Alaska Land Tour Highlights
* Tour a veteran Iditarod Sled dog kennel and take a short ride behind a team of huskies.
* Enjoy a full-day excursion into Denali National Park and Preserve.
* Ride the Alaska Railroad Goldstar service Denali to Talkeetna.
* Visit Talkeetna, a rustic Alaskan town with incredible views of Denali.
* Take the Glacier Discovery Tour to get up close and personal to steel blue ice glaciers in an Alaska wilderness setting.
* Stay at Alaska's only true resort property, the hotel Alyeska.
* Ride the tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska for outstanding views.
Rates and Details:
10 Day - Alaskan Adventurer
Trip Code: 2019ATG-18 August 2, 2019 to August 11, 2019
Your Trip Includes: Transportation: Alaskan driver-guide and executive coach transportation. Accommodations: 9 nights lodging - quality hotels. * Room Upgrades, if available are at Additional Cost* Activities: All listed activities and attraction admissions. Optional activities are additional cost. Meals: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Lunches (L) are included. No Dinner meals are included in rate.
$4,399 per person, double occupancy
$6,099 Single Occupancy
$3,899 per person Triple Occupancy
$3,659 per person Quad Occupancy
Open to travelers age 13 and above.
All rates are USD. $229.75 Taxes and fees included in rate published.
Cancellations must be received in writing and are subject to the following fees per person: Any cancellation up to 61 days prior to tour departure: 5% of Deposit amount.
Cancellations with notice 60 days or less prior to departure: No refund, regardless of circumstance.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
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Alaskan Adventurer Tour 2019 - 10 Day Tour Itinerary
August 2, 2019 to August 11, 2019
SMALL GROUP ALASKA LAND TOUR. Maximum 13 passengers traveling with 1 Alaska resident guide in one of our deluxe small coaches. Designated for travelers of age 13 and above.
DAILY ITINERARY: Your escorted vacation is spent fully discovering Alaska and meeting Alaskans. Trip days generally begin 8-9 am and end 8-9 pm, give or take an hour if the day warrants. Travel is at a comfortable pace with time out of the vehicle experiencing many things along the way. Custom and Optional activities can be arranged for an even more personal experience.. Travelers should be able to walk unassisted (at least a block and up a few stairs), and in good medical condition in order to participate in this small group tour. Times listed are approximate and if needed ATG may alter the schedule as needed to suit the situation. Our tours are meant to experience Alaska in a more personal way with more time away from the crowded larger coach destinations. We focus on showing you some of the real Alaska where you're one in 13 rather than one in 100 or 1000.
Day 1 - Arrival Day: Friday, August 2, 2019 - Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska. Explore Anchorage on your own as time allows.
We're happy to assist with any information for individual plans this day. **Unguided. (Meals and activities for this day are at your own expense. The hotel room and tax is included in the tour rate).
Hotel: Clarion Suites Downtown: All two-room suites are nicely furnished and feature refrigerators, microwaves, sofa sleepers and coffee makers. This hotel offers a wide range of amenities, including: * Free hot breakfast buffet * Free Wi-Fi * Free 24-hour airport shuttle service * Exercise room. Be sure to take a dip in the indoor heated pool or relax in the accompanying hot tub.
Day 2 - Escort Pickup: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - Dream a Dream Kennel tour/ Denali / OPTIONAL Evening excursions
8:00 am meet and greet your Alaskan Tour guide in the hotel lobby, ready to begin your exciting adventure. Travel with a small group, in a comfortable executive shuttle and with an Alaska resident as your driver -guide. Benefit from local resident knowledge and first hand experiences. Your ATG guide provides genuine Alaskan hospitality and concierge-level service so you have the best vacation experience possible.
