This vacation features many of the most popular scenic vistas that Alaska and the Yukon have to offer. Begin your trip in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, then board a boat for an up-close look at the playful life in Prince William Sound and overnight in Valdez, the “Switzerland of Alaska.” Continue to Tok, the “Dog Sled Capital of the World.” Enter Canada’s Yukon Territory and overnight in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon and the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Follow the Trail of ’98 over the same mountains that determined gold seekers traveled in the middle of winter, and continue to Skagway with its wooden sidewalks and colorful saloons. Spend two nights in Dawson City and soak up the exciting history of this Gold Rush town on your sightseeing tour. Cross back into Alaska via the Top of the World Highway and in Fairbanks, Alaska’s second-largest city, enjoy sightseeing and board a sternwheeler riverboat cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Next, ride the legendary Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park for free time to explore on your own; to take an optional wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep; to take an optional helicopter ride over the park; or to raft down the Nenana River. On your way back to Anchorage, stop at the Iditarod Visitor Center to learn more about this epic race. Then, board your Holland America cruise ship for a spectacular journey through Alaska’s picturesque Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. Hear the thunderous roar as glaciers crash into the sea, experience some of Alaska’s small towns, and watch for wildlife such as sprouting whales and soaring eagles—a great way to end your trip!
Sightseeing:In Dawson City and Fairbanks; College & Harriman Fjords cruise in Prince William Sound, Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Saloon, authentic Alaska roadhouse, Sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery III, world-famous Alaska Railroad, and Iditarod Visitor Center. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
ANCHORAGE Ramada Downtown Anchorage (MF)VALDEZ Mountain Sky Hotel (ST)TOK Tok Lodge (ST)WHITEHORSE High County Inn (F)DAWSON CITY Triple J Hotel (ST) or Eldorado Hotel (F)FAIRBANKS Bridgewater Hotel (MF)DENALI NATIONAL PARK Denali Bluffs Hotel (ST)ALASKA CRUISE Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Zaandam
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
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 should enjoy blazing fall colors.Alaska and the Yukon are blessed with exquisite scenery, fascinating attractions, and an extraordinary amount of daylight in the summer months. We take advantage of these extended daylight hours in this vast territory; therefore, some of the traveling days can be long. However, rest assured there are frequent photo and comfort stops.Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.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.
Transportation: Day boat across Prince William Sound; journey on the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali National Park; Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Zaandam; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.