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Moose in Wonder Lake
White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad
Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers
Courtesy of Visit Anchorage - Nicole Geils - Man at Glacier
Gold Dredge 8 Panning
Denali National Park
Brown Bear with Cub
Departs: July 23rd, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Featuring a spectacular three-night Inside Passage cruise, a historic journey by rail, Denali National Park, and much more. Begin the tour with a three-night Inside Passage cruise with a port of call in Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Take the White Pass Yukon Route railway from Skagway into the Yukon Territory. Travel the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks where we pan for gold and go on a sternwheeler river cruise. Go on a fascinating Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park and visit the Iditarod Trail Headquarters in Wasilla. Cruise the calm waters of Prince William Sound for an afternoon, witness Turnagain Arm’s dramatic landscapes, and acquaint yourself with downtown Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.
Hosted By: Robert Bettes
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Day 1 : Fly to Seattle
We have accommodations in suburban Seattle this evening before embarking on our journey.
Day 2 : Vancouver/Embark the ms Volendam
After breakfast, we drive north to the vibrant port city of Vancouver. The city's setting is spectacular, nestled between mountains and ocean. We board the ms Volendam, a mid-sized 1,400-passenger ship, for our three-night cruise into the spectacular Inside Passage.
Day 3 : 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 Canada's Pacific Coast and Southeastern Alaska, seeing firsthand how this vital ocean route still links communities today. As we cruise, enjoy the many shipboard activities; delightful shows, music, and dancing light up the evening.
Day 4 : Juneau
Today, we call on Alaska's beautiful capital, Juneau. The city is not accessible by vehicle, it can only be reached by air or sea. Its natural setting between the waters of Gastineau Channel and coastal mountains and forest make it one of the most stunning capitals. We sightsee and shop on our own or choose an optional excursion offered by Holland America.
Day 5 : Scenic Train Ride
After breakfast we disembark in Skagway. Here, we board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway for an exciting narrow-gauge train ride along the path of the legendary Klondike gold seekers. We pass incredible panoramas of glaciers, mountains and waterfalls. Later, we arrive in Whitehorse for the night.
Day 6 : The Alaska Highway
The Alaska Highway was constructed during World War II as a military route linking Alaska with the lower 48 states. Tonight’s comfortable accommodations are in Tok. Originating as an Alaska Road Commission camp in the 1940’s, Tok is considered the Sled Dog Capital of the World.
Day 7 : Alaska's Interior
En route to Fairbanks, we pass through Delta Junction, an inland delta where the Chena and Tanana rivers meet and feed Alaska’s largest agricultural area. Along the way, we can relive childhood dreams at the Santa Claus House in the town of North Pole. Tonight, we head out for dinner and a show, Alaska style! At a traditional Alaska Salmon Bake enjoy generous portions of salmon grilled over a wood fire accompanied by all-you-care-to-eat beer battered cod and slow roasted prime rib. Delight at the The Golden Heart Revue!, Alaska’s #1 musical show. We have accommodations for two nights in Fairbanks.
Day 8 : Gold Dredge 8 & Riverboat Discovery
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.
Day 9 : Denali National Park & Preserve
Panoramic views of wilderness and the Alaska Range provide a spectacular backdrop as we travel to Denali National Park & Preserve. At six million acres, it is one of the largest unspoiled regions in the world. A naturalist guide joins us on a journey into the tundra. Watch for grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Our accommodations tonight are near Denali National Park.
Day 10 : The Iditarod Trail
A scenic morning drive takes us to Wasilla. After lunch at the Settlers Bay Lodge, we learn about extraordinary sled dogs at the Iditarod Trail Headquarters the treasured Anchorage-to-Nome race. Later, traverse the Matanuska Valley, the state’s first agricultural center, before arriving in Anchorage for two nights.
Day 11 : Cruise Through Glaciers
We head south along the spellbinding scenery of Turnagain Arm. See animals up-close at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Later, we cruise the calm waters of Prince William Sound, with up-close views of tidewater glaciers. Watch for glacial ice to calve, or break off, crashing into the sea.
Day 12 : Anchorage
Enjoy a leisurely morning. You may choose to visit the Anchorage Market, featuring Alaskan products such as local food, artistic woodcrafts and photography. Enjoy a special Farewell Lunch and an enlightening visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center before transferring to the airport for our flight home.
Day 13 : Arrive Home
We arrive home from our wonderful Alaska experience.
July 23rd, 2019 - August 4th, 2019
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Final Payment Date: 04/19/2019
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Robert is the Chief Meteorologist for KVEO-TV Local 23 News. Before joining KVEO he worked as a Chief Meteorologist in El Paso. Robert has also worked for the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.
He grew up in Bosque Farms, NM, and attended high school in Albuquerque. Robert earned his degree in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University. He completed a second degree in Atmospheric Physics (Meteorology) from the University of Arizona. Robert is one of the few accredited meteorologists with a minor in Theatre Arts. He has both the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval as well as the National Weather Association Seal of Approval.
Robert headed up special weather teamsfor Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Don. He also filed live reports from the streets of New Orleans during Hurricane Isaac.
Robert’s time off is devoted to his wife, Amy, and family. He is the father of three active kids, Mason, William, and Corbin.
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