Grand Alaska 2018

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Combine a weeklong Princess cruise through glacier-strewn waterways with a visit to Denali National Park, a rail trip, flightseeing, rafting in a bald eagle reserve, a sled dog experience and much more on this most unforgettable of Alaska tours from Tauck!

Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Private scenic flight to Talkeetna
    • jet boat cruise
    • Chilkat rafting experience
    • scenic rail journey
    • all private Tauck shore excursions and 7-night Princess cruise aboard the Coral Princess
    • Star Princess or Island Princess; travel with Tauck's private group and a Tauck Director throughout your journey

What's this trip about?

    Combine a weeklong Princess cruise through glacier-strewn waterways with a visit to Denali National Park, a rail trip, flightseeing, rafting in a bald eagle reserve, a sled dog experience and much more on this most unforgettable of Alaska tours from Tauck!

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityAnchorage, Alaska
End CityVancouver, British Columbia

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • North America
  • Canada
  • United States

Attractions

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

Activities

  • Culture

Trip includes

    • Travel with Tauck's private group and a Tauck Director throughout your journey Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,400 "Anytime Dining" and a Beverage Package aboard your Princess cruise ship 7 nights on land in Anchorage, Trapper Creek, Denali National Park & Copper Center 7-night cruise aboard the Coral Princess, Star Princess or Golden Princess Private float plane flightseeing flight with views of Denali & Denali National Park A jet boat cruise A Chilkat rafting adventure Unforgettable rail ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Scenic cruising at Hubbard Glacier & Glacier Bay; ferry travel on Lynn Canal Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted 40 meals (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 13 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides and ship staff, taxes, fuel surcharges, admission fees and porterage

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Anchorage

Tour begins: 6:30 PM, Hotel Captain Cook. A transfer from Anchorage International Airport to the Hotel Captain Cook is included. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Hotel Captain Cook

PORTOFCALL : Anchorage, Alaska

Day 2 Alaskan traditions & a flight to the wilderness

After a brief tour of Anchorage, a docent from the Anchorage Museum takes you through the museum's exhibit on the First Peoples of Alaska; its hundreds of artifacts were selected from the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution for interpretation with help from Native...

Day 3 A wilderness homestead in Trapper Creek & a jet boat adventure

A visit to the family homestead of Joanne Porterfield in Trapper Creek this morning offers a window into modern pioneer life; hear about the challenges and rewards of life on the land - trapping, farming, hunting and home schooling - at the family's Alaskan homestead...

Day 4 To Denali & the Iditarod sled dogs of Husky Homestead

Drive today to Denali National Park, one of the world's last unspoiled frontiers; arrive at your lodge near the entrance to the park, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, in time for lunch. This afternoon, visit Husky Homestead to meet former Iditarod champion musher Jef...

Day 5 Explore Denali National Park

Rise early for a "Tundra Wilderness Tour" that takes you deep into Denali National Park through forest and alpine tundra and over high mountain passes. Along the way you may see moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears - and, depending on weather and visib...

Day 6 Across the wilderness to Copper Center & mountain majesty

Depart Denali this morning, traveling through high alpine country with views of Alaska Range peaks to your wilderness lodge in the small town of Copper Center - a gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. At your lodge, relax over a dinner that features Alaskan sal...

Day 7 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

At remote Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, a morning tour at the Visitor Center introduces its 15,000 square miles of unspoiled wild lands, the largest in the U.S. National Park system. You'll also view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline today, transporting crude oil to the p...

Day 8 Prince William Sound & embark your cruise

A drive through the Chugach Mountains where plant and wildlife amaze, stops at Worthing Glacier, then continues to Valdez. Sea conditions permitting, cross Prince William Sound by boat to Whittier; keep watch for whales, seals and soaring eagles and enjoy the mountain...

Day 9 Hubbard Glacier & a day at sea

A day of scenic cruising heads toward Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, arriving roughly mid-afternoon. Known as the "Galloping Glacier," this is North America's largest tidewater glacier. As you approach the glacier up close, its immensity (40 stories high) and phenomenal bl...

Day 10 Cruising through glorious Glacier Bay during a day at sea

Inspiration continues today as you cruise the waters of Glacier Bay, just west of Juneau. Your ship cruises along shorelines and islands completely covered by ice some 200 years ago. By the time naturalist John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated some...

