Alaska Cruise & West Coast Train Tour

From $1899 (was $2149)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

11 Days

Passport Required

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Alaska Cruise & Land Tour Details

This brand new itinerary features a scenic coastal train ride from San Francisco to Seattle and a spectacular cruise of Wild Alaska! You’ll never forget the heart stopping spectacle of a calving glacier, or the beauty of the West Coast—see nature at her mightiest on this grand adventure.

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Stephens Passage
  • Alaska Inside Passage
  • Juneau
  • Hubbard Glacier
  • Sitka
  • Ketchikan
  • Victoria
Cruise Accommodations
  • 7 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Holland America Cruise Line's ms Oosterdam
Hotel Accommodations
  • 2 Nights
  • 1 Night on Amtrak's Coast Starlight
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • All meals onboard ship and train
  • 1 Dinner on land tour
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Moderate activity level

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Tour Highlights

  • Tour San Francisco Harbor by boat and take in the city's highlights from the water
  • Travel up the scenic coast to Seattle on the famous Coast Starlight Superliner train
  • Take a guided city tour of Seattle's highlights
  • Watch for sea lions and breaching whales as you cruise through Stephens Passage
  • Witness thunderously calving chunks of ice off the mighty Hubbard Glacier
  • Stop in the charming Alaskan ports of Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan

Free Onboard Credit and Free Balcony Upgrade Set Sail Offers

*$25 per couple Free Onboard Credit for Ocean View cabins only. $50 per couple Free Onboard Credit for Balcony cabins only. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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Alaska Cruise & West Coast Train Tour

Tours Starts: San Francisco, California

Tours Ends: Seattle, Washington

Day 1

Fly to San Francisco

Today, your Alaskan adventure begins with your flight to San Francisco. If you booked your flight with YMT, you will meet a YMT representative at the airport for your transfer to the hotel.

Four Points by Sheraton Bay Bridge or similar

Day 2

San Francisco Sightseeing and Board Amtrak's Coast Starlight

Wake up and smell the salty sea air of the City by the Bay! The morning is at your leisure, after which you will embark on an afternoon sightseeing cruise through the legendary San Francisco Bay. Highlights include the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, likely the world’s most photographed suspension bridge, and the notorious Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.

Alcatraz was one of the 20th century’s most feared prisons—both because of the dangerous criminals it housed, and because over its 29-year history not a single inmate successfully escaped. Next, sit down with your fellow guests to an included Welcome Dinner. Finally, board the legendary Coast Starlight train this evening, which will take you hundreds of coastal miles to Seattle. (D)

Day 3

Coast Starlight to Seattle

As your train takes you to Seattle, enjoy Amtrak's doubledecker Superliner, which includes a Sightseer Lounge car with panoramic windows, perfect for watching the magnificent scenery pass you by. (B, L, D)

Hilton Bellevue or similar

Day 4

Seattle City Tour and Board Holland America's ms Oosterdam (Departs at 4:00 PM)

Discover the Emerald City, arguably the crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, on a guided morning tour of Seattle. See Pike Place Market, a landmark since 1907, the iconic 605-foot-tall Space Needle, and Pioneer Square, where you will learn about the history of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Board Holland America's ms Oosterdam this afternoon. An experienced crew is on hand to outline the many available amenities and activities.

Day 5

At Sea

The winner of multiple prestigious awards, including Best Overall from the Cruisers’ Choice Awards, excellence is the default for the ms Oosterdam. This full day at sea promises to be an enjoyable one!

Day 6

Stephens Passage Scenic Cruising and Juneau (1:00 PM – 11:00 PM)

As you travel the waters of Stephens Passage next to densely forested mountains, remember to keep an eye on the sea. Stephens Passage is well known for having some of the best whale watching in Alaska, and the Passage’s massive sea lions love nothing more than basking on rocks and bellowing at passing vessels. Today’s port of call is Juneau. Nestled at the feet of snowcapped Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts, Alaska's state capital is nicknamed "Little San Francisco" because of its narrow streets and flights of wooden steps that hug the rolling landscape. Admire the multicolored houses built into the hillsides as you wander and completely immerse yourself in the Alaskan lifestyle.

OPTION: GRAND TOUR OF JUNEAUOPTION: GRAND TOUR OF JUNEAU:

Savor the rich beauty of Glacier Gardens, see the largest salmon ladder in Alaska and visit the Mendenhall Glacier. Includes a stop at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery $89 p/p. Please add this option attimeof booking.

Day 7

Hubbard Glacier (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM)

Today, cruise along Hubbard Glacier, the largest calving glacier on the North American continent. Witness the spectacle of glacial calving, when large chunks of ice crash into the water, creating a gloriously booming sound the native Tlingit people called “white thunder.” Hubbard is more than 70 miles long; the cliff face you sail along is six miles wide and over 300 feet high.

