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Benefits of Escorted Holidays to Alaska

Known as the “Great Land” Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 and became America’s 49th state. If you dream of adventuring to Alaska, escorted holidays are a great way to experience everything the state has to offer. Alaska is remote to get to and costly once you’re there, plus public transport is minimal and much of the state is inaccessible by road, so a guided tour can save you money in the long run. Whether you take a cruise on the Alaskan Seas to see the glaciers, fjords and forests, or you take an overland trip on the railroad through the Alaskan wilderness, there are plenty of guided tours to choose from. Traveling Alaska is an unforgettable experience and is one of the ultimate places on earth to encounter pristine natural beauty and wildlife. The largest U.S state but the most sparsely populated, Alaska is breathtakingly beautiful. Explore the Gold Rush days and the Russian legacy and learn about the native cultures and people of Alaska. See humpback whales breaching, brown bears catching salmon and majestic eagles soaring overhead.

Since much of Alaska is roadless and there are limited buses and trains, the best way to see Alaska tends to be by cruise ship or plane. Several cruise lines operate week-long return and one-way cruises in the Alaskan waters. You will most likely see the Inside Passage and call at Glacier Bay National Park and Sitka. You can also combine your cruise with a rail tour before or afterwards. You could explore the Rocky Mountains on the Rocky Mountaineer or take the scenic excursion railroad based in Skagway, which was used by gold-seekers stampeding towards Klondike during the Gold Rush of the late 1890s.

Your escorted holiday will often include flights, transfers, tours, cruises, meals and accommodation. Your itinerary will be planned for you and you will be able to get to the remote areas of Alaska that would be difficult to get to independently. Alaska is quite isolated and driving on the highway from Dawson Creek in British Columbia to Fairbanks is a long journey, covering 1,700 miles. Choosing a package that includes all of your transport and accommodation can save you time, hassle and money.

Booking a guided tour takes the stress out of planning a trip so you don’t have to worry about reserving accommodation or figuring out how to get somewhere. Accommodation in Alaska is known to be expensive, but with a tour you know the exact costs of your holiday up front and there are no hidden surprises.

Traveling in a guided tour group, you know you are guaranteed to see the best sights and you can pack a lot in to a short period of time. Often you will have to get up early, but this ensures that you will get the most out of your Alaskan adventure. Another brilliant aspect of escorted tours is that you are accompanied by an expert guide who can provide you with a wealth of information about Alaska. If there are any severe weather problems causing delays, it is up to your tour company to worry about it.

Best of all, a tour group is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people and make friends that you will keep in touch with long after the tour is over.

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