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Alaska is The Great Land

Make your way to Alaska and discover these gems…

    • Glaciers – view, touch, or soar above them!
    • National Parks – the beauty of Denali and Kenai Fjords!
    • Wildlife – untamed creatures in their natural habitats!
    • Inside Passage – constantly changing picturesque scenery!
    • Ports – Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, and Juneau!
    • Wilderness Lodges – stay in comfort in stunning landscapes!
    • Northern Lights – be mesmerized with the Aurora Borealis!
    • Iditarod – Alaska’s best-known sporting event!
    • … and MORE! – call us to customize your adventure!

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Sample Vacations

 
Spectacular Alaska – with Globus

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 Example Itinerary Map

10 days roundtrip from Anchorage

 Day 1: Anchorage

Welcome to Anchorage! Meet your Tour Director this evening between 5 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.

 Day 2: Valdez

Meet your fellow traveling companions at this morning’s welcome orientation. Travel through Palmer in the Matanuska Valley, where cabbages can grow to an amazing 70 pounds in the 24-hour daylight, up over Tahneta Pass for wonderful vistas of Matanuska and Worthington Glaciers. Stop at Bridal Veil Falls before arriving in the seaside port of Valdez, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Alaska.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 3: Valdez / Prince William Sound

Board your boat for a CRUISE on Prince William Sound and along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier, keeping a watchful eye out for wildlife, including seals, sea otters, birds, and even whales! Before returning to Valdez, see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal, where supertankers are loaded with crude oil from Prudhoe Bay. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 4: Delta Junction / Fairbanks

Great scenery all the way as you travel along Richardson Highway. Stop at DELTA JUNCTION, a living history homestead with a museum, original roadhouse, and farm animals. Then, head west on the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. (Breakfast)

 Day 5: Fairbanks

Visit GOLD DREDGE #8 and ride the narrow-gauge railroad. Then, try your luck as you pan for gold. Later today, board the sternwheeler DISCOVERY for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers, with a stop at the Chena Indian Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. You will also have the chance to meet Iditarod mushers and their famed dog teams to learn about breeding, training, and the big race! This evening, enjoy a special Alaska salmon bake. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 6: Alaska Railroad / Denali National Park

Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness. Today’s ride ends at DENALI NATIONAL PARK, where North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley (Denali), majestically dominates the park’s 6 million acres. The afternoon is free. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Murie Science & Learning Center followed by an exclusive Local Favorite PRESENTATION on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 7: Denali National Park

Morning at leisure. Optional activities include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Then, dress comfortably for a WILDERNESS EXPEDITION into Denali National Park to seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and other wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 8: Big Lake / Anchorage

Continue your exploration of Denali National Park as you head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS, home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser and his dogs. Meet an Iditarod competitor and learn how they race and care for their dogs. You will also see a demo on mushing, complete with a mock Iditarod checkpoint, and get a chance to play with the sled dogs! Upon arrival in Anchorage, enjoy a tour of the ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER. Afterward, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Over desert, enjoy a special Local Favorite STORYTELLING presentation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 9: Anchorage / Kenai Fjords National Park

Witness one of the world’s most scenic drives as you follow the south shore of lovely Turnagain Arm. Upon arrival in Seward, board your vessel for a cruise of KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK and the opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more! (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 10: Anchorage

The tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

Alaska Multisport – with G Adventures

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11 days roundtrip from Anchorage

 Summary

Hike on a glacial icefield among the incredible wilderness, camp by the river on an overnight whitewater rafting trip, hike in the shadow of Mt McKinley (Denali) – North America’s highest mountain, enjoy hiking in Alaska’s incredible remoteness.

 Day 1: Anchorage

Arrive at any time.

 Day 2: Resurrection Bay

Drive along Turnagain Arm to the coastal town of Seward. After an orientation tour of the city, head out on a wildlife cruise which ends at Kayaker’s Cove. Overnight in a rustic lodge, with hiking trails all around.

 Day 3: Resurrection Bay / Seward

Morning kayaking trip along the coast, keeping an eye out for a wide variety of wildlife. In the afternoon, transfer back to Seward by water taxi.

