For those looking for a cruise-only experience, this is a great option. It is a round-trip cruise from San Francisco (meaning you will not have to by one-way tickets like you will for a cross-gulf cruise), and you still hit the highlights of the Inside Passage; Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway & Glacier Bay National Park. While you will not be able to add a land tour, it offers a great sampling of Alaska.
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As you depart San Francisco, take in the scenic vistas and coastal views as you head north toward Juneau.
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Dock in Juneau, Alaska's state capital, for a day of exploration in the most cosmopolitan city along the Inside Passage. Enjoy Juneau's rich history, delightful shopping district, and stunning views of the water and mountains that surround the city.
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Enjoy the quaint town of Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush. Ride the renowned White Pass and Yukon Railroad for a taste of Skagway's unique historical flavor, or study the outstanding collection of Gold Rush memorabilia.
Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising)
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Spend a magical day cruising through the waters of Glacier Bay National Park, part of the largest internationally protected area in the world. Watch as these massive glaciers “calve” icebergs into the sea.
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Today, enjoy a port of call in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Indian tribes. Consider touring the Saxman Native Village, which features the largest collection of totem poles in the world.
Victoria, British Columbia
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Spend the day in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver; take in the snow-capped mountains, offshore islands, beautiful Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge.