Alaska Land Tours

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

When most people think of traveling to Alaska, they think of a cruise departing from Seattle, Vancouver or Anchorage. Many of our land tour operators offer a land tour to Alaska, A cruise can be added to some and others are just a land tour. Insight's Jewels of Alaska can be booked as a 7 day land tour or a 14 day cruise/tour. This tour starts in Anchorage with sightseeing, then on Day 3 the motor coach takes you to Talkeetna to board the Alaskan Railroad train to Denali National Park. Then back to the motor coach for a scenic journey to the town of Girdwood at Mount Alyeska. A glacier cruise is offered on Day 6 and Day 7 you return to Anchorage to fly home or board your cruise ship.

Collette offers a 13 day journey, round trip Anchorage with a land only tour. It visits Whittier for a little cruise on Prince William Sound then an overnight in Tok, before traveling to Whitehorse, the capital of Canada's Yukon. Skagway is the next stop and Dawson City. A stop in Chicken, Alaska brings on a chuckle before arriving in Fairbanks. Then on to Denali by dome car train for two nights. The relaxing ride back to Anchorage is by motor coach, where your tour ends.

Trafalgar proudly presents Majestic Alaska with the option of an Alaska Cruise. Their land tour starts in Fairbanks for two nights, then on to Denali for two nights and the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage. Their land tour is 8 days with a 14 day combination cruise/tour.

Globus's 9 day land tour starts and ends in Anchorage with a stop in Valdez, Fairbanks, Denali National Park and back to Anchorage, where you can board your Alaska Cruise and make your vacation 16 days. They also offer Nature's Best, which is a seven day land tour starting in Fairbanks, visiting Denali National Park, Talkeetna and Anchorage, where you can board your Alaska Cruise ship, making this cruise/tour a 13 day vacation.

Cosmos offers their 8 day Alaskan Adventure starting in Fairbanks, traveling to Denali National Park and ending in Anchorage with the Alaskan Railroad train. This land tour can also be combined with a seven day Alaska Cruise. Alaska and the Yukon is also offered by Cosmos for 12 days starting and ending in Anchorage. This tour will take you to Valdez, Tok, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Fairbanks, and Denali National Park and back to anchorage. Most travelers will think about this tour in the early summer months, but it is unique in operating August 9 -30 for the start of fall foliage in that part of the country.

The Alaska Experience

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Get in touch with the real Alaska with a variety of entertaining and educational experiences on board and ashore. These are just some of the many options geared specifically to Alaskan culture, cuisine and nature to enjoy during your cruise.

Culinary

  • Culinary demonstrations featuring typical Alaskan dishes are featured on most ships. Many have dedicated culinary centres where you can cook side by side with the chefs while big screens display the process close up so the audience doesn't miss a thing.
  • Alaskan dishes are on the menus designed by the cruise line's celebrity chef.
  • Culinary and wine experts give classes and demonstrations on board Seven Seas Navigator's Food and Wine theme cruise: 14 nights, May 26, 2010, San Francisco to Vancouver via Alaska.
  • The Wild Alaska Culinary Extravaganza at Icy Strait Point is an example of the culinary excursions found in many ports. Learn how to prepare and cook local seafood, including salmon, halibut and Dungeness crab then enjoy a feast.

For the Kids

  • Park rangers bring Glacier Bay and the Alaska wilderness to life for kids and teens in Princess Cruises' Junior Ranger and Teen Explorer programs.
  • Kids and teens explore Alaska in a meaningful and enriching way with the Club Mariner Youth Program aboard Seven Seas Navigator.

Lectures and Commentary

  • In Glacier Bay and at Hubbard Glacier, park rangers will come on board to give an informative narration during your visit to the tide water glaciers.
  • Attend lectures and slide shows given by the on board naturalist or historian throughout your cruise.
  • The on board naturalist may also give a commentary at important parts of your voyage. Two popular places are when passing a sea lion colony or traversing the Grenville Channel, the narrowest part of the Inside Passage.

Local Entertainment

  • Check the daily program to see if local entertainers are coming on board. Libby Riddles, the 1985 Iditarod sled dog race champion and first woman ever to win the famous Anchorage to Nome trek, has been visiting the ships of Princess Cruises for the past nine years.
  • Russian dancers from Sitka and gold rush entertainers from Skagway may also entertain you.

Shore Excursions

  • Well informed guides teach you about Alaska on shore excursions from your ship. There's a wide range of excursions which immerse you in the culture and history of Alaska. Check these out at your cruise line web site where you'll find descriptions and details and you can book ahead of sailing.
  • With Holland America Line's Cruise With Purpose you'll have a chance to be a research biologist in the wilds of Alaska. This exclusive wildlife and research tour from Juneau is offered in conjunction with Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and the Marine Conservation Alliance.

History of Anchorage Alaska

Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and home to approximately fifty percent of the entire population of the state. The city is situated on a triangular peninsula bordered on the east by the rugged Chugach Mountains, on the northwest by the Knik Arm, and on the southwest by the Turnagain Arm. Anchorage can trace its origins to the railroads, as it began as a tent city in 1915 for construction workers on the Alaska Railroad. In its first year, Anchorage grew to a population of 2,000; most of them railroad workers.

By 1920, the town site became incorporated and future growth came in spurts punctuated by farming in the 1930s and military build-ups in the late 1940s. The discovery of oil from the 1960s to the 1980s gave rise to Anchorage as we know it today. Suffering extensive damage during the earthquake in 1964, the city was rebuilt and is the focal point of Alaskan business and social life now. Blessed with the surrounding natural beauty, Anchorage is a modern city on the edge of the old frontier.

History of Fairbanks Alaska

Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009

Before Fairbanks was founded, Koyukon Athabaskans lived, fished, and hunted in the area with the Tanana and other rivers serving as trade routes with other Athabaskans and Eskimos. By the early 1900s, gold rush prospectors were spreading out into Alaska in search of gold. The discovery of gold in the nearby area led to the creation of Fairbanks. It began with a trading post started by E.T. Barnette who was forced to disembark on the shores of the Chena River in 1902. The Fairbanks Gold Rush led to the development of an established mining community and it became an important commercial center within a short time. In 1903, Fairbanks was incorporated as a city and named after a popular Senator, Charles W. Fairbanks, soon to become Vice President under Teddy Roosevelt. Eventually the gold panned out and Fairbanks settled into fifty years of modest growth marked by rail and highway construction.

About Denali National Park

Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Denali National Park and Preserve is located in Interior Alaska and contains Mount McKinley, named after former US President William McKinley. It is one of the world’s greatest places for viewing wildlife and bird species amid a spectacular mountain backdrop. Wildlife viewing is a popular summertime activity at Denali, with grizzly bears, moose, caribou, dall sheep, foxes and wolves roaming in the park. Bird watchers have a vast array of over 130 species of birds that may be found in Denali at various times throughout the year. Wintertime recreation includes dog-sledding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling where allowed.

The stunning glacial landscapes and other geological wonders also make Denali a favourite for hikers and photographers. Mount McKinley is the highest mountain peak in North America, at a height of approximately 20,320 fett. It is commonly known as Denali, which means the great one in the Athabascan language.

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