 Day 4: Seward / Cooper Landing

Morning ice-hike on stunning Exit Glacier in Kenai National Park. In the afternoon, depart for Cooper Landing.

 Day 5: Cooper Landing

Enjoy a free day in Cooper Landing with the option for hikes around the Kenai Peninsula, or opt to take it easy and relax by the river. Transfer to Girdwood.

 Day 6: Girdwood

After transferring to Girdwood, there are options available for some excellent mountain biking. The trails vary and include some full downhill trails as well as more scenic, gentler rides. Other options are to hike in the rainforest along the Winner Creek Trail, or take the aerial tram.

 Day 7: Denali National Park & Preserve

Transfer in the morning to Denali National Park. On a full-day drive, there is plenty of time to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery.

 Day 8: Denali National Park and Preserve

Enjoy a full-day in the national park, with a hike affording you views of Mt McKinley (Denali), North America’s highest mountain. The scenery here is among the most spectacular in Alaska, with abundant opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy the incredible views.

 Day 9: Denali National Park and Preserve

Enjoy a free morning to relax in the park. In the afternoon head out on an overnight rafting excursion. Start off along the river, before taking out and camping alongside the water overnight.

 Day 10: Denali & Anchorage

After breakfast at the camp, continue along the river before stopping for a well-deserved barbecue lunch. Transfer back to Anchorage for the evening.

 Day 11: Anchorage

Depart at any time.


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

14-Day Roundtrip Seattle – with Holland America

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14 days roundtrip from Seattle

 Arrival Day: Seattle, Washington

Arrive at any time today. Harvester of trees. Provisioner to gold rushers. Gateway for sea commerce. Incubator of jazz and grunge, jets and literature, coffee and computer software. Seattle is as much about reinvention as it is a landscape. But what a landscape! There are lakes and mountains and forests everywhere you look. The rest is an archipelago of neighborhoods studded with boutiques and coffee shops. Catch a salmon at Pike Place Market, ride to the top of the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew in Fremont, or slurp a bowl of steaming pho down in the International District.

 Day 1: Cruising: Vancouver Island

Cruise to Vancouver Island, and enjoy onboard entertainment today at sea.

 Day 2: Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan clutches the shores of the Tongass Narrows, with many shops and houses built right out over the water. The stairways are weathered and the vibe is cheerful in the town that calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World. Besides the main attractions – Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Village – try a flightseeing trip to Misty Fjords National Monument. These deepwater fjords were gouged out by retreating glaciers, leaving granite cliffs towering thousands of feet above the sea and countless waterfalls plunging into placid waters.

 Day 3: Scenic Cruising Tracy Arm

Stephens Passage takes a hard right turn into the sheer rock of the Boundary Ranges at Tracy Arm, a narrow, twisting, 30-mile-long fjord that ends at the twin Sawyer glaciers. Lush rain forest recedes to reveal bare rock, and verticality predominates: 7,000-foot peaks, sheer rock faces, waterfalls at every turn. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age – the twin Sawyer Glaciers, calving icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea.

 Day 4: Juneau, Alaska

No roads lead to Juneau, which gives the Alaskan capital a misty inscrutability. You need to come by air or water, but when you arrive, the place will delight you with its bounty of water, forests, and mountains. Squeezed between the Gastineau Channel and Coast Mountains, Juneau offers a lot of variety in close proximity. The massive Mendenhall Glacier and the immense Juneau Icefields are at its back door. The vast Tongass National Forest stretches away to the northeast. You can shop downtown or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee or fish. The adventures are as bountiful as the daylight.

 Day 5: Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Cruise to Icy Strait Point. Zip. Kayak. Eat. Shop. Look. Icy Strait Point adorns the north end of Chichagof Island and is a jumping off point for Glacier Bay, just across Icy Strait to the north. Close to the town of Hoonah, a venerable Tlingit community, Icy Strait Point gives you the chance to explore secluded beaches, hike old-growth forests, or kayak along rich coastal waters. If your adrenaline stores are low, you can take a 60 mph ride on the world’s longest zip line.

 Day 6: at sea

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea.

