Offered By: Gad-About Tours
This tour combines the best way to see Alaska, by land and sea!
Operates: Aug 11 2015
Tour Length: 13 Days, 12 Nights
Departs From: Cleveland, OH
Inside Cabin/Double Occcupancy - $3,895.00
Outside Cabin/Double Occupancy - $4,245.00
We believe that if you’re going to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see Alaska, you need to truly “see” it! And from personal experience, we know that to include all three modes of transportation, LAND, SEA, and RAIL, is the only way to have the true Alaskan experience! Leaving out any of these means you will have missed so much of what Alaska is all about. The price is excellent for all that’s included -- read through the itinerary and call Soon!! This trip will sell out on their end very early!
From Fairbanks to Anchorage, see the "Great Land" of Alaska has on this exhilarating vacation. You’ll ride the world-famous Alaska Railroad on a journey through untamed wilderness into Denali National Park, where North America’s highest peak,Mount McKinley,dominates the park’s 6 million acres. In Denali, enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear, caribou, moose & more. You’ll mine for gold in Fairbanks and visit a kennels near Anchorage to learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs. You’ve seen photos of glaciers calving into the sea, but nothing compares to being there in person. During your cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park, watch the glaciers crash into the seaand hear the thunderous roar - a spectacular sight! Along the way, watch for wildlife, including sea otters, seals and more. Enjoy a 7-night cruise and take in Alaska’s awe-inspiring glaciers, majestic scenery and remote & rugged beauty on the majestic Inside Passage. Watch for spouting whales and soaring eagles - marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. Alaska is a destination that should not be missed. So grab your camera, sit back, and let us handle all the details on this Vacation of a Lifetime!
AMAZING FACTS: Alaska contains 586,412 square milese of land. It is 1/5 the size of the lower 48 states, 488 x larger than Rhode Island, 2 1/2 x larger than Texas, and larger than the next 3 largest states in the U.S. combined. It’s population is estimated at 735,661. Nearly half of the state’s residents live in Anchorage. Of the 20 highest peaks in the U.S., 17 are in Alaska, including Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in N. America. The Yukon River, almost 2,000 miles long, is the 3rd longest river in the U.S. There are more than 3,000 rivers and over 3 million lakes. Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers ranging from tiny cirque glaciers to huge valley glaciers. There are more glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world. ~ It’s time to see our 49th State, appropriately nicknamed “The Last Frontier”!
*Average temps range from 45 to 65 degrees in August, depending on our altitude. *Alaska is 4 hours behind EST.
Day 1: Fly From Cleveland or Pittsburg To FairbanKS, Alaska
What better way to explore such a vast and undisturbed region than with an itinerary that combines the best of both land and sea! Arrive at your hotel in Alaska’s 2nd largest city, Fairbanks, and meet your Tour Director who will be with you throughout the rest of your land touring. Relax & rest up as a magnificent adventure is about to begin!
Day 2: Fairbanks - Denali National ParK
Board the sternwheeler DISCOVERY for a cruise on the Chena & Tanana Rivers. Stop at the Chena Indian Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. Then continue to DENALI NATIONAL PARK, home to North America’s highest peak. Enjoy dinner at the Murie Science Center, with an exclusive presentation on Denali Nat’l Park by a local Naturalist. (B, D)
Day 3: Denali National ParK
Morning at leisure. Optional activities include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Then, dress comfortably for a WILDERNESS EXPEDITION into Denali to seek out grizzly bear, moose, and other wildlife. (B, L)
Day 4: Denali National ParK - Alaskan RailroaD - Talkeetna
Continue exploring Denali National Park - then board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey thru untamed wilderness. End in the unique town of Talkeetna, model for TV show ‘Northern Exposure’. (B) ** Special Feature: Overnight at Talkeetna Lodge - enjoy hiking, flightseeing, jet boating, or just relax on the deck with amazing views of Mt. McKinley.
Day 5: Talkeetna - Big LaKe - Anchorage
Today, we’re off to Anchorage with a stop at Happy Trails Kennels, home of 4-time Iditarod champ, Martin Buser. See a demo on mushing and play with the sled dogs! In Anchorage, visit the NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER with a tour about Alaska’s Indigenous people. Afterward, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner. Over dessert, enjoy special storytelling! (B, L, D)
Day 6: Anchorage - Cruise Kenai Fjords National ParK - Seward Ship Boarding
Witness one of the world’s most scenic drives as you follow the shore of Turnagain Arm. In Seward, enjoy a cruise of KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more! Then on to the pier to embark on Holland America’s MS Oosterdam or MS Zaandam. The reviewes on both ships are excellent! (B, L, D)
Day 7: Cruising - Gulf of Alaska
Enjoy breathtaking scenery as we travel the route of Alaska’s Marine Highway. The entire shoreline of the Gulf of Alaska is a rugged combination of forests, mountains, and tidewater glaciers. Be on the lookout for Alaska’s wildlife! (B, L, D)
Day 8: Scenic Cruising - Glacier Bay
This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea, making for lasting memories. National Park rangers are onboard, adding expert commentary to the day’s events. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Cruising - Haines
Nestled on the shores of America’s longest fjord, enjoy a spectacular setting! Perhaps take a float trip thru Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the largest annual gathering of bald eagles, or maybe visit art galleries, or local shops in town. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Cruising - Juneau
Visit one of the most remote capital cities, Juneau. Accessible only by air & water, it’s at the base of 2 towering mountains in the heart of the Inside Passage, and home to a rich Gold Rush history and wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter thru swinging doors at historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier 1.5 miles wide! (B, L, D)
Day 11: Cruising - Ketchikan
Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Vew the largest collection of totem poles in the world in two fascinating Parks, or explore Creek Street, home to quaint boutiques. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Scenic Cruising - Inside Passage
Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for wildlife and other rugged vistas. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Vancouver Disembarkment - Flight Home
Today your tour has come to its ending. You leave the ship and make your flight back to Ohio, with pictures galore, memories overflowing, and a vacation you’ll treasure forever!
*** The prices below DO NOT include airfare or tips. When you call, we will secure the best available airfare at the time and add it to the cost. This allows you to get the best value possible from the airport of your choice.
****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.****
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.
IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A passport is required to take this tour. Call the office and we will cheerfully mail you an easy application with instructions or see the following link on line to get one: www.travel.state.gov/passport. There are no refunds for improper identification.
This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free
Terms and Conditions:
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
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.