Note: For a list of discount cruise tours from Vancouver, click here to make your selections.
Cruise tours offer an in-depth look at America's last unspoiled frontier. They combine a cruise of the spectacular Inside Passage or Gulf of Alaska with a land tour to the interior of Alaska or Canada that typically includes travel by motor coach, a train excursion in domed rail cars, and stays in wilderness lodges. Denali National Park is the most visited destination on land tours of Alaska while the Canadian Rockies are a favorite on Canada tours.
Alaska Cruise & Tour
On an Alaska cruise & tour, you have the option of sailing a northbound or southbound cruise itinerary. Northbound itineraries typically begin with a 7-night Alaska glacier cruise departing Vancouver and ending in Seward or Whittier, where the land portion of your Alaska vacation begins. If you are traveling a long distance, you may decide that this type of cruise tour works better for you, allowing plenty of time to unwind on the cruise before beginning the busy land portion of your trip.
On a southbound itinerary, you will begin your vacation with the land portion followed by the 7-night cruise. You will fly into Anchorage or Fairbanks and visit Alaska's interior then travel to Seward for your cruise to Vancouver. Southbound itineraries tend to be more popular with tourists who prefer the fast-paced schedule of a tour at the beginning of their trip, so they can spend the rest of their time relaxing.
Alaska Cruise & Canada Tour
An Alaska cruise & Canada tour may include a land tour to the Yukon or the Canadian Rockies. Tours to the Yukon also visit the interior of Alaska. On tours to the Canadian Rockies, you will travel by train on Rocky Mountaineer Railtours through pristine wilderness and may visit Banff and Jasper National Parks, Lake Louise, and the cities of Vancouver, Kamloops and Calgary. The land tour can precede or follow a 7-night Alaska cruise.
The cruise tour season lasts from May through September and cruise tours last from 9 to 21 nights. You can find the most affordable rates for cruise tours in May and September, the off-peak periods.
Below are guidelines of what is typically included and excluded on a cruise tour. Every cruise tour is unique. Always verify the details of the trip you select with your Vacations To Go cruise counselor.
The land tour portion will include:
- Hotel, resort or lodge accommodations. For more information on specific properties, click here.
- Domed railcar transportation
- Bus transportation to tour destinations
- Transfers and baggage handling
- Tour guide
The cruise portion of your trip will include:
- 3 to 7-night Alaska cruise
- Accommodations onboard
- All meals onboard including 24-hour room service but excluding specialty restaurant dining
- Coffee, tea, milk, juice, non-bottled water
- Entertainment, casinos, Broadway-style shows
- Onboard activities, fitness center, pools
- Kids programming on most ships
Your cruise tour WILL NOT include:
- Meals or drinks on the land tour portion
- Shore excursions
- Spa treatments or gaming
- Beer, wine, spirits or bottled water
For a list of destinations you can visit on the land portion of a cruise tour, click here.
For a list of ports you can visit on a cruise tour, click here.