Explore the best of Alaska's glaciers, wildlife, and mountains as you tour the beautiful southern Alaskan landscape.
Experience the best of southern Alaska on this 10-day escorted tour that starts and ends in Anchorage. You'll have free time to explore Valdez, known as Alaska's Little Switzerland. This Gold Rush town is located on the gorgeous Prince William Sound, where the waters are full of wildlife. Cruise to the Columbia Glacier and learn about the ecology of this area. Next, you'll trek north toward Alaska's second-biggest city, Fairbanks. Enjoy a museum visit, a tour of the Alaska Pipeline and a cruise down the Chena River as you explore this "Golden Heart City."
Your next stop is Denali National Park, a 6-million acre land of stunning beauty that's filled with wildlife. With a backdrop of North America's tallest mountain, this nature preserve offers many ways to explore the area. You'll have free time to hike, sightsee via small plane or helicopter, or if you visit during winter, try out a dogsled excursion!
When you reach Anchorage via the Alaska Railroad, you get a new glimpse of Alaska as you visit this city sparkling alongside the waters of the Cook Inlet. Tour the historic downtown district and visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center to learn about this history of the area. Wrap up your trip with an authentic Alaskan style meal, as you bid farewell to your fellow travelers.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Excursion aboard the Alaska Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- 11 meals and 1 snack
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Columbia Glacier
- Prince William Sound
- Denali National Park
Day 1 - Welcome to Anchorage
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may want to explore Alaska's largest city. Overnight Anchorage.
Day 2 - Anchorage/Valdez
Board your deluxe motorcoach for today's grand adventure to Valdez. Drive through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley where world record monster size vegetables grow in the 24-hour daylight. You'll arrive early this evening in Valdez, Alaska's Little Switzerland. There will be a welcome reception this evening. Overnight Valdez. (B, R)
Day 3 - Prince William Sound Sightseeing Cruise
This morning is free to explore Valdez. Later today enjoy a cruise into the Prince William Sound and explore the face of the Columbia Glacier. The tour will give you an insight into the sensitive Prince William Sound ecosystem. Overnight Valdez. (CB, light meal on cruise)
Day 4 - Valdez/Fairbanks
Today explore the Richardson and Alaska Highways as you traverse the eastern part of the state. Enjoy several Exciting stops like Rika's Roadhouse and the Wrangell-St Elias National Park Visitor's Center. You'll arrive in Fairbanks and overnight in the Golden Heart City. Overnight Fairbanks. (CB)
Day 5 - Fairbanks Sightseeing and Riverboat Discovery
This morning is free to explore Fairbanks on your own. This afternoon board the Riverboat Discovery for a cruise on the Chen River. Overnight Fairbanks. (B)
Day 6 - Fairbanks/Denali
After breakfast board your motorcoach for the drive to Denali National Park. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to take advantage of the many activities in the Park. River rafting and flightseeing are examples of the things you can do. Overnight Denali. (B)
Day 7 - Denali Sightseeing
The morning it is off to explore Denali National Park. The Park Tour will travel into Denali National Park along the Park Road. Throughout your adventure, you’ll witness incredible scenery and enjoy a narrated history of the park road, keeping an eye out for animals that call this place home such as grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. This afternoon is free to explore the Park at your own pace. Overnight Denali. (CB)
Day 8 - Denali/Anchorage
The morning board a motorcoach and tour south from the park to Talkeetna, a quaint historic village nestled at the confluence of three glacially fed rivers. Here you will board Deluxe Dome Railcar for the journey from Talkeetna to Anchorage. Mountains, rivers, lakes, flora, and fauna make the trip scenic and enjoyable. Overnight Anchorage. (CB)
Day 9 - Anchorage Sightseeing
The morning is free to enjoy some leisure time. Later tour Anchorage and discover the historical downtown including Lake Hood / Lake Spenard, the busiest floatplane base in the world. The tour will include a stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska’s first people. Tonight share the favorite highlights of the trip with your fellow travelers as you join in a farewell dinner this evening. Overnight Anchorage. (B, D)
Day 10 - Tour Conclusion
Your tour ends with a transfer to the Anchorage Airport for your flight home. (B)
Add a 7-day Glacier Discovery cruise aboard Holland America's ms Statendam to your vacation! The cruise travels along Alaska's Inside Passage to Vancouver with beautiful ports of call including Juneau, Glacier Bay, and Ketchikan. Ask a rail specialist for details.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Denali Star Train
The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, links Anchorage to Fairbanks 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.
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Being on the last tour of the season gave credence to the saying 'the last shall be the first and the first shall be the last'. The fall colors were magnificent and we got to see all of Mt. McKinley- what a treat
Learned a great deal about the Alaskan way of life and its history. Experienced spectacular scenery and beautiful panoramic views. Exceptional guides and bus driver.
Dates & Prices
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|11th May 2018||$1,999||Book Now|
|25th May 2018||$2,449||Book Now|
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|31st August 2018||$2,449||Book Now|
|7th September 2018||$1,999||Book Now|
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: Departs 11th May 2018 ($1,999), 25th May 2018 ($2,449), 8th June 2018 ($2,499), 22nd June 2018 ($2,499), 6th July 2018 ($2,499), 20th July 2018 ($2,499), 3rd August 2018 ($2,499), 17th August 2018 ($2,499), 31st August 2018 ($2,449), 7th September 2018 ($1,999)
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