2003 Alaska Adventure & Cruise

Our bridge holiday to the Great Land of the north combines seven nights on land from Fairbanks to the Kenai Peninsula with seven nights cruising the beautiful glacier-lined shores of Alaska’s Inside Passage. It all begins in Fairbanks with two nights in this gold-mining town, plus stays in Denali National Park, rustic Talkeetna for a glimpse of the true Alaska, and finally two nights at Alaska’s only 5-star premier resort—the Alyeska Prince Hotel—perched in the midst of beautiful peaks and glaciers. Then we’ll board our luxury liner, Holland America’s m/s Veendam, for seven luxurious nights cruising the inland waterways of Alaska viewing spectacular glaciers and marine life galore with stops in College Fjord, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan and, finally, Vancouver. Get ready for river rafting, walks in the woods, flight-seeing opportunities, sheer natural beauty, mighty glaciers and wildlife visible on land as well as right from the deck of our cruise vessel. Shipboard bridge with our own group directed by our very own Fred Theurkauf as well as fun social sessions with Alaskan players in Anchorage and Juneau. Very limited space is available for our 2-night pre-package to Point Barrow, an exciting ‘Journey to the Top of the World.’ This adventure, to the brink of the Arctic Ocean, includes chats with Eskimo natives and scouting for polar bears, whales, and seals on the ice floes.

Dates: June 15 to 29, 2003 - 15 days
Cost: From $4,148.00 (per person/double occupancy)


Tour Schedule
Day 1 Arrive Fairbanks
  Fly up from the ‘lower 48’ to Alaska’s gold-rush boom town—Fairbanks. Join Fred Theurkauf for cocktails and a very casual Welcome Dinner at our hotel tonight.
Hotel: Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Meal(s): , Dinner
Day 2 Fairbanks
  Explore Fairbanks today, beginning with a relaxing morning cruise on the Tanana & Chena Rivers aboard the Discovery II sternwheeler. This afternoon, try your hand at gold panning at the El Dorado Gold Mine. Your evening is free to explore Fairbanks on your own.
Hotel: Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 3 Fairbanks - Denali
 

Travel via the Alaskan Railroad
All aboard the Alaskan Railroad this morning as we travel south towards Denali National Park via shared domecar, viewing spectacular wilderness scenery enroute. Upon arrival, we’ll enter the park and you’ll want your camera handy to shoot caribou, grizzly, moose and Dall sheep. Tonight, enjoy a special evening of Alaskan fun, story & song at Denali’s famous Cabin Nite Dinner Theater.
Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Denali - Talkeetna
  Meet Jeff King’s winning Iditerod dogsled team this morning at his Husky Homestead. Then, reboard the Alaskan Railroad this afternoon and head south to the rustic town of Talkeetna, staging point for Mount McKinley climbers. Upon arrival in Talkeetna, join fellow travelers for a relaxing float trip on the beautiful Susitna River, including an especially prepared Alaskan salmon-bake dinner.
Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Talkeetna
 

Flight-see to Mount McKinley today
“The best views of McKinley are from Talkeetna.” Your day is free for exploring Talkeetna on your own. Take advantage of optional flight-seeing excursions to Mount McKinley and touch down on a glacier, or take a heli-flight for up-close glacier and mountain wildlife viewing. Jet-boat up the Susitna River for wildlife spotting opportunities, or simply explore the “real Alaska” in the charming town of Talkeetna, with its unsurpassed views of the largest mountain in North America (weather-permitting).
Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Meal(s): Breakfast

 Leave time this afternoon to join Fred the Gold-Panner for duplicate with just our group at our hotel.
Day 6 Talkeetna - Alyeska
  This morning, we’ll depart for Anchorage. Visit the Alaskan Native Heritage Center to experience the dancing, story-telling and village traditions of the Athabascan people. This evening, enjoy time to shop and dine in downtown Anchorage before continuing to Alaska’s only 5-star resort, located at the foot of Mt. Alyeska.
Hotel: Alyeska Prince Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch

 Enjoy an afternoon luncheon and bridge session today as the invited guests of the Anchorage players.
Day 7 Alyeska
  Your morning is free to enjoy guided nature walks, scenic views from atop Mount Alyeska, and the amenities of our resort. This evening, dine with our group at the famous Seven Glaciers Restaurant with panoramic views of the valley below from our mountain perch.
Hotel: Alyeska Prince Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Join Gold-Panner Fred for a duplicate game with our own group at our Alaskan resort this afternoon.
Day 8 Alyeska - Embark
 

