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Denali National Park
Glacier Bay National Park
Moose in Denali National Park
Passenger Aboard Cruise Line
White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad
Bears Catching Fish in River
Holland America Line
Departs: July 6th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Featuring a captivating four-night cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage, a historic journey by rail, Denali and Glacier Bay National Parks, and so much more. Fly into Anchorage and acquaint yourself with this incredible city. Explore dramatic landscapes along Turnagain Arm. Visit the Iditarod Trail Headquarters in Wasilla, then arrive at Denali National Park for a fascinating Tundra Wilderness Tour. Pan for gold and go on a sternwheeler river cruise in Fairbanks, then travel the Alaska Highway into the Yukon. Take the White Pass Yukon Route Railway to Skagway where our cruise ship awaits. For the next four nights, cruise the Inside Passage with a port of call in Ketchikan and a day of scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park. Additional Departure: June 29 - July 11, 2019
Hosted By: Don Jorgensen
KELOLAND TV News Anchor
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Day 1 : Fly to Anchorage
We begin our tour enjoying two nights in downtown Anchorage.
Day 2 : Alaskan Scenery
We begin our day traveling along fjord-like Turnagain Arm, on one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in Alaska. Enjoy picture postcard views as we head for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife. Enjoy a special Welcome Lunch and tram ride at Alyeska Resort nestled in the Chugach Mountains. Watch for eagles and moose as we return to Anchorage to enjoy time at your leisure.
Day 3 : The Iditarod Trail
A scenic morning drive takes us to Wasilla in the Matanuska Valley, an agricultural and supply center for Alaska’s remote interior. At the Iditarod Trail Headquarters, we learn about extraordinary sled dogs and the famous Anchorage-to-Nome race. Our accommodations tonight are near Denali National Park.
Day 4 : Denali National Park & Preserve
Today we join a naturalist guide for a thrilling journey into the tundra of Denali National Park & Preserve. At six million acres, it is one of the largest unspoiled regions in the world. Watch for grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Later, we cross the Alaska Range, with sweeping vistas of untouched wilderness. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, we dine at the famed Alaska Salmon Bake, a true Alaska experience.
Day 5 : Fairbanks
Today we’re introduced to Fairbanks’ history as we trace its development from the gold rush to the discovery of "Black Gold." Get a glimpse of the famed Trans-Alaska Pipeline. At Gold Dredge 8, we learn to pan for gold and keep what we find! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at Steamboat Landing. We board the Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler for a narrated excursion on the Chena River and go ashore at a recreated Athabascan Indian camp. The evening is at our leisure in Fairbanks.
Day 6 : The Alaska Highway
Following a delicious included breakfast, depart Fairbanks and relive childhood wonderment during a stop at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. We travel the Alaska Highway which was originally built as a military supply road during World War II and now links Alaska to Canada. Tonight’s accommodations are in Tok.
Day 7 : Yukon Territory
Today we traverse the spectacular Yukon Territory, an untouched region of astounding beauty. We enjoy views of the crystal-clear waters of Kluane Lake and stop at Kluane National Park Visitors Center to learn more about this preserved area. We arrive in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital for an overnight stay.
Day 8 : Scenic Rail & ms Volendam
Spectacular views of mountains, valleys and waterfalls abound during a scenic train excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. This historic route follows the path of the Klondike gold seekers. We arrive in Skagway and embark on the ms Volendam for our four night cruise. The ship stays docked in Skagway into the evening allowing you to go ashore and explore this authentic 1890’s gold rush boomtown.
Day 9 : Glacier Bay Cruise
Enjoy front-row seats for one of nature’s most breathtaking sights, Glacier Bay! Our mid-sized ship maneuvers easily along these pristine shores for close views of glaciers, lush forests, and mountains. A National Park Ranger provides insight into this corner of Alaska. Watch for glacial ice to calve, or break off, crashing into the sea.
Day 10 : Ketchikan
Call on Ketchikan today, the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World. This charming port is a cultural hub and has a colorful history. Browse the shops and galleries along Creek Street or schedule an optional excursion offered by Holland America.
Day 11 : The Inside Passage
Snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and hundreds of islands and coastal inlets mark our progress through an astonishing fjord-like waterway today. We trace the southeastern hook of Alaska and Canada's Pacific Coast and witness firsthand how this vital ocean route still links communities today.
Day 12 : Vancouver to Seattle
Disembark in Vancouver, British Columbia and enjoy a scenic drive to Seattle, "The Emerald City." Tonight we toast our amazing journey at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 13 : Fly Home
We fly home with great memories.
July 6th, 2019 - July 18th, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 04/2/2019
KELO TV Pickup Locations:
Rapid City, SD - Rapid City Regional Airport
Sioux Falls, SD - Sioux Falls Regional Airport
Don was selected as South Dakota’s Broadcaster of the Year for 2010 by the South Dakota Broadcaster’s Association. Don first joined the KELOLAND News team in 1990, which now makes him one of the veterans of the newsroom. For nine years, he anchored Good Morning KELOLAND, helped launch After Nine and took over duties of Midday anchoring.
Before his television career, he made a living on the radio at 1140 KSOO AM Radio in Sioux Falls. In 1988 he was hired as assistant news director, but covered big stories, like President George Bush’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. and the Sioux City plane crash.
Now that his children are all grown up, Don spends most of his time riding motorcycle and watching sporting events with his fiancé Pam. He retired from the South Dakota Air National Guard after 22 years of service. Don previously hosted several Holiday Vacations’ tours.
Join Don and other KELOLAND viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.