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Wonders of Alaska

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,505

MODERATE | SELF DRIVE: One of the Last Frontiers in North America and a bucket list item for many. Alaska’s magnificent landscapes are full of drama and epic in proportion. Whether you are driving along a mesmerizing shoreline, through a peninsula or along the one ribbon of road that bisects Denali, breathtaking vistas around every corner are the order of the day. Incredible mountain peaks, captivating fjords, tundra, Wildlife, and quaint coastal towns all combine into one stunning journey.


This 8-day trip gives you the freedom of Alaska’s open roads as you embark on a self-driven tour of Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park, the towering jewel of the Last Frontier.

Anchorage provides a gorgeous backdrop that combines coastal and mountain views while you explore its fresh seafood eateries, local breweries, and unique boutiques. The seaport is bursting full of soul and Alaskan Native cultures, home to more artists and musicians than anywhere else in the state. Explore the town on foot or bike, seeing for yourself how wild and urban aren’t the polar opposites as you once imagined.

You’ll want to keep your camera on hand for the ride from Anchorage to Seward, as the road you’ll take is a National Forest Scenic Byway that offers you stunning views of the curved shoreline against snow-capped peaks of the Chugach and Kenai Mountains. Allow your eyes to travel across the magnificent waters of Turnagain Arm, taking in the blue reflections as you try to spot a beluga whale rolling in the surf. Once in Seward, you’ll have the option of strolling through quaint streets or taking a day cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park and Fox Island to get up close and personal with wildlife and glaciers floating on calm waters.

In Talkeetna, you’ll find the picture-perfect Alaskan town of your dreams. The former gold mining centre is bursting with history and culture from its creative inhabitants, as well as mountaineers passing through to tackle Mount Denali. Don’t let it’s size fool you, as a big adventure awaits with the options of exhilarating jet-boat tours or zip-lining tours with an aerial view of the Alaskan Range.

Denali National Park gets its name from the five Athabaskan languages that surround the land, each having its own name for the towering 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) peak, translating to “the tall one” or “mountain-big”. You’ll have to crane your neck upwards to see the highest point in North America, unless you opt for a flight-seeing tour with glacier landing before departing Talkeetna.

Whether from the ground or sky, you’ll soon understand that Denali’s beauty extends beyond its tall peak, as the park stretches for six million acres of forest, lake, mountain, meadow, and wildlife. Your options for exploring this vast terrain include hiking trails for sweeping views, a hop-on hop-off bus that will give you access to gravel roads inaccessible to private cars, or an unforgettable river rafting experience on the Nenana River. No matter which path you choose, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings from bears to moose to caribou.

Wind down at the end of your trip with a return to Anchorage, where you can’t leave without trying some world-renowned Alaskan salmon. If fish isn’t your thing, reindeer sausage also makes for a unique gastronomic experience, and there’s plenty of good finds around the Farmers’ Market or in the many coffee shops around town.

On your last day, return your rental car to the airport where you can catch a flight home or continue on for another outdoors adventure.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,505

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Day 1

Anchorage

Arrive at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and independently transfer to your hotel. Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city is a place where young spirits and adventurous souls come to play. Between mountains and an inlet, surrounded by national parks and filled with wildlife, Anchorage combines the best of Alaska in a city that offers the comforts of home and the hospitality of the Last Frontier. Depending on your time of arrival you might have some time to explore some of Anchorage’s   parks, take a bike ride along the Coastal Trail, or enjoy dining at one of the city's downtown restaurants.

Overnight Anchorage

Duration1 night
Day 2

Anchorage - Seward

Today's drive from Anchorage to the seaside community of Seward begins with spectacular views. Travel along Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway offering incredible views around every turn as it passes between the dramatic shorelines of Turnagain Arm and the jutting peaks of the Chugach Mountains. See 3,000-foot mountains and the sprawling, sometimes four-mile-wide, flats of Turnagain Arm which seem to stretch like a plain to the opposite shores of Cook Inlet. Be sure to stop at Beluga Point Lookout where you can see the most unique and geologically dramatic bore tide in the world and watch for beluga whales rolling in the surf. Continue through the Kenai Peninsula to the small coastal town of Seward, one of Alaska's oldest communities. As the "Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park," Seward offers incredible opportunities for outdoor exploration, recreation, and plain-old relaxation.

