There’s a special interest land programme for every type of traveller.
Families can combine a cruise, rail trip and wilderness tour on a Denali Explorer Alaska Cruisetour with Princess Cruises. The cruise starts in Vancouver, in British Columbia, and sails to Anchorage, in Alaska.
From Anchorage, Princess Cruises’ direct-to-wilderness rail service provides magnificent scenery en route to Denali. The first night on land is at the Denali Princess Wilderness lodge. From there, guests take an educational tour into Denali National Park to the Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness lodge.
On the last day, after relaxing at the lodge or taking one of a number of shore excursions, guests take the coach to Anchorage for an overnight stay.
Tony Roberts, vice president, Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “We offer more than 50 cruisetour itineraries in Alaska each year, so agents are able to find the right cruisetour that is tailored to their customers.
“From one of our wilderness lodges, guests can get even more out of their bucket list holiday when they combine a cruise with a land tour.”
The 10-day cruise and Denali Explorer holiday starts from £1,287pp on 18 July 2018, excluding flights. princess.com
Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers a series of free land programmes in vibrant exotic cities. Seven Seas Voyager’s 33-night cruise from Dubai to Hong Kong features a three-night Opulent Cities of the Emirates pre-cruise stay in Dubai or a three-night Jewels of Hong Kong post-cruise stay, with tours including exploring vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui by night in an open-top bus. Price from £13,069, departing on 14 November 2017.
For single guests
There is no single supplement for clients who want to explore Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle on RV Laos Pandaw’s 10-night Laos Mekong cruise.
The holiday features Laos, Thailand and Burma and starts with a hotel stay in Vientiane, which includes a tour exploring the Plain of Jars, a vast area around Phonsavanh, where there are more than 300 huge stone jars carved out of solid rock. The jars weigh up to six tons each; King Khun Chuang required them to store wine in celebration of his conquest of the province in the 6th century. Price from £3,081, departing on 2 December 2017.
Seabourn’s ultra-luxury hotel and journey packages ensure seamless experiences, featuring properties compatible with the Seabourn style. Pricing includes breakfast, taxes, gratuities and private transfers.
As an example, guests sailing on Canada and New England cruises can stay in the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, considered one of the great treasures of the Golden Square Mile, where historical splendour meets contemporary architecture. Tours include Old & New Montreal, which visits Mount Royal and downtown.
For history hunters
Holland America Line’s The Ancient Wonders of Machu Picchu package is offered from Valparaiso (Santiago) with a four-night tour, which includes a night in Santiago before a flight to Lima in Peru for a colonial city tour and dinner at La Rosa Nautica waterfront restaurant.
The next stop is Cuzco, Peru, to explore the ancient ruins of Sacsay Huaman and Tambo Machay, before a full day’s tour to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Price £3,126pp for two guests.
For train lovers
The Treasures of the Mekong with Eastern & Oriental Express 19-day tour showcases the cultural fabric of Southeast Asia, revealing its history and traditions – and includes a journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express. After a two-night hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City, guests board the Scenic Spirit for a seven-night cruise along the Mekong River with time to marvel at the temples of Angkor Wat and explore Phnom Penh. The trip also features a three-day land tour in Siem Reap before guests fly south to Singapore to board the majestic Eastern & Oriental Express for a rail journey through Malaysia and Thailand. 19 nights from £8,640, departing London Heathrow or Manchester on 24 February 2018.