Turquoise blue glaciers, majestic marine mammals, wondrous mountain peaks and rich culture and history is what is offered on this 24-day tour of Alaska from Vancouver. Voyage the waters to Alaska and marvel at the beauty of the landscapes of Alaska’s Last Frontier prior to boarding the Alaska Railroad to explore this vast landscape as you venture into Interior Alaska and past North America’s highest peak, Denali.
• International Flights from the UK based on economy class
• Private transfer Vancouver Airport to Vancouver Downtown
• 13 nights’ accommodation
• 10 night - All Inclusive on Seabourn Sojourn in an Oceanview Cabin
• 5-hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise including deli style lunch
• Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad in GoldStar service – Seward to Girdwood and Girdwood to Anchorage (Dinner soft drinks and two adult beverages included)
• Denali Star Alaska Railroad in GoldStar service Anchorage to Talkeetna (includes breakfast, soft drinks and two adult beverages included), Talkeetna to Denali (includes lunch, soft drinks and two adult beverages included) and Denali to Fairbanks (includes dinner, soft drinks and two adult beverages included)
• 5-hour Arctic Circle Air Adventure from Fairbanks
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Day 1 Fly to Vancouver
Explore the western coastal city of Vancouver in all her natural beauty. Spend the afternoon exploring Vancouver's many neighbourhoods from Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, to one of Vancouver's chicest neighbourhoods, Yaletown filled with residential loft spaces, sidewalk cafes, cool restaurants and leafy parks. Or choose to explore just outside the city at Grouse Mountain or Capilano Suspension Park. Overnight Vancouver
Day 2 - 4 Vancouver
Three days to explore this city may seem at first too much but Vancouver has plenty to offer the discerning tourist. Hire a bike and explore Stanley Park along the seawall or venture within the park itself. One of the city’s main tourist destinations and featuring miles of well-maintained paved and dirt trails, Canada’s largest aquarium and an array of other activities, this 400-hectare park is recognised as one of the greatest urban parks in the world. The city also boasts plenty of flightseeing tours offering; a 30-minute circle tour of the skyline and the surrounding mountainous coastal islands, options for day trips that include landing on mountain lakes for a picnic, action packed excursions to Whistler, Bowen Island and more. 3 nights Vancouver.
Day 5 Embarkation and Transit the Seymour Narrows
After embarkation at Vancouver Cruise terminal you will depart at 5pm at make way up the Seymour Narrows. These 3 miles stretch of Discovery Channel north of Vancouver Island is notorious for the strength of tidal currents. This part of the cruise requires skill and technical accomplishment as the Venturi effect created from the tides increasing the velocity.
Day 6 Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound
The Queen Charlotte Sound lies between the Queen Charlotte Strait, which winds between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in the south, and Hecate Strait, which is northward, adjacent to the Haida Gwaii Islands of the pacific coast. This long shipping route is also called the Inside Passage, stretching from the shores of Washington to Alaska.
Day 7 Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords)
Misty Fjords is a true wilderness, often shrouded in mist. Its vertical granite cliffs, which reach 900m above sea level, descend another 300m below the water's surface. Carved by glaciers and covered in a green carpet of mosses and lichens. Misty Fjords receives more than 381cm of rain per year. This rainfall keeps vegetation in abundance, bringing various wildlife to the area including Mountain goats, brown and black bears, coastal wolves, sea lions, bald eagles and ravens. Dall's porpoises, orca and humpback whales can also be spotted along its shorelines and throughout the waters. Your ship will cruise among these spectacular forest’s waterfalls and mountains., The onboard Ventures by Seabourn team will offer exceptional excursions including kayaking the fjords and a short sightseeing float plane flight.
Day 8 Wrangell, Alaska, US
Wrangell Island sits at the heart of the Tongass National Rain Forest and receives approximately 203cm of rain per year. The city of Wrangell, a true Alaskan frontier town, sits at the northern end of the island, a short distance from the mouth of the mighty Stikine River. The history is deeply rooted in the Tlingit people, the fur trade and the gold rush. The Stikine River, Shakes Glacier and Anan Creek boast the largest pink salmon run of the Inside Passage, attracting brown and black bears in great numbers.
