11 Day Alaska's Natural Beauty

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Alaska's Natural Beauty
Pike's Waterfront Lodge Fairbanks, AK
Denali Park Village Denali National Park, AK
Kennicott Glacier Lodge Kennicott, AK
Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn Valdez, AK
Tsaina Lodge Valdez, AK
The Lakefront Anchorage Anchorage, AK

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Jul 07  (Sold Out) $5739* $5479
$5599* $5319
$5729* $5479

*Not Included:
Prices do not include gratuities for guides/tour managers.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Chitina-McCarthy & McCarthy-Chitina.

Some domestic flights arrive late at night on Day 1.

Due to the use of small passenger planes (3, 4, 6 or 15 seat small planes), there is a weight restriction for luggage of 30 pounds per person (including hand luggage) for flights. Please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

The route and program may vary according to weather condition, season changes and safety issues.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This itinerary is very active and will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. This adventurous trip includes several early morning starts, full-day excursions and many different modes of transportation, including bush plane, railroad, ship, river raft and tram car, which require agility to embark and disembark. This program covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend most of our time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy. The Denali Highway is partially paved with gravel and one of lesser traveled highways. There is a significant amount of walking areas visited during your trip. This itinerary is designed for those who are interested in a faster-paced, adventure-filled experience. It is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, sitting, or who have heart conditions. Some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot. Route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife.

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DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in Fairbanks
Depart for Fairbanks, Alaska; arrive and transfer to your hotel. Time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with the "Golden Heart City," second largest city in Alaska
Overnight: Fairbanks

