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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!

 

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DAY
1
 
Arrival Anchorage
Arrival Anchorage Arrive in Anchorage at any time. Transfer to your hotel by courtesy shuttle (standard program) or airport shuttle (upgraded program) or on own. 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.

DAY
2
 
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.

DAY
3
 
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.

DAY
4
 
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.

DAY
5
 
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)

DAY
6
 
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.

DAY
7
 
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.

DAY
8
 
Valdez to Seward
Valdez to SewardDistance/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 in Seward.

DAY
9
 
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.

DAY
10
 
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.

DAY
11
 
Departure
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.

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

DAY
2
 
McKinley Run Floating Trip from Denali - 18:30H departure 
 
McKinley Run Floating Trip from Denali - 18:30H departure
You may see moose, sheep, caribou and bear, as you raft downstream 11 miles. The guide will handle the oars so you can relax and enjoy the views. This scenic portion of the Nenana River provides a rafting trip that is mild yet at times thrilling. Rapids are class I and II, with one class III rapid. A great trip for families! Tour includes: Transfers from most park entrance area hotels.

Required at time of booking: Hotel information if pick-up is required.  Children have to be at least 5 years old in order to participate in this tour.

Season: Daily departures May 20 - August 23, 2015
Departure Time: 18:30H
Duration: approx. 3.5 hours including transfers and outfitting time
 
 
DAY
3
 
Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali - 5:00pm (17:00) Show 
 
Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali - 5:00pm (17:00) Show
Get a taste of old-time Alaska at this popular dinner theater performed in an authentic, log-paneled roadhouse. Join heroine Fannie Quigley and an unforgettable cast of characters in this true-to-life Gold Rush tale of adventure in early 1900s Alaska. It's a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music and humor, brought to life by talented performers. The all-you-can-eat meal is served family-style and includes Alaskan salmon, barbecue ribs, potatoes, corn, drop biscuits, and blueberry cobbler.

NOTE: Children under three are free if sitting on parents lap for entire dinner show.

Season: Daily shows May 13 - September 13, 2015
Departure Time: 5:00pm (17:00H)
Duration: 2 hours
 
 
DAY
7
 
Duck Flats Kayaking Tour from Valdez 
 
Duck Flats Kayaking Tour from Valdez
Enjoy an exciting and educational paddle over the calm waters of duck flats in a double or triple person sea kayak. From the small boat harbor in Valdez, you and your group will kayak into the calm protected waters of Duck Flats. The path of the tour will follow a chain of small islands recognized for their nesting birds and sun bathing seals. Your guide will relate information about the town's unique past, from its early Gold Rush days to the destruction of the original town site by the 1964 earthquake. This is a wonderful paddle for first time kayakers and those with limited time. Tour includes: Kayak instruction, gear, and guided sea kayaking.

Season: Daily departures May 24 - September 10, 2014
Departure Time: Various times depending on tides.
Duration: 3 hours
 
 
DAY
7
 
Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez 
 
Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

This glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. Onboard you will have a chance to view the Sound's wildlife, including sea lions, sea otters, and whales. You will learn about the mining, oil shipping, earthquake, and fishing history, and you will hear stories about the first people to explore and live in the area. This tour includes a description of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal as you sail past. Because the Columbia Glacier is the fastest moving glacier in Alaska, it releases tons of ice daily into the ocean. Typically your ship will not be able to navigate to the face of the glacier. Instead, you will cruise along the terminal moraine around massive icebergs. A light meal is served onboard (included). The tour travels 80-miles round-trip. (Tour departs from the small boat harbor).

Season: Daily departures May 17 - September 14, 2014
This tour is NOT possible on:
June 5, 7, 13, 19, 26
July 12, 17, 18, 24, 25
August 7, 14, 16, 20, 21, 28
Departure Time: 12:00H (11:00H on September 1 - 14, 2014)
Duration: 6.5 - 7 hours

 
 
DAY
9
 
Kayaking Tour - Afternoon Paddle - from Seward 
 
Kayaking Tour - Afternoon Paddle - from Seward
This afternoon paddle is a fun and adventuresome way to explore the spectacular beauty of Resurrection Bay. Come face to face with sea otters and other marine life as you paddle in your two person kayak along the shoreline of Lowell Point State Recreation Area. No experience necessary.  Tour includes: Kayaking instruction, paddling tour, dry bags to store your personal items and rubber boots to use while paddling. Not included: Transfers to and from your hotel.

Season: Daily departures May 16 - September 4, 2014
Departure Time: 12:00pm (12:00H)
Duration: 3 hours
 
 
DAY
10
 
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward - 8:00am (8:00H) departure 
 
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward - 8:00am (8:00H) departure
Take an unforgettable glacier and wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park! The park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. As you cruise through Resurrection Bay, keep watch for Stellar Sea Lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and whales. Cruise past the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large variety of birds, on your way to either the Holgate or Aialik Glacier to see icebergs and watch for glacier ice to fall into the ocean. A deli-style lunch is served onboard. Tour includes: Shuttle from the train station at scheduled arrival/departure times.  Not included: Transfers to and from hotels.

Required at time of booking: Dietary restrictions

Season: Daily departures June 7 - August 18, 2014; additional tours on May 18, 25, June 1, August 24, 25, 31 and September 7, 14 (following date is not available: August 12)
Departure Time: 8:00am (8:00H)
Duration: 6 hours
 
 
Price per Person - USD
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Standard Program
Operation DatesSingleDoubleTripleQuadChild
May 17, 15 - May 23, 15
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$3149$1939$1609$1429$470
May 24, 15 - Aug 07, 15
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$4259$2519$2009$1749$500
Aug 09, 15 - Aug 30, 15
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$4259$2519$2009$1749$500
Upgraded Program
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May 17, 15 - May 23, 15
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$4139$2549$2099$1859$630
May 24, 15 - Aug 07, 15
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$5169$3099$2479$2159$660
Aug 09, 15 - Aug 30, 15
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$5169$3099$2479$2159$660
Tour starts daily from May 17 to Aug 7 except Wednesdays and Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug 9 to Aug 30.***

* 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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IMPORTANT NOTES

*** 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
  • For upgraded program only: scheduled airport shuttle service in Anchorage on day 1
  • All taxes

Not included: Transfers in Anchorage (for standard program, courtesy hotel shuttle may be used / for upgraded program only airport transfer included on day 1). Meals, optional excursions, gratuity. Car rental coverage (such as LDW or additional liability), additional driver fees, gas, GPS rental.

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