AlaskaJuly 20 -August 4, 2016 Round-Trip Air, Land, Train, Princess
Inside Passage Cruise plus Vancouver, British Columbia
Sail Seven Nights "Northbound" 'CORAL PRINCESS" Balcony Cabins-Mid-Ship-BB Category Alaska's Inside Passage-Glacier Bay Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Whittier, Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord Glacier, Overnight Lodging on Land: Pre-Night Stay in Minneapolis PLUS Airport & Hotel Transfers Vancouver, BC (Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel), Anchorage (Hotel Captain Cook) Denali National Park (Princess Wilderness Lodge); Talkeetna (McKinley Wilderness Lodge) Meals: 24 Meals
$5999 Per Person Double
Download a printable registration form! Day 1: July 20th (Wed) Pre-Night (Twin Cities) Travel to Bloomington, MN Pre-Night Stay You will need a current U.S. Passport for this tour. Your United States Passport must be current with an expiration date six months AFTER our return (February 2017 or beyond).
A couple of months prior to departure, the name of the hotel property, boarding places and time will be announced. If you need to leave a car parked while you are gone, you'll want to give us a call so we can help you with those arrangements. Boarding locations that are common stops on our Happy Trails Tours are as follows; Sartell (AmericInn); St Stephens, (Trobec Bus Barn), Little Falls (Walmart); Baxter (Kohls) Grand Rapids (Sawmill Inn); Hibbing (Park Hotel) Virginia (Village Inn); Eveleth (Super 8); Duluth (Perkins Miller Mall) and Cloquet (Perkins). Oftentimes, folks will meet us at the airport if they live in or around the Twin Cities. Day 2: July 21st (Thu) Fly to Vancouver, BC We'll be flying Non-Stop on Delta Airlines from Mpls at 9:25 am - arriving to Vancouver at 11:05 am. (About a 4 hour flight). We're moving from our Central Time Zone to the west coast Pacific Time Zone (We'll gain 2 hours today). Once we get through the airport security, customs, gather our suitcases, we'll meet our airport transfer and settle in to the beautiful Marriott Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in the heart of Vancouver, BC. We'll be here for 2 nights. Once checked in...you have the freedom to explore the area at your leisure. There are shops & dining within walking distance of this lovely 4 Star Hotel. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NOTE: You may bring ONE main suitcase each (checked) and one carry on bag. Airline restrictions are as follows at the time this tour was designed. Carry On- 22(H) X 14 (L) X 9 (W) - 45 linear inches including handle & wheels. Checked Luggage can not exceed 62 linear inches (H X L X W) & Maximum of 50#. Baggage fees apply for checked luggage & everyone must handle their own bags. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Day 3: July 22nd (Fri) Vancouver Island Ferry to Victoria and Visit Butchart Gardens After a full breakfast this morning @ 6 am, you'll enjoy one of Vancouver, BC most popular full day narrated tours to Vancouver Island. It'll pick us up at the hotel at 7:15 am and bring us to the boat dock, home to "BC Ferries". Here we'll take a 95 minute cruise through the marine wonderland of the Gulf Islands. Once docked at Swartz Bay, our tour will continue to the world-famous Butchart Gardens with their 50-acre display of magnificent foliage. After spending 2 hours at the Gardens, we travel to historic downtown Victoria for a Narrated City Tour. We'll wind our way through quaint Chinatown and Inner Harbour, the Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum and more. We've even tucked a little time in for lunch and shopping (1 1/2 hours). We'll re-board our motor coach and travel to the boat dock and return to the mainland around 7:45 pm. (Note: You can get food & drinks on board the ferry). Day 4: July 23rd (Sat) Cruise on Princess Inside Passage Cruise & Vancouver, BC City Tour Another breakfast is included this morning at the hotel @ 7 am before checking out of our hotel and beginning the next phase of our Alaskan Tour. We've planned a wonderful Vancouver City Tour to begin at 8:45 am from the hotel. You'll hear the stories and history of the people of Vancouver as well as visit Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park. We'll drive by Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, English Bay and Granville Island before ending our tour at 1 pm @ Canada Place Pier where the lovely Norwegian Sun is docked. We'll begin the process of checking in at the pier for our seven night Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise. Once this is completed, you are free to get lunch on board the cruise ship as rooms are not always ready until about 2-3 pm. Your Inside Passage Cruise departs in the late afternoon. Day 5: July 24th (Sun) Inside Passage Coral Princess " Inside Passage Cruise" At Sea Alaska's Inside Passage is a narrow waterway surrounded by 1,000 foot-icy cliffs. There are no words to express the majestic beauty of Alaska that you'll see not only on the cruise portion of this tour but also on the land portion at the conclusion on the tour. Sit back and get acquainted with your surroundings on board the ship...and don't forget to enjoy all the great amenities the Coral Princess has to offer
* Several Restaurants Options - We are booked with Anytime Dining which allows you to pick the time and place.
