Trip Type : Group Tour
Grand Alaska - A Tauck Escorted Tour including 7 night Alaska Cruise tour

Grand Alaska - A Tauck Escorted Tour including 7 night Alaska Cruise

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
From: $ 6,992 $ 466 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska
  • Explore Mount McKinley
  • Experience rail to Denali National Park
  • Discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
  • Enjoy Cruise through College Fjord, rimmed with 16 glaciers
  • Explore historic Skagway
  • Enjoy the Views of Juneau

Short Description

Experience a land of bald eagles, totem poles, calving glaciers, and majestic wildlife by land, sea, and air on Tauck's granddaddy of Alaska tours. Cruise Prince William Sound, Glacier Bay, and the Inside Passage aboard a Princess ship. Tour Anchorage, Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan... explore Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias national parks... take a flightseeing tour over glaciers, two scenic rail journeys, a jet boat cruise and a raft trip in a bald eagle preserve. Meet an Iditarod champion musher and his Husky sled dogs; visit a homesteader at her wilderness farm; enjoy a private Tlingit cultural presentation, a Music of Denali dinner show and more!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Alaska
End City Vancouver

Trip Includes

  • Return Transatlantic flights to Anchorage, Alaska flying back from Vancouver, Canada
  • Traveling with Tauck’s private group and Tauck Director on land and at sea
  • Private Tauck shore excursions
  • 7 nights on land in Anchorage, Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks prior to a 7-night cruise aboard Diamond Princess, Island Princess or Sapphire Princess
  • Private float-plane flight-seeing flight with views of Mount McKinley & Denali National Park
  • A jet boat cruise, a Chilkat rafting adventure and a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad
  • All meals, service charges, gratuities to local guides, taxes/surcharges, admission fees and porterage, plus "Anytime Dining" for the duration of the cruise.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Your Alaska adventure begins

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Captain Cook

Tauck's most comprehensive of Alaska tours begins at 6:30 PM at The Hotel Captain Cook. A transfer is included from Anchorage International Airport to the Hotel Captain Cook, overlooking Cook Inlet, downtown Anchorage, and the Chugach Mountains. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.

Day 2 : Alaskan traditions and a flight to the wilderness

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Trapper Creek

Learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska's indigenous tribes on a visit to the Anchorage Museum; hundreds of artifacts and two multimedia installations share the enduring cultures and histories of peoples from across the circumpolar North. Then take a scenic flight to Talkeetna, near the base of Mount McKinley (North America's highest peak, known to the locals as Denali), followed by a drive to your wilderness lodge in Trapper Creek for a two-night stay.

Day 3: A wilderness homestead and a jet boat adventure

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Trapper Creek

Begin the day with a visit to the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness; her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Mount McKinley for more than four decades. Set off on a wilderness jet boat adventure this afternoon. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.

Day 4: Rail trip to Denali & the sled dogs of Husky Homestead

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, Denali

A journey by rail to Denali National Park precedes a visit to 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. This evening’s destination is your lodge near the entrance to Denali National Park, one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers; dinner tonight is at your choice of restaurants at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Day 5: Exploring Denali National Park

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Accommodation: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, Denali

A highlight of any Alaska travel experience is a visit to Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve highlighted by North America's highest mountain - 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley. Look for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other Denali denizens on a Tundra Wildlife Search in the park with a National Park Service guide. Then spend some time exploring on your own before enjoying a Music of Denali dinner show this evening.

Day 6: Across the wilderness to mountain majesty

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center

Traverse the Alaskan wilderness today from Denali along the Alaska Range to your lodge situated on the Copper River in the small town of Copper Center, a gateway to the massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, known as "North America's Mountain Kingdom." Dinner this evening features a regional favorite, Alaskan salmon.

Day 7: "North America's Mountain Kingdom"

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center

Discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park – home to more glaciers and mountains above 16,000 feet than any spot in North America, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on both sides of the border of the USA and Canada – on a private tour of the park's visitor center with a park ranger. Today you’ll also get a glimpse of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports crude oil from wells at Prudhoe Bay in the north to the port of Valdez. Return to your wilderness lodge to spend the remainder of the day exactly as you please.

