Denali National Park & Wild Alaska

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Small Ship Cruise
You’ll understand why Denali, North America’s highest peak, is known as “the great one” to the indigenous Athabaskan people when you see it towering over the surrounding landscape. After exploring the wilds of Denali National Park, embark on a cruise through the winding waterways of the Inside Passage, where you’ll discover glacier country and gold rush towns...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • The diverse wildlife of Denali National Park
    • Massive Mount McKinley rising out of the taiga
    • Gold rush history in Juneau and Skagway
    • Dramatic glacial scenery at every turn
    • Whale sightings—practically guaranteed
    • Vancouver’s multicultural vibe

What's this trip about?

    You’ll understand why Denali, North America’s highest peak, is known as “the great one” to the indigenous Athabaskan people when you see it towering over the surrounding landscape. After exploring the wilds of Denali National Park, embark on a cruise through the winding waterways of the Inside Passage, where you’ll discover glacier country and gold rush towns, before ending in dynamic, dramatic Vancouver.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 35 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • Hiking & Walking
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Attractions

  • Alaska
  • Anchorage
  • Denali National Park
  • Juneau
  • Vancouver

Activities

  • History
  • Nature
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • 4 nights in handpicked hotels and 7 nights aboard the Celebrity Millennium
    • Breakfast daily; 6 lunches and 7 dinners on board the ship; 3 three-course dinners, including beer or wine on land
    • Expert Tour Director
    • Private deluxe motor coach
    • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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Itinerary

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA 1 night

Day 1:
Arrival in Anchorage Welcome to Alaska! Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel.

DENALI NATIONAL PARK 1 night

Day 2: Transfer to Denali via Talkeetna

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Travel to the historic village of Talkeetna to board the Alaska Railroad. Enjoy views of the Alaskan wilderness and pass over Hurricane Gulch en route to Denali National Park, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with your group upon arrival.

WASILLA, ALASKA 1 night

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Denali National Park

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner A full day of sightseeing with your guide immerses you in the scenery, flora and fauna of Denali National Park. Look for wildlife such as grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou, eagles and sheep See Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain (weather permitting)

This afternoon, travel to Wasilla for the night.

CRUISE 7 nights

Day 4: Transfer to Seward

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Today, explore the Kenai Peninsula before driving through the Kenai Mountain Range to Seward where you’ll board your cruise ship. Visit the Iditarod Headquarters and Museum where you’ll have the opportunity to take a short dog sled ride Reach the T...
Day 5: Day at sea

Included meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Enjoy a day at sea reveling in your ship’s luxurious accommodations or simply watching the scenery from the deck. In the afternoon, cruise around the Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tide water glacier.

Day 6: Free day in Juneau

Included meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Enjoy a free day in Alaska’s capital, often referred to as “little San Francisco” for its perfect blend of cosmopolitan city sophistication and frontier town spirit.

Day 7: Free day in Skagway

Included meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Spend a free day in Skagway, the starting point for prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s and the northernmost point of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Day 8: Free day in Icy Strait Point

Included meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Keep a lookout for humpback, minke and orca whales as you cruise the Icy Straits to Icy Strait Point, your port of call for the day.

Day 9: Free day in Ketchikan

Included meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Spend a day at your leisure in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit people and gateway to some of Alaska’s most sublime scenery and wildlife.

Day 10: Cruising the Inside Passage

Included meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Sail the southern section of Alaska’s Inside Passage, a collection of waterways, inlets, fjords and bays. View the region’s glaciers, several mountain ranges and secluded isles Look out for bald eagles as you cruise

VANCOUVER 1 night

Day 11: Disembarkation & free day in Vancouver

Included meals:
Breakfast, Dinner Disembark in Vancouver, British Columbia, Western Canada’s largest city. Then, enjoy a free day to explore before sitting down to a farewell dinner with your group.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals:
Breakfast (excluding early morning departures) If you’re not extending your stay to explore Vancouver, transfer to the airport for your flight home Add Vancouver $299 pp

Please note:
Extension is not available on all departure dates. Delve deeper into the diversity and vibrancy of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Many cultures meet in the seaport of Vancouver, which boasts thriving Chinese and Indian neighborhoods. Spend your day...
VANCOUVER 2 nights

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Vancouver

Included meals:
Breakfast Today, tour the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with your guide before enjoying a free afternoon for exploration of your own. Drive through downtown Vancouver, passing the Roman-inspired Public Library See the historic Gastown district Make...
Day 13: Free day in Vancouver

Included meals:
Breakfast Enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion. Optional Excursion - Victoria Sightseeing $189pp* Details

Board a ferry for a scenic ride to Victoria, where a local guide will introduce you to the city’s downtown area. Next, take in a passing view of the P...

Day 14: Departure

Included meals:
Breakfast (excluding early morning departures) Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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