When: Jun 25—Jul 08
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2023 Alaska: Off The Beaten Path

Enjoy six days immersed in the stunning landscape of Alaska’s wildernesss, followed by a seven-day cruise from Anchorage, Alaska through the Inside Passage to Vancouver, British Colombia. See Denali National Park—home to a variety of northern wildlife and of course Denali itself (also known as Mt McKinley). In the evenings, relax at your wilderness lodge and roast marshmallows at the fireside patio. Then, on your journey from Alaska to Vancouver, enjoy shore excursions in historic Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Vancouver. As you sail through Glacier Bay National Park, see unique northern wildlife on land and in the water, calving glaciers, and majestic mountains.

At A Glance


  • June 25 – July 8, 2023
  • 13 Days

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Itinerary

Sunday, June 25      Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive in Anchorage and get settled in the Hotel Captain Cook for an overnight stay. You might enjoy getting out to see the shops, restaurants and cultural attractions of this metropolitan city. A representative will transfer you from the airport to your hotel.

Monday, June 26      Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Princess Rail service takes you from Anchorage deep into the wilderness. Enjoy the scenic transfer from Talkeetna to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, featuring incredible views of Denali. Sit and gaze at “The Great One” from the lodge’s treehouse, hear stories about climbing Denali in the Hudson Theater or roast marshmallows at the fireside patio.

Tuesday, June 27      Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
Enjoy a scenic motorcoach journey to your next accommodation, just steps from Denali National Park. Denali National Park, a six-million-acre wilderness park, is home to 39 species of mammals and 169 species of birds.  You are likely to see moose, caribou, hoary marmots, and tundra swans, among others. Following our excursion to the National Park, unwind at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge—an elegant lodge with unmatchable views of the park.

Wednesday, June 28      Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
A knowledgeable park guide will take us on a natural history tour this morning. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore on your own. Choose from various park activities like hiking or rafting, or simply relax at the lodge.

Thursday, June 29      Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Sightsee by motorcoach on the Parks and Richardson Highways to the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge with incredible views of Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn.

Friday, June 30      Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Enjoy a full day of leisure. Choose from many optional excursions that let you explore America’s largest National Park – Wrangell-St. Elias.

Saturday, July 1       Whittier
Today, make the journey from Copper to Valdez via coach, then Valdez to Whitter via catamaran to board your ship. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the ship’s amenities and activities.

Sunday, July 2       Scenic Cruising: Hubbard Glacier
Get a front row seat to view the 76 mile-long, 1200-foot deep enchanting blue-hued Hubbard Glacier—the largest tidewater glacier in North America. The shores surrounding the iconic glacier are also celebrated for their northern wildlife—otters, brown bears, moose and black-tailed deer.

Monday, July 3       Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park      
Cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to some of Alaska’s unique, abundant wildlife. Throughout the day, welcome park rangers to the ship as they share their knowledge and experiences, as well as host a Junior Ranger program for kids.

Tuesday, July 4      Icy Strait Point           
Today, we will visit Icy Strait Point, a historic canning village. Icy Strait’s waters have yielded record-breaking halibut and salmon catches and provide summer-long access to all five species of salmon. Chichagof Island, on which Icy Strait Point is located, also supports one of the largest concentrations of brown bears in the world and sightings are common. Spend your day relaxing on the ship or participate in a shore excursion for an additional fee.

Wednesday, July 5       Juneau
Welcome to Juneau, Alaska, where one of the most significant gold discoveries ever took place. The capital of Alaska is home to 30,000 people and, like much of Alaska, is well known for its beautiful views of glaciers and mountains. Stay aboard the ship or go on a whale-watching excursion, a wildlife-viewing expedition, a sea kayaking experience, or a First Nations canoe adventure.

Thursday, July 6       Ketchikan
Considered Alaska’s First City, Ketchikan was known for its fishing and timber industries, when so many other towns were focused on gold. With a rich First Nations heritage, Ketchikan has the world’s oldest collection of totem poles and an abundance of salmon. Today’s on-shore excursions include a lighthouse, totems, and eagles excursion, a coastal wildlife cruise, a misty fjords cruise, and a bear country expedition.

Friday, July 7       At Sea
Spend a full day onboard the ship—talking to other tour members, taking photos of the scenic views, lounging at one of the cafes, or taking part in an activity.

Saturday, July 8       Vancouver, British Columbia
Disembark in Vancouver—Canada’s third-largest city, with its thousand-acre Stanley Park, charming Granville Island, vibrant Chinatown, and fashionable Robson Street complete with boutiques and fine dining. Some on-shore excursions include a Stanley Park visit, city highlights drive, a Capilano Canyon walk, and a Vancouver brewery tour. This evening fly home enriched with experiences from your Alaskan adventure.

 

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