|This amazing array of attractions and adventures provides a truly unique family vacation. The Alaska Railroad during the first portion of your journey provides scenic views and excellent service. From Anchorage, travel north toward Denali National Park with opportunities to see Mt. McKinley along the way. In Fairbanks, you will pan for gold and cruise aboard a classic sternwheeler riverboat. Enjoy the freedom of a rental car for the latter portion of your tour. You will drive along Wrangell St. Elias National Park to Valdez. A trip across Prince William Sound aboard the Alaska ferry gives a taste of Alaska's glaciers and marine wildlife, while a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is both educational and exciting, for old and young alike. Top off your Alaska family adventure with a summer sled dog ride at a championship kennel!
Arrive in Anchorage at any time. Transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at your leisure. The Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Log Cabin Visitor Center, and other downtown attractions are within walking distance of your hotel. You may also wish to participate in an optional activity such as flight-seeing or a guided hike (not included). Overnight in Anchorage.
Anchorage to Denali National Park
This morning transfer to the Anchorage train station on own. Depart Anchorage for Denali National Park aboard the Alaska Railroad at 8:15am. Upon arrival in Denali at 3:30pm, a hotel courtesy shuttle will meet the train and transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free for optional tours in Denali, such as rafting or a Jeep safari (not included). Your hotel provides free transportation to the park's Visitor Center, which is just a short walk from hiking trails and the Park Rangers' sled dog kennels. Overnight at the Denali Park Entrance.
Today you have an early morning bus tour into Denali National Park. This tour is 6 to 8 hours long, depending on the amount of wildlife you see. Sightings may include moose, bear, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and many small mammals such as fox and snowshoe hares. Your experienced driver will provide narration about Denali's history and unique sub-arctic desert terrain. A snack box is included. Overnight at the Denali park entrance.
Spend a free morning exploring the Denali area on your own, or take an optional jet boat tour (not included). You depart Denali on the train to Fairbanks at 3:45pm, arriving at 8:00pm. A dining car is available on the train. A local transfer on arrival is provided by your hotel. Overnight in Fairbanks.
This morning, pick up your rental car at the Fairbanks airport before you
visit the Gold Dredge 8 at 10:30am. During this 2-hour guided tour your
conductor and commentators provide lively commentary about the history of mining
in Alaska. The train ride takes you to the dredge where you will see first hand
how the dredge worked the gold fields. Once the train arrives at the camp, you
will receive a brief but informative course in mining, and then you will try
panning for yourself! You will find gold- we guarantee it! Explore the dredge
and feel the history come alive.
After the Gold Dredge 8 tour you have time
for lunch before you depart at
2:00pm aboard a classic sternwheeler
riverboat. On this 3.5 hour
sternwheeler riverboat cruise you see an
Athabascan fish camp, Alaskan bush
pilot demonstration and a championship
sled dog team. Overnight in Fairbanks.
(departure times of today's tours are
subject to change)
|Distance/driving time: 368 miles / plan 7 hours of driving time,
not including stops.|
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Richardson
Highway, one of the oldest and most scenic highways in Alaska. This route
follows the Alaska oil pipeline, one of the world's greatest engineering feats.
Just outside of Fairbanks, stop at the Santa Claus House in the town of North
Pole. Along your drive, there are several rest stops, including historic
roadhouses and scenic viewpoints. As you near your final destination of Valdez,
you are very near the boundary of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve. This
region of Alaska offers impressive vistas of several of North America's tallest
peaks. Take some time today to explore and visit the Wrangell-St. Elias National
Park headquarters and ranger station, then continue into the Chugach Mountains
and through Thompson Pass. There are several places to stop and enjoy the
amazing landscapes, including Worthington Glacier and Bridal Veil Falls.
Overnight in Valdez.
Today is at your leisure to enjoy Valdez and surroundings. Try a leisurely and scenic kayaking trip or see some of Prince William Sound's well known glaciers with a glacier cruise (not included). Overnight in Valdez.
|Distance/driving time: Ferry from Valdez to Whittier (3 or 6
hours). Drive Whittier to Seward 85 miles / plan 2 hours driving time, not
including tunnel waiting period or stops.|
This morning drive
your car aboard the Alaska Marine Highway ferry in Valdez. As you depart Valdez,
you will sail past the huge oil tankers that transport Alaskan oil to the "Lower
48". Enjoy the scenery and relaxing pace as you cruise through Prince William
Sound. On arrival in the port of Whittier, drive off of the ferry and through a
mountain tunnel to Portage Glacier Valley. From here, it is a beautiful drive to
Seward. Along the way, you can stop at Portage Lake or Exit Glacier. Overnight
Today you have time to explore the quaint town of Seward, known as the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Admission is included into the state-of-the-art marine science facility at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Here you will get an up close look at Alaska's diverse marine life and sea birds. Also included is a 90-minute tour of Mitch Seavey's Iditarod Racing Kennel. Here you will meet the famous sled dogs that run the Iditarod sled dog race every year. Cuddle adorable puppies, dress up as an Iditarod musher, and then take in the spectacular Alaskan wilderness as you mush for two miles with an Iditarod racer. Later today you still have the opportunity for a glacier and wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park (not included). Overnight in Seward.
|Distance/driving time: 127 miles / plan 3 hours drive time, not
This morning you have plenty of time for an
optional tour in Seward before you head back to Anchorage. On your drive to
Anchorage you first pass through the Kenai Mountains and then along Cook Inlet's
Turnagain Arm. Look for Dall sheep, black bears, and beluga whales along the
Arm. En route we suggest a few worthwhile stops, including the Alaska Wildlife
Conservation Center, the aerial tram in Girdwood and the Potter's Marsh bird
sanctuary. Depending on your arrival time, there may be ample time to explore
Alaska's largest city. Anchorage's Alaska Native Heritage Center is a great
facility to meet and learn about Alaska's varied Native cultures and traditional
lifestyles. Overnight in Anchorage.
Depending on your departure time, you may have time to visit the Alaska Zoo or the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Return your car to the airport rental station today. Depart or start an additional program.
Below you will find descriptions of optional tours. When you book this tour package, you will see prices and be able to select which optional tours you would like to reserve.|
Additional tours are available under our Day Tours section
Price per Person - USD|
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This program includes a ferry sailing with the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry. The 2016 summer schedule and information is expected to be available in early December. When available, we will update the itinerary and rates for this program for 2016.
If you like the overall program and do not mind removing the ferry sailing if needed, please call or email us today as we are happy to put together a custom program / proposal for you!
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*** Dates of Operation: Due to
the ferry schedule, this tour does not operate daily. When you make your
reservation, you will only be able to select certain departure dates. However,
the ferry schedule is subject to change without notice, and therefore we
reserve the right to modify the itinerary.
Booking requirements: we require following information for
each traveler at time of reservation: Full name including
middle name(s), citizenship, gender and date of birth.
Number of Rooms:
Number of People per Room (4 people maximum per room):
Number of Adults
Number of Children (0-18 years)**
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|Age Child 2|
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** Please note that most child rates are only valid for child 11 years and under. The exact age limitation for child prices of this
program is listed under the rate table. Even if a child price cannot be offered, we still need the correct ages of children.
|PLEASE NOTE:||When amending travel dates or number of nights, your flexible package will include flights and hotels only. You will have the opportunity to add additional services prior to finalizing your reservation.|