Holland America's m/s Veendam
This morning we depart Alyeska for Seward. En route, enjoy a stop at Big Game Park (last chance to spot a grizzly), a non-profit center for rescued Alaskan wildlife. We’ll also visit the Sealife Center for an in-depth exploration of life both above and below the surface of Alaska’s waters. After free time to explore Seward and lunch on your own, we’ll embark on our luxurious seven-night cruise aboard the m/s Veendam. Prepare for glaciers, wildlife, and bridge galore.
Hotel: Embark Cruise
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 College Fjord
  Prepare for the sight of massive glaciers this morning as you cruise Prince William Sound and College Fjord, filled with wilderness islands, pristine fjords, and monumental glaciers bearing Ivy League names. The scenery is so spectacular it's overwhelming.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Come in from the cold and join Fred Theurkauf for duplicate with our own group in the Card Room this afternoon.
Day 10 Glacier Bay
 

Watch glaciers calve in Glacier Bay
Watch from the deck of your Holland America ship as the ice age flows into the sea. Today we cruise Glacier Bay, home to 25% of Alaska's glaciers and filled with ice-blue glacial landscapes. You'll never forget the sight and sound as an enormous pinnacle of ice cracks off a glacial cliff and crashes into the sea.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Sitka
  Learn of Alaska's unique Russian heritage today in Sitka, the one-time capital of Russia's fur trade empire. See the restored bishop's house and the acclaimed icons in St. Michael's Cathedral.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Juneau
  Enjoy a day to explore Alaska's scenic capital city and stroll its charming streets shopping for gold nuggets.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 We're invited to join the Juneau players this afternoon by special invitation for a most social afternoon of luncheon and bridge game.
Day 13 Ketchikan
 

Visit the famous Ketchikan totem poles
Wander historic "Creek Street" today shopping for native art, smoked salmon, or visit the famous Tlinget totem poles. Enjoy an optional flight-seeing trip up to Misty Fjords National Monument.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Join Fred the gold-panner for some social duplicate bridge this morning in the Card Room aboard our vessel.
Day 14 Inside Passage
  Relax today as you cruise past rustic lumber camps, fishing villages, and majestic fjords.
Hotel: Cruising
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Enjoy our final game of duplicate together today while we cruise Alaska's famous Inside Passage.
Day 15 Vancouver - Disembark
  This morning, we'll disembark in Vancouver for independent departures home.
Meal(s): Breakfast


Your 15-Day Package Includes

 Seven nights in the Great Land in first-class twin or double-bedded hotel accommodations

 Seven nights cruising Alaska’s beautiful Inside Passage aboard the m/s Veendam with stops and ports-of-call in College Fjord, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan and Vancouver

 Professional tour guides throughout our land adventure, plus all porterage, entry fees, and hotel service charges

 7 Full American breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 4 Dinners during our Land Adventure. Gourmet and casual dining for all meals daily aboard the m/s Veendam


 Land transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motor coach and Alaskan Railroad shared-dome railcar experience

 Seven duplicate sessions, including bridge with the Alaskans in Anchorage & Juneau




Point Barrow - A Journey to the Top of the World

Dates: June 13 to 15, 2003
Cost: $763 (per person/double occupancy)

Over three hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow sits at the northern-most point of North America, resting on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Grab a parka (included), and prepare to explore Alaska’s largest Eskimo village. You’ll learn the ceremonies & traditions of the 4,000 year-old Inupiat culture and the essentials of day-to-day survival in the Arctic.

  • Stand in the jaw of a bowhead whale.
  • Dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Chat with Eskimo natives about arctic life.
  • Walk on icebergs, ice floes and tundra.
  • Scout for polar bears hunting on the ice.
  • Enjoy the sun and breeze at midnight.

  • With shifts in the ice, Point Barrow is now prime polar bear breeding grounds. On safari by 4-wheel drive snow-trekkers, we’ll search the ice floes & tundra for polar bear, Arctic fox, whale, seal, walrus, Jaeger bird, and Snowy owl.

    Your 3-Day Extension Package Includes

     Overnight at Fairbanks’ Pike’s Waterfront Lodge; includes airport transfers

     Round-trip Boeing 737 air flights between Fairbanks & Barrow on Alaska Airlines

     Visits to the Inupiat Heritage Center, sod house mounds and an Eskimo village, plus a guided tour of Barrow’s “on-road” areas

     Alaskan “off-road” 4-wheel drive “snow-trekker” safari adventure. Explore Pt. Barrow, ice floes, icebergs and tundra (bring a camera)


     Overnight at Barrow’s Top of the World Hotel; includes airstrip transfers


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