2019 Tour Details
Discover the unique beauty of Alaska and the Yukon Territory during this invigorating vacation. In Alaska, ride the Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service to Denali National Park, with its impressive mountains, breathtaking scenery, and amazing wildlife. During your guided wilderness tour, you’ll have an opportunity to seek out grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and much more. Also enjoy the magnificent scenery in Valdez, the "Switzerland of Alaska," during your cruise on Prince William Sound. Get a closer look at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline and cruise aboard a sternwheeler riverboat in Fairbanks. On this Alaska and Yukon tour and cruise, you’ll also experience some of the most majestic scenery in Canada combined with fascinating history. You’ll visit towns important during the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon—Whitehorse and Dawson City. In Dawson City, step back in time at the site where the first gold strike was made, and learn how gold changed this land forever. Enjoy entertainment at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, Canada’s oldest gambling hall, complete with can-can dancers, ragtime music, and an old-fashioned casino. This is just a sampling of the wonderful scenery and many sights that await you on this marvelous Alaska and Yukon Territory and cruise tour. Globus has also arranged special experiences to make your vacation unique. For example, you'll hear an exclusive presentation on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist and in Whitehorse, you'll visit the premier dogsled facility, Muktuk Adventures, to meet the huskies and their trainers. On your 7-night Alaska cruise, cruise through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage watching for whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and more. Witness huge slabs of ice break off and "calve" into the sea in Glacier Bay National Park, and visit Haines, Juneau, and Ketchikan. Just imagine the memories you’ll create on this spectacular vacation!
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*Book and deposit a 2020 Globus Europe, South or North America (excluding Cuba, 2020 Oberammergau and Escapes by Globus) vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between February 7, 2018 and November 26, 2019 for travel in 2020. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and air credit. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2019 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time. Available from participating GFOB office only. EBD
WASILLA Visit Iditarod HeadquartersTALKEETNA–DENALI Journey aboard the Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome ServiceDENALI NATIONAL PARK Welcome dinner with [LF] exclusive presentation by a local Naturalist; guided wilderness tour, [LF] lunch and tasting at the 49th State BreweryFAIRBANKS City tour; cruise aboard the sternwheeler Discovery; visit the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Museum and the Trans-Alaska Oil PipelineDAWSON CITY Visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, Claim #1, and the Robert Service Interpretive CenterWHITEHORSE Visit the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre and riverboat SS Klondike; [LF] presentation at Muktuk Adventures with a special Taste of the Yukon dinnerVALDEZ Visit the Valdez Museum; private cruise on Prince William SoundANCHORAGEFarewell dinnerCRUISE 7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Noordam or MS Zaandam
Free Wi-Fi available in most hotels
Breakfast daily, 9 lunches including a picnic lunch in Denali National Park, 10 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Arrive in Anchorage. Welcome to Alaska! Meet your Tour Director this evening between 5 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.
Anchorage–Wasilla–Talkeetna–Alaska Railroad–Denali National Park. Traveling north into the majestic wilds of Alaska, visit the IDITAROD HEADQUARTERS, home of the world-famous dogsled race. Arrive in Talkeetna, the jumping-off point for climbers attempting to summit Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. Board the historic ALASKA RAILROAD for a scenic trip to DENALI NATIONAL PARK (see page 39 for information about your train). Enjoy dinner at the Murie Science & Learning Center, followed by an exclusive [LF] PRESENTATION on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist.
Denali National Park. Today, a guided WILDERNESS TOUR takes you into 6-million-acre Denali National Park to explore the majestic wilderness and seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and other wildlife! Your afternoon is free for optional adventures such as float trips, a dogsled demonstration, a helicopter ride over the park, or a delicious dinner and rollicking musical comedy performed in a camp house reminiscent of the Gold Rush era. (B,L)
Denali National Park–Fairbanks. This morning, spend a little more time marveling at the wonder of Denali National Park. Then, enjoy a friendly atmosphere during lunch at the [LF] 49th STATE BREWERY, where you’ll have a chance to sample some local specialties. Travel into the heart of Alaska to Fairbanks, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
Fairbanks. This morning, board the sternwheeler Discovery for a CRUISE on the Chena and Tanana Rivers, with a stop at a recreated Chena Indian Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. Later, visit the UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA–FAIRBANKS MUSEUM during your Fairbanks city tour, and also stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline.
