Spectacular Alaska! with Alaska Cruise (AJI)

16 Day Tour from Anchorage to Vancouver

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When you think of a spectacular Alaska vacation, what comes to mind? Witnessing glaciers calve into the sea? Riding the world-famous Alaska Railroad? Seeking out wildlife in Denali National Park? Or maybe it’s cruising through the sea to watch for seals, sea otters, birds, and even whales. Whatever it is, this Alaska tour and cruise are sure to delight!

Board the Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service to Denali National Park, where you’ll hear an exclusive presentation by a local Naturalist—a special experience offered by Globus! Seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and more on a wilderness expedition. Take a cruise on Prince William Sound and along Columbia Glacier, the second-largest tide-water glacier in North America. You’ll also take a cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park to see glaciers calving into the sea and to hear the thunderous roar. Photos and videos cannot adequately capture the experience—you must witness it in person. On both cruises, be sure to watch for wildlife.

See the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal near Valdez, take a sternwheeler cruise in Fairbanks, visit the home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser (another out-of-the-ordinary experience offered by Globus), and enjoy a 7-night cruise with ample opportunity to take in Alaska’s awe-inspiring glaciers and majestic scenery. Explore the remote and rugged beauty of areas such as Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Ketchikan, and the amazing 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 into the sea. Be sure to grab your camera and get ready for an Alaska tour and cruise that will leave you breathless and inspired—a travel experience of a lifetime.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

VALDEZ
Cruise Prince William Sound
DELTA JUNCTION
Visit the living history homestead
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 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite storyteller presentation
KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
Cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park
CRUISE
7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Zaandam

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.
  • Your Train: The Alaska Railroad travels through Alaska’s spectacular scenery. Globus has obtained a complimentary upgrade for our guests in Deluxe Dome Service, which features confirmed seats in the upper-level dome car; priority seating in the dining room; and a private outdoor viewing deck.
  • Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Glacier Bay

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 9 lunches including a box lunch in Denali National Park, 11 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Anchorage

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Anchorage

Welcome to Anchorage! Meet your Tour Director this evening between 5 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.

Day 2 Anchorage–Valdez

Meet your fellow traveling companions at this morning’s welcome orientation. Travel through Palmer in the Matanuska Valley, where cabbages can grow to an amazing 70 pounds in the 24-hour daylight, up over Tahneta Pass for wonderful vistas of Matanuska and Worthington Glaciers. Stop at Bridal Veil Falls before arriving in the seaside port of Valdez, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Alaska.”

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Day 3 Valdez. Cruise on Prince William Sound

Board your boat for a CRUISE on Prince William Sound and along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier, keeping a watchful eye out for wildlife, including seals, sea otters, birds, and even whales! Before returning to Valdez, see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal, where supertankers are loaded with crude oil from Prudhoe Bay.

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Day 4 Valdez–Delta Junction–Fairbanks

Enjoy great scenery all the way as you travel along Richardson Highway. Stop at DELTA JUNCTION, a living history homestead with a museum, original roadhouse, and farm animals. Then, head west on the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city.

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Day 5 Fairbanks

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.

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Day 6 Fairbanks–Alaska Railroad–Denali National Park

Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness. Today’s ride ends at National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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.

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Day 7 Denali 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.

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Day 8 Denali National Park–Big Lake–Anchorage

Continue your exploration of Denali National Park as you 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. Meet an Iditarod competitor and learn how they race and care for their dogs. You will also 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, enjoy a tour of the ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER. Afterward, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Over dessert, enjoy a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite STORYTELLING presentation.

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Day 9 Anchorage. Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward (Embarkation)

Witness one of the world’s most scenic drives as you follow the south shore of lovely Turnagain Arm. Upon arrival in Seward, board your vessel for a cruise of KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK and the opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more! After your cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park, transfer to the pier to embark on your Holland America cruise ship, the MS Noordam sailing on the May 14 departure and every other week thereafter) or MS Zaandam (sailing on the May 21 departure and every other week thereafter).

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Day 10 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.

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Day 11 Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park

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.

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Day 12 Haines

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.

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Day 13 Juneau

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.

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Day 14 Ketchikan

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.

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Day 15 Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

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.

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Day 16 Vancouver (Disembarkation)

The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules; airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon.

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 Tour Director

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: 22

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.

Tour Director - SVEN AUGIMERI

 Accommodations

Anchorage
Valdez
Fairbanks
Denali National Park

Anchorage

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa

401 East 6th Avenue
Anchorage, AK United States

Free Wifi

The hotel is located in the heart of Anchorage and just moments from Anchorage's best restaurants, museums and attractions. The hotel has a fitness center, hot tub, business center, concierge service, gift shop, lounge, and 24 hour room service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Window Opens
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Valdez

Mountain Sky Hotel

Superior Tourist-Class

100 Meals Avenue
Valdez, AK United States

Free Wifi

Hotel offers modern comforts and amenities, swimming pool, exercise room, guest laundry; located in the downtown area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite

Fairbanks

Wedgewood Hotel

212 Wedgewood Drive
Fairbanks, AK United States

The Resort is located on a peaceful wooded environment adjoining a wildlife preserve, just minutes from downtown Fairbanks and near shopping, dining, attractions, and the University of Alaska. The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, gift shop, guest laundry, business center, internet access, on-site auto museum, and nature trails.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite

Denali National Park

Denali Park Village

Moderate First-Class

240 George Parks Hwy
Denali National Park, AK United States

Free Wifi

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Gift Shop
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Valdez
Fairbanks
Denali National Park
Anchorage

Valdez

Valdez Glacier Explorer Landing Helicopter Flightseeing

Valdez Glacier Explorer Landing Helicopter Flightseeing

Not only will you get to explore multiple glaciers from above on this 60 minute flight, but your pilot will also take some time to find the perfect spot to land on one of the glaciers. Explore by foot and experience walking on the ice like the early gold miners did. You will have plenty of time to take pictures. Wear good shoes/boots for this one!

