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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: May 30th, 2020 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, Alaska’s largest city, and 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 cruise the Tanana River on a classic sternwheeler in Fairbanks, then travel the Alaska Highway into the Yukon. Take the White Pass Yukon Route Railway to Skagway, Alaska where our cruise ship awaits. For the next four nights we cruise the Inside Passage in style with a day of scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park and a port of call in Ketchikan.
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Hosted By: Rudy Kalis
Retired Sports Director
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Day 1 : Fly to Anchorage
Check-in for a two night stay in historic downtown Anchorage.
Day 2 : Alaskan Scenery
We begin our day traveling along one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in Alaska, Turnagain Arm.
We visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife.
Enjoy a tram ride and special Welcome Lunch at Alyeska Resort, nestled in the Chugach Mountains.
Watch for eagles and moose as we return to Anchorage to enjoy time at leisure.
Day 3 : Veterans Memorial
A scenic drive takes us north into Alaska’s interior. We travel along the Chugach Mountains to the Matanuska Valley, Alaska’s primary agricultural region.
Enjoy a photo stop at the Alaska Veterans Memorial, dedicated to each branch of service.
En route to Denali National Park, we watch for views of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.
near Denali National Park
Day 4 : Denali National Park & Preserve
This morning we join a naturalist for a narrated 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 for two nights 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 Oil Pipeline.
At Gold Dredge 8, we learn to pan for gold and keep what we find!
Enjoy a family-style lunch at Steamboat Landing.
We board the Riverboat Discovery III sternwheeler for a narrated excursion on the Chena River and go ashore at a recreated Athabascan camp.
The evening is at our leisure in Fairbanks.
Day 6 : The Alaska Highway
Following a delicious breakfast, browse the amazing collections that preserve the history of this region at the Museum of the North.
Relive childhood memories 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 at our accommodations in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital.
Day 8 : Scenic Rail & Cruise
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. 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 to our amazing journey at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 13 : Fly Home
We fly home with great memories.
May 30th, 2020 - June 11th, 2020
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 02/25/2020
WSMV TV Pickup Locations:
Nashville, TN - Nashville International Airport
Rudy retired from WSMV-TV in Nashville last year after working as a Sports Reporter, Sports Director and Anchor since 1974.
He grew up in Milwaukee, WI, spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as a military policeman and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Broadcasting. He came to Nashville after spending two years at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, WI.
At Channel 4, he’s won four Local Emmys for outstanding Sportscast and Commentary. He won a National Iris Award for outstanding locally produced documentary and he has been voted the Outstanding TV Sportscaster in Nashville more than 20 times by various local publications. He has also won the AP award for the Outstanding Sportscast in Tennessee 12 times. In 2011, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Metro Football Coaches Association. He is on the board of directors for the Jason Foundation to Prevent Teen Suicide. Rudy also hosts a tournament for ALS, works with Character Counts, and volunteers full time for Men of Valor prison ministry.
Rudy is married to Leigh and has two daughters, Leah and Jennifer, and two grandsons.
Join Rudy on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.