ALASKA YUKON DENALI CRUISE & TOUR
This incredibly scenic journey begins in Vancouver, where you will spend two nights, sightseeing and exploring.
Board Holland America’s ocean liner, Nieuw Amsterdam for three nights on an Alaska Inside Passage sailing. Cruise along the stunning Alaskan coast and enjoy a front-row seat for majestic tidewater glaciers, abundant marine life and seaside towns with rich native cultures.
Then extend your adventure with the perfect landbased vacation for six nights in Alaska. Explore both Denali and the Yukon Territory, with its rollicking Gold Rush history and wild terrain.
Vancouver - Inside Passage - Tracy Arm - Juneau - Skagway - Fraser Island - Whitehorse - Minto - Dawson City - Fairbanks - Denali National Park - Anchorage
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Vancouver: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Vancouver city and Look Out tour
• Holland America cruise: three nights Alaska Inside Passage sailing onboard Niew Amsterdam with meals (onboard the cruise only)
• Alaska: six nights 3.5-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All transfers, taxes, fees and gratuities***
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Group size: 30 maximum
11 night cruise & tour onboard Nieuw Amsterdam
Departs: Aug. 22, 2019
Toronto - $4,995* p.p.
Vancouver - $4,695* p.p.
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DAY 1 | Aug. 22, 2019 | Toronto - Vancouver
Board your flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in.
Accommodation at Best Western Plus Château Granville (2 nights)
DAY 2 | Aug. 23, 2019 | Vancouver (B)
Breakfast at hotel. A visit to Vancouver is not complete without joining the Vancouver City and The Lookout Tour. Experience the best of Vancouver!
You will see Canada Place, Robson Street, the Public Library, Sports Venues, Theatres, Chinatown and Gastown. Soak in the natural splendour of Stanley Park’s Totem Poles and sightsee from Prospect Point. Pass the West End high-rises and the beaches of English Bay.
Visit the vibrant Granville Island with its public market, unique shops, restaurants and galleries along the water. At The Lookout, take the glass elevator to the 360° views. Breathe deeply and enjoy!
DAY 3 | Aug. 24, 2019 | Vancouver (B, D)
After breakfast, transfer to the cruise terminal and board your Holland America cruise.
Cruise departs 4:30 p.m.
Accommodation onboard Niew Amsterdam (3 nights)
Below is information on your cruise itinerary and ports of call you will be visiting. Shore excursions are not included. Meals (B, L, D) and prepaid gratuities are included onboard the cruise.
DAY 4 | Aug. 25, 2019 | Cruising the Inside Passage (B, L, D)
Cruising past each fjord, encounter massive mountain ranges, towering cliffs, waterfalls and forests of two-hundred-foot-tall spruce. You’re also likely to see whales, bears, seals, salmon, eagles and other wildlife.
The string of islands of the Inside Passage create a protective barrier against the open sea, from as far south as the Washington State border to the top of Chichagof Island. This offers vessels a supremely serene cruising environment in some of the most dramatic surroundings on earth.
DAY 5 | Aug. 26, 2019 | Tracy Arm - Juneau (B, L, D)
Arrive Tracy Arm 9:00 a.m. Depart 9:30 a.m.
Located about 45 miles south of Juneau, Tracy Arm, a classic fjord located in the heart of the Tracy Arm-Fjords Terror Wilderness, stands out as a must-see. The icebergs are framed by sheer mountain peaks reaching 7,000 feet. Waterfalls flow from ice-covered mountains to the jade coloured inland sea.
Tracy Arm is the summer home for pigeon guillemots, kittiwakes and arctic terns. Usually mountain goats are seen on the rocky slopes near Sawyer Glacier. They have been known to come down near the water.
Arrive Juneau 1:00 p.m. Depart 10:00 p.m.
Juneau is the Alaskan state capital and sits in a bay with the looming summits of Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts providing a gorgeous backdrop. Once part of Alaska's Gold Rush, the city boasts both natural and cultural attractions.
Downtown is filled with many vibrant buildings, including must-see St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, which houses artwork and artifacts dating back to the 18th century. Often hailed as Juneau's most impressive sight, nearby Mendenhall Glacier is approximately 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. See the glacier on a float trip or a flight-seeing adventure or hike up one of its trails for a closer inspection. For a bird'seye view, the Mt. Roberts Tramway offers a short, six-minute trek to the top of Mt. Roberts, 1800 feet above the city. If wildlife is your passion, scenic Admiralty Island has the world's highest concentration of brown bears.
DAY 6 | Aug. 27, 2019 | Skagway - Fraser Island - Whitehorse (B)
Arrive 7:00 a.m.
Fortune-seekers followed the Chilkoot and White Pass Trails, also known as the Gateway to the Klondike, during Alaska's Gold Rush.
