Alaska | August 7 - August 17, 2024

The Best of Alaska

Discover the awe-inspiring scenery of Alaska with Our State as we marvel at glaciers, ancient inland mountains, and unique villages.

Discover the awe-inspiring scenery of Alaska with Our State as we marvel at glaciers, ancient inland mountains, and unique villages.

August 7-17, 2024


Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Raleigh/Durham International Airport
  • 7 nights aboard the Sapphire Princess with balcony staterooms
  • 1 night accommodations at Fairbanks Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodations at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
  • All meals on board ship, plus 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and 1 lunch on land
  • Exclusive Our State guest cocktail party in Denali
  • Our State host
  • Deluxe coach transportation
  • Airport and rail transfers; taxes and port fees


Itinerary Highlights:

  • Scenic cruising through Alaska’s Inside Passage
  • Glass-domed luxury Princess rail service into the heart of Alaska
  • Ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway
  • Scenic cruising of both Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay
  • Denali Natural History tour
  • Railway journey to White Pass Summit on a historic narrow gauge railroad
  • Mendenhall Glacier – Whale-watching catamaran cruise




AUGUST 7, 2024

Today we depart Raleigh to begin our journey to the Great Land of Alaska. Here we will see monumental glaciers, iconic wildlife and towering mountains. You will be met at the airport by an Our State host. On arrival into Fairbanks, you will be met and transported to your Fairbanks Hotel.

Meals: Dinner on your own

AUGUST 8, 2024

After breakfast, a cruise along the Chena River on a Sternwheeler Riverboat is about as authentic as it gets. You will be transported back to a time when gold-rush fever was sweeping across the state, experiencing the area’s history and beauty.

After the riverboat cruise, you will board your deluxe motor coach to Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, your home for the next two nights. Your hotel is located above the picturesque Nenana River with sweeping views as far as the eye can see. It is just one mile from the entrance of Denali National Park.

Meals: Breakfast at the Lodge, Dinner at King Salmon Restaurant at the Lodge.

AUGUST 9, 2024

After breakfast, prepare to be enlightened on the Denali Natural History tour, focusing on the rich natural and cultural history of Denali National Park as your naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology, and history.

Meals: Breakfast at Lodge; Dinner at onsite restaurant of your choice.

AUGUST 10, 2024

Breakfast is included this morning and then you will be transferred to the rail station for your unforgettable rail journey to the port of Whittier. You will travel on a luxurious glass-domed rail car past dozens of rivers, meadows and mountains. Miles and miles of spectacular scenery await you. Once you arrive in Whittier, you will step from the train and board your ship, Sapphire Princess, your home for the next 7 nights in a Balcony stateroom.

Meals: Breakfast at Lodge, Dinner onboard the ship.

AUGUST 11, 2024

Today you will be cruising Hubbard Glacier, a colossal mass of snow and ice, 76 miles long and 1,200 feet deep. North America’s largest tidewater glacier is defined by its awe-inspiring beauty and is one of the most stunning wonders of the Great Land. Hubbard Glacier often calves icebergs the size of a 10-story building.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on the ship.

AUGUST 12, 2024

Glacier Bay National Park never disappoints. From snowcapped mountains to deep fjords and freshwater streams, the magnificence of nature is abundant. This UNESCO-listed national treasure hosts eight of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers. Humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals enjoy the waters, while bears and mountain lions wander through the pristine parkland. A Park Ranger will join you onboard.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on the ship.

AUGUST 13, 2024

Skagway is the gateway to the Yukon and retains the history of the Gold Rush era. Today you have an included excursion on the White Pass Scenic Railway:

All aboard for an unforgettable journey on “The Scenic Railway of the World” to the magnificent White Pass Summit. Experience the most popular attraction in Skagway with convenient dockside service. Your fully narrated, 40-mile round-trip adventure on the historic, narrow gauge railroad is an unforgettable way to see the beauty of the area and learn its colorful history. Carved through some of the North’s most rugged terrain in 1898, this engineering marvel climbs nearly 3,000 feet, offering breathtaking views. Built during the Klondike Gold Rush, the railway was completed in 26 months by blasting through the mountains with 450 tons of explosives. Fully restored cars, pulled by vintage diesel locomotives, travel over steep grades and around cliff- hanging turns. Retrace the original route to the White Pass Summit, take in the majestic panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites from large, picture windows, then return to port.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on the ship.

AUGUST 14, 2024

Juneau was made famous by its discovery of gold nuggets as large as beans. You will be visiting Mendenhall Glacier and embark on a Whale Quest on todays’ included adventure:

The breathtaking natural beauty of Alaska is celebrated on an adventure combining two of its premier attractions. View the Mendenhall Glacier, formed during the Little Ice Age, which began about 3,000 years ago. Sustained by the geography and unique climate of the area, the glacier has been able to survive much longer than others in North America. Explore the visitor’s center and meet with U.S. Forest Service interpreters, available to answer your questions. Then, drive to Auke Bay for an unforgettable award-winning wildlife cruise available rain or shine. Board a catamaran and relax in the main cabin, offering panoramic views. An onboard naturalist will explain the habits and habitats of the wildlife you may encounter. No whale-watching tour would be complete without seeing the humpback and killer whales which are plentiful in the nutrient-rich waters during this time.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on the ship.

AUGUST 15, 2024

Ketchikan will be the stop for today. Here you can watch athletes vie for the title in axe throwing and log rolling at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show or stroll the halls of the Totem heritage Center. Historic Creek Street is filled with quaint buildings, local shops and colorful galleries and is a wonderful place to explore. You may wish to take an optional excursion, or just explore on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on the ship.

AUGUST 16, 2024

At Sea Day. This is a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Inside Passage. You can read a book, have a massage, take part in an onboard activity, or just watch the world go by.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on the ship.

AUGUST 17, 2024

This morning you arrive in Vancouver. You will disembark the ship and be transported to the airport for your flight back to Raleigh. Time to recall all the wonderful and inspiring sites you have seen during your trip.

Tour Rates:

$6,299 per person, double occupancy.

Single rates available.

Price includes round-trip airfare from Raleigh, land accommodations, and cruise.

For reservations and more information:

Alex Kantor, CTA
AAA Travel
919-832-0543 ext: 16010

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email


COVID-19 Travel Precautions – Update:

Effective January 1, 2023, Our State highly encourages, but no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters for travelers on our domestic tours. This policy goes into effect for international travelers on April 30, 2023. We will keep all participants updated of any changes to these requirements.