14-day Great Alaska Explorer
Sun Sep 15th 2024
Onboard Noordam
Itinerary Summary
Vancouver, Anchorage (Overnight), Kodiak, Valdez, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Sitka, Ketchikan, Prince Rupert, Vancouver
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Vancouver

-- - 4:00 pm

In Vancouver, you're never out of sight of towering peaks--or of the sea. It is a prosperous city adorned with flowers lining the streets and lush greenery like Stanley Park. Museums offer fine collections of the dramatic Northwest native arts. Vancouver's Chinatown is the second-largest in the world. The waterfront Gastown district recalls the city's colorful past as a premier Pacific port since the days of the Clipper ships.

Day 2 : At Sea

Day 3 : At Sea

Day 4 : Kodiak

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Day 5 : Anchorage

11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Cosmopolitan Anchorage is a city that has its own symphony and ballet yet offers rugged wilderness only minutes away. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the many galleries. Shoppers will discover excellent native Alaskan arts and crafts.

Day 6 : Homer

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day 7 : Valdez

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Valdez is known as the "Switzerland of Alaska," a tribute to the splendid snow-capped mountains that surround this prosperous port. Once the gateway to the gold country, Valdez is now the southern terminus of the famous Alaskan Pipeline that carries "black gold" from the Arctic Ocean to an oil-thirsty world.

Day 8 : At Sea

Day 9 : Glacier Bay

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Preserved as a National Monument, Glacier Bay is an extraordinary collection of glaciers in a contained region. Only two ships per day are permitted to enter the bay during the summer months, when whales come here to feed. The ice in Glacier Bay fell as snow, hundreds of years ago, on the icefields in the mountains above. Compressed by its own tremendous weight, it slowly flows through valleys to the sea, where in some cases, it breaks off in great chunks called calves, to float free as icebergs and "bergy bits."

Day 10 : Skagway

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Skagway was born during the great Alaska gold rush. Those were the days when Skagway had 80 saloons and was known as "the roughest town on earth." The city's rip-roaring past will come alive when you walk down Broadway, a main street so authentic it is part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park! Special shore excursions explore Skagway's fascinating history. Take a train up to White Pass and follow the old path to gold and glory in the Yukon, or take a scenic flight to view the amazing wonders of Glacier Bay National Park.

Day 11 : Sitka

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

When Alaska belonged to Russia, Sitka was the capital and center for its fur trading empire. Today, Sitka's Russian heritage and magnificent setting make it an enchanting destination. The city features a harbor studded with islands, a backdrop of mountains, and spectacular Mt. Edgecumbe, a volcano often compared to Japan's Mt. Fuji. Sitka displays its past in such attractions as St. Michael's Cathedral with its striking onion-shaped dome, the Russian Blockhouse, and world famous New Archangel Dancers. Visit the Historic Park, with a ruined Indian fort where Tlingit Indians battled Russian settlers in 1804.

Day 12 : Ketchikan

1:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world. The canneries are busy, and the stream below Creek Street's rustic boardwalk bustles with life. Visit the ancient grove of Totem Bight, the largest collection of authentic totem poles anywhere. Make a flight to nearby Misty Fjords--a breathtaking vista of Alaska's unspoiled wilderness and America's newest national monument, or, try a little salmon fishing.

Day 13 : Prince Rupert

7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Day 14 : At Sea

Day 15 : Vancouver

7:00 am - --

In Vancouver, you're never out of sight of towering peaks--or of the sea. It is a prosperous city adorned with flowers lining the streets and lush greenery like Stanley Park. Museums offer fine collections of the dramatic Northwest native arts. Vancouver's Chinatown is the second-largest in the world. The waterfront Gastown district recalls the city's colorful past as a premier Pacific port since the days of the Clipper ships.

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