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Glaciers and Gold Rush Bonanza Holiday

Discover the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush and the stark beauty of Alaska on a unique cruising and guided tour experience. Leaving Vancouver, cruise up the Canadian Pacific coastline en route to Alaska. Arriving in Anchorage, embark on an in depth guided tour of some of the most spectacular landscapes, thrilling wildlife habitats and expansive national parks of Alaska and the Yukon Territory.

What's included

• International Flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection on Air Transat
• Internal flight from Whitehorse to Vancouver (1 baggage per person)
• 10 nights accommodation
• 7 nights Celebrity Cruise on Ms Millennium (Inside Cabin)
• Meals: Full board days 2 to 9 starting with dinner on Day 2 and ending with breakfast on Day 9
• Day trip to Denali National Park
• Transfers - Seward cruise terminal to Anchorage hotel*; Whitehorse hotel to Whitehorse Airport
• Admission to 'Diamond Tooth Gerties' Casino and Gold Digger's Museum, Dawson City
• Transportation by modern van or midsized coach (Days 11 -18)
• Experienced Tour Director (Days 11 – 18)
• Standard hotel accommodation
• All National Parks fees while in Alaska

Upgrades
Celebrating anything?
Why not upgrade your flights to Club Class on Air Transat
Treat yourself and upgrade your cruise to an Oceanview or Balcony Stateroom

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Vancouver

Arrive at Vancouver International Airport. Independently transfer to your Vancouver hotel downtown. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the pacific coastal city, its’ hospitality and the many attractions to indulge in. Overnight in Vancouver

Day 2 Vancouver (Board the Cruise)

Independently transfer to the Vancouver cruise terminal where you board the Celebrity Millennium Cruise from Canada Place. You will be welcomed by the crew who will be your hosts for the next 8 days. Why not familiarise yourself with the ship’s wide choice of amenities and watch the sun set over the water from the wide decks of this magnificent craft. Overnight on board the Celebrity Millennium. Dinner included.

Day 3 Vancouver – Inside Passage

The ship weighs anchor and sets sail this morning for one of the most famous and beautiful passages in the world. Overnight on board the Celebrity Millennium. Full board included.

Day 4 Port of Ketchikan

Today you cruise down the coast to arrive in the town of Ketchikan - the ancestral home of the Tlingit tribe. Ketchikan also boasts the world's largest collection of totem poles you can explore independently, or you may visit the Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight and Totem Heritage Center. Overnight on board the Celebrity Millennium. Full board included.

Day 5 Icy Point Strait

Eighty kilometres west of Juneau and at the mouth of Glacier Bay, lies the historic Icy Strait Point. Travelers have the unique opportunity to experience Tlingit culture, superior wildlife viewing opportunities and years of Alaskan history on optional excursions offered by Celebrity Cruises. Watch the sun set against the dramatic landscape as the ship anchors off the point for the night. Overnight on board the Celebrity Millennium. Full board included.

Day 6 Port Of Juneau

Where the legacy of the tin pan prospector meets eco-adventure tourism of tomorrow would be a good way to describe the charms of Alaska's capital city. Here the pioneering spirit lives on in an interesting mix of cosmopolitan chic and frontier ruggedness. There are many places to visit in port including Alaska State Museum and its exquisite collection of Russian Orthodox and Gold Rush relics, or take advantage of optional excursions offered by Celebrity Cruises. Overnight on board the Celebrity Millennium. Full board included.

Day 7 Skagway

Today we continue cruising and arrive at Skagway, an important outpost during the days of the Klondike. You may wonder along the wide sidewalks of Broadway Avenue and visit some of the vintage shops, small museums or enjoy a treat at one of the restaurants. You may wish to independently take the White Pass Summit Excursion, a rail adventure on the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad as it winds its way along narrow tracks through the mountain. Overnight on board the Celebrity Millennium. Full board included.

Day 8 Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier is the one glacier in the world that does not move at a glacial pace. In 1986, Hubbard Glacier - the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent - moved an average of just under 2 metres per hour. Keep a watchful eye as the ship sails through the Yakutat Bay as the geological history unfolds before you. Overnight on board the Celebrity Millennium. Full board included.

