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.
Fairbanks to Vancouver - 16 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.
Hong Kong to Tianjin (Beijing) - 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.
Tianjin (Beijing) to Tokyo - 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.
Vancouver to Calgary - 16 Days
Combine an Inside Passage cruise stretching from Vancouver, British Columbia to Alaskan scenic fiords with a train and coach tour across British Columbia to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Float among turquoise-tinged Alaskan ice floes in kayaks or Zodiacs with Windstar’s Signature Expedition guides, a team of highly skilled naturalists and wildness experts who assist and answer questions throughout the entire cruise. Sample Ketchikan’s tangy smoked salmon, rich Dungeness crab and frothy Alaska microbrews or wander among the largest collection of standing totem poles in the world. Shop for unique gifts and keepsakes in one-of-a-kind boutiques and modern galleries in Vancouver’s Gastown. Board the Rocky Mountaineer for a railway journey along the rushing Fraser River, verdant ranchlands, forgotten homesteads and precipitous canyons leading up and across North American’s Great Continental Divide. Soar skyward to the Sulphur Mountain summit and take in the panoramic splendors of Banff, sloping Mount Rundle, and distant jagged peaks. Strap in for a close-up tour of wilderness mountain peaks on a breathtaking helicopter tour. The journey eventually concludes after an overnight stay in Calgary, where you’ll find time to shop and ride to the top of Calgary Tower with countless sparkling city lights stretching from Alberta’s flat eastern prairies to rolling western foothills and peaks traced in sunset afterglow.
Rome to Barcelona - 9 Days
Listen closely and you’ll hear echoes of Europe’s past, from debates and discourse surrounding the broken columns and marble blocks in the Roman Forum, to the reverberating roar of smoking engines in 1920s roadsters winding up city streets to Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Indulge your senses and engage your sense of wonder during this 9-day journey that combines a multi-day inland exploration to Rome with a scenic cruise along the steep and majestic Italian and French Rivieras. Sidestep the ordinary Vatican crowds during an extraordinary private tour of the Sistine Chapel and some sectors of the Vatican Museums. Discover the Roman Colosseum through the eyes of gladiators on an exclusive visit to Rome’s most recognizable landmark. Savor fresh handmade pasta dishes and rich Chianti wines amidst the warm ambiance and sincere hospitality of a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Your cruise features unforgettable opportunities to experience the scenic Portoferraio Biosphere Reserve and explore the historic vineyards of Elba. Watch beachcombers from white-linen sidewalk cafés or sunbathe on romantic sandy beaches in Cannes. Inhale seafood aromas and herbal fragrances in a Barcelonan open market