Day 9 Juneau, Alaska, US
The capital of Alaska, Juneau, is only accessible by air and sea, due to the rugged mountain terrain that surrounds the city. The city has plenty to offer the outdoor adventure. Choose to explore on foot along the Perseverance Trail or around Mendenhall Glacier, or board one of the many local whale-watching boats or view the mountains and extensive glaciers of the Juneau Icefield from a helicopter.
Day 10 Glacier Bay Cruising Only
Designated as an International World Heritage Site in 1992, Glacier Bay is also a National Monument, a National Park and a designated Biosphere Reserve. Glacier Bay has experienced major advances of its glaciers, Temperate, coniferous rain forest dominates its southern shores. Black and brown bears, wolves, moose, eagles and ravens can be spotted. Glacier Bay has two major arms, East and West, and over fifty named glaciers. Combined with Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Canada's Kluane National Park and Alsek-Tatshenshini Park, Glacier Bay encompasses the largest protected wilderness area on Earth
Day 11 Haines, Alaska, US
Haines can be found along the shores of the longest Fjord in North America. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Haines, is an authentic Alaskan experience. Haines is also home to the largest concentration of bald eagles on earth, and grizzly bears come to this shoreline for the spawning salmon in its rivers.
Day 12 Icy Strait Point, Alaska, US
This unique community on Chicagof Island near the entry to Glacier Bay National Park was created and is owned by a corporation of 1300 Native Americans of various local Tlingit tribes. The purpose being to offer visitors an enjoyable, educational experience of Alaska's native cultures. Your tender will dock at the 1912 salmon canning facility, which today is a museum. The surrounding area offers cultural performances, Native American-owned shops and galleries, restaurants and a variety of tours and excursions for every interest from sport fishing to whale watching, guided nature walks and excursions to view bears and other wildlife. ATV tours and even a zipline adventure that is said to be the longest at over a mile and the highest at over 1330 feet in North America. The small village of Hoonah can be reached either by walking or on a shuttle, offering shops and eateries as well as a totem-carving enterprise run by the corporation.
Day 13 Day At Sea
Today enjoy all the pleasures onboard the Sojourn. Including fitness centre, salon and card room. Enjoy a luncheon at the Patio or exquisite cuisine at the Restaurant.
Day 14 Scenic Cruising College Fjord
Set deep within the northwest reaches of Prince William Sound are the Harriman and College Fjords, with their numerous tidewater and valley glaciers. The Harvard Glacier, with a length of 24 miles and a face of 1.5 miles is the largest in the area. Prince William Sound is a large waterway off the Gulf of Alaska on the state's southern coast. It is bounded on the east by the Chugash Mountain range and on the west by the Kenai Peninsula. The sound was explored by Captain James Cook, and names in 1778 for the eldest son of England's King George III. Its 3,800 miles of coastline features fjords and bays, with forested, snow-capped mountains as a backdrop.
Day 15 Seward
After disembarkation head over to board your vessel for a 5-hour Kenai Fjords National Park cruise. The cruise travels through the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay for up close encounters with wildlife. You will have the opportunity to view glaciers, as well as whales, sea otters and various birds. Overnight Seward
Day 16 Seward to Girdwood on the Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad
Spend the morning exploring downtown Seward, home of the historic start point of the original Iditarod dogsled race and the southern terminus of the Alaska railroad. It is also home to the Alaska SeaLife Centre, a premier public aquarium highlighting Alaska's local marine life. This evening board the Alaska Railroad to Girdwood in their GoldStar service. GoldStar guests enjoy a reserved seat in the upper level dome offering 360-degree viewing, as well as priority seating in the lower level dining room with all-inclusive meals. The bartender on the upper level will wait on you offering complimentary soda, tea, coffee and non-alcoholic drinks. Two adult beverages including wine, beer and cocktails are included per trip. The most popular GoldStar amenity is the unique second level outdoor viewing platform. Girdwood, originally named Glacier City, was founded as a gold mining town and today is known for its picturesque setting and the award-winning Alyeska Resort. Dine at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Seven Glaciers Restaurant arriving via Alyeska’s scenic tram and providing spectacular mountain views. Overnight at Alyeska Resort.
