Denali National Park & Wild Alaska

12 days / Land & Cruise Tours
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About This Experience

North America’s highest peak is known by many names: to the indigenous Athabaskan people, the mountain is Denali, or “the great one.” You’ll understand why when you see it towering over the surrounding landscape. After exploring the wilds of Denali National Park, you’ll embark on a cruise through the winding waterways of the Inside Passage, where you’ll discover glacier country and Gold Rush towns, before ending in dynamic, dramatic Vancouver.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels and 7 nights aboard the Celebrity Millennium

  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 10 three-course dinners with beer or wine (on land)

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

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  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Wasilla, Alaska, United States
  • Vancouver, Canada
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Anchorage, Alaska1 night - hotel info

Day1

Arrive in Anchorage—the City of Lights and Flowers

Fly to Anchorage, a thriving city set amid spectacular natural wonders. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel.

Denali National Park1 night - hotel info

Day2

Ride the rails through the spectacular icy peaks of the Alaska Range

Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the Alaska Railroad via Talkeetna, a small community said to have inspired the television series Northern Exposure. Admire the stunning views from aboard your train as you travel toward Denali National Park, over Hurricane Gulch and into the majestic Alaska Range. Enjoy an included dinner with your group tonight.

Wasilla, Alaska1 night - hotel info

Day3

Explore the bleak beauty of the taiga in the shadow of Mount Denali

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Denali National Park

A full day of sightseeing immerses you in the scenery, flora and fauna of Denali National Park. Encompassing 6 million acres, the park dwarfs the entire state of Massachusetts. Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain, is known as “The Mountain.” McKinley is so big that it even has its own weather system. You’ll enjoy lunch in the park and reach Wasilla tonight in time for an included dinner.

Cruise7 nights - hotel info

Day4

Encounter bears, bison and other locals in their natural habitat

Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s explorations of the Kenai Peninsula begin in Portage for views of the Explorer and Portage Glaciers. You might witness the “calving” of the icebergs into Portage Lake. At the nearby visitors’ center, you’ll also view the award-winning documentary Voices from the Ice, the story of the Chugach Mountain glaciers. Next, head to Big Game Alaska Wildlife Center to spot bison, caribou, eagles and elk in a natural habitat. Reach the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet, known for its dramatic tidal “turns” that create 10-foot walls of water. Cross the peninsula to Tern Lake and Summit Lake and the small town of Moose Pass. Then travel along the Kenai Mountain Range into Seward, where you’ll board your ship for the cruise portion of your Alaskan adventure.

Day5

Board the Celebrity Millenium for a cruise through glacier country

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a morning at sea, reveling in your ship’s luxurious accommodations or simply watching the spectacular scenery from the deck. In the afternoon, cruise past North Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tidewater glacier. The Hubbard is an anomaly. While almost all current glaciers have retreated and thinned during the last century, the Hubbard has advanced, earning it the name “Galloping Glacier.” In 2002, its overflow created the second-largest glacial flood in modern times.

Day6

Take a jaunt into Juneau for museums and mountain trams

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A blend of cosmopolitan city and frontier town, Juneau is often referred to as “little San Francisco.” The Alaskan capital is impossible to reach by land, making your one-day stay here a unique experience. During your free time, take a journey to the stunning Mendenhall Glacier or take part in an authentic Alaskan clambake.

Day7

Relive the Gold Rush in the scrappy town of Skagway

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Skagway, the northernmost point of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Skagway was the starting point for prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. On your free day, you might relive early American history with a trip to the saloon or a vintage streetcar ride through town. Choose from a variety of excursions, including a helicopter ride over the surrounding glaciers.

Day8

Scan the horizon for humpbacks and orcas

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise the Icy Straits as your journey becomes a whale watch for a day. These waterways provide an ideal environment and feeding space for several important whale species, from humpbacks to minkes to orcas. You can choose to spend the day searching for the elusive Alaskan brown bear in the bordering forests, taking a “flightseeing” (floatplane tour) of Glacier Bay or riding a historic tram through the Southeast Alaska rainforest.

Day9

Count the totems or explore the fjords in Ketchikan

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your next port of call is Ketchikan, gateway to some of the state’s most sublime scenery and wildlife. The ancestral home of the Tlingit people, Ketchikan contains the world’s largest collection of totem poles. Explore the city at your leisure or choose from a variety of excursions, including a trip to nearby Misty Fjords National Monument, a wildlife refuge with towering waterfalls.

Day10

Weave through the waterways of the Inside Passage

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sail the southern section of Alaska’s Inside Passage, a collection of waterways, inlets, fjords and bays that make up Southeastern Alaska’s Panhandle. In total, 60 glaciers span this region along with several mountain ranges and secluded isles. Look out for bald eagles as you cruise.

Vancouver1 night - hotel info

Day11

Step back on solid ground in vibrant, varied Vancouver

Breakfast, Dinner

Disembark in Vancouver, British Columbia, Western Canada’s largest city. After hotel check-in, the rest of your day is free to explore Vancouver. Take in the charm of the Gastown district, where old lamps line the brick-paved streets and historic 19th-century office buildings, house boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. If you’re hungry, Vancouver offers a range of dining options from trendy restaurants and tapas bars to Chinatown and Little Italy. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day12

This is the end of your Alaskan adventure

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative helps you transfer to the airport.

