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Copper River

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    Copper River in the Copper River Valley features spectacular mountain views and breathtaking scenery of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park. It is also the home of the tastiest of all Alaska salmon.

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    Unlike other tundra rivers in Alaska offering large trout, the Copper River runs through a scenic river valley lined with groves of cottonwood, spruce, and birch. The Copper River rainbow trout are some of the largest in Alaska, and are the reason the Copper River was the first river in the state designated a "fly fishing, catch and release only, trophy rainbow river."

    Take a bear viewing tour where you will boat, raft and hike up the beautiful Copper River. The best time to see them in their natural habitat is late July. The river is full of the largest sockeye salmon and as a result the grizzly bears (actually Alaskan Brown Bear) flock to these small streams for the easy prey.

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    • Top Tip 1

      From Girdwood, take an Alpine Air helicopter sightseeing trip over the Chugach Mountain range and land on a glacier.

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      Visit the Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward. It's a marine mammal rehabilitation facility where you'll view sea-birds, octopus and sea lions and learn about the work of the centre’s ocean scientists.

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      Take a day cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to view the magnificent glaciers and abundant wildlife.

    • Top Tip 4

      Alaska is mecca for fishermen worldwide. Try your hand at fly, salt or freshwater fishing and even ice-fishing.

    • Top Tip 5

      Take a float plane ride from Anchorage to Kodiak Island to see the owners of the island, the half ton Brown Bear!

    • Top Tip 6

      The best time to see the Northern Lights in Fairbanks is between November and April. It’s darkest during these months so the viewing is better.

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      Make sure you visit Denali National Park. Private vehicles aren't allowed in the park so either take a day excursion or, better still, stay in one of the lodges within the park.

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  • Alaska's National Parks Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: June to August

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Fully-inclusive 4 wheel drive car hire (conditions apply)
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • St Elias Glacier

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    • Bald Eagle

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    • Denali

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Talkeetna

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to Hotel Captain Cook.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

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    Anchorage

    We’ve allowed a full day today for you to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage. We suggest you take a guided tour which visits the city’s historical points of interest, such as Earthquake Park and Lake Hood.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook

    127Mi/204Km

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    Seward

    Your expedition begins with a journey along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay and Dall sheep grazing alongside the highway. Optional activities en route include taking a tram up Mt. Alyeska and stopping by Portage Glacier. Once in Seward, we suggest a visit to Exit Glacier and the SeaLife Centre. On your second day in Seward we have included a cruise which travels into the Kenai Fjords National Park, boasting abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers and breath-taking scenery.

    Hotel: Exit Glacier Lodge

    240Mi/386Km

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    Talkeetna

    Your journey continues along the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla. We suggest a stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Centre before arrival into Talkeetna. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for visitors to Mt. Denali. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

    105Mi/169Km

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    Denali National Park

    We have allowed ample time to experience the majesty of Denali National Park and take in sights of Georges Parks Highway. Enjoy a full-day narrated coach trip exploring the entire 92 miles of Denali Park Road.

    Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge or similar

    123Mi/198Km

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    Fairbanks

    Your journey continues on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks, accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. In the afternoon climb aboard Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable three hour cruise into the Alaskan interior; travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska.

    Hotel: Fairbanks SpringHill Suites by Marriott

    259Mi/417Km

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    Copper River

    It’s an early start today for a six hour drive to Copper River, however you will be awed by the dramatic scenery accompanying your route, with Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn as your stunning backdrop.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

    50Mi/79Km

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    McCarthy & Kennicott

    Today you continue south along the Richardson Highway towards the small town of Chitina, which acts as the gateway to Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and McCarthy-Kennicott. Today’s highlight is a bush plane flight which provides spectacular aerial views of the national park. The route takes you alongside Mt. Blackburn, over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and the awe-inspiring Stairway Icefall.

    Hotel: Kennicott Glacier Lodge

    120Mi/194Km

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    Valdez

    Today enjoy a bush plane flight back to Chitina, where you collect your car and recommence your journey. Heading south you enter the Chugach Mountains which circle the coast of Alaska. We suggest a stop at Thomson Pass for magical views of Worthington Glacier, before making the decent into Valdez. Valdez is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, which are the most heavily glaciated mountains in the northwest. We suggest on your second day you take a cruise into Prince William Sound, where you’ll have an opportunity to see sea lions and humpback whales in their natural habitat.

    Hotel: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

    192Mi/309Km

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    Sheep Mountain

    As you travel north along the Richardson Highway, you’ll enjoy great views of the Wrangell Mountains. After a stop in Glenallen you’ll take the Glenn Highway to Sheep Mountain Lodge. With over 12 miles of trails to explore, filled with wildflowers and an abundance of birds, there is ample to keep you entertained during your stay.