Day 11 Skagway, rafting through bald eagle country & a vintage rail trip

In historic Skagway, a gateway to the Klondike region, disembark this morning for a tour of the town and then travel by ferry on the Lynn Canal - the deepest, longest fjord in North America - to Haines. Here you'll begin a quiet raft trip* through the Chilkat Bald Eag...

Day 12 Private whale watching & more in Juneau

Your ship arrives in Juneau, Alaska's capital city; set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, it's famous for its historic gold mines and mountain and water views. Disembark for sightseeing that includes a stop at the mighty ...

Day 13 Experiencing cultural heritage during a day spent in Ketchikan

Dock in Ketchikan, an island town with a boisterous history of timber, gold and fishing. With forested slopes as the backdrop, Ketchikan's waterfront hops with floatplane, fishing boat and ferry activity. The town also has a rich native cultural heritage; learn more a...

Day 14 A day spent cruising the Inside Passage

Spend your final day of cruising along the majestic fjords, islands and coves of the famed Inside Passage; it's also a favored spot for bald eagles and sea lions, porpoises and whales - especially humpbacks - who thrive in the cold waters. Join us tonight for a farew...

Day 15 Disembark Vancouver and fly home

Tour ends: Vancouver. Disembark ship in Vancouver. Disembark your Princess ship in Vancouver, British Columbia. Flights should depart after 12:00 noon; a transfer is included from the dock to Vancouver International Airport; you should allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Vancouver, British Columbia

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Last Updated: 8/7/2018

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STAR PRINCESS, CORAL PRINCESS
STAR PRINCESS Featuring the latest innovations, the elegant Star Princess offers the ultimate in comfort, style and grace, with a host of activities and facilities for guests to enjoy; from her balconies, guests can enjoy sweeping views of Alaska's fabled landscapes. Staterooms are most comfortable homes-away-from-home featuring amenities such as hair dryers, safes, phones, TV, refrigerators and private facilities with showers. Keep fit in the fitness center or one of the four swimming pools and treat yourself to a soothing adventure in the Lotus Spa. Dine in a variety of different restaurants and enjoy your favorite beverage in one of the many bars and lounges, including Vines Wine Bar, Vista Show Lounge, Wheelhouse Bar, Shooter's Bar, and the Explorer's Lounge. Browse in the art gallery or the onboard shops. See Broadway or Las Vegas-style production shows or choose a more intimate nightclub-style show. Try your luck in the Grand Casino or dance the night away at Skywalker's Nightclub. Or enjoy the serenity of The Sanctuary®, the casual street café atmosphere of the Piazza, or the great tasting food offered in the Crown GrillSM, Sabatini's or International Café, followed by a first-run film at Movies Under the Stars®. CORAL PRINCESS With 90% of her staterooms offering ocean views – and 700 of them sporting balconies – Coral Princess is tailor-made for viewing Alaska’s glaciers. She and her same-size sister ship, Island Princess, offer the same features and amenities as their larger sibling, Crown Princess. There are four swimming pools to enjoy, as well as a well-equipped fitness center, a nine-hole putting course, a sports court and the Lotus Spa. Expand your horizons by taking part in the ScholarShip@Sea® enrichment program. Court lady luck in the casino, spend the night watching a movie, concert or sporting event outdoors in a plush lounge chair at Movies Under the Stars® and escape completely® in The Sanctuary®, a tranquil haven just for adults. Unique to Coral Princess and her sister ship Island Princess, the Bayou Café and SteakhouseSM features live jazz music and flavorful New Orleans-inspired cuisine. Every day brings new opportunities and new adventures aboard Coral Princess.
Length: 951 ft. Tonnage: 108,977 gross tons Cruising Speed: 21.5 knots Air Conditioned: Yes Elevator: Yes Total Passenger Capacity: 2,600 lower berths Crew Members: 1,100 Registry: Bermuda+ Crew Nationality: International Length: 965 ft. Tonnage: 92,000 gross tons Cruising Speed: 21.5 knots Air Conditioned: Yes Elevator: Yes Number of Guests: 1,970 Crew Members: 895 Registry: Bermuda Crew Nationality: International
STAR PRINCESS CORAL PRINCESS
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