Nature's Best: Alaska with Alaska Cruise (CKI)

13 Day Tour from Fairbanks to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

From Fairbanks to Anchorage, see what the "Great Land" of Alaska has to offer on this exhilarating Alaska tour and cruise. You’ll visit Denali National Park, where North America’s highest peak—Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley)—dominates the park’s six million acres. Here, enjoy an exclusive presentation on the park from a local Naturalist—a special experience offered by Globus—and enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and more.

You’ll have an opportunity to ride the thrilling, world-famous Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service for a journey through untamed wilderness to Talkeetna, where you’ll overnight at the Talkeetna Lodge. With amazing views of Denali, it’s another special adventure offered by Globus! You’ll also cruise aboard a sternwheeler riverboat in Fairbanks and visit Happy Trails Kennels near Willow, the official start of the famous Iditarod Race. Here, you’ll learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs—another fun experience offered by Globus.

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. On your 7-night Alaska cruise, witness even more stunning scenery as you cruise Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and scenic Inside Passage. Visit Juneau, Alaska's capital with beautiful forests and mountains; Haines, on the shores of America's longest fjord; and Ketchikan.

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

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

FAIRBANKS
Cruise aboard sternwheeler riverboat Discovery
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
DENALI–TALKEETNA
Journey aboard Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service.
TALKEETNA
Enjoy a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Alaskan treat
BIG LAKE
Visit Happy Trails Kennels
ANCHORAGE
Farewell dinner
KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
Cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park
CRUISE
7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Westerdam
Notes:

  • While wildlife in Alaska is frequently seen, early season (May and 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.
  • Enjoy the chance to witness the spectacular aurora borealis (Northern Lights) when the aurora dances across the horizon and lights up the sky. An amazing opportunity! The best chances of viewing the Northern Lights is on late August and September departures (if Mother Nature permits).
  • 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.

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available in most hotels

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN FAIRBANKS

Welcome to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. Meet your Tour Director this evening between 4 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.

Day 2 FAIRBANKS–DENALI NATIONAL PARK

This morning, 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! 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 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 Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 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 4 DENALI NATIONAL PARK–ALASKA RAILROAD–TALKEETNA

Continue your exploration of Denali National Park and 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.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, where you can enjoy hiking, flightseeing, jet boating, or just relaxing on the deck with amazing views of Denali.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 TALKEETNA–BIG LAKE–ANCHORAGE

This morning, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite traditional Alaskan TREAT at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse. Then, head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at 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! This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

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Day 6 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 Westerdam (sailing on the May 21, June 4, 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27 and September 10) or MS Noordam (sailing on the May 14, 28, June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20, and September 3 departures).

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Day 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION)

The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Please schedule flights after Noon.

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 Accommodations

Fairbanks
Denali National Park
Talkeetna
Anchorage

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Denali National Park
Talkeetna

Denali National Park

Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

Enjoy a moderate walk through local terrain narrated by a naturalist local guide.

Price Range: $$$

Flightseeing in Denali

Flightseeing in Denali

Stunning views of the Alaska Range, ancient glaciers, and towering peaks combine to make a flightseeing excursion of Denali a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Choose from a selection of flight experiences, including a more active heli-hiking excursion!

Price Range: $$$$

Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Sled dogs play an important cultural role in Alaska's past and present, so during your time in Denali, consider this excursion to meet sled dogs, visit with puppies and see summer training in action.

Price Range: $$

Rafting the Nenana River

Rafting the Nenana River

A float trip excursion along the Nenana Rvier travels 11 miles through the Alaska wilderness allowing guests to explore more of the Alaska wilderness.

Price Range: $$

Denali Photography Workshop

Denali Photography Workshop

The Alaska Range provides some of the most spectacular and inspiring scenery on earth. Discover how to use your camera as an instrument while exploring the best of the Parks and Denali Highways.

Price Range: $$$$

Talkeetna

Talkeetna Lakes Hike

Talkeetna Lakes Hike

Take a hike! Explore Talkeetna's best trail with a great naturalist guide on this moderate hike.

Price Range: $$

Denali Flyer with Glacier Landing

Denali Flyer with Glacier Landing

From Talkeetna you'll explore the world of glaciers from high above on your fixed wing flightseeing excursion.

Price Range: $$$$

Jetboat Wilderness Excursion

Jetboat Wilderness Excursion

This exciting 20 mile jet boat excursion whisks you into the heart of the Alaska wilderness in comfort.

Price Range: $$

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