Best of Alaska

Grand Michigan

  • 6 Days | 9 Meals
  • Multiple Dates
  • $1,789

Featuring an overnight at the incomparable Grand Hotel and a two night stay on the shores of Lake Michigan at the Sugar Beach Resort

Best of Alaska

Discover the Wonders and Wilderness of “the Last Frontier”

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Multiple Dates
13 days | 12 nights

“A Country Travel Discoveries Original” tour. Experience both bucket-list highlights and hidden gems of “the Last Frontier” in this “best of” route. By rail, sail and coach, you’ll just love this discovery of Alaska’s natural splendor, summer bounty and frontier history. From Anchorage, you’ll range across colorful tundras, cruise pristine waterways, travel amid magnificent glaciers and mountain peaks…and encounter unbelievable wildlife. Watch for tidewater glaciers calving on a cruise around Portage Lake.

Spend two nights right inside famed Denali National Park before riding aboard an old-fashioned narrow-gauge train back to Gold Rush days from Canada’s Yukon to historic Skagway. En route, meet mushers and fishermen, discover native cultures, and marvel at agriculture in the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Finally, unpack for a 4-night cruise aboard Holland America’s gorgeous MS Zuiderdam, sailing to the ice-studded fjords of Glacier Bay, the scenic port of Ketchikan, and through the Inside Passage, the beautiful coastal route passing the islands of British Columbia.

  • Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Cruise across Portage Lake on the mv Ptarmigan
  • Tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska
  • Meet the champion dogs at Happy Trails Kennels
  • Visit Birch Syrup for a fun and educational tour
  • Climb aboard the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer as we head to Denali
  • Full day guided tour of Denali National Park
  • Ride along the Chena River on The Riverboat Discovery, an authentic sternwheeler
  • Visit the Museum of the North, highlighting the art and culture of Alaska
  • Travel on the captivating White Pass Trail aboard an old-fashioned narrow-gauge train
  • Cruise the ice-studded fjords of Glacier Bay, a national treasure
  • Explore Ketchikan, famous for its rich native culture
  • Cruise through Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage, one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world

DAY 1: ANCHORAGE WELCOME

Welcome to the land of the midnight sun! After your complimentary transfer to our hotel, meet your fellow travelers at a friendly welcome reception this evening in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage.

DAY 2: AWCC/PORTAGE GLACIER CRUISE/ALYESKA RESORT

Travel south along Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Mountain range on your way to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Learn how this facility takes in orphaned and injured animals. Next, cruise across Portage Lake on the mv Ptarmigan. You’ll stand just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age, watch for fractures of ice to break off from the glacier and crash into the water below. A delicious lunch awaits us at Alyeska Resort followed by a tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska. We return to Anchorage for our overnight. B, L

DAY 3: HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS/TALKEETNA

An Alaskan visit would be incomplete without seeing sled dogs in action! Meet the champion dogs at Happy Trails Kennels, where veteran Iditarod racer Martin Buser will share stories of races and trails, and give a dog sled demonstration. Later, continue towards the historic village of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of North America’s tallest peak, Denali. Settle in for the evening, overlooking the majestic Alaska Range. B, L

DAY 4: BIRCH SYRUP/MCKINLEY EXPLORER/DENALI

Today, visit Birch Syrup for a fun and educational tour illustrating the joys and difficulties of Alaska’s short and intense harvest. Enjoy sweet samples along with other local food products. Then, climb aboard the luxurious domed rail cars of the McKinley Explorer as we head to Denali for a two-night stay at this magnificent national treasure. See the wide open tundra and watch out for wildlife such as eagles and bears. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or choose an optional excursion, such as a nature walk, rafting trip down the Nenana River, a flight-seeing tour over Denali, or a Ranger talk. B, L

DAY 5: DENALI NATIONAL PARK

You’ll be snapping plenty of photos during a spectacular seven-hour guided tour of Denali National Park, home of majestic Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), lush forests and crystal-clear waters. Be on the lookout for wildlife, such as “The Big 5” mammals: moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolf, and grizzlies. B, L