Extend Your Stay

Add Vancouver City Stay $299*

Delve deeper into the diversity and vibrancy of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Many cultures meet in the seaport of Vancouver, which boasts thriving Chinese and Indian neighborhoods. Spend your days wandering around the original settlement in Gastown or enjoying the great outdoors. Then, spend your evening feasting on Chinese food and checking out the lively music scene. Opt for a day to take in the beauty and refinement of Victoria, beloved for its blooming gardens and mild weather.

Vancouver2 nights - hotel info

Day12

Explore Vancouver’s lively neighborhoods, from Gastown to Chinatown

Optional Excursion - Vancouver Sightseeing

Breakfast

This morning, enjoy a free day or opt to embark on a guided tour of the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Optional Excursions

Vancouver Sightseeing $69* pp

Embark on a tour through the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. You’ll visit the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, Chinatown and the historic Gastown District. Originally founded around a sawmill, Gastown became the center of a growing Vancouver. Chinatown welcomed waves of Pacific Rim immigrants and helped nurture Vancouver’s cosmopolitan spirit, and Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. This panoramic tour will show you how Vancouver continues to cast a spell on all who visit.

Day13

Stop and smell the flowers in Victoria

Optional Excursion - Victoria Sightseeing

Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Vancouver or opt to board a ferry to Victoria. Begin your tour in Butchart Gardens to explore its enchanting floral displays. Next, you’ll visit Hatley Park, a National Historic Site, followed by Abkhazi Gardens, the “gardens that love built.”

Optional Excursions

Victoria Sightseeing $189* pp

Board a ferry for a scenic ride to Victoria, where a local guide will introduce you to downtown Victoria. Next, take in a passing view of the Parliament Buildings, the city's Inner Harbor and the iconic Empress Hotel. After a few hours to eat lunch and explore on your own, travel through the countryside for a guided tour of the famed Butchart Gardens, home to 55 acres of stunning floral displays. Your evening comes to a close as you head back to the docks to catch your return ferry to Vancouver.

Day14

Terminal City is the terminus of your tour

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

About the Celebrity Millennium

With a sophisticated design and gracious public rooms, the Celebrity Millennium offers a full range of luxurious facilities, including large decks, the Oasis pool, exercise pool, a library, a fully equipped health club and spa, saunas and shops. In the evening, you’ll be able to enjoy live music, cabaret performances or dancing. And when you’ve had your fill of activity, your cabin awaits with all the comforts of home.

Passport & Visa

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well. The passport expiration date must extend at least six months beyond your return to the U.S. No visa is required for U.S. citizens. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, you must contact the Canadian consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying policies on weight restrictions and checked luggage. Charges for one or more checked bags may apply when traveling Domestically. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear and binoculars. Aboard the Celebrity Millennium, the cruise line has a Freestyle Cruising policy that lets you choose your evening dress according to your taste. However, in all restaurants, jeans, T-shirts, shorts, cut-offs, and tank tops are prohibited. We recommend slacks, shirts, blouses and dress shirts for dining. The cruise line does offer two optional formal nights, during which black tie or dark suits are recommended for men, and evening gowns or cocktail dresses are  suggested for women. You may also want to bring a small overnight bag for your one-night stay in Denali.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Alaska or Vancouver. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Dining Arrangements

The Celebrity Millennium has an open seating policy in a wide variety of restaurants and cafes. Reservations are recommended in specialty restaurants, and you may need to select your seating times for dinner (early or late). Snacks and buffet style cuisine are also available.

Shipboard Money Matters

On board, you’ll be issued a Celebrity Cruise Line card, which will enable you to sign for most shipboard expenses, such as optional shore excursions, bar and wine bills, beauty treatments and photo orders. Your account can be settled with cash, traveler’s checks or a major credit card, such as American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club or Discover Card. Personal checks are not cashed or accepted. Gratuities for the Alaskan Cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium are not included in price of your tour, but will be automatically charged to your onboard account. In general, this gratuity amounts to around $10 per person per day, which covers all service charges for ship personnel. A separate 15 percent service charge is automatically added to all bar tabs and spa services.

Currency

The official currency aboard ship is the U.S. dollar, and all prices are quoted in dollars. During your free time in Vancouver, you may wish to exchange a small amount of Canadian dollars. Better rates of exchange are found in Canada. We recommend taking cash, credit, bank and/or ATM cards for easiest and least expensive exchange. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Randy is an AMAZING Tour Director for an INCREDIBLE tour!!!!

