visitors can sight see the entire way via the green Visitor Transportation System shuttle buses, which stop at various hiking trails.
September 7 – Denali National Park
Spend your last full day in Denali as you wish. Holland America offers numerous excursions to enjoy form a full park tour to a helicopter ride to get you close to Mt McKinley. Overnight Denali.
September 8 – Denali/Seward/Board the Noordam
This morning, transfer via direct motorcoach from Denali to Seward to begin the cruise portion of your tour. Board the Noordam. Named for the Northern compass point, Noordam features museum-quality art—from 19th oils to contemporary photographs of music greats Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King. Guests onboard can enjoy cooking shows and hands-on workshops in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. Explore the world’s wonders through BBC Earth Experiences. Take yoga or Pilates in our Fitness Center. Savor the sounds of Music Walk™ and the delights of our specialty restaurants. The ship will sail early evening. (D)
September 9 – Day at Sea/Gulf of Alaska
Enjoy the day sailing along the coastline of Alaska as you head south towards Glacier Bay. Don’t forget those binoculars so you can see the wildlife enjoying themselves across the glaciers. (B,L,D)
September 10 – Glacier Bay Cruising
Today cruise the ice-studded fjords of Glacier Bay for a full eight hours. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. See Glacier Bay’s abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy an unforgettable day of sailing through this dazzling park, where you’ll glide along emerald waters and past calving icebergs, and can breathe in the crisp, fresh air to your heart’s content. (B,L,D)
September 11 – Skagway and Haines
Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn’t the easiest. Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.
The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska’s largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome. Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era. (B,L,D)
September 12 – Juneau
In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets “as large as beans.” From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government. Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains. (B,L,D)
September 13 – Ketchikan
Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City” because it’s the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with spread-out wings,” a reference to a waterfall near town. In the early 1900’s, when gold was Alaska’s claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska’s fourth-largest city.
Ketchikan is the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument. (B,L,D)
September 14 – Inside Passage Cruising
The fabled 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. All day long it hums with activity. (B,L,D)
September 15- Arrive Vancouver
This morning arrive into Vancouver. Disembark and transfer to the airport and depart for home. (B)