Three Bears of Alaska
Come and discover the incredible land where Kodiak bears, grizzly bears, and Alaskan polar bears roam wild.
This remarkable tour of Alaska is more than comprehensive; it’s transformative. You’ll see the shockingly beautiful, wholly untamed northern scenery from land, sea, and air, with each new perspective bringing you closer to the wild, sublime Alaskan spirit. With viewings of Alaska’s native bear species, including a day trip into the Arctic Circle to see the polar bears, a ride along the historic Alaskan Railroad, a cruise through the famed Inside Passage, a visit to the restorative Chena Hot Springs, and so much more, this 17 day tour is perhaps the best way to experience true Alaska.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 7-day cruise aboard Celebrity's Millennium cruise ship
- 9 nights hotel accommodation, including a 2-night stay in Denali National Park
- All meals included
- Transportation via air, rail, and motorcoach
- Ride the historic Alaskan Railroad
- Small plane sightseeing tour of Kodiak Island
- Polar bear viewing in Kaktovik
- Kodiak bear viewing Coastal Brown Bear viewing
- Visit to the Chena Hot Springs
- Walking tours of Ketchikan, Juneau,
- Riverboat Discovery Cruise
Day 1 - Vancouver, British Columbia
Your Northern adventure begins today in Vancouver! Board the marvelous Millennium cruise ship, where your Tour Manager will greet you. Settle into your accommodations, and prepare for the adventure that awaits you on your journey north. Overnight ship. (L, D)
Day 2 - Inside Passage
Alaska's Inside Passage is famous for its dramatic coastal scenery. Tidal waters permitting, you will hug the coastlines of stunning British Columbia and Alaska today. Keep an eye open for humpbacks, orcas and dolphins during your day at sea. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Ketchikan
Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, Ketchikan's included walking tour features stops at the Totems of Whale Park, historic Creek Street, and the Salmon Ladder. Consider optional flightseeing to beautiful Misty Fjords or visit the totem displays at Totem Bight Park. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Icy Strait Point
Just 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait Point is the only wilderness port in Alaska. This has been the homeland of the Huna Tlingit Natives for thousands of years, and today you have the chance to explore it. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Juneau
Dock in Alaska's capital city, Juneau, and enjoy a walking tour highlighting the history of the Juneau Douglas Mines, local and state museums, and a visit to the state capital. You may wish to tour Mendenhall Glacier or travel to the top of Mt. Roberts on the aerial tram. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Skagway
Welcome to the “Gateway City to the Klondike Gold Rush” in Skagway! This historic community still has the feel of an 1898 boomtown. Consider a visit to Skagway's famous Gold Rush Cemetery or the photo-filled Skagway Museum. Enjoy boardwalk sidewalks and Gold Rush history everywhere you turn! Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Hubbard Glacier
Today's voyage puts you in front of Hubbard Glacier, the largest and second most active tidewater glacier in Alaska. With a face that extends over 6.5 miles in length, stand in awe as glacier ice comes crashing down into the icy waters below. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Kenai Peninsula & Anchorage
Say goodbye to the Millennium this morning and board the Alaska Railroad for a scenic ride to Anchorage. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your Tour Manager: your escort for the following 10 days. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at Simon & Seafort's, overlooking Cook Inlet before spending the remainder of the afternoon at the colorful Alaska Native Heritage Center. Tonight your home will be the bustling town of Anchorage, Alaska. Overnight Anchorage. (B, L, D_
Day 9 - Kodiak
Early this morning you will transfer to the Anchorage airport and board Alaska Airlines for a short flight to Kodiak, Alaska. After breakfast in Kodiak, enjoy a city tour and then a visit to Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park and its WWII bunkers. The remainder of your day will be filled with myriad Russian influences including a visit to Kodiak's Russian Orthodox Church. Overnight Kodiak. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Kodiak Coast Guard Base & Coastal Brown Bear Viewing
Prepare for a full day of adventure with the folks from Andrew Airways as we seek out the first of our three bears: the coastal brown bear. This custom adventure will take you on a small plane flightseeing expedition into remote parts of Kodiak Island offering views of the Katmai Volcanoes and the surrounding glaciers. Watch for bears in the hills and along the coastlines as we soar over the waterways of Kodiak. You will also enjoy an intimate tour of Kodiak's Coast Guard base, responsible for search and rescue missions in a 4-million square mile area of Alaska. Overnight Kodiak. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Talkeetna
Board your flight back to Anchorage this morning where you will hop on the motorcoach and head north to the quaint village of Talkeetna. On the way you will travel through the beautiful MatSu Valley. Your evening is free to explore the people and places in Talkeetna or consider an optional flightseeing tour around Mt. McKinley with a breathtaking glacier landing Overnight Talkeetna. (B, L, D)
Day 12 - Denali National Park & Wonder Lake
Travel the George Parks highway this morning en route to Denali National Park. On the way, pass the south face vantage point for Mt. McKinley for one of many chances to capture Mt. McKinley in all its glory. Upon arrival, board a private sightseeing bus bound for Kantishna. Keep your cameras ready to capture moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolf and the second bear on this itinerary, the grizzly bear of Denali National Park! Tonight you'll sleep 95 miles deep in the heart of Denali National Park. Overnight Denali. (B, L, D)
Day 13 - Denali National Park & Wonder Lake
Today, take the opportunity to reconnect with nature and perhaps capture that postcard photo of Mt. McKinley. Hiking, mountain biking, floral tundra tours, cooking classes, gold panning and fishing in the aptly named Wonder Lake are included with your stay. Optional flightseeing tours are available. Overnight Denali. (B, L, D)
Day 14 - Denali National Park & Fairbanks
Photograph the “Big Five” as you make your return trip to the park entrance this morning. Board the historic Alaska Railroad for a scenic journey to Fairbanks, your home for the following three nights. With clear skies, the Northern Lights may viewable. Overnight Fairbanks. (B, L, D)
Day 15 - Kaktovik Polar Bear Viewing
Fly to Kaktovik this morning. Today you get the chance to view polar bears feeding on the scraps of whales' bones in the “bone yard” of Kaktovik village. Your afternoon will be split between viewing bears on land and going out in small boats to view the bears on small islands. Return to Fairbanks for the evening. Overnight Fairbanks. (B, L, D)
Day 16 - Fairbanks & Chena Hot Springs
Tour Fairbanks before lunch at Trail Breaker Kennels, the home of the late Iditarod Champion, Susan Butcher. The Kennel will bring you a hands-on experience with the Alaska Iditarod. Next, a 3-hour Riverboat Discovery cruise navigates Fairbanks' waterways. Late afternoon will be spent at Chena Hot Springs Resort where you can take a dip in the hot springs and visit the one-of-a-kind ice museum.
Day 17 - Fly Home
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