SMALL GROUP ALASKAN TOUR with 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.
DAILY ITINERARY: Days begin 8-9 am and end 8-9 pm, with a little flexibility. Travel is at a comfortable pace with several stops along the way. 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), 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.
Where meals are not included access and assistance to dining is still provided by your guide.
Tour Alaska Day 1 – Arrival Day: Friday, August 12, 2022
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 in 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, formerly Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage, offers modern 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 the restaurant’s lakeside deck, guests can watch over 800 float planes land every day at Lake Hood, the largest and busiest floatplane base in the world. Deluxe rooms feature one King or two Queen beds. This hotel offers complimentary 24/7 airport service and shuttle service to the downtown Anchorage area.
Day 2 – Alaskan Tour Begins: Saturday, August 13, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: National Scenic Byway; Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float; Seward, Alaska
Hotel Breakfast Voucher provided.
9:00 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. 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 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.
1:00 pm check in to Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float: Take the Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train to the beautiful Spencer Glacier and enjoy an easy raft tour floating amongst icebergs in Alaska wilderness. Check in for 1:25 pm departing train trip south down the Placer Valley leaving the highway behind and into country only accessible by train. Several hanging glaciers appear before the stop at Spencer Glacier.
Get up close and personal to the icebergs on this scenic float suitable for all ages. Experienced guides will row you right up to picturesque icebergs on Spencer Lake. The panoramic views of the Spencer Glacier and surrounding mountains are beautiful on this Alaskan tour. From Spencer Lake, raft 7 river miles down the pristine Placer River, where the river meets back up with the train tracks the Glacier Discovery train will stop to pick us up.
Return to the Portage depot where you continue travel with your ATG guide and coach to Seward.
Dinner as a group is included in route.
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. The rooms at this smaller lodge are all on the second floor, and there are no elevators. Travelers will need to be able to navigate up and down a flight of stairs safely in order to join this tour.
MEALS: B, D | DRIVE TIME: 3 hours
Day 3: Sunday, August 14, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Kenai Fjords Wildlife and Glacier Cruise
Breakfast at a local diner included.
10:30 am check in for the 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park tour with deli lunch. This 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park. Experienced Captains will fully narrate your journey and will 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 and watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. Cruise about the islands and coves of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, common murres, and black-legged kittiwakes. A deli style lunch is included. Snack bar onboard for added purchases.
Spend your second night at the Exit Glacier Lodge.
MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: none | CRUISE TIME: 6 hours
Day 4: Monday, August 15, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Exit Glacier Walk; Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; Anchorage, Alaska
Breakfast at local diner included.
A 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.
An Alaska tour travel day north returns 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 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.
Continue travel north to Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage. City tours are dependent on time and weather of the day. Your ATG guide will provide options at the time of travel for guests to choose from.
Midtown Springhill Suites Newly renovated, all suite hotel feature complimentary wifi and breakfast. King or two queen suite.
MEALS: B | DRIVE TIME: 3 hours
Day 5: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Independence Gold Mine; Palmer, Alaska
Hot Breakfast Buffet provided by Hotel.
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.
Picnic lunch included.
Palmer is where colonists first settled in the early 1930’s as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal. It’s centered around agriculture and surrounded by impressive mountain peaks. It retains its country charm and now is home to 4th generation Alaskans.
Dinner as a group included at a local favorite restaurant.
Pioneer Ridge Inn. Surround yourself with adventure, Alaskan flavor and majestic views. Enjoy a 360 degree view of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges, spacious Alaskan-theme rooms, a delicious hot & hearty cooked breakfast. NOTE: no TV on property.
MEALS: B, L, D DRIVE TIME: 2 hours
Day 6: Wednesday, August 17, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska Railroad Goldstar – Talkeetna to Denali; Denali, Alaska
Hot Breakfast provided by inn.
Depart Wasilla to travel north to Talkeetna to board the Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, GoldStar Service from Talkeetna to Denali. 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. 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 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 and a full bar.
The train departs Talkeetna at 11:20 am and your guide will drive with luggage and meet you in Denali at 4:00 pm. The area outside the Denali Park entrance is developed with visitor services.
Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge. The hotel lobby and restaurant offer vistas of the Denali Wilderness and Nenana River that will take your breath away. Spacious non-view rooms with 1 king or 2 queen beds.
MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: 1.5 hours | RAIL TIME: 4.5 hours
Day 7: Thursday, August 18, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Denali National Park Shuttle
Breakfast voucher provided for hotel buffet.
7:30 am Depart for Denali Park entrance. 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Denali Park Shuttle to East Fork Cabin. 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.
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 is possible – if weather permits. Wildlife can often be seen, though sightings are not guaranteed – they are, after all, wild animals roaming an unfenced land.
Your turnaround point is at mile 43 of the park road, near the East Fork Cabin, a rustic log structure with a history of sheltering rangers and researchers since the 1930s. This shuttle travels 43 miles one way, 6 hours round trip. 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 Grande Denali Lodge.
MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: 15 minutes | PARK SHUTTLE: 6 hours – not all drive time
Day 8: Friday, August 19, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Dream a Dream Kennel tour; Anchorage, Alaska
Breakfast voucher provided for hotel buffet.
Depart Denali for travel south to Anchorage.
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. Enjoy lunch and time to interact with mushers. 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 visit 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!
Travel continues onboard your ATG coach for the final escorted segment of your Alaska tour into Anchorage.
6 pm arrival into Anchorage. Departing flights with a check in time of 6:30 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, L DRIVE TIME: 5 hours
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