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Authentic Alaska Southbound Cruisetour

Cruisetour Itinerary Description
Authentic Alaska Southbound Cruisetour features a 6 NIGHT LAND TOUR (before the cruise) includes 1 night Fairbanks, 2 nights Denali, 1 night Anchorage, and 2 nights Homer. You will enjoy 1 day on the Alaska Railroad Dome Train, Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park, Iditarod Sled Dog Musher Home Visit, Riverboat Discovery Cruise, Fairbanks City Tour, and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre.
Cruisetour Itinerary Detail Information
Detailed Itinerary
This land tour needs to be accompanied by one of the following cruise itineraries
This itinerary starts BEFORE the accompanying cruise itinerary.
Day 1: Fairbanks
Welcome to Fairbanks. Whether you're exploring Alaska's Golden Heart City or the wonderful amenities your hotel has to offer, get ready for an unforgettable journey in the days ahead fully escorted by a local Alaskan guide. Please note the standard hotel check-in time is 3:00pm. Guests who arrive earlier may have to wait to occupy their rooms. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight: Fairbanks
Day 2: Fairbanks / Denali
Your Norwegian Cruise Line Tour Director will greet you at your Fairbanks hotel this morning. Today, you'll enjoy a morning aboard the Riverboat Discovery, a three-hour journey that will take you into the heart of Alaska. 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. After a brief city tour of Fairbanks, travel by deluxe motorcoach from Fairbanks to Denali. An open evening in Denali is available for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking, or one of the park service programs.Overnight: Denali
Day 3: Denali
More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six-million acres of wild land. An open morning in Denali is available for optional activities. This afternoon, your Tundra Wilderness 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 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. Overnight: Denali
Day 4: Denali / Anchorage
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. In the afternoon, travel along the rails of the Alaska Railroad to the rail depot of Talkeetna with 360-degree 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. Continue via motorcoach from Talkeetna to Anchorage. Overnight: Anchorage
Day 5: Anchorage / Homer
This morning, you'll head south and tour down 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. Watch along the banks of the rivers where fishermen call this area home from May to September. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre 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 Centre 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 Centre. 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. Overnight: Homer
Day 6: Homer
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 Centre - 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 Centre 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 Centre takes you on an incredible journey through this rough and rugged land. Overnight: Homer
Day 7: Homer / Seward
After departing Homer, stops will be made along the way for you to experience the beauty of the area and break for lunch. Continue in the deluxe motorcoach to Seward to board Norwegian Sun for your 7-day Sawyer Glacier cruise.
 
Accompanying Itinerary Information
7 Nights Anchorage to Vancouver
Total Package Duration: 7 Nights(Total of 13 Nights)
Ship(Ratings): Norwegian Jewel()
Embarkation:Anchorage (Seward), AK
Disembarkation:Vancouver, BC, Canada
Description:7 night Alaska Glacier cruise featuring Anchorage/Seward, Hubbard Glacier Cruising, Icy Strait Point, Juneau & Tracy Arm Fjord/Sawyer Glaciers Cruising, Skagway, Ketchikan, Inside Passage Cruising, Vancouver
 
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