Tours of Alaska include chances to see grizzly bears and the Northern Lights, as well as enjoying sea kayaking, visiting the fjords and trekking the icefield. There’s a reason Alaska is on so many bucket lists. It’s unique landscapes and relatively unexplored surroundings ensure you can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Browse our selection of carefully planned suggested itineraries below, or speak to our team of Destination Specialists to book a tailor made tour in Alaska.
Pair your Alaska tour with cosmopolitan Vancouver on the Seven Seas Mariner Alaska Cruise. The itinerary includes cruising the Inside Passage, where you’ll pass islands full of forests and glaciers before taking in the Native American art in Ketchikan. You can also explore mining towns, glaciers, fishing villages and rainforests during your tour.
Adventurers should choose our self drive Wonders of Alaska tour. Over eight days you’ll see coastal trails, mountains and fjords, as well as big cities and small fishing towns. Explorers can enjoy zip lining or jet boat river tours, as well as sightseeing plane tours and mountain treks. There are plenty of opportunities to relax as well, including over freshly caught seafood and a glass of wine as you take in views of the sparkling Gulf of Alaska.
Include a trip to Seattle in your Alaska tour on the Norwegian Bliss Alaskan Cruise. Begin in the markets and ports of Seattle, before setting sail through the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. On the way you might spot whales and other marine creatures, before enjoying historical Juneau, the railways of Skagway, beautiful Glacier Bay and more.
Rocky Mountaineer Grand Rail Circle with Pre-Tour Cruise ms Koningsdam
Seven Seas Mariner Alaska Cruise
“Even if you’re visiting Alaska in the height of summer it can still be chilly, so make sure you’ve got plenty of layers and a waterproof coat.”
“Though Alaska’s landscapes are its main draw, you won’t regret spending a little time browsing the locally-owned shops. Not only will you come away with a unique souvenir but you’ll also be supporting the community.”
“It’s a good idea to take cash. In the bigger cities, such as Anchorage and Fairbanks, most places take credit cards, but this isn’t always the case in smaller towns.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s Alaska’s climate like?
Due to its sheer size, Alaska’s weather can be quite varied although the majority of the state’s climate can be classified as subarctic – with long, cold winters and cool to mild summers. In the extreme north, the climate is arctic or tundra, and almost always below 10°C. The further south you travel, the milder the climate gets – in Juneau it is classified as oceanic and mild.t is classified as oceanic and mild.
When can you see the Northern Lights in Alaska?
The best time of year to witness the spectacular phenomena of the aurora borealis is during the winter months, when Alaska is at its darkest. However, depending on the weather conditions – you need clear skies – you can spot them from mid-September to April. For your best chance of seeing the Northern Lights, head to Fairbanks, although they have been spotted almost everywhere in the state. Smartphone apps are available to indicate the probability of seeing auroral activity.
What is the food like in Alaska?
Alaska is well known for its salmon – it is served in multiple forms, from steaks and tacos to cured, smoked and the skins dried to salmon ‘jerky’. Besides salmon, king crab, prawns, cod, oysters and other seafood are also popular. Caribou and reindeer steaks and reindeer hotdogs will appeal to red meat-lovers, while those with a sweet tooth will enjoy Alaskan ice cream and hearty wild berry cobblers.
Alaska is the very definition of ‘off the beaten track’, with its vast expanses of wilderness that demand not only car, but boat and plane to traverse. From racing across ice fields by dog-sled, to trekking across glaciers, and spotting wild bears and killer whales, Alaska makes for one adventure holiday that you won’t soon forget.
Why you'll love Alaska...
• Spotting wild bears in their natural habitat on Kodiak Island
• Hiking the breath-taking Mendenhall glacier
• Dog mushing across the snowy landscape in McCarthy
• Marvelling at Denali, the highest peak in North America
• Witnessing the mystical beauty of the Northern Lights in Fairbanks
• Riding the Alaska Ferry to the Aleutian Islands
• Kayaking the freezing waters of Kenai Fjords National Park
• Enjoying some of the world’s finest seafood
• Sipping craft beer from a local microbrewery in Anchorage
• Spotting whales off the coast of Juneau
• Exploring the vast landscape by air, road and sea
• Discovering Alaska’s Russian heritage in Sitka
Did you know?
• Alaska is approximately seven times the size of the United Kingdom, measuring 663,268 square miles (1,717,856 km2).
• It is against the law to whisper in someone’s ear while moose hunting in Alaska.
• The largest salmon ever caught was fished from Alaska’s Kenai River, and weighed 97.5 lbs (44.23 kg).
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