National Parks of Alaska
Explore Alaska’s grand, breathtaking national parks on this 19-day rail-cruise adventure through The Last Frontier.
From a 7-day cruise of the magnificent Alaskan coastline to crossing the Arctic Circle, this vacation offers nonstop adventure. Get up close and personal with Alaska’s famous wildlife, tour native Arctic towns, see the Wrangell Mountains by plane and take in the incredible scenery of the Inside Passage. Come during the right season, and you may even see the spectacular, ethereal Northern Lights.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Ride aboard the historic Alaskan railroad (Goldstar service)
- 7-day cruise aboard Celebrity's Millenium Cruise Line
- 11 nights hotel accommodation, including 2 nights in Denali National Park
- All meals included, including an Alaskan Salmon Bake and a 7-Course Tasting Dinner Visit the Katmai, Wrangell-St. Elias, Gates of the Arctic, Denali, and Kenai Fjords National Parks
- Bear viewing at Brooks Falls
- Aerial tour of the Wrangell Mountains
- Kennecott Copper Mines tour
- Anaktuvak Pass Native Village tour
- Arctic Circle crossing and tour of Barrow, a native village
- Trail Breaker Kennels dinner show
- Hubbard Glacier Viewing
- Land transportation via air, rail, and motorcoach
Day 1 - Anchorage
Catch your flight today to Anchorage. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a Tour Manager and transferred to your luxury accommodations for the night. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Anchorage has much to offer if you wish to explore. Downtown offers many quaint shops and unique culinary delights. Overnight Anchorage. (D)
Day 2 - Katmai National Park & Bear Viewing
Early this morning you're off on a flightseeing tour that will take you to Katmai National Park. Katmai is famous for Brooks Falls, your bear viewing destination. You will stand on platforms as bears feed on salmon harvested from Brooks Falls below you. Return by plane to Anchorage for the evening. Overnight Anchorage. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Wrangell- St. Elias National Park
Travel the Glenn Highway and visit Matanuska Glacier before boarding small planes for a flightseeing trip over the Wrangell Mountains. Land in the old mining cities of Kennicott & McCarthy. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of this historic mining district and a visit to the McCarthy Museum. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - McCarthy & Kennecott Copper Mines
You are off on an exploration of the amazing Kennecott copper mines today! This National Historical Landmark extracted over $200 million worth of high-grade copper and another $4 million in silver. Tour the outbuildings of the mine today including the historic leaching and power plant. Good physical condition is recommended. (Entrance to all areas of the mine is dependent upon the National Parks Service.) This afternoon you may catch up on a little R&R or consider taking an optional guided hike to Kennecott Glacier. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Fairbanks
Board a plane for a 40-minute scenic flight over the Wrangell Mountains. Soon after you will head north on the Richardson, Alaska's first highway, bound for Fairbanks. Your route this afternoon will follow the great Trans-Alaska Pipeline. In Delta Junction, you meet the Alaska Highway and continue your journey to the golden city of Fairbanks. Feast at the great Alaska Salmon Bake tonight! Overnight Fairbanks. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Gates of the Arctic National Park & Barrow
Cross the Arctic Circle as you fly to the native village of Anaktuvuk Pass, located in Gates of the Arctic National Park. After a cultural tour, fly to the northernmost Inupiat Eskimo village of Barrow. Explore Barrow and dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean. Return to Fairbanks for your private Trail Breaker Kennels dinner show. Overnight Fairbanks. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Denali National Park & Wonder Lake
Start your day with a scenic journey to Denali National Park. Upon arrival in Denali, you'll have lunch and then board a private bus bound for Kantishna, your home for the next two nights. During the 92.5 mile journey into the heart of Denali, view Alaska's “Big Five”; moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and bears. Before arriving in Kantishna, you will pass the spectacular waters of Wonder Lake. Overnight Denali (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Denali National Park & Wonder Lake
You awake to the sounds of nature! This wilderness setting is what so many dream of when they visit Denali and Alaska each year. Going one on one with Denali and maybe even capture that postcard photograph of Mt. McKinley. Hiking, mountain biking, and gold panning are included with your stay. Optional flightseeing tours are available. Overnight Denali. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Denali National Park & Talkeetna
After a hearty breakfast you will board your bus for a 5 hour wildlife tour back to the park entrance with another chance to see the “Big Five”. This afternoon you journey to Talkeetna passing views of Mt. Denali's south face aboard the first class cars of the Alaska Railroad. This evening’s lodging will give you a chance to visit the quaint town of Talkeetna. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Kenai Peninsula & Seward
Start your day with a visit to the Anchorage Museum followed by a fabulous lunch. This afternoon, journey down the beautiful Seward Highway, exploring the Kenai Peninsula and visiting hidden gems like Girdwood along the way. Overnight Seward. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Kenai Fjords National Park
Grab your camera and get ready to spot humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, eagles and puffins during your 8.5-hour wildlife cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park. As part of this excursion, view glacier calving in front of either Aialik or Holgate Glacier. Return to Seward for the evening. Overnight Seward. (B, L, D)
Day 12 - Cruise begins in Seward
After a hearty Alaskan breakfast, spend time at the celebrated Alaska Sealife Center before boarding Celebrity Cruise Line's Millenium for a cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage. Your Cruise Manager will meet you in Seward, acting as your personal cruise concierge for the next 7 days. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 13 - 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 ice-choked waters below. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 14 - Juneau
Maneuver into the Gastineau Channel and dock in Alaska's capital city, Juneau. Take advantage of your included Juneau 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 visit Mendenhall Glacier, take a helicopter tour, or travel to the top of Mt. Roberts on the aerial tram. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 15 - Skagway
Welcome to the “Gateway City to the Klondike Gold Rush” in Skagway! This historic community still has the feel of an 1898 boomtown. You have the option to take the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad on an incredible climb 2500 feet to the top of renowned “Dead Horse Trail” or spend time touring the town on foot. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 16 - 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. Its beauty, grandeur, history and people offer you a glimpse into the real Alaska. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 17 - Ketchikan
Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Ketchikan is a brilliant seaside community. Today's included walking tour features stops at the Totems of Whale Park, historic Creek Street, and the Salmon Ladder. Consider flightseeing to beautiful Misty Fjords or visit the totem displays at Totem Bight Park. (B, L, D)
Day 18 - Inside Passage
Tidal waters permitting, you will hug the coastlines of Alaska and stunning British Columbia. Keep an eye open for humpbacks, orcas and dolphins during your day at sea. (B, L, D)
Day 19 - Vancouver, British Columbia
As dawn breaks on the harbor, your vessel will sail under the Lions Gate Bridge and dock at Canada Place Pier. After the disembarkation process is complete, you'll pass through Canadian customs and be transferred to the Vancouver or Seattle (optional) airports where you will board flights bound for home. (B)
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