DAY 6: RIVERBOAT DISCOVERY/ALASKA PIPELINE/SALMON BAKE & SALOON SHOW

Today, coach to Fairbanks for a ride along the Chena River on The Riverboat Discovery, an authentic sternwheeler. Then get up close to the famous Alaska pipeline. Tonight you’re in for a treat at Pioneer Park. Enjoy generous portions of prime rib, beer battered cod and grilled salmon grilled over an outdoor alder wood fire and rounded out with roasted potatoes, baked beans, salad and blueberry cake. Then sit back and enjoy songs and stories, and historical highlights of Fairbanks, also known as “The Golden Heart City”. B, L, D

DAY 7: MUSEUM OF THE NORTH/ WHITEHORSE

This morning, visit the Museum of the North, highlighting the art and culture of Alaska. Later, fly from Fairbanks into Canada’s majestic Yukon Territory. Our home this evening is Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon. B

DAY 8: WHITE PASS & YUKON RAILROAD

Today we travel on the captivating White Pass Trail aboard an old-fashioned narrow-gauge train. You’ll see some spectacular scenery along the winding route once used by gold seekers as we head to Skagway, the jumping off point for the Klondike. Later, we’ll visit Jewell Gardens, located on the Historic Clark Farm site. Savor an abundance of herbs and vegetables displayed among brilliantly colored flowers–varieties that thrive on the long daylight hours. This evening, enjoy the bounty of the garden during a scrumptious dinner. B, D

DAY 9: SKAGWAY/MS ZUIDERDAM

Stroll the wooden sidewalks of this famous Gold Rush town, do some last minute souvenir shopping, or take in a Ranger-led walking tour before embarking on our home away from home the next four nights, the MS Zuiderdam. Get acquainted with the ship’s amazing amenities before dinner; and don’t miss the evening entertainment, which includes everything from Broadway reviews to stand-up comedians. B, D

DAY 10: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

Cruise the ice-studded fjords of this national treasure for a full eight hours as a Park Service Ranger narrates on board the ship. Alaska’s Inside Passage is a protected network of waterways that wind through glacier-cut fjords and lush temperate rain forests along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. B, L, D

DAY 11: KETCHIKAN

Explore this uniquely Alaskan port, famous for its rich native culture, salmon fishing, and scenic Misty Fjords. Ketchikan is one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. You can see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State Park. And leave time to explore the sights in the town itself, including historic Creek Street, a boardwalk built over the Ketchikan Creek, where you can shop for souvenirs, smoked salmon and local art. B, L, D

DAY 12: INSIDE PASSAGE AND SHIPBOARD FUN

Today, glide through Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage, one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world. You’ll see steep mountain walls on both sides of the ship, brilliantly colored forests, blue glaciers and seaside villages dotting the coastline. Take a break from the beautiful sights and partake in one of the ship’s many activities such as bingo, cooking demonstrations and naturalist talks. B, L, D

DAY 13: VANCOUVER

Alas, we must say farewell as we disembark in Vancouver, British Columbia, and head for home— carrying enough “midnight sun” memories to last a lifetime! B

Dates:

  • Departure: July 8, 2022
  • Return: July 20, 2022

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  • Departure: July 15, 2022
  • Return: July 27, 2022

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  • Departure: August 5, 2022
  • Return: August 17, 2022

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  • Departure: August 19, 2022
  • Return: August 31, 2022

Pricing:

  • Double: (Inside Cabin) $4297
  • Single: (Inside Cabin) $7145
  • Double: (Outside Cabin) $4497
  • Single: (Outside Cabin) $7525
  • Double: (Verandah) $4897
  • Single: (Verandah) $8125

*Price per person + travel insurance TBD

*Includes roundtrip airfare from STL or MCI

Temperatures:

Anchorage: 62° / 55°

Denali: 69° / 46°

Talkeenta: 68° / 50°

Fairbanks: 73° / 52°

Seward: 62° / 50°

Whitehorse: 62° / 50°

Skagway: 64° / 52°

Luggage:

Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

Important Information:

New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.

Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our tours to 80%.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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