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Circle Alaska Family Adventure Tour - 1549CTA
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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!




Arrival Anchorage
Arrival Anchorage 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
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.

Denali National Park
Denali National Park 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.

Denali to Fairbanks
Denali to Fairbanks 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.

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)

Fairbanks to Valdez
Fairbanks to ValdezDistance/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.

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.

Valdez to Seward
Valdez to SewardDistance/driving time: Ferry from Valdez to Whittier (6 to 8 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 in Seward.

Seward 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.

Seward to Anchorage
Seward to AnchorageDistance/driving time: 127 miles / plan 3 hours drive time, not including stops.

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.

Departure 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.

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Standard Program
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May 26, 16 - Aug 28, 16
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Tour starts from May 26 to Aug 27 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.***

* Child prices listed are valid for children 11 years and under, sharing room with at least 2 full paying adults with existing bedding. Maximum 4 people per room.

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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.

Tour Highlight

  • Learn about Alaska's unique wildlife, history and cultures through interactive and educational tours.
  • Tour routing offers scenic family photo opportunities.
  • Good balance of activities and free time for multi-generational families.

Tour Includes

  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Train from Anchorage to Denali and from Denali to Fairbanks (standard program: standard rail car seating / or upgraded program: dome rail car seating)
  • Bus tour into Denali National Park with snack
  • Sternwheeler Riverboat cruise and visit to Gold Dredge 8 in Fairbanks
  • Admission to the Alaska SeaLife Center and 1.5 hr wilderness dog sled ride with the Seavey's in Seward
  • 7 days mid size car rental including one way fee from Fairbanks to Anchorage and unlimited mileage
  • Ferry passage for passengers and vehicle from Valdez to Whittier
  • All taxes

Not included: Transfers in Anchorage (for standard program, courtesy hotel shuttle may be used). Meals, optional excursions, gratuity. Car rental coverage (such as LDW or additional liability), additional driver fees, gas, GPS rental.

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