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13-Day Authentic Alaska - Southbound Cruisetour

5-Nights Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage & Homer | 7-Day Sawyer Glacier from Seward

  • Ship

    Norwegian Sun

  • Specials

    Cruisetour Bonus Latitudes Onboard Credit

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$ 2,199  

USD

Avg Per Person

The most complete tour of Denali and Alaskan life in the past and present. For the active, outgoing guest, this tour offers spectacular vantage points of Mt. McKinley.

Highlights:

  • Overnight: Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, Homer
  • Riverboat cruise and city tour of Fairbanks including a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
  • Explore Denali with a 7-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Deluxe Dome Railcar from Denali to Talkeetna
  • Visit Talkeetna, one of the best vantage points for Mt. McKinley
  • Visit an Iditarod Sled Dog Musher's Kennel for a private tour
  • Kenai Peninsula and the artsy fishing community of Homer
  • Tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • So much more...

Day Land Tours and Cruise Ports Arrive Depart
Wed Fairbanks Air Arrival Day --- ---
Fairbanks Air Arrival Day
Fairbanks Air Arrival Day

Welcome to Fairbanks. Whether you’re exploring Alaska’s Golden Heart City or the wonderful amenities your hotel has to offer, get ready for an unforgettable journey in the days ahead.

Please note the standard hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Fairbanks

*Cruisetour Hotels will be assigned in guest documents beginning 30 days prior to departure date.

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Thu Fairbanks/Denali --- ---
Fairbanks/Denali
Fairbanks/Denali

Your Norwegian Cruise Line Tour Director will greet you at the Fairbanks hotel this morning for a group orientation meeting. After the orientation, enjoy a morning ride on the Riverboat Discovery, a three-hour journey that will take you into the heart of Alaska. Operated by a family who has made the Alaskan rivers home for five generations, you’ll witness a Bush Pilot take off and land beside the boat, and hear stories of flying into remote Alaska firsthand. Halfway through the experience, you’ll be immersed in frontier living with a guided walking tour of a recreated Athabascan Indian village. See cabins made of spruce logs, along with other indigenous dwellings that have allowed the strong Athabascan people to survive for thousands of years in this harsh environment.

After a brief city tour of Fairbanks, travel by deluxe motorcoach from Fairbanks to Denali. An open evening in Denali is available for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking, or one of the park service programs.

8:00 am Depart Hotel
9:00 am Riverboat Discovery Cruise
12:00 pm Brief Fairbanks City Tour
6:00 pm Arrive in Denali

Overnight: Denali

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Fri Denali --- ---
Denali
Denali

More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six-million acres of wild land. Hop on the National Park Service bus and travel into this pristine region of Alaska on the only road into and out of the park. Along the way, enjoy a fully narrated ride learning about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the wild animals that roam freely and call this park home. While in this beautiful area, set aside time to experience the solitude and tranquility that vast wilderness can provide.

During your Tundra Wilderness tour, you will travel 53 miles into Denali National Park enjoying the incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to see wildlife in its natural setting. A light snack is included on the tour. Tour duration is approximately 7 hours with starting times throughout the day. Upon arrival in Alaska, your Tour Director will advise you of your tour time. The remaining part of the day is open for optional activities.

Overnight: Denali

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Sat Denali/Talkeetna/Anchorage --- ---
Denali/Talkeetna/Anchorage
Denali/Talkeetna/Anchorage

Today’s itinerary begins with an included stop at a local Iditarod sled dog kennel where you’ll learn about the Alaska state sport of dog mushing. You’ll be amazed about this fascinating sport, the musher, the dogs, and even get to hold a future champion puppy in your arms. After this authentic visit, we won’t be surprised if you are ready to run “The Last Great Race” yourself.

In the afternoon, travel along the rails of the Alaska Railroad to the rail depot of Talkeetna with 360-degree views from your deluxe dome railcar seats. As the gorgeous scenery of Alaska rolls past, be watchful for wildlife, as well as glimpses of Mt. McKinley, or, as local Alaskans call it, “The Great One.” Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey.

Continue via motorcoach to Anchorage

8:00 am Depart Hotel
8:30 am Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel Visit
12:30 pm Deluxe dome rail, Denali to Talkeetna
4:45 pm Arrive in Talkeetna
7:00 pm Arrive in Anchorage

Overnight: Anchorage

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Sun Anchorage/Homer --- ---
Anchorage/Homer
Anchorage/Homer

This morning, you’ll head south and tour down the Turnagain Arm along the Seward Highway. This “All American Scenic Highway” has spectacular views of the Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains. In dramatic fashion, see where the mountains meet the sea. Watch along the banks of the rivers where fishermen call this area home from May to September.

Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you will see moose, bears, musk ox and other indigenous animals of the region. Taking in orphaned animals and providing quality animal care year-round, the Conservation Center is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Alaska’s wildlife. Animals that cannot be released back into the wild are given a permanent home at the Center.

