The great wilderness of Alaska beckons on this exciting tour, which features mighty fjords, stunning National Parks and authentic Alaskan experiences.
About the Tour
Nine days: That is all you need to gain an insider's perspective of Alaska on this escorted tour. Your time in The Last Frontier begins in Fairbanks, where a riverboat tour acquaints you with the local waterways, and a trip to Trail Breaker Kennel allows you to experience one of Alaska's favorite pastimes, dog sledding. It is also from Fairbanks that we board the storied rails of the Alaskan Railroad for a ride aboard the Denali Star. The train will take us right into the heart of Denali National Park, where great adventure meets wildlife spotting and breathtaking scenery. Continuing on the Denali Star, we move through the vast open terrain as we make our way to Talkeetna. The view along the way is truly inspiring - keep your camera within reach. An overnight stay allows you to soak in the charm of this destination before we continue southbound to Anchorage, down the Turnagain Arm and finally down through the Kenai Peninsula before arriving in Seward. It is in Seward that we have a gateway to one of the most majestic places in southern Alaska, Kenai Fjords National Park. As we wrap up our grand Alaskan journey, we spend some time in Whittier, journey out to Prince William Sound by boat and even take one last ride on the Alaskan Railroad, this time aboard the Glacier Discovery. If it is adventure that calls you, the great land of Alaska is the answer.
- Rail travel on the Alaska Railroad, including the Denali Star in GoldStar Service and the Glacier Discovery
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights, including 2 nights at Denali Bluffs Hotel in river view rooms in Denali National Park
- 10 meals
- Riverboat Discovery tour with Chena Indian Village visit
- Denali Backcountry Adventure
- Alyeska Area Scenic Tram
- Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
- Prince Williams Sound and Surprise Glacier Cruise
- National park entrance fees
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
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Day 1 – Arrive Fairbanks
Arrive in Fairbanks, transfer to your hotel and check in for the first of two nights. It is also at the hotel that you will meet your tour manager and fellow travelers. The remainder of the day is yours to settle into your accommodations or to begin your explorations independently. Overnight Fairbanks, AK.
Day 2 – Riverboat Discovery & Trail Breaker Kennel
This morning begins with breakfast at the hotel. After, we set sail on a 3-hour riverboat tour, which takes us along the Chena and Tanana Rivers. We will learn about the culture and history of the area as a knowledgeable tour guide takes us through the waters. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the local wildlife and the bush planes that take off from these rivers. Next, Alaskan Native Guides take us into Chena Indian Village, where we learn about the history and culture of these indigenous people. Following the tour, we return to Fairbanks, where you are free to grab some lunch, explore the local shops or peruse the museums and famed sites.
Tonight, we are in for a quintessential Alaskan experience with a trip to Trail Breaker Kennel for a special “Welcome to Alaska” evening, including dinner and an educational presentation about Alaska and one of its favorite sports, dogsledding. You will even have a chance to meet some of the sled dogs. Overnight Fairbanks, AK. (B, D)
Day 3 – Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star to Denali National Park
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, because after, you are in for a real adventure. All aboard the historic Denali Star for a scenic journey to Denali National Park. This Alaska Railroad train meanders through the landscape, giving us a chance to see wildlife, small villages and great stretches of forest and open land before arriving in Denali National Park. Six million acres lie ahead in the park, and they are yours to explore however you see fit. Gaze upon the mountains, including Mt. Denali, the tallest mountain in North America; board a small airplane for a flightseeing tour; participate in one of the guided ranger programs or set out on one of the many trials for an unforgettable hiking experience. Overnight Denali, AK. (B)
Day 4 – Denali Backcountry Adventure
This morning, set out deep into the wilderness of Denali National Park for the grand Denali Backcountry Adventure.. This roundtrip bus tour is approximately 13 hours in duration and takes us through the rugged landscape of Denali to Kantishna Backcountry Lodge, which is located 92 1/2 miles within the park's boundaries and just 25 miles from the base of Mt. Denali. Because wildlife roams through Denali National Park freely, you will have the opportunity to see moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and maybe even grizzly bears. Wonder Lake makes for a beautiful photo opportunity before we arrive at Backcountry Lodge. At the lodge, we enjoy to a buffet-style lunch, as well as an afternoon activity, such as hiking or panning for gold. The return bus trip allows you to take one last look around the Denali National Park; it does not get better than this. Overnight Denali, AK. (L)
