Alaska Land Tour Highlights
* Travel into Denali National Park and Preserve watching for wildlife and views of MT. McKinley.
* Visit Talkeetna, a rustic Alaskan town with an option to add a flight-seeing tour.
* Tour an Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel for a presentation and short ride.
* Explore Hatcher Pass and the historic Independence Mine.
*Take a guided glacier trek on the Matanuska Glacier.
* Ride the tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska for outstanding views. * Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park to watch for whales, otters, sealions, eagles, puffins, and spectacular tidewater glaciers that might calve into the sea.
* Tour the Alaska Wildlife and Denali Park Visitor Centers .
Rates and Details:
8 Day - Scenic Alaska Tour
Trip Code: 2019ATG-07 July 21 to July 28, 2019
Your Trip Includes: Transportation: Alaskan driver-guide and executive coach transportation. Accommodations: 7 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: 7 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D) are included.
$3,699 per person, double occupancy
$4,959 Single Occupancy
$3,329 per person Triple Occupancy
$3,059 per person Quad Occupancy
Open to travelers ages 13 and above.
All rates are USD. $185.95 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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Scenic Alaska Tour 2019 - 8 Day Guided Alaska Tour Itinerary
July 21, 2019 to July 28, 2019
SMALL GROUP ALASKA LAND TOUR. Maximum 13 passengers traveling with 1 Alaska resident guide in one of our deluxe small coaches. Family friendly welcomes children ages 13 and above as passengers.
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: Sunday, July 21, 2019- Arrival Day * Unguided* 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: Momday, July 22, 2019 - Travel to Talkeetna / Optional McKinley Flightsee with glacier landing/ Continue travel to Denali
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.
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.
Talkeetna Optional activities vary. Flight tours of Mt. Denali with a glacier landing are the most popular. Jetboat adventures and zipline tours are also available. After tour guests have confirmed their space we work to provide custom planning. Our guest resource center gives you access to all the details of the activities including pricing, times and need to know information. Added costs are subject to 2019 pricing.
Continue travel north to our destination Denali Park, Alaska. Our lodgings are 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.
The Denali National Park Visitor center offers Denali's visitors a chance to learn more about the park by interacting with rangers, viewing the award winning film "Heartbeats of Denali," and exploring the exhibit area. The building boasts a number of environmentally sustainable features . The Denali Bookstore offers an extensive collection of educational materials on the natural and cultural heritage of Denali.
Dinner as a group at the Denali Salmonbake, included.
Denali Bluffs hotel deluxe rooms, built in 2017 feature spacious river views with two queen or one king bed.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: 5 hours
Day 3: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - Denali National Park & Preserve/ Optional Activities
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. At the half way point, the Eielson Visitor Center is 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. Or, choose to add and evening OPTIONAL activity like rafting, ATV or zipline adventures. Subject to 2019 pricing.
Spend your second night at the Denali Bluffs hotel.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 10 minutes SHUTTLE TIME: 8 hours (not all drive time)
Day 4: Wednessday, July 24, 2019 - Dream a Dream Kennel Tour/ Mat-Su Valley
Breakfast voucher for hotel full buffet.
Morning departure to travel south to Wasilla, Alaska.
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. Begin with lunch and time to interact with mushers while enjoying delicious deli meats & cheeses, salad and dessert. A personalized experience for small groups. 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!
Continue the drive to your overnight destination.
Wasilla, Alaska is located in the heart of the Matanuska Susitna Borough and the sixth largest city in Alaska. Established at the intersection of the Alaska Railroad and Old Carle Wagon Road, the city prospered at the expense of the nearby mining town of Knik. Wasilla is named after Chief Wasilla, a local Dena'ina chief. Wasilla is also home of Iditarod founders, Joe Reddington and Dorothy Page.
Dinner as a group at a local restaurant.
Lake Lucille Inn guests enjoy beautiful mountain and lake views along with comfortable accommodations. A fully-equipped health and fitness club with weight room, guest laundry and wireless internet available. An extended continental breakfast is provided each morning. Deluxe rooms feature a lake view.
