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The great wilderness of Alaska beckons.

17 days From £5,995 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2021 Tour code: QLS21

About the tour

The great wilderness of Alaska awaits on this exciting holiday. Travel on the Denali Star and Glacier Discovery railways, sail across the open seas through the Inside Passage, and visit some of the most naturally spectacular national parks on the continent.

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Days 1-2 – London and Fairbanks

Fly from London Heathrow to Fairbanks via Minneapolis. On arrival, you'll be met for the transfer to your hotel for the next two nights. On Day 2, set sail on a riverboat tour along the Chena and Tanana Rivers, enjoying expert narration as you admire the 'wedding of the waters', the spot where the two rivers meet, as well as the dramatic forest scenery. Afterwards, return to Fairbanks, where you are free to explore.

Fairbanks
Days 3-4 - Denali National Park

Board the historic Denali Star for a scenic journey by rail to Denali National Park before transferring to your hotel for two nights. On Day 4, set out into the wilderness of Denali National Park for a full-day coach tour through the rugged landscapes of Denali. During your explorations, keep your eyes peeled for moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and grizzly bears. Break your day Backcountry Lodge, where you'll enjoy a buffet-style lunch.

Denali National Park
Days 5-7 - Alaska Railroad and wildlife cruise and Seward

After a morning at leisure, board the Denali Star to Talkeetna, your base for the night. Upon arrival, enjoy a wilderness jetboat experience, touring this glacial body of water and soaking up the solitude of the wilderness. On Day 6, make the scenic journey by coach along the Kenai Peninsula to Seward, checking into your hotel for two nights on arrival. Day 7 includes an informative wildlife cruise through the Kenai Fjords National Park, home to otters, whales, porpoises, bears and puffins. A lunch of local specialities is served on board.

Talkeetna
Days 8-9 – Anchorage and Alaska cruise

After a day at leisure in Seward take the Coastal Classic train to Anchorage, passing dramatic sights such as Chugach National Forest and Prince William Sound. The next day board the Glacier Discovery traun to Whitter and board your cruise ship, home for the next seven nights. 

Anchorage
Days 10-12 - Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay National Park

Setting sail this morning, the ship makes its way to Hubbard Glacier. One of the largest tidewater glaciers in North America at 76 miles long and 1,200 feet deep, its impressive size and turquoise tinge give the area an otherworldly feel.

Continuing on Day 11, cruise to Glacier Bay National Park, which stretches over three million acres and is a real highlight of your journey through the Inside Passage. Keep watch for local wildlife along the way; humpback whales, harbour seals, and sea otters all call these waters home.

On Day 12, travel to Skagway where there's free time to explore. Known for its association with Jack London's 1903 novel, 'The Call of the Wild', why not take a stroll along the town's historic boardwalk?

Glacier Bay
Days 13-15 - Juneau, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage

Moor in Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, today and enjoy some time to look around. After breakfast on Day 14, the ship stops at Ketchikan, known for its Native American totem poles. On Day 15, travel through the Inside Passage to Vancouver, an area of pristine waters, snow-capped mountains, and deep fjords famous for their local wildlife populations.

Ketchikan
Days 16-17 - Vancouver and London

Disembark in Vancouver and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London Heathrow, landing on Day 17

Vancouver

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Visa requirements
Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

The Lakefront Anchorage, Anchorage

The Lakefront Anchorage, Anchorage

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Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks

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Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward

Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward

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Ship

MS Nieuw Amsterdam
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Alaska Cruise and National Parks

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