Approximate value: $350 USD per person

Valdez Glacier Tour Helicopter Flightseeing

Valdez Glacier Tour Helicopter Flightseeing

This non-stop 30 minute action packed, aerial tour offers beautiful views of the spectacular glaciers and the stunning Chugach Mountains around Valdez. Wildlife, waterfalls and multiple glaciers included!

Approximate value: $250 USD per person

Fairbanks

Arctic Circle Air Adventure

Arctic Circle Air Adventure

Fly above the Arctic! This thrilling tour allows a guest to experience the Brooks Range, cross the Arctic Circle and fly the wilderness airways of Alaska's Arctic. This narrated adventure also includes a visit to the community of Wiseman, views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and mighty Yukon River. Tour departs early evening and returns at approximately midnight, taking full advantage of the evening 'daylight'.

Approximate value: $464 USD per person

Denali National Park

Denali Backcountry Adventure - Kantishna

Denali Backcountry Adventure - Kantishna

At the very end of the Denali Park road, past Wonder Lake, you'll find a unique enclave in the park known as Kantishna, home to Denali Backcountry Lodge. While on our private bus, your driver will introduce you to the park, its wildlife and the wild lands in Denali. You'll learn about Denali's history, geology, and so much more. The leisurely bus trip to the lodge takes about 6 hours each way. Your bus driver will stop along the way for wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities. There are scheduled rest stops along the road (about every 2 hours), where you can get off the bus to stretch your legs, use the restroom facilities, and smell the tundra flowers. Includes lunch.

Approximate value: $189 USD per person

Denali Excursion By Helicopter

Denali Excursion By Helicopter

Travel along the Alaska Range through the eastern portion of Denali National Park. This 35 minute flight explores the natural beauty of vast tundra and valleys carved by glaciers. View the impressive Cantwell Glacier as it cascades over 1,000 feet, while North America's Highest Peak, Mt. Denali, towers on the horizon. Keep an eye out for local park residents, such as caribou, moose, and Dall sheep.

Approximate value: $375 USD per person

Denali Glacier Landing By Helicopter

Denali Glacier Landing By Helicopter

Stunning views of the Alaska Range, ancient glaciers, and towering peaks combine to make this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As you fly east (away from Denali National Park) along the spine of the Alaska Range, view how the Pacific and North American tectonic plates have collided with each other, creating massive mountainous peaks. View numerous glaciers that have carved their way through rugged backcountry. Take some time to step out into this world of ice and experience a part of Alaska most people never see. You will spend 15 minutes of this 70 minute tour on the Yanert Glacier, located is East of Denali outside park boundaries.

Approximate value: $525 USD per person

Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

Hike Denali! Enjoy a moderate "walk" through local terrain adjacent to Denali NP and narrated by a local naturalist guide. You'll walk through boreal forests and discover how plants and animals have adapted to the extreme sub-arctic environment. Guide will determine the trail based on group ability and local conditions. The pace is usually about one mile per hour, as there are frequent stops.

Approximate value: $110 USD per person

Fixed Wing Flightseeing In Denali

Fixed Wing Flightseeing In Denali

Enjoy a 60-70 minute fixed wing flightseeing journey following the Alaska Range out to about one mile from Mt. Denali (weather dependent). This is the flightseeing trip to do if you want to see North America's highest peak.

Approximate value: $405 USD per person

Fly Fish Denali

Fly Fish Denali

Fish for Arctic Grayling on lakes in the heart of the Alaska Range for a true wilderness experience. This catch and release fly fishing excursions is half day with no experience necessary. This personalized and fully outfitted trip includes gear, guide, equipment, and transportation. Fishing License is additional cost (approx. $20USD) and can be purchased in advance through the state or through your fishing guide.

Approximate value: $175 USD per person

Heli-Hiking Adventure

Heli-Hiking Adventure

For passengers wanting to experience Alaska, this tour offers the opportunity to explore magnificent backcountry with an unforgettable guided hike. Your naturalist guide will lead you on a tailor-made adventure hike above the tree line. Track animals, learn the history of the area, and relax on a hillside overlooking the valley. Take in the spectacular views while enjoying a small snack. Tour includes approximately 3 to 3.5 hours of guided hiking and a 15 minute helicopter ride.

Approximate value: $560 USD per person

Rafting The Nenana River

Rafting The Nenana River

This float trip excursion travels 11 miles through the Alaska wilderness on Class II and II 1/2 rapids. Choose to do either the "Scenic Wilderness" Run excursion or the 'Canyon Run'. Each trip is approximately three hours with a total of two hours on the glacially fed Nenana River. Your guide controls the boat with oars so no paddling required as you enjoy the scenery. The Scenic Wilderness run is perfect for the beginning rafter or those that simply want to enjoy the scenery! The Canyon run offers you the opportunity to paddle.

Approximate value: $92 USD per person

Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Enjoy a warm welcome and experience true Alaskan lifestyle as you visit a kennel and Iditarod veteran. Sled dogs play an important cultural role in Alaska's past and present. During your visit you will meet sled dogs, visit with puppies and see summer training in action.

Approximate value: $59 USD per person

Anchorage

Anchorage Float Plane Flightseeing

Anchorage Float Plane Flightseeing

Take an Anchorage 30 minute flightseeing safari and experience Anchorage and Alaska from above. Depending on the weather and mountain conditions, your pilot will choose the most scenic and interesting flightseeing option for you. One option is to soar above the Chugach Mountains, the dramatic backdrop to Anchorage, Alaska.

Approximate value: $114 USD per person

 Know Before You Go

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