Yosemite to Denali


Jul 9, 2017 - Jul 26, 2017

Aug 13, 2017 - Aug 30, 2017

Sep 3, 2017 - Sep 20, 2017

Features: 2 National Parks

Travel by: Luxury Ocean Liner and Private Train

Duration: 18 Days


On this, one of our most popular trips each year, we combine the best of all possible worlds to bring you a breathtaking look at the wonders of the road less traveled. Begin with the many charms of dramatic San Francisco before the panoramas of Yosemite change your view of the world forever. Enjoy an overnight ride on our private Vista-Dome Streamliner train, the Great Western Limited, and soak in the eclectic vibe of stunning Seattle. In Vancouver, the frontier spirit is alive and well in historic neighborhoods and waterside parks. Then board a Holland America Line ocean liner for a magical, pampered voyage along Alaska’s coast through the spectacular Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, and ports of call such as Juneau, cradled by mountains, and Skagway, a gold rush town with a special optional ride on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. Walk along Ketchikan’s infamous Creek Street and explore Denali National Park with a Tundra Wilderness Tour capped by a journey to Anchorage aboard the luxurious McKinley Explorer train.


  • Two nights in San Franciscoat Fisherman’s Wharf and a two-night stay in Seattle
  • Full-day trip by train to Yosemite National Park with a guided tour of Yosemite Valley
  • Overnight aboard our private train, the Great Western Limited, with all meals, wines & spirits included
  • Seven-day Alaskan cruise visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage
  • Two-night stay in DenaliNational Park with Tundra Wilderness Tour and transfer to Anchorage on the luxurious McKinley Explorer train

DAY 1: San Francisco, CA

Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to the Sheraton at Fisherman’s Wharf to begin a two-night night stay with your evening at your leisure to relax and explore.

DAY 2: San Francisco, CA

A magical day begins with a complete city tour followed by a San Francisco Bay cruise that circles Alcatraz and sails under the Golden Gate Bridge. All afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace. Lunch in Chinatown, shop chic Union Square or ride an iconic cable car. Tonight is a special Welcome Dinner. (B,D)

DAY 3: San Francisco, CA & Yosemite National Park

Visit nearby Ghirardelli Square or the beautiful Embarcadero before a midday departure aboard the San Joaquin train through the great Central Valley, bound for Yosemite National Park and a night in a dramatic hotel alongside the rushing Merced River. (B)

DAY 4: Yosemite National Park & Great Western Limited

After breakfast, enjoy a complete tour of Yosemite with stunning views of Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, Tunnel View and El Capitan. In the late afternoon, travel North to the Bay Area where we enjoy a Golden Age of Rail Dinner before boarding your private Vista-Dome Streamliner train, the Great Western Limited, bound for Seattle, a beautiful overnight journey. (B,D)

DAY 5: Seattle, WA

Traverse the rugged Cascade Mountains with breakfast served in the Vista-Dome car. In Seattle, transfer to superbly-located Mayflower Park Hotel for a two-night stay. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Seattle, WA

Enjoy all day at leisure in the “Emerald City” and take a short walk to Pike Place Market and the iconic Monorail to the soaring Space Needle. (B)

DAY 7: Vancouver, BC

Drive North to Vancouver to board Holland America Line’s elegant Noordam on the July and September departures or the classic Zaandam on the August departure. But first enjoy lunch with a spectacular view of your ship before gliding under the Lion’s Gate Bridge, bound for Alaska. (B)

DAY 8: Vancouver, BC

Board Holland America Line’s elegant Noordam on the July and September departures or the classic Zaandam on the August departure. You are now bound for breathtaking Alaska. (L,D)

DAY 9: Cruising the Inside Passage

Relax and enjoy a full day of scenic Inside Passage cruising and immerse yourself in Holland America Line elegance. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: Ketchikan, AK

Walk along infamous Creek Street, now lined with quaint boutiques, and see intricately carved totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: Juneau, AK

In Juneau, hike a glacier, eat fresh-caught fish on a seaside patio and tour a grand capitol building all in one day. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: Skagway, AK

Find yourself immersed in gold rush lore, from the infamous Red Onion Saloon to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad as it traverses mountains, waterfalls and glaciers. (B,L,D)

DAY 13: Glacier Bay, AK

Stone, ice and water sculpt a dramatic landscape that is the crown jewel of southeastern Alaska’s natural wonders and a World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)

DAY 14: Cruising the Gulf of Alaska

Pamper yourself with a glorious day aboard your Holland America cruise. (B,L,D)

DAY 15: Seward, AK & Denali National Park

Bid farewell to your ship because today you’re off to Denali National Park by motorcoach for a two-night stay at this magnificent national treasure. You might see grizzlies crossing braided streams, Dall sheep traversing rugged cliffs, and moose foraging in upland meadows. (B,L,D)

DAY 16: Denali National Park

Venture deep into Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour, the best way to see wildlife and hopefully Denali itself (formerly known as Mt. McKinley). (B,L,D)

DAY 17: McKinley Explorer & Anchorage, AK

This afternoon, board the luxurious McKinley Explorer train bound for Anchorage and overnight at the splendid Westmark Hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 18: Anchorage, AK

You tour ends this morning in Anchorage as you are transferred to the airport with a suitcase full of memories.


THE GREAT WESTERN LIMITED  |  With an overnight passage on our private train, the Great Western Limited, you will be singing the praises of rail travel for years to come. This lovingly restored train from the Golden Age of Rail Travel includes a legendary Vista-Dome car complete with the “Lounge in the Sky”, an inviting dining and lounge area. All meals are prepared fresh onboard by a skilled chef and served on tables graced with white tablecloths, gleaming cutlery, fine china and red roses. At night, sink into comfortable Pullman beds with abundant pillows and nightly turn-down service.

NOORDAM & ZAANDAM  |  Whether you sail Holland America Line’s sleek Noordam or classic Zaandam, you will bask in the glow of warm smiles and enjoy the attentive service and spotless Dutch way of life. Gaze at the ship’s art collection, chat with newfound friends, pamper yourself in the spa and indulge in the complimentary little extra touches that define Holland America. From the enriching lectures to the culinary delights of the Pinnacle Grill, this is a cruise that defines all others that follow.

PROFESSIONAL TOUR MANAGER  |  Uncommon Journeys holidays are always fully hosted by a professional tour manager from start to finish to handle all the details and make your dream vacation the trip of a lifetime.


Great Western Limited Cabin Upgrade
Prices shown include Single Roomette or Standard Double Bedroom accommodations aboard the Great Western Limited. An upgrade to larger Superior Double Bedroom is available for an additional $200 per person.

Noordam and Zaandam Stateroom Upgrade
Pinnacle Suite pricing aboard Holland America’s elegant Noordam and chic Zaandam is available upon request. 
Please call 1-800-323-5893 for additional details.

Ship Stateroom Category
Noordam / Zaandam

Signature Suite / Neptune Suite 
2 lower beds convertible to 1 king sized bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath & shower, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows.

JUL 9 | AUG 13           $6,195

SEP 3                          $5,995

Verandah Stateroom/Vista Suite
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, bath & shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor to ceiling windows.

JUL 9 | AUG 13           $5,695

SEP 3                          $5,495

Ocean-View Stateroom
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, sitting area, picture window with obstructed view.

JUL 9 | AUG 13           $5,395

SEP 3                          $4,995

Interior Stateroom
Two lower beds convertible to 1 queen sized bed, sitting area.

JUL 9 | AUG 13           $4,995

SEP 3                          $4,695