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: 2018ATG-05 July 3, 2018 to July 12, 2018
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: 9 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Lunches (L) are included. No Dinner meals are included in rate.
$4,149 per person, double occupancy
$5,659 Single Occupancy
$3,795 per person Triple Occupancy
$3,549 per person Quad Occupancy
Open to travelers age 13 and above.
All rates are USD. $238 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.
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Alaskan Adventurer Tour 2018 - 10 Day Tour Itinerary
July 3, 2018 to July 12, 2018
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: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska. Explore Anchorage on your own as time allows. Downtown area hotel in walking distance to Anchorage attractions, shops, dining and activity. We're happy to assist with any information for individual plans this day. Overnight at the Clarion Suites downtown Anchorage. All two-room suites are elegantly furnished. The hotel offers a wide arrange of amenities, including: *Free hot breakfast buffet *Free Wi-Fi internet access *Free 24-hour airport shuttle service *Free Alaska Railroad shuttle service *Exercise room. Be sure to take a dip in the indoor heated pool or relax in the accompanying hot tub.**Unguided. (Meals and activities for this day are at your own expense. The hotel room and tax is included in the tour rate).
Day 2 - Escort Pickup: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - Dream a Dream Kennel tour/ Denali / OPTIONAL Evening excursions
Continental breakfast provided by hotel. 8:15 am meet and greet your Alaskan Tour guide in the hotel lobby, ready to begin your exciting adventure. 8:30 am Tour departs as a small group, in a comfortable executive shuttle and with an Alaska resident as your driver -guide. ATG guides provide first-hand experiences and knowledge from years of residency. Enjoy Alaskan hospitality with attention to detail and incredible memories to be long remembered. Drive time for the day: 5 hours
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. Take a short nature walk with the newest members, cute puppies abound! Then experience 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!
Noon - 4 pm Continue travel north with a stop for dinner at the Sheep Creek Lodge and with short stops for sights. Our destination Denali Park, Alaska 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. We explore as the group desires through easy hikes, information centers, shopping, dining or adding to the adventure with exciting activities.
OPTIONAL Early Evening: Denali activities can be reserved at added cost to include River Rafting adventures and ATV Wilderness tours Added costs. Enjoy some adventure under the midnight sun!
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, 2 queen beds. MEALS: B, L
Day 3: Thursday, July 5, 2018 - Denali National Park Shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center/ Optional evening excursions
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 sustainable 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.
OPTIONAL Early Evening: Denali activities can be reserved at added cost to include River Rafting adventuresand ATV Wilderness tours Added costs. Enjoy some adventure under the midnight sun!
Spend your second night at the Grande Denali Lodge. MEALS: B, L.
Day 4: Friday, July 6, 2018 - Alaska Railroad Goldstar/ Talkeetna / Optional excursions
Breakfast voucher provided for hotel dining - full hot buffet.
11:20 am check in to board The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, 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. The train departs at 12:20 and your guide will drive with luggage and meet you in Denali at 4:40 pm Enjoy GoldStar Service, 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.
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. There’s also a bit of adventure in the town if time or budget allows.
OPTIONAL: A Southside Explorer Flight with glacier landing: Fly over the lush green wetlands of the northern Boreal forest and transition into the ice age world of Mt. McKinley & the Alaska Range. Stunning snowcapped peaks, intense blue melt-water pools and cascading ice falls are beyond words. No other glacier that you stand on in Alaska places you right next to the greatest vertical relief on the planet. Flight & landing time: 1.5 hours (+30 minute pre check)Added cost.
Lodging: Denali Fireside Suites & Cabins. This Talkeetna lodging features hotel quality amenities along with quaint gas fireplaces, rustic log construction, custom log furniture and distinctive Alaskana décor. This suite features two comfortable pillow top Queen size beds. www.denalifireside.com. MEALS: B, L
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Spencer Glacier Discovery Float/ Girdwood, Alaska / Alyeska Resort
Breakfast Voucher for hotel dining - full hot buffet.
8:00 am Depart for travel south along the Seward Highway. Drive time for the day: 3.5 - 4 hours 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.
11:30 Lunch stop at Portage Lodge with tasty choices of homemade sandwiches and soups.
1 pm check in for The Glacier Discovery Train to the beautiful Spencer Glacier. Depart by train south along the Placer Valley leaving the highway behind and into wilderness. Disembark at the ultra-scenic Spencer Lake for an easy float amongst icebergs. The ice is so close you can touch it. Your guide navigates the raft in Alaska wilderness, down the Placer River for about 40 minutes to reconnect with the train. Class I (maybe II) rapids. 5:15 pm return to the rail depot for travel with your tour group and coach about 30 minutes to your next hotel. 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. Summer activities include hiking, fishing and rafting. Girdwood has the northernmost rain forest in the world.
Hotel: Located just 40 miles south of the Anchorage along the scenic Seward Highway. The Hotel Alyeska is a Château style property located on Mount Alyeska ski slopes. The 60 person aerial tram travels 2300 feet to the Glacier Express and Seven Glaciers restaurants atop Mount Alyeska. With 340 square feet these rooms are located on floors 4-7. These rooms offer panoramic Mountain or Valley views. There are some wheelchair accessible rooms in this category. Two Double Beds MEALS: B, L
Day 6: Sunday, July 8, 2018 - Anton Memorial Tunnel/ Whittier, Alaska / 26 Glacier Cruise - Prince William Sound
Breakfast voucher for hotel dining - full hot buffet. 10:30 am
Depart for 30 min. drive to Portage Valley and through the Anton Memorial tunnel to Whittier. 11:30 am 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.
