Posted by: cruise2 | 12 January, 2010

Holland America Line Highlights the Yukon in 2010 Alaska & Yukon Cruise Tours

Whale Breaching with Statendam

13 CruiseTours Feature Yukon Destinations

In 2010 Holland America Line highlights the magnificent wilderness of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Of its 31 Alaska and the Yukon CruiseTours, 13 include Yukon destinations such as Whitehorse, Dawson City, Tombstone Territorial Park and Kluane National Park. New in 2010 is the “Best of the Yukon” CruiseTour, one of three adventuresome Expedition CruiseTours just introduced by Holland America Line.

“With more than 60 years’ experience in Alaska and Yukon tours, Holland America creates itineraries to highlight the best and most comprehensive Yukon experiences,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programmes.

CruiseTours featuring the Yukon range from 10 to 20 days in length and depart May 9 through Aug. 28, 2010. All combine a three-, four-, or seven-day Inside Passage cruise with a land tour of top destinations in Alaska and the Yukon. Guests experience the wilderness, wildlife, native culture and history while travelling by luxury motor coach, rail and often river boat.

The new “Best of the Yukon” Expedition CruiseTour is designed to provide an in-depth Yukon experience. The itinerary is 12 days with a three-day north-bound cruise or 13 days with a south-bound sailing that includes Glacier Bay. Guests visit Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory, and Dawson City, a Klondike National Historic Site where they have three nights and two full days to explore its gold rush heritage, Tombstone Territorial Park and active adventures from rafting to hiking. The tour also visits Beaver Creek in the Yukon and Tok and Skagway in Alaska. It includes a Yukon River cruise aboard Yukon Queen II, Kluane National Park sightseeing, White Pass & Yukon Route Railway with Lake Bennett excursion and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines.

Holland America Line offers six Great Land Klondike CruiseTours ranging from 11 to 15 days that all feature Whitehorse, Dawson City and Yukon Queen II river cruise between Dawson City, Yukon and Eagle, Alaska. Four of the CruiseTours also include a scenic trip on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway via Lake Bennett between Whitehorse and Skagway. All feature an overnight in Denali National Park and the six-to-eight-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour within the park.

Four Great Land Wilderness CruiseTours ranging from 10 to 13 days offer itineraries that include Whitehorse. Here guests may enjoy a natural history presentation at the entrance to Kluane National Park or a summer sled dog demonstration by Uncommon Journeys. On two tours they can take an optional full-day excursion to Kluane, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All Great Land Klondike and Wilderness CruiseTours are escorted by a tour director and include travel on deluxe Explorer Coaches.

Two Glacier Discovery CruiseTours offer extensive 19- or 20-day adventures that include two nights in Whitehorse and Dawson City and “Double Denali.”

CruiseTours featuring the Yukon start at US$1,249 per person, double occupancy. For more information about booking an Alaska & Yukon CruiseTour, contact Diana Lang at The Cruise People, Ltd., her number is 1-800-961-5536 Ext 24.

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