Overnight Seward

Duration2 nights
Day 3

Seward

Spend the day exploring Seward's harbor and waterfront, quaint shops and galleries, or Exit Glacier, one of the most popular road-accessible glaciers in the state. For those interested in beautiful fjords, shimmering water, towering ancient glaciers and an impressive array of wildlife, we recommend taking a day cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park and Fox Island.

Overnight Seward

Day 4

Seward - Talkeetna

In the morning, head back north towards Anchorage and on to the small town of Talkeetna, a charming pioneer town offering great views of Denali (Mt. McKinley). Enroute to Anchorage, consider a small detour through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, one of the longest vehicle tunnels in North America. In addition to its mesmerizing mountain views, Talkeetna is home to the convergence of three major glacial rivers, which make for great excursions. After arriving in town and depending on your mood after a long day of driving, you could go ziplining or take an exhilarating jet boat river tour.

Overnight Talkeetna

Duration1 night
Day 5

Talkeetna - Denali

Like many other travellers you might never join the ranks of climbers who have reached the summit of Denali (Mt. McKinley), which is why this morning - weather permitting - we recommend taking a flightseeing tour among and above the Alaska Range. From the air, nature presents itself on a scale beyond your wildest imagination. We also recommend adding a glacier landing to get a sense of how immense these peaks really are. Afterwards, depart Talkeetna for the beautiful drive to Denali National Park and Preserve, the third largest park in the U.S. and the crown jewel of the Alaska Range. More than a mountain, Denali is six million acres of wild land bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along this road will see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest that gives way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, Denali (Mt. McKinley).

Overnight Denali

Duration2 nights
Day 6

Denali

Today, travel into the heart of Denali, a place where life continues as it has for thousands of years, without interference by man. The only road in the park, 92-mile-long Denali Park Road, parallels the Alaska Range and travels through low valleys and high mountain passes. Along its route, captivating landscapes appear at every turn, wildlife of all sorts can often be spotted and "The Mountain" can be seen as early as Mile 9 if the normally cloudy skies permit. During the summer, private vehicles can only drive the first fifteen miles of the road. Beyond Mile 15, the road turns to gravel and traffic is primarily restricted to buses. We therefore encourage you to take either the hop-on, hop-off park shuttle bus or a tour bus as this is the way to experience the park to a greater degree.

Overnight Denali

Day 7

Denali - Anchorage

Should you want to explore Denali beyond the Park Road before returning to Anchorage consider treating yourself to an unforgettable experience: river rafting on the glacially fed Nenana River. Enjoy stunningly gorgeous scenery, the potential for wildlife sightings, and your choice of exciting whitewater rafting or a tranquil wilderness float trip. Whichever you choose, you can go with the flow as you move through the wilderness and see a part of Alaska you can't explore any other way. Upon returning to Anchorage, step out into downtown's thriving dining scene for some world-class, fresh fish. As you can imagine, in Alaska fresh fish is the name of the game.

Overnight Anchorage

Duration1 night
Day 8

Anchorage

Make your way to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for your flight home unless you plan to extend your stay in the area.

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily departures from May 01, 2022, through to September 30, 2022


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 days Intermediate Car Rental with unlimited mileage (Chevy Cruze or similar)
  • Detailed day by day itinerary
  • 1 night standard accommodations in Anchorage
  • 2 nights standard accommodations in Seward
  • 1 night standard accommodations in Talkeetna
  • 2 nights standard accommodations in Denali
  • 1 night standard accommodations in Anchorage

 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy stunningly beautiful scenery
  • View ancient glaciers and an impressive array of wildlife
  • Visit Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage
  • Travel along Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway
  • Gaze at Denali (Mt. McKinley), North America’s highest peak
  • Explore the crown jewel of the Alaska Range, Denali National Park & Preserve


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. Additional terms and conditions apply for car rental - please inquire.


1 Sep 2022
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