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Alaskan Coastal Cruise


Route:
  • UK
  • Vancouver
  • The Inside Passage
  • Tracy Arm Inlet
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Glacier Bay
  • Ketchikan
  • The Inside Passage
  • Vancouver
  • UK
Tour Pace:

8 DAYS from £1579pp

Tour Highlights
  • Observe Alaskan wildlife along the Inside Passage
  • Marvel at the colossal Sawyer Glacier carving its way through the Tracy Arm Fjord
  • Explore Alaska's capital city, Juneau
  • Enjoy relics of the Klondike Gold Rush in Skagway
  • On board commentary by an experienced ranger as you sail through Glacier National Park

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Alaskan Coastal Cruise

Discover the last frontier of soaring snow-dusted peaks, teal waterways inhabited by patient salmon hunting grizzlies, an endless blanket of spruce forests and a wealth of small town hill dwellings on our sensational 8-day cruise. During your voyage, admire architectural remnants of the Klondike Gold Rush in Skagway, witness the spectacle of gargantuan glaciers splitting into ice rivers and spot fauna filled fjords as you cruise the Inside Passage.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Vancouver

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the city's port to board your cruise ship, which will set sail late afternoon. You will have plenty of time to relax following your flight and take full advantage of the ship's plentiful on-board facilities.

  • Dinner
2
Alaskan Cruise - The Inside Passage

Leaving Vancouver behind your ship will trace the outline of North America's most scenic coastal landscape, weaving through islands of the Pacific Coast known as the Inside Passage. Boasting wildlife filled fjords and evergreen-coated scenery, position yourself on the upper deck for the best chance to observe soaring eagles, grizzly bears, breaching wales and bathing seals.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Alaskan Cruise - Tracy Arm Inlet & Juneau

Weather permitting, the ship will navigate the 30-mile long Tracy Arm Fjord to view the mammoth Sawyer Glacier which oversees a slow-moving river of ice. After lunch you'll arrive in Juneau, Alaska's state capital, in which there are a number of optional excursions on offer including dog sledging with huskies, whale watching and a helicopter ride over the glacier.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Alaskan Cruise - Skagway

The ship arrives in Skagway this morning where it remains all day, leaving plenty of time to explore this charming relic of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Wooden sidewalks and turn-of-the-century buildings will take you back to the lawless living of pioneer days. Shore excursions are also aplenty; we recommend you take a fascinating ride on the restored carriages along the old White Pass and Yukon railroad through the Alaskan wilderness.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Alaskan Cruise - Glacier Bay

Today enjoy a tour highlight as your cruise ship slowly enters Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects a unique ecosystem of majestic humpback whales, black bears and Yukon wolves. A national park ranger will come on board to provide a detailed commentary of your wild surroundings and answer any questions you have. You may also have the chance to witness a monumental chunk of ice splitting off one of the eight gargantuan glaciers.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Alaskan Cruise - Ketchikan

After a morning of cruising, the ship will arrive at the city of Ketchikan, a small metropolis that clutches the shores of the Tongrass Narrow. Explore this charming area in your own time, wandering along Creek Street, through the Totem Pole Park or pick one of the optional wildlife excursions such as a bear adventure by floatplane or an Alaskan fishing experience.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Alaskan Cruise - The Inside Passage

Your final full day on board will be spent returning through the Inside Passage allowing you more time to appreciate the area's distinct beauty, observe its natural inhabitants or simply relax.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Cruise Disembark to UK

This morning arrive back at Vancouver's port where you will disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

  • Dinner

Important Information

Visas

An American ESTA will be required for Alaska. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off boat. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The maximum number of travellers in your group will be 2,106 (max cruise capacity). If in the unlikely event there are less than the minimum passenger numbers required on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Alaska is the US Dollar ($). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£400 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however, we would recommend approximately £9 per person ($12.50) per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however, it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2019 Dates
11 May 201918 May 2019£1579Book Now
18 May 201925 May 2019£1579Book Now
01 Jun 201908 Jun 2019£1739Book Now
22 Jun 201929 Jun 2019£1739Book Now
06 Jul 201913 Jul 2019£1819Book Now
24 Aug 201931 Aug 2019£1739Book Now
14 Sep 201921 Sep 2019£1659Book Now
21 Sep 201928 Sep 2019£1659Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Dollar

Average Flying time

8 hours

Min/Max temperature

-15 °C / 17 °C

Spoken languages

English

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • A hat with big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable walking shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel, swimsuit and plastic bags
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Light raincoat
  • Warm Clothing
  • Binoculars
  • Personal Drinks Bottle
Tour Map
Alaskan Coastal Cruise Route Map
Tour Dossiers
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  • UK
  • Vancouver
  • The Inside Passage
  • Tracy Arm Inlet
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Glacier Bay
  • Ketchikan
  • The Inside Passage
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  • UK

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