Gray Line slates three new itineraries for 2000

SEATTLE -- Gray Line of Alaska's 2000 programs are designed to permit clients to customize their tours by combining components selected from the operator's brochure.

The Seattle-based company, an affiliate of Holland America line-Westours, has a portfolio that ranges from day trips to 12-day cruise-tours.

Its 25 packages next year will feature three new offerings. They are:

  • The Talkeetna Explorer, a four-day soft adventure itinerary that begins and ends in Anchorage and includes two nights at the new Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, which offers spectacular views of Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak. A number of options are available, such as flightseeing, jet boat rides, nature walks and float trips.
  • The package costs $449 per person, double, in May and September and $605 per person, double, in the peak season.

  • The Talkeetna Family Adventure, a longer version of the Explorer (six days) that includes a visit to Seward for a cruise on Prince William Sound and a peek at the Alaska SeaLife Center.
  • Also on the schedule for family adventurers are a river float and a natural history tour in Denali National Park as well as a folksy "Cabin Night" dinner show.

    The tour costs $1,369 per person, double, and will operate only in the peak period -- between June 16 and Aug. 25.

  • Alaska by Car offers an Avis automobile for eight days from Anchorage, with accommodations booked each night in Denali, Fairbanks, Valdez and elsewhere.
  • A Portage Glacier cruise on the day boat Ptarmigan, a visit to the Gold Dredge No. 8 and a Columbia Glacier cruise from Valdez are among the highlights.

    The program starts at $1,075 per person, double, in the value season (May 16 to 31 and Sept. 1 to 6), rising to $1,205 per person, double, between June 1 and Aug. 31.

    For full details of the company's millennium year plans, call (800) 628-2449 for a brochure.

    Gray Line of Alaska
    Reservations: (800) 544-2206
    Web: www.graylineofalaska.com

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