The Spirit of Alaska is a 6 night, 7 day Alaska land tour package that begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Travel to north to explore Denali National Park. Then travel south for a day cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park. Ride aboard The Alaska Railroad dome rail-cars for breathtaking views. Tour a working sled dog kennel and learn about this long-time Alaskan sport.
Tour groups are a maximum 13 passengers and 1 Alaska resident guide traveling mainly by small coach. This tour is designated for travelers of age 13 and above.
7 DAY ALASKA TOUR ITINERARY: Days begin 8-9 am and end 8-9 pm, with a little flexibility. Travel is at a comfortable pace. Several stops along the way are made so you are out of the vehicle often. In some locations, optional activities can be arranged for a further personalized experience.
Travelers should be able to walk unassisted (at least a city block and up a few stairs). Tour times listed are approximate.
Meal packages vary with tours and include entree, non-alcohol beverage and gratuity. 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 your guide.
Day 1 – Arrival Day: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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 at your own expense. The hotel room and tax for this night is included in the tour rate. Additionally, a breakfast voucher for tomorrow is included in the tour rate.
Hotel: The Lakefront 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 floatplane base in the world. This hotel offers complimentary 24/7 airport service and daily shuttle service to the downtown Anchorage area.
Deluxe rooms feature one King or two Queen beds.
Day 2 – Wednesday, August 25, 2021
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Escorted Tour Begins; Dream a Dream 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 bus. 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 so you have the best vacation experience. Depart Anchorage to travel north to Denali Park.
10:00 am make an in-route stop in Willow, Alaska the heart of mushing country to tour Dream a Dream kennels. 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! At tour end, enjoy lunch and time to interact with mushers.
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 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.
Optional Adventure: add 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. The area outside the park entrance is developed with visitor services. Our lodging for this trip is about 10 miles north of the park, away from all the visitor traffic and more advantageous for wildlife sightings.
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
Day 3: Thursday, August 26, 2021
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, located in Interior Alaska, featuring 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’s the only road inside the park. Along its route, beautiful landscapes can be seen at every turn, and a view of 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 Eielson Visitor Center is the turnaround point for your park trip. It features interpretive exhibits and a ranger led walk program. Also a good place for anyone who wishes to hike to do so, it’s easier to sign up for open seats on a return bus later.
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. It also stops anytime 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)
Day 4: Friday, August 27, 2021
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 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 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 Depart Talkeetna by ATG small coach for the drive to our overnight destination in Wasilla.
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 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.
Day 5: Saturday, August 28, 2021
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 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 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. They promote better awareness of Alaska Wildlife conservation methods through public education and a fantastic opportunity to photograph Alaska wildlife up close. See moose, brown and black bear, wood bison, musk ox and many more rescued animals.
The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is built upon the terminal moraine left behind by Portage Glacier in 1914. The visitor center offers a 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.
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
Day 6: Sunday, August 29, 2021
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 with buffet lunch. 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, a uniformed 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. 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.
Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet 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.
Spend your second night at the: Harbor 360 – Harbor view rooms.
MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: none | CRUISE TIME: 6 hours
Day 7: Monday, August 30, 2021
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska Sealife Center; Alyeska Tram Ride; Anchorage, Alaska
Hotel breakfast room included.
The Alaska SeaLife Center offers 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. As well as time to explore some other special points of interest.
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, towering spruce, and an array of wildlife.
Depart for return travel to Anchorage.
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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