Tours & cruises: Cruise through Alaskan frontier

 
LA Times | Travel
 

ALASKA Cruise through the frontier Explore America's last great frontier with Vacations to Go's Alaska cruise. The 14-day voyage hugs the coast, then goes inland. Itinerary: Vancouver, Canada, to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna,...

By Avital Binshtock // 11.26.08
 

ALASKA

Cruise through the frontier

Explore America's last great frontier with Vacations to Go's Alaska cruise. The 14-day voyage hugs the coast, then goes inland.

Itinerary: Vancouver, Canada, to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Dates: Eight trips depart between May and August.

Price: Starting at $1,749, double occupancy, including onboard meals (but not beverages), bus transport and lodging, but not including airfare, airport transfers, taxes or surcharges.

Info: Vacations to Go, Houston; (800) 338-4962, www.vacationstogo.com.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO.

A deal on skiing

Cut a path through fresh powder with Spring Creek Ranch's "Ski Free" promotion, which slashes 40% off skiing and lodging. For skiing, choose between Grand Targhee Resort or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; back at the hotel, indulge in a spa treatment or relax by a fireplace.

Dates: Through ski season (usually until the first week of April). Minimum stay is four nights.

Price: Starting about $85 per person per night, double occupancy, including two lift tickets per day per room, daily breakfast for two and unlimited shuttle transit to the ski resorts and downtown. There is a $20 a day resort fee.

Contact: Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyo.; (800) 443-6139, www.springcreekranch.com.

NEPAL

Himalayan hiking

Test yourself with a 17-day hike to the roof of the world. iExplore takes travelers to experience Nepal's culture and the Himalayan high country during its "Nepal Active - Everest Base Camp Challenge." Walk through Nepalese towns to reach Everest Base Camp (elevation 17,585 feet) and stare up at the summit more than 11,000 feet above.

Itinerary: Katmandu to Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Thyangboche, Dingboche, Lobuje, Everest Base Camp, Gorak Shep, Kala Pattar, Pheriche and Sangnasa.

Dates: Year-round departure dates are available.

Price: Starting at $3,195, double occupancy ($595 single supplement), including airport transfers, lodging, sightseeing in Katmandu with an English-speaking guide, entrance fees to monuments and national parks, round-trip airfare between Katmandu and Lukla, 31 meals, a trek permit and the services of a Nepalese trek leader. International airfare is not included, nor is the cost of the Nepal entry visa. Significant discounts are available for groups of six or more.

Contact: iExplore, Chicago; (312) 492-9443, www.iexplore.com.

DANUBE RIVER

Christmas cruise

Float through Central Europe to celebrate the holidays. The "Christmastime on the Danube" cruise by Sceptre Tours captures the magic of a European Christmas.

Itinerary: Prague, Czech Republic, to Nuremberg, Regensburg and Passau in Germany; and Linz, Melk and Vienna in Austria.

Dates: Dec. 24 to 31.

Price: Starting at $1,859 per person, double occupancy, including one night at the Prague Hilton, six nights in deluxe staterooms aboard the ship, transfers, 18 meals, evening entertainment and shore excursions. Airfare is not included.

Contact: Sceptre Tours, New York; (800) 221-0924, www.sceptretours.com.

Binshtock is a freelance writer.