Alaska & Denali – Explore with Rose Gray

August 13, 2023 to August 27, 2023

WTMJ Radio Host Rose Gray of the Fox World Travel Show is ready to take you on a journey to explore the amazing parks of Alaska! With over 10 years of Alaska experience, her knowledge of the Great Land will make your vacation informative and fun.

Your tour includes a 7-night land tour and a relaxing 7-night cruise onboard Holland America`s beautiful ship Nieuw Amsterdam. This comprehensive tour of Alaska includes Denali National Park & Glacier Bay National Park, the best of Alaska. You`ll have unique adventures along the way including a riverboat cruise and gold panning in Fairbanks, a rail journey through incredible scenery, two nights in the quaint town of Seward and much more as you sail the Inside Passage. It`s a trip of a lifetime and the one you`ve been waiting for!

Welcome to Fairbanks, Alaska! Upon arrival, you’ll meet your Holland America Journey Host and Fox World Travel tour manager at the hotel. Our wonderful tour starts tomorrow. Your hotel is in walking distance to shops, restaurants, museums and more! Head out to explore Alaska’s Golden City.

Hotel: Westmark Fairbanks

We embark on a fun full day tour of Fairbanks and the area. Start with a train tour to Gold Dredge #8 and pan for your own gold. Then we take a 3-hour Discovery Riverboat trip up the Chena & Tanana rivers to learn about the Athabascan life. Lunch is included at Steamboat Landing. The order of our itinerary may change.

Hotel: Westmark Fairbanks

This morning we depart Fairbanks by coach around 9:00 am and arrive in Denali National Park about 1:00 pm. Enjoy a private event upon arrival where we’ll learn about “Life in Denali.” This evening you are treated to dinner and a show at Music of Denali. After the show, check out Denali Square’s restaurant, bar, shops, live entertainment and campfires, all with a lovely mountain view (and Wi-fi)!

Hotel: McKinley Chalets

It’s an early start today on our Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park. Keep an eye out for the Big-5 wildlife and a glimpse of Denali. Our naturalist guide will show us the way. Snack Box Included. Tours may start as early as 6:00 am and return in the early afternoon giving you more personal time to relax or join a variety of optional excursions.

Hotel: McKinley Chalets

The McKinley Explorer Train departs Denali National Park at 9:30 am. Relax as we travel through spectacular scenery and we make our way to Anchorage. Lunch is Included on Train compliments of Fox World Travel. Arrive Anchorage around 5:00 pm, just in time to enjoy dinner at one of many fine restaurants or take in Anchorage on an optional trolley sightseeing tour.

Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

Today we travel beautiful Turnagain Arm as we make our way to Seward. Along the way we stop for our first glacier experience on a boat ride to Portage Glacier. Later the Windsong Lodge welcomes us for two nights. Take the shuttle to town for a fabulous dinner and maybe a stop at a local pub!

Hotel: Windsong Lodge

It’s time for a little halfway break in your tour. Today is a full free day for your own endeavors. Head into town to do some shopping and exploring, or visit the Alaska Sealife Center (fee) to see marine life up close. Visit the Seavey family on an optional Ididaride Tour to cuddle puppies and take a dog sled cart ride around their beautiful homestead. Or discover more on an optional cruise to the Kenai Fjords for incredible scenery and wildlife viewing. Sea otters, puffins, sea lions, harbor seals, orcas & humpbacks are often sited.

Hotel: Windsong Lodge

Enjoy a relaxed morning among the pines at the Windsong Lodge before boarding the coach for our ride up to Whittier, a sleepy little coastal village, where we will board our ship. After our mandatory muster drill, we’ll wave Bon Voyage, as the ship sails at 8:00 pm.

Relax on your first morning at sea. Explore the ship and all the activities they offer. This afternoon we arrive at Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America at a whopping 76 miles long and almost 6 miles wide where it meets the ocean. Hubbard can be quite active, so keep on eye on its 400 foot high face for breathtaking calving! Hubbard Glacier Scenic Cruising is from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Today is a full day of cruising scenic Glacier Bay National Park. Immense glaciers surround us at every turn. You’ll see alpine glaciers in the mountains and beautiful tidewater glaciers at sea level. Your day culminates 65 miles into the park at Margerie and Grand Pacific glaciers. Watch for whales and other marine life, many types of birds and even wildlife on the shore. Park rangers and naturalists onboard will keep you informed as well. Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising is from 8:30am to 6:30pm.

Skagway was the heart of the Gold Rush and you’ll still find many memories of that pioneering era. Wonder down Broadway and feel the spirit of the Days of ‘98! An optional excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Route Rail will certainly be a highlight. You’re certain to find many things to keep you busy for the day. For even more options, take the Fast Ferry across the Lynn Canal to Haines, Alaska. A real Alaskan “outpost” with a Northern Exposure feel! In port from 7:00am to 9:00pm.