A lunch stop will be made in the community of Soldotna, also known as the “Fishing Capital of the World.” Enjoy a brief stop near the world-famous Kenai River and see where the monster King Salmon fish are lured by fisherman, and learn about the five species of salmon that call Alaska home.

As you continue through the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula down the coast, enjoy the spectacular views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains, and several volcanic peaks across Cook Inlet, including Mt. Augustine, Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt. Near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll encounter the town of Homer, an authentic Alaskan community not geared toward mass tourism and often described as “where the land ends and sea begins.

Homer has a history steeped in commercial fishing and a mild climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean. This results in warmer winters and cooler summers compared to other areas of Alaska. Homer is also famous for the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long natural spit of land extending into Kachemak Bay, which you can explore in the evening.

7:00 am Depart Anchorage
8:00 am Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
12:00 pm On-your-own Lunch Stop in Soldotna
4:00 pm Arrive in Homer
5:00 pm Visit to Homer Spit

Overnight: Homer

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Mon Homer/Soldotna/Seward --- ---
Homer/Soldotna/Seward
Homer/Soldotna/Seward

Today you’ll visit the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center – your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world with all the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors. The Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, dedicated to understanding and conserving the marine environment. Enjoy the modern displays, movies and information throughout as the Center takes you on an incredible journey through this rough and rugged land.

After departing Homer, stops will be made along the way for you to experience the beauty of the area and break for lunch. Continue in the deluxe motorcoach to Seward to board Norwegian Sun for your 7-day Sawyer Glacier cruise.

9:00 am Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center
10:00 am Depart Homer
12:00 pm On-your-own Lunch Stop
4:00 pm Arrive in Seward and embark Norwegian Sun

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Mon Seward, Alaska (EMBARK) --- 9:00 pm
Seward, Alaska
Seward, Alaska
Best known for its beautiful parks and mountain scenery, Seward, Alaska is not to be missed. There is nearly an endless variety of outdoor activities to enjoy in Seward, from mountain biking and climbing, to rafting, sea kayaking, and dog-sledding, and even skiing, fishing or white water rafting. Explore scenic hiking trails or have a picnic among the pristine landscape. There's no shortage of enjoyable pastimes in Alaska's City of Seward.

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Tue Cruise Hubbard Glacier --- ---
Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, North America's largest tidewater glacier. It's 1350 square miles of blue ice and one of the most active in Alaska .

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Wed Icy Strait Point, Alaska 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Icy Strait Point, Alaska
The Icy Strait Point experience combines authentic regional culture with incredible natural beauty. Enjoy Tlingit dancing and art. Or get closer than you'd ever imagine to humpback whales and brown bears in the wild. Work up a wilderness hunger and satisfy it with fresh Dungeness crab. Take a cruise from Icy Strait Point and enjoy Alaska's awe-inspiring scenery and the many excursion options that Norwegian Cruise Line has to offer.

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Thu Juneau, Alaska 7:00 am 1:15 pm
Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Juneau has been called “ Alaska's peak experience,” certainly due in part to its unparalleled glacier viewing from such places as Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Icefields and Glacier Bay National Park. Kayak up one of the area's many protected waterways, go flightseeing, tour historic downtown or try your hand at panning for gold. The majestic Mendenhall Glacier lies nearly 12 miles outside Juneau, a treck worthwhile.

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  Cruise past Sawyer Glacier --- ---
Cruise past Sawyer Glacier
Prepare to experience all the beauty and majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, see humpback whales off of Icy Strait Point, take the reins of a dogsled in Juneau, and ride a jet-powered catamaran in Ketchikan.

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Fri Skagway, Alaska 7:00 am 5:00 pm
Skagway, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
In a single year from 1896 to 1897, this remote town along the Inside Passage grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Today, travelers come in search of other riches – to experience yesteryear along Skagway's charming boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate those Gold Rush days.

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Sat Ketchikan, Alaska 1:00 pm 8:00 pm
Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan, Alaska
Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “spread wings of the eagle.” Chances are you'll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree. Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world's most lush wilderness.

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Sun Cruising the Inside Passage --- ---
Cruising the Inside Passage
Get ready for amazing views and wildlife like nowhere else as you sail through the islands of Alaska's Inside Passage. Kayaking, glacier walking, hiking and birding are just a few of the unforgettable activities you'll enjoy here.

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Mon Vancouver, British Columbia (DISEMBARK) 8:00 am ---
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Positioned between the snow-dusted North Shore Mountains and the rich, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver blends big-city sophistication with small-town charm. Don't miss Queen Elizabeth Park – a 130-acre civic arboretum accented with sculptures by modern artist Henry Moore.

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13-Day Authentic Alaska - Southbound Cruisetour

† A transfer from the airport to the hotel is included on this Cruisetour when guests provide Norwegian with their arriving flight information at least 10 days prior to the Cruisetour start date. This transfer is offered only on the starting date of the Cruisetour and not included if guests arrive on an earlier date. Guests who do not provide arriving flight information will forfeit this transfer and need to make their own arrangements to the hotel.

Please Note:
  • Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
  • Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
  • Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.