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North To Alaska


September 12 - 28, 2011
17-days from $2,895


CONDENSED DAILY ITINERARY
Day 1: Chicago Union Station  
Guests depart Chicago today aboard the Empire Builder bound for Seattle via Glacier National Park.
Day 2: Empire Builder  
Today the train travels through the continental divide and ascends into Glacier National Park as it continues its westbound journey to Seattle. Overnight is spent onboard.
Day 3: Seattle Washington  
Morning sightseeing, afternoon at leisure, overnight in Seattle at the Warwick Hotel.
Day 4: Seattle Washington  
A full day to explore the ‘Emerald’ City.
Day 5: Vancouver British Columbia
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 cities. Arriving in Vancouver at noon, we have a city sight-seeing 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 6: ms Zuiderdam
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.
Cruise Itinerary:

Day 7: Inside Passage
The fabled 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 in a hundred shades of green, tumbling turquoise glaciers, and evocative towns loaded with history.
Day 8: Tracy Arm & Juneau
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.
Day 9: Skagway  
Take your time and poke into every little store from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy's Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia. This is also the starting point of the fabled White Pass & Yukon Railway, an optional tour that is worth every penny.
Day 10: Cruising Glacier Bay  
Glacier Bay National Park protects a unique ecosystem of plants and animals living in concert with an ever-changing glacial landscape.
Day 11: Ketchikan  
Built out over the water and climbing weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of the Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a cheerful air.
Day 12: Inside Passage
Day 13: Vancouver
Day 14: Astoria
Astoria is a beautiful setting at the mouth of the Columbia River and the final point of the westbound trek of the Lewis & Clark expedition since this is as far as Sacagawea could get them.
Day 15: At Sea
Day 16: At Sea
Day 17: San Diego
Guests disembark after breakfast to begin their journey home. Guests departing/ returning to West Coast points do not need to start/end in Chicago. Please call for train route details!

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