Attracting almost 2-million visitors in the last year, 2017 is looking like a banner year for Alaska travel, and researching 2017 Escorted Alaska Tours now is the best way to save on airfare. One travel segment that is growing in popularity is Family tours to Alaska with itineraries such as Tauck's 'Alaska: Call of the Wild'... Biking adventures such as Backroads' Alaska Bike Tour are taking the wilderness by storm while caring for the environment!
The best time to take a 2017 escorted Alaska tour is between the months of May through September... It is the best time to see the stunning wilderness of Alaska at its best. Gaze upon Mount McKinley, the highest peak of North America. See why Alaska is known for its fascinating wildlife and scenery. Whether it is the century old totem poles, majestic coastal glaciers, or the sparkling water fall, you will marvel at the sterling Alaskan coastline.
Now vacationing in Alaska is even easier with a seven day 2017 Escorted Alaska Cruise through the Inside Passage. Some of the most popular ports of call in Alaska include Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and more! There are roundtrip cruises available from San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver for you to take in order to witness icy fjords, whale-watch, hike a glacier, or go glacier flightseeing... Who says you can't go on an Alaska cruise adventure?
The possibilities are endless as we have included many travel itineraries to suit your desires and your budget. There so much of Alaska to visit that it is hard to know where to start. There are 2017 Alaska cruise tours for individuals, couples and families to experience the best that nature has to offer. Buying your Alaska Tour gives you peace of mind because you prepay for your trip and save up to 40% off the cost of traveling the same itinerary on your own. There's no better time than now to pick your Alaska Tour Vacation. Keep in mind when planning your tour that peak season is May to September as the weather is most enjoyable..
Call 1-800-942-3301 to find out more information about a cruise or to speak to a travel agent.
Relax for seven nights and enjoy the epic Alaskan scenery from aboard one of Princess Cruise Lines lovely ships. Cruise through the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, taking in rugged natural wonders. Cruise the Sternwheeler Discovery and encounter Alas.. (click for more)
Discover the beauty and majesty of “the last frontier” on an Alaska family vacation. Home to Denali, the highest point in North America, as well as volcanic islands, over 3 million lakes, and 16,000 square miles (41,439 square km) of glacier ice — yo.. (click for more)
Alaska is the ultimate outdoor destination for adventurous families! It’s America’s final frontier – the great wilderness that has remained largely unaffected by the destructive onslaught of modernity. Journey this vast land cherished by its native p.. (click for more)
From the European-styled, old world elegance of Quebec City to the thundering magnificence of Niagara Falls, you’ll love every moment of this 8-day tour of eastern Canada. Enjoy two-night stays in Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto as well as an over.. (click for more)
Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion into a land of mist-shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Search for orcas a.. (click for more)
There are seven amazing ports and National Parks in Alaska that make up most of the itineraries in a 2017 Alaska Cruise Tour, and they are:
Juneau is the capital city of Alaska. It is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle and is the second largest city in the United States. Downtown Juneau is at the base of Mount Juneau and across the channel from Douglas Island.The city is unusual because there are no roads connecting Juneau to the rest of Alaska. Ferry service is available for cars. Juneau is named after gold prospector Joe Juneau. Downtown Juneau sits at sea level, with tides averaging 16 feet, below steep mountains about 3500 to 4000 feet. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass with about 30 flowing glaciers. You can see the Mendenhall Glacier and the Lemon Creek Glacier from local roads.
The Gastineau Channel was a favorite fishing ground for local Tlingit Indians, who had inhabited the area for thousands of years. The native cultures are rich with artistic traditions including carving, weaving, singing and dancing.
The climate is mild with moist and long winters, Spring, summer and fall are cool to mild
Denali is a national park and preserve located in Interior Alaska, centered on Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. The park encompasses more than 6 million acres with mixed forest landscape. The preserve is also home to tundra, glaciers, rock and snow. The park offers wildlife viewing, mountain climbing and backpacking. Winter-time activities include dog-sledding, cross-country skiing and snowmachining. Denali is home to Alaskan birds and mammals including grizzly and black bears. Herds of caribou roam the park, while Dall sheep are seen on the montainsides. Moose feed on the plants. Foxes, martens lynx, wolverines also inhabit the park.You'll find an abundance of fish in the waters, as well as the wood frog.The park has a 91-mile road running from George Parks Highway to the mining camp of Kantishna. Only a small portion of this road is paved. The first 15 miles of the road are available to private vehicles. Concessionary buses take visitors to the interior of the park. Denali has long winters and summers are cool and damp. The weather is so unpredictable that there has been snow in August.
Fairbanks is the largest city in the "Interior" region of Alaska and third largest in the state. Captain E.T. Barnette founded Fairbanks in August 19001 while headed to Tanacross where he intended to set up a trading post. Teams of gold prospectors built drift mines, dredges and lode mines in addition to panning and sluicing.Fairbanks was also a producer of agricultural goods, as well as farming activities. Fairbanks is located in the central Tanana Valley, straddling the Chena River and the Tanana River.North of the city is a chain of hills reaching the White Mountains and the Yukon River.Fairbanks climate gives it very long winters and short, warm summers. Winter lasts from late September until late April, but snow is limited from February to May.Fairbanks is a hub for cross-country skiing in Alaska.
The city of Kenai is named after the local word ken or kena, which means flat, meadow, open area with few trees. Summers are cool and winters are snowy, long but not particularly cold. Although many fishing boats are based in Kenai, it does not have a formal port and harbor. The nearest deep water port is in Nikiski. A world record "king salmon was caught in the Kenai River, making the city a popular fishing tourist location.
Seward is the ninth most lucrative fishing port in the United States. Another major industry in Seward is tourism. It has a maintained dock for cruise ships and controls a shipping terminal for coal. Seward is unusual among most small Alaskan communities, as it has road access in the Seward highway.Cruise ship passengers get off the boats and take the train farther north to Denali or other Alaskan attractions from Seward.
It is also a very bike friendly community. Bkies are available for rent and there are guided bike tours of the area. Points of interest in Seward are Mount Marathon and its famous Mount Marathon Race, the Kenai Fjords National Park, the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Seward Silver Salmon derby, the Polar Bear Jump-Off, music and art festivals and the Balto Film festival.
Whitehorse is the capital and largest city of the Yukon. The city was named after the Whitehorse Rapids for their resemblance to the mane of a white horse, near Miles Canyon. Because of the location of the city in the Whitehorse Valley, the climate is milder than other comparable northern communities. Winter days are short and summer days have 20 hours of sunlight. You will find the S>S> Klondike riverboat, Rotary Peace Park and the waterfront interesting landmarks.Climb the "Two Mile Hill" to see an overview of the old residential neighborhoods where homes are the original army barracks and military officers residences. The narrow gauge railway links Skagway to Whitehorse. There is bus service and a waterfront tram which provides transportation along the Yukon River. Outdoor attractions include, Whitehouse Fish Ladder and Dam (longest wooden fish ladder in the world, Yukon Gardens, Log Skyscrapers, Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Takhini Hot Springs. The Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue is a major tourist attraction. The annual 1000 mile Yukon Quest sled dog race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks is considered one of the toughest in the world.
Whittier is on the northeast shore of Kenai Peninsula.The Whittier Glacier near Whittier was named for American poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier is a popular port of call for cruise ships, as it has connections to anchorage and interior of Alaska by both highway and rail. It is the embarkation/debarkation point of the Denali express, the non stop rail service to and from Denali National Park. Whittier is popular with tourists, sport fishermen and hunters. The Whittier tunnel links Seward Highway south of Anchorage with Whittier and is the only land access to the town.