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Trip Overview

Get ready to discover extraordinary landscapes, breath-taking wildlife and photo-worthy geographic diversity as you journey from the heart of Chicago to Glacier National Park and Alaska by rail and sea! Begin your journey on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, one of the most scenic routes in North America, to unforgettable Glacier National Park. Once you start exploring, you’re bound to fall in love with the park’s unforgettable scenery. From there, visit Seattle for one night before boarding the Norwegian Bliss cruise ship for the Alaskan wilderness. Enjoy Alaska’s natural beauty as you travel through the inside passage, which features beautiful fjords and mesmerizing moments. With stops in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, there will be plenty to see, do and experience! Your rail and sail journey wraps up with a day trip to Victoria, British Columbia and then you’ll disembark in Seattle to continue with your travels.

Highlights

  • Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat Cruise*
  • Big Sky Circle Tour of Glacier National Park*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Seattle
  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s 7 Day Alaska Cruise on the Norwegian Bliss®**

Package Also Includes:

  • 3 night’s hotel accommodations
  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Glacier National Park; Glacier National Park to Seattle on the Empire Builder®
  • Transfers to/from Cruise Port

*Seasonal activity: Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat cruise runs early June to early September and Big Sky Circle Tour runs mid-June to mid-September.
**Government taxes and fees applicable to the cruise are additional and not included

Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

DAY 1              CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! This afternoon, board Amtrak to Glacier National Park for a scenic and relaxing ride on the famous Empire Builder. Watch as the mighty skyscrapers fade into miles upon miles of forested landscapes on your train bound for one of North America’s most beautiful national parks. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2              GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a peaceful day on the train with views of magnificent landscapes as the train continues making its way to Glacier National Park. Relax in the Observation car as you travel through the North Dakota plains and Big Sky Country. The historic train stops along the edge of the Glacier National Park in western Montana. When you arrive, step off the train and breathe in the crisp air. Then, take a short walk from the train depot to the Glacier Park Lodge and check in for a two-night stay. Once you start exploring, you’ll fall in love with the park’s unforgettable scenery of sapphire lakes, mountain ridges, hanging valleys and memory-making opportunities. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

DAY 3              GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Wake up this morning well rested and ready for a full day adventure! There’s a reason Glacier National Park was established way back in 1910. This is a land worth preserving for its wild, natural beauty alone. First, take your Big Sky Circle tour of Glacier National Park from one of the iconic vintage 1930’s Red Busses. You’ll venture over Maria’s Pass, stop at Goat Lick for wildlife viewing, ascend to the high alpine region of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and more! You may even see an array of wildlife, including moose, grizzly bears, and black bears. The glacier-carved peaks and forest-filled valleys are sure to leave you in awe. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

DAY 4              OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Today, travel to Two Medicine Valley for a scenic boat cruise on Two Medicine Lake. While taking in the scenery and fresh mountain air, you’ll learn about the Blackfeet tribal history from the area. In the evening, board Amtrak and continue your journey to the West Coast. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 5              SEATTLE
Arrive in Seattle in the morning and get ready for a full day of sightseeing. Tour the city at your own pace with your hop-on, hop-off tour. Visit exciting destinations such as Pike Place Market, Seattle’s Waterfront to see the Great Wheel or to Pioneer Square, Seattle’s first neighborhood. For amazing views of the city, Pacific Ocean and Mountains, we recommend visiting the Space Needle and taking a ride to the top! (Overnight in Seattle)

