Exploring Alaska June 7-19, 2024
Princess Alaskan Cruise
Day 1 - June 7, 2024
Arrive and check in at the Fairbanks Hotel. Fairbanks, the largest city in Alaska's Interior region, is renowned for its unique combination of unspoiled wilderness, rich history, and modern amenities. Nestled in the heart of the state, it serves as a gateway to the Arctic, providing travelers with opportunities to experience both the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun during summer. Its location on the Chena River enhances the city's picturesque charm and presents ample opportunities for water-based activities. Fairbanks is home to a diverse culture, offering a glimpse into Native Alaskan traditions simultaneously with contemporary art, cuisine, and technology. The city is also known for its Gold Rush history, the university community, and the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, combining natural beauty with historical intrigue and scientific curiosity.
Day 2 - June 8, 2024
Kick-start your journey by embarking on a tranquil morning riverboat cruise, departing from the heart of Fairbanks and navigating towards the majestic Denali National Park. As the morning sun paints the Alaskan landscape with its golden hues, you'll be treated to stunning views of the pristine wilderness. Upon arrival in Denali, you have the luxury of spending your afternoon at leisure, allowing you ample time to explore and soak up the awe-inspiring surroundings. Whether you choose to trek the local trails, partake in wildlife photography, or simply bask in the beauty of your surroundings, it promises to be an unforgettable experience. As twilight descends, retreat to the serene comfort of the Princess Wilderness Lodge, your home for the next two nights. The lodge provides a perfect blend of rustic charm and modern convenience, ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable. Nestled in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, it offers an unmatched opportunity to unwind while immersing in the area's spectacular scenery.
Day 3 - June 9, 2024
Embrace the break of dawn by embarking on an immersive Denali Park Natural History Tour. The guided excursion offers a deep dive into the rich biodiversity, geological wonders, and indigenous heritage that constitute Denali's unique fabric. As you traverse through breathtaking landscapes, take delight in the fascinating narrative of the park's formation, flora and fauna, and the ancient native cultures that have called this land home for centuries.
Once you've had your fill of nature's classroom, the rest of the afternoon is yours to luxuriate in the untouched wilderness at your own pace. Perhaps you'll choose to explore the nearby hiking trails, engage in bird-watching, or find a serene spot to journal your experiences against a backdrop of staggering beauty.
As evening approaches, retreat to the inviting warmth of the Princess Wilderness Lodge for another peaceful night. Tucked away amidst lush forests and set against the stunning panorama of Alaska's wilderness, the lodge offers the perfect sanctuary to reflect on the day's adventures. Sink into plush comfort and savor the tranquility, perhaps by the fireplace with a warm drink, readying yourself for yet another day of Alaskan exploration.
Day 4 - June 10, 2024
Relish a scenic coach journey from Denali to McKinley, traversing through Alaskan landscapes that seem straight out of a painting. The ride is not just a means of transportation, but an experience in itself. As you navigate the snaking roads, you'll witness the wild beauty of Alaska unfolding before your eyes - sprawling forests, rugged mountains, and perhaps even glimpses of local wildlife.
Once you reach McKinley, the rest of the day unfurls at your own rhythm. This could mean a leisurely exploration of the local area, perhaps seeking out hidden gems or indulging in the local cuisine. You might opt for a calming stroll along a nearby trail, immerse yourself in a book with the pristine wilderness as your backdrop, or document your journey through sketches or photography.
As the sun dips below the horizon, find sanctuary in the luxurious confines of the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, your abode for the ensuing two nights. Seamlessly integrating rustic elegance with modern comforts, the lodge is more than just a place to rest. Its grandeur is matched only by its strategic location that offers an uninterrupted view of the awe-inspiring Mt. McKinley. Settle in, let the tranquility wash over you, and absorb the mesmerizing vista that lies outside your window - it promises to be a serene retreat after an adventurous day.
Day 5 - June 11, 2024
Relish the opportunity to savor an entire day of unscripted leisure in McKinley, Alaska, allowing the rhythm of this majestic wilderness to guide your activities. Whether you're an adventurer seeking thrill, a nature lover longing for tranquility, or a curious traveler hungry for local culture, McKinley offers a vibrant palette of experiences to choose from.
You might opt for an invigorating hike, discovering the trails carved through the dense Alaskan forests, their secrets whispered in the rustling of the leaves and the chatter of the local fauna. Or, for a slower-paced day, you might choose to picnic near a glistening lake, appreciating the simple beauty of your surroundings.
If cultural exploration is your calling, visit the local community centers or interact with the locals to gain unique insights into the Alaskan way of life. Savor traditional dishes, discover local folklore, and understand the blend of histories that make up this breathtaking land.
By the time the sky is painted with hues of the setting sun, you will have etched a day of your own design in the heart of McKinley, Alaska, a day that has allowed you to connect with the landscape and the people on a truly intimate level.
Day 6 - June 12, 2024
Today marks a pivotal moment in our journey, as we prepare to embark on a thrilling excursion to the iconic Alaskan railroad depot. This storied station, a testament to Alaska's industrious past, is the starting point of an unparalleled adventure that will bring us closer to the soul of this beautiful state.
Once we reach the depot, we will board the historical train that will whisk us away from the quaint town of Talkeetna to the coastal haven of Whittier. This isn't just any train journey, but a vibrant tapestry of Alaskan landscapes unfolding in a symphony of unparalleled natural beauty. As we glide along the tracks, we will be treated to a shifting panorama of verdant forests, towering mountain ranges, serene rivers, and expansive tundra, each playing their part in Alaska's breathtaking orchestration.
The transition from the forested interiors to the dramatic coastlines will instill in us a deep appreciation for Alaska's geographic diversity. The journey culminates in the coastal town of Whittier, a serene oasis nestled amidst mountains and kissed by the waters of the Prince William Sound.
This train ride, punctuated by the rhythms of nature and the whispers of history, will form an unforgettable chapter in our Alaskan story, cementing our connection with the land and its unique heritage.
Day 7 - June 13, 2024
Prepare to be captivated as we embark on a breathtaking scenic cruise to the mesmerizing Hubbard Glacier. This natural wonder, a vivid blue behemoth that forms one of the most awe-inspiring sights of Alaska, offers an unforgettable spectacle of beauty and power.
As the cruise ship glides along the glacial waters, the Hubbard Glacier reveals itself, rising majestically from the sea and painting a remarkable panorama. This towering wall of ice, continuously creaking and calving, serves as a thrilling testament to nature's grandeur. It's not uncommon for enormous chunks of ice to break off, thundering into the ocean and leaving spectators on the ship awestruck.
The beauty of the glacier extends beyond its sheer size; its color is a spectacle in itself. The deep blues and crisp whites of the ice contrast dramatically with the surrounding dark waters, providing an unparalleled sight and countless photographic opportunities.
All around the glacier, wildlife thrives - seals bask on ice floes, while seabirds and maybe even whales can be spotted if you keep a keen eye on the water. So, whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or someone looking for a serene retreat, scenic cruising at Hubbard Glacier offers a unique and enriching experience.
Day 8 - June 14, 2024
Immerse yourself in the pristine grandeur of Alaska as you embark on a scenic cruise through the breathtakingly beautiful Glacier Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, a wonderland of ice-sculpted fjords and snow-capped peaks, is a natural spectacle that promises to leave an indelible impression on every visitor.
As your vessel gently navigates through the icy waterways, you'll be captivated by the panoramic views of glaciers descending from towering mountain ridges, their majestic beauty mirrored in the glassy waters. The ethereal blue hue of the ice, the result of centuries of compression, contrasts sharply with the lush greenery of the surrounding landscapes and the crystal-clear Alaskan skies, creating a scene of ethereal beauty.
Witness the power of Mother Nature as you observe the phenomenon of calving, where massive chunks of ice crash into the sea with a resonant echo, sending waves rippling across the bay. This is not just a sight to behold, but a reminder of the relentless forces shaping our planet.
