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You Can Still Experience Alaska This Summer with Holland America Line Land Vacations

For those ready to travel again, there’s no better place to start than Alaska, offering opportunities for travelers to see glaciers up close, spot bucket-list wildlife, explore national parks and see Denali – North America’s tallest mountain. This summer, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises offer many ways for travelers to experience Alaska through Gray Line Alaska, Princess Alaska Lodges and Holland America Line’s Westmark Hotels, giving travelers a combination of tours, lodging and sightseeing options on land.

“We love Alaska, and we love that we get to share it with visitors from all over the world. We’re committed to helping locals and visitors alike experience all the best parts of Alaska in a safe way,” said Dave McGlothlin, vice president, tour operations. “For the last year, many people stayed close to home, so this summer, as we’re able to reopen some of these land offerings, we are more ready than ever to welcome visitors back through our doors.”

Denali from Stony Hill Overlook in Fall

This year’s tours highlight the best of Alaska’s interior with COVID-19 health and safety precautions top of mind, both for the well-being of employees and guests. For travelers who want to take the legwork out of planning their Alaska vacation, a tour is a great option. For travelers who want to go at their own pace and make their own itinerary, hotel and sightseeing options make for a custom experience.

Among the highlights for escorted tours will be the full eight-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour at Denali, where guests have opportunities to see the big five – grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Other included tours are the Portage Glacier Cruise near Anchorage and Riverboat Discovery excursion in Fairbanks. In addition, optional tours such as flightseeing around the mountain, river rafting, and more will be available to book at each hotel property.

Options this summer include the following:

ESCORTED AND EXPLORER TOURS:

Variations between Kenai, Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks are available.

• Escorted tours include a tour director and range from six to seven nights.

• Explorer tours do not include a tour director, but helpful staff members are available along the way. Tours range from five to six nights.

• Rail travel on GoldStar service on Alaska Railroad rail cars.

• Most meals and some sightseeing included.

Denali Square at the McKinley Chalet Resort is the perfect place to relax and enjoy authentic Alaska experiences.

Denali Square at the McKinley Chalet Resort is the perfect place to relax and enjoy authentic Alaska experiences.

DENALI RAIL TOURS:

Trip variations range from one to six nights with up to four nights at Denali National Park.

• Options include travel by rail or a combination of rail and deluxe motor coach. Rail travel is hosted in Adventure Class on Alaska Railroad rail cars with the option to upgrade to GoldStar.

• Tour choices include round trip from Anchorage to Denali, Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks, or Fairbanks to Denali to Anchorage.

• No meals or sightseeing included. Guests may customize their experience with optional tours.

HOTEL-ONLY AND SIGHTSEEING:

• The Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center is currently open. Additional properties will open for guests, May 28-September 6, including Holland America Line’s McKinley Chalet Resort at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge overlooking the world-famous Kenai River.

• Portage Glacier Cruises will operate, May 28-September 6. Portage Glacier Cruises will run five daily departures of its one-hour cruise to see the face of Portage Glacier, including one departure at 1:30 p.m. that includes round trip transportation from Anchorage with a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Princess and Holland America Line are working to create new health and safety protocols to address COVID-19, to ensure the well-being of guests, team members and the greater community. Information and advisories about traveling to Alaska from the Lower 48 or an international destination is available at the State of Alaska Safe Travels website. Anyone booking with Gray Line Alaska, Princess Alaska Lodges or Holland America Line’s Westmark Hotels is encouraged to review and follow the advisories put in place to help people travel responsibly.

2022 ALASKA CRUISE SEASON

After getting a taste of “The Last Frontier” this summer, set sail for new experiences onboard Holland America Line.

In 2022, Holland America Line will celebrate 75 years of Alaska exploration — longer than any other cruise line — and bookings are now open for its award-winning cruises and Land+Sea Journeys. From April through October 2022, guests can embark on Holland America Line’s cruises to Alaska aboard Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam and Zuiderdam. For explorers who want to travel farther into the Great Land, 16 different Land+Sea Journeys combine a three-, four- or seven-day Alaska cruise with an inland exploration of Denali National Park. Holland America Line is the only cruise line that extends land tour options up to the unspoiled reaches of Canada’s Yukon Territory.

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For more details and to book a tour visit www.GrayLineAlaska.com or call 1-800-544-2206. To book room stays, visit www.WestmarkHotels.com and www.PrincessLodges.com.

10 Comments
  • Stan Weglarz

    My wife and 4 other couples made this fantastic voyage with HAL. Please put it on you bucket list. The adventure was out of this world. Scenery, wild life, friendship that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. The mush camp was also fantastic. How would you react to getting off the bus and being handed a husky pup to hold. Fantastic. We have been back 3 times. Most likely we shall go back and enjoy the wilderness, hospitality and friendship, on and off the ship.

    Thanks HAL. See you soon.

  • Sophie yeo

    That is cool. Lol hehehe I have been to alaska in April 27, 2018. I went to emerald princess, since Los Angeles, ca round trip for 12 days, I do not know about your cruise, but we went to eurodam on december 2018.

  • Len

    Can I use my FCC to book a land only tour? Our original booking was a combo land cruise tour. Thanks for the quick response.

  • Julie

    Hi Len, as this is not being operated by Holland America Line, unfortunately you cannot use your FCC on a land-based-only tour.

  • Mary Myers

    How do I get more information about the escorted land tours? Our 7 day Alaskan Explorer cruise on Aug 22 has not been cancelled yet as it leaves from Seattle but I need an alternative for my family of 9 people.

  • Kathy

    We’re booked on the Eurodam Sept 11-18 from Seattle. Is it going to sail? We haven’t been notified of cancelation.

  • Julie

    It has not been canceled at this time.

  • Julie

    Hi Mary, you can work through your travel advisor, or call 1-800-544-2206 or visit graylinealaska.com.

  • Veronica Malakooti 3291

    Are there places available for mid to late September 2021 Ocean View single senior traveler from Seattle/return?

  • Julie

    Hi Veronica, we do not have booking or reservation access at the blog. Please call HAL reservations or your travel advisor. Thank you!

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