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13-day Cruisetour on Norwegian Jewel

Denali Talkeetna Explorer - Nouthbound Cruisetour

from Vancouver, British Columbia

Explore Alaska as the mountain climbers do with an overnight stay in the quaint community of Talkeetna. Located 60 miles from the base of Mt. Denali, this tour gives you the best possible opportunity to see the largest mountain in North America from two distinctly different views.

Tour Highlights:

  • 6-Day Pre-Cruise Land Tour + 7-Day Alaska Cruise, 6 Ports
  • Overnights in Fairbanks, Denali and Talkeetna
  • Riverboat cruise and Fairbanks city tour including a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
  • Deluxe dome car journey along the rails of the Alaska Railroad between Fairbanks and Denali
  • Tundra Wilderness Tour narrated by an Alaskan naturalist
  • Visit an Iditarod sled dog musher’s kennel for a private tour
  • Overnight in one of the finest lodges in Alaska, the Talkeetna Lodge with great views of Mt. Denali
  • Tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center with guaranteed animal sightings
  • Plenty of time in Denali for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking or one of the park service programs
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    All tours are fully escorted by local Alaskan Tour Directors
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    Get your camera ready: we guarantee animal sightings.
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    All tours feature travel on the rails of Alaska Railroad
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  • + Taxes, fees and port expenses $343.67 USD
6-Day Post-Cruise Land Tour. 7-Day Cruise. 5 Ports.
Your Amazing Vacation Includes:
6 day Land Tour fully escorted by a local guide • Riverboat cruise and Fairbanks city tour including a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline • Deluxe Dome Car Journey along the rails of the Alaska Railroad between Fairbanks and Denali • Tundra Wilderness Tour narrated by an Alaskan naturalist • Visit an Iditarod sled dog musher’s kennel for a private tour • Overnight in one of the finest lodges in Alaska, the Talkeetna Lodge with great views of Mt. Denali • Tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center with guaranteed animal sightings
Port of Call
Vancouver, British Columbia
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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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Cruise Inside Passage
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Get ready for amazing views and wildlife like nowhere else as you sail through the islands of Alaska's Inside Passage.

Port of Call
Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska
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Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world's most lush wilderness. 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 during your Alaska cruise to Ketchikan (Ward Cove).

Port of Call
Juneau, Alaska
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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.

Port of Call
Skagway, Alaska
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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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Glacier Bay (Cruising)
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Sail to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Comprised of 3.3 million acres of natural wonders, it is home to magnificent glaciers, snow-capped mountains and abundant birds and wildlife. Take an Alaska cruise to experience the magnificent glaciers and wildlife at the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

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Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
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The Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Its awe-inspiring, turquoise-colored face towers nearly 400 feet tall — 250 feet of which are underwater — while its icebergs are often three or four stories high. At nearly six miles wide where the ice meets the ocean and 76 miles long, viewing this massive glacial mass is an experience not soon forgotten. As you cruise near the glacier, keep an eye out for the region’s rich variety of wildlife, from bald eagles to harbor seals, orcas and humpback whales.

Port of Call
Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
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The Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Its awe-inspiring, turquoise-colored face towers nearly 400 feet tall — 250 feet of which are underwater — while its icebergs are often three or four stories high. At nearly six miles wide where the ice meets the ocean and 76 miles long, viewing this massive glacial mass is an experience not soon forgotten. As you cruise near the glacier, keep an eye out for the region’s rich variety of wildlife, from bald eagles to harbor seals, orcas and humpback whales.

Port of Call
Seward, Alaska
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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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Day 8: Debark/Seward-Talkeetna
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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.

This morning, you’ll debark the Norwegian Jewel and greet your Norwegian Cruise Line Tour Director. Board your deluxe motorcoach to Anchorage and enjoy the beautiful views along the Turnagain Arm. Make a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view large animals found throughout Alaska. You’ll get up close to 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. Upon arrival in Anchorage, you will have a brief City Tour before stopping for lunch on-own in Alaska’s most populous city. This afternoon, continue by motorcoach to the unique town of Talkeetna. Open evening for optional activities in Talkeetna. Overnight in one of the finest lodges in Alaska, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge with great views of Mt. Denali (weather permitting).

8:00 am (approx.) Debark Norwegian Jewel

10:30 am Wildlife Conservation Center

1:00 pm Anchorage City Tour and lunch on your own

5:00 pm Arrive in Talkeetna

Overnight: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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Day 9: Talkeetna/Denali
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Today’s itinerary includes an afternoon kennel tour. Learn about the Alaska state sport of dog mushing with an included stop at a local Iditarod sled dog kennel. You’ll be amazed to learn 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.

10:00 am (approx.) Debark Talkeetna by motorcoach

Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel Visit (time subject to change)

4:30 pm Arrive in Denali

Overnight: Denali

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Day 10: Denali
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More than just a mountain, Denali National Park is six million acres of wild land. Today, your Tundra Wilderness Tour will take you 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 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. The remaining part of the day is open for optional activities.

7:00 am (approx.) Tundra Wilderness Tour

NOTE: Park Tour timing is subject to change by the National Park Service.

Overnight: Denali

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Day 11: Denali/Fairbanks
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Enjoy an open morning and afternoon for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing, hiking or one of the park service programs. Later this afternoon, enjoy traveling along the rails of the world-famous Alaska Railroad from Denali National Park to Fairbanks with 360-degree views from your deluxe dome railcar seat. As you travel through the high tundra plateau into the gorgeous scenery of the Healy Gorge and Canyon, be watchful for wildlife. Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey.

AM Leisure Time

4:10 pm Deluxe Dome Rail Fairbanks to Denali

8:00 pm Arrive in Fairbanks

Overnight: Fairbanks

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Day 12: Fairbanks
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This morning, enjoy a ride on the Riverboat Discovery, a three-hour journey that will take you into the heart of Alaska. Operated by a family who as 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 re-created 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. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks in a deluxe motorcoach. The tour includes a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline and gives you a great overview of the Fairbanks community. Open evening to explore Fairbanks or take an optional tour.

8:45 am Riverboat Discovery

12:45 pm Lunch on your own in Fairbanks

2:45 pm Fairbanks City Tour

4:00 pm Return to Hotel

Overnight: Fairbanks

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Day 13: Return Home from Fairbanks
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Transfer to the Fairbanks International Airport for your flight home. The transfer between the hotel and airport is included in the tour.

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