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Ultimate Alaskan Cruise & Tour

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Ultimate Alaskan Cruise & Tour 2018

Tour Starts: Fairbanks

Tour Ends: Vancouver

Day 1

Arrive in Fairbanks

Today your Alaskan adventure begins upon arrival in Fairbanks.
River’s Edge Resort or similar

Day 2

Fairbanks and Gold Dredge #8

Explore the area’s gold mining history as we visit the restored Gold Dredge #8. Learn to pan for gold and take a picture with the Trans- Alaskan pipeline. In the afternoon, explore more of Fairbanks on your own.
River’s Edge Resort or similar

Day 3

Fairbanks to Denali

We leave Fairbanks and travel south on the Parks Highway en route to Denali National Park. Arrive in Denali in the afternoon with time to explore the area on your own or join one of the many optional excursions available.
Denali Grizzly Bear Resort or similar

Day 4

Denali Natural History Tour

At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world's great frontiers for wilderness adventure. This morning, embark on a Denali natural history tour. With a focus on the rich, cultural history of Denali National Park, the tour provides insight into the diverse native and early pioneer influences in and around Denali. The balance of the day is yours to explore more of the area at your own pace.
Denali Grizzly Bear Resort or similar

Day 5

Denali to Seward via Anchorage

We leave Denali this morning to continue our journey south. En route, we will visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters near Wasilla where you will have the opportunity to learn about “The Last Great Race.” We stop in Anchorage for an included lunch and continue on to Seward in the afternoon. (L)
Edgewater Hotel or similar

Day 6

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

Today, enjoy a 6-hour cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park to see marine wildlife, witness tidewater glacier calving, and feast on an included Alaskan Salmon and Prime Rib lunch buffet. (L)
Edgewater Hotel or similar

Day 7

Seward to Homer

This morning, we continue by motor coach and travel across the Kenai Peninsula to Homer, the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. Upon arrival, your Tour Director will take you on a guided walk along the Homer Docks and the infamous Salty Dawg Saloon.
The Ocean Shores or similar

Day 8

Homer Leisure Day

Enjoy the day at leisure in this quaint town.
The Ocean Shores or similar

Day 9

Return to Anchorage

Today we leave Homer and the Kenai Peninsula as we head north to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.
Crowne Plaza Anchorage or similar

Day 10

Seward and Embarkation

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Anchorage. En route to Seward we visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see Alaska’s wildlife up close. In the afternoon, board your cruise ship.

Day 11

At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea to reflect on all the exciting things you have seen during your Alaska land tour as you sail across the Gulf of Alaska. The daily newsletter outlines various shipboard activities and the ship’s experienced crew is at your disposal to help with suggestions.

Day 12

Scenic Cruising Glacier Bay National Park

The overwhelming grandeur of glaciers, exotic wildlife and pristine environment combine to offer a breathtaking view of raw nature. Witness glacier ice “calve” (break off) and fall into the bay with a deafening roar as you spend the day cruising a 60-mile passage.

Day 13

Haines (6:30 AM–9:00 PM)

Use the day to explore the town and its native art galleries, local shops, and the historic Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

Day 14

Juneau (8:00 AM–6:00 PM)

Nicknamed “Little San Francisco” because of its narrow streets and multicolored houses, Juneau is Alaska’s state capital. Inaccessible by roads, visitors and goods are brought to Juneau by either sea or air. A Mendenhall Glacier tour and the Mt. Roberts Tramway are amongst the most popular activities here.

Day 15

Ketchikan (11:00 AM–7:00 PM)

This distinctive and eye-catching city is built on stilts over the water, with a boardwalk and weathered stairways that cling to the granite cliffs. Stroll Creek Street, the former “Red Light” district with its gold shops, gift boutiques, and restaurants or visit the Totem Pole Park at Saxman Native Village.

Day 16

Scenic Inside Passage Cruising

Cruise along the Alaska Inside Passage and the west coast of Vancouver Island. The famous Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea lanes in the world. The scenery is breathtaking with forests in a hundred shades of green, turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns.

Day 17

Disembark in Vancouver and Depart for Home

Note: Departure flights from Vancouver to some cities are overnight and arrive the following day.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.