Alaska Discovery Tour

Glacier Bay National Park, Inside Passage Cruise & Alaskan Interior Tour

July 30 - August 12, 2019

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7-Day Inside Passage Cruise on MS Noordam Ship

  • Glacier Bay National Park (Holland America Cruises Allowed Here ONLY) Juneau Whale Watching Tour

  • Yukon Tour out of Skagway

  • Mendenhall Glacier Viewing

  • Seattle’s Pike Place Market

  • Vancouver’s Stanley Park

  • Denali National Park

  • Tour of Anchorage

  • Cabin Nite Dinner Theater

  • Tundra Wilderness Tour

  • Alaskan Wildlife: Caribou, Moose, Dall Sheep, Grizzly Bear, and More! Denali – Highest Point in North America


RATES per person

Cruise AND Interior Tour
Double -- Inside Cabin
(Group of 2): $5,899 
Double -- Ocean View Cabin
(Group of 2): $6,099
Double -- Outside Balcony Cabin
(Group of 2): $7,099 

Contact us for Cruise Only and Single Rates.


DEPARTURE LOCATIONS

  • Tampa, FL

  • Eau Claire, WI

  • St. Louis, MO

  • Minneapolis, MN

  • Others upon request


INCLUDED IN TOUR

  • Professional tour director

  • Professional motor coach driver

  • Professional photographer

  • All flights and transfers

  • Local departures

  • Step on guides for city tours

  • Top quality accommodations – 4 Star and above

  • Luxury motor coaches

  • Many meals on tour, equal amount of breakfasts and lunches/dinners

  • Tips on all meals

  • All taxes, fees, visas, etc. included in total price of tour

  • Personalized service

  • Final documents for trip details, 8 weeks prior to departure

  • Luggage handling

  • Much, much more!

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR

  • Every meal not included – guests are informed about how much more money to expect to pay for meals prior to departure

  • Tips for photographer and driver - $5 per person per day is recommended. Bluebird Guided Tours also tips drivers and photographers individually

  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, phone calls, and other personal costs)

ITINERARY

Day 1: Flight into Anchorage, Alaska
The Alaska Discovery Tour begins! We travel together from one of our Midwestern locations to Anchorage, Alaska by motor coach and airplane. Have dinner in Anchorage then relax for the evening. We will check into our lodging and have a relaxing night as we prepare to head north tomorrow to Denali National Park!

The Lakefront, Anchorage, AK 

Day 2: Anchorage to Denali National Park
*Breakfast and Dinner Included
Wake early and travel by motor coach from Anchorage to Denali National Park, stopping along the way to hopefully get a view of the majestic ‘Great One,’ Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. We continue on to McKinley Park, Alaska the gateway to Denali National Park where we arrive to our lodging, the Denali Grizzly Bear Resort. To finish the evening we dine at the Cabin Nite Dinner Theater; a delicious family style meal fit for an Alaskan Sourdough accompanied by a show that will have us singing the night away.

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, McKinley Park, AK

Day 3: Denali National Park
*Breakfast and Lunch Included
Today, we wake early to discover Denali National Park with the Tundra Wilderness Tour; this tour provides the best chance of seeing wildlife while in Alaska. Tours are led by certified park guides with intentions of viewing animals like grizzly bear, Dall sheep, moose, caribou and more! For the afternoon, enjoy an optional flight around Denali ($400 per person), go white water rafting (inquire for pricing), or enjoy Glitter Gulch.

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, McKinley Park, AK

Day 4: Denali to Anchorage By Train Via Talkeetna
*Breakfast Included
This morning we’ll have some free time in the McKinley Park area and then at noon catch a train to Talkeetna. Travel south by railroad adjacent to Denali and finish in the ‘Climbing Town of Alaska’ Talkeetna; this is the best leg of the Alaskan Railway by far! After dinner, we’ll finish our evening by driving into Anchorage.