DAY 2, Saturday - Highlights of Fairbanks, Reindeer Ranch, Morris Thompson Center, Welcome Evening
Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at this morning's briefing about the spectacular experiences and discoveries that await you in Alaska. View the architecturally abstract Museum of the North with its glacier inspired design and the 48-inch wide trans-Alaska oil pipeline, truly a man-made wonder of the Last Frontier, traversing nearly 800 miles of frozen tundra, forests, rivers and rugged mountain ranges. A highlight of the afternoon is the visit to the Running Reindeer Ranch at the base of Moose Mountain. On this unique tour led by a lifelong Alaskan, you'll be guided through the birch forest accompanied by friendly reindeer that run freely through the woods. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner at the imaginative Morris Thompson Cultural Center. An Alaskan native elder escorts you on a tour of the museum with its fascinating exhibits on Alaska's people, land and native culture. Celebrate your arrival in Alaska surrounded by native art, traditional music and dance while sharing an exclusive ‘Taste of Alaska’ dinner together
Overnight: Fairbanks
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Dome Railroad to Denali, Iditarod Musher and Sled Dog Team
Fabulous vistas lie ahead today as you travel on world-famous deluxe dome rail on an extraordinary scenic journey to Denali National Park. After breakfast on board, enjoy the relaxing ambiance and magnificent panoramas of untamed wilderness. After lunch, an afternoon visit enlightens you about the legendary Iditarod, often called the "Last Great Race on Earth." Meet with an Iditarod musher and his sled dog team to hear about this annual Alaskan race that travels over 1,049 miles of extreme terrain that includes mountain ranges, frozen rivers and miles of windswept coast. Dinner in Denali
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Rafting on the Nenana River
The day begins deep in Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. On a clear day, you can see the 20,320 foot Denali up-close! Look out for the most impressive animal in the park - the Alaskan moose, largest in the world, weighing up to 1,600 pounds. As you travel over mountain passes; the high point offers expansive views of the Alaska Range on the horizon. Later, after lunch, a rafting trip on the glacially fed Nenana River. Picture perfect views surround you as you float serenely in the great Alaska wilderness and revel in the peace and quiet. At tonight’s dinner, share reflections of a glorious day
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Denali Highway to Chitina, Flight to McCarthy
The drive today on the famed Denali Highway promises fantastic unending vistas. Much of the route lies above timberline, so the amazing panoramas go on forever. The mountains and glaciers of the Alaska Range form a majestic backdrop, with miles of rolling tundra punctuated by shallow lakes. This path takes you through some of Alaska's most fascinating wilderness, with possible animal sightings along the way. Arrive at the little historical town of Chitina at the confluence of the mighty Copper River, jumping off point to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and seasonal center of Copper River red salmon fishing. Enjoy lunch before getting ready for a spectacular flight to McCarthy through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. You'll see soaring peaks of mountain ranges, massive glaciers and mighty rivers. Later, on to Kennicott for your stay with its amazing views and warm and friendly hospitality
Overnight: Kennicott
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Glacial Hike to the Root Glacier
An unmatched adventure today. A half day hike with a mountain guide on the Root Glacier, one of the few accessible glaciers in North America. Your journey begins with an interpretive tour through historic Kennicott and a trail that leads you directly to the glacier. From stunning vistas of Mt. Blackburn and the mile high Stairway Icefall to fascinating blue pools and sculptured ice, truly an incredible experience. All of the essentials including crampons will be provided to make your hike easier on this most memorable day of fun and discovery. Dinner tonight at the lodge
Overnight: Kennicott
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Kennecott Copper Mines
Morning visit to the Kennecott Mines, an abandoned copper mining camp designated a National Historic Landmark. Established in 1903, Kennicott became a bustling mining camp and eventually a ghost town by 1938. Today, many of the mill and town buildings are stabilized and being rehabilitated. Tour inside the iconic red 14-story mill and several other mining buildings to learn the history of one of the richest copper strikes in history; see mining equipment and personal artifacts left as they were in the early 1900s. After lunch, perhaps a visit with the local community in McCarthy to hear vivid stories of this era in Alaska’s history. Dinner tonight at the lodge
Overnight: Kennicott
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Travel to Valdez, Prince William Sound
A scenic flight back to Chitna. Your travels then take you on the route to Valdez, surrounded on three sides by snow-capped mountains. Valdez offers the most dramatic mountain views in Prince Williams Sound and is the southern terminus for the trans-Alaska pipeline. Situated less than 25 miles east of the Columbia Glacier, its location makes it justly an outdoor paradise. Drive through the Copper Valley, with its towering mountains, huge glacier valleys and fish filled rivers and lakes. Join the interesting presentation and conversation tonight about heli-skiing and other adventures
Overnight: Valdez
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Prince William Sound, Wildlife Conservation Center, Mt. Alyeska, Anchorage
This morning, embark on a boat that cruises to Whittier, Alaska on majestic Prince William Sound. En route, stop at the magnificent 200-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center set on the shores of Turnagain Arm, surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers. The center’s mission is to provide refuge for orphaned, injured and ill animals that cannot survive alone in the wild and educate visitors about Alaskan wildlife. Animals that cannot be released are given a permanent home here, located in different areas of the park. Continue to Mt. Alyeska. Ascend 2,300 feet on a tram to the peak for panoramas of majestic mountains, sparkling streams and towering spruce. On to Anchorage, the state's largest city nestled between the Chugach Mountains and the waters of the Cook Inlet. Tonight, discover this lively city and its trendy international restaurants on your own
Overnight: Anchorage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Sunday - Anchorage, Bird TLC Center Animals, Alaska Native Heritage Center
The exploration of Anchorage begins in the vibrant downtown area and its history. View the monument to President Eisenhower commemorating Alaska’s admission to the Union in 1959. Meet with a local organization that rescue wild birds, and provide medical treatment and rehabilitative care. Continue to the Alaska Native Heritage Center to see how humans survived before central heating. In addition to exhibits in the main house, outside you walk around authentic structures from the Aleut, Yupik, Tlingit and other tribes arranged around a picturesque lake. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your newfound friends and to your fabulous discovery of Alaska
Overnight: Anchorage
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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