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Day 1. Arrival,
greeting and relaxation after your arrival.
Arrive to Anchorage and meet your local guide at the
airport or at the cruise ship to be taken to your
comfortable hotel downtown Anchorage. Overnight in
Day 2. All day scenic,
wildlife, and marine life adventure.
Prepare for a full day adventure, board your motorcoach on your
way to Seward. First, explore Anchorage with such highlights as
Alaska Native Heritage Center where you will discover the rich
native history and culture of Alaska, Lake Hood airport (the largest
float plane airport in the world!), Alaska Wildberry Products (with
a chocolate fountain), and downtown Anchorage. Have lunch 2300 feet
above the sea level at the world class Alyeska Ski Resort while
enjoying breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains, and the bay.
Stop along the scenic highway to see Beluga whales in the ocean and
Dall Sheep on the mountains. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation
Center for a chance to view all of the Alaska native animals –
bears, moose, caribou, elk, bison, musk ox, and fox. Arrive to a
charming town of Seward where you will have a hearty Alaskan dinner
and visit the Sealife Center – world class marine life facility.
Overnight in Seward. B,L,D
Day 3. Dog Sledding adventure
and Kenai Fjords National Park boat tour – see the whales, otters,
seals, sea lions, puffins, and other sea birds, glaciers and more
In the morning take a 2-hour tour ride in a wheeled sled with famous
Iditarod dog team, meet the mushers, dogs, and learn about this
exciting Alaskan dog race. This tour was chosen as one of Alaska's
Top Twenty Attractions. In the afternoon, take an all day boat tour,
you will sail to the open ocean where mountains soar a mile straight
up from the water. Enjoy views of whales and wildlife, piedmont
glaciers, a fully-narrated tour with accredited interpreters and
wildlife guide. Learn about the rich history of Resurrection Bay
while viewing the jagged cliffs, seabirds and marine wildlife. Stop
at the Fox Island for lunch which includes grilled salmon and Prime
Rib and explore
the "skipping stone" beach before cruising Resurrection Bay! After
the boat tour board your motorcoach to
Overnight in Anchorage. B,L,D
Day 4. Charming little
town of Talkeetna and a train ride to Denali National park.
Meet your coach with your local guide at the lobby of the hotel.
Enjoy views and narration of your ride to Talkeetna. You will have
an opportunity to roam around this small, charming town before
boarding the famous Alaska Railroad. On a sunny day this actually is
the best spot to view the magnificent mountain McKinley, there you
can also find unique Alaskan gifts and crafts. Then board your train
for the scenery of your lifetime. The track follows the serpentine
banks of the Susitna River. On clear days, more views of Mt.
McKinley emerge across the river presenting many chances for photos.
Black and brown bear frequent the sandbars and scuttle into the
brush as the train approaches. Next, the Indian River Canyon is home
to many beavers and beaver lodges can be seen in the ponds along the
way. The track climbs toward tree line, first crossing Hurricane
Gulch, the longest bridge on the railroad just over 914 feet and 296
feet above Hurricane Creek. The train moves into Broad Pass, at
2,363 feet it's the highest point on the railroad, and where caribou
migrate through during the fall. Arrive to Denali National Park. In
the evening have Alaskan dinner and enjoy a talented performance
with great storytelling, spirited music, and humor for your
unforgettable true-to-life Gold Rush tale of adventure in early
1900s Alaska. Overnight Denali National Park. B,L,D
Day 5. Go into the heart
of the Denali National Park for an all day adventure.
Take an all day tour where on clear days, a special treat awaits
you. It may be possible to travel to mile 62 of the park road to
Stony Hill Overlook where Denali (Mt. McKinley) is visible from base
to summit. An amazing view! This tour includes everything that you
came to Alaska to see: unlimited wildlife views, magnificent
mountains, pristine beauty of untouched Alaskan Interior. Learn
about Alaskan animals from expert naturalists, explore the unspoiled
tundra and forest, see amazing views of the “Great One” – Denali,
and the wildlife in their natural environment. Overnight Denali
National Park. B,L,D
Day 6. Free day to spend at
your own preferences to explore the Park at your own pace.
Some suggested activities include:
Denali Visitor Center
Flightseeing tours (we will arrange if
Endless gift shops
Rafting (we will arrange if interested)
Guided ATV tours (we will arrange if interested)
Mountain hiking or biking
Overnight Denali National Park.
Day 7. Transfer from Denali
Park to Fairbanks – the North Capital of Alaska, where you will
explore more exciting sites – Museum of the North and Gold Dredge
Board your motorcoach to head north to the second largest city
in Alaska – Fairbanks. Take an informative tour about the famous
Gold Rush. Learn many details about the gold mining, see actual
footage of the dredges in operation, overview the entire stripping,
thawing, and dredging processes, view the actual equipment used, pan
for gold yourself, then enjoy a hearty miners stew lunch.
After the tour, Visit the University of Alaska Museum of the
North, which features Alaska’s art, and an extraordinary natural
history collection, see the state’s largest public display of gold,
Alaska Native games and dance, the new addition to the museum offers
a combination of grand shapes of moving icebergs, see the amazing
dynamic Aurora show that captures the beauty of the northern lights
and explains this high-latitude phenomena from scientific and
cultural perspectives, and more. Overnight Fairbanks. B,L,D
Day 8. The Riverboat Discovery
cruise in Fairbanks and transfer to Chena Hot Springs Resort.
Your cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska. You will see
a bush plane taking off from a "bush" style runway, visit a musher’s
dog yard, and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian
culture. Alaskan Native guides who have worked and lived in Alaska
will take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.
After the cruise, board your coach and head to Chena Hot Springs
Resort. Alaska’s only public Hot Spring Resort. There is an outdoor
swimming pond of natural hot mineral water, and a couple of smaller
indoor pools and hot tubs. There is modern hotel where you can relax
and unwind after swimming. Here you will also find the coolest
attraction in Alaska in the summer – the Aurora Ice Museum. It was
created from over 1,000 tons of ice and snow. The museum stays a
cool 20 degrees Fahrenheit inside all year round. Keeping the
museum icy cold in the heat of summer comes from the patented
absorption chiller, the first of its kind in the world used for this
purpose! Its gallery features amazing ice sculptures and has a
“Stoli” Ice Bar where you can enjoy your drink after exploring the
museum from drinking from ice carved martini glass seating on a
caribou fur covered stools! Overnight at Chena Hot Springs. B,L,D
Day 9. Chena Hot Springs Resort
Today spend the day relaxing in the pool, flightseeing, dog
kennel tours, four wheeler tours, mountain biking, horseback riding,
rafting are some of the activities as you prefer (these are optional
activities not included in the tour package). Overnight at Chena Hot
Day 10. Chena Hot Springs –
Copper River. See the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Rika’s Roadhouse and
Landing, and Copper Center.
Board your coach to head out to Copper River. On the way stop to
see the remarkable engineering feats of modern time – Trans-Alaska
Pipeline. This is one of the largest pipeline systems in the world
and the only way to get crude oil from Alaska's North Slope fields
to tankers waiting in Valdez. Continue on the Richardson Highway
which was the first road to Fairbanks. Stop to see the Rika's
Roadhouse & Landing at Big Delta State Historical Park, serving
Alaskans since 1904. This site is a vivid scene of Alaska pioneer
life with surviving outbuildings, including telegraph cabins, a
museum, a barn, a vegetable garden, and livestock pens. Continue on
the Richardson Highway as it rises up and over the Alaska Range on
open tundra country, along the silver Alaska pipeline, and at the
edge of a series of alpine lakes. Overnight in Copper Center. B,L,D
Day 11. Copper River and
all-day wilderness adventure to the ghost towns of McCarthy and
Take an all-day tour to the ghost towns of McCarthy and
Kennicott that were abruptly left behind by copper miners. McCarty
served the miners as a place to drink, gamble, and relax on their
rare days off. In Kennicott you will explore the original powerhouse
and 14-story mill buildings in the middle of nowhere. After the tour
of the ghost town fly over the mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls,
and wildlife of the magnificent Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Overnight Copper Center. B,L,D
Day 12. Copper Center – Valdez.
Board your coach and travel to Valdez – a small town/port
developed with the 1898 Klondike gold rush and then the end port of
the Alaska Pipeline. Arrive to Valdez in the afternoon and have the
evening to explore the towns museums, hikes, or just relaxation.
Overnight Valdez. B,L,D
Day 13. Scenic ferry trip to
Board ferry this morning for a scenic trip across Prince William
Sound to the town of Cordova. This town is fairly called “The Hidden
Treasure.” There is no road to this town and the only way to get
here is by ferry. Spend the evening walking around this unique town
due to its rich history and remote location. Visit the Cordova
Historical Museum and Ilanka Cultural Center. Overnight in Cordova.
Day 14. Explore Cordova.
Spend the day exploring Cordova. Take a kayaking trip in the
waters that are exceptionally rich in marine mammals. You are almost
assured to see sea otters, sea lions, and many other birds and
animals as well. Visit the most remarkable glacier by far – Childs
Glacier. It is an incredible wall of ice cut by the Copper River.
There is a viewing area on the other side of the river where you are
incredibly close to the glacier so that you can see huge chunks
falling off and hear the groan of the moving ice. Overnight Cordova.
Day 15 Cordova to Whittier and
back to Anchorage by ferry.
Take a ferry to Whittier and enjoy the incomparable scenery on
the way. Whittier is a little port town built by the military during
World War II. Travel through the only road out of Whittier which
goes through the longest tunnel in North America: three miles long.
Then board your coach and travel back to Anchorage. Overnight
Day 16. Explore downtown
Anchorage, tour ends.
Enjoy free time in Anchorage in the morning, self-tour downtown
Anchorage for endless gift shops, historical places, and local
coffee shops. Flight back home or transfer to cruise ship. B
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