Day 5 – Alaska Railroad Denali Star to Talkeetna
Enjoy one last breakfast in Denali this morning, then you have some free time to relax, photograph the scenery or take one last hike along the mountain paths before boarding the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star in Gold Star Class to Talkeetna. En route, soak in views of Mt. Denali's south face, cross the summit of the Continental Divide at 2,363 feet and enjoy one of the best photo vantage points, the arched Hurricane Gulch Bridge spanning 918 feet across and 296 feet above the creek bed. Enjoy lunch onboard. Tonight, you lodge at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, which gives you a chance to visit the quaint town of Talkeetna and purchase some freshly made baked goods from the historic Talkeetna Road House Inn. Overnight Talkeetna, AK. (B, L)
Day 6 – Anchorage/Kenai Peninsula/Seward
Start the day with breakfast, then enjoy a visit to the Anchorage Museum for a docent-led tour through some of the museum's most enthralling exhibits, including the center's main exhibition titled "Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska." The exhibition features more than 600 objects from the Smithsonian's collections that were selected and interpreted with help from Alaska native advisers. Leaving Anchorage, we follow the Turnagain Arm by deluxe motorcoach to Mt. Alyeska. Here, where we board a tram that takes us to the top, scaling 2,300 feet of elevation. Relax and admire the stunning views as you spot hanging glaciers, look over the Turnagain Arm and see the valleys of the Chugach Mountain Range. After, we continue down the Kenai Peninsula to Seward. We will check into our conveniently located hotel with the remainder of the evening at leisure to see the town’s sites on your own. Overnight Seward, AK. (B)
Day 7 – Kenai Fjords National Park
Get ready to explore glaciers and observe sea otters, sea lions eagles and puffins during your 5 1/2-hour Wildlife Cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park today. Following breakfast at the hotel, we will be transferred to the dock to board our catamaran for the day. A National Park Ranger joins us on this narrated tour and provides valuable information about the area’s history, flora and fauna. The catamaran is skillfully navigated in front of two active tidewater glaciers: Holgate and Aialik Glacier, offering you picture-perfect view. The calm waters of Resurrection Bay make this excursion a wonderful experience for all. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Seward. Overnight Seward, AK. (L)
Day 8 – Prince William Sound/Surprise Glacier/Anchorage
Savor one last breakfast in Seward this morning before setting off on our journey to Whittier. Along the way, we will experience the famous Anton Memorial Tunnel - the longest one-lane highway tunnel in North America. Since vehicles and the Alaskan Railroad share the same tunnel, access is only available at pre-specified times. Upon arriving in Whittier, we continue onto the town's harbor for a 5 1/4-hour cruise to some of the beautiful places in Prince William Sound. Out on the open water, we will see whales, seals and bird rookeries and pass through the beautiful Esther Passage. The catamaran enters Harriman Fjord, where we will be surrounded by breathtaking mountains and alpine and tidewater glaciers as we make our way to the pinnacle of the tour, Surprise Glacier. On the way back to Whittier Harbor, we stop at a working salmon hatchery for a brief tour. Onboard, we will also be treated to a delicious lunch featuring fresh Alaskan salmon. Back in Whittier, we board the Alaskan Railroad's Glacier Discovery for our final leg of the tour to Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage, AK. (B, L)
Day 9 – Tour Conclusion
Your tour concludes this morning. A group transfer to Anchorage International Airport will accommodate flights departing after 11:00 a.m.
Hotels include: Bear Lodge at Wedgewood Resort (Fairbanks), Denali Bluffs Hotel (Denali National Park), Talkeetna Lodge (Talkeetna), Seward Windsong Lodge (Seward), The Lakefront Anchorage Millennium Hotel (Anchorage).
Denali Star Train
The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, links Fairbanks to Anchorage with stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and Denali Park. On this route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the landscape.
Glacier Discovery Train
The Glacier Discovery train is the shortest route on the Alaskan Railroad. The route takes travelers along the Turnagain Arm, through exhilarating mountain tunnels and off the beaten path. Wildlife is abundant along this route and travelers have the opportunity to see Beluga whales, moose, bear and eagles.
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