Planned Itinerary Pre-Cruise Land Adventure
Day 1: Seward-Girdwood
After disembarkation, you will be greeted by a local guide who provides private transportation to Girdwood. Along the way, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, this 140-acre preserve in Portage Valley is a non-profit operation that works to rehabilitate injured or sick animals. The tour guide traveling with your group will provide information about each animal and answer any questions you may have. A Moose Encounter Experience is also included, allowing you to meet moose and feed them a snack.
Afterwards, continue to Girdwood, your home for the next three nights. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 1: Girdwood
This morning, meet your local guide for your guided hike into Chugach National Forest. The hiking route is approx. 3 to 4 hours round-trip and depends on the group’s activity level and the weather forecast. At the end of the hike, continue to the Crow Creek Mine for a guided tour through a unique mix of historical buildings, rare mining equipment, beautiful gardens and amazing mountain scenery. Get a demonstration of the gold panning technique, before you get the opportunity to pan for gold yourself, keeping whatever you find. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the tour. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 3: Girdwood
Start the day with a transfer to the Girdwood rail depot where you will board the iconic Alaska Railroad for passage to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Climb aboard a rafting boat and explore Spencer Glacier Lake with your knowledgeable guide, paddle around blue icebergs and get up close to the glacier’s face. Make your way back to shore for an authentic salmon bake lunch prepared just for you. Afterwards, board the Glacier Discovery train and enjoy the ride to Grandview, the most scenic section of the Alaska Railroad. Disembark the train at the Portage rail depot where private transportation is waiting to take you back to Girdwood. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 4: Girdwood-Talkeetna-Anchorage
After checkout from your hotel, you will journey from Girdwood via Anchorage to the small town of Talkeetna. Drive through a striking landscape of three major mountain ranges and visit the Happy Trails Kennel for a private dog kennel tour. This is the home of Martin Buser, a champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. After saying goodbye to the sled dogs, continue to Talkeetna for a delicious lunch. The next highlight today is boarding a small plane and setting out on a Denali Experience flightseeing tour. Get within 7 miles of Denali´s 20,310 ft. summit. Weather permitting, the pilot will make a short landing on a glacier. After the end of your flightseeing tour, travel to Anchorage for an overnight. (The overnight in Anchorage after your post-cruise land adventure is part of your ship voyage from Vancouver to Seward and already included).
NOTE: The order of sights might vary and is subject to weather conditions.