Alaska Discovery

      SJ
      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
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      66 reviews
      Jul 3 - 14, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 13
      Alaska Discovery
      Fairbanks

      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
      • Email address verified
      66 reviews

      Jul 3 - 14, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 13

      About this trip

      Cruise the Sternwheeler Discovery and encounter Alaska’s diverse culture and rich history. Ride a luxury domed railcar from Denali to Talkeetna, and soak in views of the incredible landscapes from glass-ceiling railcars and open-air observation platforms as guides provide expert commentary. Travel into Denali National Park for the best opportunities to view the region’s wildlife. Traverse the Pacific coast by land and sea aboard one of Holland America Cruise Lines’ lovely ships on a breathtaking journey from Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Cruise through Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage, taking in rugged natural wonders. Explore Alaska’s gorgeous capital, Juneau. Visit Ketchikan, the “Salmon Capital of the World.” This is Alaska, as you always imagined.


      Unlike other tours, Collette includes some meals on the land portion plus all scrumptious meals aboard the ship. Likewise, Collette provides features that are optional extras with ordinary packages: a dinner show at Denali and the Wildlife Conservation Center at Girdwood on the Seward highway. The Collette tour manager is with you all the way: from Fairbanks to Vancouver.

      Highlights

      • Leave right Champaign • Collette tour manager • Fairbanks • Sternwheeler Discovery • Music of Denali Dinner Theater • Denali National Park • Tundra Wilderness Tour • Luxury Domed Rail • Anchorage • Hubbard Glacier • Glacier Bay • Skagway • Juneau • Ketchikan • Inside Passage • Collette Vacations' 105 years of experience

      Details*

      *All prices are per person based on double occupancy. Collette Vacations operates the cruise tour as a disclosed principal. The deposit is $739 per person. Tour balance is due 3/3/24—call with credit card information or mail a check to Stevie Jay Travel LLC, 4413 Trostshire Cir, Champaign, IL 61822. The document required is a  valid passport. Click for a printable flier about this Collette Vacation leaving from Champaign.

      • Insurance coverage available is Collette Vacation's Travel Protection Plan for $599/person—click for coverage details, covering cancellation charges, etc. Other terms and conditions at steviejaytravel.com/terms are incorporated by reference. Travelers handle their baggage at airports. Collette handles baggage at all hotels and for the cruise. Price and details are subject to change. Acct#240703 062023 12:27

      This cruise tour is Activity Level 1

      You’re a leisurely traveler. You typically take it easy and discover the energy of a new place by people-watching or soaking in the atmosphere at a local café. You can climb at least one flight of stairs, board a coach and walk unassisted at a relaxed pace for up to 60 minutes without difficulty, covering up to one mile. You can easily handle altitudes up to 5,000 feet.

      Travel Protection Plan

      Get Your Money Back. Any Reason, Every Tour. No Blackout Dates or Restrictions. Make Your Travel Plans Confidently. Go ahead and book that dream trip because when you purchase our industry-leading Travel Protection Plan, you can cancel for any reason and get your money back – up to 24 hours before your trip departs. We’ve offered this plan for decades to give our travelers assurance every step of the way – with no blackout windows or hidden restrictions.


      In addition to covering you for pre-trip cancellation, our Travel Protection Plan also includes the following benefits: • Travel Delay Support (daily stipend) • Trip Interruption (if you need to end your trip early) • Baggage Loss or Delay • Missed Connections (if you purchased air) • Medical Expenses for Illness or Injury • Emergency Assistance 

      Refund does not include the Travel Protection Plan cost of $599 per person. Click for details.

      Departure Note

      If Collette assigns an early flight from Chicago/O'Hare, that gives you more time in Fairbanks. But it would require a Champaign departure in the wee hours. We recommend going up the afternoon or evening before (6/11/24) to stay in an O'Hare airport hotel so you will be fresh when flying. That will be at your cost (estimated $110/room, not per person).

      Dress Code

      All days on the land tour are casual. On board the ship, there are five casual evenings and two formal evenings (or alternate dining is a free option if you do not want to dress for dinner those two nights). It is a tradition to dress up for the Captain's Welcome Aboard and Farewell Dinners.

      Experience Denali National Park

      In 1917, Alaska named its first national park Mount McKinley National Park, and nearly 70 years later, the park was expanded and renamed Denali National Park. This vast land has a fascinating ecosystem and is more than a park — it is a wildlife reserve. And perhaps its biggest claim to fame is the home to North America’s highest peak, Denali, ascending more than 20,000 feet. This massive park is now more than 6 million acres, an area that can be compared to the size of Massachusetts. The park is home to nearly forty varieties of mammals, but the most popular residents are moose, caribou, wolves, and brown and grizzly bears. Denali is Alaska’s heartland, bringing you close to its majestic beauty and natural wonders.

      Accommodations (11) nights

      Westmark Hotel (1) Fairbanks, AK

      McKinley Chalet Resort (2) Denali National Park, AK

      Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna, AK

      Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam  (7) Cruise from Whittier, AK to Vancouver, BC, Canada

      On some dates alternate hotels may be used. 

      Book securely 24/7 online

      Book securely 24/7 online by clicking the green "Select" button above. Or call Bill Owen 9-5 Mon-Sat 217 619-0202. If you wait too long and the trip sells out, you can join the Waiting List without obligation; click the green "Select" button.