This was a fabulous tour and our tour director was equally amazing! The sites were mind-blowing and I can't even put into words how beautiful this part of the world is... It is a must see on any travelers list!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/23/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Wonderful director

Phil was excellent especially in the cruise crisis that ensued. We asked a lot of tough questions and he got answers to all of them. Also, Go Ahead and Phil did an excellent job in working thru all the details i.e. arranging the Resurrection Bay Cruise, getting us hotels for the stay in Seward and rearranging the flights. Kelly at go Ahead is continuing to work thru our request with Celebrity for additional compensation.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 8/20/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First timers

This was our first tour/cruise of any kind. Having said that and after talking to veteran travelers along the way, it seems that it may have been the BEST. Our tour director Bob was phenomenal. Not only did he provide an amazing array of information to us about our destinations but he was instrumental in getting us from one place to another in a timely manner without feeling like we were being pushed and prodded to be somewhere. Joe, our "local", and Les, our bus driver, were amazing and a wealth of information. All the accommodations were very nice especially the Grizzly Resort in Denali. Denali Park was spectacular. We saw lots of wildlife and are now members of the 30% club since we were privileged enough to have seen Mount Denali in all its splendor. This is one tour and cruise that has been on our bucket list for years and having now done it, we would/will do it gain. Take the land tour first, then you'll be ready to relax in luxury on your cruise. It's the BEST!!!!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Too Expensive Tour

Our group had lots of trouble getting all of our paperwork and then getting it download and filled out for the ship. GoAhead should take of this for what they get paid. We were also unable to find out about the shore tours from the ship. Enjoyed the tour, but didn't feel that we got our monies worth. Our plane trip from Chicago to Anchorage was terrible since we were booked in the back seats of the plane. Six hours is a long time to hear doors slam. Most of our motels were not top rated. Our tour director was very good and did his best to help us. The ship was fun, our rooms were nice, and the food was great. The ship staff was very helpful and friendly.

2 / 5

Traveled On: 7/23/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

So So Tour

We were very unhappy about the assistance we received from GoAhead Tours regarding the side tours that were available from the ship. I had called and emailed them asking for information with no response. Later we found out from the others in our group that we had not received all of the information that we were supposed to receive (the several page ship registration form). After we had a meeting of all 6 of us, we realized none of us had all of the info that we need for the trip. One group hadn't receive their baggage tags, one group couldn't download their ship registration so they could print their tickets. I was finally able to load it on to my computer and do it that way. We finally had to have our packet re-emailed to us so that we could print out our pre-registration. For the money we paid GoAhead Tours, we feel that they could have taken care of the pre-registration and sent us the tickets like the airline tickets. Also our tickets on the airplane from Chicago to Anchorage were the very back seats on the plane. This not a fun place to be for over 6 hours. You don't get much rest with everyone using the restroom. Surely there were better seats available since we had booked our tour several months ago. The tour itself was fun, but the price was too high for what you got. The hotels that we stayed at were not good other than the Grizzly Bear Resort at McKinley Village, which was great, and the Grandview Inn at Wasilla was ok, but the food was not very good. Water in shower didn't work at the one in Anchorage, so we had to wait for it to be repaired since they didn't have another room and we were very tired from our trip. Room in Vancouver was very small. Our tour director, Randy, did a great job. We enjoyed the ship and all the wonderful food. The scenery was great and, we did get to go on some extra tour from the ship. Next time we go on a trip, we will probably book our own and save lots of money, we couldn't do worse.

2 / 5

Traveled On: 7/23/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Wild Alaska!

Denali National Park was breathtaking, and we got to see the top one-third of Mt. McKinley so our tour group is now in the 30% club! But that was only the beginning of so much spectacular scenery all the way through Alaska on land and sea. On the cruise portion there were many close-up encounters with the friendly Alaskan people and the small towns and villages that we encountered on our journey south to Vancouver. We saw caribou, bison, bears and other smaller wildlife which just added to the overall picture of Alaska's many hidden treasures. And Bob was one of the best of Go Ahead's tour directors. We were blessed. Barbara Baker

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 14

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Terrific cruise

Thank you Bob for dragging us around southern Alaska. Train rides, bus rides, and a cruise were the main transportation method. There were two opportunities to go zip lining, Lots of opportunities to see whales too. Bob gave us an opportunity to see more of Vancouver than was originally planned in the tour. The north shore tour he sent us on was terrific. What was the best part though? Seeing glaciers! And I don't mean to brag, but you should know that my group is part of the 30% of people who saw Denali, both peaks! One downside is that there are no washing machines available during the cruise or in Vancouver. You can pay to get your clothes laundered, if you wish, but not coin operated machines.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Loved it!

We liked the variety of things to do and see on this tour. It offered so much more than just a cruise. Alan, our tour guide, was informative, personable, and funny. Getting to know our fellow travelers was also a great part of the overall experience. We enjoyed everything about our trip and are glad we took lots of pictures to help us relive the wonderful scenery and memories. Going to Alaska has been a dream of ours for years. We are glad that dream came true and would gladly do it again!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Alaska

This was a fantastic tour. I was amazed at how beautiful, vast and untouched Alaska really is. I'd say if anyone ever has the chance to go, you should do so. Our tour director, Alan, was fantastic. He went above and beyond for the group on a daily basis. Overall, the whole experience was wonderful. This was my first Go Ahead Tour and it was a great experience. I'd credit Alan with that 100%. I would do another Go Ahead Tour no doubt.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

all round a+

alan was great really fun trip

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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