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Alaska & The Yukon

At 365 million acres, Alaska is so large that if you saw 1 million acres per day, it would take you a year to see all of the state. Thirty-nine mountain ranges, 100,000 glaciers, 16 national parks, 17 of the tallest peaks on the continent, and incredible wildlife; now that’s overwhelming! You want to see the best of it all, but there’s so much information.

Where do you start? Right here, with Above & Beyond Travel. We’ll help you navigate Alaska and the Yukon, whether you know exactly where you want to go, have some ideas, or just want someone to tell you how to have the best experience.  The itineraries are complex and we'd love to help you determine the best one for you.

Why choose us? That’s simple. Because we’ve been there; because we’ve partnered with the cruise line that does it best; and because we’ll be there with you every step of the way. Getting started is easy. Give us a call or send us an e-mail. We’d love to share our experiences with you.


Travel with the Best in Alaska PDF Print E-mail

In few places do LAND + SEA meet so significantly, but in Alaska and the Yukon.  Choose the cruise line that has over 67 years of experience in the region. Where grandeur meets gracious. Where exhilirating and refined intersect. Holland America Line.  Here are a few reasons to discover HAL in Alaska.

  • Sophisticated Dining: Enjoy the freedom to dine "As You Wish" while dining on signature dishes from some of the world's most acclaimed chefs.  Enjoy the elegant main dining room, The Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto for Italian fare, the Lido and bites throughout the day.
  • Gracious Service: Service that remembers your preference in your stateroom with twice daily housekeeping, in the restaurants with two servers per table, and throughout the ship.
  • Inspired Activities: Whether it is on board or on location, HAL offers entertainment, fun and new skills throughout the day.  Kids will enjoy Club HAL for ages 3-12 and teen programs.  Adults will relax and recharge in the fitness center and spa, enjoy some gaming action in the casino, try new wine and food pairings through the Culinary Arts Center and more.  On Location brings the cultures, tastes and sounds of Alaska to life on board with local entertainment, artisans, activities and cooking shows.
  • Refined Ambiance: Experience the timeless appeal of the ships with polished woods and fresh flowers.  And note that their mid-sized ships are ideal for crusing; not too big with the crowds, but still large enough to offer great amenities.
  • Closer to Denali: The Tundra WIlderness Tour is your best bet to see Denali and its offered on nearly every Land+Sea Journey with HAL.  Plus, staying at the McKinley Chalets mean that your cozy accomodations are inside Denali National Park.
  • Optional Meal Plans: Enjoy the convenience and value of optional meal plans for your journey on land.
Contact us at 740.323.6208 for more information on your Alaskan journey.


Cruises vs. Land+Sea Journeys PDF Print E-mail

A great Alaska adventure can be had on both our cruise-only itineraries and on our many Land+Sea itineraries. Both options offer spectacular views of Alaska: cruise-only itineraries focus on glaciers and frontier ports; Land+Sea Journeys combine cruising itineraries with days of touring the vast inland wilderness of Alaska and the Yukon. The advantage of choosing a Land+Sea Journey is that you get a greater variety of Alaska attractions; a Land+Sea Journey is the only way to see Glacier Bay and Denali National Parks, the Yukon and the Arctic. Additionally, most Land+Sea Journeys include the personal services of a tour director.

Check out both the cruises and Land+Sea portions of our web site for more information and contact us to work with you to choose the right Alaskan vacation for you!

Should I Purchase Travel Insurance? PDF Print E-mail

Probably the most confusing portion of travel planning is deciding if you should purchase travel insurance. Thinking about all of the situations that might occur before or during your trip It is imperative that you protect your investment with some sort of coverage, so you do not lose your money or the enjoyment of a wonderful vacation.

All vacation travel companies have some sort of cancellation penalties if you are forced to cancel after the final payment, varying between 30-75 days before you leave. As you can imagine, lots can happen with you or your family within that 4-10 week period; illness, death, or emergency change of plans to mention a few. How sad, to have fully paid for not only the trip but airline tickets and other pre-paid arrangements and then lose it all!


What's Important to See, You Ask? Well, We've Been to Alaska, So . . . PDF Print E-mail

Here's our list of some of the most important things to see in Alaska & the Yukon.  We would love to help you integrate these into your itinerary.

  1. Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley - this incredible park and 20,320 ft wonder is one of the top reasons people travel to Alaska.  Make sure you have enough time to experience the park, that you overnight inside the park and that you travel as far into the park as you can.
  2. Glacier Bay National Park - this incredible display of glaciers with a picturesque backdrop is the other top reason that people travel to Alaska.  Again, make sure you have enough time to experience these beautiful glaciers and that there's room to see them from your ship.
Why See Alaska from a Smaller Ship? PDF Print E-mail

With as little as 1,260 and no more than 1,916 guests, Holland America Line's premium, mid-sized ships are less crowded.  You don't have to worry about fighting for the best place along their wrap-around promenade deck or in their comfortable lounges.  There's space to see what you want, and when you want.  When you sail on a Holland America Line ship, balconies aren't necessary to obtain fantastic views; they are not a pre-requisite.  So, why don't you go ahead and put that money back in your pocket or spend it in a more valuable place: on an experience that you'll never forget, like flightseeing on the glaciers.

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