* The Coral Princess also offers several formal dining rooms and several casual eateries on board.
* Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Spa & Fitness Center
* Shops, Theater & Lounge, Casino
* Rooms requested have two beds that can be converted into one full size bed
* All rooms have balconies and are Mid-ship
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ *Note: A gratuity of $11.50 per person per day is charged to your on-board account while on board the cruise ship. This is to cover gratuities for service charges for wait staff, cabin stewards, buffet staff and housekeeping. Gratuities are NOT included on the land portion of this tour. This may done as per your own personal custom. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Day 6: July 25th (Mon) Port of Call: Ketchikan Arrive to Ketchikan at 6:30 am and depart at 2 pm Experience both Southeast Alaska's rich native heritage and rough-and-tumble pioneering side. We encourage you to sign up for "Shore Excursions" right on board the cruise ship for tours of places like Ketchikan (your 1st Port of Call). We'll help steer you in the right direction if you wish to take a narrated city tour that would include the history, totem poles and more. Or if you prefer, you can simply enjoy all ports of call by stepping off the ship and exploring as per your own agenda.
We find our customers like to pick their own tours when stopping at the various ports, which is often done on board ship. Here tours can be customized to fit your personal agenda, price & interest. They may also be ordered on line.
Day 7: July 26th (Tue) Port of Call: Juneau Arrive to Juneau at 8 am and depart at 9 pm As we sail northbound thru the Inside Passage, we'll pass through awe-inspiring scenery before arriving to Juneau. This 26 miles of mind-blowing scenery twists and turns thru the narrow passage to include rugged granite cliffs, rising straight from the water's edge, laced with waterfalls. Juneau, the 1880 mining camp became the territorial capital in 1906 when the government was transferred from Sitka. It sits at the base of Mt Juneau and is surrounded by salt water. There are great tours that may interest you while in Juneau. We'll continue our journey northward through the Inside Passage. We'll see Mendenhall Glacier, a 5000 square-mile Juneau Ice fields that is one of the largest ice fields on the continent.
Day 8: July 27th Wed) Port of Call: Skagway Arrive to Skagway at 7 am and depart at 8:30 pm Good Morning! While the cruise ship was leisurely sailing north, you'll rise and shine this morning in Skagway. In a single year from 1896 to 1897, this remote town along the Inside Passage grew from a few tents to a city of 20,000 gold seekers. Today, travelers come in search of other riches – to experience yesteryear along Skagway's charming boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate those Gold Rush days.
Day 9: July 28th (Thu) Cruise Glacier Bay We'll sail along Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Comprised of 3.3 million acres of natural wonders, it is home to magnificent glaciers, snow-capped mountains and abundant birds and wildlife. Have your camera ready! It is a spectacular site.
Day 10: July 29th (Fri) Cruise College Fjord Today we'll sail along College Fjord. Get up close and personal with the gigantic College Fjord Glacier (a collection of many glaciers. Today includes a very scenic cruise at sea among the glaciers.
Day 11: July 30th (Sat) Arrive to Whittier Arrive to Whittier / Travel to Alyeska by Rail
Now the land portion begins! We'll board a chartered motor coach and travel to the Train Depot in Whittier. We'll board the Princess Alaska Rail Road Train to Denali National Park. We'll spend our 1st night on land while at the Princess Wilderness Lodge in Denali NP. We'll get checked in to our lovely property where the rest of your day may be spent at your leisure in the resort, hike on the trails or enjoy the swimming pool. We are in a great location where the rest of the day may be spent at your leisure.
About the Princess Meal Plan: Princess offers a meal plan that includes a breakfast (3) each morning at the Lodge in Denali and the one in McKinley/Talkeetna. It'll include a lunch on the train and dinner each night (3) at these same properties. The cost to add the $548 for two (couple) as an additional add on. Up to this point, all your meals have been included while sailing on the Princess Coral. Please let us know if you would like to add this into your package. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Day 12: July 31st (Sun) Denali National Park Our second day here brings us deep into Denali National Park for a Natural History Tour. This informative tour includes a visit to the Denali National Park & Preserve where you'll enjoy an award-winning film, abundant wildlife and historical sites. This tour lasts about 5 hours allowing the remainder of the day with time to enjoy other activities as per your own agenda. Settle in for your 2nd night at the Princess Wilderness Lodge.
FYI: There are so many tours offered on this Alaska tour - too many to list at each day by day venue. Be sure to check the website for tours available. We can also help you with this. But again...many of the cruise tours can be booked right on board the ship. The ship offers a great opportunity to attend informative classes & ask questions.
