Day Ten: Prince William Sound & Whittier
Prince William Sound Cruise: Having said good-bye to your escort, you will transfer and continue on with a fan-fare day cruise of the Prince William Sound. Sailing to Whittier, watch for marine life including several species of whales, sea otters, harbor seals, sea birds including kitty wakes, gulls, turns and more. Eagles soar overhead and occasionally share their nesting habits with us. Pass glaciers and ice burgs feet away from your boat. Pass Columbia Glacier and the waterfalls that the sound is famous for. You will be able to whale watch, as well as take in the pristine wilderness of this vast ocean inlet. With glaciers names after the famous Ivy League East Coast Colleges, you will see why this is so aptly named College Fjord. As you arrive in Whittier, you have some time in the afternoon for sightseeing. This small fishing town is Alaska’s newest port. Choose to have some infamous pie, or take in the grandeur of the mountains of this sleepy town.
You will depart Whittier by Adventure Class Rail. At 6:00 PM, please be at the Whittier Train Depot for check-in. Board the Alaska railroad for your scenic return to Anchorage. Portage Glacier and salmon spawning grounds will be in full view. As you head north, watch for Dall sheep on the cliffs winding their way along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. Arriving at the train station at 9:15 PM, you will need to acquire a taxi to transfer you to the airport. A taxi is about $20 and the airport is about a 15 minute drive.
If you would like to arrive in Anchorage at an earlier time, we can arrange for an optional private car for an additional $290 per car. If you travel by private car, you can depart any time after your arrival in Whittier. You can choose to be taken straight to the airport for a flight out or even add a night in Anchorage.
If you choose to add on a night in Anchorage, a courtesy hotel shuttle will pick you up from the rail station and take you to your local hotel. This same shuttle will be available to take you to the airport in the morning for departures to your home city.
Also, with option two, you can choose to overnight at the beautiful Alyeska Resort and dine at the famous “Seven Glaciers” Restaurant high atop the mountain via Tramway. This add-on costs approximately $419 per night hotel & tram ride. Morning transfers to the airport are available for an additional charge. (Dinner costs additional).