Celebrity Cruises Alaska Wildlife Encounter

Celebrity Cruises Alaska Wildlife Encounter Cruise Tour
Route: Anchorage to Vancouver (or reverse)

A land and cruise tour is the best way to see Alaska as you get to explore it over land as well as from the water. Celebrity Cruises offers you a modern luxury comfort to see this beautiful region in style. Enjoy highlights of Anchorage, be one of the lucky ones to marvel at the majesty of Mt Denali in Denali National Park and then set off to the quirky town of Talkeetna and a resort stay at Hotel Alyeska with wildlife viewing and encounters along the way to the port of Seward for your cruise to Vancouver.

Highlights:

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The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation. This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction.

Day 1: Anchorage Upon arrival in Anchorage, a transfer will be provided to your Anchorage hotel where your Tour Director will greet you. Enjoy the lively bars and eclectic dining this youthful city offers, or take a stroll on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

Day 2: Anchorage to Denali In the morning, depart for Denali on the Wilderness Express®. Soak in spectacular views of the stunning landscape from your glass-domed traincar. From 4:30 p.m., Denali is yours to explore. Stroll the trails that surround Denali National Park Visitor Center, or book an optional river rafting adventure down the Nenana River.

Day 3: Denali to Talkeetna Begin your day in Denali National Park on the Denali Natural History Tour. Admire the pristine beauty of Alaska’s unspoiled wilderness as you discover incredible taiga forests and gaze at miles of rolling tundra, while on the lookout for wildlife. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive to the charming town of Talkeetna. From 5:30 p.m., Talkeetna is yours to discover. Relax at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, situated in full view of Denali, affording breathtaking views of the tallest peak in North America. Book an optional flight with your Tour Director and let seasoned bush pilots take you over the Alaska Range, or enjoy a leisurely hike on a quiet wooded trail.

*For an additional charge, an upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour is available through your Tour Director.

Day 4: Talkeetna to Alyeska In the morning, enjoy a scenic drive on your deluxe motorcoach to the cosmopolitan city of Anchorage with time for lunch on your own, then continuing to beautiful Alyeska (Girdwood) past the picturesque Turnagain Arm. Take a spectacular ride on the Mt. Alyeska tramway for breathtaking views, while soaring 2,300 feet above the ground. From 4:00 p.m., Alyeska is yours to explore. Enjoy the luxury amenities of the Alyeska Resort, like the heated swimming pool with mountain views, or book an optional alpine hike on the Alyeska Glacier.

Day 5: Alyeska Set off on a scenic drive along the Seward Highway to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you’ll meet Alaska’s famous wildlife up close. Continue to Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center, dedicated to the preservation of sea wildlife. In Seward, join the Millennium for your 7-night cruise to Vancouver.

Day 6: Seward Edging the Kenai Peninsula and framed by the glacier-covered Kenai Mountains that run along its southeastern spine, Seward is a rustic port town whose grand terrain will leave you breathless. The pristine wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula is home to nesting seabirds, countless islands, wetlands, and breathtaking coastal views. And, as the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, the Harding Icefield — an expanse of ice and snow created over 23,000 years ago — is easily within reach and culminates in 40 glaciers that dramatically calve into the sea. The throngs of wildlife that course below, and glide above the glacial waters, are legion. Pods of humpback whales are known to breach when hunting, seals and sea lions lounge on rocky outcroppings and bald eagles hover overhead. The rugged landscape suits Seward’s hardy locals well. You will depart for your cruise tonight at 08:00 PM.

Day 7: Hubbard Glacier Enjoy incredible picture-perfect views from just about anywhere on the ship as our dedicated onboard naturalist narrates the experience and keeps an eye out for the whales, harbor seals, and otters that hunt and play in the waters of Yakutat Bay. With its dramatic and massive 7-mile-wide face, and ever-changing wall of ice, the Hubbard Glacier lives long in the memory of any visitor to Alaska.

Day 8: Juneau Here’s your chance to take a glacial dogsled adventure in Alaska’s capital, where cultured sophistication meets the ruggedness of the Last Frontier.

Day 9: Skagway The great Klondike Gold Rush lives on in Skagway’s charming downtown of restored 19th-century buildings and its historic railway. From the vintage train, admire the mountains and see the 1898 trail that fortune seekers traveled on foot. The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad runs vintage locomotives past the famously steep Chilkoot Trail and offers sweeping mountain views during its climb toward Canada.

Day 10: Icy Strait Point The great Klondike Gold Rush lives on in Skagway’s charming downtown of restored 19th-century buildings and its historic railway. From the vintage train, admire the mountains and see the 1898 trail that fortune seekers traveled on foot. The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad runs vintage locomotives past the famously steep Chilkoot Trail and offers sweeping mountain views during its climb toward Canada.

Day 10: Ketchikan You’ve never tasted salmon so fresh. Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. If you’re up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion through the rain forest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you’ll long remember.

Day 11: Cruising Inside Passage You’ll sail beyond the Inside Passage into the more protected Alaska Inside Passage. Home to diverse wildlife—orca, mountain goats, bald eagles, bears, puffins, sea otters and more—the complex labyrinth of fjords and bays are where whales and sea lions find refuge during the summer months. You’ll never forget the sight of 40-ton whales hurling themselves into the air, almost completely escaping the water. If you’re especially lucky, you could see them swimming together to create a bubble net, trapping and eating fish by the giant mouthful.

Day 12: Vancouver After disembarkation, you are free to depart at your leisure.

Package Includes:

  • 1 night in Anchorage
  • Rail from Anchorage to Denali
  • 1 night in Denali
  • Denali History Tour
  • 1 night in Alyeska
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center admission
  • Coach transfer to Seward
  • 7 Night Alaska Cruise on board Holland America Cruises
  • Daily meals

Not Included

  • On-board ship gratuities
  • Pre or post accommodation
  • Daily Shore Excursions available – additional cost

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