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Alaska, By Land and By Sea
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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Begin your journey in Fairbanks, Alaska where we will be staying at one of the Princess Wilderness Lodges for TWO nights. On Sunday we will take Riverboat Discovery Cruise & Gold Dredge 8 Combo Tour. We will Board the only remaining authentic Alaskan sternwheeler for a cruise along the Chena and Tanana rivers in Chena River State Recreation Area This modern-day riverboat features an open sun deck and heated glass enclosed decks You will witness the "wedding of the rivers." The marriage of these two mighty rivers creates quite a unique line when the clear waters of the Chena meet the Tanana, the world’s greatest glacier river carrying tons of glacial silt from the Alaska Range.
Your next adventure will be a visit to the home of Dave Monson and Susan Butcher, the late four-time Iditarod champion. Here, you will meet their winning sled dogs and witness a dog sled demonstration. From there, continue on to the Old Chena Indian Village and disembark for a glimpse into Alaskan Native life and history. Alaskan Native guides will take you on a tour of an Athabascan Indian village. Next, board a train to visit the Gold Dredge 8, a National Historic Monument! Local miners will give a brief but informative course in mining, then you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold - we guarantee it! Nothing beats the thrill of grabbing a sack filled with pay dirt and getting your chance to strike it rich. Finally, explore the dredge camp and visit the gift shop where you can have your gold weighed and find out the dollar value based on the current market price. Have your gold turned into a memorable keepsake before boarding the train for the return back to the station.
Approximately 7¾ - 8¼ hours – so this is a full day adventure to see Alaska like no other!
Finally it is time to board the Island Princess for your unforgettable 7 Day Inside Passage Cruise! You have your option of choosing an Inside Cabin, Ocean View or Balcony. Price reflects cabin choice.
The Island Princess is a 92,000 ton ship that will hold 2,214 passengers. 90% of the rooms are over views with 700 balconies. Our ship leaves Anchorage (Whittier) and heads south. Enjoy scenic sailing as we begin our journey through Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America, Hubbard Glacier measures 76 miles long and plunges 1,200 feet into the depths of the bay. Its immense beauty and phenomenal blue hues are enchanting, even from afar. But it's when your cruise ship draws closer that its towering surface really impresses, dwarfing even the uppermost deck on your ship at a whopping 40 stories high. There, with the snowcapped mountains serving as a glorious backdrop, you'll have a prime viewing spot from which to witness the glacier calving, as it often expels icebergs the size of 10-story buildings-imagine the splash!
The area around Hubbard Glacier is also renowned for its wildlife, where whales, harbor seals and otters swim, brown bears, moose and black-tailed deer roam ashore, and a wide variety of seabirds soar gracefully across the sky.
Sign Up Details
2 nights Fairbanks, 2 night Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, AND 7 nights on Princess Cruise Lines
Are per person with a completed and signed trip application. Download the PDF application.
Inside Cabin - $410.00 pp
Oceanview - $540.00 pp
Balcony - $590.00 pp
Must submit a photo copy of passport along with signed application. Passport must not have an expiration date prior to 6 months AFTER the trip.
Early cancellations must be received in writing no later than: October 1st, 2015. Please see Alaska trip application for additional cancellation penalty dates.
February 27th, 2016
Make checks payable to TAMPA BAY SNOW SKIERS and BOARDERS. If you wish to pay by credit card the Credit Card Authorization Form is available as a PDF download. A 3% fee will be added to all credit card transactions. Mail completed & signed trip application with your check or credit card application to: Marci Foster, 2066 Nugget Drive, Clearwater, FL 33755