Gray Line of Alaska Unveils 2009 Tours and Packages Across Alaska and the Yukon Territory

    Customized tours for individuals and groups detailed in new 2009 brochure

    SEATTLE, Sept. 12 /CNW/ -- A leader in Alaska and Yukon tourism with over
sixty years experience, Gray Line of Alaska has unveiled its 2009 brochure and
is now taking reservations for all 2009 tours. From venturing into the Arctic
on a multi-day adventure or booking a day tour in Denali, Gray Line
specializes in planning custom tours and day trips.
    Highlights of the 2009 season include two new self-drive tours to Homer
and Valdez, two escorted land tour itineraries, the popular Denali Sampler and
the ability to customize any itinerary to suit each traveler's schedule and
desired route.
    "What sets Gray Line apart is the ability to customize any tour," said
Mark Mumm, director of sales and marketing.  "We have the knowledge and
infrastructure -- day boats, trains, motor coaches -- at our fingertips. While
we do have a number of pre-planned tours available, we are proud of the
expertise and personal attention we dedicate to each guest or group to create
their ideal travel itinerary or customize an existing tour."
    Self-Drive Tours
    The pre-planned self-drive tours include a rental car, a set itinerary,
hotel reservations and select tours along the way such as a glacier cruise.
Homer by Car is a seven-day tour roundtrip from Anchorage with stops in
Seward, Alyeska and Homer. Valdez by Car is a nine-day tour roundtrip from
Anchorage with stops in Valdez, Glennallen, Fairbanks and Denali.
    Also offered again this year is Alaska by Car, a seven-day tour roundtrip
from Anchorage, and Alaska by Car with McKinley Explorer which adds one day to
visit Denali by train.
    Escorted Group Tours
    For those travelers who want to explore Alaska while enjoying the
camaraderie of a group, there are two pre-planned group tours available.
Guests traveling on an escorted tour enjoy the convenience of a tour guide
accompanying them for the entire trip to handle logistics and provide
information. The Escorted Great Land Explorer is an eight-day tour from
Fairbanks to Anchorage visiting Talkeetna, Denali and Seward. The Escorted
Alaska Explorer is an eight-day tour roundtrip from Anchorage visiting
Talkeetna, Denali, Alyeska and Seward.
    Denali Tours
    Visiting Denali National Park for a chance to see wildlife and
spectacular Mt. McKinley is at the top of most people's list of things to do
in Alaska. Gray Line offers a number of tours. The most popular is the
three-day, two-night Denali Sampler.  The tour begins with overnight
accommodations in Anchorage or Fairbanks before traveling via a deluxe motor
coach or on the luxurious McKinley Explorer train to Denali. An extra night in
Denali may be added and all transfers are included.
    Gray Line has a diverse selection of day tours and adventures available
for booking with a travel agent, online at or at
Gray Line offices located throughout Alaska and the Yukon. Day trips are
available in Anchorage, Alyeska, Seward, Talkeetna, Denali National Park,
Fairbanks, Skagway, and Juneau, Alaska; and in Whitehorse and Dawson City,
Yukon Territory. Excursions include city tours, flightseeing, rafting, jeep
tours, wildlife sightseeing tours, museums and hiking.
    Custom Group Tours
    Besides planning custom tours for individual travelers, Gray Line of
Alaska also plans trips for groups. Whether touring the interior of Alaska and
the Yukon or taking a quick trip to Denali after a cruise, groups can
personalize the trip with the addition of sightseeing tours, meals and
beverages, parties, private shuttles and more. Itineraries can be tailored to
fit group needs and preferences including flexible departure times and routes.
    Gray Line of Alaska specializes in creating custom land tours in Alaska
and the Yukon.  Arrangements and reservations for Alaska tour packages can be
made with your travel agent or via the Gray Line web site at or by calling 1-800-544-2206.
    About Gray Line of Alaska
    A division of Holland America Line, Inc., Gray Line of Alaska has been
the premier tour operator in Alaska for almost 60 years. For 2008, the company
offers multiple-day package tours and a la carte touring options for
independent travelers, as well as sightseeing tours in Fairbanks, Juneau,
Skagway, Anchorage, Denali, Dawson City and Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon.
Information: 800/544-2206;

     CONTACT:  Rose Abello / Sarah Scoltock
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934


For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello, or Sarah Scoltock, 1-800-637-5029,
Fax, +1-206-262-5934,, both of Holland America Line,

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