Spirit of Alaska 2021
7 Day Tour Itinerary
The Spirit of Alaska tour is a 6 night, 7 day Alaska land package. The tour begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Travel north to explore Denali National Park. Then travel south to enjoy a glacier day cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park. Ride aboard the Alaska Railroad dome rail-cars to see breathtaking views. Tour a working sled dog kennel to learn about this long-time Alaskan sport.
These small tour groups are a maximum 13 passengers and 1 Alaska resident guide traveling mainly by small coach. These 7 day tours are designated for travelers of age 13 and above.
7 DAY ALASKA TOUR: Our days begin 8-9 am and end 8-9 pm, with a little flexibility. Travel is at a comfortable pace. We enjoy several stops along the way to get out of the vehicle often. Optional activities can be arranged to enjoy a more personalized experience.
Meal packages vary with tours. Included meals are listed at the end of each day in the schedule. Where meals are not included, access and assistance to dining is still provided by the guide.
Alaska Day 1
Arrival Day, Anchorage, Alaska
Today is the scheduled arrival day into Anchorage, Alaska. Alaskan Tour Guides is happy to assist with additional hotel reservations for those who wish to arrive earlier.
Arrival day is unguided. Meals and activities for this day are the traveler’s own expense. The hotel room and tax for this night is included in the tour rate. Additionally, a breakfast voucher for tomorrow is included.
Hotel: The Lakefront Anchorage, offers modern, lodge-like accommodations on the shores of Lake Spenard and Lake Hood. From a lakeside deck, guests can watch over 800 float planes land every day at Lake Hood, the largest and busiest floatplane base in the world. This hotel offers complimentary 24/7 airport service and daily shuttle service to the downtown Anchorage area and the Alaska Railroad Depot. Deluxe rooms feature one King or two Queen beds.
HIGHLIGHTS: Escorted Tour Begins; Sled Dog Kennel tour; Talkeetna, Alaska; *Optional Flight tour; Denali, Alaska
A breakfast voucher for hotel dining is provided.
8:00 am Meet your Alaskan Tour guide in the hotel lobby to begin your exciting Alaska tour. This 7 day Alaska tour travels with a small group, in a deluxe small coach. A longtime Alaska resident will be your driver-guide. Benefit from local resident knowledge and first hand experiences. Your ATG guide provides genuine Alaskan hospitality and concierge-level service to provide you the best vacation experience. Depart Anchorage to travel north to Denali Park.
10:00 am Make an in-route stop in Willow, Alaska. This Alaska town is the heart of mushing country. Tour Dream a Dream Kennels to meet the team of Vern Halter, a veteran Iditarod musher. Presentations weave the history of the Iditarod into an informative and interactive experience. Take a ride on a multi-seat All Terrain Vehicle. These dog limos are the 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!
At tour end, enjoy lunch and time with mushers for an even more personal experience.
Depart to continue driving north with the next stop in Talkeetna.
Talkeetna, Alaska is a historical frontier town with lots of Alaskan flavor! The rustic and charming community offers a lot of Alaskan hospitality. See some of the best scenic views of the Alaska range and Mt. Denali at this location.
Optional Adventure: Experience the thrill of a Southside Explorer flight tour with a glacier landing. 2021 costs apply.
Continue the drive to our destination, Denali Park, with dinner stop in route.
Denali Bluffs Hotel newest rooms in Denali feature spacious river view rooms with two Queen or one King bed.
MEALS: B, L, D | DRIVE TIME: 5 hours
Alaska Tour Day 3
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Denali National Park Transit to Eielson Visitor Center
Breakfast voucher for hotel dining is included.
Depart for Denali Park entrance. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Denali Park Shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center. Denali National Park and Preserve, which is located in Interior Alaska, features Mt. Denali, the highest mountain in North America. The park encompasses more than 6 million acres and provides visitors with a scenic experience of a lifetime.
92 miles long, the Denali Park Road parallels the Alaska Range. Scenic travel through low valleys and high mountain passes. This is the only road inside the park. Along its route, sightseeing of beautiful landscapes at every turn, and a view of Denali – if weather allows. Witness wildlife in its natural habitat.
The Eielson Visitor Center features interpretive exhibits and a ranger led walk program. This is the turn around point for your trip.