Day 17 Girdwood to Anchorage on the Coastal Classic Alaska Railroad
The Coastal Passage route takes you on a 4-hour trip hugging the coastline of Cook Inlet and Turnagin Arm. Here, marvel at the changing scenery as well as the wildlife. The Coastal Classic train will also take you over the Kenai Mountains, through a 1,063-foot summit pass appropriately named Grandview. Keep the cameras at the ready for the trip features glaciers, waterfalls, scenic gorges and rivers. Overnight Anchorage
Day 18 Anchorage
With the wonders of the Chugach and waters of Cook Inlet, Anchorage has a lot to offer. With 1,500 moose, incredible national parks nearby and 60 glaciers a short drive away this is a dream destination. There is plenty to do with your day in Anchorage, a flightseeing trip to Denali is a popular excursion or dog sledding on a glacier offers a truly Alaskan experience. Overnight Anchorage
Day 19 Anchorage to Talkeetna on Denali Star Alaska Railroad
This morning board the Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, the Denali Star. This 3-hour journey will have you arrive in the quaint town of Talkeetna just before lunch. The train crosses the Knick River with the Chugach Mountains as a backdrop. South of Talkeetna watch for the iconic Denali rising above the Susitna River. As home of the convergence of three major glacial rivers there is plenty to do either by land, water or air. On clear days enjoy impressive views of the Alaskan Range and Denali. Talkeetna also boasts several shops and galleries, local breweries and restaurants. Overnight Talkeetna.
Day 20 Talkeetna to Denali on Denali Star Alaska Railroad
Board the Denali Star once more on this journey further north as you head into the backcountry Hurricane area, offering views of the Indian River, the occasional remote cabin and the expansive sight of Hurricane Gulch from the top of a 296-foot bridge. Majestic views of the Alaska Range await as you enjoy the views from the comfort of the train through the dome glassed roof. Overnight Denali
Day 21 Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour
A narrated tour is the best way to see this magical preserve. The park road extends for 92 miles and private cars cannot pass Mile 15, this morning travel the 62 miles into Denali National Park, on one of the most popular tours of the park. This tour increases your odds of spotting wildlife and provides you with an up-close view of Denali, North America’s highest peak. On this tour you will ride over high mountain passes and usually see Dall sheep, if you’re lucky you may see bears! One of the highlights of the tour is the drive over Polychrome Pass, which offers a spectacular view of the Plains of Murie, stretching out to the Alaska Range on the horizon. Continuing to the Stony Hill Overlook, which provides the most magnificent views of the mountain if visibility allows. Lunch is provided on this 7-8-hour roundtrip tour.
Day 22 Denali to Fairbanks on Denali Star Alaska Railroad
This morning bid farewell to ‘The Great One’ as you depart Denali and travel deeper into Alaska. Board the Denali Star once more as you head towards the gateway to Alaska’s Interior and Arctic Regions, Fairbanks. A great place to explore Northern Alaska and with its rich Gold Rush heritage, Fairbanks offers a taste of frontier living. The first modern settlers reached Fairbanks by the waterways of Interior Alaska and these waterways remain just as important today. They are also extremely popular choices for recreational activities. Try a riverboat tour on an authentic Alaskan sternwheeler or learn the history of the Gold Rush era at Gold Dredge 8 or perhaps take a chance to view the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) on one of the many Northern Lights viewing tours. Overnight Fairbanks.
Day 23 Arctic Circle Tour
Today marks a truly authentic Alaskan Experience as you fly north from Fairbanks and wonder at the story of the vast and remote land below. Witness remnants of the gold mining that continues nearly 100 years after the yellow metal first brought newcomers rushing north. View the remarkable Trans Alaska Pipeline, symbolizing the immense changes brought to Alaska’s Arctic by the discovery of oil over 30 years ago. Fly over the expansive Yukon River Valley, home of traditional peoples that sustain their lifestyle and culture as they have for thousands of years. Thrill at the excitement of crossing the Arctic Circle. Experience the rugged and magnificent Brooks Mountain Range as the flight route passes just south of the Gates of the Arctic National Park. Participate in a ceremonious Arctic Circle landing at a wilderness community on the Middle Fork Koyukuk River and receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure Certificate. Enjoy an orientation and learn the fascinating story of the surrounding Brooks Range wilderness. Bask in the long daylight hours of the Midnight Sun on the return flight to Fairbanks. Overnight Fairbanks.
Day 24 Fly Home
Take the time this morning to revel in the beauty of downtown Fairbanks and the peaceful setting of the Chena River that meanders its way through. Perhaps a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural Centre prior to making your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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