Authentic Alaska – Northbound Cruisetour (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line®
Vancouver, BC, Canada to Fairbanks, AK, United States
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Vancouver, BC, Canada
4:00 PM
Inside Passage (Cruising), AK, United States
Ketchikan, AK, United States
7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Juneau, AK, United States
11:00 AM 9:00 PM
Skagway, AK, United States
8:00 AM 8:00 PM
Glacier Bay (Cruising), AK, United States
Hubbard Glacier, AK, United States
Seward, AK, United States
5:00 AM
Soldotna, AK, United States
Homer, AK, United States

Your Norwegian Cruise Line tour director will greet you in Seward upon debarkation of Norwegian Sun for your fully escorted tour. Board your deluxe motorcoach and head down the Seward and Sterling Highway into more of the dramatic beauty of the Kenai Peninsula. Watch along the banks of the rivers where fishermen call this area home from May to September. A lunch stop will be made in the community of Soldotna, also known as the "Fishing Capital of the World". Enjoy a brief stop near the world-famous Kenai River and see where the monster King Salmon fish are lured by fisherman, and learn about the five species of salmon that call Alaska home. As you continue through the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula down the coast, enjoy the spectacular views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains, and several volcanic peaks across Cook Inlet, including Mt. Augustine, Mt. Iliamna, and Mt. Redoubt. Near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula you'll encounter the town of Homer, an authentic Alaskan community not geared toward mass tourism and often described as "where the land ends and the sea begins". Homer has a history steeped in commercial fishing and a mild climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean. This results in warmer winters and cooler summers compared to other areas of Alaska. Homer is also famous for the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long natural spit of land extending into Kachemak Bay, which you can explore in the evening. Disembark ship at 8 am, lunch on your own at 11 am, arrive Homer and visit to Homer Spit at 3 pm. Overnight in Homer.

Homer, AK, United States

Open morning in Homer to explore this community. Book an optional fishing excursion for halibut and salmon, ride one of the ferries to the remote communities of Halibut Cove or Seldovia, or simply stay in town to enjoy the many local galleries and restaurants. Late this afternoon, visit the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center – your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world with all the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors. The Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, dedicated to understanding and conserving the marine environment. Enjoy the modern displays, movies, and information throughout as the Center takes you on an incredible journey through this rough and rugged land. Overnight in Homer.

DAY 10
Homer, AK, United States
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, AK, United States
Anchorage, AK, United States

This morning, you'll head north and tour around the Turnagain Arm along the Seward Highway. This "All American Scenic Highway" has spectacular views of the Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains. In dramatic fashion, see where the mountains meet the sea. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will see moose, bears, musk ox and other indigenous animals of the region. Taking in orphaned animals and providing quality animal care year-round, the Conservation Center is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Alaska's wildlife. Animals that cannot be released back into the wild are given a permanent home at the Center. Depart Homer hotel at 8:30am; Lunch on your own at 11:00am; Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center at 3:00pm; Arrive at Anchorage hotel at 5:30pm; Overnight: Anchorage

DAY 11
Anchorage, AK, United States
Talkeetna, AK, United States
Denali National Park, AK, United States

Today you'll ride on the world-famous Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Denali with 360° views from your deluxe dome railcar seats. As the gorgeous scenery of Alaska rolls past, be watchful for wildlife, as well as glimpses of Mt. McKinley, or, as local Alaskans call it, "The Great One". Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey. Open evening for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking, or one of the park service programs. Depart for Talkeetna via motorcoach at 8 am, travel on Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Denali at 11:20 am, arrive at Denali hotel at 4 pm. Overnight in Denali.

DAY 12
Denali National Park, AK, United States

Today's itinerary includes a morning kennel tour in Denali. Learn about the Alaska state sport of dog mushing with a stop at a local Iditarod sled dog kennel. You'll be amazed to learn about this fascinating sport, the musher, the dogs, and even get to hold a future champion puppy in your arms. After this authentic visit, we won't be surprised if you are ready to run "The Last Great Race" yourself. More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six million acres of wild land. This afternoon, your tour will take you into this pristine region of Alaska on the only road into and out of the park. Along the way, enjoy a fully narrated ride learning about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the wild animals that roam freely and call this park home. While in this beautiful area, set aside time to experience the solitude and tranquility that vast wilderness can provide. During your included Tundra Wilderness Tour, you will travel 53 miles into Denali National Park, enjoying the incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to see wildlife in its natural setting. A light snack is included on the tour. Tour duration is approximately 7 hours. Upon arrival in Alaska, your tour director will advise you of your tour time. Visit Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel at 8:30 am, Tundra Wilderness Tour to be determined. Overnight in Denali.

DAY 13
Denali National Park, AK, United States
Fairbanks, AK, United States

This morning, board your deluxe motorcoach for Fairbanks, the Golden Heart City. Upon arrival, enjoy a Fairbanks city tour, including a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. This afternoon, enjoy a ride on the three-hour-long Riverboat Discovery cruise. Operated by a family who has made the Alaskan rivers home for five generations, you'll witness a Bush Pilot take off and land beside the boat, and hear stories of flying into remote Alaska firsthand. Halfway through the experience, you'll be immersed in frontier living with a guided walking tour of a recreated Athabascan Indian village. See cabins made of spruce logs, along with other indigenous dwellings that have allowed the strong Athabascan people to survive for thousands of years in this harsh environment. Open evening to explore Fairbanks or take an optional tour. Depart Denali at 8 am, Fairbanks city tour and lunch on your own at 11 am, Riverboat Discovery cruise at 2 pm, arrive at Fairbanks hotel at 5:30 pm. Overnight in Fairbanks.

DAY 14
Fairbanks, AK, United States
Air travel

Transfer to the Fairbanks International Airport for your flight home. The transfer between the hotel and airport is included in the tour.

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What's Included


  • Accommodations | Meals (not including specialty restaurants) | Entertainment aboard ship

Not Included

  • Specialty restaurants are available with either nominal cover charges or fixed price menus and … la carte pricing in addition to the standard dining program | Items of a personal nature are not included, such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, spa treatments, indoor pool relaxation areas, certain specialty exercise classes, laundry, photographs, casino, ship-to-shore phone, email, Internet, fax and Shore Excursions (including all """"Dive In"""" programs) | Government taxes and fees are also not included

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