Vacations To Go

Exploring Alaska Holland America Cruise


Day 1 Saturday September 14th  
8:00 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
    (Cross the border on Hwy 99. It will become Hwy 91. Continue on Hwy 91A. After crossing the river, go left on Marine Way. Turn right on Boundary Rd. Go left on 49th and right on Rupert. Go right on Euclid.)  
3:00 p.m. Arrive: Vancouver, BC 412
  Do: Sky Train  
  See: HAL Koningsdam (7-4)  
    Sapphire Princess (7:30-4)  
  Lodge: Cozy 2 beds $238/$79.33 each
3219 Euclid Avenue
Vancouver, BC
(604) 615-6088


Day 2 Sunday September 15  
10:00 a.m. Depart: Hotel  
    (Go right on Euclid and left on Spencer. Turn right on Hwy 1A. It will go left. Turn right on Cambie St and left on Hwy 7A. turn right on Howe.)  
10:40 a.m. Arrive: Vancouver 9.4 km
  Do: YVR long term parking $169.25  
4:00 p.m. Depart: Vancouver  
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam  


Day 3 Monday September 16th
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 4 Tuesday September 17th
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 5 Wednesday September 18th
2:00 p.m. Arrive: Anchorage
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 6 Thursday September 19th
5:00 p.m. Depart: Anchorage
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 7 Friday September 20th
10:00 a.m. Arrive: Kodiak
6:00 p.m. Depart: Kodiak
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 8 Saturday September 21st
12:00 p.m. Arrive: Valdez
8:00 p.m. Depart: Valdez
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 9 Sunday September 22nd
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 10 Monday September 23rd
  See: Glacier Bay
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 11 Tuesday September 24th
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Skagway
9:15 a.m. Do: White Pass Rail & Yukon Expedition-Waitlisted (8.25 hrs) $249.95

You've traveled so far already, now is a great time to make the 65-mile journey into the Yukon.

Board a deluxe motor coach and experience the magic and the mystery of the famed Yukon Territory. Your adventure begins on the docks of Skagway and soon you'll be climbing the South Klondike Highway to the top of the White Pass -- 3,292 feet above sea level -- with views of majestic peaks, waterfalls, and glaciers from the coach. Leaving White Pass and the USA behind, you'll enter Canada and the unspoiled and untamed beauty of the Yukon Territory.

Marvel at the chain of lakes that form the headwaters of the Yukon River, explore the rustic town of Caribou Crossing (Carcross). Snap a quick photo of the world's smallest desert (time permitting), and enjoy the tales of the Klondike Gold rush provided by your guide throughout your journey.

A stop at Caribou Crossing Trading Post is an opportunity to satisfy your wilderness appetite with a delicious chicken barbecue lunch complete with Grandma's all-you-can-eat homemade donuts.

Tour Yukon's most extensive Wildlife Museum, strolling among the creatures of Yukon's past and present, with favorites including steppe bison, grizzly bears, monster moose, woolly mammoth, and the world's largest mounted polar bear. Absorb some authentic Canadian culture with Caribou Crossing's newest exhibit -- the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Center. This interpretive display focuses on the history of Canada's Mounties and highlights their role in the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush.

At the Dog Musher's Village, visit with Iditarod dog mushers and take pictures with sled dogs and husky puppies; or, for an extra fee, join them for a dog-cart ride with actual Iditarod and Yukon Quest dogs. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the petting farm.

Back at Fraser, British Columbia, you'll board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad for a truly unforgettable ride down this historic and breathtaking narrow-gauge track.

9:00 p.m. Depart: Skagway
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 12 Wednesday September 25th
12:00 p.m. Arrive: Sitka
9:00 p.m. Depart: Sitka
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 13 Thursday September 26th
1:30 p.m. Arrive: Ketchikan
9:00 p.m. Depart: Ketchikan
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 14 Friday September 27th
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Prince Rupert
4:00 p.m. Depart: Prince Rupert
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 15 Saturday September 28th
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Holland America Noordam


Day 16 Sunday September 29th  
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Vancouver  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Vancouver  
4:00 p.m. Arrive: Spokane