Alaska's National Parks: Denali & the Kenai Fjords with Laura Aubrey-Cook

with Anchorage & Juneau extension
Jun 21-30, 2019 / 10 DAYS

Experience all Alaska has to offer, from fjords to mountains.

Majestic glaciers, unique wildlife, and pristine views do justice to Alaska’s nickname as the Last Frontier. Learn about the history of famous traditi…

Your package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Anchorage, Denali National Park, Iditarod Headquarters museum, Alaskan Railroad train ride, Kenai Fjords National Park cruise, Alaska Wildlife Conserv…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills. Some ac…

Itinerary

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Anchorage, Alaska / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 21: Arrival in Anchorage

Welcome to Alaska! Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel.

Jun 22: Sightseeing tour of Anchorage

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out on a guided tour of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.  • Walk through Earthquake Park, to learn about how the 1964 natural disaster impacted the city • Stop at the Lake Hood Seaplane Base • Venture downtown to see the Captain Cook Statue and salmon ladders Please note: The stops along the guided tour may vary based on season. Spend a free afternoon in Anchorage, before joining your group for a welcome dinner this evening.

Fairbanks, Alaska / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 23: Sightseeing tour of Fairbanks

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a flight to Fairbanks this morning. When you arrive, take a sightseeing tour of the city. • Stop at Golden Heart Plaza, a park located on the banks of the Chena River  • Enter the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center • See beautiful flora and fauna at the Georgeson Botanical Garden • Step inside the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum Please note: The stops along the guided tour may vary based on season. This evening, attend a traditional Alaskan salmon bake dinner.

Jun 24: Free day in Fairbanks

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Fairbanks or add an excursion.

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Riverboat Discovery Cruise & Gold Dredge Tour
7 hours
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Learn about the area’s rich history and traditions on this excursion into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. Start off with a gold dredge tour outside of Fairbanks to learn about gold mining in Alaska. Then, take a ride on the Tanana Valley Railroad to see the Trans Alaska pipeline. Continue on to visit and pan for gold at Gold Dredge 8, a mining station that extracted millions of ounces of gold over its 30 years in operation. Enjoy free time for lunch before boarding a river cruise to drift along the local waterways and watch a bush floatplane takeoff. Visit the home and kennels of the late, four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see the champion sled dogs in action. End the day with a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village, where an Alaskan native guide will introduce you to ancient Athabascan Indian culture. Please note: This excursion requires advance reservation and must be booked at least 20 days prior to departure. In addition, it runs seasonally from May through mid-September.7 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Denali, Alaska / 1 NIGHT

Jun 25: Denali National Park via Nenana

Included meals: Breakfast

Head to Denali this morning and on the way, visit Nenana Village.  When you arrive in Denali, stop at the National Park Visitor Center. Grab lunch on your own before setting off on a scenic drive through the park. • Look for wildlife such as grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou, and eagles • See Denali, North America’s tallest mountain (weather permitting) Stop for free time to enjoy a late dinner on the way out of the park, before heading to the hotel.

Anchorage, Alaska / 1 NIGHT

Jun 26: Anchorage via Talkeetna & Wasilla

Included meals: Breakfast

On your way to Anchorage, visit two historic towns to learn more about Alaskan culture and traditions. • First, stop in Talkeetna to enjoy free time to shop and eat downtown • Continue on to Wasilla to tour the Iditarod Headquarters and museum to learn about the famous race • Visit the dog kennel and choose to head out on a short dog sled ride (weather and time permitting) End your day in Anchorage, and spend a free evening in the city.

Seward, Alaska / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 27: Train ride to Seward

Included meals: Breakfast

Hop aboard the scenic Alaskan Railroad to travel to Seward. • Ride along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet and through the Kenai Peninsula  • View massive glaciers and towering waterfalls Spend the rest of the day exploring Seward on your own.

Jun 28: Kenai Fjords National Park cruise

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Embark on a full-day cruise through the waterways of Kenai Fjords National Park to experience the panoramic glacial views the area is known for. • Float along the pristine waters on the Kenai Peninsula  • Try to spot wildlife, such as birds and whales

Anchorage, Alaska / 1 NIGHT

Jun 29: Anchorage via Portage & departure

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the Kenai Mountain Range, making a stop in Portage.  • Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to learn about the organization’s animal rescue work • Continue on to Anchorage, stopping at Portage Lake to enter the Begich Boggs Visitor Center  • Soak in spectacular views of the Explorer Glacier Enjoy a farewell dinner in Anchorage with your group. After, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home or, extend your stay to continue exploring Alaska.  Please note: If you’re booked on the extension, you’ll spend the night in Anchorage.

Overnight Flight / 0 NIGHTS

Jun 30: Arrive Home

Arrive home today.  Please note: This arrival time applies to east coast gateways. If you live in another region, you may arrive home on the evening of day 9.

Extension / Starting from $1099 pp

Anchorage & Juneau / 1 NIGHT

Immerse yourself in more of Alaska's natural vistas as you explore Juneau, one of America's most remote capital cities. Spend time walking through the downtown area and soak in views of the Mendenhall Glacier. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife while floating along the Tracy Arm Fjords.

Jun 30: Sightseeing tour of Juneau

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Juneau this morning. After you arrive, take a guided sightseeing tour of Alaska’s capital city.  • Pass by the State Capitol building and the Alaska State Museum • Stop at DIPAC’s Macaulay Salmon Hatchery to learn about the fishing industry • Walk along the trails at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to soak in views of the icebergs and surrounding lake Spend a free evening in Juneau.

Jul 01: Free day in Juneau

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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Tracy Arm Fjords Glacier Cruise
8 hours
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Hop aboard a boat as your cruise from Juneau to the Tracy Arm Wilderness area. Float along the breathtaking Tracy Arm, a 20-mile fjord through a granite canyon lined with waterfalls, icebergs, and mountain peaks. Gaze up at the Sawyer Glacier, one of the bluest and most beautiful in Alaska. Watch for whales, bears, harbor seals, and a variety of birds, such as eagles and arctic terns. Enjoy an included picnic style lunch aboard the ship. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs May through mid-September. It is also weather-dependent.8 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

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