12:30 t0 5:30 pm. The 26 Glacier Cruise travels over 145 miles into Prince William Sound where you will see 26 “named” glaciers and many more unnamed. Get face to face with these towering masses of ice, so close you can “hear” the glaciers move and gaze at their brilliant blue hues. On the 26 Glacier Cruise, you'll see several types of glaciers, including Alpine (hanging), Piedmont and Tidewater. Glacier calving (when broken pieces of ice fall into the water and become icebergs) are normally seen on each cruise. All cruises are narrated by a Chugach National Forest Service Ranger. They provide an insider’s view of this area and are available all day to teach you about the natural history of the area. Lunch included, choice of: Fish and Chips! Panko Crusted Baked Wild Alaska Cod served with chips and our own freshly prepared coleslaw. OR Chicken All white meat chicken breast tenderloins served with chips and a side of our delicious coleslaw. OR Vegetarian/Gluten-Free: Teriyaki bowl with tofu, vegetables and brown rice served with rice pudding and a side of freshly prepared coleslaw. Keep an eye out for wildlife sightings potentially of: Harbor Seals, Sea Otters, Humpback Whales, Orca Whales, Eagles and even possible land mammals on surrounding mountainous land of bears and mountain goats.
6pm - 6:45 pm Return drive Whittier to Girdwood and second night at the Hotel Alyeska. MEALS: B, L
Monday, July 9, 2018 - Homer, Alaska/ Alaska Islands & Oceans Center / Wynn Nature Center
Breakfast voucher provided for hotel dining - full hot buffet.
Enjoy a leisure morning and the hotel amenities before departing for travel down the Kenai Peninsula 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.
Depart at 11:00 am. Drive time between Girdwood and Homer: About 4 hours with stop in route for lunch time. (lunch cost not included) This quaint town nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay offers 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.
The 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.
The Wynn Nature Center is well-known for abundant beautiful wildflowers. Signs of wildlife can be seen on the trails throughout the year. The diverse upland habitats support several different plant communities. A hike at Wynn Nature Center provides an interesting comparison with a hike through the northern edge of the coastal forest on the Peterson Bay Field Station trail system. The Wynn Nature Center is one of the "birding hot spots" in the Homer area for forest and upland birds.
Hotel: Land’s End hotel. A preferred room with a with view of Kachemak Bay. Full bath. King or two beds. On the water, at the very tip of the Homer Spit, surrounded by a natural Paradise. Land’s End is the only hotel on the Homer Spit -- and within walking distance of the small boat harbor. MEALS: B
Day 8: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - Homer, Alaska - OPTIONAL DAY to customize your vacation with many choices: Added cost items - Halibut fishing, Bear viewing, Sea Kayaking, Water taxi to Seldovia, Wildlife cruises
Today allows you to customize your day. Leisure and free activities include shopping the spit, throwing a line in the “fishing hole”, walking the beaches. ADVANCE ACTIVITY RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for Adventures that can be added at cost: OPTIONAL-additional cost: Half-day Halibut Charter, Water taxi to Seldovia for the day, Guided kayaking tours of Kachemak Bay, Bear viewing flight tours.
OPTIONAL: Halibut fishing out of Homer offers some of the finest, consistent fishing Alaska has to offer. Our vast fishing ground in Lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay produces halibut of all sizes and it is an extremely rare day that anyone fishing does not get their limit of 2 halibut. 5 hours, boat departs at 7:00 am. Added cost for activity and fishing license, processing, shipping of fish.
OPTIONAL: Seldovia Water Taxi, across the bay to Kachemak Bay State Park. hike/birdwatch one of the many trails, explore the small town shops. Visit the Village Tribe Visitor Center and Museum to learn about the native tribes and how early Russian influence shaped Seldovia. Tour includes a boat ride through Herring Islands, stopping for sea otters, and a land taxi ride 10 miles along the south shore of Kachemak Bay to Seldovia. You will fly back to Homer on Smokey Bay Air. Added costs
OPTIONAL: A Day on Kachemak Bay. Start with a scenic forty-minute boat ride across Kachemak Bay on Mako's Water Taxi. Look for sea otters, harbor porpoise and maybe a whale on the trip to Kasitsna Bay. Then get ready for a guided kayak tour through the Herring Islands. No experience required. After enjoying a hearty lunch take a scenic ride on the Jakolof Road to Seldovia where you can wander the streets of this fishing village before boarding a plane with Smokey Bay Air for a flight seeing tour back to Homer. Added costs.
OPTIONAL: See grizzly bears fishing, clamming, raising cubs, playing, and occasionally even mating. Fly by bush plane to the remote wilderness of Katmai, which has the highest concentration of protected grizzly bears in the world! The flight from Homer to Katmai is an adventure by itself with magnificent Flightseeing including glaciers, volcanoes, and mountains all set against the backdrop of the blue ocean. Land on the beach. See anywhere from 5 to 40 grizzly bears depending on the time of year. Added costs.
Spend your second night at the Land’s End Hotel. MEALS: B
Day 9: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center / Anchorage for end of escorted travel
8:30 am Group breakfast at a local diner. 9:30 am Depart for travel returning north along the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage, Alaska along stretches of Scenic Byway with views of pristine wilderness rivers, glaciers, snowcapped mountains and massive volcanoes in route. Drive time for the day: About 4 hours Continue travel north along the Seward Highway, with short stops for last minute highlights.
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.
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 float planes land every day at Lake Hood, the largest and busiest float plane base in the world. Newly renovated 2015, well-appointed rooms. 5 minute transfer to airport via hotel shuttle MEALS: B
Day 10 - Departure Day: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Depart Anchorage. Alaska
Breakfast voucher provided for hotel dining. Depart Anchorage via use of complimentary hotel shuttle transfers. MEALS: B