In route stop in Willow, Alaska the heart of mushing country to tour Dream a Dream kennels and meet the team of Vern Halter, a veteran Iditarod musher. Presentations weave the history of the Iditarod into an informative and interactive experience. Meet with the huskies who make up this incredible team of athletes. Enjoy a short nature walk with the newest members, cute puppies abound! Then take a ride on a multi-seat All Terrain Vehicle with the option of standing positions too. These dog limos are the coolest and most realistic way to ride with a sled dog team in the summer months. It’s great training for the dogs and you’ll see how they love it! End with lunch and time to interact with mushers while enjoying delicious deli meats & cheeses, salad and dessert. A personalized experience for small groups.
Continue the drive to Denali.
Our destination Denali Park, is nearby to the park entrance and visitor center. You’ll find the area outside, along the highway to be developed with visitor lodging and services.
Hotel: The Grande Denali Lodge offers vistas of the Denali wilderness and the Nenana River that will take your breath away! Spacious guest rooms are a comfortable place to relax and recharge. 1 king bed.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 5 hours
Day 3: Sunday, August 4, 2019 - Denali National Park Shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center/ Optional evening excursions
Breakfast voucher for hotel full buffet. 7:45 am Depart for Denali Park entrance.
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Denali Park Shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center. Denali National Park and Preserve, located in Interior Alaska, centered on Denali (Mt. McKinley), the highest mountain in north America, encompasses more than 6 million acres and provides visitors with the experience of a lifetime. 92 miles long, the Denali Park Road parallels the Alaska Range and travels through low valleys and high mountain passes. It is the only road in the park. Along its route, beautiful landscapes can be seen at every turn, and there are to view Mt McKinley - if weather permits. Wildlife can often be seen, too, though sightings are not guaranteed - they are, after all, wild animals roaming an unfenced land. Opened in June 2008 the completely reconstructed Eielson Visitor Center was sustainably constructed and features interpretive exhibits. This is the turnaround point for your park trip, also a good place to hike and arrange a later bus back. This trip travels 65 miles one way, 8 hours round trip if you stay with the same bus.
Your ATG guide will arrange for a boxed lunch for you to take along. NOTE: Any travelers who wishes to book a different bus trip into Denali must do so prior to final tour payment date, with advance reservations. Any cost difference is the responsibility of the travelers and will be charged upon reservation.
Spend your second night at the Grande Denali Lodge.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 10 minutes SHUTTLE TIME: 8 hours - not all drive time
Day 4: Monday, August 5, 2019 - Alaska Railroad Goldstar/ Talkeetna / Optional excursions
Breakfast voucher for hotel full buffet.
11:20 am check in to board The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, GoldStar Service from Denali to Talkeetna. On this route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the landscape. Enjoy first-class service aboard double-deck dome cars. Luxury rail travel has never been better. Reserved upper-level dome car seating, upper-level outdoor viewing deck, exclusive lower-level dining room, lunch and beverages included. Two adult beverages included. Order from the menu of Alaskan cuisine including choices that vary from seafood to reindeer sausage. Adult beverage menu includes award winning Alaskan brewery selections.
The train departs at 12:20 and your guide will drive with luggage and meet you in Talkeetna at 4:40 pm
Talkeetna, Alaska is a historical frontier town with lots of Alaskan flavor! The rustic and charming community is popular with visitors and offers a lot of hospitality with a choice of delicious eateries, quaint shops featuring local artists and even it’s quirky museums. Some of the best views of the Alaska range and Mt. Denali are seen from this location if weather permits. There’s also a bit of adventure in the town if time or budget allows.
Choices for this evening are generally made after the tour has been confirmed with deposits and we have had the chance to provide more details for you to make an informed decision. OPTIONALS are subject to 2019 Rates: Southside Denali Explorer Flight tour with Glacier Landing, Jetboat wilderness tour, Zipline Canopy Tour
Hotel: Denali Fireside Suites & Cabins. Charming accommodations in picturesque Talkeetna, Alaska are located just a short walk from all of the town's many attractions, restaurants and pubs. Hotel-quality amenities that also includes quaint gas fireplaces, rustic log construction, custom log furniture and distinctive Alaskana decor.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 15 minutes RAIL TIME: 4.5 hours
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - Spencer Glacier Discovery Float/ Girdwood, Alaska / Alyeska Resort
Travel south along the Seward Highway.