Fairbanks–Dawson City. Continuing the journey into Gold Rush history, motor over the Top of the World Highway and enter the Yukon. Passing through the village of Chicken, today promises to be filled with breathtaking scenery. Tonight you have reservations at DIAMOND TOOTH GERTIE’S, featuring ragtime music, can-can girls, and an old-fashioned casino.
Dawson City. Today, step back in time at the site of CLAIM #1, where the first gold strike was made. Continue to the ROBERT SERVICE INTERPRETIVE CENTER and learn about the “Bard of the Yukon” and the numerous poems and ballads he composed while exploring this remote area. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.
Dawson City–Whitehorse. Today, trace the trail of the gold seekers on their way to the Klondike. View the Five Finger Rapids, which once posed a major obstacle to the hordes of fortune seekers stampeding into the Yukon. Your day concludes in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon.
Whitehorse. A city tour stops at the YUKON BERINGIA INTERPRETIVE CENTRE, where you can meet the Ice Age giant mammals that once ruled the ancient subcontinent. See the SS KLONDIKE RIVERBOAT and learn about its importance on the Yukon River in the Gold Rush days. Later, head to Whitehorse’s premier dogsled facility, [LF] MUKTUK ADVENTURES, where you will personally meet the huskies and their trainers. Here, learn about the training and care of Alaskan Huskies as well as the lifestyle required to race in world-famous competitions such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest. Afterward, enjoy a special Taste of the Yukon dinner.
Whitehorse–Tok. Return to Alaska, traveling along the rugged mountains of Kluane National Park, home to 19,625-foot Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. Continue on the Alaska Highway to Tok, the “Dog Sled Capital of the World.”
Tok–Valdez. Head to Alaska’s northernmost ice-free port, Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal. As you travel toward some of the highest coastal mountains in the world, enjoy views of Thompson Pass, Worthington Glacier, and Bridal Veil Falls before arriving in the “Switzerland of Alaska”—Valdez. Visit the unique VALDEZ MUSEUM late this afternoon.
Valdez–Whittier–Anchorage. Board a BOAT today and get a closer look at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal, the many massive glaciers, and the playful sea life of PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND. Keep your eyes open for eagles, whales, mountain goats, dolphins, and sea lions! This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Anchorage–Seward (Embarkation). Transfer to the pier to embark on your Holland America cruise ship, the MS Noordam (sailing on the following departures: May 30, June 13, July 25, and August 8, 22) or MS Zaandam (sailing on the following departures: May 23, June 20, July 4, 18, and August 1, 29).
Cruising: Gulf of Alaska. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as we travel the route of Alaska’s Marine Highway. The entire shoreline of the Gulf of Alaska is a rugged combination of forests, mountains, and tidewater glaciers. Be on the lookout for Alaska’s wildlife including whales, seals, otters, puffins and more. (B,L,D)
Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park. This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea—making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events. (B,L,D)
Haines. Nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, Haines enjoys a spectacular setting. You may choose to take a float trip through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the largest annual gathering of bald eagles, or maybe visit the Sheldon Museum, art galleries, or local shops in town. (B,L,D)
Juneau. Visit one of the most remote capital cities—Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. (B,L,D)
Ketchikan. Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques. (B,L,D)
Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage. Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. (B,L,D)
Vancouver (Disembarkation). The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules; airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon.
The hotel is located in the heart of Anchorage and just moments from Anchorage's best restaurants, museums and attractions. The hotel has a fitness center, hot tub, business center, concierge service, gift shop, lounge, and 24 hour room service.