2018 SEASON
May 2018 - Sep 2018

15 Day Grand Alaska

Tauck Tour & Cruise starting in Anchorage and finishing in Vancouver

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 15 Day Grand Alaska. Combine a weeklong Princess cruise through glacier-strewn waterways with a visit to Denali National Park, a rail trip, flightseeing, rafting in a bald eagle reserve, a sled dog experience and much more on this most unforgettable of Alaska tours from...read more

Overview

Operator: Tauck
Type: Tour & Cruise (Premium)
Max Group Size: 45
Duration: 15 Days
From: Anchorage to Vancouver
Tour Code: AL
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: USA, Canada
Our Price From:
$ 8,740
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Anchorage

Tour begins: 6:30 PM, Hotel Captain Cook. A transfer from Anchorage International Airport to the Hotel Captain Cook is included. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner. Stay: Hotel Captain Cook (D)
2

Anchorage, Trapper Creek

After a brief tour of Anchorage, a docent from the Anchorage Museum takes you through the museum's exhibit on the First Peoples of Alaska; its hundreds of artifacts were selected from the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution for interpretation with help from Native Alaskan advisers. Head next to Lake Lucille to board a float plane for some serious aerial sightseeing en route to the town of Talkeetna, near the base of Mount McKinley (locally, known as Denali). Continue by coach to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Trapper Creek for a two-night stay with views of the spectacular Alaska Range. Stay Two Nights: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)
3

Trapper Creek

A visit to the family homestead of Joanne Porterfield in Trapper Creek this morning offers a window into modern pioneer life; hear about the challenges and rewards of life on the land - trapping, farming, hunting and home schooling - at the family's Alaskan homestead. Next, take a jet boat cruise into untamed wildlands; the views of Mt. McKinley are made richer by the insights of a trained naturalist. Arrive late afternoon back at your lodge and enjoy dinner at your leisure. (B/L/D)
4

Denali National Park

Drive today to Denali National Park, one of the world's last unspoiled frontiers; arrive at your lodge near the entrance to the park, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, in time for lunch. This afternoon, visit Husky Homestead to meet former Iditarod champion musher Jeff King and his family... and of course their indomitable Husky sled dogs who live and train there. Enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants at your lodge tonight. Stay Two Nights: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)
5

Denali National Park

Rise early for a "Tundra Wilderness Tour" that takes you deep into Denali National Park through forest and alpine tundra and over high mountain passes. Along the way you may see moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears - and, depending on weather and visibility, awe-inspiring Mount McKinley. Return to your lodge and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure; enjoy dinner on your own tonight. (B/L)
6

Copper Center

Depart Denali this morning, traveling through high alpine country with views of Alaska Range peaks to your wilderness lodge in the small town of Copper Center - a gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. At your lodge, relax over a dinner that features Alaskan salmon, a regional favorite. Stay Two Nights: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)
7

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

At remote Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, a morning tour at the Visitor Center introduces its 15,000 square miles of unspoiled wild lands, the largest in the U.S. National Park system. You'll also view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline today, transporting crude oil to the port city of Valdez. Back at your lodge, enjoy time to take advantage of pristine walking trails, or go whitewater rafting or flightseeing (some at additional cost) before dinner. (B/L/D)
8

Prince William Sound & Embark Your Cruise

A drive through the Chugach Mountains where plant and wildlife amaze, stops at Worthing Glacier, then continues to Valdez. Sea conditions permitting, cross Prince William Sound by boat to Whittier; keep watch for whales, seals and soaring eagles and enjoy the mountain views. Your Princess ship awaits boarding across the sound and cruising begins. Stay Seven Nights: Coral, Golden or Star Princess (B/L/D)
9

Hubbard Glacier & A Day At Sea

A day of scenic cruising heads toward Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, arriving roughly mid-afternoon. Known as the "Galloping Glacier," this is North America's largest tidewater glacier. As you approach the glacier up close, its immensity (40 stories high) and phenomenal blue hues will amaze. You'll have a prime spot to watch for calving icebergs, wildlife and seabirds. Join the ship's Captain for a welcome reception this evening. (B/L/D)
10

Glacier Bay

Inspiration continues today as you cruise the waters of Glacier Bay, just west of Juneau. Your ship cruises along shorelines and islands completely covered by ice some 200 years ago. By the time naturalist John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated some 30 miles to form the bay you're exploring today. Rugged mountains, spruce and hemlock forests, deep fjords, emerald waters and crisp fresh air are the day's companions, possibly along with sea otters, porpoises, seals and bald eagles. Early evening, enjoy the company of your fellow Tauck cruisers at a private cocktail party aboard ship before dinner. (B/L/D)
11

Skagway

In historic Skagway, a gateway to the Klondike region, disembark this morning for a tour of the town and then travel by ferry on the Lynn Canal - the deepest, longest fjord in North America - to Haines. Here you'll begin a quiet raft trip* through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the world's largest congregation of bald eagles. Back in Skagway, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure - meeting up for the excitement of this evening's cliff-hanging rail ride up a mountain pass of nearly 3,000 ft. on the narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, before cruising continues. (B/L/D)
12

Juneau

Your ship arrives in Juneau, Alaska's capital city; set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, it's famous for its historic gold mines and mountain and water views. Disembark for sightseeing that includes a stop at the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, just 13 miles from downtown Juneau. While it may appear to be perfectly still, it is on the move, flowing downhill to shape the landscapes encountered along the way. Then spend much of the afternoon aboard an included private whale-watching cruise off Juneau. Reboard your Princess ship late this afternoon, and sail on to Ketchikan. (B/L/D)
13

Ketchikan

Dock in Ketchikan, an island town with a boisterous history of timber, gold and fishing. With forested slopes as the backdrop, Ketchikan's waterfront hops with floatplane, fishing boat and ferry activity. The town also has a rich native cultural heritage; learn more about what life was like for Alaska's native peoples a century ago at Saxman Native Village - a showcase of historic totem poles and a clan house. Afterward there's time to enjoy this colorful town on your own, perhaps with a walk along its historic boardwalk and the waterfront promenade. (B/L/D)
14

Inside Passage

Spend your final day of cruising along the majestic fjords, islands and coves of the famed Inside Passage; it's also a favored spot for bald eagles and sea lions, porpoises and whales - especially humpbacks - who thrive in the cold waters. Join us tonight for a farewell cocktail party before dinner. (B/L/D)
15

Depart Vancouver

Tour ends: Vancouver. Disembark ship in Vancouver. Disembark your Princess ship in Vancouver, British Columbia. Flights should depart after 12:00 noon; a transfer is included from the dock to Vancouver International Airport; you should allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • 7 nights on land in Anchorage, Trapper Creek, Denali National Park & Copper Center
  • 7-night cruise aboard the Coral Princess, Star Princess or Island Princess
  • Private float plane flightseeing flight with views of Denali & Denali National Park
  • A jet boat cruise
  • A Chilkat rafting adventure
  • Unforgettable rail ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route
  • Scenic cruising at Hubbard Glacier & Glacier Bay
  • Ferry travel on the Lynn Canal

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary basic Internet where available in hotel rooms (service levels are not guaranteed).
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Sservice charges, gratuities to local guides and ship staff, taxes, fuel surcharges, admission fees and porterage.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day and complimentary open bar is available while the bars are open.
  • 40 meals (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 13 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

 

Operator Details

Tauck Reviews: (1)
Tours on Sale: 146
Tour Accommodation: Premium
Tour Average Age: 60+ years
Types: Land Journeys, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
2018 SEASON
May 2018 - Sep 2018

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