|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
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
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
Season: Daily departures May 20 - August 23,
Departure Time: 18:30H
approx. 3.5 hours including transfers and outfitting time
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 19 - September 13, 2015
DepartureTime: 5:00pm (17:00H)
Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari from Denali
Take the wheel and follow your guide on a spectacular off-road journey on
the Stampede trail/road outside of Healy. After the first few miles, the
Stampede Road changes from pavement to very primitive gravel roadway with plenty
of bumps, dips and sways. Your Jeep Wrangler® carries four guests. There will be
several stops to switch drivers, so everyone can enjoy the thrill of maneuvering
along this wilderness road. Interactive two-way radios allow your guide to
interpret the area. You will stop for a break at a wilderness camp where you can
enjoy a small "wilderness" cooked meal. Tour includes transfers in Denali
and cooked meal. |
IMPORTANT NOTE: Driver's must be at least 25 years
of age and have a valid driver's license. Children under 5 years of age are not
allowed on this tour. Children 5-12 years of age must be accompanied by an
adult. This tour does not travel into the national
Season: Daily departures June 1 - September 15,
Departure Time: 5:45pm (17:45H)
Duration: approx. 4 hours including transfers
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. |
Daily departures May 23 - September 12,
DepartureTime: Various times depending
Duration: 3 hours
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
16 - September 13, 2015
This tour is NOT possible on:
June 5, 24
11, 14, 23
August 2, 13, 20,
Duration: 7 hours
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 15 - September 7, 2015
Departure Time: 12:00pm
Duration: 3 hours
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
Required at time of booking: Dietary
Season: Daily departures May 29 - August
17, 2015; additional tours on May 17, 24, August 23, 24, 30 and September
Departure Time: 8:00am
Duration: 6 hours
Price per Person - USD|
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| Standard Program |
May 17, 15
May 23, 15
May 24, 15
Aug 07, 15
Aug 09, 15
Aug 30, 15
| Upgraded Program |
May 17, 15
May 23, 15
May 24, 15
Aug 07, 15
Aug 09, 15
Aug 30, 15
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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*** 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)**
|Age Child 1|
|Age Child 2|
|Age Child 3|
** 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.|