Fly to Anchorage where you will transfer to your hotel for one night.
Today get a closer look at the playful life of Prince William Sound, the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier and the epicenter of the 1964 earthquake, from the deck of a sightseeing boat. Keep your eyes open for eagles, whales, mountain goats, dolphins and sea lions. Overnight in the "Switzerland of Alaska" - Valdez.
Leave Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal. On today's journey, enjoy views of Bridal Veil Falls, Worthington Glacier, and Thompson Pass. Overnight in Tok, the "Dog Sled Capital of the World."
Join the Alaska Highway and follow the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Behold the spectacular views of Kluane National Park, home to 19,625-feet high Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak. Spend two nights in Whitehorse, the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Follow the Trail of '98 over the mountains that thousands of gold seekers scaled on foot in the dead of winter, heading for the Klondike. Perhaps take the optional excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway (subject to seasonality and weather conditions); otherwise continue by coach through the mountains to Skagway. Stroll the wooden sidewalks past charming false-front buildings and colourful saloons. Return to Whitehorse in late afternoon.
Stop at the Five Finger Rapids, a major obstacle on the Trail of '98. Late this afternoon reach Dawson City, the main centre after the first gold strike in the Klondike in 1896. Tonight you have reservations at Diamond Tooth Gertie's, a saloon featuring ragtime music, can-can girls and an old-fashioned casino.
Highlights on your morning tour of this gold rush town include Bonanza Creek, where the first gold strike was made, Robert Service's cabin and the SS Keno, the last sternwheeler to run between Dawson and Whitehorse. This afternoon you could 'strike it rich' at gold panning.
A long day and well worth it as the scenery is overwhelming. Travel over the 'Top of the World Highway' and re-enter Alaska. Pass through the village of Chicken and along the Alaska Highway to view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at Delta Junction. Evening arrival in Fairbanks, Alaska's second-largest city.
Board the Sternwheeler Discovery for a leisurely cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Listen as the ship's guides discuss the region's wildlife, history and customs. This evening why not join an optional outing to Alaskaland, a pioneer theme park where there is a taste of just about everything in Alaska?
Board the world famous Alaska Railroad for a memorable journey through untamed wilderness. Sit back in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery through wide windows. Be sure to take advantage of the domed roof car. Today's ride ends in Denali National Park, dominated by North America's highest peak, 20,320-feet Mount McKinley. The afternoon is free.
A free day to hike through this stunning National Park, or to take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour, a raft trip down the Nenana River or a helicopter ride over the park.
Head towards Anchorage with a stop at the Iditarod headquarters, home of the great dog-sled race. Later, transfer to Seward to embark MS Zaandam or MS Noordam for your seven night cruise. Includes Dinner
A relaxing day at sea provides time to explore the ship's many amenities. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and with a little luck you may spot a pod of mighty Orcas. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cruise into spectacular Glacier Bay early this morning. Forests give way to a rugged landscape rising to rocky peaks. Sixteen huge mountains converge to create an awe-inspiring panoramic wonder, a spectacular scene of awesome glaciers and massive icebergs. Wildlife is abundant, and you may spot eagles, seals, mountain goats, moose and bears in their natural habitat. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nestled on the shores of America's longest fjord, Haines is in a spectacular setting. You may wish to fill your day with a raft trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which protects the habitat of the nation's avian symbol, or visit the old fashioned weathered boardwalks and old-time saloons of Skagway. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The city has a Gold Rush story to rival that of Klondike, and is only accessible by seaplane or boat. An optional wildlife cruise and salmon fishing will normally be available, and you'll also have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to Juneau's own glacier, Mendenhall. This impressive river of blue ice is about 1.5 miles wide and over 12 miles long. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Colourful Ketchikan is situated on Revillagigedo Island and is known as the 'Salmon Capital of the World'. Here, a picturesque harbour shelters fishing boats and seaplanes. A wide choice of optional excursions will be available, including an outing to see Indian Heritage Villages, Totem Bight State Park and 'flightseeing' to Misty Fjords National Monument. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The beauty of the Inside Passage will amaze you as you cruise through 1,000 miles of epic scenery, towering glaciated mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands and virgin forests. There is also plenty of animal and marine life to look out for including sea lions, eagles and porpoises. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or extend your stay in Vancouver. Includes Breakfast
• Flights UK - Anchorage; Vancouver - UK
• Accommodation standard room on tour and standard interior stateroom on cruise
• 20 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
• Services of a Tour Director on tour
• Porterage for one suitcase per person on tour
• All local, port and airport taxes
• VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
• Cruise College and Harriman Fjords
• Sternwheeler Discovery cruise
• Alaska Railroad train journey
• Iditarod Headquarters
• Denali National Park
• Mount McKinley
• Glacier Bay
• Haines for Skagway
• Inside Passage Cruising