 Day 7: Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage flaunts its mountains: The Chugach seem to rise just like that out of the backyards of city’s eastern neighborhoods. So much of the rest of the scenery is water. The west of the city is bounded by the Cook Inlet, the north and south by its two major branches: the Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm. Hit Anchorage on the solstice and enjoy the restaurants, saloons, museums and galleries in round-the-clock sunshine. Extend your stay and take advantage of the many optional tours that spotlight Alaska’s history, culture and outdoor lifestyle.

 Day 8: Homer, Alaska

One school of thought is that 15,000 years ago, a Kachemak Bay glacier conveniently pushed a five-mile long gravel bar toward Cook Inlet, leaving a huge sand bar behind when it retreated. Either that, or the sand bar was created by tidal swells. At any rate, The Spit, as it’s called, is today the salient geographic feature of the city of Homer. It’s also a good place to walk the beach, take in the view, or bend an elbow. Homer is a busy port located at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula in the shadow of the Kenai Mountains. It’s world famous for its halibut fishing, and gives you great opportunities to kayak, spot bears, and peruse the local galleries.

 Day 9: Kodiak, Alaska

While Kodiak Island has been home to the Alutiiq people for more than 7,500 years, its most famous inhabitant is surely the enormous sub-species of grizzly known as the Kodiak brown bear. Some of these giants weigh 1,500 pounds and stand ten feet tall. (Everything’s bigger in Alaska.) Kodiak also offers legendary fishing, the patina of Russian culture, and immaculate green fjords.

 Day 10: Hubbard Glacier

Come face to face with a gigantic wall of ice that fills your view and extends for miles in either direction. Hubbard Glacier is a titan on the move, advancing faster than almost any other glacier on the continent. When it begins to disgorge its ice, by this point 400 years old, into the salt water at Disenchantment Bay, this behemoth is five miles wide and 40 stories high. It dwarfs ships. As you glide along, watch for seals basking on ice floes, listen for the loud, deep rumble and wait for the mighty crack and thunderous crash.

 Day 11: Sitka, Alaska

The onion domes of St. Michael’s Cathedral are your first clue that Sitka was once a key Russian settlement. Indeed, it was capital of Russian America, seat of the bishop of Kamchatka, and the most important port on the West Coast for the first half of the 19th century. Catch a performance by the New Archangel Dancers, be greeted by native Tlingit people, then stand on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska in 1867. The dramatic setting in the shadow of Mt. Edgecumbe is one of the loveliest in the Great North.

 Day 12: at sea

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea.

 Day 13: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Hello, England. Fancy meeting you here! Victoria is a city that started as Salish Village, spent a roustabout adolescence as a main port for gold prospectors and opium traders, and then transformed itself into an icon of British gentility after the completion of the trans-Canada railroad put neighboring Vancouver in the ascendant. Two events were seminal: the opening of Butchart Gardens in 1904 and the completion of the Empress Hotel in 1908. Butchart is a collection of gardens more than a single garden — highlights for cruise visitors include the Sunken Garden (built from a former limestone quarry), the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Rose Garden (breathe deeply). The Empress Hotel is merely a national icon. Come in for high tea.

 Day 14: Seattle, Washington

Cruise ends today in Seattle, Washington. Harvester of trees. Provisioner to gold rushers. Gateway for sea commerce. Incubator of jazz and grunge, jets and literature, coffee and computer software. Seattle is as much about reinvention as it is a landscape. But what a landscape! There are lakes and mountains and forests everywhere you look. The rest is an archipelago of neighborhoods studded with boutiques and coffee shops. Catch a salmon at Pike Place Market, ride to the top of the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew in Fremont, or slurp a bowl of steaming pho down in the International District.


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Arranging Your Ocean Cruise Vacation

Whether you’re a first-time cruiser, or checking out a cruise itinerary, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Ocean Cruising industry: Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Cruise that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Cruise vacation.

Alaska & The Yukon – with Cosmos & Holland America

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19 days from Anchorage to Vancouver

 Day 1: Anchorage

Enjoy free time to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

 Day 2: Prince William Sound / Valdez

Board a BOAT today for an up-close look at the playful life in PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND, the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier, and the epicenter of the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Watch for eagles, whales, mountain goats, dolphins, and sea lions! Overnight in Valdez, the “Switzerland of Alaska.”

