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.
About the Tour
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. 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 Westerdam 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 Westerdam 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 takes you 60 miles into the park, and is the ideal way to observe the unique wildlife that live in the park. Your tour concludes with a journey along Alaska's countryside aboard the McKinley Explorer to Anchorage. This tour is even more exceptional in that it comes to an end in Alaska.
Holland America ships may vary based on departure date.
- Rail travel on Amtrak, including private sleeping accommodations (1 night on train)
- Rail excursion aboard the McKinley Explorer
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- 7 nights aboard Holland America cruise line
- All meals aboard the train and ship
- Yosemite National Park touring
- Seattle city tour
- Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour
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 Westerdam. Spend time meeting fellow passengers, explore the ship or take time to bask in the gorgeous scenery with two days at sea. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Day at sea
Spend today enjoying the several amentities of the ship. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L, D)
Day10 - 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. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Skagway, Alaska
Step back to the days of the last great gold rush in the historic Alaskan city of Skagway. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
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. (B, L, D)
Day 13 - At Sea
Spend the day at sea as you sail through the Gulf of Alaska en route to Seward, Alaska. Keep a look out for whales and other marine wildlife. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 14 - Seward/ Denali
Arrive in Seward, Alaska around 8:00 am. Disembark the ship and transfer to Denali National Park. You'll arrive around 5:30 pm. Check into your hotel with your evening at leisure. Overnight Denali National Park.
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 60 miles into the park, increasing your chance to see incredible wildlife as well as majestic Mt. McKinley up close and personal. Overnight Denali National Park.
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 - McKinley Explorer to Anchorage
Your time in Denali comes to an end as you board the McKinley Explorer at 12:15 pm. In this opened dome railcar you will be able to see the gorgeous Alaskan landscape in a completely unique way as you travel to Anchorage. You're scheduled to arrive at 8:15 pm with the remainder of your evening at leisure. Overnight Anchorage.
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.
Holland America Line
Accommodations aboard your Holland America ship are available in Oceanview Stateroom and Deluxe Verandah categories. 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.
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.
Know before you go
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.
Hotels include Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco), Sheraton Seattle, and Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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Air travel to San Francisco and home from Anchorage is not included in the price of this tour.
Sightseeing excursions are subject to change based on season and weather conditions, particularly in Alaska.
For 2021, the ship will be ms Noordam. Port taxes vary by departure. Fees are per person and range from $250 to $325.