Planned Itinerary Pre-Cruise Land Adventure
The overnight in Anchorage prior to your pre-cruise land adventure tour is part of your ship voyage from Seward to Vancouver and already included.
Day 1: Anchorage-Talkeetna-Girdwood
After breakfast at your hotel, you will journey from 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 sled 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 returning to Talkeetna, you travel to Girdwood, your home for the next three nights. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 2: 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 Crow Creek Mine for a guided tour through a unique mix of historical buildings, rare mining equipment, beautiful gardens and amazing mountain scenery. See 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 day’s excursion. 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. Board 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 the 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 will be waiting to take you back to Girdwood. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 4: Girdwood-Seward
After checkout from your hotel, take a private transfer to Seward. 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.
After some activity packed days, conclude your pre-cruise land adventure in Seward, where MS Roald Amundsen awaits you.
NOTE: The order of sights might vary