 Day 3: Tok

Leave Valdez, home of the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal. On today’s journey, enjoy views of Bridal Veil Falls, Worthington Glacier, and Thompson Pass. Overnight in Tok, the “Dog Sled Capital of the World.”

 Day 4: Whitehorse

Join the Alaska Highway and follow along the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Skirt the shores of Kluane Lake, once a meeting place for crews constructing the Alaska Highway. Behold spectacular vistas of the rugged mountains of Kluane National Park, home to 19,625-foot-high Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. The next two nights are in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon and the territorial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

 Day 5: Whitehorse / Skagway

Follow the Trail of ‘98 over the same mountains that thousands of determined gold seekers scaled on foot in the dead of winter while heading for the Klondike. From Frasier, your Tour Director will suggest an optional train trip on the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway. Otherwise, continue by motorcoach to Skagway. Stroll the wooden sidewalks past charming false-front buildings and colorful saloons.

Please Note: Operation of the White Pass & Yukon Railway to Skagway is subject to seasonal conditions.

 Day 6: Dawson City

Head northwest through the town of Carmacks, once an important supply station for gold seekers on their way to the Klondike. A stop at the fiery Five Finger Rapids, a major obstacle to the hordes of fortune seekers that passed this way. Reach Dawson City, the center of excitement after the first gold strike in the Klondike in 1896, which led to the world’s largest gold rush. Tonight, enjoy the high-flying entertainment of DIAMOND TOOTH GERTIE’S SALOON, featuring ragtime music, can-can girls, and an old-fashioned casino.

 Day 7: Dawson City

A full day to soak up the exciting history of this Gold Rush town. Highlights on your morning tour include Bonanza Creek, site of Claim #1, where the first gold strike was made; Robert Service’s cabin; and a photo stop at the SS Keno, the last sternwheeler to run between Dawson and Whitehorse.

 Day 8: Fairbanks

A long day and well worth it, as the scenery is magnificent. Motor over the Top of the World Highway and re-enter Alaska. Travel through the village of Chicken and west on the Alaska Highway. Stop at an authentic Alaska roadhouse before your early evening arrival in Fairbanks.

 Day 9: Fairbanks

Morning sightseeing features the highlights of Alaska’s second-largest city and includes a visit to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Board the STERNWHEELER RIVERBOAT Discovery III for a leisurely cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Listen as the ship’s guides discuss the wildlife, history, geology, and customs of the region.

 Day 10: Denali National Park

Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a memorable journey through untamed wilderness. Sit back in comfort and enjoy spectacular scenery through wide windows. Be sure to take advantage of the domed-roof car. The ride ends in DENALI NATIONAL PARK. North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, dominates the park’s 6 million acres of glacial streams, river valleys, and multicolored tundra. The afternoon is free for exploring on your own.

 Day 11: Denali National Park

A free day for independent activities. A hike along the many wilderness trails might be good fun. Also take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bears, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep; a raft trip down the Nenana River; or a helicopter ride over the park. Your Tour Director will have plenty of other suggestions.

 Day 12: Denali NP / Anchorage / Embark

Continue your exploration of DENALI NATIONAL PARK as you head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at the IDITAROD VISITOR CENTER, home of the great dogsled race. After arrival in Anchorage, transfer to Seward and board your cruise ship this evening. (D)

 Day 13: Cruising: Gulf of Alaska

A relaxing day at sea provides time to explore the ship’s many amenities. Animal and marine life are abundant in this area and, with a little luck, you may spot a pod of mighty yet graceful killer whales. (B,L,D)

 Day 14: Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)

 Day 15: Haines

Nestled along a scenic fjord, Haines features the impressive Sheldon Museum, as well as galleries, shops, and Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles occurs each year. (B,L,D)

 Day 16: Juneau

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)

 Day 17: Ketchikan

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)

 Day 18: Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)

 Day 19: Vancouver

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon. (B)


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Arranging Your Land & Sea Vacation

Whether you’re a first-time cruiser, or looking for a new cruise itinerary, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Ocean Cruising industry that offer Land & Sea CruiseTours: Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a CruiseTour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land & Sea vacation.

