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See and do more in Alaska with land and shore excursions


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Whether you prefer dog mushing across a glacier, panning for gold or salmon fishing in a pristine river,
Princess brings you the most authentic Alaskan experiences in every port or land destination.
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This is the place the native Aleutians named “Alyeska” — the Great Land. And the perfect way to

experience the very best of Alaska is with Princess.®

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Your heart skips a beat as a herd of caribou suddenly appears on the ridge above you. Your jaw drops

as a colossal iceberg crashes from the face of a glacier into the sea. Only Princess offers such a

variety of ways to experience the best of America’s Last Frontier by land and by sea.

Anchorage: Glacier Discovery Train & Float

Take an unforgettable train ride to Spencer Glacier,

followed by a guided float down Placer River Valley.

Copper River: Worthington Glacier Hike

Head to the ice-blue Worthington Glacier, where you’ll strap on a pair of crampons and hike with experienced guides.

Denali: Nenana Gorge Whitewater Rafting

Experience one of Alaska’s most popular whitewater

rafting destinations during this thrilling adventure in

Denali National Park.

Juneau: Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier

Fly over Juneau’s famed Mendenhall Glacier via helicopter,

bound for dog sledding on this mighty river of ice.

Ketchikan: Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition

Embark on the ultimate nature experience as you

glide through the rich rainforest canopy along a series

of dual cables.

Talkeetna/McKinley: Devil’s Canyon Adventure

Venture 130 miles into the National Wild River Park of

“Devil’s Gorge” for a jet boat adventure, local sights and lunch.

Nature & Wildlife

Anchorage: Glacier Catamaran Cruise

Cruise amidst the 26 glaciers of College and

Harriman fjords in Prince William Sound aboard

an enclosed catamaran.

Copper River: Copper Country Discovery Tour

Enjoy a scenic 25-mile van drive and walk through

Copper River Country learning about the region’s

geology and wildlife.

Ketchikan: Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour

Join longtime fishermen for a journey of discovery on

the crab boat Aleutian Ballad, seen on the 2nd season

of Deadliest Catch.

Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier & Whale Quest

Marvel at the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier, then embark

on a whale-watching cruise.

Kenai: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Sail the unspoiled wonders of Kenai Fjords National Park,

where a wide range of wildlife will be on display.

Skagway: Eagle Preserve Wildlife River Adventure

Set out on an exciting jet boat adventure in the Chilkat

Bald Eagle Preserve.

Victoria: Whale-Watching Cruise

Experience the thrill of spotting marine wildlife,

including killer whales, on this exhilarating high-speed

boating excursion.

Whittier: Portage Glacier Cruise/Wildlife Conservation Center

Take a cruise of the Portage Glacier and catch your best

view of this mammoth mountain of ice.

Anchorage: Explore Anchorage City & Wildberry Park Tour

Trace the rise of Anchorage from its days as a railroad tent

city to the earthquake of 1964 through today.

Fairbanks: The Riverboat Discovery Cruise

Board a sternwheeler for a cruise along the Chena and

Tanana rivers, a tour of a Chena Indian village and a visit

with an Iditarod winner’s dog sled team.

Kenai: Explore Cooper Landing

Visit the local museum and see a sled dog kennel,

pan for gold and later, tour a pioneer cemetery in

colorful Cooper Landing.

Ketchikan: Totem Bight State Park & Lumberjack Show

Experience true Alaska culture as you admire some

of the region’s totems and watch a lumberjack show.

Seattle: Space Needle, Pike Place Market & City Tour

See all of Seattle’s best attractions, from the soaring

Space Needle to vibrant Pike Place Market.

Skagway: White Pass Scenic Railway

Take a thrilling ride aboard the historic Gold Rush-era

White Pass & Yukon Railroad.

Vancouver: Stanley Park Visit & City Highlights Drive

Take a motorcoach tour through North America’s second

largest Chinatown, historic Gastown and gorgeous

Stanley Park.

Special Interest

Denali: Music of Denali Dinner Theatre

Delight in a wonderful, feel-good musical comedy paired

with an all-you-can-eat Alaskan dinner buffet.

Fairbanks: Gold Dredge 8

Try your hand at panning for gold and board the Tanana

Valley Railroad for a ride into gold mining history.

Haines: Chilkoot Lake Freshwater Fishing

Spend a half-day fishing amidst the magnificent beauty

of Chilkoot Lake.

Juneau: Salmon Sportfishing Adventure

Fish for salmon in one of the most

Ketchikan: Historical Ketchikan &

Creek Street Walking Tour

Discover Alaska’s “First City” and learn more about its

fascinating Tlingit culture on this guided walking tour.

Skagway: Gold Panning, Sled Dogs &

40 Degrees Below Zero Experience

Journey to the Klondike Gold Fields for a fun-filled time

of gold panning, a sled dog demonstration and a chilly

experience that will delight the entire family.

Talkeetna/McKinley: Trapper Creek Homestead Tour

Meet and hear the stories of a modern pioneer family, and

tour their authentic homestead, garden and livestock area.

