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Nature's Best: Alaska with Alaska Cruise 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Peaks. Glaciers. Whales. Wildlife. You couldn’t see more of the great state of Alaska in one week if you were an Iditarod sled dog. Your route on this tour of Alaska takes you by coach to see the highest peak in North America at the 6-million-acre Denali National Park; by train to see the untamed wilderness en route to the unique town of Talkeetna; and by ship to cruise through the stunning scenery of Kenai Fjords National Park to hear the thunderous roar of glaciers calving into the sea. You’ll also see a mushing demonstration at the home of an Iditarod champion and stop at the famous Talkeetna Roadhouse for an Alaskan treat. A sternwheeler river cruise in Fairbanks, a breathtaking drive along the shore of Turnagain Arm, and a wilderness expedition to sniff out bears, caribou, and moose in Denali National Park will also get your tails wagging. Want to howl at more sea otters, orcas, and humpback whales? Add a leisurely cruise through the breathtaking Gulf of Alaska and Inside Passage to your Alaska vacation to see more wondrous wilderness and charming settlements. Enjoy scenic cruising around Glacier Bay National Park and time in the frontier capital of Juneau, the tranquil town of Haines or Skagway, and totem-pole-dotted Ketchikan.

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN FAIRBANKS
    Welcome to Alaska! Meet your Tour Director between 3 pm and 7 pm in the hotel reception area.

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  2. Day 2
    FAIRBANKS–DENALI NATIONAL PARK
    Native American Traditions This morning, board the sternwheeler Discovery for a cruise on the Chena River with a stop at the Chena Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. You will also have the chance to meet Iditarod mushers and their famed dog teams to learn about breeding, training, and the big race! We then continue to Denali National Park, home to North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), majestically dominating the park’s 6 million acres. This evening, enjoy a [LF] private presentation by a local Naturalist and dinner at Murie Science & Learning Center. (B,D)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    CONSERVATION HEROES Enjoy dinner at the Murie Science and Learning Center where stewardship and education are key to preserve and nurture the wild places of American national parks. You’ll hear fascinating and informative information presented by a Local Naturalist in this vital site named for wildlife biologist Adolph Murie who made lasting contributions to the understanding of wolves and wildlife management in Denali.

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    CULTURAL GEMS Experience frontier living in an Athabascan village on the Chena River. Here in the Alaskan forests, cabins are made of spruce logs, and the old ways of living with the land are beautifully preserved in the heritage of the Athabascan Native culture. Learn about traditions and survival in an unforgiving yet beautiful environment, where generations of Athabascans skillfully survived for over 10,000 years, ultimately adapting to village life and Western culture in the past century.