      What’s included

      • Round trip
        transportation from Champaign to Chicago
      • Round trip flights
        Chicago-Fairbanks & Vancouver-Chicago
      • Round trip
        transportation from airport to hotels & cruise ship
      • All current taxes & fees
        for flights, hotels, ports, and cruise (subject to change)
      • Accommodations
        Resorts & Holland America Line cruise ship
      • 26 Meals
        11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 8 Dinners
      • Features
        Sternwheeler Discovery in Fairbanks, Tundra Wilderness Tour & Dinner Show, both in Denali, Luxury Domed Rail Car to Talkeenta, and Wildlife Conservation Center
      • Tour manager
        from Collette is with you from Fairbanks to Vancouver, taking care of baggage handling, transportation, sightseeing, and admissions per itinerary
      • Early bird discount
        of $100 per person is reflected in prices shown if booked by 1/3/24 and before our allotted cabins sell out.

      What’s not included

      • Checked baggage fees
        $35 for each of the two flights
      • Optional excursions
        during free time on land tour and port visits on the cruise
      • Tips
        (suggested amounts) Collette tour manager $5-8 per day; Driver $3-5 per day; One local guide $2-3..
      • Cruise Staff Gratuities
        Holland America will put a $15.50 per traveler, per day charge on your shipboard account for the cruise staff members that serve you.
      • Travel Protection Plan
        $599

      Available Packages

      Interior Stateroom
      Pre-registration

      Room for two people. On the cruise portion, the stateroom has no window.

      An early bird discount of $100 per person is reflected in this price if booked by 1/3/24 and before our allotted cabins sell out.

      $5,829
      Deposit: $898
      Oceanview Stateroom
      only 2 left

      Room for two people. On the cruise portion, the stateroom has a window.

      An early bird discount of $100 per person is reflected in this price if booked by 1/3/24 and before our allotted cabins sell out.

      $6,329
      Deposit: $898
      Veranda Stateroom
      Sold Out

      Room for two people. On the cruise portion, the stateroom has a sliding glass door to your own private veranda with a table and chairs where you can have coffee and take in the scenery.

      An early bird discount of $100 per person is reflected in this price if booked by 1/3/24 and before our allotted cabins sell out.

      $7,329
      Deposit: $898

      Available options

      Travel Protection Plan
      $599

      Collette Vacations' TPP is described here and must be purchased with the deposit to be effective. If not purchased, you must sign a waiver.

      Single Supplement, Interior Stateroom
      $3,000

      If wanting hotel rooms & the cruise stateroom to yourself, choose this option. But not if you are booking separately from your roommate.

      Single Supplement, Oceanview Stateroom
      $3,400

      If wanting hotel rooms & the cruise stateroom to yourself, choose this option. But not if you are booking separately from your roommate.

      Single Supplement, Veranda Stateroom
      $4,000

      If wanting hotel rooms & the cruise stateroom to yourself, choose this option. But not if you are booking separately from your roommate.



      Itinerary

      Day 1, Wednesday 7/3/24
      Champaign-Chicago/O'Hare-Fairbanks

      Board our Collette vehicle to Chicago/O'Hare and then fly to Fairbanks. Your Collette tour director welcomes you to the great state of Alaska, on an adventure that brings together the best of both land and sea.


      Photo: Fairbanks' Trans Alaska Pipeline

      Your Organizer


      SJ
      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
      66 reviews
      Stevie Jay has been leading tours and broadcasting in radio for decades now. He's crazy about his wife, Janet, and their four kids. Bill Owen has been designing custom tours for 51 years and lives in an olive grove. Stevie Jay 217 840 9913; Bill 217 619-0202. Our home page is at www.steviejaytravel.com.

      Reviews

      We had a great time! Travel was super easy with our bus to and from the airport, check-ins at the airport and into each hotel. It was great to have days perfectly planned with a great list of activities. We really enjoyed our travel guide in San Francisco - he was so knowledgeable and did a great job showing us around. Our LA guide was OK but I think it was hard to see much of interest as LA seems so spread out. We also wanted to provide a special 'shout out' to our bus driver (Ruben w/Via) for the week. Ruben was fantastic!! Would definitely go again!
      By Robert R for Wisconsin to World Ag Expo in California on Mar 03, 2024
      It was a delightful trip! Mary Beth does a beautiful job, as usual. Every detail went smoothly and was handled first class! 'Sorry to learn that there are no other day trips planned for the future. Janann Vance
      By Janann V for Yuletide Celebration 2023 on Dec 17, 2023
      The trip was good except for the flight which is normal and the bus back from Ohara but understand this will be corrected and gift available for future trips. But I also must mention the dinner on the last night there. Dinner was a long way from hotel and the time we it took us plus and the time we returned just did not make any since, since several in our group had to get up to catch their plane home early in the morning. It would have made much more since to have this dinner the night prior and the last dinner could have been held in the hotel or a walking distance from the hotel and much earlier. This should be looked at on any of your future trips
      By Michael M for Culinary Journey Through Tuscany on Nov 06, 2023
      Overall, it was a great trip! The group guide was excellent and the local guides were also very good. I learned something new every day and have amazing photos to remember this trip for years to come!
      By Maryann H for Culinary Journey Through Tuscany on Nov 03, 2023
      I enjoyed the accommodations, the tour of Provence, small towns, the guide, Gerard, the luxurious bus and wonderfully competent driver, Alessandro. The experience were exuberant, cooking class, truffle hunting and tasting, the boat ride. I enjoyed the people and camaraderie.
      By Kathryn M for Provence & Riviera, Off the Beaten Path on Oct 18, 2023
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