This shuttle travels 65 miles one way, 8 hours round trip if you stay with the same bus. It stops every hour and 15 minutes for view points and restroom stops. Stops are made whenever wildlife is sighted.
Your ATG guide will arrange for a boxed lunch for you to take along.
Spend your second night at the Denali Bluffs Hotel.
MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: 30 min. plus Park Shuttle (not all drive time)
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska Railroad Goldstar – Denali to Talkeetna; Wasilla, Alaska
Breakfast voucher for hotel dining is included.
11:20 am check in to board The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, GoldStar Service from Denali to Talkeetna. On this Alaska tour route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the scenic landscape. Enjoy first-class service aboard double-deck dome cars.
The train departs at 12:20 and your guide will meet you with your luggage in Talkeetna at 4:40 pm. Then, depart Talkeetna by ATG small coach for the drive to our overnight destination in Wasilla.
Dinner as a group is included.
Lake Lucille Inn guests enjoy beautiful mountain and lake views along with comfortable accommodations. Guest laundry and wireless internet available. A full hot breakfast buffet is provided each morning. Deluxe rooms feature a lake view.
MEALS: B, L, D | DRIVE TIME: 1.5 hours | RAIL TIME: 4 hours 15 minutes.
Tour Day 5
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: National Scenic Byway; Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; Portage Glacier Visitor Center; Seward, Alaska
Hot breakfast Buffet included.
Travel south along the Seward Highway. This National Scenic Byway passes through some of the most spectacular sightseeing in the country. The landscape varies from the muddy ocean waters of Turnagain Arm to the icy blue glaciers hanging above. Wildflowers and waterfalls seem to brighten every turn 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 Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non profit organization that cares for rescued wildlife; injured and/or orphaned. This is a fantastic opportunity to photograph Alaska wildlife up close. See moose, brown and black bear, wood bison, musk ox and many more rescued animals.
Continue the drive south.
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 returning fish charters and their catch of the day, peruse the souvenir shops, or stroll along the bayfront.
Hotel: Harbor 360 – Harbor view rooms. 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 | DRIVE TIME: 3.5 hours
Alaska Tour Day 6
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Kenai Fjords National Park Wildlife and Glacier Tour
Hotel breakfast room included.
10:30 am check in for the 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park tour. This 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Providing a full narration to your journey, an experienced captain will point out the spectacular sights and provide information on the area’s ecology, history, and geology. Spend time in front of the mighty Holgate Glacier, an actively calving tidewater glacier. Cruise about islands and coves of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, common murres, and black-legged kittiwakes. Other possible wildlife sightseeing include bears, mountain goats, sea otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises, fish, and whales, A deli style lunch or a vegetarian option is included.
The tour returns 5:30 pm. Dinner is on your own. Several restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel to enjoy after a full day tour of alaska.
Spend your second night at the: Harbor 360 – Harbor view rooms.
MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: none | CRUISE TIME: 6 hours
7 Day Alaska Tour – Final Day
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska Sealife Center; Alyeska Tram Ride; Anchorage, Alaska
Hotel breakfast room included.
Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center for an unrivaled, up-close and personal experience with Gulf of Alaska marine wildlife. Witness a 2000+ pound Steller sea lion gliding past underwater viewing windows, puffins diving in a carefully crafted naturalistic habitat, and engage your senses at the Discovery touch tank. Alaskan king crab, sea stars, a variety of fish, sea creatures and the Giant Pacific octopus also await you.
Travel north as you return along the Seward Highway allowing a second opportunity for magical views and potential wildlife sightings in their natural habitat.
The Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway is a seven-minute ride bringing you to a viewing deck at the top of Mt. Alyeska. Witness breath taking panoramic views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, and towering spruce.
Depart for return travel to Anchorage and the end of your 7 day Alaska tour.
3 pm arrival into Anchorage. Departing flights with a check in time of 3:30 or later are advised (recommend at least 2 hours between check-in and departure times).
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, dining or to add small attractions.
*Your 7 day Alaska tour concludes in Anchorage with pre-arranged drop off at the airport or hotel. Drop times are scheduled and no later than 7 pm.
MEALS: B | DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours
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