Alaska & Canada – with Cosmos & Holland America

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18 days from Calgary to Vancouver

 Day 1: Calgary

Enjoy time at leisure. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

 Day 2: Calgary Stampede Grounds

Welcome to Calgary and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Dressed in your best Cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the Calgary Stampede grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping chuck wagon races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You’ll be out of your seats cheering on your favorite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular. (B)

 Day 3: Calgary Stampede Grounds & Rodeo

Fuel up for the day’s activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favourite rodeo contenders. If you haven’t already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede Rodeo this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see. (B)

 Day 4: Calgary / Banff National Park

The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Guided sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Upon arrival, take the optional gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views. Then, visit sparkling Bow Falls. (B)

 Day 5: Banff National Park

Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

 Day 6: Lake Louise/Columbia Icefield/Jasper

First stop is Lake Louise, its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight on today’s agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. Upon arrival in Jasper, an orientation tour showcases Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

 Day 7: Jasper National Park

Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.

 Day 8: Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops

An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast. En route, pass Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Follow the Thompson River and enjoy vistas of the Monashee Mountains. (CB,L)

 Day 9: Rocky Mountaineer / Vancouver

Reboard the train and head through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River. Continue through the stark beauty of Fraser Canyon and the turbulence of mighty Hell’s Gate. Then, pass through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, surrounded by the snowcapped Coast Mountains. Arrive in Vancouver at the Rocky Mountaineer Station in early evening and transfer to your hotel. (CB,L)

 Day 10: Vancouver / Ferry Crossing / Victoria

Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

 Day 11: Vancounver / Embarkation

Embark your cruise ship. (D)

 Day 12: Scenic Cruise: Inside Passage

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)

 Day 13: Juneau

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)

 Day 14: Skagway

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. (B,L,D)

 Day 15: Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)

 Day 16: Ketchikan

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)

 Day 17: Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)

 Day 18: Vancouver / Disembakation

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)


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Arranging Your Land & Sea Vacation

Whether you’re a first-time cruiser, or looking for a new cruise itinerary, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Ocean Cruising industry that offer Land & Sea CruiseTours: Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a CruiseTour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land & Sea vacation.

Pacific Coast Explorer – with Cosmos & Holland America

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21 days from San Diego to Seattle

 Day 1: San Diego

Welcome to San Diego, California’s second-largest city. Time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

 Day 2: San Diego

Enjoy blue skies on 70 miles of beaches with a Mediterranean climate. This morning features a sightseeing tour, including downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island, and Old Town San Diego. This afternoon, experience San Diego at your leisure. Take in the Maritime Museum or the celebrated San Diego Zoo. (CB)

 Day 3: Los Angeles

Today, continue on your coastal journey to Los Angeles, the “City of Angels” and home to Universal Studios® as well as your favorite music and film celebrities. Tour Los Angeles and visit the TCL Chinese Theatre, where nearly 200 movie stars have left their handprints and footprints, and see the popular Hollywood Walk of Fame. (CB)

 Day 4: Los Angeles

The day is free for your own exploration. Visit Hollywood and the Hollywood History Museum, located in the old Max Factor Building. Stroll Olvera Street, the heart of the original Spanish Mission, or visit the Getty Center with its wonderful art collection. This evening, your Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions for dining and shopping.

 Day 5: Santa Barbara / San Luis Obispo

This morning, leave the “Motion Picture Capital of the World” behind as you follow the shoreline from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara. The Spanish influence is apparent in Santa Barbara with its quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Visit the impressive 200-year-old MISSION with its world-famous twin bell towers. Afterward, enjoy a stroll along the wharf and lunch on your own. Up next: Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Free time to browse through the charming shops featuring Danish imports and rich pastries.