This morning we dock in Alaska’s capital, Juneau. There are many optional excursions to choose from. Whale Watching in Auke Bay is one of the most popular. You’ll get you up close to humpback and orca whales, sea lions and other marine and bird-life. In port from 8:00am to 6:00pm

The Port of Ketchikan is our stop today. Of the many excursions offered here, float plane trips to Misty Fjord, totem parks, fishing excursions, zip lining, and even snorkeling are quite popular! It’s also a shoppers haven with a myriad of stores just steps from the ship. Stroll over to famous Creek Street to visit lovely boutique shops, watch for salmon, hike the wooded trails or take in a panoramic view from the Cape Fox Lodge. In port from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

Your final day on board will be for you! Join us for a Fox World Travel Farewell Cocktail Party this evening.

Our ship arrives in Vancouver and disembarks soon after docking this morning. If you have time before your flight or want to stay an extra day or two, Vancouver is a beautiful city to explore. We recommend flights after 11:00 am for Holland America airport transfers. Arrival in port is at 7:00am.

Note: This is a tentative schedule based on past trips. All times are approximate and hotels are subject to change.

7 Night Alaska Land Tour

Two nights in Fairbanks

  • Historic Gold Dredge #8 to pan for gold
  • Discovery Riverboat trip – Lunch Included

Two nights in Denali National Park at McKinley Chalets

  • Special Private Event: “Life in Denali” at the Denali Education Center – Fox Plus!
  • Music of Denali dinner theater Fox Plus!
  • Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour (5 to 6 hours, with snack box included)
  • Lunch included on McKinley Explorer Rail Fox Plus!

One night in Anchorage

Two nights in Seward

  • Portage Glacier Cruise
  • Optional Tour: Seavey’s Wilderness Dog Sled Ride & Tour in Seward – Fox Plus!

7-Night Inside Passage Cruise

  • Cruise aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Southbound from Whittier, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Ports of Call: Skagway, Juneau & Ketchikan
  • Hubbard Glacier scenic cruising
  • Glacier Bay National Park scenic cruising

Onboard Inclusions

  • As You Wish” Open Dining – enjoy dinner with a flexible schedule between 5:15 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Choice of Suites with Balcony, Balcony, Oceanview Window or Interior Cabins
  • Onboard activities, entertainment, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, casino, art auctions, internet café, library, boutiques & more! (some fees may apply)

More Fox Plus Exclusives 

  • Hosted by Rose Gray, Professional Tour Manager & Certified Alaska Expert, on her 14th trip to Alaska!*
  • Fox World Travel “Alaska” jacket
  • Holland America Journey Host throughout the land tour
  • Private cocktail party onboard the ship
  • Fox World Tour Tips, Packing Advice & Travel Documents

Not Included

Airline flights, travel insurance, optional excursions, medical services, gratuities to airport porters or transfer drivers, gratuities to Holland America land staff or shipboard staff, restaurant surcharges (if applicable), baggage fees, other fees charged by the airlines or any personal items. Holland America transfers are available.

*Minimum of 30 travelers required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany the group. In the event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still operate with a professional local guide in the destination.

Prices Starting at $3,748.00 per person double occupancy*

View pricing for all staterooms or book online

*Starting price is for the Interior Category K cabin

Deposit: $600.00 per person
Fox World Travel Professional Fee: $50.00 per reservation, charged at time of booking
Final Payment Due: May 1, 2023

Prices do not include air. Prices include taxes in the amount of $365.00 pp double and a Fox World Travel Professional Fee of $50.00 per reservation. Taxes and fees are subject to change and fuel surcharges may be added at any time prior to departure. Holland America has the right to add these charges to reservations at any time even after final payment has been made.

Rose Gray

Rose Gray is the Business Relationship Director at Fox World Travel.  She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the C T C program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants. During her 35 years in the travel industry she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore.  And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training.

Please ask your Fox World Travel Advisor for any current promotions or special offers that may apply.

Airport/Ship Transfers

Airport transfers are included in the price. To utilize Holland America’s transfers, flight arrival into Fairbanks can be at any time on the first travel day, and departure from Vancouver should be after 11:00 am. Transfers can be arranged for early arrival into Fairbanks if flight schedule is provided (some restrictions apply, Seattle transfers available).

Cancellation Penalties

  • Time of booking to 91 days prior to departure (May 14, 2023) – Fox World Travel fees applies
  • 90 to 76 days prior to departure (May 15 – 29, 2023) – Amount equal to deposit requirement
  • 75 to 61 days prior to departure (May 30 – June 13, 2023) – 50% of gross fare per person
  • 60 to 31 days prior to departure (June 14 – July 13, 2023) – 75% of gross fare per person
  • 30 days or less (July 14, 2023) – No Refund

In addition to any vendor (airline, hotel, tour operator, or other travel supplier) fees, Fox World Travel charges the following cancellation fee: $100.00 per person

Additional penalties may apply for air tickets. Fees are subject to change.

Flight Schedules

Please arrange your individual flight reservations with your Fox World Travel Advisor.

Optional Insurance

In these volatile times and for peace of mind, we recommend purchasing travel protection insurance. Your travel advisor can discuss options with you, including medical expense coverage, pre-existing medical condition exclusion waivers, trip cancellation, trip delay, lost, delayed or damaged baggage and more. To cover pre-existing conditions, most policies must be purchased within 14 days of making your initial deposit. Travel protection insurance prices are based on your age and the trip cost.

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