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Authentic Alaskan experiences and the contrasting scenery of Alaska’s cities and backcountry beckon on this independent adventure through America’s Last Frontier. 

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Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2022 Tour code: WC-HKFN-22

About the tour

While gliding through sweeping expanses of wilderness aboard the Alaska Railroad, flying over forests and mountains by floatplane and helicopter, and cruising through the icy waterways of Kenai Fjords National Park, find yourself enamored with the natural grandeur Alaska. This 8-day tour begins in Anchorage, where your first taste of adventure lies ahead on a bear viewing safari by floatplane. The excitement continues with a guided tour of the city ahead of a scenic drive to Girdwood. In Girdwood, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime helitour, which takes you to atop a glacier and to a dog-sledding facility. Find yourself surrounded by Alaska's wildlife en route to Seward, and then enjoy a cruise through the breathtaking fjords and ice formations at Kenai Fjords National Park. Drive along one of the most scenic highways in Alaska en route to Talkeetna and from here, board the Alaska Railroad bound for the pinnacle of the tour, Denali National Park. Put adventure at the forefront of your travel goals, and come experience the best of Alaska.

This vacation is available for travel from Fairbanks to Anchorage based on your travel preference.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Anchorage

Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer at your own cost to your hotel. Overnight Anchorage.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 2 - Anchorage & Floatplane to Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing

Enjoy a half day guided tour with an opportunity to see Alaska's black and brown bears in their natural habitat. Fly 70 miles southwest of Anchorage by float plane to the entrance of Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve, site of Redoubt Bay Lodge. Here you can view Alaskan resident brown bears up close from one of the lodge's covered pontoon boats.  Overnight Anchorage.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 3 - Anchorage to Girdwood & Glacier Dog Sled Heli-Tour

Explore Anchorage this morning on a private tour before traveling to the mountain town of Girdwood. Following Turnagain Arm with stops to look for wildlife and take in the beauty of Chugach State Park, you'll board a helicopter for a glacier landing & dog sledding tour - the best way to experience Alaska! Returning to the heliport you will be transferred back to Alyeska Resort, with the rest of the day at leisure. We have included air tram tickets for the ride to the peak of Alyeska. Overnight Girdwood.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 4 - Girdwood to Seward & Small Group Tour

Join your coach midday for a short drive to lunch, then visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife. Here you can safely observe and photograph some of Alaska's largest land animals including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears and muskox. If time allows, stop at Exit Glacier where a short and easy walk provides an up-close and personal view of a magnificent glacier. Upon arrival in Seward, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Overnight Seward. 

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 5 - Seward & Kenai Fjords Northwestern Fjord Cruise

Today we have arranged for you to take an all-day Kenai Fjords Cruise. Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than with any other cruise and visit the magnificent Northwestern Fjord, home to three amazing tidewater glaciers, numerous alpine glaciers and marine wildlife like Stellar sea lions, seals, humpbacks, orcas and otters. Overnight Seward.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Seward to Denali by motorcoach

Mid-morning, board a scheduled motorcoach to Denali. The Seward Highway showcases the natural beauty of south central Alaska. Relax and enjoy the scenery while your driver gives you some history of the area along the way. Stop in Anchorage at midday for approx 90 minutes before continuing to Denali. Overnight Denali.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 7 - Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour

Ranked #2 in Drives of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveler magazine, experience over 65 miles of wilderness and wildlife along the rugged Denali Highway. Flanked by snow-capped mountains, icy glaciers and panoramic vistas, local guides will ensure you have opportunities to view the region's best landmarks while introducing you to a host of authentic Alaska activities. See Denali and the other giants of the Alaska Range (weather permitting) and enjoy a delicious lunch at Alpine Creek Lodge. To experience the thrills and beauty of the Denali area, all you need is one day and a healthy sense of adventure. (Lunch and snacks included)

Please Note: Denali Park Road will be closed at Polychrome Pass due to landslides for the entire 2022 season. We have replaced the tour with a full day Denali Backcountry Adventure (rated by National Geographic Traveler as the #2 drive of a lifetime), or it can be replaced with a shorter Denali Jeep Excursion on the same highway or Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour into the National Park. Overnight Denali. 

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 8 - Denali National Park & Entrance to Fairbanks on Alaska Railroad

This morning is at leisure to enjoy optional activities such as: whitewater rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the park, landing on a glacier or hiking. By early afternoon, board Alaska Railroad's Denali Star Train in the Goldstar Railcar to Fairbanks. Enjoy the late afternoon scenery as you travel north to Fairbanks where your incredible Alaskan adventure ends.

Includes
  • Dinner

Additional information

Please Note

A porterage fee of $22 per person round-trip will be charged at time of booking for any bookings consisting of 5 guests or more.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hilton Anchorage

Hilton Anchorage

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Grand Denali Lodge

Grande Denali Lodge, Denali

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Denali Cabins

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Alyeska Resort, Girdwood

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood

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Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward

Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward

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Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna

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Alaska Railroad's Denali Star

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