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Alaska & Inside Passage Cruise

Featuring a captivating 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 historic White Pass Yukon Route railway into the Yukon Territory, then travel the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, Alaska where we pan for gold and cruise the Tanana River on a classic sternwheeler. 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: Melissa Ingells

Morning Edition host

WPR Radio

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare
  • All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes & fuel surcharges (minimum value of $468 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 13 : Arrive Home

We arrive home from our wonderful Alaska experience.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes & fuel surcharges (minimum value of $468 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights at the Westmark Fairbanks
  • 1 night near Denali National Park
  • 2 nights at the Hilton Anchorage

Attractions & Highlights

  • Included Shore Excursion: White Pass & Yukon Route Scenic Railway
  • Santa Claus House
  • Golden Heart Revue! musical
  • Gold Dredge 8
  • Riverboat Discovery III
  • Denali National Park Tundra Tour
  • Iditarod Trail Headquarters
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise on Prince William Sound
  • Anchorage Museum
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center

23 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Dinner at the Alaska Salmon Bake
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • ms Volendam: All meals aboard the ship with As You Wish Dining
  • Ports of Call:
  • Juneau

Highest Elevation: 3,895 feet.

Tour Dates & Pricing

July 9th, 2019 - July 21st, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$6299

Single

$7999

Triple

$6149

Final Payment Date: 04/5/2019

Departure Cities

WPR Radio Pickup Locations:

Appleton, WI - Appleton International Airport

Eau Claire, WI - Groome Transportation

Green Bay, WI - Austin Straubel International Airport

Madison, WI - Dane County Regional Airport

Milwaukee, WI - General Mitchell International Airport

Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Mosinee, WI - Central Wisconsin Airport

Melissa Ingells

Each week, as the “Morning Edition” host for Wisconsin Public Radio, Melissa speaks to more than 120,000 people each week. But as a kid, even though she loved listening to the radio, she hated the sound of her own voice. But after newscasting for her student radio station at Central Michigan University, Melissa was hired at WKAR, the public radio station at Michigan State University, where she spent 27 years as a music announcer and “Morning Edition” host. She came to Wisconsin Public Radio in 2018 as the result of a nationwide search, and has enjoyed her move to Wisconsin.

Melissa lost spectacularly on “Jeopardy” in 2005. She has jumped out of an airplane (wearing a parachute) in order to help a colleague do a radio piece. She even once got hit by lightning hosting “All Things Considered.” And after some research, it looks like she is NOT related to Laura Ingalls Wilder. Melissa likes to write, cook, play and listen to music, and hang with her kitties.

Join her and WPR listeners on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.