Your Jewels of Alaska Package

Jewels of Alaska

Insight Vacations

 

  16 Nights

  North America

  Insight Vacations

  PABXT8P




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Explore the wild and wonderful Alaskan wilderness during this two-week guided tour. Begin your adventure in Anchorage with a sweet treat: Taste agutak. Board a jet boat for a tour along the Chulitna River to a trapper’s cabin, where you will learn about the lifestyle of hunting and trapping in the state. Ride along the world-famous, glass-domed Alaskan Railroad toward Denali National Park, where the country’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley, will greet you. Meet the champion dog team of a four-time Iditarod winner and allow him to regale you with tales of the 1,049-mile dogsled race over lunch at his home. From Whittier, take a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and the see the glaciers of College Fjord.

Your Holiday Package Includes:

  • 14 Day guided tour from Anchorage to Vancouver
  • 7 Nights accommodation onboard a Glacier Discovery Cruise & 6 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Selected meals and drinks throughout
  • Services of a highly skilled Travel Director
  • Private transfers throughout
  • Tips, gratuities & Wi-Fi
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Vancouver
  • Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Day Tour

***Rate based on twin share for travel 16 May – 1 June 2022. Alternative dates available throughout 2022 and 2023, a surcharge may apply. ***

***Solo traveler pricing available.***


Day 1: Anchorage, the City of Lights & Flowers
Welcome to Alaska, an adventurous land of wildlife, mountains, national parks and glaciers. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2: Anchorage Sightseeing & the Matanuska Valley
Get acquainted with Anchorage on an immersive city tour. During a visit to the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you enjoy an exclusive presentation on Agutak (Eskimo ice cream) while learning how it's made by Alaska's first people. Learn how this culinary treat establishes a link to the past, inspires a sense of pride and spurs a dialogue on a culture's remarkable ability to survive. This afternoon, travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley and stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and glacial silt create the perfect environment for growing vegetables and flowers. Depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak. The evening is yours at leisure, feel free to ask your Travel Director for suggestions on the best spots to grab a bite.
Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Talkeetna Sightseeing
This morning, enjoy an immersive jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and make a visit to a trapper's cabin. Learn about the fascinating lifestyle of hunting and trapping in Interior Alaska. The rest of the day is yours to explore, perhaps discovering more of Talkeetna or joining an optional experience such as a flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range, or a dryland dog sledding ride.
Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad
Board the world-famous Alaska Railroad train after a morning at leisure and embark on a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. Later, meet a local climber who will share stories about what it's like to brave a climb up the tallest land-based mountain in the world. For tonight's dinner with wine, the choice is yours between a charming local brewery or your lodge's rustic restaurant during your Dine-Around evening.
Accommodation: Grande Denali Lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner with wine

Day 5: Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness
With the Denali National Park and Preserve just a short drive away from your hotel, you'll find a number of ways to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness on your own, or spend the day partaking in one of our optional experiences. From an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River to a helicopter flightseeing tour or a Denali Wilderness walking tour, the choice is yours – just don't forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge where you'll enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings.
Accommodation: Grande Denali Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Girdwood & Mount Alyeska
Enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway. Stop in Big Lake and meet four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,688 kilometre dogsled race while enjoying lunch at his home. Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, complete with wine and good cheer.
Accommodation: The Hotel Alyeska
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with wine

Day 7: Prince William Sound Cruise & Glacier Discovery Cruise
Take this morning to enjoy the surroundings and amenities at the beautiful Alyeska resort. Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord where you will come up close and personal to the glaciers. Visit with the Captain in the wheelhouse and enjoy an included lunch. Continue your journey on the Glacier Discovery Cruise from Whittier, you will be transferred to the ship pier to board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Noordam where you'll enjoy dinner and set sail in the evening. While on board, the cruise line will provide you with options and activities for the day, so whether you want to stay on the ship or explore more on land, the choice is yours. You'll also have a wide range of meal options to choose from throughout your journey.
Accommodation: Cruise: Oceanview cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: At Sea
Enjoy the facilities on board the ship during this day at sea. You will find plenty of options for entertainment, dining or shopping or simply sit back and relax.
Accommodation: Cruise: Oceanview cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Glacier Bay National Park
Today you’ll catch Glacier Bay National Park's immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers while getting a glimpse at what Alaska was like before the first humans arrived.
Accommodation: Cruise: Oceanview cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Haines
Haines, home to autumn's famous Alaska Bald Eagle Festival lies alongside the longest fjord in America. Visit galleries offering traditional Tlingit art in the quaint downtown.
Accommodation: Cruise: Oceanview cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Juneau
Stroll Juneau's picturesque streets, stopping in eclectic shops and saloons from the Gold Rush era. Perhaps embark on an optional trip on the Mount Roberts Tramway for exhilarating views of the harbour and nearby mountains.
Accommodation: Cruise: Oceanview cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Ketchikan
Check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, intricately carved with native designs. Perhaps take an optional guided tour through town or a floatplane flightseeing trip.
Accommodation: Cruise: Oceanview cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Float Through the Inside Passage
Revel in the scenery as you slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by rugged, isolated islands.
Accommodation: Cruise: Oceanview cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Vancouver
Sail into the iconic Vancouver Harbour early this morning and disembark your cruise after breakfast.
Meals: Breakfast


Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Day Tour
Cross Lions Gate Bridge into the pristine North Shore Mountains. Your first stop is The Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. Here you cross one of the world´s longest suspension footbridges, which hangs 70 metres above a spectacular river canyon, among the tops of the lofty Douglas firs. This exhilarating experience has been drawing brave visitors to the park since 1889. Explore the Treetop Adventure, a series of smaller suspension bridges, giving you an opportunity to experience life in the canopy from a woodpecker or chipmunk’s perspective. And for the ultimate perspective, the new cliffwalk attraction lets you ‘hang out’ over the Capilano Canyon itself. This incredible walkway hugs the cliff face and offers 360° views of the gorge below. Then, push deeper into the rainforest to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery. Learn all about one of British Columbia’s largest industries and the lifecycle of the West Coast salmon. In season you can even see them battling upstream to spawn. Your final destination is the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain. Take the Skyride up above the clouds to the top of the mountain, 3800 feet above the city of Vancouver. Wander the trails, drink up the view and see the traditional chainsaw carvings. If you’re lucky you might catch one of the seasonal events, such as lumberjack shows, sleigh rides or ice-skating.



* Conditions apply. Offer is limited, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotion is correct and valid at the time of publication. Booking and full supplier terms and conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer (unless stated).

Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest suite category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 8 December 2021 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Air credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions. Payments made by credit will incur a fee. To ensure the well-being of our guests we require anyone travelling with us through December 31, 2022 to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.