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.
- 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
- 7 hour 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
13-Day Denali Talkeetna Explorer - Southbound Cruisetour
|Day||Land Tours and Cruise Ports||Arrive||Depart|
|Day 1||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. Guests who arrive earlier may have to wait to occupy their rooms. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
*Cruisetour Hotels will be assigned in guest documents beginning 30 days prior to departure date.
Your Norwegian Cruise Line Tour Director will greet you at your Fairbanks hotel this morning for a group orientation meeting. After the orientation, 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. That afternoon 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 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.
Open evening to explore Fairbanks or take an optional tour.
9:00 am Depart Hotel for Fairbanks City Tour
(Itinerary may be altered with a morning Riverboat Discovery Cruise and afternoon Fairbanks City Tour)
This morning, enjoy travelling along the rails of the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park with 360-degree views from your dome rail car seats. As you travel through the high tundra plateau into the gorgeous scenery of the Healy Gorge and Canyon, be watchful for wildlife during your rail journey. Full bar and meal service are available for purchase during your rail journey.
8:15 am Deluxe Dome Rail, Fairbanks to Denali
More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six-million acres of wild land. This afternoon, 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 included 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 seven 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.
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.
This morning, you’ll head south to Seward. Stop in Anchorage for a brief Anchorage City Tour before continuing this afternoon down Turnagain Arm. Make a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view large animals found throughout Alaska. You'll get 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 of the region 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 permanent home at the Center.
Continue via motorcoach to Seward to board Norwegian Jewel for your 7-day Sawyer Glacier cruise.
8:00 am Depart Talkeetna by motorcoach
|Day 6||Seward, Alaska (EMBARK)||---||9:00 pm|
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.
|Day 7||Cruise Hubbard Glacier||---||---|
|Day 8||Icy Strait Point, Alaska||9:00 am||6:00 pm|
Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Venture “where the north wind doesn’t blow.” Known for this famous saying, Icy Strait Point is the ideal landing spot for adventurers seeking a new experience. Breathtaking and exciting, Icy Strait Point truly takes you where the wild things are. It’s one of the few places in the world where wildlife outnumbers the human population. A trip here certainly satisfies your taste for adventure. 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.
|Day 9||Juneau, Alaska||7:00 am||1:15 pm|
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.
|Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier (Cruising)||---||Overnight|
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier (Cruising)
This is why visitors come to Alaska—to see glaciers as magnificent as Dawes—and getting there is half the excitement. From Stephens Passage, your ship will turn into the glacially carved fjord of Endicott Arm, the southern sister fjord to Tracy. However, Endicott is special. It’s the fjord less travelled, and at its head, Dawes Glacier. But first, the 31-mile fjord. Sheer granite walls. Plunging waterfalls. Spruce and hemlock trees clinging to the steep sides. It is the definition of pristine. Look for “bergy bits,” floating chunks of glacial ice, some looking more like sculptures, some with resting seals on top. Keep an eye open for bears, mountain goats and whales, too. As we approach the glacier, listen for thunderous cracks and have your camera ready. Dawes is an active tidewater glacier that recedes daily causing calving, where huge hunks of ice plunge into the sea. At 600 feet tall and a half-mile wide, this blue-hued, powerful glacier may be the highlight of your Alaska cruise.
|Day 10||Skagway, Alaska||7:00 am||5:00 pm|
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.
|Day 11||Ketchikan, Alaska||1:00 pm||8:00 pm|
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.
|Day 12||Cruise Inside Passage||---||---|
Cruise Inside Passage
Get ready for amazing views and wildlife like nowhere else as you sail through the islands of Alaska's Inside Passage.
|Day 13||Vancouver, British Columbia (DISEMBARK)||7:00 am||---|
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.
- 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.