Alaska Land & Sea

Tour the Yukon and Alaska by Motor Coach, then Sail the Inside Passage

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Alaska Land & Sea

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Flight from Toronto to Edmonton, AB

We arrive today in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton. This evening, meet your tour director and travelling companions at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 Fort St. John, BC

This morning we travel west across Alberta’s foothill country travelling through Whitecourt, Valleyview and Grand Prairie to Dawson Creek, BC at mile zero of the Alaska Highway. Be sure to get your photo taken at the Mile Zero sign post to mark the beginning of your great adventure. (B)

Day 3 Muncho Lake, BC

We gradually leave southern civilization behind as we travel along the highway through Fort St. John and Fort Nelson to Muncho Lake. The Alaska Highway was a monumental project started during the height of World War ll fearing impending attack. Thus in 1942 construction crews worked simultaneously on several sections between Dawson Creek and Fairbanks, joining up with one another to finally complete the project in only 9 months. Our journey continues north through the mountainous region by Muncho Lake Provincial Park. Dinner included tonight. (B,D)

Day 4 Whitehorse, YK

This morning there will be time for a dip in the naturally heated waters of Laird Hot Springs before continuing to Watson Lake, an important part of the Alaska Highway. Just north of here was where the construction crews from the last northern section met the crews from the last southern section to complete the legs of the highway. Another of Watson Lake’s claim to fame is the unique Signpost Forest. Bring a sign from your home town if you like and add it to the “forest”! We continue to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory, situated on the mighty Yukon River where Sternwheelers once plied the route to the gold creeks and fields of Dawson City. (B)

Day 5 Whitehorse, YK

A rail tour is on the agenda today with a visit to Skagway, Alaska. You’ll take the fabulous White Pass and Yukon Rail as part of the excursion passing over canyons, past waterfalls and through the mountains to Lynn Canal on the Alaska Inside passage route. This evening is free to enjoy Whitehorse. (B)

Day 6 Dawson City, YK

Following the same basic route as the old prospectors of the Klondike Goldrush you will drive to Dawson City for the next two nights. Dawson City is a national historic treasure. The old buildings have been preserved from the goldrush period at the turn of the 20th century, making you feel like you’ve travelled back to those colorful times. (B)

Day 7 Gold Panning

Today you will take a Gold Panning tour and learn about the history of the goldrush, the original gold panning techniques as well as more large scale methods of prizing the shiny metal. The afternoon can be enjoyed on your own. Tonight, Diamond Tooth Gertie is your emcee for the can-can show display of top notch Klondike themed song and dance. (B)

Day 8 Fairbanks, AK

The drive to Fairbanks takes you to the Top of the World and back. This highway gives you a sense of the vastness of the land. Travelling through unique little settlements like Chicken and Tok your day finishes at the northern terminus of the Alaska Highway at Fairbanks. (B)

Day 9 Fairbanks, AK

Sternwheelers once serviced the gold seekers in Dawson by navigating the Yukon River all the way through Alaska from the Bering Sea. Today, relive some of that experience on the Riverboat Discovery Cruise. A stop at a wonderful interpretive site offers a glimpse into Alaska of old as well as a chance to see a dog sled demonstration. Today will also include a short city tour of Fairbanks and later we visit Alaskaland for a delicious barbecue buffet dinner and Vaudeville Show. (B,D)

Day 10 Anchorage, AK

Today you will pass Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain on the continent (renamed Mt. Denali in 2015). Later we arrive in Anchorage, the largest city north of the 60th parallel. A completely modern looking city it offers the best shopping and dining opportunities of the tour. We spend two nights here. (B)

Day 11 Anchorage, AK

A short city tour will acquaint you with the highlights of Anchorage. This afternoon is free for you to explore Anchorage on your own. (B)

Day 12 MS Noordam- Cruising

This morning you bid farewell to those continuing aboard the Motor Coach and your tour director, then board a shuttle bus for Seward. Upon arrival at the dock, you will board Holland America Cruise Lines ship, the MS Noordam. After time to settle into your cabin, you will enjoy strolling about this floating resort. The ship will set sail at 8:00 p.m. Please remember, that while aboard, all of your meals are included. (B,D)

Day 13 At Sea/Hubbard Glacier

Full Day at Sea to explore the amenities aboard the MS Noordam, while watching the passing scenery from the upper decks. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Glacier Bay National Park, AK

This morning begins a full day of Scenic Cruising. As a Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park; protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape. How does it feel when a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder! The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film! Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does! Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. The MS Noordam will be in the bay from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. for your viewing and photography pleasure. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Skagway, AK

This morning the MS Noordam will arrive in Skagway, Alaska at 7:00 a.m. and spend the entire day, departing at 9:00 p.m. History, beauty and adventure meet in Skagway, Alaska’s first incorporated city and the Gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. (B,L,D)

Day 16 Juneau, AK

The day is yours to explore the Capital City of Alaska, Juneau, which cannot be reached by road. The MS Noordam arrives about 8:00 a.m. and departs around 6:00 p.m. While here you should visit the Mendenhall Glacier, located only 12 miles from downtown Juneau. This is also a terrific walking city, featuring very colourful downtown buildings. For some fun and laughter, stop in at the Red Dog Saloon for a sandwich, a drink and a very interesting piano player! (B,L,D)

Day 17 Ketchikan, AK

One of the most southern points in Alaska is the Island community of Ketchikan. Our day here begins around 11:00 a.m. and ends around 7:00 p.m. A lively fishing port, Ketchikan is also known as the Salmon Capital of the World. Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. Besides the main attractions - Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village, try a flightseeing trip to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument--a transformational adventure not to be missed. These deep water fjords left by retreating glaciers left granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters. (B,L,D)

Day 18 Cruising the Inside Passage

Today you will want to take advantage of the many ship board amenities, while cruising through the scenic Inside Passage. The fabled Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history, culture and adventure. With most of Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, the Inside Passage is a lifeline to the outside world. Once inside the shelter of Vancouver Island, it is a good time to keep your eyes looking for Orca Whales that can often be seen breaching out of the water. (B,L,D)

Day 19 Flight Home

Around 7:00 a.m. this morning will find us docking in Vancouver harbour at Canada Place. After collecting your belongings and saying good-bye, you will leave the ship and board your transfer vehicle to the Airport. After a pleasant flight home, you will be met at Pearson Airport in Toronto and shuttled to your joining point. (B)