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Alaska & Inside Passage Cruise

13 Day Land & Cruise Experience | Airfare Included

Experience a three night cruise through the Inside Passage and travel the Alaska Highway from the Yukon to Alaska’s spectacular Interior.

Tour Hosted by Scott Chesner Chief Meteorologist

Scott was born and raised in the northeastern U.S. He moved to Texas in 1981. His four daughters were born in Texas and his wife, Laura, has lived there most of her life.

Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from Penn State University in 1977. He first began forecasting Texasweather while at Accu Weather in State College, PA. That made the transition much easier when he moved to Dallas - Fort Worth.

He started at KETK TV in Tyler - Longview in January, 2006. He forecasts the weather not only on KETK and FOX 51 but also on FOX Stations in Waco, College Station and Shreveport.

Scott’s family also loves the area. His wife, Laura, is a hair stylist in Longview and last fall they became the proud grandparents of their oldest daughter & son-in-laws first baby girl. They have four daughters and Scott says that he is surrounded by “successful women!”

Scott and Laura have previously hosted a tour to Glacier, Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons.  They invite you to join them and other KETK TV viewers on this adventure to Alaska!

Tour Summary

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Tour Pricing

Date Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)

Additional Tour Information

Holiday Experience Includes
• All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges All port charges, government fees, fuel surcharges, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $406 per person)
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Motorcoach and professional Driver
• All accommodations
• Baggage handling at hotels
• Complimentary Alaska jacket
• $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

• All meals aboard ship
• 3 nights aboard the ms Volendam
• Included Shore Excursion: White Pass & Yukon Route Scenic Railway (minimum value of $125 per person)
• Oceanview stateroom with picture window

22 Excellent Meals Featuring

• Dinner at the Alaska Salmon Bake
• Miner’s lunch  at the Riverboat Discovery landing 
• Exclusive Holiday Vacations farewell lunch at the Sea Galley

All Accommodations Featuring
• 1 night at the Crowne Plaza in Seattle
• 3 nights aboard the ms Volendam
• 2 nights at Westmark Fairbanks
• 1 night at the Denali Princess Lodge
• 2 nights at the Hilton Anchorage
Experiences & Attractions

• Inside Passage cruise & ports: Vancouver, Juneau, Skagway
• White Pass & Yukon Route Train
• Whitehorse
• Alaska Highway & The Yukon
• Trans-Alaska oil pipeline
• Santa Claus House
• Museum of the North
• The Golden Heart Revue - Alaska’s #1 musical show
• Gold Dredge 8
• Discovery riverboat excursion
• Denali National Park tundra tour
• Iditarod Trail Headquarters
• 26 Glacier Cruise on Prince William Sound
• Alaska Native Heritage Center

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Fly to Seattle

We have accommodations in Seattle this evening at the Crowne Plaza.

Day 2 : Bon Voyage

After our included breakfast, we drive to Vancouver, British Columbia. This vibrant port city is surrounded by majestic mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean. We board the ms Volendam for a three night cruise through the Inside Passage. All meals aboard ship are included. B,L,D

Day 3 : The Inside Passage

Experience the mountain and coastal scenery of the Inside Passage. This fjord-like waterway traces the Pacific coast of Canada and Southeast Alaska and remains a vital link between coastal towns. Savor the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, lush forests, plus hundreds of islands and coastal inlets. There are a variety of shipboard activities to enjoy. Evening brings delightful shows, music and dancing. B,L,D

Day 4 : Juneau

We cruise to Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, which can only be accessed by air or water. Nestled between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, its bounty of water, forests and mountains surprise and delight visitors. Shop and sightsee leisurely on your own or choose from a variety of optional shore excursions offered by Holland America Line.  B,L,D

Day 5 : Skagway/Whitehorse

Enjoy breakfast on the ship as we dock in Skagway. An excursion is included aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, following the route of the Klondike Goldseekers. Tonight we stay in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory. B,L

Day 6 : Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway was constructed during World War II as a military route linking Alaska with the lower 48 states. Tonight’s comfortable accommodations are in Tok. Originating as an Alaska Road Commission camp in the 1940’s, it is considered the “Sled Dog Capital of Alaska.” D

Day 7 : Alaska’s Interior

En route to Fairbanks, we pass through Alaska’s largest agricultural area, Delta Junction. Later we relive childhood joy at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, before visiting Museum of the North featuring a unique collection of exhibits and artifacts meaningful to the area. Our lodging for the next two nights is at the Westmark Fairbanks. This evening we’re treated to the "true Alaska experience" in Pioneer Park’s Gold Rush Town. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Alaska Salmon Bake and frontier fun at The Golden Heart Revue! B,D


Day 8 : Fairbanks

Today we’re introduced to Fairbanks’ history as we trace its development from the gold rush to the discovery of "Black Gold." Get a glimpse of the famed Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Pan for gold at Gold Dredge 8. Enjoy an all-you-can eat authentic Miner’s lunch. Board the Discovery sternwheeler for a narrated excursion on the Chena River and go ashore at a recreated Athabascan Indian camp. B,L

Day 9 : Denali Park Tour

We cross the Parks Highway bridge and pass through Nenana, supply center for Alaskan villages located along the Tanana and Nenana Rivers. Soon we begin to climb across the Alaska Range before arriving in Denali. Lunch is included before our guided tundra wilderness tour, a 53-mile journey into Denali National Park. A naturalist helps us spot grizzly bear, moose, caribou and other wildlife in their natural habitats. This six-million acre preserve is one of the last and most extensive wilderness regions in the world. Our restful night is at the Denali Princess Lodge. B,L

Day 10 : Iditarod Trail

Today’s scenic drive takes us to lunch at lovely Settlers Bay Lodge. At the Iditarod Trail Headquarters, we learn about sled dogs and the Anchorage to Nome dog sled race. Travel through the Matanuska Valley, the center of Alaska’s agricultural region. We continue to Anchorage for two nights at the Hilton. B,L

Day 11 : Glacier Cruise

We drive south along fjord-like Turnagain Arm with views of glaciers and mountains. In Whittier, we cruise on the calm waters of Prince William Sound and view tidewater glaciers, up-close. Observing ice break off or "calve" into the sea is exhilarating!  L

Day 12 : Anchorage

Enjoy a leisurely morning to rest, explore the Anchorage Market and visit the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. This afternoon we have a wonderful farewell lunch before visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Tonight we board our overnight flight home. L

Day 13 : Arrival Home

We arrive home from our Alaskan experiences.

B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

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