 Day 6: San Simeon / Carmel / Monterey

This morning we’ll travel along the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway and journey to San Simeon to visit HEARST CASTLE, the opulent mansion of wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. See the splendid antiques, art treasures, and exotic possessions. Next, visit the resort town of Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Another high point on today’s journey is the beautiful 17-MILE DRIVE, with views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the tenacious Lone Cypress. Next, travel to Monterey, made famous by John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. (CB)

 Day 7: San Francisco

This morning, leave the Monterey coast behind and journey up the peninsula to San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.” Upon arrival, a sightseeing tour includes the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf. Afterward, take a boat trip to ALCATRAZ PRISON and learn the history of this notorious former prison. (CB)

Please Note: The National Park Service requires we disclose that the value of the Alcatraz Prison visit is US$30.

 Day 8: San Francisco

The day is free for independent exploration. Perhaps return to Fisherman’s Wharf to enjoy its stores, markets, and excellent waterside eateries; stroll along Grant Street; or maybe take a cable car ride. Tonight, join our optional evening out with dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf followed by an illumination tour of San Francisco.

 Day 9: Wine Country / Eureka

Leave San Francisco and cross over the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. Head north into the wine-growing valley of Sonoma. Enjoy a guided tour and WINE TASTING at one of the well-known wineries. Afterward, travel the AVENUE OF THE GIANTS. This world-famous scenic drive is a 31-mile portion of Highway 101 with 51,222 acres of redwood groves.

 Day 10: Redwood NP / Coos Bay

Travel the coastal highway through REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK with its majestic sequoias, then drive to the seacoast town of Bandon-by-the-Sea. A sightseeing tour will show you its beauty and charm, and includes a photo stop at the Bandon Lighthouse. Overnight in the town of Coos Bay. (CB)

 Day 11: Florence / Newport

Today is all about scenic beauty at a leisurely pace. First is the quaint town of Florence, one of Oregon’s most beautiful and charming cities along the coast. Time on your own to explore historic Old Town with its shops, boutiques, and coffee houses. From Florence, continue north through the SIUSLAW NATIONAL FOREST past popular beach resorts to one of Oregon’s favorite vacation spots—Newport on pretty Yaquina Bay. Late this afternoon, visit the OREGON COAST AQUARIUM.

 Day 12: Tillamook / Portland

For a taste of the dramatic Oregon coastline we follow the Three Capes Scenic Route to Tillamook. Watch for the signs that tell you the brief story of the ghost community, now gone, that existed there 35 to 55 years ago. Enjoy a break in Tillamook, best known for its famous cheese and tasty saltwater taffy, before heading to Portland, Oregon’s largest city. A sightseeing tour shows why Portland is better known as the “City of Roses” with its numerous parks and beautiful flower gardens. Visit the largest rose garden in the U.S.—WASHINGTON PARK INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN.

 Day 13: Seattle

Today, cross the majestic Columbia River and head north into Washington State to the VOLCANO VISITORS CENTER to learn of the dramatic eruption of Mount St. Helens. Then, weather permitting, see ice-clad dormant volcano Mount Rainier before reaching Seattle. This afternoon’s sightseeing includes the Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World Fair and the 605-foot-high Space Needle, and a stop at the colorful Pike Place Market.

 Day 14: Seattle / Embarkation

Embark your cruise ship. (D)

 Day 15: at sea

A relaxing day at sea provides time to explore the ship’s many amenities. (B,L,D)

 Day 16: Juneau

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier. (B,L,D)

 Day 17: Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)

 Day 18: Sitka

Charming Sitka was capital of Russian America for 100 years. Catch a performance by the New Archangel Dancers, meet Native Tlingit people, and see where the U.S. took possession of Alaska. (B,L,D)

 Day 19: Ketchikan

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)

 Day 20: Victoria

A touch of England awaits in Victoria: Afternoon Tea at the grandiose Empress Hotel, double-decker buses, and the world-famous Butchart Gardens—a brilliant tapestry of colors spread over 50 blooming acres. (B,L,D)

 Day 21: Seattle / Disembarkation

Disembark this morning and transfer to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for your return flight home. Please schedule flights after Noon. (B)


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Alaska’s Iditarod with Fairbanks – with Globus

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 Example Itinerary Map

11 days from Fairbanks to Anchorage

 Day 1: Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks, the “Golden Heart” of Alaska and gateway to Denali National Park. Late this evening, join your Local Guide and traveling companions and get your first glimpse of one of nature’s most magnificent shows—the colorful celestial arcs and waves of the aurora borealis (northern lights). When conditions are right, the aurora dances across the horizon and lights up the night sky, enchanting even Alaska’s tough ol’ “Sourdoughs” (old timers).