Day 9 Port of Seward to Anchorage

After breakfast on board the ship, you check out, disembark from the ship and take an scheduled transfer to Anchorage where you check in at your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Take some time and explore this small northern city and it’s unique, rugged character. Overnight in Anchorage. Breakfast included.

Day 10 Anchorage

Enjoy a day to independently explore the city of Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 11 Anchorage to Denali

Today you meet your guide and board your coach. Departing the city along the George Parks Highway we travel northbound towards Denali National Park. The breathtaking landscape offers constantly changing panoramic views with distant glaciers and beaver dams in the nearby river. Late afternoon, there is the opportunity for a one-hour glacier flight to Mount McKinley for passengers wishing a bird’s eye view of the park. (optional). Overnight close to Denali National Park.

Day 12 Denali National Park

Without a doubt this is one of the highlights of Alaska. In the morning we will go on a Denali wildlife tour. A park-operated shuttle bus takes us deep into one of the most scenic landscapes in North America. Weather permitting, you will see majestic Mount McKinley, 6193 meters high making it the highest mountain in the U.S.A. The variety of wildlife may be seen, such as wolves, dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. Admire the expansive Wonder Lake, located approximately in the middle of the park and renown for wildlife viewing opportunities. Overnight close to Denali National Park.

Day 13 Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Today we get back on the George Parks Highway and make our first stop in Nenana to visit the Alaska Railroad Museum. In the afternoon, we arrive in the small city of Fairbanks. The remainder of the day is at leisure to independently visit the sights and places of interest around the city, located about 320 km south of the Arctic Circle. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 14 Fairbanks to Dawson City

After strolling through downtown Fairbanks in the morning we are on our way southbound passing innumerable lakes and rivers in this beautiful landscape. Today we are going to see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline again, crossing the Tanana River right next to the highway. In Delta Junction we meet the Alaska Highway and visit the local visitor center. The journey continues via the Top of the World Highway. Beyond the timberline we will pass through beautiful tundra scenery and cross the border at Little Gold Creek, which is the checkpoint with the highest elevation between Canada and the U.S.A. On this stretch villages with strange sounding names like Chicken, Action Wade Camp are to be seen until in the afternoon we will cross the Yukon River by ferry to reach Dawson City. Overnight in Dawson City.

Day 15 Dawson City

People still dig for gold in this historical town located where the Klondike flows into the Yukon River. You may try your luck panning for gold yourself. A visit to Bonanza Creek, the Jack London cabin, and the Midnight Dome, Dawson City’s very own mountain, are on the agenda, as is the remarkable Gold Diggers Museum. You may want to stroll around town with its nice buildings, some of them still original, some beautifully restored. The Palace Grand Theatre, offering musical entertainment and turn-of-the-century style is another option. We conclude the day with a show at the famous Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino and Cancan. Overnight in Dawson City.

Day 16 Dempster Highway to Dawson City

After getting up early we will drive up the Dempster Highway - the only connection to the remote town of Inuvik at the Polar Sea. We will discover the Tombstone Mountains before continuing on into the tundra of the mountain range where every season has its own unique attraction. Overnight in Dawson City

Day 17 Dawson City to Whitehorse

Today it is back to Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway. You will repeatedly see the mighty Yukon River, stretching over 3200 km making it one of the longest waterways in North America. We also stop at the infamous Five Finger Rapids - mighty rapids that posed a threat to many sternwheelers navigating the Yukon in the past. Old post offices, roadhouses and small villages are living echoes of the gold rush era from over 100 years ago. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 18 Whitehorse to Vancouver – departure

This morning you are transferred to Whitehorse Airport for your flight to Vancouver International Airport.

Please note: For all optional activities purchased during a Classic 2016/17 Escorted Holiday, you must pay by Visa or MasterCard credit card only. Cash or other methods of payment cannot be processed by your Tour Director.

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Dates

2016


Aug            5, 19

2017

May            26

Jun             9, 23

Jul              7, 21

Aug             4, 18


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17 nights, 18 days

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Inside Passage Celebrity Cruise
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • Full board days 2 to 9
  • Day trip to Denali National Park
  • Also available from Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary

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Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


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from only €3,954 per person

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At a glance


17 nights, 18 days

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Inside Passage Celebrity Cruise
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • Full board days 2 to 9
  • Day trip to Denali National Park
  • Also available from Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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