Anchorage, Alaska Arrival
Arrival day into Anchorage is not guided. All meals, activities, and lodging for this day are at your own expense. Alaskan Tour Guides can assist with Anchorage lodging if needed.
August 25, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: National Scenic Byway; Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; Seward, Alaska
9:00 am meet and greet your Alaskan Tour guide in the hotel lobby, ready to begin your exciting adventure. Travel 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 possible.
Depart Anchorage to 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 ocean waters of Turnagain Arm to the icy blue glaciers visible in the mountains above.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non profit organization that cares for rescued wildlife. This is a must-do stop because it is a fantastic opportunity to photograph Alaska wildlife up close. Photograph moose, brown and black bear, wood bison, musk ox and many more rescued animals on this Alaska tour stop.
Continue travel south with your ATG guide and coach to Seward.
Hotel: Exit Glacier Lodge. Small 15 room lodge, located in the Resurrection River valley, a 10 minute drive from downtown Seward. Rooms are quiet, with clean and comfortable beds in a quiet wooded setting.
MEALS: none | DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours
August 26, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Kenai Fjords Wildlife and Glacier Cruise
10:30 am check in for the 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park tour with lunch.
This 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park. An experienced captain will fully narrate your journey and point out the spectacular sights, while providing information on the area’s wildlife, history, and geology.
You will spend time in front of a towering tidewater glacier to watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and then crash into the water. Cruise around the islands and coves of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Other possible wildlife sightings include bears, mountain goats, sea otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises, fish, and whales.
A deli style lunch or a vegetarian option is included.
Spend your second night at the The Exit Glacier Lodge.
MEALS: L | DRIVE TIME: none | CRUISE TIME: 6 hours
August 27, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Seward Custom Options; Wasilla, Alaska
Today is a flexible travel day north returning along the Seward Highway. With advance custom planning, optional adventures can be added in the city of Seward, along the way or at our next destination. Activity options vary in pace and price. Some popular ones in Seward are hiking to Exit Glacier, kayaking, fishing, or visiting the Alaska Sealife Center. Custom planning is done after the tour is booked.
Travel day north returns along the Seward Highway allowing a second opportunity for magical views and potential wildlife sightings. There is also time to explore some other special points of interest.
Continue travel north of Anchorage to the “Mat Su Valley.”
Lake Lucille Inn guests enjoy beautiful mountain and lake views along with comfortable accommodations. A breakfast buffet is provided each morning. Deluxe rooms feature a lake view.
MEALS: none | DRIVE TIME: 3.5 hours
August 28, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska Railroad Goldstar – Talkeetna to Denali; Denali, Alaska
Breakfast buffet provided by hotel.
Depart Wasilla to travel north to Talkeetna to board The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, GoldStar Service from Talkeetna to Denali. 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 two adult beverages included. The train departs at 11:20 and your guide will meet you in Denali with your luggage at 4:00 pm.
Denali Bluffs Hotel newest rooms in Denali feature spacious river view rooms with two Queen or one King bed.
MEALS: B, L | RAIL TIME: 4.25 hours | DRIVE TIME: 1.25 hours
August 29, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Denali National Park Shuttle
Denali National Park and Preserve, which is located in Interior Alaska, centers on Mt. Denali, the highest mountain in North America. The park encompasses more than 6 million acres, and provides visitors with the experience of a lifetime.
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 views of Mt Denali – if weather permits. Wildlife can often be seen, though sightings are not guaranteed – they are, after all, wild animals roaming an unfenced land.
The turnaround point for your park experience will be at Mile 43 of the park road.
Spend your second night Denali Bluffs Hotel.
MEALS: none | DRIVE TIME: 15 minutes | PARK SHUTTLE: 5-6 hours – not all drive time
August 30, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Talkeetna, Alaska; Anchorage, Alaska
Morning departure for return travel south to Anchorage with a visit to Talkeetna along the way.
Talkeetna, Alaska is a frontier town with lots of Alaskan flavor! The rustic and charming community is popular with visitors. Some of the best views of the Alaska range and Mt. Denali are seen from here.
With advance custom planning, this flexible travel day allows for optional adventures either along the way, or in Talkeetna. Popular options include a guided lake hike, lake kayaking, flightseeing, or shopping in Talkeetna.
Continue the drive south with a late afternoon arrival into Anchorage. Departing flights with a check in time of 6 pm 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: none | DRIVE TIME: 4.5 hours
ALASKA FAMILY TRIP PACKAGE: Each day lists the Drive Time: This is an estimate of your total road time that day. It does not count time to stop for meals, sights, activities and attractions. Every day is a full day. Some have longer travel but all are designed with time to get out of the vehicle and experience Alaska in a personal way.
ATG reserves the right to alter trip times to accommodate any potential changes or events that may occur at the time of travel. Road construction and other unknown events can alter travel time. Any changes will be made and relayed by your ATG guide at the time of travel to ensure that reserved activity times are met.
Meal Package – Meals are NOT included in the tour rate unless provided by lodging or activity as part of their services. Meals that are included are identified at the end of each day as B, L or D. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner