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Sprawling across 6 million acres of the Alaskan wilderness, Denali National Park is home to North America’s highest peak -Mt McKinlay. Standing sentinel over the rugged tundra’s, spruce forests and glaciers, there is much to explore beyond this awe-inspiring mountain. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and Dall sheep. Spend three discovering the secrets of this lesser discovered but no less enchanting of the USA’s national parks. Embark on a luxury voyage aboard Noordam southwards as you glide between glistening glacier, jagged islands and remote coastal towns. After spending you days discovering ‘the last frontier’ retreat to this well-appointed ship featuring pieces of museum quality art, enjoy a cooking show or hands-on workshop in partnership with America’s Test Kitchen or perhaps just relax in one of the ships lounges or bars.

  • Denali & Alaskan Experience
  • Holland America Line
  • Noordam
  • Alaska
  • 04 September 2019
  • 12 nights
  • Seward
  • CDT54701
  • Cruise and Stay

      Included in this Package

    • International flights from London
    • Private port to airport transfer
    • One night three star hotel Anchorage, Alaska
    • Three nights three star hotel Denali National Park, Alaska
    • Seven night full board cruise aboard Noordam
    • All other transfers by shared motorcoach

1 London / London

Fly from London to Anchorage, transfer to your downtown hotel After long and dark winters, Alaskans love their summers and the residents of Anchorage, Alaska are no exception. The city plants thousands of flowers to celebrate the arrival of warmer months and days that last as long as 19 hours from dawn to dusk. Approximately 40 percent of Alaska’s population lives in Anchorage. This diverse city of 300,000 includes a large military population, Native Alaskans, individuals who work for the oil industry and adventure-seeking types who want to get away from “the Lower 48.” Much like Seattle, Anchorage is a place where you can find a coffee shop (or espresso shack) anywhere. Locals enjoy skijoring, a winter sport where a person is pulled on skis by one or more dogs or sometimes a horse. While some cities have deer, Anchorage has lots of moose, known for being a bit rambunctious (and should be steered clear of if seen wandering down a street). Anchorage is a city where you can see the northern lights—the aurora borealis—on a clear dark night, typically during colder months. There are also plenty of active things to do and attractions to hike, bike and see wildlife such as the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or Flattop Mountain Trail inside Chugach State Park.

2 Denali

Board the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer to Denali for a three night stay at this magnificent national treasure Denali is the iconic centerpiece of Alaska’s Interior and the #1 reason to combine a Holland America cruise to Alaska with an overland adventure. Only Holland America Line offers up to three nights in Denali to really settle in and explore, and is the only cruise line to include the deeper Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park on all of our two- and three-night Denali Land+Sea Journey itineraries. Immersing visitors in all that Denali has to offer is so important that we’ve created each of our Land+Sea Journeys to include up to three nights at Denali, at our beautiful 60-acre riverside McKinley Chalet Resort. Our new Denali Square at the McKinley Chalet Resort is the ultimate base camp for adventures to Denali, followed by relaxing evenings. Enjoy soaring views across the Nenana River into Denali National Park from virtually anywhere on this amazing property, as well as great dining, quality entertainment, and unique local shopping opportunities. Our exclusive longer stays, which include the Tundra Wilderness Tour, give our guests an up-close view of the mountain and the best wildlife viewing. It is rare not to see some combination of Alaska’s Big Five: grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall Sheep and wolves, along with other animals on this expertly guided six- to eight-hour tour. In addition, there are myriad once-in-a-lifetime adventures to choose from—such as river rafting, flightseeing (including the chance to land with a ski plane on Denali itself), or visiting the home of an Iditarod dog musher. With more than six million acres of pristine Alaska wilderness, Denali National Park with its abundant and easily viewable wildlife and North America’s tallest and most impressive peak will be sure to make your Land+Sea Journey experience one you’ve dreamed of.

3 Denali
4 Denali
5 Seward

Enjoy some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery via deluxe motorcoach to Seward where you will embark your ship One of Southcentral Alaska’s oldest communities, Seward is ground zero for the Klondike Gold Rush's Iditarod National Historic Trail, a dogsled route that connected the Kenai Peninsula’s ice-free port with Nome during frontier-era winters. Though the modern race makes a ceremonial start in Anchorage, it’s inspired by the famous run of 1925, which dashed along parts of this older path. It allowed 20 mushers to carry urgently needed diphtheria vaccine more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) in just over 127 hours. Natives and explorers from Russia, Britain and the United States all frequented this area before Seward’s official founding in 1903. The early settlement included a colorful neighborhood known as Homebrew Alley which was erased by a 9.2-magnitude megathrust earthquake—the second most powerful ever recorded—which dropped the shoreline nearly six feet in 1964. Today this mellow town welcomes visitors to Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park, not to mention the 204-kilometer (127-mile) Seward Highway—honored as an All-American Road—stretching north to Anchorage. In town, favorite stops remain the Alaska SeaLife Center, a research aquarium open to the public, and the steep, stony 920-meter (3,018-foot) Mount Marathon, which hosts one of America’s oldest footraces each Fourth of July. Embark Noordam and depart

6 At Sea

Cruising the Gulf of Alaska

7 Glacier Bay
8 Haines

Skagway Alaska

9 Juneau
10 Ketchikan
11 At Sea

Cruising the Inside Passage

12 Vancouver

Private transfer to the airport for your return flight to London

13 London / London

Ariive in London

* Prices are per person based on two adults sharing. Prices may change at any time without notice.

What's Included

  • Coach Transfers
  • Full Board Cruise & Taxes
  • Pre Cruise Hotel Stay
  • Private Transfers
  • Scheduled Flights

* Prices are per person based on two adults sharing. Prices may change at any time without notice.
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