This National Scenic Byway passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The landscape varies from the muddy waters of Turnagain Arm to the icy blue glaciers that hang almost to the sea. Wildflowers and waterfalls brighten every corner of the road as it glides below rough mountains that pierce thick, heavy clouds. Only Alaska's Seward Highway can offer this particular mix created by climate, geography, and geology.
A quick lunch of homemade soup and sandwiches at the Portage Glacier lodge included.
Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float: Take the Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train to the beautiful Spencer Glacier and enjoy an easy raft tour floating amongst icebergs in Alaska wilderness. 1:00 pm check in for 1:25 pm departing train trip south down the Placer Valley leaving the highway behind and into country only accessible by train. Several hanging glaciers appear before the stop at Spencer Glacier. This is another wildlife habitat populated with bear, moose, coyotes and wolves. Swans pause here on their migration, yellowlegs and arctic terns also make their home here.Get up close and personal to the icebergs on this scenic float suitable for all ages. Our experienced and professional guides will row you right up to picturesque icebergs on Spencer Lake. The panoramic views of the Spencer Glacier and surrounding mountains are beautiful. From Spencer Lake, Raft 7 river miles down the pristine Placer River, where the river meets back up with the train tracks the Glacier Discovery train will stop to pick us up. Return to the Portage depot where you continue travel with your ATG guide and coach to Girdwood and the Hotel Alyeska.
Girdwood lies in a valley in the Chugach Mountains near the end of the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, 36 miles southeast of Anchorage proper. It is surrounded by seven permanent glaciers. Girdwood has the northernmost rain forest in the world. Originally called "Glacier City," Girdwood was founded as a supply camp for placer gold miners with claims along the creeks feeding Turnagain Arm. The town was moved 2.5 miles (4 km) up the valley after the devastating Good Friday earthquake of 1964, when the land under the original townsite subsided into Turnagain Arm, putting much of the town below high tide.
Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska is a Chateau style property located on Mount Alyeska's ski slopes The 60 person aerial tram travels 2300 feet to the Glacier Express and Seven Glaciers restaurants atop Mount Alyeska. Summit rooms are 340 square feet and located on floors 4-7 with panoramic Mountain or Valley views. King or Two Double Beds. 3 adults maximum occupancy.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 3 hours
Day 6: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - Anton Memorial Tunnel/ Whittier, Alaska / 26 Glacier Cruise - Prince William Sound
Breakfast voucher for hotel dining included.
Depart to travel through the Anderson Memorial Tunnel—the longest (2.5 miles) highway tunnel in North America, and the first designed for -40 Fahrenheit temperatures and 150 mph winds! The one-lane tunnel must be shared by cars and trains traveling in both directions, and it usually needs to be aired out in between trips (with jet turbine ventilation, another first!). This unique design that enables a single lane of traffic to travel directly over the railroad track saved tens of millions of dollars over the cost of constructing a new tunnel. The other side of the tunnel is Whittier and the gateway to Prince William Sound
12:30 am The 26 Glacier Cruise travels over 145 miles into Prince William Sound where you will see 26 “named” glaciers and many more unnamed. On the 26 Glacier Cruise, you'll see several types of glaciers, including Alpine (hanging), Piedmont and Tidewater. Glacier calvings (when broken pieces of ice fall into the water and become icebergs) are normally seen on each cruise. Cruises are narrated by a Chugach National Forest Service Ranger to provide an insider’s view of this area and the natural history of the area. Enjoy a complimentary hot lunch! Comfortable upholstered booths with tables are available for all passengers and the large picture windows provide a view from every seat. A saloon, snack bar, gift shop and seven restrooms. 5:30 pm cruise returns to port for travel back through the 6 pm tunnel opening.
