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Alaska and the Empire Builder Rail and Sail with the Norwegian Jewel®

12 Days from

$1249

Alaska Vancouver, BC Chicago, IL

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Trip Overview

Experience the best of Alaska and Vancouver on this immersive land and sea journey through icy glaciers and snowy mountain peaks. Cruising on the luxurious Norwegian Jewel south along the rugged Alaskan coast from Anchorage, enjoy four classic Alaskan ports-of-call, as well as unprecedented views of a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat as you pass through the islands of the Inside Passage. Then begin the rail portion of your journey with two days exploring the vibrant city of Vancouver. Finally, enjoy a relaxing ride on Amtrak’s iconic Empire Builder® through the classic landscapes of America’s heartland to Chicago.

Highlights

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout Tower
  • Norwegian Cruise Line's 7 Day Alaska with Inside Passage from Seward (Southbound) on the Norwegian Jewel®

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Vancouver to Chicago on the Cascades and Empire Builder®
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights' onboard Amtrak; 7 nights' onboard the Jewel
  • Transfer from Anchorage airport to Seward cruise port

*Government taxes and fees applicable to the cruise are additional and not included

Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 ANCHORAGE TO SEWARD (EMBARK AT 9:00 PM)
Transfer from the Anchorage Airport to the cruise port in Seward, Alaska to embark on the Norwegian Jewel. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 2 CRUISE HUBBARD GLACIER (AT SEA)
Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier, North America's largest tidewater glacier. It's 1,350 square miles of blue ice and one of the most active in Alaska! (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 3 ICY STRAIT POINT (DOCKED 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.)
Your experience at Icy Strait Point today includes the best of the surrounding natural resources and the fascinating regional culture. Watch humpback whales and brown bears in their natural habitat, and enjoy expressive Tingit dancing and art. Sample fresh Dungeness crab straight from the local waters. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 4 JUNEAU (DOCKED 7:00 A.M. - 1:15 P.M.)
Today you will dock in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau has been called “Alaska's peak experience,” certainly due in part to its unparalleled glacier viewing from such places as Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Icefields and Glacier Bay National Park. Kayak up one of the area's many protected waterways, go flightseeing, tour historic downtown or try your hand at panning for gold. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 5 SKAGWAY (DOCKED 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.)
Today, you'll sail into beautiful Skagway. In a single year from 1896 to 1897, this remote town along the Inside Passage grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Today, travelers come in search of other riches - to experience yesteryear along Skagway's charming boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate those Gold Rush days. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 6 KETCHIKAN (DOCKED 1:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.)
Spend the day in Ketchikan. Its Tingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “spread wings of the eagle.” Chances are you'll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree. Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world's most lush wilderness. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 7 CRUISE INSIDE PASSAGE (AT SEA)
Today, sail through the islands of the Inside Passage, the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world, and get ready for amazing views and wildlife like nowhere else! Be on the lookout for orcas and humpback whales! (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 8 VANCOUVER
This morning, you'll arrive in Vancouver! Enjoy a full day of sightseeing with your included hop-on, hop-off city tour. Visit popular attractions including Granville Island, Chinatown, Coal Harbor, Gastown and more! (Overnight in Vancouver)

DAY 9 VANCOUVER
Continue exploring Vancouver at your leisure today. Be sure to check out Stanley Park and take a stroll along the seawall for great views looking back at the city. Also included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout for incredible views of the city, harbor and surrounding mountains. (Overnight in Vancouver).

DAYS 10-11 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning, board the Amtrak Cascades train for a scenic ride to Seattle. Spend the afternoon exploring Seattle's waterfront or Pike Place Market before boarding the Empire Builder to continue your journey back to Chicago. Enjoy beautiful landscapes as you travel through the mountains is Big Sky Country and Glacier National Park, be sure to spend time in the observation car soaking in these views! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 12 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver

For unbeatable Vancouver accommodations in the heart of downtown, drop your bags at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver for a hassle-free metropolitan stay-experience. Featuring contemporary accommodations with a stylish downtown vibe, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver delivers comfortable rooms and suites with generous amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen stations and heavenly Cloud Nine beds by Serta®.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

Those who stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel enjoy an innovative fitness center with treadmills and elliptical trainers, as well as a whirlpool and heated indoor swimming pool. All rooms have 32-inch flat screen televisions, free high-speed Internet, fog-free mirrors, plush bathrobes, and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. Rooms are also smoke-free so that those guests that have allergies or sensitivities never have to worry

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Have the freedom to enjoy your vacation on your terms on board Norwegian Cruise Lines. Freestyle Cruising offers a wide array of complimentary dining options, all included in the cruise price, and dine on your schedule. With an assortment of entertainment options there is never a second to be bored, from Broadways shows to adults-only clubs.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Have the freedom to enjoy your vacation on your terms on board Norwegian Cruise Lines. Freestyle Cruising offers a wide array of complimentary dining options, all included in the cruise price, and dine on your schedule. With an assortment of entertainment options there is never a second to be bored, from Broadways shows to adults-only clubs.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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