Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Alaska Cruisetour Itinerary

My mom and I decided to go on a cruise before I start school again. I bought my cruisetour package through for last minute discount prices. I also checked out to get a feel of the ship's and tour's quality.

I found a suitable cruisetour with Holland America Line on the Volendam. I think I prefer the cruisetour over the cruise because it seems pointless to go to a destination without exploring its grounds and the cruisetour will allow us to experience both land and sea!

So here's the itinerary for HAL Alaska Cruisetour 12:

Day 1: Arrive in Fairbanks

Day 2: Fairbanks
-4 ½ hr sternwheeler Discovery river cruise on the Chena & Tanana Rivers
Chena Indian Village tour
-Tour Gold Dredge No 8 & pan for gold
-Historical city tour of Fairbanks and stop by TransAlaska Pipeline
-Dinner at Chenna Hot Springs resort, visit the world's only year-round ice
museum/hotel, and take a dip in the hot springs

Day 3: Fairbanks to Denali
-4hr domed train ride on the McKinley Explorer to Denali National Park
-4-5hr Natural history tour, Savage Cabin, and Primrose Ridge

Day 4: Denali to Anchorage
-morning in Denali
-8hr ride on the McKinley Explorer to Anchorage

Day 5: Anchorage to Seward
-Board ship at Resurrection Bay in Seward
-free time at Seward
-set sail at night

Day 6: College Fjord

Day 7: Glacier Bay

Day 8: Haines
-White Pass Rail, Klondike Highway, Gold Camp Adventure Excursion
-Ferry ride 35 min on Lynn Canal to Skagway
-White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
-Fraser, B.C., Canada-motor coach journey down the west side of the White Pass Canyon on the Klondike Highway & see Pitchfork Falls and Tormented Valley
-Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake
-Explore Haines

Day 9: Juneau
-Helicopter ride onto Mendenhall Glacier and dog sled
-Explore Juneau

Day 10: Ketchikan
-Explore Ketchikan

Day 11: Inside Passage

Day 12: Vancouver

I'm relying on my Eyewitness Alaska travel guide book on the days when we get to tour on our own.
I can't wait!!!