Spend your second night at the Hotel Alyeska.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 1 hour
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Homer, Alaska/ Alaska Islands & Oceans Center
Breakfast voucher for hotel dining.
Travel down the Kenai Penisula to the end of the road and the town of Homer, Alaska along stretches of Scenic Byway with views of pristine wilderness rivers, glaciers, snow-capped mountains and massive volcanoes in route. Stops are made in route for lunch and points of interest. A quaint town nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay offering breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife.
Homer is known to many as the 'Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea,' but it was made famous in Tom Bodett's tales as 'The End of the Road.' This beautiful destination offers a variety of activities .
Visit the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Fish the Halibut capital of the world, take a historic harbor walking tour and shop the eclectic art galleries. Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors! The center takes you on a dramatic journey through the refuge's past and present . . . surrounds you with the sights, sounds - and even the smells of a seabird colony . . . and invites you to follow biologists as their research ship sails to remote islands each year.
Land’s End ocean front Starboard Bay suites. Indulge yourself. All rooms feature breathtaking views of Kachemak Bay. These suites have two separate rooms with a variety of sleeping arrangements, including King size beds. Includes: Satellite TV, Wifi, Mini-fridge, Microwave, Small deck, and much more.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: 3.5 hours
Day 8: Friday, August 9, 2019 - Homer, Alaska - OPTIONAL DAY
Breakfast voucher for hotel dining included.
Today is a custom day. Homer offers a variety of activity from free to low, to higher cost adventures. Custom days are planned after seats in the tour are confirmed. Tour guests are provided access to our Guest Resource Center where planning your individual trip is made easy. Destination information, activity information such as pricing, times and need to know information are all detailed.
OPTIONAL activities that can be custom added to your adventure include bear viewing tours, Seldovia wildlife boat tours, bike rentals, beach combing, guided hikes, guided sea kayaking to name a few. Halibut fishing will most likely remain closed on Tuesday & Wednesday, check for current regulations after Jan 1, 2019.
Spend your second night at the Land’s End ocean front Starboard Bay suites.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: to/from activities
Day 9: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center / Anchorage for end of escorted travel
Travel returns along the Kenai Penisula and back along stretches of Scenic Byway with views of pristine wilderness rivers, glaciers, snow-capped mountains and massive volcanoes in route. Drive time between Anchorage and Homer: About 4 hours We’ll stop along the way for new points of interest and views.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non profit organization that cares for rescued wildlife, injured and orphans. They promote better awareness of Alaska Wildlife conservation methods through public education and they provide a fantastic opportunity to photograph Alaska wildlife up close. See moose, brown and black bear, wood bison, musk ox and many more rescued animals.
Anchorage City tours are dependent on time allowed and weather of the day. Options include visits to Earthquake Park, Ship Creek, and other downtown locations for shopping or dining or to add small attractions. Travelers who wish to depart on late night flights can save the cost of the last night hotel and be dropped off at the airport. Check in times for departing flights 5PM or later.
Hotel: The Lakefront Anchorage, formerly Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage, offers modern, lodge-like accommodations on the shores of Lake Spenard and Lake Hood. The lobby is rich with displays of animals indigenous to Alaska, including a Kodiak brown bear, polar and black bears. Numerous king salmon, moose and caribou mounts also adorn the spacious lobby. From a lakeside deck, guests can watch over 800 floatplanes land every day at Lake Hood, the largest and busiest floatplane base in the world. Newly renovated 2015, well-appointed rooms.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: 4 hours
Day 10 - Departure Day: Sunday, August 11, 2019 - Depart Anchorage. Alaska
Use the hotel shuttle for travel to the airport for flight departures. If you depart later in the day, the hotel will store your luggage while you explore downtown Anchorage. MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours