Experience both bucket-list highlights and hidden gems of “the Last Frontier” in this “best of” route. By rail, sail and coach, you’ll just love this discovery of Alaska’s natural splendor, summer bounty and frontier history. Meet mushers and fishermen, discover native cultures, and marvel at the amazing scenery. You’ll range across colorful tundra, cruise pristine waterways, travel amid magnificent glaciers and mountain peaks and encounter unbelievable wildlife. Visit the Kenai Peninsula, where Alaskans go to play. On the Kenai, there is fishing, hiking, glaciers and wildlife to keep your eyes entertained. Watch for tidewater glaciers calving on a cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. Spend two nights at famed Denali National Park, riding there in style on a domed rail car and visit Alaska’s interior city, Fairbanks where you get up close to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Join us on this journey to the “Land of the Midnight Sun”.
• 2 nights in Denali National Park
• 3 nights in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city
• Visit Happy Trails Kennels, see sled dogs in action
• See amazing wildlife & native cultures
• Ride the rails from Anchorage to Denali
• Scenic Cruises on the Chena River and Kenai Fjords National Park
• Explore Denali National Park on a full day tour
• Meet local Alaskans, learn how they live and work
• Tour Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, rated one of the best in the world
• Gratuities included to rail attendants, local guides & motorcoach drivers
DAY 1—ANCHORAGE WELCOME
Welcome to the land of the midnight sun! After your complimentary transfer to our hotel, meet your fellow travelers at a friendly welcome dinner this evening in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. D
DAY 2—MAT-SU VALLEY/HAPPY TRAILS
An Alaska visit would be incomplete without seeing sled dogs in action! Meet the champion dogs at Happy Trails Kennels, home of veteran Iditarod racer Martin Buser. Hear stories of races and trails, and see a dog sled demonstration. Afterwards, we continue to the agricultural community of Palmer, located in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, where world record monster size vegetables grow in the 24-hour daylight. Travel along the scenic Parks Highway where we will stop along the way and visit the Palmer Visitor Center Botanical Gardens. Visit Pyrahs Pioneer Peak Farm and hear experiences and stories about farming in Alaska and family life on the farm. Later, return to Anchorage for the evening. Our hotel is centrally located, so you may want to explore a few of the shops for souvenirs. B, L
DAY 3—KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK CRUISE/SEWARD
This morning we’ll travel from Anchorage south along the spectacular Turnagain Arm towards the place where Alaskans go to play- the Kenai Peninsula. Watch for beluga whales in the waters of Turnagain Arm and for Dall sheep playing high above on the cliffs. From Seward’s small boat harbor, a spectacular day awaits as we cruise the waters of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. View marine wildlife such as whales, sea otters, sea lions, eagles, puffins and much more. Our boat has seating inside and outside and open decks for great wildlife viewing. Overnight in Seward. B, L
DAY 4—KENAI/HARBOR WALKING TOUR
This morning, your deluxe motorcoach travels to the central peninsula and the community of Kenai. Visit the Kenai Cultural Center and see the incredible display of Alaskan artifacts. Continue the journey south and gaze at spectacular scenery like volcanoes on the far side of the Cook Inlet, lush green valleys and an array of wildflowers. In Homer, fishing is a livelihood for many residents. Learn all about the commercial and/or sports fishing industry with a harbor walking tour. Overnight in Homer the next two evenings. B, D
DAY 5—DAY AT LEISURE/HOMER
Today is open for optional activities such as sea kayaking in Kachemak Bay, halibut fishing, beach combing, exploring the Islands and Ocean Center plus much more. B
DAY 6—ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER
Today, head north to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center located in Soldotna to learn about the wildlife in this part of Alaska. Continue north and perhaps catch a glimpse of caribou or birds that migrate through this region. Continue towards Anchorage and enjoy a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center located in the scenic Portage Valley. The Wildlife Center takes in injured and orphaned animals from all over the state. Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow travelers in Anchorage. B, D
DAY 7—DOMED TRAIN TO DENALI NATIONAL PARK
This morning, transfer to the Anchorage rail depot where we board our domed train north to Denali National Park. As we ride in luxury on this scenic rail journey, keep an eye out for views of Denali as well as wildlife, bear, moose and much more. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the park on our own, visit the Denali Visitor Center, partake in an optional tour such as flightseeing or rafting the Nenana River. B, L
DAY 8—TUNDRA WILDERNESS TOUR
You’ll be snapping plenty of photos during a spectacular seven-hour guided tour of Denali National Park, home of majestic Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) the highest peak in the U.S. Your driver/guide will share stories and describe the flora and fauna of this magnificent park. Be on the lookout for wildlife, such as “The Big 5” mammals: moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolf, and grizzlies. B, Snack
Board your coach as you tour north to Alaska’s interior city, Fairbanks. En route, enjoy a stop in the community of Nenana to learn about the Nenana Ice Classic. Continue to Fairbanks for a city tour, including viewing the Trans-Alaska pipeline. Also, learn about gold in Alaska with a visit to Gold Daughters. Try your hand at panning for gold and learn the history of this region of Alaska. The remainder of your evening is at leisure. B
DAY 10—RIVERBOAT DISCOVERY/FOUNTAINHEAD AUTO MUSEUM
Cruise the Chena River this morning aboard a sternwheeler and experience the thrill of river travel. We will see a bush float plane take off and land alongside a ‘bush’ style runway, and visit the home and kennels of the late Susan Butcher, four time Iditarod winner. Later, we’ll walk through a recreated Athabaskan Indian village where natives will teach us about their way of life. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, which is much more than automobiles! This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local Fairbanks restaurant. B, D
Alas, we must say farewell and head for home—carrying enough “midnight sun” memories to last a lifetime! B
Nights 1-2: Sheraton Hotel, Anchorage
Night 3: Gateway Hotel, Seward
Nights 4-5: Ocean Shores, Homer
Night 6: Sheraton Hotel, Anchorage
Nights 7-8: Denali Park Village, Denali Nat'l Park
Nights 9-10: Pike's Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks
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Price Per Person:
Double: $4,297; Single: $5,385
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Schedule your flight to arrive by 4:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule flight home to depart anytime after breakfast on Day 11.
Complimentary airport shuttle service is provided to starting hotel from the Anchorage Airport and return to Fairbanks Airport. Additional information will be provided in final documents.
Moderate walking is required to enjoy this tour to its fullest.
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