Today, Skagway offers visitors as glance into the past, as you walk along its rustic boardwalks and frontier-style storefronts. With one of the oldest narrow-gauge railroads in the world, the city retains the flavour of days gone by and remains an important link to Alaska's history. A stroll down Broadway is a must. Highlights include Arctic Brotherhood Hall, while other buildings like the Trail of '98 Museum, Corrington's Museum of Alaskan History and the Alaskan Wildlife Adventure and Museum present different facets of prospecting times.
After breakfast, disembark and meet your host. Board the historic and scenic White Pass train to Fraser and on to Whitehorse via Explorer coach. One hundred years ago 30,000 reckless adventurers fought their way up the Yukon River, by boat, on their voyage to the goldfields. Fearless men and women traversed great distances to arrive at their goal - the Klondike.
Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon, nestles on the banks of the famed Yukon River surrounded by mountains and clear mountain lakes. Home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada, some refer to it as Wilderness City. Now a thoroughly contemporary city, of approximately 24,000 residents. Warm, long summer days and evenings provide the perfect background to explore this city.
Accommodation at Westmark Whitehorse Hotel (1 night)
DAY 7 | Aug. 28, 2019 | Whitehorse - Minto - Dawson City (B)
Follow the route of Klondike gold stampeders in style to Dawson City, (via coach) with an included lunch stop in historic Minto.
Dawson City is a buzz of activity during the summer months, originally established on the banks of the Yukon River in 1897. The following year, it exploded to forty thousand inhabitants, when news of the gold strike on Bonanza Creek reached the outside world, making it the largest city west of Winnipeg and north of Seattle. It was the capital of the Yukon Territory until 1953 and today is a national historic site.
Many of the buildings have been restored to their original grandeur, and new structures are built to reflect the historical theme, adding to the charm and appeal of this community one hundred and fifty miles south of the Arctic Circle.
Accommodation at Westmark Inn Dawson City (1 night)
DAY 8 | Aug. 29, 2019 | Dawson City - Fairbanks (B)
Your journey continues as you board a short flight bound for Fairbanks. Fairbanks is the focal point for tiny villages scattered throughout the surrounding wilderness and a staging point for North Slope villages such as Barrow and the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay.
Temperatures range here from 65 (-53’C) degrees below zero in the winter to 90 (32’C) degrees above in the summer. Summer days are very long, with the longest estimated at 21 hours and in winter, the shortest day offers less than three hours of sunlight.
Accommodation at Westmark Fairbanks Hotel (1 night)
DAY 9 | Aug. 30, 2019 | Fairbanks - Denali National Park (B)
Today it's off to Denali for a two-night stay at this magnificent national treasure. Don't miss the chance to visit Denali Square and immerse yourself in the Denali experience.
Denali National Park and Preserve defines the Alaskan Experience.
Towering above it all is Mt. Denali (previously Mt. McKinley), the highest point in North America. At 20,320 feet, its summit beckons more than 1,000 climbers each year who brave the elements for the chance to scale its majestic face. Denali encompasses six million acres of forests, tundra, glaciers and mountains.
Moose, caribou, sheep and bears are free to roam a wide area of land untouched by man. There are ample opportunities for animal watching, whether it is a grizzly foraging for berries or a golden eagle soaring through the crisp, clean Alaskan air. The tundra starts at 2,500 feet and extends up along the massive Alaska Range. Muldrow Glacier, which descends 16,000 feet from the upper slopes of Mt. Denali, reaches within one mile of the road.
Accommodation at McKinley Chalet Resort (2 nights)
DAY 10 | Aug. 31, 2019 | Denali National Park (B)
Today features the unforgettable Tundra Wilderness Tour. This six to eight-hour fully narrated sightseeing excursion is a deep dive into Denali National Park and offers the very best chance of seeing both Mt. Denali and Denali's iconic wildlife.
DAY 11 | Sept. 1, 2019 | Fairbanks - Denali National Park - Anchorage (B)
This morning, board the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer bound for Anchorage where you will bid farewell to your Journey Host. Located at the upper end of Cook Inlet in the Gulf of Alaska, Anchorage is Alaska's largest community. This popular tourist destination and crossroads for global air travel is only minutes away from the recreational areas bordering the Gulf of Alaska.
Accommodation at Westmark Anchorage Hotel (1 night)
DAY 12 | Sept. 2, 2019 | Anchorage - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
Your Land and Sea Journey concludes this morning in Anchorage. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Based on an interior stateroom cat. L or similar. Upgrade to an ocean view stateroom cat. E or similar: $300. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat. VD or similar: $600. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat. VA or similar:$700. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 16 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host. ***Gratuities are included onboard the cruise. Shore excursions not included.
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