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Glacier Bay National Park
Departs: June 14th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Explore Alaska’s natural beauty and fascinating culture by land, rail, and sea. Our adventure begins in the city of Fairbanks where we we pan for gold and go on a sternwheeler river cruise. Go on a fascinating Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park and ride the Denali Star Train to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Witness Turnagain Arm’s dramatic landscapes, then take the Coastal Classic Train to Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. Visit the Alaska Sealife Center, then board the Coral Princess for a seven-night Inside Passage Cruise. Highlights inlcude scenic Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, and the White Pass & Yukon Route scenic railway with ports of call in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Vancouver.
Hosted By: Paul Joseph
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Day 1 : Fly to Alaska
We begin our tour with a relaxing flight to the Golden Heart of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Day 2 : Fairbanks
Today we’re introduced to Fairbanks’ history as we trace its development from the gold rush to the discovery of “Black Gold” at 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, then board the Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler for a narrated cruise on the Chena River and go ashore at a recreated Athabascan native camp. A savory dinner awaits at the Alaska Salmon Bake, followed by the Golden Heart Revue, humorous theatrical production about Fairbanks’ history.
Day 3 : Denali National Park
Say farewell to Fairbanks as we travel the Parks Highway to Denali and check in to the Denali Princess Lodge. This afternoon we join a naturalist guide for a thrilling journey into Denali National Park & Preserve’s splendid tundra wilderness. At six million acres, it is one of the largest unspoiled regions in the world. Keep an eye out for bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and sights of North America’s tallest mountain peak, Denali.
Day 4 : Anchorage by Rail
This morning we may relax at our lodge or go on an optional adventure. We travel to the Denali Depot and board the Denali Star train and travel by rail to Anchorage. As we travel southward to the Cook Inlet, watch for majestic views the Alaska Range and the Susitna River’s braided river valleys. Our Goldstar Service includes lunch, dinner, and beverages. Upon arrival in Anchorage we check in to our luxurious downtown accommodations for two nights.
Day 5 : Alaska Scenery & Wildlife
We begin our day traveling along the fjord-like Turnagain Arm, one of Alaska’s most beautiful stretches of highway. Enjoy picture postcard views as we head for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation center, a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska wildlife including bears, caribou, moose, and wolves. Enjoy a special lunch and tram ride at the Alyeska Resort nestled into the Chugach Mountains. Watch for eagles and moose as we return to Anchorage to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 6 : Seward by Rail
We board the Coastal Classic train and travel by rail to Seward. Our Goldstar Service includes breakfast and beverages. The train travels along Turnagain Arm before trekking into the Kenai Peninsula’s backcountry wilderness. Our train arrives in Seward on the shores of Resurrection Bay. We visit the Alaska SeaLife Center where research and rehabilitation supports Alaska’s threatened marine life. There are often puffins in residence here so be sure to introduce yourself! After, we travel to Whittier and board our cruise ship, the Coral Princess to begin our seven-night Inside Passage cruise.
Day 7 : Scenic Cruising at Hubbard Glacier
On our first full day at sea our ship travels into Yakutat Bay for scenic glacier cruising. A naturalist joins our cruise ship to provide exciting narration on the wildlife, geography, and glaciers. Our experienced captain will pass by beautiful icebergs on our way to Hubbard Glacier. We may also see wildlife including sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, sea otters, bears, moose, and eagles.
Day 8 : Scenic Cruising in Glacier Bay
Enjoy front-row seats for one of nature’s most breathtaking sights, Glacier Bay! Our ship maneuvers easily along pristine shores for close views of glaciers, lush forests, and mountains. Watch for glacial ice to “calve,” or break off, crashing into the sea.
Day 9 : White Pass Railway
Our port of call is Skagway, an authentic 1890’s gold rush boomtown. We board the White Pass & Yukon Route railway for an exciting narrow gauge along the path of the legendary Klondike gold seekers. We pass incredible panoramas of glaciers, mountains, and waterfalls on our round-trip journey.
Day 10 : 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. Juneau’s natural setting between the waters of Gastineau Channel and coastal mountains and forests make it one of the most stunning capital cities. We sightsee and shop on our own or select an optional excursion offered by Princess Cruises.
Day 11 : Ketchikan
Call on Ketchikan today, known as the Salmon 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 Princess Cruises.
Day 12 : 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, witnessing firsthand how this vital ocean route still links communities today.
Day 13 : Vancouver
We disembark the Coral Princess in Vancouver, British Columbia’s East Coast seaport, with flights home later that day.
June 14th, 2019 - June 26th, 2019
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Final Payment Date: 03/11/2019
PAUL - Paul Joseph Pickup Locations:
General Mitchell International Airport - Milwaukee, WI
Paul Joseph and his wife Judy have been designing and hosting rail tours all over the world for more than 35 years. They both love the excitement of traveling, especially by train. This will be Paul and Judy’s 16th Holiday Vacations train tour.
Paul retired from broadcasting in 2006 after a 36-year career as Chief Meteorologist for WTMJ-TV & Radio in Milwaukee. In 2008 he was inducted into the Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame and in 2009 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his significant contribution to radio and television weathercasting. Paul is a professor in the Physics Department at Marquette University where he teaches meteorology.
Join Paul and Judy on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.