Immense, untamed and astonishingly beautiful, Alaska is the ‘Great Land’ that needs to be experienced to be believed. Journey through countryside and native villages on the Alaska Railroad. Visit monumental Denali National Park - the jewel in the state’s crown and home to incredible wildlife (and North America’s highest peak). And cruise southwards to uncover wild natural landscapes and pale-blue glaciers. We’ll wrap up our tour in the famed waterfront city of Vancouver, a relaxed end to our adventure.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Anchorage.
Today we board the Alaska Railroad train, taking our seats in the dome railcar for the scenic transfer to Denali National Park. Our journey takes us almost eight hours, and passes small communities, the native village of Eklutna, Wasilla and Talkeetna. There are endless scenic photo opportunities including the mighty Matanuska River, Hurricane Gulch and, of course, Denali which becomes more and more visible.
At some 6 million acres, including the surrounding preserve, Denali National Park offers excellent chances for seeing wildlife, including moose, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bears. The soaring Mount Denali divides the park into north and south sides. Today is free for you to relax and make your own explorations or join an optional excursion to discover the natural wonders of the park on a Tundra Wilderness Tour.
Today we transfer to the resort town of Girdwood, home of Mount Alyeska. En route, we visit the Iditarod Headquarters to learn all about the ‘Last Great Race’. It pays homage to the traditional Alaskan means of transport - sled dogs. Participants cover 1,000 miles of tough terrain - thick forests, frozen rivers and hostile mountain ranges - with their team of 14 huskies over 8-15 days. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
This morning we take the scenic ride on the Alyeska Tram to the top of Mount Alyeska for unforgettable views of the Turnagain Arm and the endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range. Later this morning, we board our coach and make our way to Whittier, where we embark Noordam to begin our Alaskan cruise.
Sailing up towards Hubbard Glacier really emphasises the power of nature. The glacier is still advancing and the front is only the end of a 76-mile frozen river.
Take in the aesthetic barrage of Glacier Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a wonder to behold. When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea, the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in the world.
At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, the port town of Skagway was the primary gateway to the gold fields and a frontier hub packed with trading posts, saloons and guesthouses. Today it’s more for those looking to explore Alaska’s colourful history, pristine wildlife and unrivalled natural beauty. Maybe take a trip on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad, for some spectacular scenery and history.
No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town has the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields at its back door and is the place to let your imagination run wild. Explore the lush Tongass National Forest; visit the rustic shops in town; or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, whale watch, flightsee or fish. Climb aboard the Mount Roberts Tramway for a great spot to hike. There’s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours.
Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. Besides the main attractions (Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village), try a flightseeing trip to breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument. These deep water fjords were created by retreating glaciers; and granite cliffs now tower thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls cascade into placid waters. The souvenir photos you'll take from the pontoons of the plane are worth the trip alone.
Watch the dramatic coastline of south-central Alaska roll by, and witness the serene beauty of the Inside Passage. This is a peaceful and picturesque ‘marine highway’ between British Columbia’s islands and mainland, characterised by intricate fjords, dense forests and snow-draped mountains. Keep an eye out for the wildlife that calls this region home - harbour seals, humpback whales and swooping eagles.
We arrive into the beautiful waterfront city of Vancouver this morning and disembark to enjoy a guided city tour which introduces its standout highlights.
Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Touring with Titan Travel
As one of the UK’s leading escorted holiday companies, Titan Travel offers an award-winning collection of holidays and tours in incredible destinations on all seven continents. In addition to scooping 20 British Travel Awards, 4 British Cruise Awards and a Telegraph Travel Award in 2018, the company won a Globe Travel Award and achieved Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended status in 2019, meaning you can have complete confidence in booking your escorted holiday and experiences with this great travel brand.
With a vast array of destination choices and so many carefully planned escorted tours available, it’s easy to find your perfect holiday with Titan Travel. The company does, in fact, offer over 400 exciting itineraries visiting around 100 destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, India, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North America, South America and Central America. And as your Titan Travel holiday includes a VIP door-to-door service, your escorted holiday starts and ends at your front door. This means planning your touring holiday is super easy, so the only hard part is choosing where to go!
One of the best things about Titan Travel is that they cover all holiday types and have something for everyone, from coach tours, escorted train and rail holiday tours and short UK breaks to Christmas holidays and a wide variety of river and ocean cruises. Whether you want to explore the Slovenian coast from the bow of a boat, see the monumental glaciers and snow-dusted mountains of the Alaskan fjords or even attend a traditional tea ceremony in Japan, Titan Travel boasts an unbeatable collection of touring holidays and unique solo and group travel experiences. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind that everything’s taken care of - including any airport transfers, excursions and chosen escorted tours.
If you want to travel on your own, Titan Travel welcomes thousands of single travellers every year and offers escorted holidays that are reserved exclusively for solo guests, like trips to Russia, escapes to Portugal, rail journeys in Switzerland and Greek island-hopping adventures. Not only will you discover new destinations but you’ll also meet new people and make unforgettable memories while fulfilling your solo travel wishes. Titan Travel also offers small group escorted tours so that you can meet like-minded travellers and enjoy a more intimate and social atmosphere on your holiday. Small group tours are limited to 25 travellers and include South Africa safari adventures, Thailand and Cambodia discovery tours and cruising to the temples and villages in Burma.
No matter which type of escorted touring holiday you pick, your Titan Travel holiday is ABTA and ATOL protected and the brand’s price promise protects you against any price drops after you’ve made a booking. What’s more, Titan Travel uses experienced tour managers and expert local guides who will ensure you don’t miss a thing while visiting a new destination.