Check Off Your Bucket List
There’s more of the unexpected waiting for you on Windstar Cruise Tours, combining the best of the land and the sea to check off those bucket list experiences. Go in-land and explore more of the culture and natural beauty to compliment your ports of call. Explore breathtaking Denali National Park with its frenzy of untamed wilderness and witness calving glaciers alive with a millennia of history all on the same itinerary. Take in up-close and personal experiences that you’ll tell stories about for years to come.
With Windstar Cruise Tours, we’ll handle all of the logistics on-land with tickets to attractions, hotel accommodations, select meals, every detail will be looked after. And because it’s Windstar, rest assured you’ll have an experience that awakens your sense of adventure and fills you with wonder.
Vancouver to Fairbanks - 15 Days
Awaken and inspire your sense of adventure as you sail north through Canada’s Inside Passage to Alaska along the same waterway frequented by prospectors and fortune-seekers more than a century ago. Your first stop is Ketchikan, a former last-stop mining supply outpost to Skagway-bound adventurers. Wander among the world’s largest totem pole collection and ponder contemporary dilemmas, like whether you want your Chinook salmon served sizzling on an aromatic cedar plank or cured next to an open alder wood fire. Whatever you decide, pair it with a side of sourdough bread and raise a glass of microbrew to the memory of the Klondike stampede. Admire the glaciated slopes and ice floes of Alaska’s Misty Fjords, Tracy and Endicott Arms and Kenai Fjords, but keep a weather eye on the horizon for the telltale spray and black fins of orca pods. Disembark in Seward and ride inland to Fairbanks and scenic Denali National Park. Caribou, foxes and Dall sheep observations are nearly certain, but even the locals grow excited about grizzly and wolf pack sightings. A detailed float along the Chena River provides additional opportunities for ursine encounters prior to your transfer to Fairbanks Airport and your reentry into the predictabilities of a less-adventurous modern civilization.
SiemReap to Benoa - 14 Days
Stand among the shadows as day dawns over Angkor Wat, or sleep in and take a comprehensive walking tour of the temple complex after breakfast. During your visit you’ll see the ornate intricacies of Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and the serene sculpted faces of Bayon Temple. In Singapore you can take a waterfront tour of the financial district’s towering commercial monuments or lose yourself in the verdant splendors of the Botanic Gardens. When you’re aboard your Windstar ship, you’ll be watching vessels pass in one of the busiest maritime traffic lanes in the world, or easing into the indulgence of a relaxing spa. In Jakarta you can sample spicy fried bananas, duck egg omelets and other street foods or dare to take a spin on a sleek rollercoaster at Ancol Dreamland amusement park. Admire Loh Liang’s massive Komodo dragons along sandy shorelines in Indonesia. Stretch your toes on a warm, uncrowded beach on Lombok Island or examine rare fossils and artifacts in Lembar. This enlightening and far-reaching journey includes the Bali paradise of Benoa, a legendary vacation destination rich in snorkeling, sunbathing and tropical dining opportunities.
SiemReap to Singapore - 14 Days
Immerse yourself in an epic travel adventure that contrasts Southeast Asia’s grandest contemporary marvels with epic ancient temples and rustic villages throughout a 2-week tour from Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to the ports, beaches and modern cities throughout Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Angkor Wat’s in depth land excursion gives you the freedom to experience the harmony and grandeur of this UNESCO site when you witness the temple at dawn or join up later in the day to see Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the Banyon Temple, Ta Prohm and more. After two days in Cambodia you’ll fly to Bangkok and see famed landmarks like the Golden Buddha, Wat Traimit, Wat Pho and the Marble Temple before boarding your ship bound for the Gulf of Thailand. Relax beachside on an idyllic, uncrowded shoreline near Ko Kut. Shoot skyward in a state-of-the-art elevator to the KL Tower observation deck and take in the sweeping views of Kuala Lumpur. Wander a serpentine bridge deck and ponder summit vistas from the airy Langkawi Skybridge above Langkawi’s UNESCO Global Geopark, the longest curved, free-span suspension bridge in the world. This cruise features a special overnight stay in Thailand’s Phuket, so you can spend the day basking on a sunny beach before dining and dancing late into the evening. Trace your fingers along the weathered walls and UNESCO World Heritage architecture of Penang, formerly known as George Town, the first British settlement established by the East India Trade Company. Sample authentic local or eclectic, ethnic street foods ranging from simple grilled chicken to Chinese stir-fry or a wide range of Indian- and Thai-influenced curry dishes. Browse cluttered kiosks and colorful corner shops overladen with handicrafts and trinkets in Singapore’s Chinatown and Little India. It’s a perfect final stop for picking up one-of-a-kind personal mementos and souvenirs before catching a flight either home or to your next vacation getaway.
