Nature's Best: Alaska with Alaska Cruise (CKI) - 2014 / 2015

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13 Day Tour from Fairbanks to Vancouver


Natures Best: Alaska with Alaska Cruise
Looking down the grand Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska
Looking down the grand Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska
Visit Happy Trails Kennels near Anchorage, where you will learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs
Denali National Park, Alaska
Enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear in Denali National Park
Brown bear in Denali National Park, Alaska
The Kenai Fjords in Alaska
Enjoy the scenic beauty Denali National Park has to offer
Iditarod Sled Dogs
Dall sheep are native to Denali National Park, Alaska

Vacation Overview

From Fairbanks to Anchorage, see what the "Great Land" of Alaska has to offer on this exhilarating vacation. You’ll have an opportunity to ride the thrilling, world-famous Alaska Railroad for a journey through untamed wilderness into Denali National Park, where North America’s highest peak—Mount McKinley—dominates the park’s six million acres. In Denali, enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and more. You’ll also mine for gold in Fairbanks and visit Happy Trails Kennels near Anchorage, where you’ll learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs.

You’ve seen photos of glaciers calving into the sea, but nothing compares to being there in person. During your cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park, watch the glaciers crash into the sea and hear the thunderous roar. It’s a spectacular sight! Along the way, watch for wildlife, including sea otters, seals, birds, and more.

Enjoy a 7-night cruise on your Holland America ship with ample opportunity to take in Alaska’s awe-inspiring glaciers and majestic scenery. Explore the remote and rugged beauty of Alaska’s majestic Inside Passage. Watch for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. Marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

Alaska is a destination that should not be missed. So grab your camera, sit back, and let Globus handle all the details on this vacation of a lifetime.


Ship Information
Similar Vacations that may interest you:

FAIRBANKS
Pan for gold at Gold Dredge #8; cruise aboard sternwheeler riverboat Discovery; enjoy an Alaska Salmon Bake

FAIRBANKS–DENALI
Journey aboard the Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service

DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Dinner and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite exclusive presentation at the Murie Science & Learning Center by a local Naturalist; guided wilderness expedition

BIG LAKE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit Happy Trails Kennels

ANCHORAGE
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner

KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
Cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park

NOTES:

  • While wildlife in Alaska is frequently seen, early-season (May & early June) and late-season (September) departures offer even greater opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife. Departures after mid- August will enjoy blazing fall colors.
  • Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.


DAY 1Arrive in Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. Meet your Tour Director this evening between 6 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.

Looking down the grand Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska 
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DAY 2Fairbanks

Visit GOLD DREDGE #8 and ride the narrow-gauge railroad. Then, try your luck as you pan for gold. Later today, board the sternwheeler DISCOVERY for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers, with a stop at the Chena Indian 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! This evening, enjoy a special Alaska salmon bake. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Iditarod Sled Dogs 
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DAY 3Fairbanks–Alaska Railroad–Denali National Park

Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness. Today’s ride ends at DENALI NATIONAL PARK, where North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley (Denali), majestically dominates the park’s 6 million acres. The afternoon is free. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Murie Science & Learning Center followed by an exclusive Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PRESENTATION on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Alaska Railroad 
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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 4Denali National Park

Morning at leisure. Optional activities include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Then, dress comfortably for a WILDERNESS EXPEDITION into Denali National Park to seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and other wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 5Denali National Park–Big Lake–Anchorage

Continue your exploration of Denali National Park and then head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS, home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser and his dogs. See a demonstration on mushing, complete with a mock Iditarod checkpoint, and get a chance to play with the sled dogs! Upon arrival in Anchorage, take a city sightseeing tour. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Experience the beauty Anchorage has to offer Visit Happy Trails Kennels near Anchorage, where you will learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs 
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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 6Anchorage–Seward (Embarkation)

After your cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park, transfer to the pier to embark on your Holland America cruise ship, the MS Statendam (sailing on the May 20 departure and every other week thereafter) or MS Oosterdam (sailing on the May 13 departure and every other week thereafter). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Kenai Fjords in Alaska 
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DAY 7Scenic Cruising: Gulf of Alaska

Enjoy breathtaking scenery as we travel the route of Alaska’s Marine Highway. The entire shoreline of the Gulf of Alaska is a rugged combination of forests, mountains, and tidewater glaciers. Be on the lookout for Alaska’s wildlife including whales, seals, otters, puffins and more. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 8Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising)

This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea—making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 9Haines

Nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, Haines enjoys a spectacular setting. You may choose to take a float trip through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the largest annual gathering of bald eagles, or maybe visit the Sheldon Museum, art galleries, or local shops in town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 10Juneau

Visit one of the most remote capital cities—Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The picturesque city of Juneau, nestled in the mountains 
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DAY 11Ketchikan

Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 12Inside Passage (Scenic Cruising)

Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 13Vancouver (Disembarkation)

The vacation ends this morning. Guests depart on individual schedules; airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 9 lunches including a picnic lunch in Denali National Park, 10 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Anchorage


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SVEN AUGIMERI

Years of Experience: 20 years

Born in Switzerland, it was my childhood dream to live in America. It happened in 1983 and I started a new life in New York. As a Tour Director, I have worked in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Canadian Rockies, the American West, and Hawaii. I like to brag about America's national parks and share stories about them so our guests will have plenty of reasons to travel with us again.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Nature's Best: Alaska with Alaska Cruise:

  • Glacier Bay