Your escorted tour includes
- Round trip scheduled flights
- Accommodation for 15 nights as specified
- 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
- Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Services of a Tauck Tour Director
- 7 night Alaska cruise
- Classic tour
Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Anchorage.
Today you are free to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage before returning to the hotel to meet your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
Talkeetna & Denali
Following a brief tour of Anchorage, you'll learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska's indigenous tribes on a visit to the Anchorage Museum; hundreds of artifacts share the enduring cultures and histories of people from across the circumpolar North. Next it is on to Lake Lucille to board a floatplane which offers aerial sightseeing en route to Talkeetna, near the base of Mount McKinley. The next two nights are at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Trapper Creek.
Begin the day with a visit to the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness. Located in Trapper Creek, her family gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Denali for more than four decades. Next, take a jet boat cruise into untamed wildlands, where the views of Denali are made richer by the insights of a trained naturalist. Returning to the lodge late afternoon, you'll enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.
Denali National Park
Today's rail journey takes you from Talkeetna to Denali National Park, where you'll visit the Husky Homestead and meet a former Iditarod champion. Dinner is in your choice of restaurant at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Denali National Park
A highlight of any Alaska travel experience is a visit to Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve dominated by North America’s highest mountain – 20,320 ft Denali. Look for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other Denali denizens on a Tundra Wilderness Tour accompanied by a local guide. There may be time for some free exploring before enjoying a fun Denali dinner show featuring tales told through music.
Depart Denali this morning, travelling through high alpine country with views of the Alaska Range peaks, to your wilderness lodge in the small town of Copper Center - considered the gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. A regional favourite, Alaskan Salmon is on tonight's menu for dinner.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
On a private tour you'll discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which is home to more glaciers and mountains above 16,000 feet than any spot in North America, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll also view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports crude oil from wells at Prudhoe Bay in the north to the port city of Valdez. Back at the lodge there is time to walk one of the hiking trails or perhaps go whitewater rafting before dinner.
Valdez & Whittier
This morning it's a drive through the Chugach Mountains where the plants and wildlife are amazing, followed by a stop at Worthing Glacier, before arriving at Valdez. Sea conditions permitting, you'll cross Prince William Sound by private boat to Whittier. Keep watch for whales, seals and soaring eagles as you enjoy the mountain views. Next you board your Princess ship in Whittier to start the 7 night cruise portion of your itinerary.
At Sea - Hubbard Glacier
It's a day of scenic cruising as you journey toward Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, arriving mid-afternoon. Known as the Galloping Glacier this is North America's largest tidewater glacier. Soaring 40 storeys high, its blue color is created by the denseness of the ice, which absorbs all colors of the spectrum except blue. Tonight, join the ship's captain for a welcome reception.
At Sea - Glacier Bay Cruising
Your inspirational journey continues as you cruise the waters of Glacier Bay, west of Juneau. Your ship cruises along shorelines and islands completely covered by ice some 200 years ago. By the time naturalist John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated some 30 miles to form the bay you'll be exploring. Rugged mountains, spruce and hemlock forests, deep fjords, emerald waters and crisp fresh air are the day's companions, possibly along with sea otters, porpoises, seals and bald eagles. Early evening, enjoy the company of your fellow Tauck cruisers at a private cocktail party followed by dinner.
Skagway & Haines
On arrival in historic Skagway, the gateway to the Klondlike region, you'll disembark for a tour of the town and a ferry ride to Haines on the Lynn Canal; the deepest and longest fjord in North America. Here you'll begin a quiet rafting trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to world's largest congregation of bald eagles. Next you'll travel back in time on the exciting White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway, which was built in 1898 during the gold rush. This vintage rail excursion heads up steep grades, around cliff-hanging turns, and over high bridges.
Arrive in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, for sightseeing that includes a stop at the Mendenhall Glacier. Gather insights on the traditions of the indigenous Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest during a private cultural presentation before enjoying your afternoon at leisure. Spend a free afternoon in Juneau where a ticket is included for a scenic gondola ride on the Mt. Roberts Tramway; departing from downtown Juneau and rising 1,800 ft into Mount Roberts.
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. You'll also have time to explore this colourful town on your own. Perhaps with a walk along its historic boardwalk lined with eclectic houses and shops or take in the waterfront promenade.
At Sea - Inside Passage
Enjoy spectacular views of the fabled Inside Passage from your stateroom, or a variety of decks and lounges, on a full day of cruising amongst the densely forested islands and coastal communities of this renowned waterway. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions for a farewell cocktail party before a delicious dinner.
Your cruise itinerary ends in Vancouver, where you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay in Canada.
From £6065 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms / Inside Cabin in low season. Other prices available on request