The Lakefront, Anchorage, AK 

Day 5: Seward and Kenai Peninsula
Wake up and travel 2.5 hours through the Kenai Peninsula to finish our day in Seward. En route we will stop by a few different glaciers and many viewpoints, as this is one of the most beautiful parts of Alaska. After arriving into Seward this afternoon we’ll spend time in town and walk up to Exit Glacier a beautiful valley glacier.

Best Western Plus Edgewater Hotel, Seward, AK

Day 6: Seward -- Cruise Begins!
*Dinner Included
This morning is a great opportunity to do some salmon fishing or cruising Resurrection bay; take your pick of preference, both are amazing! This afternoon board Holland America’s MS Zandaam for a 7-day sailing through Alaska’s Inside Passage which ends in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. There will be things to do at each port from shopping, sightseeing, and excursions in the different port towns. Each traveler will receive a full itinerary of the included and additional excursions at the ports of call. During the cruise enjoy each meal included, so eat until your heart is happy and your belly is full.

Cruise Ship MS Zandaam

Day 7: Cruising at Sea
*Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
It will be a good relaxing day after all the travel and miles we have put on over the last week of touring. Explore the cruise ship for everything that it has to offer today and rest up as we prepare for the glaciers tomorrow!

Cruise Ship MS Zandaam

Day 8: Glacier Bay National Park (Port of Call: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.)
*Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
Wake up to one of the highlights of the trip, Glacier Bay National Park. We’ll watch for massive pieces of ice, sometimes hundreds or thousands of pounds, falling into the ocean in a process called glacial calving. These tidewater glaciers (glaciers touching the water) are some of the most amazing in the world, but only accessible with our cruise ship in this national park. Keep your camera in hand; this will be a day to remember!

Cruise Ship MS Zandaam

Day 9: Haines – Skagway (Port of Call: 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m.) 
*Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
Land into Haines, Alaska today; this exciting town just a short ferry ride away from Skagway, Alaska. Experience the gold mining town of Skagway today; it is a historic town and was the gateway to the Klondike Goldrush in 1898. You’ll also travel by train today on the White Pass Railroad, which will surely be a trip highlight!

Cruise Ship MS Zandaam

 Days 10: Juneau (Port of Call: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.) – Whale Watching
*Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
Mendenhall Glacier awaits us today along with time spent in Juneau, Alaska – the state capital. Today, we will get closer than we have been the entire trip to a glacier as we travel to Mendenhall Glacier. Following lunch, we take an included 3 hour whale watching cruise, searching for humpback and orca whales. Finish the day off with some shopping or a cold one at the Red Dog Saloon – whatever your choice is, this will be a fantastic day.

Cruise Ship MS Zandaam

Day 11: Ketchikan (Port of Call: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.)
*Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
Enjoy the small Southeast Alaska, fishing town of Ketchikan, known as the Salmon Capital of the world! We’ll get to know the town and the culture of the native Tlingit people who are known for the construction of totem poles. Tour through Totem Bight State Park, which is one of the many locations the poles are on display in this small town.

Cruise Ship MS Zaandam

Day 12: Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage
*Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
Today it’s a day at sea as we make our way to the end of our cruise in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Enjoy the relaxation of the last days at sea and enjoy the scenery as we finish up a gorgeous journey through Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Cruise Ship MS Zaandam

Day 13: Vancouver, Canada – Seattle, Washington
We arrive into our final cruise destination and port of disembarkation in the morning. After spending some time in Vancouver we’ll then travel by motor coach to Seattle and stop at Pike Place Market, the city’s largest open air market and most historic. For the night check out the space needle or choose to relax by heading back to the hotel to prepare for our return trip home tomorrow.

Hampton Inn, Seattle, Washington

Day 14: Traveling Home
Say farewell to your new traveling friends and the most scenic parts of the world. What a fantastic trip through Alaska, the Inside Passage, and the Pacific Northwest. Travel through the day to get home to your respective departure locations. Alaska was incredible and we hope to see you again on the next journey you take!