The Good Life
The Good Life’s Currently Planned Trips
Monday, May 17
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Fairbanks, Alaska. Upon arrival we will board our deluxe motor coach for a short ride to Marriott’s Springhill Suites, located in the heart of downtown Fairbanks, where we’ll check in for two nights. The evening is free for you to start exploring this lovely small city.
Tuesday, May 18
Following breakfast this morning, we’ll depart on a guided tour of Fairbanks that includes the Gold Dredge #8 mine and the Alaska Pipeline. Learn all about the mining history of interior Alaska and try your luck at panning for gold. Then we will depart for the Sternwheeler River Boat Discovery where we will enjoy a hearty Miner’s Stew lunch before we board the boat for a narrated cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. We’ll stop at a recreated Indian village to learn about the native Alaskans’ fascinating way of life.
Wednesday, May 19
Today enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we travel to Denali. Upon arrival we will have lunch at the Alpenglow Restaurant followed by a Denali Natural History Tour in Denali National Park. This 4 to 5-hour excursion with a certified driver-naturalist provides in-depth information about the history of the park while we keep a keen lookout for wildlife and photo opportunities. Tonight, we’ll stay at the Grande Denali Lodge which offers panoramic views of the Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon.
Thursday, May 20
Breakfast is included at the hotel this morning before we board our deluxe dome car for a ride on the Alaska Railroad from Denali to Talkeetna. A delicious, freshly prepared, cooked-to-order lunch is included on the train. Upon arrival in Talkeetna, we will have free time to explore this iconic Alaskan town before we transfer to Anchorage and check into the Hilton Hotel for a one-night stay.
Friday, May 21
We begin another exciting day with a beautiful drive southward on the Seward Highway as we make our way to the Seavey “Ididaride” Complex. Members of the Seavey family won six consecutive Iditarod races (2012 - 2017). Here, we’ll be treated to a wilderness dogsled ride! Feel the raw power, enthusiasm and energy of 13 amazing Iditarod sled dogs as they pull your comfortable wheeled sled along a two-mile trek through the Alaskan wilderness to the base of Resurrection Mountain and along Box Canyon Creek. Afterward, your Iditarod veteran guide will tell you exciting stories about their Iditarod experiences and take you on a tour of their facilities. After all that excitement, we’ll visit Seavey’s kennel area where you’ll be able to cuddle adorable puppies. Next, we’re on our way to board Celebrity Cruise’s beautiful Millennium for a 7-night cruise. Get settled in your fabulous stateroom and explore the ship before we sail away! The ship sets sail at 8:00 p.m. (Beginning with lunch today, all meals are included on the ship.)
Saturday, May 22 - Scenic Cruising
Get up close and personal with gigantic Hubbard Glacier, North America's largest tidewater glacier. This 1,350 square miles of blue ice is the most active glacier in Alaska!
Sunday, May 23
Juneau, Alaska offers unparalleled glacier viewing from such places as Tracy Arm Fjord, the Juneau Icefields and Glacier Bay National Park. Shore excursions offer slight seeing, a tour of historic downtown or panning for gold, just to name a few.
Monday, May 24
Downtown Skagway features historic false-front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks, locals in period costumes and restored buildings, many of which are part of the National Park Service’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. With a wide variety of shore excursions available, including a ride in an antique train car on the White Pass & Yukon Railway with views of spectacular scenery and a thrilling ride in a sled pulled by a team of Alaskan Huskies, there’s something for everyone in Skagway!
Tuesday, May 25
Icy Strait Point is located on Chichagoff Island, home to more brown bears than humans, where eagles soar overhead and whales are regularly seen just offshore. Experience the true Alaskan wilderness as you are surrounded by rainforest and mist-shrouded mountains. Explore a restored 1912 salmon cannery and museum, nature trails, and even a beach! Icy Strait Point is the port for adventure. Glide down the world's largest ZipRider, whale watch in the waters of Port Frederick and Point Adolphus, search for the coastal brown bears, or soar high above it all in a helicopter.
Wednesday, May 26
Ketchikan is set at the southernmost entrance to Alaska's famed Inside Passage with a network of waterways that snake through some of the most spectacular wilderness in the world. It is best known for three things: feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich Alaskan Native culture. From here you can visit Misty Fjords National Monument by seaplane or boat. This 2.3 million-acre park is stunning, with massive glacial cliffs and secluded bays. Other popular excursions include Totem Heritage Center with its collection of over 30 totems dating back to the 19th century, fishing expeditions, hiking and kayaking.
Thursday, May 27 - Scenic Cruising
Get ready for amazing views and wildlife like nowhere else as you sail through Alaska's Inside Passage. You’ll have panoramic views of hanging glaciers, fjords and coastal mountains. Be on the watch for whales, sea lions, seals and a variety of water foul.
Friday, May 28
This morning we’ll to disembark the ship in Vancouver, British Columbia and head to the airport for our flight home. We’ll take with us wonderful memories of amazing Alaska!
To sign up for the trip or for more information, contact Brenda Sykes by email or phone (270) 767-4252