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Prince William Sound Denali Explorer - Anchorage to Fairbanks

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,196

MODERATE | TAILOR- MADE: This riveting tour from Anchorage to Fairbanks is an adventure journey into the exciting world of Alaska’s glaciers, plus stops in Talkeetna with stunning views on Mount Denali and, of course, the magnificent scenery of Denali National Park. On your Glacier Cruise, deep inside Prince William Sound, you are so close to glaciers, you might believe that you can hear them move. Meanwhile Inside Denali Park, go off the beaten path in a jeep - don’t worry, a guide is with you - and enjoy the incredibly oversized vistas all around you. Goldstar Service with dome car seating and private outdoor viewing deck is the kind of train ride to make this a very memorable trip.


Please refer to the itinerary for a detailed description of this trip.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,196

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Arrive Anchorage

Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer at your own cost to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights.

Overnight Anchorage

Duration3 Nights
Day 2

Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise - Alaska Railroad

Depart Anchorage on Alaska Railroad for an adventure into the exciting world of Alaska’s glaciers. In Whittier, board the 26 Glacier Cruise and venture deep into Prince William Sound, finding yourself so close to glaciers that you can “hear” them move and gaze at their brilliant blue hues. Discover several types of glaciers including Alpine hanging, Piedmont, and Tidewater, plus watch for glacier calvings (broken pieces of ice that have fallen into the water and become icebergs). Back in Whittier, board Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery train for the final leg of the tour to Anchorage. (Lunch is included onboard).

Overnight Anchorage.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 3

Anchorage - Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 4 Excursions

Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of these excursions.

Option 1. Anchorage Brew Tour

Get the inside scoop on Anchorage’s beer culture and brewery history on a half-day guided tour. Sample six tasty offerings at three different venues, including three classic breweries that you’re sure to enjoy.

Option 2. Turnagain Arm Wildlife Tour with Alyeska Tram

This full day tour from Anchorage includes an aerial tram ride up Mt. Alyeska, fresh lunch in Girdwood and tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center home to moose, brown and black bears, wolves, bald eagles, musk oxen, and reindeer, giving guests an opportunity to view each species up close.

Option 3. Hatcher Pass Hike and History Tour

This half-day afternoon excursion from Anchorage includes a local guide, a tour at Independence Mine State Historical Park, gold panning and an interpretive hike along the Mill Loop Trail (an easy .9-mile trail with 177-feet of elevation gain). Travel along the Knik Arm, ascend into the Talkeetna Mountains and witness the breathtaking alpine area known as Hatcher Pass.

Option 4. Anchorage Flightseeing Safari

View Alaska’s largest city from above! On this 30-minute introductory flight, you’ll launch from Lake Hood and fly to some of the most scenic sites in the area. Options include the stunning backdrop of Anchorage, the Chugach Mountain Range, Turnagain Arm, or the Cook Inlet – all with great opportunities to spot wildlife from the air. Please note that wheeled planes may be used early and late season.

Overnight Anchorage

Day 4

Anchorage to Talkeetna - Alaska Railroad

Depart early on the Denali Star Train by Goldstar Railcar to Talkeetna, best known as base camp for climbers attempting Mount Denali and for the stunning views of this famous mountain. Take a stroll down the main street for river views, local brews, and great eats. (Breakfast is included onboard the train today).

Overnight Talkeetna

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1Night
Day 5

Talkeetna to Denali National Park Entrance - Alaska Railroad

This morning take the Denali Star, Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, in the Goldstar Railcar to Denali National Park. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as whitewater rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the park, landing on a glacier or hiking. (Lunch is included onboard the train today).

Overnight Denali

 

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Denali - Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions

Option 1. Denali Highway Jeep Excursion - Self-Drive Guided 4x4 Excursion

Ranked #2 in Drives of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveler magazine, experience the natural wonders of Alaska’s Denali Highway — this time by Jeep! This 4-hour guided excursion travels along a 135 mi (217 km) gravel road & takes you off the beaten path in a 4 x 4 to enjoy scenic views of Denali, the Alaska Range, glaciers, and wildlife.


Option 2. Tundra Wilderness Tour - Coach Tour

This half-day tour offers incredible scenery, a narrated history of the park road and opportunities to view the park’s wildlife inhabitants. Picturesque highlights include the craggy cliffside of Cathedral Mountain, wildlife rich Sable Pass and braided wash of the East Fork River in Denali National Park.

Overnight Denali

Day 7

Denali National Park Entrance to Fairbanks - Alaska Railroad

This morning is at leisure to enjoy optional activities such as: whitewater rafting down the Nenana River, helicopter flightseeing over the park, landing on a glacier or hiking. By early afternoon, board Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star Train in the Goldstar Railcar to Fairbanks. Enjoy the late afternoon scenery as you travel north to Fairbanks where your incredible Alaskan adventure ends unless you plan to extend your stay in the area. (Dinner is included on board the train today). 

Meal Plan Dinner

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily from Anchorage
May 18 – September 12, 2024

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights moderate accommodation in Anchorage
  • 1 night moderate accommodation in Talkeetna
  • 2 nights moderate accommodation in Denali
  • Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise + lunch
  • Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery train from Whittier to Anchorage
  • Anchorage - Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 4 Excursions: Anchorage Brew Tour, Turnagain Arm Wildlife Tour with Alyeska Tram, Hatcher Pass Hike and History Tour or Anchorage Flightseeing Safari
  • Alaska Railroad - Anchorage to Talkeetna Goldstar Service dome car seating & private outdoor viewing deck (Breakfast included onboard train)
  • Alaska Railroad - Talkeetna to Denali Goldstar Service with dome car seating & private outdoor viewing deck (Lunch included onboard train)
  • Denali - Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 2 Excursions: Denali Highway Jeep Excursion or Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Alaska Railroad - Denali to Fairbanks Goldstar Service with dome car seating & private outdoor viewing deck (Dinner included onboard train)
  • Meals as per Itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Entrances fees to sites and activities not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


8 Sep 2024
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