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Insight Vacations Jewels of Alaska (Summer 2017) (AJAK)

7 Days starts and ends in Anchorage Print
Tour Style: Premium Trip
USA, Canada and South America 2017
Visits: United States

Spectacular Denali National Park, calving glaciers and abundant wildlife combine to create the ultimate Alaskan experience.This stunning tour is immensely popular with guests seeking the perfect combination of informative sightseeing, thrilling wilderness experiences and tranquil relaxation. Firstly, soak up the grandeur of Alaska with two nights in Anchorage, Denali National Park and Mt. Alyeska Resort. Then, after a full-day cruise excursion counting glaciers on Prince William Sound, many guests choose to join the 7-day luxury cruise along the Alaskan coast to Vancouver.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Anchorage: Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the downtown area.
  • Denali National Park: See Mt. Denali.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Anchorage: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
  • Denali: A night of fun, festivity and food. Get a taste of old-time Alaska at a boisterous theatre dinner.
  • Girdwood: Enjoy an exclusive lunch and a chance to meet the dogs of a champion dog musher.
  • Mount Alyeska: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialities with wine and newfound friends.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 lunch (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) Included on-board Holland America Glacier Discovery Cruise:* 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska's first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center.
  • Anchorage: In much of Alaska, where large distances separate towns and the road system is limited, bush planes are a part of everyday life. Visit the largest float plane base in the world and meet one of the experienced pilots.
  • Alaskan Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery all the way to Denali National Park.
  • Denali: Learn about the National Park's wildlife and ecosystem accompanied by a local climber.
  • Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains and Cook Inlet.
  • Prince William Sound: Experience the sounds of the thundering calving of glaciers on your included day cruise.
  • Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a reseacher of the Alaska SeaLife Center.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • 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.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, 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'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of 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. Plus we include 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.
  • Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour.
  • *All facilities aboard the Holland America cruise ship.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers
Welcome to Alaska. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, there is a transfer to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Day: 2 Anchorage Sightseeing
Get acquainted with downtown Anchorage. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the traditions of Alaska's first people during this private presentation. Afterward, journey around Lake Hood to visit the largest float plane base in the world. Meet a bush pilot who shares fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. The rest of the afternoon is yours to browse among the shops or native art galleries. In the evening, you are invited for a delectable Highlight Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
Day: 3 Journey along the Alaskan Railroad
Journey to Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak and the inspiration for the TV program 'Northern Exposure'. After a brief visit of downtown, board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over narrow gorges and swift-rushing streams to Denali National Park. View steep valleys framed by craggy mountains from the comfort of your reclining seat in the deluxe dome railcar. Your welcoming hotel is located on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, with unparalleled views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and Nenana River Canyon. Tonight, enjoy a taste of the frontier at a Signature Evening with boisterous theatre, featuring old-time sourdough, song-and-dance and hearty Alaska fare.
Day: 4 Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness
(Relaxed Start) The 6 million acre Denali National Park and Preserve is just a short walk away. Learn about the tundra and wildlife in the park from a local climber and wildlife expert. The remainder of the day is open for recreation or optional activities. Perhaps take an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River or a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mt. Denali.
Day: 5 Girdwood and Mount Alyeska
Your day begins with a scenic journey south on the George Parks Highway. Stop along the way for lunch and an exclusive visit with Martin Buser, a champion dog musher and four-time Iditarod winner. You are invited to meet his dogs and share the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1688 km) dogsled race. Continue on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views. Arrive in the town of Girdwood, home of Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for panoramic views of the mountains and sea at your leisure. The evening is free for you to enjoy.
Day: 6 Prince William Sound Cruise
(Relaxed Start) Today is devoted to the 26 Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thundering calving of glaciers and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as sea otters, porpoises and whales. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialties, complete with wine and good cheer.
Day: 7 To Seward and out of Anchorage
Visit the aquariums of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and enjoy an exclusive presentation about their marine research and rehabilitation program. Explore downtown at your own pace. Then return to Anchorage and transfer to the airport or the tour hotel if extending your stay. Airport arrival will be at 15:30.

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, Triple

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