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Yosemite & Denali National Parks with Cruise

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Experience the beauty of the Pacific Coast on this 18-day rail-cruise journey that takes you to two of the world's most majestic National Parks.

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18 days From $4,520 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2022 Tour code: WC-YDPN-22

About the tour

Your journey starts in San Francisco where you will have the first day to explore the City by the Bay at leisure. Make sure to visit popular highlights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and Lombard Street. If you get a chance, make sure to hop on one of the city's classic cable cars! From San Francisco, venture to beautiful Yosemite National Park. Known for its dazzling waterfalls, Yosemite is full of awe-inspiring scenery such as El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and Inspiration Point. You'll even have a chance to hike in the park's evergreen forest.

Following your visit to Yosemite, board Amtrak's renowned Coast Starlight to Seattle, where you will have a chance to explore the Emerald City. Take a ride a double-decker bus "hop on, hop off" tour to explore the sites of Seattle. Along the ride visit famous attractions like Pike Place Market and Seattle's Waterfront. After your visit to Seattle travel by train to Vancouver, where you will board the ms Noordam for your 7-day cruise of Alaska's Inside Passage. Among your ports of call visit Alaska's capital city of Juneau, where you can visit the Juneau Icefield and embark on a shore excursion. You also will visit Glacier Bay, which is home to 16 glaciers.

Upon disembarking the ms Noordam make your way to Denali National Park where you will have 3 days to explore. Have the opportunity to witness Mt. McKinley up close and personal on the guided Denali Tundra Wilderness tour which is the ideal way to observe the unique wildlife that live in the park. This tour is even more exceptional in that it comes to an end in Alaska.

Holland America ships may vary based on departure date.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive San Francisco

Arrive in San Francisco and check in to your centrally-located hotel. The day is yours to explore the City by the Bay with iconic sights like the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Overnight San Francisco.

Day 2 - Yosemite National Park

Explore beautiful Yosemite National Park on a full-day excursion to Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoias. Highlights include El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls and Inspiration Point plus a drive to a lesser-traveled part of the Park for the chance to hike in the evergreen forest. Overnight San Francisco.

Day 3 - Coast Starlight to Seattle

Spend the day touring San Francisco at your leisure before your 9:25 pm train ride aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight to Seattle. Overnight train.

Day 4 - Arrive Seattle

Spend the day aboard the train socializing with other passengers, reading or taking in the beautiful views of the Pacific coastline. The Coast Starlight is scheduled to arrive in Seattle around 8:45 pm. Overnight Seattle.

Day 5 - Explore Seattle

Spend the day exploring the Emerald City with the Hop on/Hop Off Bus tour. Discover Seattle's most popular sights and attractions, from the Puget Sound waterfront to the Space Needle and virtually everything in between! With fourteen stops along the way, hop on and off the double decker bus and fully explore one of America's most vibrant cities. Overnight Seattle.

Day 6 - Board Cascades to Vancouver

Rise and shine for your 7:40 am departure aboard Amtrak's Cascades toward Vancouver. Arrive in the cosmopolitan Canadian city at 11:40 am with the remainder of your day at leisure to explore the Gateway to Alaska. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 7 - Depart for Alaska

Begin your 12-day Alaskan adventure when you transfer on your own to Canada Place and board the ms Noordam. Spend time meeting fellow passengers, explore the ship or take time to bask in the gorgeous scenery with two days at sea. Overnight ship. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Day at sea

Spend today enjoying the several amentities of the ship. Overnight ship. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is one of Alaska's most unique ports. It is most famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Juneau, Alaska

Today's port of call is Juneau, Alaska's capital city. It is home to the Juneau Icefield. Embark on an exciting shore excursion or take advantage of an abundance of shopping opportunities. Overnight ship. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Skagway, Alaska

Step back to the days of the last great gold rush in the historic Alaskan city of Skagway. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - Glacier Bay

The port of call today is beautiful Glacier Bay, located in southeastern Alaska. Glacier Bay is famous for having the most actively calving tidewater glaciers in the world-the area has 16 glaciers, 12 of which reach shorelines and have calved to produce icebergs. Overnight ship. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 - At Sea

Spend the day at sea as you sail through the Gulf of Alaska en route to Whittier, Alaska. Keep a look out for whales and other marine wildlife. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 - Whittier / Denali

Disembark and board the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer to Denali for a three night stay at this magnificent national treasure.

Day 15 - Denali National Park

Explore Denali National Park like you never thought possible with the Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour. This unique tour takes you on the only road into the park, increasing your chance to see incredible wildlife as well as majestic Mt. McKinley up close and personal. Overnight Denali National Park.

*Due to a landslide and partial road closure in Denali National Park, the bus tour today will be 3-8 hours instead of the normal 7-8 hours. Duration is dependant on road and weather conditions.

Day 16 - Denali National Park

The day is yours to explore Denali at your leisure. Take in the gorgeous mountains, beautiful terrain and see if you can find the vast abundance of wildlife that inhabit the park such as a moose or a goat. Overnight Denali National Park.

Day 17 - Motorcoach to Anchorage

Today you'll head via motorcoach to Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Overnight Anchorage.

  • Lunch
Day 18 - Tour ends in Anchorage

Your journey comes to a close this morning as you check out of your hotel and are transported to the airport as you fly home out of Anchorage.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Holland America Line
Accommodations aboard your Holland America ship are available in Inside Stateroom, Oceanview Stateroom and Deluxe Verandah categories.

Inside Stateroom features two lower beds convertible to one Queen-size bed and shower. 

Oceanview Stateroom features two lower beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, bathtub, and shower.

Verandah Stateroom features two beds convertible to one Queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, private verandah, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Additional upgrades available, speak with a rail specialist for details. 

Coast Starlight
Amtrak accommodations are available in Roomettes or Bedrooms.

Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night.

Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge.

Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.  

Please note

Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions.  Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

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Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

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Marianne F, Baltimore, MD

4 stars

Submitted 07 Dec 2018

Overall, terrific trip. No problems with vouchers. Extra day in Anchorage was a great way to end trip.

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Joseph M, Baltimore, MD

4 stars

Submitted 05 Sep 2018

Can't wait to go on another major vacation next year.

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