Jewels Of Alaska With Insight Vacations
Welcome to Alaska. A haven for nature lovers, this US state is home to sweeping landscapes, calving glaciers and spectacular national parks. While here you'll have the opportunity to explore the iconic Denali National Park and to immerse yourself in its natural beauty, which is abundant in wildlife and breathtaking views. You'll have a range of stylish transportation options to see you through your trip, with the second half of your journey on board your Holland America cruise ship.
• Anchorage: 2 nights
• Denali National Park: 2 nights
• Alyeska: 2 nights
DAY 1 ANCHORAGE, THE CITY OF LIGHTS AND FLOWERS
Welcome to Alaska. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
Meals: Dinner with Wine
DAY 2 ANCHORAGE SIGHTSEEING TO TALKEETNA
Get acquainted with Anchorage with an included city tour. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Centre and learn about the fascinating traditions of Alaska's first people during a private presentation. In the afternoon, depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak. Upon arrival, meet a bush pilot who will share fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. The evening is yours at leisure, so ask your Travel Director for suggestions on where is best to head for a bite to eat.
Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
DAY 3 JOURNEY ALONG THE ALASKAN RAILROAD
This morning is yours to explore more of Talkeetna. Later in the morning board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, towards Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed railcar before meeting a local climber who will tell stories about what it's like to brave a climb up the tallest land-based mountain in the world. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner hosted by Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater. This theatrical dinner mixes old-time Alaska with storytelling, music and humour as you join a cast of characters in a tale of adventure in 1900s Alaska. The menu includes hearty Alaskan classics such as salmon, barbeque ribs and corn.
Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 4 - RELAXED START DENALI NATIONAL PARK, THE CROWN JEWEL OF THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS
With the Denali National Park and Preserve just a short drive away from your hotel, you'll find a number of ways to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness on your own, or spend the day partaking in one of our optional activities. From an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River (waiver required) to a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mount Denali, the choice is yours – just don’t forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge and enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings at night.
DAY 5 GIRDWOOD AND MOUNT ALYESKA
Enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway. After lunch, meet the champion dog team of four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 km) dogsled race. Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for sweeping views of the mountains and sea. The evening is free for you to enjoy.
Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6 - RELAXED START PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND CRUISE
Today is devoted to the 26-Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thunderous calving of glaciers and keep your eyes open for sea otters, porpoises, and whales. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, featuring a variety of local seafood specialities, complete with wine and good cheer. You’ll get some shut eye at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, which is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
DAY 7 SEWARD AND RETURN TO ANCHORAGE
Visit the aquariums of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward and enjoy an exclusive presentation about their marine research and rehabilitation program. Have lunch and explore downtown at your own pace. Your Travel Director will be on hand to give you a few recommendations. Return to Anchorage and transfer to the airport or head to the trip hotel for guests extending their stay. Airport arrival will be at 17:00.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Good to know
Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska's first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center.
Talkeetna: Interact with a local bush pilot who will regale you with tales of the joys and challenges of flying in rural Alaska.
Denali: Meet a local climber at a private reception and hear first-hand about their experience climbing the tallest land-based mountain in the world.
Big Lake: Enjoy a chance to meet the dogs of a championship dog musher and learn about Alaskan Huskies and Arctic dog sleigh racers. Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a researcher from the Alaska SeaLife Center.
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
Anchorage: Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the downtown area. Alaskan Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery, all the way to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Denali National Park: See Mount Denali.
Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains.
Prince William Sound: Experience majestic glaciers on your cruise.
Anchorage: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
Denali: A night of fun, festivity and food awaits during your Highlight Dinner. Get a taste of old-time Alaska at a boisterous dinner theatre.
Girdwood: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialities and wine.
Accommodation on tour
Anchorage: The Sheraton Hotel and Spa simply boasts the finest lodging in the city.
Denali: The Grande Denali Lodge offers panoramic views of the entire canyon.
Alyeska: The luxurious Hotel Alyeska is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views.
Tours depart in May, Jun, Jul, Aug and Sep; please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for more details.
Included in price
• An expert Insight Tour Director will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'
• Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort
• A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
• Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
• Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
• All taxes and porterage charges at hotels.Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
• Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
• Airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour
• 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners with wine.