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Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise * September 13 - 25, 2014
Star 7-NIGHT CRUISE Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
This tour combines the best way to see Alaska, by land and sea!

Operates: Sep 13 2014
Tour Length: 13 Days, 12 Nights
Departs From: Cleveland, OH


Price:
Inside Cabin/Double Occcupancy - $4,149.00
Outside Cabin/Double Occupancy - $4,799.00
Balcony Cabin/Double Occupancy - $5,149.00

Tour Highlight:

 

Includes:  Fairbanks, Stern Wheeler Discovery, Denali National Park, Music of  Denali Dinner Theater, McKinley, McKinley, Luxury Domed Rail, Whittier, Hubbar Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau Ketchikan and Inside Passage.

 

 

 

Package Includes:

  • Round Trip Air from Cleveland Airport
  • Port Charges, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges 
  • Cruise Taxes and Fees 
  • Hotel Transfers
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • 7-Night Princess Cruise
  • 22 Meals:
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • 7 Lunches
    • 8 Dinners
  • Touring Mentioned Below
  • Luggage Handling and Taxes

Tour Itinerary:

 

 

Day 1: Fairbanks, Alaska - Tour Begins

 

Your tour begins in Fairbanks, in the great state of Alaska.  What better way to explore such a vast and undisturbed region that with a Collette vacation that combines the best of both land and see, highlighted by an unforgettable 7-night Princess cruise!

 


Day 2: Fairbanks - Denali National Park

 

Step aboard an amazing cruise on the popular Sternwheeler, Discovery, and unforgettable journey showcasing Alaska's diverse culture and rich history.  Enjoy lunch before departing Fairbanks for a scenic motorcoach ride to Denali National Park.  The remainder of your day is at your leisure.  (L)

 


Day 3: Denali National Park

 

This morning, join a park expert and embark on a natural history tour into Denali National Park.  This tour teaches you about the six million acres that make up this pristine wilderness.  The scenery alone is worth the trip, but you may be lucky enough to view some wildlife as well!  Tonight, enjoy an entertaining evening at the Music of Denali Dinner Theater which tell the story of the first ascent of Mount McKinley.  (D)

 


Day 4: Denali - McKinley

Your day begins with a scenic motorcoach ride to McKinley.  From the moment you arrive at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, you'll know you are somewhere special. This comfy Alaskan lodge invites the ultimate experience, overlooking Mt. McKinley and the Alaskan Range with one of the most inspirational views of the mountain found anywhere.  There will be plenty of time to explore the area, take a shuttle to Talkeetna or enjoy a host of recreational activities.


Day 5: McKinley Express Rail - Whittier - Board Cruise Ship

 

Transfer to the rail station and ride the luxury domed car, the views are so spectacular that you fell as thought you can touch the sky.  Be on the lookout for bald eagles, bears, whales and more!  Once in Whittier, board the ship to begin your 7-night Princess cruise aboard a fabulous floating resort designed to make your stay onboard truly memorable.  You will be dazzled by the entertainment in the state-of-the-art lounges and a myriad of dining options.  While on board, breakfast, lunch, dinner and nightly entertainment are included.  (D)

 


Day 6: Cruising - Hubbard Glacier

 

Your ship cruises past the mammoth Hubbard Glacier, Alaska's only advancing glacier.  Your day is filled with amazing natural sights as you linger along its shimmering five-mile long face.  (B, L, D)

 


Day 7: Cruising - Glacier Bay

Today cruise through Glacier Bay, a spectacular national park and preserve that is a treasure trove of tidewater glaciers and scenic coastal islands.  Its rich world of marine life and large concentrations of tidewater glaciers is Alaska at its best.  (B, L, D)

 


Day 8: Cruising - Skagway

 

Today you will relive Alaska's gold Rush day in this "Gateway to the Klondike" and home of the famed Chilkoot Trail.  In historic Skagway, Alaska's past lives on in a spectacular natural setting and cries of "gold in the Yukon!" can still be heard. (B, L, D)

 


Day 9: Cruising - Juneau

 

From massive scenic mountains to historic buildings, explore Juneau, Alaska's gorgeous capital city with something for everyone. (B, L, D)

 


Day 10: Cruising - Ketchikan

 

Today your port of call will be Ketchikan, known as the "Salmon Capital of the World" and the "City of Totems."  Located on the tranquil Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan is home to the world's largest collection of totem poles.  (B, L, D)

 


Day 11: Cruising the Inside Passage

 

A wonderful day of sightseeing is in store for you as our ship sails along the amazing Inside Passage, an extensive stretch of land known for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife.  You will be awe-struck with this natural wonder. (B, L, D)

 


Day 12: Vancouver, B.C. - Disembark Cruise

 

Your cruise ends in the vibrant city of Vancouver.  Choose an optional city tour featuring Stanley Park, Chinatown and Gastown, home to the world famous steam powered clock.  Or, explore this lovely city on your own.  Next, board your coach for your drive to the Seattle airport area for an overnight stay.  (B)

 


 

Day 13:  Seattle Airport Area - Tour Ends

 

Your tour ends, leaving you with many wonderful memories of your vacation to the last of the great frontiers, Alaska!


 

 

SPECIAL NOTE:

 

This is aGold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.

 

 

****The balance for all flight trips are due 90 days before departure, at which time it will become non-refundable.  Any bookings made within the last 90 days are subject to availability and will require full payment at the time of booking.****

 

 

All Fly Trips include airfare from Cleveland Airport , transfers and air taxes and fess (subject to increase until paid in full).  You will drive yourself to the airport.  Trip insurance is available, and will be sent to you upon making your reservation for your individual consideration.        

 


Terms and Conditions:

PAYMENT:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
  • Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

REFUNDS:
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.

CANCELED TOURS:
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.

TRANSPORTATION:
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)

LODGING:
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.

LUGGAGE:
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.

TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.

SEATING:
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.

SMOKING:
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.


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