Day 1: August 24: Fly to Seattle
Everyone will need to fly to Seattle today and arrive by the time the main group arrives. After we gather together we will transfer to Vancouver where we will overnight in our deluxe hotel.
Day 2: August 25: Vancouver, British Columbia
We will have a morning departure from our deluxe hotel. We will enjoy a city tour of Vancouver as we transfer to our beautiful ship; Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas.
Day 3: August 26: Inside Passage (Cruising)
Today will be your first full day to explore your new home for the next week. We will have a get-together and welcome aboard meeting. Enjoy and relax as we sail through the inside passage and the beautiful islands and mountains that are found here.
Day 4: August 27: Ketchikan, Alaska
Today will be a free day to walk around and enjoy this quaint town. For those who would like we will offer an optional side tour called Misty Fjord Seaplane Adventure. This is one of our most popular tours. The Misty Fjords National Monument is a 2.2 million acre park which was carved by glaciers some 10,000 years ago. During your two hour tour you will see a myriad of crystal clear alpine lakes gouged out by those very glaciers. Halfway through the tour we will land on one of the remote lakes for a stopover. This gives you time to take some pictures in unbelievable scenery. Most of our guests who choose this tour tell us that it was the highlight of the cruise. Ask a Fun for Less Tours Rep about this tour.
Day 5: August 28: Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Today will be a free day to walk around and explore. This is a fun little town and you can either explore on your own or purchase a tour through the cruise line. Either way enjoy this wonderful charming town.
Day 6: August 29: Juneau, Alaska
Today your Mendenhall Glacier/city highlights tour & whale watch combo shore excursion is included with your complete package. We will begin with a narrated bus tour of historical Juneau with experienced guides. Learn history, development, and colorful local lore! See downtown Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier, University of Alaska, and more. We will spend 45 minutes exploring the Glacier area. (This price does not include the $3.00 per person cost if you would like to go into the Visitor Center). Next we continue to the beautiful Auke Bay (about 15 minutes north of Juneau). Auke Bay is positioned just about 30 minutes from some of the best feeding grounds for the endangered humpback whale. Humpback whales are most prevalent in the bay, however Orca (killer whales) are often sighted. The jet powered boats get in as close as possible to these gentle giants and then turn off the engines to allow for pictures and more serene experience. You may also view variety of other wildlife such as the harbor seal, bald eagles, stellar sea lions, Dalls porpoises as well as a wide variety of sea birds. We have done this tour many times over the past years with much success; we have never done a tour without seeing several whales. However please remember that these are wild animals and there is no guarantee that you will see any wildlife.
Day 7: August 30: Skagway, Alaska
Today your Great Frontier shore excursion is included with your complete package. We will relive the days of the Gold Rush in one of our most popular excursions. Exciting points of interest and captivating tales are captures in this intriguing tour of Skagway and its “gold rush” folklore. Our knowledgeable guides have been recognized for their interesting narrative and friendliness. Witness spectacular scenery encountered as you travel up the Klondike Highway to White Pass Summit. This tour runs parallel to the White Pass & Yukon Railroad route providing fascinating sights of the “Trail of ‘98”, Pitchfork Falls, and traversing the unique Moore Creek Bridge. Everyone enjoys the advantage of actually being able to stop at the numerous “photo ops” and breathtaking mountain passes. We will also tour downtown Skagway, visit the Gold Rush Cemetery, as well as a stop at the Skagway Overlook. Please remember to take plenty of film for this most scenic tour “up north”. Please note: Because we go over onto the Canadian side everyone on this tour must have a passport.
Day 8: August 31: Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
Today will be another day to enjoy your beautiful cruise ship. Enjoy and marvel at Hubbard Glacier; at both its size and majesty. Today we will have another get together and disembarkation meeting.
Day 9: September 1: Seward – Anchorage, Alaska
We say goodbye to our beautiful ship. We will then transfer to downtown anchorage where everyone will have a couple hours free time. Afterwards we will transfer to our deluxe hotel and overnight.
Day 10: September 2: Anchorage — Talkeetna & Iditarod Tour
Your full day tour is included today. We will start by driving to a beautiful town called Talkeetna where you will board a boat that will whisk you on the river in comfort. We will make one stop where you may enjoy a leisurely walk to an authentic trapper’s cabin. As you travel ten miles of river you might have opportunities to view nesting bald eagles, see beaver activity, and moose. You just might even see a black or grizzly bear roaming the shore. If we have a clear day then you can stand in the splendor of Denali and the Alaska Range from spectacular vantage points on the Susitna River! After this we will head off to the location of the famous dog race the Iditarod. You will have an opportunity to try and run with the actual Iditarod dogs on a sled with wheels. We will then drive back to Anchorage in time for everyone to find something to eat on their own. Afterwards we transfer to the airport for our late evening redeye flight back home.
Day 11: September 3: Home
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Today we arrive back home.