Alaska Land & Cruise (13 Day)

Alaska Land & Cruise (13 Day)
Sun, Jul 19th, 2020
Fri, Jul 31st, 2020
Attention: Limited Space
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Inside Cabin: starting at $4990 | Outside (window): $5640 | Outside Cabin with a Balcony: $5940

Fly Vancouver, British Columbia for a 7 Day cruise aboard Holland America's Noordam with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau & Skagway then a day of cruising Glacier Bay National Park.  Then board our coach for a 5 day land tour of Alaska including Seward, ride on the Alaska Railroad, Anchorage, Denali National Park & Fairbanks!

*Riley Tours purchases the Group Deluxe Protection plan with Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption on behalf of all tour passengers*

Tour Highlights:

Holland America's Noordam
Port in Ketchikan, AK
Port in Juneau, AK
Port in Skagway, AK
Cruising Glacier Bay National Park
Seward, AK
Anchorage, AK
Alyeska Aerial Tram
Alaska Railroad Excursion
Tundra Wildlife Tour of Denali National Park
"Mildwater" River Rafting
Alyeska Pipeline
Fairbanks, AK
Gold Dredge #8
Riverboat Discovery Cruise & Included Lunch
All-You-Can-Eat Salmon Bake
"Golden Heart Review" Show

Price Includes:
Port fees, taxes, and surcharges
All Accommodations, Attractions & RT Airfare from MSP

Day 1 Flight to Vancouver/Cruise
Our journey begins with a flight from
Minneapolis to Vancouver. We will board
the Holland America’s Noordam for a funfilled
7 Day cruise. There are many activities
and entertainment to enjoy onboard the
ship including local entertainment and live
music, theme nights, cooking classes, wine
classes, card games, enrichment lectures
with location guides and more! A daily
schedule with activities offered each day
will be in your cabin every evening. We
will dock at different locations throughout
the cruise, you may stay on the ship or go
to shore. The ship will offer many port
excursions that you may join, these are at
your own cost but can be very affordable. All
meals onboard the cruise ship are included,
there are 2 formal evenings and the rest of
the dinners will be smart casual attire in the
main dining room. There is other dining
options onboard including the Lido Market
which is more casual along with the Dive
Inn Grill which offers great burgers! (L, D)

Day 2 Cruising the Inside Passage
Today will be spent cruising Alaska’s
Inside Passage, a protected network of
waterways that wind through glacier-cut
fjords and lush rain forests along the coast
of Southeast Alaska. It is arguably one of
the greatest cruising routes in the world.
Step outside or head up to the Crows Nest
because sailing the Inside Passage offers
opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most
iconic wildlife including humpback whales,
orca, bald eagles and brown bears. Today is
also a great day to explore the ship and get
familiar with our home for the next week.
(B, L, D)

Day 3 Ketchikan, AK
This morning we will dock in Ketchikan, the
town clutches the shores of the Tongass
Narrows, with many shops and houses
built right out over the water. The town
calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World.
Stroll and shop in the Creek Street Historic
District, Alaska’s most notorious red-light
district from 1902. Popular Port Excursions:
the Lumberjack Show, Misty Fjords by Float
plane or Boat, Totem Tour & More. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Juneau, AK
No roads lead to Juneau, which gives
the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability.
The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the
immense Juneau Icefields are at its back
door. The vast Tongass National Forest
stretches away to the northeast. The
adventures are as bountiful as the daylight.
Popular Port Excursions: one of the many
whale watching adventures, Flightseeing &
Dog Sledding on the Glacier, Best of Juneau
Tour and many more! (B, L, D)

Day 5 Skagway, AK
Some of the aspiring Klondike gold rushers
who made it to Skagway took a look at the
500-mile journey that still lay ahead of them
and decided a change of profession was
in order. So many of them set up shop as
provisioners. Skagway was the largest city
in Alaska by the end of the 19th century.
Booms fade and dreams move on, but the
glory days still reverberate through the
town. Walk the wooden boardwalks and
see the restored buildings from the gold
rush days while visiting the many shops in
town. Popular Port Excursions: White Pass
& Yukon Route Railroad, Jewell Gardens,
Dyea Mushing Camp, Ghosts & Goodtime
Girls Walking Tour, Best of Skagway, “The
Dangerous Days of ‘98” Show & more! (B,L, D)

Day 6 Glacier Bay, AK
Today we’ll cruise Glacier Bay National Park,
the glaciers practically terminate in your lap.
When a chunk of ice splits off a glacier and
thunders into the sea the impact shoots
water hundreds of feet into the air. Glacier
Bay has more actively calving tidewater
glaciers than anyplace else in the world.
There will be commentary throughout
the day along with park rangers onboard
to answer questions and give information
about this beautiful place. (B, L, D)

