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The Great Alaska Adventure



September 12 - 28, 2011
17-Days From $3,295. pp
Entirely Without Flying!




CONDENSED DAILY ITINERARY
Day 1
The ‘GREAT WESTERN LIMITED’
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Depart Los Angeles and all California points aboard the vintage train via the Coast Route of the Union Pacific, welcome reception & dinner.
Day 2
Seattle Washington
Arrive Seattle this evening, transfer to the Warwick Hotel for a two night stay.
Day 3
Seattle Washington
Morning sightseeing, afternoon at leisure, overnight in Seattle.
Day 4
Vancouver British Columbia
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We depart the hotel this morning and travel aboard the sleek European designed Talgo train north to Vancouver, a pretty 3.5 hour ride along the Puget Sound and the best way to travel between these two cites. Arriving in Vancouver at noon, we have a city sightseeing tour of this extraordinary city followed by Afternoon Tea overlooking English Bay before our arrival at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the heart of downtown.
Day 5
Vancouver British Columbia
All day free to enjoy Vancouver. Be sure to see lovely Queen Elizabeth Park.
Day 6
ms Zuiderdam
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All morning to sleep in or further sightsee in Vancouver since we do not leave the hotel for the pier until 2pm. At 5pm, Zuiderdan sets sail for Alaska, the Great Land.
Day 7
Cruising the Inside Passage
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The Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, and one of the few where deep-draft vessels can sail close to steep mountain walls. The scenery is unbelievable, with forests, tumbling glaciers, and evocative towns.
Day 8
Tracy Arm & Juneau
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This narrow, 26-mile-long fjord is another of Alaska's most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rain forest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age - the twin Sawyer Glaciers, calving icebergs. Kittiwakes, mountain goats and seals are a common sight. Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town of Juneau has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields at its back door. Juneau is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest.
Day 9
Skagway Alaska
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The sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway come winter, so you can only imagine the frightul conditions endured by the gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, with a mandatory ton of supplies to be hauled with them over the steep and treacherous Trail of '98. Today, summertime visits to Skagway require nothing of the sort, but you can still ride the antique White Pass & Yukon narrow-gauge railway up through silvery-purple rock faces, past Deadhorse Gulch, to see what it was like back then. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of '98 Museum. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park boasts restored buildings and wooden boardwalks that invite you to take a stroll into the past.
Day 10
Glacier Bay National Park
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay National Park; protects an ever-changing glacial landscape. How does it feel when a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.
Day 11
Ketchikan Alaska
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Built out over the water, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air. Besides the main attractions - Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park try a flightseeing trip to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument--an adventure not to be missed. These deep water fjords left by retreating glaciers left granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascading into placid waters.
Day 12
Inside Passage
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Day 13
Vancouver British Columbia
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Day 14
Astoria Oregon
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Zuiderdam makes a rare call at Astoria, OR today at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Day 15
At Sea
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Day 16
At Sea
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Day 17
San Diego California
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Disembark in San Diego after breakfast at 9 a.m. Complimentary Business
Class train travel back to all CA points.


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