SiemReap to Hong Kong - 17 Days
Experience the wonder of sunrise filtering across the silhouetted spires of Angkor Wat. Inhale the floral fragrances—even spicy hints of vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon--among countless blooms growing throughout Singapore’s National Orchid Garden. This 17-day cruise tour from Siem Reap to Hong Kong by way of Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines features a 3-day land tour of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and a thousand ways to indulge your senses. Seek out the perfect cat sculptures in the busy and cluttered open markets of Kuching, Malaysia. Sample spicy curry or fried rice street food along Bandar Seri Begawan’s waterfront or, if you desire more rustic surroundings, take a water taxi to the wooden boardwalks and stilted shacks of 600-year-old Kampong Ayer on the Brunei River. Learn about Borneo’s rarest and endangered birds, mammals and amphibians at Malaysia’s Kinabalu Park. Float past imposing limestone walls on Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River. Snorkel near coral reefs and above wartime wreckage in Coron. Reflect in silence among the grandeur of the Manila Cathedral, then dance the night away under flashing lights and pulsing music beats during an overnight port stay. Bask on a warm beach at one of the exclusive and critically acclaimed resorts among the Hundred Islands in the Philippines. This memorable cruise concludes in Hong Kong Harbor, where you can ride a tram high above the busy waterfront, or shop for bargains and souvenirs among old stores and contemporary emporiums at the epicenter of one of the world’s best shopping destinations.
Beijing (Tianjin) to Hong Kong - 14 Days
Immerse your senses in a Far East journey featuring the vibrant big cities of Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei combined with the natural beauty of remote coastlines and Ishigaki Island’s rare blue coral reefs off Japan. Journey inland to Mutianyu, where you can walk along the best preserved sections of The Great Wall, and visit the storied walled city of Xian, where you can marvel at the bronze spears and intricate mail detailing sculpted into ancient Terracotta Warriors. Wander the wide, 109-acre expanse of Beijing’s historic Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public spaces in the world. Slurp spicy noodles and dine on delicious duck in Qingdao, or tour museums that reveal the European influences dating back to Imperial Germany’s century-old mining operations. Float in a glass-bottom boat over colorful fish and sharp reefs near Ishigaki Island in Japan. Participate in a Chinese Kong Fu tea ceremony in Taipei, or set off for the steep, green mountains and rags-to-riches stories throughout the old gold mining village of Chiufen. Among the precipitous steel and glass canyons of Hong Kong, you can board a steep funicular railway bound for the Peak Tram Station high above the contemporary wonders lining the shores of Victoria Harbor.
Fairbanks to Vancouver - 18 Days
Alaska has always been a home for adventure. Pioneers and optimistic prospectors might have settled the scenic Tanana River Valley near Fairbanks, but recent archeological evidence suggests that humans roamed this basin for more than 11,000 years eventually inhabiting the rest of North America. As you search for caribou, Dall sheep, roaming wolf packs and elusive grizzly bears in Denali National Park, consider the humble but adventurous group of miners and missionaries who made the first successful summit attempt of Denali in 1913. In Seward you’ll board Star Legend and set sail for the calving glaciers and frozen floes in the Kenai, Misty Fjords, and the Tracy and Endicott Arms. Observe firsthand the importance of fishing and canneries in tiny coastal communities like Haines, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Metlakatla. Snack on poutine in Prince Rupert—fries topped with a mixture of cheese curds and brown gravy—paired perfectly with a pint-glass of Canadian Caesar cocktail. Cruise among the evergreen forests and rocky coastlines of British Columbia’s Inside Passage until you slip beneath the towering Lions Gate Bridge and into the shining city streets of Vancouver. There’s still time for whale watching or even a waterfront kayak tour, but one of the best ways to see the city requires a gondola ride to Grouse Mountain’s ski slopes. When you’re ready to share memories, sit back and sample the exceptional international cuisine available from high-profile chefs who have established restaurants throughout Gastown and Downtown.
