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Alaska with Glacier Bay aboard Norwegian Bliss from Chicago

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Trip Overview

A cruise to Alaska is the vacation of a lifetime. Sometimes thought of as America’s last frontier, Alaska’s stunning, wild landscapes, natural beauty, flora and fauna, fascinating history, and abundant wildlife draw visitors from around the world. On this 11-day rail and sail journey, you’ll be cruising to bucket list destinations, where no two days are ever alike, and partaking in memorable shore excursions. After spending two nights onboard Amtrak, arrive in Seattle with enough time to explore the city. Then, you’ll board the Norwegian Bliss en route to Juneau. Visit the majestic Mendenhall Glacier before re-boarding and continuing to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness from the ship’s deck, including the Hubbard Glacier and hopefully sighting humpback whales. On Day 7, the ship will dock in Skagway, where you’ll have plenty of time to discover this Gold Rush-era town. When you reach Glacier Bay, you’ll be amazed by a pristine, unrivaled landscape. Did you know that Alaska has rainforests? You’ll find one in Ketchikan, as well as learn all about the history of its Native American past and present. This trip wraps up with one last day trip to Victoria, British Columbia, located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island before ending in Seattle.

Highlights

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Guided sightseeing tour of Seattle
  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s 7-Day Alaska with Glacier Bay Cruise on the Norwegian Bliss®
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Seattle; 2 nights onboard Amtrak
  • One-way Amtrak in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder®
  •  Private roundtrip transfers to / from Cruise Port
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              OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK®
Welcome to Chicago!  This afternoon, travel on your own and board Amtrak to Seattle on the Empire Builder. Travel along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail and settle in for an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2              OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Awake this morning as you cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle, a massive train bridge along the route. Skirting the Missouri River, you'll wind through the Big Sky country in Montana, passing by a traveler’s favorite, Glacier National Park. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)
 
DAY 3              SEATTLE
Today, arrive in Seattle in the morning and the rest of the day is at your leisure to begin exploring the city. (Overnight in Seattle at the Quality Inn and Suites Seattle Center)

DAY 4              OVERNIGHT ONBOARD NORWEGIAN BLISS® (EMBARK AT 3:30 PM)
In the morning, take advantage of your included Seattle guided city tour! Visit the bustling downtown core, which includes Pike Place Market and the world’s first Starbucks, stroll Pioneer Square and Stadium District, and shop the International District/Chinatown. In the afternoon, board the Norwegian Bliss and begin discovering all of the ship’s wonderful amenities. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 5              OVERNIGHT ONBOARD NORWEGIAN BLISS
While at sea, continue enjoying life onboard the Bliss. Have a cocktail at one of the many bars, relax at the spa, enjoy some live entertainment at the Theater, enjoy meals in one or more than a dozen dining venues, or try your luck in the lively casino. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 6              JUNEAU (DOCKED 2:30 PM – 11:00 PM)
Today, you will dock in Juneau, Alaska, for an entire day of exploring. The majestic Mendenhall Glacier lies only 12 miles outside Juneau, a worthwhile day trip on your own. Upon boarding the ship, prepare to experience all the beauty and majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier and see humpback whales off Icy Strait Point during your journey. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 7              SKAGWAY (DOCKED 7:00 AM – 8:15 PM)
Today, you'll sail into beautiful Skagway. Visit the Skagway Museum, Centennial Statue, the easily walkable historic downtown, Gold Rush-era homestead, or head down to Pullen Creek and watch the salmon run. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 8              CRUISE GLACIER BAY ONBOARD NORWEGIAN BLISS
Today you will sail to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Get glimpses of Mount Fairweather, the Grand Pacific and Margerie glaciers, and spot maritime wildlife. As the ship journeys deeper into the bay, the landscape will continue to leave you in awe. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 9              KETCHIKAN (6:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Spend the day in Ketchikan. Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “Spread Wings of the Eagle.” Visit Harbor View Park, stroll along Creek Street boardwalk and discover its unique shops, learn all about the native cultures of the Tongass and Cape Fox Tlingits in local museums, marvel at the hand-carved Ketchikan totem poles located throughout downtown and in the nearby Saxman Totem Village, or dine on some of the freshest halibut and salmon found anywhere in North America. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 10            VICTORIA (DOCKED 7:30 PM – 11:59 PM)
This evening, you will dock in Victoria, British Columbia, located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Stop by Fisherman’s Wharf for some fish and chips or ice cream, have tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, wander through Government Street’s many souvenir shops, or roam Butchart Gardens in search of the elusive Himalayan blue poppy. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 11            YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SEATTLE (DISEMBARK AT 6:00 AM)
Your journey ends today. After disembarking from the Norwegian Bliss, the option is yours to spend another day and evening in Seattle or board the Amtrak Empire Builder to head back to Chicago that afternoon!

 

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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.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Our prime location in the heart of downtown Seattle offers you the combination of majestic Olympic Mountains views, the vibrancy of the Emerald City and the relaxing, quiet magnificence of the Puget Sound.

Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center

Get your money's worth at the Quality Inn & Suites® Seattle Center hotel in Seattle, WA near Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Century Link Stadium and Seattle Underground Tour in Pioneer Square.

Sheraton Seattle

Sheraton Seattle Hotel is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

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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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