Day 8: Take a catamaran ride & embark your Princess cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As you pass through the Chugach Mountains en route to Valdez, make a stop at Worthington Glacier, where you'll set off by private boat across Prince William Sound – ringed by mountains and abundant with wildlife, where you may spot whales, seals and eagles – to Whittier. Board your Princess ship in Whittier to launch the 7-night cruise portion of one of Tauck's best-selling Alaska tours.

Day 9: Cruise College Fjord & Prince William Sound

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cruise through College Fjord, rimmed with 16 glaciers named for Ivy League colleges. Spot wildlife including sea lions and sea otters in Prince William Sound, harbouring Alaska's greatest concentration of tidewater glaciers. By night, take in a Broadway-style show, try your luck in the casino, check out the nightclub, or read in the library; join us for the Captain's welcome reception aboard ship this evening.

Day 10: Glorious Glacier Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Prepare to be awestruck by Glacier Bay National Park, an Alaska travel highlight. View blue-tinged ice cliffs towering over the sea, and hear the roar when they calve and crash into the water. Look for humpback whales, orcas, seals, and seabirds. Tonight, attend Tauck's exclusive cocktail party featuring hors d'oeuvres and an open bar as your ship sails to Skagway.

Day 11: Skagway, bald eagle country & a vintage rail trip

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Explore historic Skagway, gateway to the Klondike gold fields, in antique cars before boarding a ferry cruise on Lynn Canal to Haines. Go rafting through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, hosting the world's largest concentration of bald eagles. Ride the exciting White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway built in 1898 during the gold rush. This vintage rail excursion heads up steep grades, around cliff-hanging turns, and over high bridges. Reboard the ship in Skagway.

Day 12: Views of Juneau and Tlingit culture

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Arrive in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel. Gather insights on the traditions of the indigenous Tlingit peoples of the Pacific Northwest during a private cultural presentation for Tauck guests only.

Day 13: Totem poles & native culture in Ketchikan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you'll dock in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, for an inside look at the role that Tlingit heritage plays in the local culture. See some of the city's numerous totem poles, and watch local totem carvers at work at Saxman Native Village; catch a performance of traditional Tlingit and Haida dances.

Day 14: Inside Passage cruising

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy spectacular views of Alaska's Inside Passage from your stateroom, or a variety of decks and lounges, on a full day of cruising past the densely forested islands and coastal communities of this renowned waterway. You can also swim in four pools, hear a nature presentation, play a board game in the library, work out in the fitness center, get a relaxing spa treatment, or check out the golf simulator. Cap this most extraordinary of Alaska tours by joining us tonight for a farewell cocktail party followed by dinner aboard your Princess ship.

Day 15: Bid Alaska farewell

Meals: Breakfast

Your most memorable of Alaska tours ends in Vancouver. Disembark your Princess ship in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fly home any time; a transfer is included from the dock to Vancouver International Airport. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in and U.S. customs.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your holiday

You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows:

Period before departure within which cancellation notice received

If More than 90 days then then Amount of cancellation fee is Deposit

If 89-50 days, then the Amount of cancellation fee is 50% of total holiday price

If 49-31 days, then the Amount of cancellation fee is 50% of total holiday price

If 30-19 days, then the Amount of cancellation fee is 75% of total holiday price

If 18-15 days, then the Amount of cancellation fee is 80% of total holiday price

If 14 days or less, then the Amount of cancellation fee 100% of total holiday price

IMPORTANT: If travel arrangements include American Queen Steamboat Company, EagleRider Motorcycles or Rocky Mountaineer train, cancellation charges are 100% on or after the holiday balance due date.

In certain cases the price of your holiday is calculated relative to the number of occupants in a room, or passengers travelling. If one of these occupants cancels, not only will there be a cancellation charge, but also the remaining members of your party may have to pay an additional sum. No refunds for unused travel/services due to changes of inclination while on holiday, even if cancellation has been notified to the supplier.

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 13 Dinners

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