    Hotel: Sheep Mountain Lodge

    107Mi/172Km

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    Journey home

    Take time to visit Independence Mine in beautiful Hatcher Pass en route back to Anchorage, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4615 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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  • Grand Alaska

    Begins in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 15 nights as specified
    • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • 7 night Alaska cruise
    • Classic tour
    • Denali Park

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    • River Rafting

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    • Prince William Sound

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    • Dog Sledging

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    • Skagway

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    • Breaching Humpback Whale

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    • Spectacular Wildlife in Denali National Park

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Anchorage and meet your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

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    Talkeetna and Denali National Park

    Learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska's indigenous tribes on a visit to the Anchorage Museum where hundreds of artefacts and two multimedia installations share the enduring cultures and histories of people from across the circumpolar North. Then take a scenic flight to Talkeetna, near the base of Denali (North America's highest peak, formerly known as Mount McKinley), followed by a drive to your wilderness lodge in Trapper Creek for a two-night stay.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Trapper Creek

    Begin the day with a visit to the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness. Her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Mount McKinley for more than four decades. Set off on a wilderness jet boat adventure this afternoon. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.

    Hotel: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Denali National Park

    Drive today to Denali National Park, one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers and arrive at your lodge near the entrance to the park, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, in time for lunch. This afternoon, visit Husky Homestead to meet former Iditarod champion musher Jeff King and his family and their indomitable Husky sled dogs who live and train there. Enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants at your lodge tonight.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Denali National Park

    Rise early for a “Tundra Wilderness Tour” that takes you deep into the wilds of Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, through the forest and alpine tundra and over high mountain passes. Along the way, you may see moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears and the awe-inspiring Denali itself, North America’s highest peak at 20,310 feet. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure, and enjoy dinner on your own tonight.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Copper Centre

    Traverse the Alaskan wilderness today from Denali along the Alaska Range to your lodge situated on the Copper River in the small town of Copper Center, a gateway to the massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, known as "North America's Mountain Kingdom." Dinner this evening features a regional favourite, Alaskan salmon.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    On a private tour, you'll discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which is home to more glaciers and mountains above 16,000 feet than any spot in North America, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll also view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports crude oil from wells at Prudhoe Bay in the north to the port city of Valdez. Back at the lodge, there is time to walk one of the hiking trails or perhaps go whitewater rafting before dinner.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Valdez & Whittier

    This morning it's a drive through the Chugach Mountains where the plants and wildlife are amazing, followed by a stop at Worthing Glacier, before arriving at Valdez. Sea conditions permitting, you'll cross Prince William Sound by private boat to Whittier. Keep watch for whales, seals and soaring eagles as you enjoy the mountain views. Next, you board your Princess ship in Whittier to start the 7-night cruise portion of your itinerary.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    At Sea - Hubbard Glacier

    It's a day of scenic cruising as you journey toward Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, arriving mid-afternoon. Known as the Galloping Glacier this is North America's largest tidewater glacier. Soaring 40 storeys high, it's blue color is created by the denseness of the ice, which absorbs all colors of the spectrum except blue. Tonight, join the ship's captain for a welcome reception.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    At Sea - Glacier Bay Cruising

    Your inspirational journey continues as you cruise the waters of Glacier Bay, west of Juneau. Your ship cruises along shorelines and islands completely covered by ice some 200 years ago. By the time naturalist, John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated some 30 miles to form the bay you'll be exploring. Rugged mountains, spruce and hemlock forests, deep fjords, emerald waters and crisp fresh air are the day's companions, possibly along with sea otters, porpoises, seals and bald eagles. Early evening, enjoy the company of your fellow Tauck cruisers at a private cocktail party followed by dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    11

    Skagway & Haines

    On arrival in historic Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike region, you'll disembark for a tour of the town and a ferry ride to Haines on the Lynn Canal, the deepest and longest fjord in North America. Here you'll begin a quiet rafting trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to world's largest congregation of bald eagles. Next, you'll travel back in time on the exciting White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway, which was built in 1898 during the gold rush. This vintage rail excursion heads up steep grades, around cliff-hanging turns, and over high bridges.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Juneau

    Arrive in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, for sightseeing that includes a stop at the Mendenhall Glacier. Gather insights on the traditions of the indigenous Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest during a private cultural presentation before enjoying your afternoon at leisure. Spend most of the afternoon aboard a private whale-watching cruise off Juneau. Reboard your Princess ship late this afternoon, and sail on to Ketchikan.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Ketchikan

    Today you'll dock in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, for an inside look at the role that Tlingit heritage plays in the local culture. See some of the city’s numerous totem poles, and watch local totem carvers at work at Saxman Native Village; catch a performance of traditional Tlingit and Haida dances. You'll also have time to explore this colourful town on your own. Perhaps with a walk along its historic boardwalk lined with eclectic houses and shops or take in the waterfront promenade.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    14

    At Sea - Inside Passage

    Enjoy spectacular views of the fabled Inside Passage from your stateroom, or a variety of decks and lounges, on a full day of cruising amongst the densely forested islands and coastal communities of this renowned waterway. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions for a farewell cocktail party before a delicious dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    Your cruise itinerary ends in Vancouver, where you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay in Canada.

    Prices

    From £6158 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms / Inside Cabin in low season. Other prices available on request

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