Day 13: Aug 1st, (Mon) McKinley / Talkeetna This morning we'll board a chartered motorcoach for our journey to Talkeetna where we'll stay at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. The views along the route to Talkeetna is spectacular! Of course, the main attraction is the 20,320 feet mountain itself, visible from nearly anywhere on the lodge's property.
Day 14: Aug 2nd (Tue) Coach to Anchorage Travel to Anchorage, Alaska! Again, enjoy beautiful scenery along our way. Our hotel is the lovely Hotel Captain Cook, located in the historic district of Anchorage. Anchorage, aka "City of Flowers", is Alaska's largest city offering plenty of restaurants & shopping within walking distance of our hotel.
Day 15: Aug 3rd (Wed) Anchorage, Alaska We've got an entire day to explore this amazing city as per our own agenda. There are museums and nice tourist attractions within walking distance of your hotel. Enjoy your second night in Anchorage, Alaska.
Day 16: Aug 4th (Fri) Homeward Bound Enjoy a leisure morning before boarding your chartered motor coach for your airport transfer. We'll arrive to the Anchorage Airport by 10:00 am and begin the check in process for our Delta # 1677 non-stop flight. It departs at 12:15 pm. We'll arrive to Minneapolis at 6:06 pm and once through the airport with luggage gathered, we'll board our local motor coach transfer and journey home. It'll be a late night home for most of you that live more than a few hours from the Twin Cities.
A Few Things to Know about This Tour
Princess Cruise Lines can pull any allotted cabins blocked at any time once the ship begins to sell out. This may affect the availability of the tour as well as the cost if this happens. If you want to sail with Happy Trails Tours on this beautiful Alaska cruise in 2016, call ASAP and get your registration deposit made before they begin recalling cabin space.
*Our 1st Recall Date: Jan 2016 / 2nd Recall is Feb. 2016
SPECIAL: Princess is offering a wonderful SALE that runs through October 29th that includes Free Gratuities and FREE Upgrades. Call SOON so that you can receive these great promotions!
Important Information to know about your cruise / land tour. Deposits: $600.00 per person is due with registration. This is refundable up through April 1, 2016.
Final Payment Due Date: Final balance is due on April 23, 2016. 90 days prior to departure. We accept checks, money orders, bank drafts and credit cards for modes of payment.
Deadline Date to Cancel: April 23, 2016 (Must be in writing).
Maximum Number: We only have 30 airline tickets and 16 cabins on the ship reserved. Once those are sold out, cabins are sold at what the rate is for that day and we cannot guarantee availability. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Minimum Number: We must meet a minimum of 25 by April 10, 2016 or the tour may have to be canceled. Any monies you have paid to Happy Trails Tours are fully refundable if Happy Trails cancels the tour due to lack of participation.
Cancellation Policy / Refunds/ Travel Insurance: Happy Trails Tours has penalties different from airlines and cruise-lines should a cancelation occur, which is why we offer the travel protection insurance at an additional fee. Travel Guard International covers pre-existing conditions, trip interruptions, delays, last-minute cancelations due to emergency illness, primary medical insurance and more when purchased within 12 days of your initial down payment. Be sure to read through the inclusions of the travel insurance brochure to see what the policy covers. Premiums vary depending whether you are a double or a single traveler and what your age is at the time you purchase the insurance. Claims may be submitted for refunds provided the reason for cancelation falls under the policy coverage. Happy Trails Tours is happy to assist you with any claims that may need to be filed.
Medications: Do not pack them in your suitcase. Always carry them on your person. Bring a list along that shows what medications you are taking (especially if you transfer them into medication dispensers other than the original bottles).
Passports: You must have a current U.S. passport with an expiration date of February 2017 or later. The number and expiration date is required on your registration form. There is no refund if you are denied boarding due to an expired passport (or no passport!).
Shore Excursions: There are many shore excursions offered at the ports of call and throughout the land portion of this tour. Please let us know if you need help in selecting a shore excursion. We recommend waiting to get on board the ship so that you can discuss in detail with Princess Shore Excursion team.
Your Cruise Tour: DA4-11 Day Denali Explorer
Ship and Sale Date: Coral Princess on July23, 2016
Airlines: We must have your full legal name as it appears on your government-issued Passport. We need your date birth and gender. If you have a Delta Sky Mile number we will submit it for you. Once names are submitted, we will be given seat locations on the plane. We will do whatever possible to honor any special requests for seat location. All seats are in coach class. Airline rewards cannot be used for group reservations nor will they allow upgrades to 1st class. Also, the airlines will charge a fee to change a name once names have been submitted. Please note that fuel surcharges can sometimes occur with both the airlines and the cruiseline.
Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, cruise lines, airlines or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and the accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Travel protection insurance can help to offset any financial penalties that may occur due to cancellations.