With a good travel guide like Milepost, you can create your own ground tour. Princess charges and arm and a leg for theirs, and their tour doesn't take you quite far enough. Get a price quote both with and without the ground portion. You will do much better on your own. Read these forums (this one and Cruise Critic...and there are others) back a month or so before you make any decisions. You will do sooooo much better on your own. I'm excited about going on my booked tour. But I am just as excited about creating my own next time! I'll be back from Alaska in a couple weeks. Feel free to e-me and ask whatever you want. I'll be glad to help you. Unfortunately, (fortunately for her) the greatest expert on self-planned Alaska trips, Budget Queen, is also leaving soon so her advice will not be available for a while. But you can do it. It is not as confusing as it looks.