 Day 2: Fairbanks

Your morning begins at leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Fairbanks that includes a visit to the MORRIS THOMPSON CULTURAL CENTER. Afterward, see the TRANS-ALASKA PIPELINE, one of the most difficult and remarkable engineering feats of modern time. This evening is another opportunity to view the amazing aurora borealis as it lights up the northern skies. (Breakfast)

 Day 3: Alaska Railroad / Anchorage

Travel from Fairbanks to Talkeetna today on the world-famous Alaska Railroad. The train’s wide windows are ideal for drinking in the stunning scenery on this full-day journey that truly showcases America’s 49th state. Keep an eye out for views of Mount McKinley—Denali, as the locals call it—as well as wildlife along the way. Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 4: Anchorage

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Anchorage. You may want to explore the historic downtown area, the Anchorage Museum, or join in some of the festivities happening throughout the city, including a winter carnival, ice-sculpting contest, a melodrama, and more. Check at your hotel’s front desk for an up-to-date list of activities. (Breakfast)

 Day 5: Seward / Girdwood

This morning, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions at a welcome breakfast. Then, board your motorcoach and make one of the world’s great drives as you travel along spectacularly scenic Turnagain Arm. Marvel at the dramatic views, and keep your eyes open for Dall sheep, eagles, and other wildlife. Take a break at the ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER for the chance to see grizzly and black bears, moose, musk ox, caribou, lynx, and even a porcupine up close. In coastal Seward, visit the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER for an in-depth look above and below the waters of Alaska. Arrive in the ski resort community of Girdwood, where you’ll spend the next two nights at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 6: Girdwood

Enjoy a full day at leisure—perfect for joining in a wide variety of optional activities. Maybe consider dogsledding, flightseeing, skiing, snowshoeing, or you may choose to just relax at the hotel’s spa. An included aerial TRAM ride offers breathtaking panoramas of Turnagain Arm and seven glaciers. (Breakfast)

 Day 7: Anchorage

Return to Anchorage and join an included tour through the historic downtown district and to Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane base. Next, visit the ALASKA ZOO for a behind-the-scenes tour. This afternoon there is time to explore Anchorage on your own. You may want to visit the Anchorage Museum. Tonight, enjoy Iditarod festivities and dinner at the Local Favorite MUSHER’S BANQUET. Enjoy Alaska entertainment, see the mushers draw for starting positions, and have the opportunity to meet them for photos and autographs. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 8: Anchorage / Big Lake

Travel north to Big Lake and visit the home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser at his Local Favorite HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS. Hear his fascinating personal stories, including how his sons are named after Iditarod checkpoints, while viewing the grandeur Alaska has to offer along the Iditarod Trail. Then, visit IDITAROD HEADQUARTERS and see a replica of an Iditarod Trail station. This evening is at leisure back in Anchorage. Maybe do some souvenir shopping, try some fresh seafood, or sample a locally made brew. (Breakfast)

 Day 9: Anchorage / Start of the Iditarod

This morning, head to 4th Avenue to get a great spot for the ceremonial start of the IDITAROD. Before the race starts, there’s a chance for photos and autographs with some of the mushers. Spend time cheering-on mushers from all over the world and enjoy other Iditarod festivities. Later, visit the ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER, which shares the rich heritage of Alaska’s 11 indigenous cultural groups. Tonight, reminisce over your Alaska winter adventure at a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 10: Anchorage / Restart of the Iditarod

Travel north today to the quaint community of Willow, which started as a mining camp when gold was discovered in 1897. Here you’ll view the official RESTART of the Iditarod. Cheer your favorite musher as they head off into the Alaska wilderness on this 1,131-mile journey to Nome and the finish line. Be sure to have your camera ready for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. (Breakfast)

 Day 11: Anchorage

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on independent schedules. Transfers are provided to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. (Breakfast)


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