VOYAGE OF THE GLACIERS WITH DENALI EXPLORER
11 Nights Alaska Land Tour and Cruise
2024 Departure Dates:
May 14, 28; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; August 6, 20; September 3
Only a few places in the world could earn such a grand reputation. The Great Land not only speaks to Alaska’s incredible size, sprawling nearly 600,000 square miles and encompassing widely diverse terrain, but to its great wonders as well. Within this expanse lie Denali, North America’s tallest mountain that rises more than 20,000 feet, and millions of acres of nationally protected forests, preserves, and parks – including the iconic Glacier Bay National Park. It’s essential that those who tread here do so mindfully, and Princess® is dedicated to preserving the land, the sea, and surrounding communities for generations to come. Discover why more people choose Princess to sail Alaska and create everlasting connections in this great land.
To say that Denali National Park is awe-inspiring is an understatement, and our most popular cruisetour type will reward you with the best experience possible. Pair your 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with five days on land, whisked between lodge to port on our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service. With two Denali-area wilderness lodges and more choices to extend your stay on land, here is your chance to make this your most memorable journey ever.
included distinctive voyages VIP access
Our Alaska Distinctive Voyages with Princess Cruises include our exclusive 11-Day Denali Explorer cruise and tour program. Each of these journeys include a 4-night land tour + 7-Day Voyage of the Glaciers Cruise including: One night in Anchorage, one night at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge®, two nights at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge® as well as the Direct-to-the-Wilderness® Rail Service. Our exclusive Cruisetour amenities also include: One breakfast at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge® • Dinner at Fannie Q’s Saloon • Tundra Wilderness Tour upgrade • the Husky Homestead excursion • two breakfasts at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.
|1||ANCHORAGE - Arrive in Anchorage and get settled in the Hotel Captain Cook for an overnight stay. You might enjoy getting out to see the shops, restaurants and cultural attractions of this surprisingly metropolitan city.|
|2||MT. McKINLEY - Board a motorcoach for your journey along the George Parks Highway to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. You may catch your first views of incredible Denali along the way. Sit and gaze at the majesty of "The Great One" from the lodge's treehouse designed and built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters. You can choose optional excursions or simply enjoy the grounds of your lovely lodge.|
|3||DENALI - This morning starts with breakfast at the North Fork restaurant. The rest of the morning is free to relax or opt for an excursion. Witness the majestic scenery en route to your next stop, the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge - set above the Nenana River Canyon. Once settled in, visit the tour desk to help you choose from an array of excursions. Enjoy dinner at Fannie Q's Saloon, named after a famed local homesteader.|
|4||DENALI - Start your morning with breakfast at the King Salmon restaurant before heading out on our exclusive Husky Homestead Tour. This afternoon you will Explore Denali National Park on a Natural History Tour, watching for glimpses of Denali as well as Denali's "Big Five"; moose, caribou, bears, wolves and Dall sheep. Later today, you may want to simply relax with a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the Nenana River.|
|5||WHITTIER/EMBARK SHIP - Today you will enjoy breakfast at the King Salmon Restaurant before your scenic rail journey through some of the best wilderness in the Great Land on our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service. Once in Whittier, you'll step from the train onto your ship for the beginning of your unforgettable cruise.|
|By Sea - Southbound Voyage of the Glaciers Cruise|
|6||Cruising Hubbard Glacier|
|7||Cruising Glacier Bay National Park|
|11||Cruising the Inside Passage|
|12||Vancouver, B.C. , Canada|
Land before Cruise
- 3 Overnight stays at exclusive Princess® wilderness lodges
- Natural History Tour on Denali National Park
- Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service
- 7-Day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise
- Plus Beverage Package (Drinks up to $12)
- Wi-Fi (1 device per guest)
- Crew Appreciation
- Onboard credit $37.50/pp guest 1 & 2.
Complement of TDJ Travel
- The services of a Distinctive Voyages Host to
assist you throughout your journey
- 3 Breakfast / 1 Dinner on Land Portion of Tour
- An invitation to a Private Welcome Reception
to meet like-minded VIPs
- Husky Homestead Tour (Denali)
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
where adventure begins
Just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park, the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge® is your gateway to a world like no other. Within the 6-million-acre expanse, Denali is teeming with wildlife, grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves roam freely as you embark on a guided tour in the park. Relax by the fireplace or look out over the Nenana River from the expansive deck, and gather with your loved ones at Fannie Q’s Saloon – a lively spot named for Fannie Quigley, a colorful homesteader whose hunting skills were as legendary as her wilderness cooking.
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Denali vistas from your doorstep
From its intimate location inside Denali State Park and only 40 miles from the famous peak, the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge® is a true wilderness retreat. Explore what Alaska has to offer through a myriad of nearby adventures. Whether you’re sipping a craft beer in the Great Room or zip lining through towering trees, the park’s dramatic peaks, winding rivers, and wonderful wildlife are always in view.
Travel by Rail
There is simply no better way to experience so much of Alaska’s vast beauty than to see it by rail. Princess® offers exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service, whisking you straight from your cruise ship to Denali-area-lodges on a legendary route. Glass-domes rail cars and our outdoor viewing platforms are designed to showcase every breathtaking mile of forested landscape, flowering meadows, and glacial lakes. Expert rail guides deliver insightful narration about this historic route’s long history and the natural wonders just outside your windows.
these ports of call
The gateway to the goldfields is now a charming town where past meets present. Try your hand at gold panning and learn the legends of the gold rush in this historic hub.
WHITE PASS RAIL BENNETT LAKE
All about the historic White Pass Railroad for a full-day wilderness adventure to beautiful Bennett Lake.
Immerse yourself in Alaska’s Gold Rush history and modern attractions in this scenic capital city. Views of soaring mountains, the expansive Mendenhall Glacier and delicious local dining create an unforgettable experience.
DOG SLED SUMMER CAMP
Meet the huskies that race the famed Iditarod and then feel the exhilaration of racing a wheeled sled among a forest train.
Meet the fishermen and lumberjacks from industries that shaped Ketchikan’s heritage, and learn about the Native legacies in what is now known as Alaska’s First City.
MISTY FJORDS & WILDERNESS EXPLORER CRUISE
Explore one of nature’s most spectacular creations while cruising in luxury.
on your cruise
Within the expanse of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska’s largest tidewater glacier measures more than 75 miles long and 7 miles wide. This giant moves at such a rapid pace that you might see large sections of ice calving from the glacier in a thunderous crash.
Glacier Bay National Park
The anticipation builds long before you arrive in Glacier Bay National Park, and the rewards are more than you could imagine. This UNESCO World Heritage Site astonishes with its soaring tidewater glaciers, most notably the Margerie Glacier, and diverse marine life swimming in the bay below. Watch as park rangers scale the side of the ship to bring you their expert insights as you spend a leisurely day cruising while also enjoying distant views of rugged mountains and sheltered fjords.