Day 8

Sitka (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Widely considered one of Alaska’s greatest small towns, Sitka is an interesting hybrid of Native America and Russian cultures. Don’t miss the stunning St. Michael’s Cathedral or Sitka National Historic Park, where you will learn how the Southeast Alaska Native Culture and Alaska’s strong Russian heritage combine.

Day 9

Ketchikan (7:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Nicknamed the "Salmon Capital of the World," this important fishing port is also home to the world's largest collection of Native American totem poles. You can enjoy a stroll through the picturesque waterfront district of this quaint boardwalk city built on stilts.

Day 10

Victoria, BC (6:00 PM – 11:30 PM)

As the sun begins to set, explore British Columbia’s idyllic capital city that proudly sports more than a bit of that good English charm. Much of this former British colony’s Victorian architecture still stands, including the grand Craigdarroch Castle Mansion, and magnificent Parliament Buildings. This highly walkable city is also a mecca for food lovers—try out highly creative restaurants right on the waterfront.

Day 11

Disembark in Seattle and Depart for Home (7:00 AM)

This morning we return to Seattle as your Alaska adventure comes to an end.


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. 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 tour 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. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Cabin

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Ocean View - Partial Sea View

These expansive staterooms include include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Balcony Cabin

Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and bath tub with premium massage showerheads. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Holland America Line's ms Oosterdam Deck Plans

Click here to view ms Oosterdam's deck plans on the Holland America Line website. Content that you may read on Holland America Line's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.




FAQ

Don't see what you are looking for? Check out our general FAQ page here.

You can move travel dates easily and without incurring cancellation fees or penalties. You can change your land tour date anytime up to 45 days prior to departure and your cruise tour up to 95 days prior to departure. See our 2021 Peace of Mind Program for more details.

A worry-free experience for our guests is very important to us. With guest's help and the implementation of a few changes and new protocols such as increased sanitization, responsible social distancing, and enhanced tour director training, you can continue to enjoy peace-of-mind while traveling. For more information on our new safety protocols, please see our Travel Safe Program.

No, guests will not need to bring adapters or converters as the U.S. and Canada both use standard 110V plugs.

U.S. guests will need a passport, but not a visa for this tour. Guests are required to have a valid government issued passport with an expiration of a minimum of six (6) months beyond the end date of for this tour.

Yes. Holland America Cruise Line has an obligation to collect certain cruise guest information before embarkation. This is a Department of Homeland Security requirement and should only take a few minutes.

To check in online please:

1. Access the Holland America website at www.hollandamerica.com
2. Click "Register"
3. Select "Yes" to Do you have a cruise booked with Holland America?
4. Enter Holland America Booking Number
5. Enter Sailing Date
6. Enter First Name & Last Name
7. Continue
8. Follow the instructions to continue with registration.

If you require further assistance, please call the Holland America support desk at 1-800-426-0327.

Several weeks prior to your departure date, you will receive notification via email that Optional Tours are available for booking at an additional cost. These Optional Tours are also available for purchase online by logging into your YMT account. Optional Tour information will also be mailed to you along with your travel documents.

Additional Shore Excursions are available directly with the cruise line. We highly recommend that you book Shore Excursions well in advance by accessing the cruise line's website and registering online. Information on how to register with the cruise line will be mailed to you along with your travel documents.

The weather in Seattle will be warmer with average temperatures between 74°F and 53°F during the months of May through September. The weather in northern California will be warm with average temperatures between 78°F and 53°F during the months of May through September. The weather in Alaska will be fairly cooler with average temperatures between 62°F and 48°F during the months of May through September.

You can find more information on the weather in California here.
You can find more on the weather in Alaska here.

On Cruise
For most ocean cruises, consider three different types of clothing: casual attire for days aboard, layered outfits for time in port, and smart or formal eveningwear. Contact your respective cruise line for their dress code and guidelines for evening attire. Typically, a larger amount of nights is reserved for more casual clothing while some evenings are set aside for formalwear. Some recommendations for daywear include slacks or pants, blouses or shirts, knit tops or polo shirts. Bring a pair of sneakers or rubber-soled shoes for deck sports and a swimsuit cover-up for cool areas on the ship. As port wear for women consider a casual dress, skirt and blouse, or pants outfit; for men, casual pants or walking shorts, and polo-type shirts. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Also, remember to bring extra bathing suits, as well as sun block, sun visors and other types of sun protection. Formal attire can include cocktail dress, gown, or dressy pantsuit for women and a tuxedo, suit, or dinner jacket with slacks for men. Note that T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are often not allowed in certain areas of the ship, for example restaurants.

On Tour
For more information, check out our How To Pack for Your Alaskan Vacation article.

You will need U.S. dollar in the U.S. and Canadian Dollar in British Columbia.



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