Victoria: Enchanting Butchart Gardens

This 55-acre floral wonderland, featuring themed gardens

and meandering paths, is illuminated with colored lights

and magical effects.

Learn More About Alaska Shore and Land Excursions

What Can I Do When I Get To A Princess Lodge?

Just about anything you can think of -- by land, sea or air! Check out the variety of activities available. Excursions range from easy going to high energy and offer in-depth experiences tailored to your interests.

Learn more about:

Denali Princess

Wilderness Lodge

Mt. McKinley Princess

Wilderness Lodge

Kenai Princess

Wilderness Lodge

Cooper River Princess Wilderness Lodge Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge

See it all with an Alaska Land & Sea Vacation Choose how you want to see the Great Land

Princess land & sea vacations combine a tour of Alaska’s interior with a thrilling 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, creating what we call a “cruisetour.” Best of all, every cruisetour features Denali & Glacier Bay National Parks — Alaska’s top two attractions — and much more.


Choose from among the four distinctive tour categories listed below — and over 20 tour options in all.

Denali Explorer & On Your Own Cruisetours

Denali Explorer

Our most popular and best-value land & sea vacations give you an up-close experience of Denali (10 options)

Our Denali Explorer vacations combine a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with 3 to 6 nights on land, and up to 4 nights at our Denali-area lodges. All include the Natural History Tour into Denali National Park.

• 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise

• Stays at exclusive Princess wilderness lodges in the Denali area

• Most itineraries include exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service

• Options to Fairbanks and/or Anchorage

• Natural History Tour into Denali National Park (option to upgrade to Tundra Wilderness

Tour at additional cost)

• Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise and Gold Dredge 8 Tour in Fairbanks

On Your Own

A more affordable option offering the freedom to plan your own activities. Add 4 nights on land to a 7-day cruise from just $399 more* On Your Own options include 3 to 4 nights on land without prescheduled sightseeing activities, so you can customize how you want to spend your free time. This is the ideal choice for the independent-minded traveler. (5 options, 2 new for 2016)

Find out more about Denali Explorer Cruisetours

Off the Beaten Path Cruisetours

Denali National Park plus adventures to the Kenai Peninsula or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (3 options) Enjoy the best features of our Denali Explorer vacations — including time at our Denali-area lodges — with adventures to breathtaking Alaska attractions beyond. Stay at Princess-owned wilderness lodgeson the gorgeous Kenai Peninsula and idyllic Copper River.

• 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise

• At least 2 nights in the Denali area, plus Kenai or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

• Princess rail service

• Stays at Princess wilderness lodges

• Natural History Tour into Denali National Park (option to upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour at additional cost)

• Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise and Gold Dredge 8 Tour in Fairbanks

Find out more about Off The Beaten Path Cruisetours

Connoisseur Cruisetours

Escorted by a tour director, deluxe escorted tours providing the highest level of service, with most meals on land included (4 options)

This is the ultimate Alaska land & sea vacation — treat yourself to the highest level of service on deluxe escorted itineraries with a tour director. Spend 5 to 8 nights on land visiting Denali as well as sensational places like Copper River and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park or the Kenai Peninsula.

• 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise

• At least 2 nights in the Denali area

• Options to the Kenai Peninsula or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

• Princess rail service

• Most meals included

• Stays at Princess wilderness lodges

• Tour director on land tour

• Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park

• Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise and Gold Dredge 8 Tour in Fairbanks

Find out more about Connoisseur Escorted Cruisetours



‡ $399 is the incremental per person fare to add 4 nights on land to a 7-day cruise to create an 11-night cruisetour. Purchase of entire cruisetour is required.

^ Princess reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if the fare has  already been paid in full. Government fees and taxes of up to $145 per person are additional and subject to change.

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While other companies sell cruises and other forms of travel, we focus exclusively on shore excursions. We utilize this expertise to select the highest quality shore excursions delivered by local experts in the most cost effective manner for our customers. Since we are not a large cruise line catering to thousands of customers per day, our shore excursions allow you to travel in much smaller groups offering a more personalized experience.

Alaska Shore Excursions Save up to 35%

We are often asked: "When is the best time to book a cruise to Alaska? " How can I save the most money, see what I want, and still stay on budget? "  If you book early, at least 6 months to year before departure, you will get the best discounts and accommodation choices for 2017 Alaska cruises. The same thing goes for  Alaska Cruisetours.  The very best deals offered are just around the time the cruise lines announce their Alaska cruise and cruisetour programs for the following year. Mid-March is when most cruise lines open their books for reservations for the following year. As the Summer goes on, and availability shrinks, prices go up.  Unlike the Caribbean in winter, there are a limited number of cruise ships that sail Alaska's waterways, so capacity does sell out fast for the best dates, rates and accommodations. Cruisetours are limited to the size of a motorcoach ( around 40 guests )  and sell out much faster than if you just booked a cruise only without a land and sea vacation. To get the best deal, discounts, cheap fares and best stateroom accommodations, book early.  Browse the web, check your Sunday papers, look all around to find the discounts, special offers, kids fly free or reduced rate promotions, 2 for1 deals and other incentives, such as past guest offers, or military discounts that can save you money.

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