The Ultimate Luxury Alaska AdventureReference WW38019
Enjoy all the wonders of Alaska and British Columbia on this 19 night itinerary. Visit Vancouver: an extraordinary city on the edge of wilderness offering a plethora of cuisine, shopping and culture. You will experience all the iconic wonders of Alaska onboard your luxury 11-night cruise on the Seabourn Sojourn. Highlights include the towing virgin forests along the Inside Passage, the thunderous calving of glaciers and impressive humpback whales breaching. You’ll stroll the plank catwalks of Ketchikan’s quirky Creek Street and marvel at the colorful, Russian-costumed New Archangel Dancers in Sitka. You’ll glide up close to Misty Fjords’ glittering waterfalls in a Zodiac, and paddle a kayak on a wildlife-spotting expedition in tranquil Tracy Arm. All of this before you embark on an unforgettable trip to the stunning Denali National Park. Your trip will conclude with a stay in the vibrant city of Seattle.
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Upon arrival into Vancouver Airport transfer by private sedan to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this coastal city. Overnight in Vancouver.
This morning you will depart from your Vancouver Hotel on a Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge tour (included). Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, the Arts and Financial Districts, and Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park where you visit the First Nations Totem Poles. Continue across the Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over the Capilano River before you walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Return to downtown Vancouver and get ready to engage all your senses at the Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven, including delicious food, eclectic artwork and west coast music. Carry on through bustling Chinatown and continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
Today you will take a breathtaking Seaplane flightseeing tour departing from downtown Vancouver bustling Coal Harbour (included). Discover even more of the majestic mountains and expansive coastline that surround Vancouver. You will following the coast further north towards Whistler, then loop back down over the Islands and explore the incredible Sunshine Coast.
Enjoy a morning at leisure soaking up any remaining sights in Vancouver before checking out of your hotel. Transfer to the cruise terminal where you will embark on your 11-night Alaska Cruise onboard Seabourn’s Sojourn.
Relax and take in the phenomenal scenery as you cruise along Queen Charlotte Sound. Alternatively, take some time to explore your luxury cruise ship and make use of the world-class facilities onboard.
The southeastern-most town in Alaska is also arguably its most colorful. Fondly nicknamed "The Salmon Capital of the World", Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. Its climate means it is home to incredible lush rainforest. Besides the main attractions — Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village — make this trip even more unforgettable with a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. This is scenery that should only be seen from the sky, and further highlights the savage beauty of Alaska's landscape
Called "Shee Atika" by the Tlingit Indians, then "New Archangel" by the Russians who ousted them, Sitka boasts a multicultural heritage. Two dozen of its attractions are on the National Register of Historic Places, including Castle Hill and Building 29, a structure built by the Russians in 1835. The Sheldon Jackson Museum exhibits one of Alaska's oldest native culture collections. On a clear day Sitka, the only city in southeast Alaska that actually fronts the Pacific Ocean, rivals Juneau for the sheer beauty of its surroundings.
Favorite sights for visitors include traditional Russian performances by the New Archangel Dancers and visits to the fascinating Alaska Raptor Center. Sport fishing for salmon and halibut are also popular, as are fly-in hikes and jet-boat tours to view wildlife in the surrounding waters.
Accessible only by water or air, Juneau is shrouded with a sense of mystery and is surprisingly full of small town charm. Once you arrive, Alaska's capital city will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. View the majestic Mendenhall Glacier from the East Glacier Loop Trail, or sail 1,800ft via gondola to Mount Roberts, allowing you to take in panoramic views of Alaska's capital city. Other popular adventures for visitors include flight tours by seaplane or helicopter - many including landing on glaciers; whale-watching and wildlife viewing excursions by boat; sport fishing for salmon or huge Alaskan halibut; dogsled mushing and panning for gold in sites such as Gold Creek.
Icy Strait Point is a unique community on Chichagof Island near the entry to Glacier Bay National Park. It was created and is owned by a corporation of over 1300 Native Americans of various local Tlingit tribes, for the purpose of offering visitors an enjoyable, educational experience of Alaska’s native cultures. Go whale watching, learn Tinglit tribal customs, buy traditional crafts, or fly high above Port Frederick on a 1.6km long zip-rider for panoramic views. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, tuck in to fresh halibut and chips on the cookhouse deck of historic Hoonah Packing Company cannery. The small village of Hoonah is just over a mile away, and can be reached either by walking or on a shuttle. It also has shops and eateries, as well as a totem-carving enterprise run by the corporation.
Today, relax and make use of the world-class facilities onboard this ship. Place your bets at the casino, get pampered at the spa or make a splash in the pool – the decision is yours on how you will spend your day at leisure.
Disembark the ship and begin your coach adventure touring towards Anchorage. You will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenery of scenic Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Few roads in the United States can offer such a diversity of scenic landscapes and unique natural features in one area. After a short stop in Anchorage, continue to the Denali National Park Entrance. Your driver will give you some history of the area as you travel the George Parks Highway. Weather permitting; you can admire the marvelous views of Denali (Mount McKinley) - the tallest mountain in North America.
This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148km /92mi of the restricted Denali Park Road on your way to the Denali Backcountry Lodge. During your journey your experienced driver-guide will help in the search for bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other wildlife. There are numerous stops for wildlife viewing, photography and to stretch your legs and enjoy complimentary snacks. Lunch is included on this full-day journey at the Denali Backcountry Lodge and while at the Lodge you can take a nature walk or try panning for gold. You will return to the park entrance via a flightseeing tour in a small bush plane.
This morning is vfree for optional activities such as whitewater rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the Park, landing on a glacier, or hiking. After lunch (not included), take the shuttle to the Alaska Railroad Station and board the Denali Star Train in the Goldstar Railcar to Fairbanks. Enjoy the late afternoon scenery as you travel north to Fairbanks. (Dinner is included onboard the train). Overnight in Fairbanks.
Today you ultimate Alaskan adventure comes to an end. Check out of your hotel and board your flight to Seattle, Washington State. Remainder of the day is at leisure on your arrival. Overnight in Seattle.
Full day at leisure to explore. Check out Pike Place Market and take a photo underneath the famous market sign before walking through the hundreds of stalls. Take to the skies and experience the view from above on the Space, Needle one of Seattle top attractions. Overnight in Seattle.
Take your private transfer from your Seattle Hotel to the Airport and board your flight back to the UK.