DENALI & ALASKAN WILDERNESS CRUISE TOUR

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Denali & Alaskan Wilderness Cruise Tour

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8:00 PM
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Aug 7 Tue
9:00 AM
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Aug 8 Wed
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
Aug 9 Thu
6:00 AM
6:00 PM
Aug 10 Fri
7:00 AM
7:00 PM
Aug 12 Sun
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
Aug 13 Mon
7:00 AM
8:00 PM
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8:00 AM
8:00 PM
Aug 15 Wed
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
Aug 16 Thu
6:00 AM
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Aug 16 Thu
4:00 PM
7:00 PM
Aug 17 Fri
4:49 PM
4:49 PM
Aug 18 Sat
8:00 AM
TUE JUL 31
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Fairbanks

day 1 Fairbanks Arrival


Fairbanks
Rivers, mountains, emerald wilderness and milky blue glacial lakes pass below during the flight to Fairbanks. After meeting your Alaskan Guide and transferring to your comfortable hotel, the rest of the day is yours to rest up or explore downtown Fairbanks’ unique blend of old and new.

(Includes overnight at Fairbanks Hotel)
WED AUG 1
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Denali

day 2 Fairbanks to Denali


Fairbanks to Denali
Board the Riverboat Discovery for a trip back in time on the Chena River, stopping along the way to learn frontier living skills at an Athabascan Indian village, watch an Alaskan bush pilot use the river as a runway, and visit Iditarod champion Susan Butcher’s kennels. After a scenic drive to Denali National Park, mingle with fellow guests at a Welcome Reception, then get a taste of old-time Alaska at Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater, complete with an all-you-can-eat salmon and barbecue ribs dinner.

(Includes overnight at Denali Lodge, Breakfast, Reception and Dinner)
THU AUG 2
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Denali

day 3 Denali National Park


Denali
Spend a full seven or eight hours in the park famous for its wildlife, searching for moose, Dall sheep, caribou, grizzlies and wolves. If you have energy to spare, finish the day with an ATV, zip line or horseback adventure on your own.

(Includes overnight at Denali Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and a Snack)
FRI AUG 3
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Talkeetna

day 4 Denali to Talkeetna


Talkeetna
Board your deluxe domed train for a scenic ride to the quaint village of Talkeetna at the foot of Denali. Settle into your hotel, then listen to colorful tales of the area’s history before your Farewell Dinner.

(Includes overnight at Talkeetna Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
SAT AUG 4
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Seward (Anchorage)

day 5 Talkeetna to Anchorage to Seward


Talkeetna to Anchorage to Seward
The Seward Highway is one of the most breathtaking routes in Alaska, following along Turnagain Arm and through the Kenai Mountains. Pause in Anchorage for a visit to the Anchorage Museum before finishing the drive to Star Legend.

(Includes Breakfast and then all meals onboard Star Legend)
SAT AUG 4
TO 8:00 PM Seward (Anchorage)

day 5 Seward (Anchorage), Alaska


Seward, (Anchorage’s gateway) is sandwiched between the Kenai Mountains and the Kenai Fjords National Park. It is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities, with Mount Marathon rising majestically behind the town. Even though Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, it is also home to 1,500 moose, surrounded by national parks full of wildlife.
SUN AUG 5
7:00 AM TO 5:30 PM Kenai Fjords National Park

day 6 Scenic Cruising Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska


Today is a day of wonder as you cruise the Kenai Fjords, Alaska’s smallest national park. Carved by glaciers flowing from the Harding Icefield to the sea, Kenai Fjords has a rugged arctic landscape and is a rich habitat for marine animals and other wildlife. Most cruise lines can’t go here so enjoy this unique opportunity. As with all Alaska, what you’ll be able to see is subject to weather and ice conditions.
TUE AUG 7
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Sitka

day 8 Sitka, Alaska


Sitka is one of the oldest and most culturally significant communities in Alaska, filled with rich Tlingit, Russian, and early American settler history. Sitka is famous for its spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, the copper-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Pioneer Home and the Russian Bishop’s House. It contains 22 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is where the contract of sale was signed transferring Alaska from Russia to the United States.
WED AUG 8
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Icy Strait Point (Hoonah)

day 9 Icy Strait Point, (Hoonah) Alaska


Totem Pole icy strait
Privately owned Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination and the only privately owned cruise destination in Alaska. It is the property of 1,350 Alaskan natives with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Visitors here enjoy an educational experience learning about Alaska's native cultures, and the natural history of the region. There is much to do here including a brown bear search, tram excursion, flightseeing over Glacier Bay and the biggest zipline in the United States.
THU AUG 9
6:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Haines

day 10 Haines, Alaska


Bald Eagle Alaska
Haines is one of the most popular Alaska cruise ports and one of the best places for hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing, especially bald eagles.  Within the Haines city limits Fort William H. Seward is a nationally recognized historic landmark, with some of its structures open to the public. Other cultural offerings in Haines include the Alaska Indian Arts Center where traditional craftsmen offer demonstrations of their work, the Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center where local Tlingit people are featured, the Hammer Museum, dedicated to the history of the hammer and the Tsirku Canning Company Museum with memories of Haines’ salmon canneries.
FRI AUG 10
7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Juneau

