Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise


Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise featuring a 7-night Princess Cruise

Relax for seven nights and enjoy the epic Alaskan scenery from aboard one of Princess Cruise Lines' lovely ships. Cruise through northern splendour, including the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. Enjoy four nights at stunning Princess’ Lodges and Hotels. Ride the McKinley Express train through breathtaking scenery where abundant wildlife thrives. Explore Alaska’s gorgeous capital, Juneau. Visit Ketchikan, the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Enjoy lively entertainment and a hearty feast at the Music of Denali Dinner Theater. Explore vibrant Vancouver.

Collette Experiences

  • A park expert guides you on a natural history tour into Denali National Park.
  • Relax aboard a 7-night cruise and travel through Glacier Bay, where travellers can go back in time to the Ice Age.
  • An amazing cruise aboard the popular Stern Wheeler, Discovery, is an unforgettable journey showcasing Alaska's diverse culture and rich history.

Tour Highlights

  • Fairbanks, Stern Wheeler, Discovery, Denali National Park, Music of Denali Dinner Theater, McKinley, McKinley Express Rail, Whittier, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Inside Passage
Dates of Tour

14 May 2013  from £3199 per person                                        16 May 2013  from £3199 per person                                              25 Jun 2013  from £4059 per person
27 Jun 2013  from £4059 per person                                         09 Jul 2013   from £4174 per person                                               11 Jul  2013   SOLD OUT
 23 Jul 2013  from £4174 per person                                         25 Jul 2013   from £4174 per person                                                06 Aug 2013  SOLD OUT
08 Aug 2013 from £4174 per person                                          20 Aug 2013  SOLD OUT                                                                      22 Aug 2013  SOLD OUT
03 Sep 2013 from £3849 per person                                          05 Sep 2013  from £3849 per person                                              10 Sep 2013 from £3199 per person
14 Sep 2013 from £3199 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: Fairbanks, Alaska - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in Fairbanks, in the great state of Alaska. What better way to explore such a vast and undisturbed region than with a Collette Holiday that combines the best of both land and sea on an unforgettable 7-night Princess cruise!

Day 2: Fairbanks - Denali National Park

Step aboard an amazing cruise on the popular Stern Wheeler, Discovery, an unforgettable journey showcasing Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. Enjoy lunch before departing Fairbanks for a scenic motorcoach ride to Denali National Park. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

 Today lunch will be included.

Day 3: Denali National Park

This morning, join a park expert and embark on a natural history tour into Denali National Park. This tour teaches you about the six million acres that make up this pristine wilderness. The scenery alone is worth the trip, but you may be lucky enough to view some wildlife as well! Tonight, enjoy an entertaining evening at the Music of Denali Dinner Theater which tells the story of the first ascent of Mount McKinley.

Today dinner will be included.

Day 4: Denali - McKinley

Your day begins with a scenic motorcoach ride to McKinley. From the moment you arrive at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, you’ll know you are somewhere special. This comfy Alaskan lodge invites the ultimate experience, overlooking Mt. McKinley and the Alaskan Range with one of the most inspirational views of the mountain found anywhere. There will be plenty of time to explore the area, take a shuttle to Talkeetna or enjoy a host of recreational activities.

Day 5: McKinley Express Rail - Whittier - Board Cruise Ship

Transfer to the rail station and ride the McKinley Express direct to Whittier for an unforgettable journey. View the incredible landscape from glass-ceiling railcars and open-air observation platforms as rail guides provide expert commentary. Once in Whittier, embark the ship to begin your 7-night Princess cruise aboard a fabulous floating resort designed to make your stay onboard truly memorable. You will be dazzled by the entertainment in the state-of-the-art lounges and a myriad of dining options. Whilst on board, breakfast, lunch, dinner and nightly entertainment are included.

 Today dinner will be included.

Day 6: Cruising - Hubbard Glacier

Your ship cruises past the mammoth Hubbard Glacier, one of Alaska’s advancing glaciers. Your day is filled with amazing natural sights as you linger along its shimmering five-mile long face.

 Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Cruising - Glacier Bay

Cruise through Glacier Bay, a spectacular national park and preserve that is a treasure trove of tidewater glaciers and scenic coastal islands. Its rich world of marine life and large concentration of tidewater glaciers is Alaska at its best.

  Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Cruising - Skagway

Relive Alaska's Gold Rush days in this “Gateway to the Klondike” and home of the famed Chilkoot Trail. In historic Skagway, Alaska’s past lives on in a spectacular natural setting and cries of “gold in the Yukon!” can still be heard.

Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Cruising - Juneau

From massive scenic mountains to historic buildings, explore Juneau, Alaska’s capital city.

Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Cruising - Ketchikan

Your port of call today is Ketchikan, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and the “City of Totems.” Located on the tranquil Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles.

Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 11: Cruising - Inside Passage

A wonderful day of sightseeing is in store for you as your ship sails along the amazing Inside Passage, an extensive stretch of land known for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. You will be awe-struck with this natural wonder.

Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 12: Vancouver, B.C. - Disembark Cruise - Seattle, WA Airport Area

Your cruise ends in the vibrant city of Vancouver. Choose an optional city tour featuring Stanley Park, Chinatown and Gastown, home to the world-famous steam-powered clock. Or, explore this lovely city on your own. Next, board your coach for your drive to the Seattle airport area for an overnight stay.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 13: Seattle Airport Area - Tour Ends

Your tour ends, leaving you with many wonderful memories of your holiday to the last of the great frontiers.

Day 14: Arrive Home


Accommodation
Day 1: Accommodations

Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge - Alaska, USA

Offering a combination of wilderness lodge atmosphere and modern amenities, Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge is conveniently located near the Heart of Alaska's interior. With beautifully landscaped grounds and a large outdoor deck extensing to the water's edge, this Lodge takes every advantage of its exclusive setting on the Chena River. Guests have easy access to the airport, downtown shopping and attractions.

HOTEL AMENITIES
Laundry
Shuttle
Maximum Room Occupancy (4)
Lift (all floors are accessible by elevator)
Fitness Centre
Bar
Restaurant
Atm

ROOM FACILITIES
Irons
Wake up Call
Accessible Rooms with roll in shower (suitable for physically challenged)
Triple Rooms with Cot (Limited number of triple rooms and cots)
Telephone
Hairdryer
Fan
Internet Access
Television
Air Conditioned Rooms
Handicap Rooms with Hand Grips(10)
Day 2 & 3 Accommodation

Princess Wilderness - Alaska, USA

Princess Wilderness Lodge is a great place to explore Denali National Park, which is home to North America’s highest point, Mt. McKinley. Each room is comfortably designed for relaxation after a busy day of exploring. The lodge also offers outdoor hot tubs to relax with incredible views of Denali National Park and the Nenana River.


HOTEL AMENITIES
Laundry
Pool (Outside Hot Tubs)
Bar
Restaurant

ROOM FACILITIES
Telephone
Hairdryer
Internet Access

Day 4 Accommodation

Mckinley Princess Wilderness Hotel Alaska, USA

Located just 41 miles from the peak of its namesake mountain, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge offers a spectacular view of the Alaska Range, including both Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker. Situated on 146 acres of land inside Denali State Park and bordered by the Chulitna River, the lodge features dramatic vistas of Mt. McKinley (or "Denali" as the 20,320 foot peak is locally known) - the closest accommodations to the mountain with such a view. Bordering the South side of Denali National Park, McKinley Princess Lodge is just two hours South of the main entrance to the park off of the Park Highway.


HOTEL AMENITIES
Laundry
Shuttle
Bar
Restaurant


ROOM FACILITIES
Telephone
Hairdryer
Internet Access                                                                                                                                                                                      Television                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Day 5 to 11 Accommodation

Princess Cruises - Washington, USA

From its modest beginnings in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico, Princess has grown to become one of the premiere cruise lines in the world. Today, its fleet carries more than a million passengers each year to more worldwide destinations than any other major line. Considered one of the most recognized cruise lines in the world, Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when Pacific Princess was cast in a starring role on a new television show called "The Love Boat." This introduced millions of viewers to the still-new concept of a sea-going vacations. All ships are designed to feel intimate and are decorated in a contemporary style, allowing passengers to enjoy themselves in an informal, relaxed onboard atmosphere that mirrors today's lifestyles. The physical design and décor of the ships creates an onboard atmosphere of relaxed luxury in which passengers can enjoy their perfect vacation experience.


SHIP AMENITIES
Laundry (fees apply)
Room Service
Maximum Room Occupancy (2)
Pool
Fitness Centre (Jogging Track)
Bar
Restaurant
Atm                                                                                                                                                                                                                SPA


ROOM FACILITIES
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Fan
Internet Access
Television
Air Conditioned Rooms

Day 12 Accommodation

Holiday Inn Seatac Airport -Washington, USA

The Holiday Inn Airport Hotel is conveniently located just steps from Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport and only a short ride to downtown Seattle where you can enjoy shopping and entertainment. The Holiday Inn has been newly-renovated to become a beautiful, full-service hotel with 259 guest rooms, a 24-hour health club with an oversized heated indoor pool, hot tub and workout room.


HOTEL AMENITIES
Laundry
Room Service (6am - 11pm)                                                                                                                                                                  Shuttle (complimentary)
Maximum Room Occupancy (4)
Lift
Fitness Centre
Bar
Restaurant
Atm                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pool


ROOM FACILITIES
Irons                                                                                                                                                                                                 Refrigerator
Coffee / Team Maker
Accessible Rooms with roll in shower (suitable for physically challenged)
Triple Rooms with Cot (Limited number of triple rooms and cots)
Telephone
Hairdryer
Safe
Internet Access
Television
Air Conditioned Rooms
Handicap Rooms with Hand Grips(7)

Passport & visa information

Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.fco.gov.uk for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients travelling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

Destination Facts & Stats

Time Zone

Alaska is 4 hours behind Eastern Standard Time; Yukon Territory, Vancouver and Seattle are 3 hours behind Eastern Standard Time.

Electricity

An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.

Elevation

Highest elevation included on tour 3200 feet, Denali National Park

Average Temperature and rainfall

month city high low rainfall
January Seattle 45° 35° 5.6"

Vancouver 41° 32° 5.2"

Fairbanks 24° 0.0"

Ketchikan 35° 26° 14.3"

Denali -12° 0.4"

Glacier Bay 33° 22° 4.5"

Juneau 33° 23° 4.2"

Skagway 25° 15° 14.3"

Whittier 31° 23° 15.2"
February Seattle 49° 37° 4.1"

Vancouver 46° 34° 4.2"

Fairbanks 28° 11° 0.0"

Ketchikan 40° 29° 12.6"

Denali -10° 0.3"

Glacier Bay 35° 24° 3.3"

Juneau 35° 24° 3.4"

Skagway 40° 29° 12.6"

Whittier 32° 24° 12.4"
March Seattle 52° 38° 3.7"

Vancouver 48° 36° 3.7"

Fairbanks 37° 14° 0.0"

Ketchikan 43° 31° 11.6"

Denali 24° 0.2"

Glacier Bay 40° 26° 2.8"

Juneau 40° 28° 3.2"

Skagway 43° 31° 11.6"

Whittier 37° 28° 11.0"
April Seattle 57° 41° 2.5"

Vancouver 55° 41° 2.3"

Fairbanks 49° 27° 0.4"

Ketchikan 49° 35° 10.1"

Denali 40° 15° 0.3"

Glacier Bay 48° 32° 2.2"

Juneau 49° 33° 2.5"

Skagway 49° 35° 1.1"

Whittier 44° 33° 11.5"
May Seattle 64° 46° 1.7"

Vancouver 63° 46° 2.0"

Fairbanks 63° 36° 1.6"

Ketchikan 56° 40° 7.5"

Denali 56° 33° 1.1"

Glacier Bay 56° 38° 2.6"

Juneau 57° 41° 2.9"

Skagway 59° 40° 1.5"

Whittier 53° 40° 9.3"
June Seattle 70° 51° 1.5"

Vancouver 66° 52° 1.8"

Fairbanks 69° 43° 3.5"

Ketchikan 61° 46° 5.9"

Denali 68° 45° 2.0"

Glacier Bay 61° 44° 2.0"

Juneau 62° 47° 2.6"

Skagway 66° 46° 1.1"

Whittier 60° 47° 5.9"
July Seattle 75° 54° 0.8"

Vancouver 72° 55° 1.3"

Fairbanks 76° 47° 2.6"

Ketchikan 65° 51° 5.3"

Denali 71° 49° 2.8"

Glacier Bay 63° 48° 3.1"

Juneau 64° 50° 4.0"

Skagway 68° 50° 1.1"

Whittier 63° 51° 7.4"
August Seattle 75° 55° 1.1"

Vancouver 72° 55° 1.6"

Fairbanks 74° 45° 2.2"

Ketchikan 64° 51° 9.8"

Denali 65° 45° 2.5"

Glacier Bay 63° 47° 4.9"

Juneau 62° 49° 5.4"

Skagway 65° 48° 2.2"

Whittier 61° 50° 11.9"
September Seattle 69° 51° 1.8"

Vancouver 64° 50° 2.6"

Fairbanks 64° 37° 1.3"

Ketchikan 59° 47° 14.9"

Denali 53° 36° 1.2"

Glacier Bay 57° 42° 6.9"

Juneau 55° 44° 7.5"

Skagway 58° 43° 4.1"

Whittier 53° 44° 17.3"
October Seattle 60° 45° 3.4"

Vancouver 57° 43° 4.5"

Fairbanks 54° 29° 0.2"

Ketchikan 50° 40° 17.6"

Denali 30° 17° 0.9"

Glacier Bay 47° 35° 7.5"

Juneau 47° 37° 7.6"

Skagway 48° 36° 4.5"

Whittier 43° 35° 17.3"
November Seattle 50° 39° 5.9"

Vancouver 48° 37° 5.8"

Fairbanks 38° 17° 0.0"

Ketchikan 42° 33° 17.6"

Denali 10° -4° 0.6"

Glacier Bay 39° 28° 5.6"

Juneau 38° 29° 5.2"

Skagway 35° 25° 3.0"

Whittier 35° 28° 15.0"
December Seattle 45° 36° 5.8"

Vancouver 45° 34° 6.5"

Fairbanks 29° 0.0"

Ketchikan 38° 29° 16.8"

Denali -11° 0.6"

Glacier Bay 34° 24° 5.5"

Juneau 34° 25° 5.1"

Skagway 31° 22° 2.3"

Whittier 32° 25° 18.6"