Some vacations combine a cruise of the spectacular Inside Passage or Gulf of Alaska with a land tour to the interior of Alaska or Canada that typically includes travel by motor coach, a train excursion in domed rail cars and stays in wilderness lodges and hotels. Denali National Park is the most visited destination on land tours of Alaska while the Canadian Rockies are a favorite on Canada tours.
The season for Alaska cruise and tour packages generally lasts from May through September, and itineraries are typically 9 to 19 nights in length. Rates tend to be lowest in the off-peak periods of May and September.
Alaska cruise combined with an Alaska tour
Here you have the option of sailing a northbound or southbound cruise itinerary. Northbound itineraries typically begin with a 7-night Alaska glacier cruise departing Vancouver and ending in Seward or Whittier, where the land portion of your Alaska vacation begins.
On a southbound itinerary, you will begin your vacation with the land portion followed by a 7-night cruise. You will fly into Anchorage or Fairbanks and visit Alaska's interior, then travel to Seward for your cruise to Vancouver.
Alaska cruise combined with a Canada tour
The land portion of these trips might visit the Yukon or the Canadian Rockies. Travel by train on VIA Rail Canada through pristine wilderness and visit Banff and Jasper National Parks, Lake Louise or the cities of Vancouver, Kamloops and Calgary. The land tour can come before or after a 7-night Alaska cruise.
Below are guidelines of what is typically included and excluded on a cruise tour. Every cruise tour is unique. Always verify the details of the trip you select with your Vacations To Go cruise counselor.
For a list of places you can visit during the land portion of a cruise tour, click here.
For a list of ports you can visit while cruising in Alaska, click here.