This exciting 10-day vacation showcases the best of Alaska, from calving glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park and a ride on the world-famous Alaska Railroad to exploring Denali National Park and a scenic cruise on Prince William Sound where you can view amazing wildlife.
Board the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park, where you'll hear a private presentation by a Denali park ranger. Seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and more on a wilderness expedition. Take a cruise on Prince William Sound and along Columbia Glacier, the second-largest tide-water glacier in North America. Just imagine the gorgeous scenery you'll see! You'll also take a cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to see glaciers calving into the sea and hear the thunderous roar. Photos and videos cannot adequately capture the experience—you must witness it in person. On both cruises, be sure to watch for wildlife. See the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal near Valdez, take a sternwheeler cruise in Fairbanks, visit the home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser near Anchorage, and enjoy all the scenery and majesty that only a vacation to Alaska can offer. Grab your camera and get ready for a trip that will leave you breathless and inspired—a travel experience of a lifetime.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Excursion aboard the Alaska Railroad in Goldstar or Wilderness Explorer service
- Fairbanks riverboat cruise
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions
- Meals (9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Services of a professional tour director
- Prince William Sound
- Delta Junction living history homestead
- Gold Dredge #8
- Denali National Park
- Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla
- Anchorage city tour
- Kenai Fjords National Park
Day 1 - Welcome to Anchorage
Arrive in Anchorage today. This evening meet your tour director in your hotel's reception area.
Day 2 - Anchorage-Valdez
Meet your fellow travelers at this morning's welcome orientation. Today's travels take you through Palmer in the Matanuska Valley--where cabbages have been known to grow to more than 70 pounds in the 24-hour daylight-up over Tahneta Pass with wonderful vistas of Matanuska and Worthington Glaciers. Stop at Bridal Veil Falls before arriving in the seaside port of Valdez, often referred to as the "Switzerland of Alaska." (B, D)
Day 3 - Cruise on Prince William Sound
Board your boat for a cruise on Prince William Sound and along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including seals, sea otters, birds and whales! Before returning to Valdez, see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal, where supertankers are loaded with crude oil from Prudhoe Bay. (B, L)
Day 4 - Delta Junction / Fairbanks
Admire Alaska's breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Richardson Highway on the way to Fairbanks. Stop at Delta Junction, a living history homestead with a museum, original roadhouse and farm animals, along the way. Your travels continue west along the Alaska Highway to Alaska's second-largest city. (B)
Day 5 - Discover Fairbanks
Visit Gold Dredge #8 and ride the narrow gauge railroad. Try your luck as you pan for gold. Later today, board the sternwheeler Discovery for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers with a stop at the Chena Indian Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. You will also have the chance to meet Iditarod mushers and their famed dog teams to learn about breeding, training and the big race. This evening enjoy a special Alaska salmon bake. (B, D)
Day 6 - Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park
Board the world-famous Alaska Railroad for a journey through untamed wilderness. Your ride ends in Denali National Park, where Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak, rises majestically over the Park's 6 million acres. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Murie Science Center followed by an exclusive presentation on Denali National Park by a local naturalist. (B, D)
Day 7 - Denali Wilderness Expedition
This morning is free to explore the Park on your own or take part in optional activities like a float trip down the Nenana River. Later, dress for comfort as you embark on a wilderness expedition through Denali National Park to seek our grizzly bear, caribou and other wildlife. (B, L)
Day 8 - Visit with Iditarod Sled Dogs / Anchorage
Continue your exploration of Denali National Park as you head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at Happy Trails Kennels, where you will meet an Iditarod competitor and learn how they race and care for their dogs. You will also see a demo on mushing complete with a mock Iditarod checkpoint and get a chance to play with the sled dogs! Upon arrival in Anchorage, embark on a city sightseeing tour. This evening, your tour director will host a special dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
Experience one of the world's most scenic drives as you follow the south shore of Turnagain Arm to Seward. Upon arrival, board your vessel for a cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park. Keep an eye out for glaciers calving into the sea as well as frolicking wildlife including orcas, humpback whales and sea otters. (B,L)
Day 10 - Anchorage
Your great Alaskan adventure comes to a close after breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, Mountain Sky Hotel, Fairbanks Wedgewood Hotel. Denali Bluffs Hotel.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
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|2nd July 2016||$3,499||Please call for availability.|
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