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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    DENALI NATIONAL PARK
    Wilderness Wonders Morning at leisure. Optional activities include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Later, journey into the 6-million-acre Denali National Park with a Naturalist Driver Guide on a Tundra Wilderness tour. The evening is free. (B,L)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    NATURAL WONDERS Venture deep into Denali National Park and Preserve with a Naturalist Driver Guide in search of fantastic wildlife and natural wonders. Stay alert for wildlife, including Denali’s Big-Five, the grizzly bear, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, and the formidable yet elusive wolf. Named for the highest mountain peak in North America, Denali is a natural treasure of pristine and untamed wilderness at its finest.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    DENALI NATIONAL PARK–ALASKA RAILROAD–TALKEETNA
    Sled Races & Railroads This morning, visit the home of an Iditarod Musher to hear stories of their adventures and meet their champion racers. Then, board the world-famous Alaska Railroad for a journey through untamed wilderness. Today’s ride ends in the unique town of Talkeetna, a model for the TV show Northern Exposure. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT Overnight at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. From its incredible setting on a ridge just above the town of Talkeetna, the lodge offers majestic views of Denali, the highest peak in North America. Enjoy scenic hiking, flightseeing, or simply relax amid stunning views of Mount Denali from the deck or hearthside by the crackling fire of a giant river rock fireplace.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    TALKEETNA–SEWARD
    Anchorage Adventures This morning, enjoy a traditional [LF] Alaskan treat at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse. Then, head south toward Anchorage and continue on a scenic drive along the Kenai Peninsula en route to Seward. Join your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner this evening. (B,D)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES Roughing it never seemed so sweet with a visit to Talkeetna Roadhouse for an Alaskan treat in its original two-story log building and barn. Built circa 1917 as a freight-hauling supply station, this rustic roadhouse is home to fresh-baked treats served hot from its kitchen for an authentic Alaskan experience.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    SEWARD. CRUISE IN KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK–WHITTIER (EMBARKATION)
    Making a Splash Today, board your vessel for a cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park with the opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more! Later, travel to Whitter, a remote village nestled along breathtaking Prince William Sound, home to a stunning array of wildlife, including bald eagles, sea otters, and Orcas! Embark on a 7-Night cruise south through the Inside Passage to Vancouver, BC. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    NATURAL WONDERS Spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park covers 600,000 acres of protected and pure wilderness, with more than half of its majestic landscapes covered in ice and snow. From the massive Harding Icefield to the countless tidewater glaciers carving deep fjords, this arctic paradise is a natural wonder to behold. A cruise on the fjords affords an unforgettable opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more breathtaking sights.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    CRUISING: GULF OF ALASKA
    Gulf Dreams Scenic cruising through the Gulf of Alaska. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    EPIC RIDE Go deeper into the unmatched beauty of the Last Frontier with a scenic cruise on the Gulf of Alaska so explore just a part of this nearly 600,000 square-mile gulf reaching from the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island in the west and Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage to the east.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    CRUISING: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
    Ice Dancing Cruise through Glacier Bay National Park (A UNESCO World Heritage Site). (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    WILD DISCOVERIES Cruise to Glacier Bay where the sounds of creaking groans of living ice in constant flux, the shrill calls of gulls and soaring eagles, and the splash of breaching humpback whales are likely to greet you. Frosted peaks towering over mossy forests, wide tidewater glaciers (there are seven in the park), and marine wildlife are main attractions, but every discovery in this dynamic biosphere is unique. With the serene majesty of snow-flecked and forested mountains defining its shores, Glacier Bay National Park offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Keep your binoculars and camera at the ready as you cruise Glacier Bay to the mile-wide Margerie Glacier for the chance to witness ice calving. Wildlife abounds in Glacier Bay, so stay ready—you never know when you will see the fluke of a humpback rise out of the water or spot a lone brown bear patrolling a windswept beach.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    SKAGWAY
    The Rush for Gold At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway served as the primary gateway to the legendary gold fields, and quickly grew into Alaska’s largest settlement. It was then a raucous frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons, and guesthouses. As the gold rush faded into the 1900s, so did Skagway—but today it has been reinvigorated as a gateway for a new kind of visitor: those looking to explore Alaska’s colorful history, pristine wildlife, and unrivaled natural beauty. Note: Haines may be an alternative port and will be determined by Holland America onboard. Free time. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    LEGENDS & LORE At every turn, you’ll find yourself immersed in gold rush lore in the town of Skagway, from the infamous Red Onion Saloon that still keeps a pistol that Wyatt Earp left behind on his way to the Klondike, to the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, traversing rugged mountains, waterfalls, and towering glaciers on its course to Whitehorse deep in the Yukon.



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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    JUNEAU
    The Wild Places Cruise to Juneau, Alaska and visit the most remote, most beautiful and strangest state capital in the United States. Surrounded by water, forest and mountain sights, visitors seeking things to do in Juneau indoors and outdoors can hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ICONIC SIGHTS Surrounded by water, forest, and mountains, Juneau is known for its outdoor recreation, fresh seafood, and fine dining, but the real highlight of a visit to Juneau is tracking down some wildlife. You can hike up Mount Roberts to chance upon wild deer and bald eagles. Most sightseeing and whale-watching tours head north to Auke Bay—bring a good pair of binoculars to get the best view of these majestic and surprisingly graceful creatures. If you prefer land mammals, catch a floatplane to a nearby wildlife reserve such as Chichagof or Admiralty Island to spy some bears. The sleepy, misty city of around 32,000—mostly fishermen and small-business owners—has a frontier town vibe that’s hard to resist.



