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Glaciers & Gold Rush Bonanza

17 Night Inside Cabin from £3,449 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Explore the stark beauty of Alaska and the enthralling history of the Klondike Gold Rush on this epic holiday. Beginning with a cruise along the spectacular Inside Passage on board the Celebrity Millennium, followed by a trip into the depths of the magnificent Denali National Park, then a fascinating escorted tour of historic gold rush country through the Yukon.

Highlights:

  • Seven night cruise along the Inside Passage on the Celebrity Millennium, spotting wildlife, admiring the breath-taking coastline and visiting fascinating ports with their aboriginal history
  • Marvel at the stunning natural phenomenon of the Hubbard Glacier calving ice into the sea
  • Optional seaplane excursion into the immense wilderness of Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Full day in Denali National  Park with Denali wildlife tour
  • Opportunity to travel the White Pass & Yukon route railroad winding through the mountains
  • Try your luck panning for gold in Dawson City, and visit the captivating Gold Diggers Museum

Details

Day 1

Fly to Vancouver

Fly into the beautiful city of Vancouver on the west coast of Canada, and transfer independently to your hotel.

Overnight: Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel

Day 2

Vancouver

Enjoy some free time to explore Vancouver, before making your way to the cruise terminal and boarding the impressive Celebrity Millennium for your seven night cruise. You will be welcomed by the crew, and then settle into your cabin before watching the sun set over the water.

Dinner included

Overnight: Celebrity Millennium

Day 3

Inside Passage Cruise

This morning you will set sail to cruise one of the most beautiful passages in the world. Along this coastline it is common to view whales and sea-lions as well as countless species of bird.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Overnight:  Celebrity Millennium

Day 4

Cruise to Ketchikan

Cruise along the coast until you reach the town of Ketchikan – the ancestral home of the Tlingit tribe. This aboriginal settlement is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles, and you will have chance to visit the Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight and Totem Heritage Center. You also have the option to take a seaplane excursion into the Misty Fjords National Monument – over 5,000 square miles of pristine wilderness.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Overnight:  Celebrity Millennium

Day 5

Cruise to Icy Strait Point

Cruise to the historic Icy Strait Point, where you will be able to choose from a variety of exciting excursions offered by Celebrity Cruises, ranging from experiencing Tlingit culture, wildlife viewing opportunities or exploring Alaskan history. Watch the sun set over the dramatic landscape whilst the ship anchors off Icy Point for the night.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Overnight:  Celebrity Millennium

Day 6

Cruise to Juneau

The capital of Alaska offers a fascinating mix of frontier ruggedness from its days of gold-prospecting and cosmopolitan chic of eco-adventure tourism. Perhaps visit the Alaska State Museum and its exquisite collection of Russian Orthodox and Gold Rush relics.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Overnight:  Celebrity Millennium

Day 7

Cruise to Skagway

Continue cruising to Skagway, which was an important outpost during the days of the Klondike gold rush. Either browse the vintage boutiques and small museums, relaxing over meal in one of the charming restaurants. Or take the optional White Pass Summit Excursion, a rail adventure on the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad as it winds along the mountain.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Overnight:  Celebrity Millennium

Day 8

Hubbard Glacier – Yakutat Bay

The Hubbard Glacier is the only glacier in the world that doesn’t move at a glacial pace – measured in the mid-eighties as travelling at a speed of 2 metres per hour! But you’ll have time to admire this, the largest tidewater glacier in North America. The sailing through Yakutat Bay will be a highlight of this cruise, as you see this magnificent glacier calving ice into the sea.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Overnight:  Celebrity Millennium

Day 9

Seaward - Anchorage

After breakfast, disembark from the ship and take the transfer to Anchorage to check-in at your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure, taking time to explore this small northern city with its unique rugged character.

Breakfast included

Overnight:  Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

Day 10

Anchorage

A day at leisure to try out the local cuisine or purchase some essentials before you head into the Alaskan heartland on the escorted tour leg of this holiday.

Overnight:  Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

Day 11

Anchorage to Denali

Meet your guide and board your coach, to travel northwards to the Denali National Park. The awe-inspiring landscape offers constantly changing views of distant glaciers and beaver dams in the rivers. Late afternoon there is the opportunity for a one-hour glacier flight to Mount Denali for a birds-eye view of the park. You will spend the next two nights in hotel on the edge of the park.

Overnight:  Motel Nord Haven

Day 12

Denali National Park

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Alaska. In the morning enjoy a Denali wildlife tour, with a park-operated shuttle taking you deep into one of the most scenic landscapes of North America. You may see wolves, dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. Admire the expansive Wonder Lake, right in the middle of the park and renowned for wildlife viewing.

Overnight:  Motel Nord Haven

Day 13

Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Return to the George Parks Highway, driving to Nenana to visit the Alaska Railroad Museum. Continue to the small city of Fairbanks, where you will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure, and will be overnighting here. You could visit the Alaska Dog Mushing Museum or treat yourself to the local delicacy of king crab in one of the popular restaurants. Other options include a river cruise on the Chena River or watching the Crown of Light show. Or for some local colour, attend the Gold Rush Show at the Malemute Saloon.

Overnight:  Bridgewater Hotel

Day 14

Fairbanks to Dawson City

After some leisure time in the morning, it’s back on the road southbound through the beautiful landscape. You will see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, crossing the Tanana River right by the highway. The journey continues via the Top of the World Highway, travelling beyond the tree-line and passing through the beautiful scenery of the tundra. Cross the border at Little Gold Creek, the checkpoint with the highest elevation between Canada and USA. Cross the Yukon River by ferry to reach Dawson City.

Overnight:  Aurora Inn

Day 15

Dawson City

People do still dig for gold in this historical town, located where the Klondike flows into the Yukon River, and you can try panning for gold yourself. You will visit Bonanza Creek, the Jack London cabin, the Midnight Dome mountain and the remarkable Gold Diggers Museum. The day is concluded with a show at the famous Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino and Can-Can.

Overnight:  Aurora Inn

Day 16

Dempster Highway - Dawson City

An early start to drive the Dempster Highway – the only connection to the remote town of Inuvik at the Polar Sea. See the Tombstone Mountains and continue into the tundra to view the breath-taking scenery.

Overnight:  Aurora Inn

Day 17

Dawson City - Whitehorse

Travel via the Klondike Highway to Whitehorse, with the mighty Yukon River making several impressive appearances en route – one of the longest waterways in North America at nearly 2,000 miles long. Stop at Five Finger Rapids – an infamous hazard for the sternwheelers navigating the river in the Gold Rush era. Arrive for an overnight stay in Whitehorse.

Overnight:  Coast High Country Inn

Day 18

Whitehorse - Vancouver

Transfer to Whitehorse airport for a flight back to Vancouver, then either stay a few more days in Vancouver, or take your transatlantic flight home.

What’s Included

  • Return transatlantic flights
  • 7 night cruise on Celebrity Millennium with full board
  • Hotel accommodation as described above or similar
  • Day trip to Denali National Park
  • Transfers from Seward cruise terminal to Anchorage hotel and Whitehorse hotel to Whitehorse airport
  • Admission to “Diamond Tooth Gerties” and “Gold Diggers Museum” Dawson City
  • Transportation by modern van or midsized coach days 11 to 18
  • Experienced tour guide days 11 to 17
  • Flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver
  • Baggage handling - 1 piece per person
  • Alaska National Park fees

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