ALASKAN EXPLORATIONS & DENALI CRUISE TOUR

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Alaskan Explorations & Denali Cruise Tour


date
port
arrive
depart
May 23 Sat
 
May 24 Sun
 
May 25 Mon
 
May 26 Tue
 
May 27 Wed
8:00 PM
 
May 28 Thu
7:00 AM
5:30 PM
 
May 29 Fri
At Sea
May 30 Sat
9:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 31 Sun
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Jun 2 Tue
6:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
Jun 3 Wed
7:00 AM
3:00 PM
 
Jun 4 Thu
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Jun 5 Fri
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Jun 6 Sat
7:00 AM
2:00 PM
 
Jun 7 Sun
At Sea
Jun 8 Mon
8:00 AM
 
SAT MAY 23
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Fairbanks

day 1 Fairbanks Arrival


Fairbanks
Rivers, mountains, emerald wilderness and milky blue glacial lakes pass below during the flight to Fairbanks. After meeting your Alaskan Guide and transferring to your comfortable hotel, the rest of the day is yours to rest up or explore downtown Fairbanks’ unique blend of old and new.

(Includes overnight at Fairbanks Hotel)
SUN MAY 24
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Denali

day 2 Fairbanks to Denali


Fairbanks to Denali
Board the Riverboat Discovery for a trip back in time on the Chena River, stopping along the way to learn frontier living skills at an Athabascan Indian village, watch an Alaskan bush pilot use the river as a runway, and visit Iditarod champion Susan Butcher’s kennels. After a scenic drive to Denali National Park, mingle with fellow guests at a Welcome Reception, then get a taste of old-time Alaska at Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater, complete with an all-you-can-eat salmon and barbecue ribs dinner.

(Includes overnight at Denali Lodge, Breakfast, Welcome Reception and Cabin Nite Dinner)
MON MAY 25
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Denali

day 3 Denali National Park


Denali
Spend a full seven to eight hours in the park famous for its wildlife, searching for moose, Dall sheep, caribou, grizzlies and wolves. If you have energy to spare, finish the day with an ATV, zip line or horseback adventure on your own.

(Includes overnight at Denali Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and a Snack)
TUE MAY 26
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Talkeetna

day 4 Denali to Talkeetna


Talkeetna
Board your deluxe domed train for a scenic ride to the quaint village of Talkeetna in the Alaska Range. Settle into your hotel, then listen to colorful tales of the area’s history before your Farewell Dinner.

(Includes overnight at Talkeetna Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
WED MAY 27
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Talkeetna

day 5 Talkeetna to Anchorage to Seward


Talkeetna to Anchorage to Seward
The Seward Highway is one of the most breathtaking routes in Alaska, following along Turnagain Arm and through the Kenai Mountains. Pause in Anchorage for a visit to the Anchorage Museum before finishing the drive to your waiting ship.

(Includes Breakfast and then all meals onboard your ship)
WED MAY 27
TO 8:00 PM Seward (Anchorage)

day 5 Seward (Anchorage), Alaska


Seward, (Anchorage’s gateway) is sandwiched between the Kenai Mountains and the Kenai Fjords National Park. It is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities, with Mount Marathon rising majestically behind the town. Even though Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, it is also home to 1,500 moose, surrounded by national parks full of wildlife.
THU MAY 28
7:00 AM TO 5:30 PM Kenai Fjords National Park

day 6 Kenai Fjords, Alaska - Optional Expedition Day


Today is a day of wonder as you cruise the Kenai Fjords, Alaska’s smallest national park. Carved by glaciers flowing from the Harding Icefield to the sea, Kenai Fjords has a rugged arctic landscape and is a rich habitat for marine animals and other wildlife. Most cruise lines don’t go here so enjoy this unique opportunity and you can even take an optional expedition excursion here. As with all Alaska, what you’ll be able to see is subject to weather and ice conditions.