Day 7 At Sea
Today we’ll be at sea most of the day. It’s a
great day to enjoy the all of the wonderful
activities and/or entertainment onboard
our ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Seward/Anchorage, AK
We will disembark the ship in Seward
where our Riley motorcoach will be waiting
for us to continue on the land portion of
our tour. We’ll travel the Seward Highway
to Anchorage. A stop will be made in
Girdwood, at the Alyeska Aerial Tramway
where we’ll ride to the 2,300 foot level
of Mount Alyeska. Take in panoramic
views from the top of surrounding
glaciers, Turnagain Arm and the Chugach
Mountains. Once we reach the top you can
explore the area and have lunch (on your
own) at the Deli. Afterwards, we’ll continue
to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.
We’ll show you around the downtown area
before dropping you off and giving you
time to explore and have dinner. (B)

Day 9 Denali National Park, AK
We head north on the Parks Highway. Our
first stop will be in Wasilla, home to the
Iditarod Headquarters, which features
a museum and a gift shop. Next, we’ll
continue to the historic village of Talkeetna
which is nestled at the base of North
America’s tallest peak, Denali. We will
board the Denali Star and travel the Alaska
Railroad from Talkeetna to Denali National
Park. We’ll follow the banks of the Susitna
River, and maybe get a view the famous,
Denali across the river (weather permitting).
After the Indian River Canyon, the track
climbs toward tree line, crossing Hurricane
Gulch, the longest bridge on the railroad
at 914 feet long and hangs 296 feet above
Hurricane Creek. The train will move into
Broad Pass, at 2,363 feet, the highest point
on the railroad. We’ll be traveling in style
with Glass-dome ceilings and Upper-level
outdoor viewing platforms for panoramic
views of Alaska’s beautiful countryside.
Enjoy an included lunch while onboard.
Upon arrival to Denali National Park, our
motorcoach will be waiting our arrival. Our
entertainment this evening is at the Alaska
Cabin Nite Dinner Theater. The show tells
the story of Fanny Quigley, a real pioneer
in Kantishna back in the gold-rush days of
the early 1900s—the same area that is now
deep inside Denali National Park. The story
is performed in an authentic, log-paneled
roadhouse, and the actors and actresses do
double-duty as your servers for the all-youcan-
eat dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Denali National Park, AK
Today’s adventure is one you will never
forget! “Mildwater” River Rafting down
the Nenana River. You may see moose,
sheep, caribou and bear, as you raft
downstream 11 miles. Hold on and enjoy
this mild water introduction to rafting in
Alaska. The most scenic portion of the
river gives you a thrilling yet pleasant
rafting experience. Afterwards, the day
is at your leisure to relax at the hotel,
explore the town or do an excursion such
as flight seeing, ATV tour, Dog Sledding,
biking and more! (B)

Day 11 Fairbanks, AK
Today will be spent aboard a special
bus for the Tundra Wilderness Tour of
Denali National Park. We’ll see incredible
scenery, learn history of the park road and
have some of the best opportunities to
view the park’s wildlife on this 6-8 hour
tour. Keep an eye out for Dall sheep,
moose, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears.
We’ll also hope that we can become part
of the 30% club’ and get to see “the great
one” aka Mount Denali as only 30% of
visitors to this area ever get to see it at
all because of the almost constant cloud
cover. After our tour, we will continue
our trek north to Fairbanks, where we will
spend the next two nights. Afterwards,
we will continue our trek north to
Fairbanks on the Parks Highway, where
we will spend the next two nights. (B)

Day 12 Fairbanks, AK
Our Alaskan adventure continues this
morning! After a short tour of Fairbanks,
we’ll stop at the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
It was built as a means of transporting
crude oil from the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay
on Alaska’s North Slope to Valdez. Then
we will head out to Gold Dredge 8 and
strike it rich! Ride a replica of the narrowgauge
Tanana Valley Railroad while the
conductor tells tales of prospectors who
arrived by the thousands during the
gold rush. We will see first-hand how
the dredge worked the gold fields, then
receive a brief but informative course
on gold panning before panning for
ourselves. This afternoon we will have
an included lunch before we board the
Riverboat Discovery to cruise along the
Chena and Tanana Rivers. We’ll experience
a real Alaskan Bush Pilot in action as he
takes off from the river; see the home and
kennels of Iditarod Champion, the late
Susan Butcher and see her champion
sled dogs in action; learn about the area’s
Native cultures, lifestyles and experience
frontier living first hand with a tour of
an Athabascan Indian Village. Tonight,
dinner is included at the All-you-can-eat
Alaska Salmon Bake. Your salmon is fire
cooked on an open wood grill while the
Prime Rib is slow roasted. The Bering Sea
Cod is directly from icy Alaskan waters and
is beer battered to perfection. Included
with our meal is a salad bar, soft drink and
a yummy dessert! Afterwards, we’ll walk
over to Pioneer Park and see the “Golden
Heart Review” a lighthearted, comic look
at the colorful characters from early and
present day Fairbanks. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Home
Today we say goodbye to our new friends
and to this spectacular place. We will
never forget the time we enjoyed in “the
last frontier.”
9 dinners 
9 lunches and 
11 continental breakfasts

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