Clients who book Un-Cruise Adventures’ Knick River Adventure package will have the option to take a helicopter tour. // © 2016 Knick River Lodge
Feature image (above): Accommodations for the Knick River Adventure package include overnight stays at Knik River Lodge in Palmer, Alaska. // © 2016 Knick River Lodge
In April, Un-Cruise Adventures will launch substantial new land tours, each around a week long, for travelers cruising the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest and for those exploring Alaska.
“Our guests say they’re interested in extending their trips with us, so we’re developing land tours to connect with our cruises,” said Dan Blanchard, CEO of Un-Cruise. “We are offering land tours that match the unrushed, uncrowded, unbelievable concept delivered by our ships to ensure that our spirit of adventure extends through all we do.”
A Columbia and Snake rivers itinerary onboard Safari Endeavour can connect with an eight-night pre or post Rocky Mountaineer train journey from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia (or the reverse). Passengers will see Howe Sound, the farmlands of the Pemberton Valley and the Canadian Rockies, with overnight stays in Seattle and Whistler, Quesnel, Kamloops and Vancouver in British Columbia. Guests will spend two nights in Jasper, Alberta, with a half-day guided tour of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site defined by spectacular glaciers, mountains and lakes. Rail service, hotel accommodations, excursions/tours, park passes and select meals are included, from $7,895 per person, based on double occupancy.
When Safari Endeavour moves to Alaska, Un-Cruise will introduce a seven-night Rocky Mountaineer pre-cruise train journey between Calgary, Alberta, and Seattle. Guests will overnight in hotels in Calgary; Lake Louise, Alberta; Banff, Alberta; Kamloops; Vancouver; and Seattle. Highlights include a helicopter tour over the Rockies, a ride on the Banff gondola, a visit to Yoho National Park, a guided tour of Vancouver’s North Shore and a gondola ride to Grouse Mountain. Rail service, hotel accommodations, excursions/tours, park passes and select meals are included, starting at $5,395 per person, based on double occupancy.
Additionally, Un-Cruise offers a six- to eight-night Denali National Park and Knik River Adventure package, which can be added on to all the company’s ships in Alaska: Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Explorer. The escorted land tour from Fairbanks to Anchorage uses an exclusive rail car (with a private entrance), with wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Knik River Valley, and hotel overnights in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Two nights at a backcountry lodge inside Denali National Park provide time for hiking, fly-fishing, mountain biking and guided touring. Guests then continue in a first-class deluxe dome rail car to Talkeetna, a historic gold mining town, and a group dinner. They’ll then embark on a private transfer and spend two days in riverside cabins at Knik River Lodge, which offers decks for viewing the dramatic scenery (which, depending on the time of year, can include the Northern Lights).
At Knik, guests can hike the Chugach Mountain trail and explore the historic Independence Mine near the Knik River. A short morning ride to Anchorage brings guests to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, with presentations of dance, elder talk and Native Olympics, as well as an overnight stay. Airport transfers, hotel accommodations, rail transportation and select meals are included in the package, which starts at $3,395 per person, based on double occupancy.