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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    KETCHIKAN
    Port of Call Take an adventure and cruise to Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska's "First City" of Ketchikan is so named because it’s the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    LOCAL TASTES & TRADITIONS Ketchikan has long been an important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries. Indulge in fresh seafood at a local restaurant and explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan Nations of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. Marvel at the intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park and take in the beautiful culture of the Tlingit people at Saxman Village, where traditional carvers and dancers share their heritage in the clan house. Explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon, and local art, while exploring gold rush­–era treasures like Dolly’s House Museum.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE
    Ice Sculptures Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Scenic cruise. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ALASKAN ADVENTURE Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orcas plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    VANCOUVER, BC (DISEMBARKATION)
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Schedule flights departing from Vancouver International Airport after Noon. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

While wildlife in Alaska is frequently seen year round, May & early June and September departures offer greater opportunities for wildlife viewing. Departures after mid-August offer fall foliage. Northern Lights (aurora borealis) are most visible late August and September, weather permitting.

At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

The included night in Anchorage is not included on the cruise extension due to sailing alignment. The price has been adjusted accordingly.
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Accommodations

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase. Gratuities for cruise are additional and paid on board ship.

Cruise line non-commissionable fare, government taxes, and fees from $510 to $525, depending on ship/date, are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Fairbanks: Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Along the banks of the impressive Chena River sits Pike's Waterfront Lodge. You'll rest easily in comfortable rooms, all with Aveda aromatherapy room amenities and many featuring scenic views, a steam room & sauna, riverside deck, restaurant, and a cozy lounge. The hotel is minutes from the Fairbanks Alaska airport and next door to famous Pike's Landing restaurant. It's a convenient and stunning spot for your time in Fairbanks.
Address:
1850 Hoselton Drive
Fairbanks AK, United States
Denali National Park: Denali Park Village
Approximately seven miles south of Denali National Park & Preserve sits the Denali Park Village Lodge. Positioned along the banks of the Nenana River, and spread over 20 acres, the lodge offers hiking trails throughout the facility from lighter trails to the more rugged. You'll be close to the action of Denali, yet enjoy the evening solitude as you relax to the sound of the river sweeping by. The new Summit Lodge is eco-friendly and features a high-timber lodge look and feel and is home to the Gold Rush Dining Room, Lucky Miss Saloon, Quigley's Coffee Station, Summit Gift Shop and 24-hour concierge desk.
Address:
240 George Parks Hwy
Denali National Park AK, United States
Talkeetna: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
At the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, it's all about the view. Built atop a high bluff, the lodge overlooks the Susitna River Valley and surveys the entire Alaska Range, with Mt. McKinley right in the middle. On a clear day, all of the common rooms (and 72 of the guest rooms) offer this same stunning panorama of river valleys and rugged peaks. Accommodations are comfortable with plush bedding and all the amenities you'll need to feel right at home.
Address:
23601Talkeetna Spur Road
Talkeetna AK, United States
Seward: Gateway Hotel
Conveniently located between the Seward harbor and downtown, the Gateway Hotel features outside deck space and elevated viewing platform over nearby salmon stream, spacious common area, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel is the perfect base for exploring Kenai Fjords National Park.
Address:
1115 4th Avenue
Seward AK, United States
Vancouver: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Known as the "Castle in the City," Fairmont Hotel Vancouver reflects timeless luxury and history of Vancouver. Holding a prime downtown location, the hotel is minutes away from some of Vancouver's biggest attractions including Granville Island, Robson Street shopping, Gastown, and Canada Place.
Address:
900 W. Georgia St.
Vancouver BC, Canada

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Customer Reviews

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3.5
Accommodations
3.4
Itinerary
3.6
Professional Staff
3.7
Repeat with Operator
3.7
Value for Money
3.1

Ratings based off 24 reviews - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

The first half of the trip with a Globus operator was pretty good without the need for costly "optional" excursions. The second half of the trip aboard a cruise ship was almost nothing like what we had signed on for- it was mostly just a cruise ship experience rather than an outdoors excursion to Alaska. Most "additional" outdoor excursions carried a stiff cost of $200-$500 per person, so we felt that despite the initial cost of trip the additional expenses were very costly, unlike any of our previous trips with Globus/Affordable Tours.

While it was a full daily itinerary I wouldn't want to miss a single thing we saw and did.

I loved the land portion of the trip much more than the cruise, but that was not due to any fault of the cruise line. It was simply my taste in that I enjoyed the land portion better. I prefer seeing the animals up close and personal, which I did. Globus Tours and Affordable Tours put together a very fine package.

We enjoyed the trip immensely and everything was top notch!

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