DAY 6               OVERNIGHT ONBOARD NORWEGIAN BLISS® AT SEA (EMBARK AT 3:30 PM)
The Bliss doesn't depart until 5:00 pm, so you have some time this morning to see any Seattle sights you didn't get a chance to see during your stay. If you like seafood, be sure to take some time today to sample some of the best and freshest seafood you'll ever taste. Or, grab a cup of Seattle's famous coffee in Pike's Market! While at sea this afternoon, spend some time getting acquainted with many of the ship's amenities, including the Social Comedy Club or, you can enjoy the breath-taking ocean views from the Observation Lounge. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 7               OVERNIGHT ON BOARD NORWEGIAN BLISS AT SEA
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea! There is so much to see and do on this ship! Take in one of the ship's shows or lounge by the pool. It's up to you! (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 8               JUNEAU, ALASKA (DOCKED 2:30 PM – 11:00 PM)
Today, you will dock in Juneau, Alaska, for an entire day of exploring. The majestic Mendenhall Glacier lies only 12 miles outside Juneau, a worthwhile day trip on your own. Upon boarding the ship, prepare to experience all the beauty and majesty of the Alaskan wilderness. Get up close and personal with the gigantic Hubbard Glacier and see humpback whales off Icy Strait Point during your journey. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 9              SKAGWAY (DOCKED 7:00 AM – 8:15 PM)
Today, you'll sail into beautiful Skagway. Visit the Skagway Museum, Centennial Statue, the easily walkable historic downtown, Gold Rush-era homestead, or head down to Pullen Creek and watch the salmon run. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 10            CRUISE GLACIER BAY ONBOARD NORWEGIAN BLISS
Today you will sail to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a United Nations World Heritage Site. Get glimpses of Mount Fairweather, the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers, and spot maritime wildlife. As the ship journeys deeper into the bay, the landscape will continue to leave you in awe. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 11            KETCHIKAN (6:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Spend the day in Ketchikan. Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “Spread Wings of the Eagle.” Visit Harbor View Park, stroll along Creek Street boardwalk and discover its unique shops, learn all about the native cultures of the Tongass and Cape Fox Tlingits in local museums, marvel at the hand-carved Ketchikan totem poles located throughout downtown and in the nearby Saxman Totem Village, or dine on some of the freshest halibut and salmon found anywhere in North America. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 12            VICTORIA (DOCKED 7:30 PM – 11:59 PM)
This evening, you will dock in Victoria, British Columbia, located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Stop by Fisherman’s Wharf for some fish and chips or ice cream, have tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, wander through Government Street’s many souvenir shops, or roam Butchart Gardens in search of the elusive Himalayan blue poppy. (Overnight onboard Norwegian)

DAY 13            YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SEATTLE (DISEMBARK AT 6:00 AM)
Your journey ends today. After disembarking from the Norwegian Bliss, the option is yours to spend another day and evening in Seattle or board the Amtrak Empire Builder to head back to Chicago that afternoon!

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D – Dinner

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge was built almost a century ago by the Great Northern Railway. Located in East Glacier Park Village it is 3 miles outside of Glacier National Park. The Glacier Park Lodge's 161 guest rooms can accommodate over 500 people.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Have the freedom to enjoy your vacation on your terms on board Norwegian Cruise Lines. Freestyle Cruising offers a wide array of complimentary dining options, all included in the cruise price, and dine on your schedule. With an assortment of entertainment options there is never a second to be bored, from Broadways shows to adults-only clubs.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Have the freedom to enjoy your vacation on your terms on board Norwegian Cruise Lines. Freestyle Cruising offers a wide array of complimentary dining options, all included in the cruise price, and dine on your schedule. With an assortment of entertainment options there is never a second to be bored, from Broadways shows to adults-only clubs.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the award-winning Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle – Downtown offers an exceptional blend of service, style and comfort..

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

One of the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and a premier luxury hotel in Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, close to Pike Place Market and many local attractions.

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown

Our prime location in the heart of downtown Seattle offers you the combination of majestic Olympic Mountains views, the vibrancy of the Emerald City and the relaxing, quiet magnificence of the Puget Sound.

Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center

Get your money's worth at the Quality Inn & Suites® Seattle Center hotel in Seattle, WA near Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Century Link Stadium and Seattle Underground Tour in Pioneer Square.

Warwick Seattle Hotel

Warwick Seattle is an elegant hotel located in downtown Seattle and within walking distance to most Seattle attractions such as the Seattle Center, home of the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and MoPOP (formerly Experience Music Project), and the Seattle Opera, Pike Place Market, world-class shopping and a multitude of dining and entertainment options

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Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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