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10-night cruise aboard Norwegian cruise line’s escape

plus 2 days in ROME!

Greek Isles, Malta & Italy!

September 29 - October 12, 2022

WONDERS OF ALASKA

MARCH 3 - 10, 2022

TOUR COST PER PERSON

$4,089 - DOUBLE

$4,589 - SINGLE

$3,888 - TRIPLE

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DAY         PORTS

9/29         Depart U.S. (overnight flight)

9/30         Arrive in Rome (hotel stay)

10/1         Rome (hotel stay)

10/2         Civitavecchia (Rome) embark

10/3         At Sea

10/4         Santorini Island, Greece

10/5         Piraeus (Athens), Greece

10/6         Mykonos, Greece

10/7         Corfu, Greece

10/8         Valletta, Malta

10/9         Messina, Italy

10/10       Naples/Pompeii, Italy

10/11       Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

10/12       Civitavecchia (Rome) disembark

ITINERARY

Thursday, March 3

Fly to Anchorage and check into the perfectly located Anchorage Hilton for three nights. You’ll be just a heartbeat away from the excitement of the Fur Rendezvous Festival, museums and shops.

Friday, March 4 (Dinner)

Step outside into a wonderland to discover the magic of Anchorage in winter during the Rendezvous Festival! Known locally as Fur Rondy, this 12-day event celebrates winter and the pioneering spirit of Alaskans. Cultural exhibitions, sporting activities, and many special events offer wonderful, wacky, winter fun! Stop by the Fur Rondy Headquarters to shop for festival gear or visit the Alaska Public Lands Information Center to view exhibits representing natural, historical, and cultural features throughout the state. This morning you may take an incredible, optional, 90-minute flightseeing excursion into the Chugach Mountains for up-close views of Alaskan wildlife and the impressive Knik Glacier, boasting a five-mile-wide face and 400-foot ice walls. This afternoon we’ll take a guided tour of Anchorage that includes visits to Earthquake Park and Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane base. We’ll visit the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery to marvel at the sight of thousands of fish schooling in gigantic tanks, educational displays, and beautiful salmon-inspired artwork. We’ll also stop to view artistic masterpieces carved from huge blocks of compressed snow at the GCI Snow Sculpture Competition. At the Ulu Factory we’ll see how Native Alaskans have used ulu knives for thousands of years. Indulge in a typical Alaskan feast tonight at the Glacier Brewhouse.

Saturday, March 5 (Breakfast, Dinner)

After breakfast at the hotel, experience the incredible excitement of the Iditarod Ceremonial Start! Visit with mushers, pet the dogs, and then cheer as each sled team gets introduced every few minutes. Watch or participate in the exciting Fur Auction, held in honor of the historic economic importance of the Alaska fur trade. Explore the Fur Rondy Carnival with its rides, games, and treats. Tasty lunch options abound including food carts offering local cuisine such as reindeer sausage. Don’t miss the hilarious Run with the Reindeer Race, where locals and visitors dress in hilarious costumes to make a mad dash through town with caribou at their heels. Dinner will be at the 49th State Brewing Company, known for its specialty Alaskan foods, followed by the Fur Rondy Melodrama. Throw popcorn, clap, cheer, hiss and boo at the zany cast as they sing and dance their way directly into your funny bone.

Sunday, March 6 (Dinner)

Today we travel to Talkeetna, an authentic Alaskan town used as the model for the TV show Northern Exposure. Have lunch at one of the local eateries and look for authentic souvenirs in the unique shops, including Nagley’s General Store, where miner and trapper history lines the walls. Stop at Aurora Dora’s log cabin to see her gallery of amazing northern lights photography. We’ll check into the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge where it's all about the view! The lodge is built atop a high bluff and overlooks the entire Alaska Range, with Denali right in the middle. We’ll gather in the hotel’s restaurant for dinner tonight. Northern lights wake-up calls are offered upon request, so when the Aurora Borealis comes into view, the hotel will call your room. This is a great opportunity to see the
dramatic northern lights with Denali as the backdrop.

