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A tour that combines Napa's wine country with Alaska's glaciers

April 09, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Ketchikan is one of the stops on a cruise of Alaska's Inside Passage.
Ketchikan is one of the stops on a cruise of Alaska's Inside Passage. (File photo )

Do San Francisco in style before heading out on a Princess cruise to Alaska's Inside Passage.

Uncommon Journeys offers the 10-night cruise with pre-boarding extras: tours of Napa Valley wineries and the city while spending three nights at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

I like this offer for the three-day pre-trip itinerary, and the fact you don't have to go to Seattle or Vancouver, Canada, to board.

Elegant Alaska, as the trip is called, also features a welcome dinner at the Presidio Social Club along with a day of wine tastings in the Napa Valley and a day touring San Francisco.

An added bonus: California residents may qualify for a free round-trip train ticket to San Francisco, depending on availability.

Participants then set sail on the Princess Grand to see Alaska sights such as Ketchikan, the Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau, the 26-mile-long fjord Tracy Arm, Skagway; and then Canadian sights including Victoria in British Columbia, before returning to San Francisco.

When: The trip runs from Sept. 4-17.

Price: Starting at $1,995 per person, double occupancy. It includes sightseeing tours in San Francisco, three-night hotel stay, dinner, guides and the cruise. Travel to and from San Francisco and $145 per person in port fees are extra.

Info: Uncommon Journeys, (800) 323-5893
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