SAT MAY 30
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Sitka

day 8 Sitka, Alaska


Sitka is one of the oldest and most culturally significant communities in Alaska, filled with rich Tlingit, Russian, and early American settler history. Sitka is famous for its spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, the copper-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Pioneer Home and the Russian Bishop’s House. It contains 22 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is where the contract of sale was signed transferring Alaska from Russia to the United States.
SUN MAY 31
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Icy Strait Point (Hoonah)

day 9 Icy Strait Point, (Hoonah) Alaska


Totem Pole icy strait
Privately owned Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination and the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska. It is the property of 1,350 Alaskan natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Visitors here enjoy an educational experience learning about Alaska's native cultures, and the natural history of the region. There is much to do here including a brown bear search, tram excursion, flightseeing over Glacier Bay and the biggest zipline in the United States.
MON JUN 1
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm

day 10 Scenic Cruising Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm, Alaska


Stunningly beautiful Tracy Arm is a fjord 45 miles south of Juneau that actually consists of two deep and narrow fjords – Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 30 miles long. At the end of Tracy Arm are the impressive twin Sawyer Glaciers. Wildlife in the area includes black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals and a variety of birds. What you'll be able to see today and how far we can travel up Tracy Arm is weather and ice dependent.
TUE JUN 2
6:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Haines

day 11 Haines, Alaska


Bald Eagle Alaska
Haines is one of the most popular Alaska cruise ports and one of the best places for hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing, especially bald eagles.  Within the Haines city limits Fort William H. Seward is a nationally recognized historic landmark, with some of its structures open to the public. Other cultural offerings in Haines include the Alaska Indian Arts Center where traditional craftsmen offer demonstrations of their work, the Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center where local Tlingit people are featured, the Hammer Museum, dedicated to the history of the hammer and the Tsirku Canning Company Museum with memories of Haines’ salmon canneries.
WED JUN 3
7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Juneau

day 12 Juneau, Alaska


Located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, Juneau sits at sea level below steep mountains between 3,500-4,000 feet high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow, and two of them – Mendenhall Glacier and Lemon Creek Glacier are visible from the local road. A unique feature of Juneau is that it is the only U.S. capital that has no roads connecting it to the rest of the state.
THU JUN 4
10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Wrangell

day 13 Wrangell, Alaska


One of the oldest towns in Alaska, Wrangell is located near the mouth of the Stikine River. Much of its history can be seen in the impressive collection of totems scattered throughout the town. Highlights here are the amazing Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park where you can find primitive rock carvings and just 30 miles away is the Anan Wildlife Observatory with the largest pink salmon runs in the Inside Passage, and a platform from which you can look for eagles, harbor seals and black bears.
FRI JUN 5
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Misty Fjords

day 14 Misty Fjords, Alaska - Optional Expedition Day


Misty Fjords, with its gorgeous views of natural formations is a national monument and wilderness area with steep valleys formed by glaciers and lava flows. It is part of the Tongass National Forest and is about 40 miles east of Ketchikan along the Inside Passage. With its icy blue lakes, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and glacial valleys literally everywhere you point your camera you will get a postcard picture, depending on the weather of course. For a more up-close opportunity in this beautiful scenic sanctuary optional expeditions excursions will be available.

SAT JUN 6
7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Prince Rupert

day 15 Prince Rupert, BC, Canada


brown bears alaska
Picturesque Prince Rupert, located on Kaien Island, just north of the mouth of the Skeena River is rich in culture and heritage. Prince Rupert was founded in 1910 on a site that has been inhabited by First Nations people for over 10,000 years. The area is rich with wildlife like whales, eagles, salmon and grizzly bears. 
MON JUN 8
8:00 AM TO Vancouver

day 17 Vancouver, BC, Canada


Vancouver’s location at the mouth of the Fraser River and on the waterways of the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and all their tributaries makes this busy seaport an easy place for meeting. It is one of Canada’s most populated, most ethnically diverse cities that is a popular filming location. Visit the interesting neighborhoods of Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and stroll through Stanley Park. See the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do here.

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