The Discover Alaska Tour is a 6 night, 7 day Alaska land tour package that begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Travel 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.
This tour differs from our other mixed group 7-day tour option (the Spirit of Alaska) in the following ways:
- The Seward portion of this tour does not stay in the same Seward hotel where our tours typically stay – lodging for this tour is located at a small, more budget-friendly location 10 minutes outside of the town of Seward. 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.
- While our longer 10 and 12 day tours all include the Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float, the Discover Alaska tour is the only 7 day option that includes this activity.
- Tour includes a more limited meal package than our other mixed group tours.
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 flight of 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: Monday, June 13, 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 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. Breakfast for the next morning is not included in this tour.
Hotel: The Lakefront 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 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 shuttle service to the downtown Anchorage area.
Deluxe rooms feature one King or two Queen beds.
Day 2 – Tuesday, June 14, 2022
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Escorted Tour Begins; Alaska Railroad Goldstar – Talkeetna to Denali; Denali, Alaska
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 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.
Free time this evening to explore Denali your way. Choose from a variety of adventures and experience this National Park at your own pace. Any costs for additional adventures will be added to your final tour payment. Leisure and no cost activity choices include hiking front country trails, shopping, or relaxing at your lodging. Moderate to higher cost adventures include river rafting, a choice of easier floats or exciting whitewater; ATV tours driving single seats or riding double to quad; Denali flightseeting; and Zipline adventures.
Denali Bluffs Hotel newest rooms in Denali feature spacious river view rooms with two Queen or one King bed.
MEALS: L | RAIL TIME: 4.5 hours | DRIVE TIME: 2 hours
Day 3: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Denali National Park Transit
8:45 am Depart for Denali Park entrance. 9:30 am to 2:30 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, 5 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 Denali Bluffs Hotel.
MEALS: L | DRIVE TIME: 30 min. plus Park Shuttle (not all drive time)
Day 4: Thursday, June 16, 2022
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Dream a Dream Kennel tour; Wasilla, Alaska
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. Begin with lunch and time to interact with mushers while enjoying delicious deli meats and cheeses, salad and dessert.
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!
Depart 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.
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: L | DRIVE TIME: 4.5 hours
Day 5: Friday, June 17, 2022
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: National Scenic Byway; Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float; Seward, Alaska
Hot breakfast selection provided by hotel.
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.
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.
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: Exit Glacier Lodge. Small 15 room lodge, located in the Resurrection River valley, a 10 minute drive from downtown Seward, and a few steps away from local favorite “Salmonbake Restaurant and Pub.” Rooms are quiet, with clean and comfortable beds in a quiet wooded setting.
MEALS: B | DRIVE TIME: 4 hours
Day 6: Saturday, June 18, 2022
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Kenai Fjords National Park Wildlife and Glacier Tour
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.
The tour returns at 5:30pm.
Spend your second night at the: Exit Glacier Lodge.
MEALS: L | DRIVE TIME: none | CRUISE TIME: 6 hours
Day 7: Sunday, June 19, 2022
TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; Anchorage, Alaska
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 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.
Depart for return travel to Anchorage.
3 pm arrival into Anchorage. Departing flights with a check in time of 4 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: 2.5 hours
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