Monday, March 7 (Breakfast, Dinner)

Today our flight to Fairbanks takes us over Denali National Park, affording us amazing views! After checking into the Springhill Suites, you are free to visit the shops and galleries filled with Alaska Native art and jewelry. Visit the Yukon Quest Cabin that highlights the Yukon Quest, a challenging 1,000- mile International Sled Dog Race that starts in Fairbanks. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at Lavelle’s Bistro. This evening we will head to the World Ice Art Championship to view hundreds of amazing ice sculptures created by more than 100 sculptors from 30 different countries! With our Alaskan sense of adventure in high gear, we’re off to “hunt the Aurora.” The Aurora Borealis can be seen on clear nights when electrically charged particles from the sun strike atoms within the Earth’s atmosphere. Without light pollution from the city, we’ll have an excellent chance of seeing the northern lights while waiting inside our warm activity center.

Tuesday, March 8 (Breakfast, Dinner)

We’ll have a leisurely morning where you can relax at the hotel or explore downtown Fairbanks, where you’ll have time to get an early lunch. Then comes the Authentic Alaska experience! Just imagine gliding silently along a stunning wooded trail on a sled powered by a team of dogs. Our experienced guides and teams of eager Alaskan huskies will make this a memory of a lifetime! This afternoon we check into the Chena Hot Springs
Resort, world-renowned for being one of the best places on Earth to see the Aurora Borealis due to its location under the most active band of northern lights. We’ll tour the Aurora Ice Museum, the world’s largest year-round ice environment, filled with amazing ice sculptures. It was created from over 1,000 tons of ice and snow and is kept at a cool 25° F. Before or after dinner at the resort, you’ll have time to experience the Chena Natural Hot Springs Pool. The thermal waters, rising steam, and glorious winter sky create a unique and memorable experience! Later that evening, you’ll have a third opportunity to view the northern lights as you soak in the hot springs or stay warm inside the resort’s activity center until the Aurora Borealis is in view.

Wednesday, March 9 (Breakfast, Dinner)

After a delicious breakfast at the resort, we depart for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint, where we’re able to walk under the pipeline itself! After a quick flight back down to Anchorage we’ll visit the Anchorage Museum, which tells the story of Alaska and the North. Explore masterworks of Alaska native art and design from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution. Tonight’s dinner will be at Simon & Seafort's, an Alaska landmark with panoramic views overlooking Cook Inlet and the Alaska Range, before heading to the Anchorage airport for our overnight flight home.

Thursday, March 10

Arrive home today filled with wonderful memories of our fabulous Alaskan adventure!

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DEPOSIT:

$100 per person

BALANCE DUE:

November 19, 2021

RESERVATIONS:

Please complete a reservation form and return it with your $100 per person deposit, plus Travel Protection Premium, if elected, payable to Pinnacle Group Travel, to:

Pinnacle Group Travel
2440 South Brentwood Blvd, Suite 108
St. Louis, MO 63144

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CANCELLATION POLICY
All payments are fully refundable for cancellations received by November 19, 2021. Although every effort will be made to refund passenger payments, cancellations received after this date will be subject to the penalties imposed by our suppliers including, but not exclusive to, the airline used to purchase non-refundable air tickets, as well as an additional $150 cancellation fee. It is highly suggested that all travelers help protect their vacation investment by purchasing an optional travel protection plan. Your Pinnacle representative can provide information on a plan offered by Travel Insured Intl. Should the passenger purchase travel protection and need to cancel after November 19, 2021, a travel protection claim must be filed with Travel Insured Intl. Please note that we encourage all travelers to purchase a plan at the time of initial trip deposit and that the premium is refundable for cancellations received before November 19, 2021.

* This document contains highlights of the plan. The plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. C&F and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The plan also contains non-insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

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