Fairbanks to Tokyo - 20 Days
Moose mingle in the forest and tall underbrush throughout Alaska’s Denali National Park, but locals will tell you that spotting wolves and bears is the crowning achievement during any park excursion. Keep an eye on the riverbanks as you glide along the Chena River and you might glimpse brown, grizzly or black bears foraging for tart berries. The Alaskan interior is a majestic setting where 4-legged wildlife encounters are frequent and memorable. Sail from Seward and explore remote fishing villages few outsiders experience beyond travel documentaries. Hike to the grassy crest of Pillar Mountain above Kodiak and watch air taxis and commercial floatplanes slip into berths, depositing game hunters and backcountry thrill seekers from all over the world. Wander between stacked crab pots, concrete bunkers and Dutch Harbor’s countless rusting artifacts left by thousands of enlisted men after World War II. Cross the International Date Line and merge with streams of shoppers and vendors in Kushiro’s thriving Fisherman’s Wharf. Watch ivory-winged endangered cranes pick among the reeds in Hokkaido’s wetlands. The pulsating street noise and neon of Tokyo await, enticing you with countless curios and tiny shops, performances featuring whirling dancers and thumping drums, and deliciously distinct dishes destined to challenge the most adventurous epicureans.
Hong Kong to SiemReap - 15 Days
Discover Southeast Asia’s best ports during this delightful overview of the best cities, coastal sights and historic landmarks. Your exceptional travel experience includes a land tour to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, and opportunities to see the nearby Angkor Archaeological Park and the distinct, brightly painted villages floating along the shores of Tonlé Sap Lake. Board a funicular tram bound for Victoria Peak’s exceptional vistas above Hong Kong’s skyline. Stroll beneath the thousand-year-old arches inside Hanoi’s Temple of Literature , then explore 36 Streets, Vietnam’s oldest city district the workplace for merchants and skilled artisans for more than two millennia. Stretch your legs on warm, sandy beaches as circular woven basket boats bob between paddle strokes in the currents off the beaches of Nha Trang. Barter with Ben Thanh Market vendors in Ho Chi Minh City before learning Vietnamese culinary arts from a renowned local chef.
Tokyo to Beijing (Tianjin) - 14 Days
Gaze into the terracotta eyes of stoic Chinese warriors sculpted more than 2,000 years ago. Step up to the imposing, ornate red gates leading to the Forbidden City in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This exceptional 2-week cruise tour connects the largest landmarks and pristine beaches of China, South Korea and Japan with a bucket list land excursion from Beijing to the Terracotta Warriors in Xian and The Great Wall, the longest man-made structure in the world. Explore the alabaster-like coastal grandeur of Karatsu Castle in Japan, the mysterious, 1,300-year-old Beomeosa Temple near Busan in South Korea, and the stark, skeletal remains of the Atomic Bomb Dome at Hiroshima in Japan. Take in a scenic and sweeping 360-degree view of Kyoto from the Umeda Sky Building. Dine on freshly caught seafood in Shimizu’s vibrant and noisy fish market. Taste the unique, slightly tannic flavor of macha tea green gelato in Tokyo, or sit down for a full meal of fried vegetables and seafood dunked in crunchy tempura batter. If you’re yearning for detailed cultural immersion in this unique and historic region, this cruise is rich in precious memories you will savor for a lifetime.