MEALS: B, L, D DRIVE TIME: 4 hours
Day 5: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - Glacier Hike/ Hatcher Pass / Independence Mine
Full hot breakfast buffet. 8:00 am
Travel today takes us along a Scenic Byway that offers panoramic mountain views, magnificent blue ice glaciers and wildlife viewing opportunities. Travel follows the Matanuska River as it carves it’s way down from higher country through mountains and valleys and up to it’s headwaters at the face of the majestic Matanuska Glacier, a 27 mile long, 4 mile wide blue-ice glacier.
The Guided Glacier Hike is a popular hike, featuring close-up views of crevasses, seracs and unique ice formations. With the use of crampons, you'll enjoy trekking to a high point on the glacier which overlooks the ice fall as well as getting up close. The glacier is in a constant state of change, and your guide can point out various features as you navigate the intense surface. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at the nearby glacier park overlook.
Hatcher Pass is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s granite mountain peaks jutting up from the wildflower covered tundra, and pristine mountain streams meander through the valley below. Panoramic views and short nature walks are pleasing for outdoor lovers. Excellent hiking opportunities exist for those who are looking to fully stretch their legs. At the top of Hatcher Pass is the historic Independence Mine, which is protected by the Alaska State Parks, offers a preserved experience of what life was like back in the Gold Rush. Paved interpretive trails, historic buildings and exhibits can all be explored. An ideal experience for someone looking for the slower pace of absorbing some history.
Dinner as a group at a local restaurant.
Spend your second night at the Lake Lucille Inn.
MEALS: B, L, D DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours
Day 6: Friday, July 26, 2019 - Scenic Byway/ Alyeska Tram / Exit Glacier
Full hot breakfast buffet.
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.
The Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway is a seven-minute ride bringing you to a viewing deck which provides breath taking panoramic views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, Highlights Sun, June 23, continued towering spruce, and an array of wildlife. Lunch included at the top of mountain in the Bore Tide Deli.
Continuing the scenic drive to the next destination, Seward.
Just outside of Seward, take short drive along the Resurrection River toward Exit Glacier to observe the topography, vegetation and natural habitats surrounding a glacial environment. Walking routes vary from easy trails depicting the timeline of the retreating glacier to more moderate hiking trails leading up to the face of the glacier and great photo opportunities.
Seward, Alaska is a picturesque coastal community where the mountains melt into the seas. Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park offer spectacular views of wildlife, glaciers and mountains. Stop by the harbor to see the returning fishing charters catch of the day, peruse the souvenir shops, or stroll along the bayfront. Dinner as a group at a favorite restaurant.
Hotel: Harbor 360 - Harbor view rooms. In the city of Seward, with great views of the Boat Harbor and Resurrection Bay. Harbor View rooms with either 2 queen beds or one king. Includes continental breakfast room. Easy walking distance to shops, dining, and convenient for a walk along the bay under the late evening sun.
MEALS: B, L, D DRIVE TIME: 3.5 hours
Day 7: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Kenai Fjords National Park Wildlife and Glacier Cruise
Hotel breakfast room.
11:30 am to 5:30 p.m. 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park. The Spirit of Adventure, our newly-remodeled catamaran, is one of our fastest boats, allowing you to experience as much scenery, glaciers, and wildlife as possible within six hours. Providing a full narration to your journey, a National Park Ranger will be onboard to point out the spectacular sights and provide information on the area’s ecology, history, and geology. You will spend time in front of the mighty Holgate Glacier, an actively calving tidewater glacier. Visit an active tidewater glacier View wildlife and scenery on a large, stable catamaran with multiple viewing decks and large, fog-free windows Wildlife: whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, seabirds Onboard National Park Ranger Fun and educational Junior Ranger Program available for children
Delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib feast served buffet style included Guaranteed reserved seating in a heated cabin for every guest
Dinner is on your own this evening.
Spend your second night at: Harbor 360 - Harbor view rooms.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: none CRUISE TIME: 6 hours
Day 8: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - Begich Boggs Center/ Alaska Wildlife Center / Depart Anchorage, Alaska
Return travel north along the Seward Highway for a second opportunity of wildlife sightings and a few more favorite stops.
The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is built upon the terminal moraine left behind by Portage Glacier in 1914. The visitor center offers an unique opportunity to learn about the Chugach National Forest, America's second largest national forest. Award-winning exhibits and presentations highlight the unique features of the region.
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.
* Your tour concludes in Anchorage with pre-arranged drop off at the airport or hotel. Drop times are scheduled and no later than 8 pm. Departing flights cannot check in prior to 4 PM
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours