Majestic, rugged, monumental, unforgiving, boundless – there are simply not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe the sheer scale and beauty of Alaska. If the mystical fjords, the snow-capped mountains and the crystal-like glaciers alone are not enough to entice you to explore the United States’ ‘Last Frontier’ then how about the wildlife. Brown bears snatching salmon from freshwater rivers and lakes, unfathomably large caribou grazing on the vast plains and even polar bears and killer whales rank amongst Alaska’s fauna.
When considering an Alaskan holiday, the first thing to decide is whether you want to travel by sea or by land. A cruise along the coastal route (best experienced between the months of June and August) will be strewn with glaciers the size of cities and opportunity to reach areas that are literally impossible to explore any other way. Inland, travelling by car or train, will allow for greater flexibility and the best way to experience the interior natural beauty of Alaska at an unrushed pace.
The major towns and cities of Alaska which include Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks serve as gateways to the great national parks but also offer a glimpse into the pioneering ancestors of the state. Anchorage in particular, where over half of Alaska’s population live, is a thriving city on the fringes of wilderness, and the Museum of History and Art is not to be missed.
In the shadows of North America’s tallest mountain, Mount McKinley, Denali National Park is perhaps Alaska’s ultimate wilderness, home to an abundance of wildlife and activities including dog-sledding, river boat trips, hiking and cycling which all help cement Denali as the perfect introduction for the first time visitor to Alaska. The dramatic landscapes of the Kenai Peninsular should also be considered, a region renowned for its tidewater glaciers, perfect for kayaking and fishing, and masses or marine wildlife. There are no shortage of options though in Alaska – Prince William Sound is located in the midst of the Chugach National Park and with its 2,500 miles of coastline is home to the towns and villages of Chenaga Bay, Cordove, Tatitlek, Whittier and Valdez, all of which will impact lasting memories of the uniqueness of Alaska.
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Enjoy a 8-day cruise onboard Celebrity Eclipse as you set sail to discover the spectacular scenery and amazing attractions of Alaska. From the dramatic glaciers, majestic mountains and the amazing wildlife including whales, there is sure to be something to amaze you on this fantastic cruise. Then collect your rental car and set off on a road trip through some of Canada's most beautiful areas including the spectacular Rocky Mountain national parks. See the breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier, stroll around Whistler village and follow the Thompson River to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. Soak up turquoise lakes, rugged peaks and glittering glaciers, plus take your choice of tours in Jasper and Banff for a personalised experience.
May to September cruise departures
Truly Individual Holiday Includes
From £2,999 per person
Price based on two people sharing an Inside Cabin between May and September. Simply enquire below.
This 12-night expedition cruise with Hurtigruten offers a different way to cruise Alaska. You'll go where the big ships simply can't reach and enjoy a programme of landings as part of your cruise fare. The itinerary sails north from Vancouver to the Misty Fjords, William Henry Bay, and the dramatic glaciers of College Fjord. You’ll also visit Haines, Sitka, and Cordova, authentic Alaskan frontier towns that are a mix of Native and early settler cultures. The journey ends with a train ride from Seward to Anchorage.
May to June departures
Vancouver > Misty Fjords > Wrangell > Endicott Arm Fjords > Petersburg > Haines > William Henry Bay > Sitka > Icy Bay > Cordova > College Fjord > Seward > Anchorage
Cruise Holiday Includes
From £4,749 per person
Price based on two people sharing an Polar Outside cabin in May 2022. Other dates and cabin upgrades available. Itinerary also operates in reverse. Simply enquire below.