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Yosemite National Park to Denali National Park


Three Departures Only
June 16, July 14
August 11, 2011
16-Days From $3,895 pp


Condensed Daily Itinerary:
Day 1
ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO
R
Guests arrive in San Francisco by air or train and transfer to the Hilton at Fisherman’s Wharf to begin their three-night stay in ‘Everybody’s Favorite City’. This evening is at leisure.
Day 2
SAN FRANCISCO
B
A magical day that begins with a complete city tour followed by a Bay Cruise that circles Alcatraz and sails under the Golden Gate Bridge. Tonight is our special Welcome dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf, a great treat. Overnight at the Hilton at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Day 3
SAN FRANCISCO-YOSEMITE
B D
One of the wonders of the world is Yosemite National Park. We travel to these stunning locations today by train through the Great Central Valley, returning to San Francisco late this evening. You will want to have your camera ready.
Day 4
SAN FRANCISCO-SPECIAL TRAIN OVERNIGHT TO SEATTLE
D
Happily, there is all day to enjoy San Francisco since we do not depart until 9 pm for seattle and this is great day to explore Chinatown, colorful North Beach, shop in Union Square or enjoy a cable car ride. A special bon voyage dinner is included this evening before we board the Great Western Limited, bound for Seattle, an overnight journey of great beauty over the Union Pacific Railroad.
Day 5
SEATTLE
B D
Morning finds us in the rugged Cascade Mountains, passing through Portland this afternoon for an evening arrival in Seattle. Upon arrival we transfer to the superbly located Warwick Hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 6
SEATTLE
All day at leaisure in the ‘Emerald City’ with a final overnight at the Warwick Hotel.
Day 7
VANCOUVER BC & ms Volendam, bound for Alaska, The Great Land.
We travel by train in Business class today along the Puget Sound to lovely Vancouver where we board the ms Volendam bound for Alaska!
Day 8
SCENIC CRUISING INSIDE PASSAGE
B L D
Day 9
AFTERNOON AND EVENING IN JUNEAU
B L D
Day 10
SKAGWAY TO WHITEHORSE WITH WHITE PASS & YUKON RAILROAD
B L D
Meet a Klondike National Park ranger and your Tour Director in Skagway. Tour the town on your own. Then board nostalgic gold rush railcars for dramatic scenery through the White Pass, an integral part of the historic Klondike Trail. Continue via Explorer Coach™ into Canada's wild Yukon Territory. Check into your downtown Whitehorse hotel.
Day 11
EXPLORER COACH™ TO BEAVER CREEK
B D
Start your day with a lively visit with the sled dogs of Uncommon Journeys. Then, a natural history presentation near Kluane National Park, with lunch included. Marvel at ancient, glacier-carved valleys, braided rivers and monumental mountain ranges as you travel the historic Alaska-Canada Highway on your way to Canada's westernmost settlement. At Beaver Creek you'll catch the Yukon spirit at our famed Yukon Rendezvous Dinner Show (included) — a festive way to learn about local history and culture.
Day 12
EXPLORER COACH TO FAIRBANKS
B D
Get as far from civilization as most ever get - a delight for true nature lovers. The sights never fail to amaze from the magnificent Tetlin Wildlife Refuge, dramatic Wrangell Mountains and famed TransAlaska Pipeline. Lunch is included in Tok. Along the way stop at Rika's Roadhouse, a noted Alaska State Park, for tempting homemade pie. Arrive in Alaska's "Golden Heart" city and enjoy frontier flavor.
Day 13
FAIRBANKS
B D
We have a full day planned. Start by boarding the sternwheeler Discovery for native culture and local color. At Gold Dredge No. 8, a National Historic Site, browse the mining exhibits and pan for gold during an informative tour, with lunch included. Then the Museum of the North for a presentation and the exhibits.
Day 14
MCKINLEY EXPLORER® RAIL TO DENALI NATIONAL PARK
B D
Soak up panoramic scenery through huge domed windows and enjoy leisurely dining. Later, embark on a 5-hour official Denali Natural History Tour. Travel through moose habitat to Primrose Ridge. Tonight, opt for dinner in the lodge or at the dinner theatre.
Day 15
MCKINLEY EXPLORER RAIL TO ANCHORAGE
B D
After a morning at leisure reboard the train and sightsee to Alaska's largest city. Transfer to your downtown hotel and say "goodbye" to your tour director.
Day 16
TOUR ENDS THIS MORNING IN ANCHORAGE
B
Guests meet with their connecting travel home with a suitecase full of snapshots and memories.

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