Throughout the journey, keep your eyes peeled for the rich wildlife that calls Glacier Bay home. The nutrient-rich waters and abundant marine life make this a feeding ground for a plethora of creatures, from playful sea otters to majestic humpback whales. On land, you might catch sight of brown bears, moose, and bald eagles, further enhancing your connection with the wild.
Your scenic cruise at Glacier Bay is not just a journey through geographical marvels; it's a deep dive into an ecosystem that perfectly captures the resilience and beauty of nature. It's an experience that transcends the ordinary, leaving you with a profound sense of awe and a treasure trove of unforgettable memories.
Day 9 - June 15, 2024
Embrace the opportunity to delve deep into the heart of Alaska's Gold Rush history with an enthralling cruise excursion at Skagway. Nestled at the edge of the wilderness, this charming coastal town is a time capsule, preserving the spirit of the late 19th century when prospectors flocked here in search of fortunes.
As the cruise ship docks, you'll be instantly captivated by Skagway's vintage appeal. Its wooden boardwalks and historic buildings hark back to the heady days of the Gold Rush era, inviting you on a journey through time. Explore the town on foot, taking in its rustic charm, or opt for a guided tour to fully appreciate the rich tapestry of its past.
Beyond the town, the rugged beauty of the Alaskan wilderness awaits. Embark on scenic trails, soak in stunning views of snow-capped mountains and glaciers, or perhaps ride the historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. This iconic narrow-gauge railroad offers an unforgettable journey through stunning landscapes and Gold Rush relics, capturing the essence of Skagway's adventurous past.
In Skagway, wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled by the possibility of spotting bald eagles, seals, bears, and more, each contributing to the area's vibrant biodiversity. And don't forget to sample the local cuisine, where fresh seafood and traditional Alaskan dishes offer a taste of Skagway's unique cultural blend.
Your cruise excursion at Skagway is an enchanting blend of history, adventure, and natural splendor, promising an experience that will resonate long after your journey ends.
Day 10 - June 16, 2024
Prepare to experience the magic of Alaska's capital as you embark on an exhilarating cruise excursion in Juneau. Nestled between the majestic mountains and the shimmering waters of the Gastineau Channel, this vibrant city seamlessly blends modern amenities, rich cultural history, and breathtaking natural beauty.
Upon docking, you'll find a city teeming with life and rich with diversity. Meander through Juneau's historic downtown, exploring its charming shops, art galleries, and eateries. Visit the iconic Alaska State Capitol, and gain insights into the local Tlingit culture at the Sealaska Heritage Institute.
However, Juneau's allure extends far beyond its cityscape. Venture into the surrounding wilderness for a range of thrilling outdoor experiences. You could hike through the lush rainforest, kayak along the calm channel waters, or even take a helicopter ride to the Juneau Icefield. The Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska, is a must-visit, offering an unparalleled chance to witness the power of these majestic ice rivers up close.
For wildlife enthusiasts, Juneau provides ample opportunities to spot a myriad of creatures, both on land and in the sea. From humpback whales frolicking in the waters to bald eagles soaring overhead, nature's grandeur is ever-present.
Your cruise excursion in Juneau promises a cornucopia of memorable experiences. Whether you're indulging in the local seafood, learning about native traditions, or exploring the great outdoors, Juneau is a testament to Alaska's spirit of wilderness, wonder, and welcoming hospitality.
Day 11 - June 17, 2024
Embark on an exhilarating exploration of Alaska's 'First City' with a dynamic cruise excursion to Ketchikan. Enveloped by the lush Tongass National Forest and skirted by the vibrant waters of the Inside Passage, Ketchikan embodies a unique mix of rich cultural heritage, incredible wildlife, and awe-inspiring landscapes.
As you disembark from your cruise ship, you'll immediately be greeted by the colorful buildings perched on stilts along the waterfront, an iconic sight that embodies Ketchikan's charming character. Stroll through the historic Creek Street, once the heart of the Gold Rush era, now a bustling boardwalk lined with quaint shops, galleries, and eateries.