day 11 Juneau, Alaska


Located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, Juneau sits at sea level below steep mountains between 3,500-4,000 feet high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow, and two of them – Mendenhall Glacier and Lemon Creek Glacier are visible from the local road. A unique feature of Juneau is that it is the only U.S. capital that has no roads connecting it to the rest of the state.
SAT AUG 11
5:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm

day 12 Scenic Cruising Tracy Arm / Endicott Arm, Alaska


Stunningly beautiful Tracy Arm is a fjord 45 miles south of Juneau that actually consists of two deep and narrow fjords – Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 30 miles long. At the end of Tracy Arm are the impressive twin Sawyer Glaciers. Wildlife in the area includes black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals and a variety of birds. What you'll be able to see today and how far we can travel up Tracy Arm is weather and ice dependent.
SUN AUG 12
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Wrangell

day 13 Wrangell, Alaska


One of the oldest towns in Alaska, Wrangell is located near the mouth of the Stikine River. Much of its history can be seen in the impressive collection of totems scattered throughout the town. Highlights here are the amazing Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park where you can find primitive rock carvings and just 30 miles away is the Anan Wildlife Observatory with the largest pink salmon runs in the Inside Passage, and a platform from which you can look for eagles, harbor seals and black bears.
MON AUG 13
7:00 AM TO 8:00 PM Misty Fjords

day 14 Scenic Cruising Misty Fjords, Alaska


Misty Fjords, with its gorgeous views of natural formations is a national monument and wilderness area with steep valleys formed by glaciers and lava flows. It is part of the Tongass National Forest and is about 40 miles east of Ketchikan along the Inside Passage. With its icy blue lakes, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and glacial valleys literally everywhere you point your camera you will get a postcard picture, depending on the weather of course.
TUE AUG 14
8:00 AM TO 8:00 PM Ketchikan

day 15 Ketchikan, Alaska


Dubbed the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan is the southeastern-most town in Alaska and is home to the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles that are found throughout the city and at four major locations: Saxman Totem Park, Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, and the Totem Heritage Center. Other attractions of Ketchikan are Creek Street, a boardwalk road built on pilings over Ketchikan Creek and the Waterfront Promenade that skirts the bustling shoreline with inviting whale-tail benches to take in the view.
WED AUG 15
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Metlakatla

day 16 Metlakatla, Alaska


Located on Annette Island, 15 miles southwest of Ketchikan, and midway in the Inside Passage 600 miles from Seattle, Washington and 600 miles from Skagway, Alaska, Metlakatla is the only settlement of the indigenous Tsimshian people in the U.S.  Membership in this community is by lineage, primarily Tsimshian people, but may also include other Alaska Native tribes who wish to join. Visitors to the community can take in the dance and song shows in the longhouse performed by local dancers dressed in full Tsimshian regalia.
THU AUG 16
6:00 AM TO 12:00 PM Prince Rupert

day 17 Prince Rupert, BC, Canada


brown bears alaska
Picturesque Prince Rupert, located on Kaien Island, just north of the mouth of the Skeena River is rich in culture and heritage. Prince Rupert was founded in 1910 on a site that has been inhabited by First Nations people for over 10,000 years. The area is rich with wildlife like whales, eagles, salmon and grizzly bears. 
THU AUG 16
4:00 PM TO 7:00 PM Grenville Channel

day 17 Scenic Cruising Grenville Channel, Canada


Mountains of 1,500 to 3,500 feet surround Grenville Channel, the most spectacular channel along the Inside Passage located between Pitt Island and the mainland south of Prince Rupert. The narrowest portion is a mere 1,400 feet wide, but depths of up to 1,620 feet allow vessels to travel close to the shore.  Relax and enjoy the scenic 43 miles of this waterway, and be on the lookout for the wildlife living here.
FRI AUG 17
4:49 PM TO 4:49 PM Canadian Inside Passage

day 18 Scenic Cruising Canadian Inside Passage


Today we cruise the fjords of Canada’s Inside Passage boasting centuries-old coastal rainforests, beaches, waterfalls and mountains. Over 25,000 miles of rugged coastline lie in Canada’s Inside Passage, joining Alaska’s 15,000 miles of inside waters and provides a safe and sheltered West Coast waterway transit.  In this isolated wilderness look for coastal First Nations longhouses fronted with proud totems and a variety of marine life, from orcas and porpoises to some of the largest populations of bald eagles in the world.
SAT AUG 18
8:00 AM TO Vancouver

day 19 Vancouver, BC, Canada


Vancouver’s location at the mouth of the Fraser River and on the waterways of the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and all their tributaries makes this busy seaport an easy place for meeting. It is one of Canada’s most populated, most ethnically diverse cities that is a popular filming location. Visit the interesting neighborhoods of Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and stroll through Stanley Park. See the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. There is an amazing variety of things to see and do here.

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