Immerse yourself in the area's rich Native Alaskan culture at the Totem Heritage Center, home to one of the world's largest collections of totem poles. If you're seeking a more adventurous cultural experience, don't miss a lively performance at the Saxman Native Village, where traditional Tlingit and Haida dance and storytelling come alive.
Venture beyond the town's boundaries to experience Ketchikan's natural wonders. The surrounding rainforest teems with trails ripe for exploration, offering glimpses of local fauna and breathtaking vistas. For those seeking a thrill, options like ziplining or seaplane tours provide unforgettable perspectives on this Alaskan paradise.
Ketchikan's waterways are a haven for marine life, making it a fantastic location for whale watching, fishing, and kayaking. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, seals, or even the occasional black bear on the shoreline.
Your cruise excursion at Ketchikan promises a diverse array of experiences that blend culture, adventure, and natural beauty. It's a journey that will leave you with a deeper appreciation of Alaska's unique allure and a cache of lifelong memories.
Day 12 - June 18, 2024
Experience the tranquility and vastness of the Alaskan seascape as you revel in a full day of sailing off the ruggedly beautiful coast of Alaska. As your vessel slices through the crystalline waters, you are encased in a world of scenic grandeur, where the expansive blue ocean meets the towering icy peaks and dense, verdant forests lining the coastline.
From the comfort of your cruise ship, gaze out upon an ever-changing panorama that's painted with majestic mountains, tidewater glaciers, and idyllic islands. Watch as the morning mist dissipates, revealing the remote wilderness that forms the backdrop to your journey. As the sun moves across the sky, its light dances on the water and illuminates the landscapes, creating breathtaking scenes that inspire awe and admiration.
Make sure to take advantage of the on-board amenities that your ship provides. Perhaps indulge in a gourmet meal at one of the ship's restaurants, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply curl up with a good book while the seascape unfurls before your eyes. Attend enlightening talks or workshops on the ship that delve into Alaskan history, wildlife, and culture, enhancing your understanding of the region.
Keep your binoculars at hand for opportunities to observe the rich marine life that frequents these waters. From playful dolphins that surf the ship's bow waves to the breaching of a humpback whale or the sight of a distant, stoic iceberg, the day at sea promises countless surprises.
Your day of sailing off the coast of Alaska is more than just a travel day; it's a celebration of the state's extraordinary marine landscapes, a chance to observe wildlife in its natural habitat, and an opportunity to unwind and soak in the serenity that the sea offers. It's a day of enchantment that embodies the allure of the Alaskan coastline.
Day 13 - June 19, 2024
As our incredible journey begins to draw to a close, our cruise ship gracefully docks one last time, this time at the bustling airport. This signals not just the end of our Alaskan adventure, but the start of your journey home, where you will carry with you not just souvenirs, but a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences and cherished memories.
Saying goodbye to the scenic landscapes and the friendly faces you've met on the cruise, you'll step onto the airport's welcoming platform. As you prepare to board your flight, take a moment to reflect on the journey that has taken you through untouched wilderness, captivating cultural landscapes, and a myriad of awe-inspiring sights, all of which have made your trip to Alaska so special.
As you ascend into the skies, watch the panoramic beauty of the land and sea unfold beneath you. This bird's eye view will serve as a stunning farewell salute, a reminder of the incredible journey you've just experienced.
As your plane cuts through the clouds, heading towards home, you can look forward to sharing the stories of your Alaskan adventure with your loved ones. Remember that while this trip may have reached its conclusion, the impressions it has left on you will continue to inspire and enrich your life long after you've returned home.
Our pricing is per individual, ensuring a tailored experience. We offer an add-on package at $60 per person per day ($420 weekly), inclusive of a diverse drink plan, onboard Wi-Fi, and gratuities. In addition, competitive pricing for meals ashore is also available, providing opportunities for guests to engage with local cuisines.
It's important to note that air transportation and bus charges are not factored into the price at this time.
Cruise accommodations, port charges and government fees are factored into the price shown.