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Alaska Explorer

Experience the best of the Great Land while curating your own Alaskan adventures. Begin in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city with its diverse blend of history, cultures, and personalities. Enjoy a thrilling Jetboat Adventure on the Susitna River. Learn about the tundra and watch for Alaskan wildlife during a guided tour in Denali National Park. Travel by rail to Fairbanks to pan for gold at the Historic Gold Dredge 8 and enjoy a riverboat excursion. Relax and be amazed at the scenery as we travel throughout the state of Alaska including a scenic drive up Keystone Canyon with photo opportunities at Worthington Glacier and Thompson Pass. Explore more on this tour with a cruise on Prince William Sound, art museums, Native Athabascan culture and free time for your own adventures.

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The Holiday Advantage
Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
Premier Attractions
Premier Attractions
Professional Tour Directors
Professional Tour Directors
Motorcoach & Professional Driver
Motorcoach & Professional Driver
Low Deposit, Guaranteed Prices, & No Hidden Costs
Low Deposit, Guaranteed Prices, & No Hidden Costs
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Day 1 : Fly to Alaska

We fly to Anchorage to begin our exploration of America’s Last Frontier.

Day 2 : Anchorage

Thrust between 5,000-foot peaks and an inlet, Anchorage is unlike any other city. Learn from a local what it’s like to call Alaska’s largest city home, with bears and moose within town limits. See where the original townsite of tents began and where an entire neighborhood slid into the sea during the powerful 1964 earthquake at Earthquake Park. Watch for planes taking off and landing at the world’s busiest seaplane base on Lake Hood, the same location where planes with skis can land in the winter when it freezes over. Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch and get to know your fellow travelers. We top the day off discovering new things at the Anchorage Museum that celebrates everything about Alaska including art, culture, history, ecology, and ethnography.

Continental Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 : Talkeetna

We depart from Anchorage to Talkeetna with free time and lunch on your own in historic downtown. Later, watch for views of majestic Denali on a Jet Boat Adventure. The wilderness is our classroom as we learn about local animals and the indigenous Dena’ina people. This immersive experience kicks off our discovery of Alaska’s natural wonders. We check in to our Talkeetna hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Continental Breakfast

Day 4 : Denali National Park & Preserve

This morning, as we make our way north, watch for views of Denali, North America's tallest mountain. Along the way to Denali, we break at the Alaska Veterans Memorial where you can stretch your legs and take pictures. We embark on a guided exploration of Denali National Park. Keep watch for Dall sheep, caribou, moose, grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves. From the boreal forest to the open tundra, experience the untamed beauty and vast landscapes of this protected wilderness.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 : Denali, Your Way

Today, discover the Denali area however you choose. From hiking to river rafting, shopping, or visiting a sled dog kennel, there are plenty of options. Later we travel from Denali to Fairbanks in a domed rail car with dinner service included. Relax and watch the changing landscapes as we travel further into Alaska’s Interior.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 : Gold Dredge 8 & Riverboat Discovery III

Start today with a visit to the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center where we casually explore life in the interior during the four seasons. Discover methods of gold mining and learn how to pan for gold at historic Gold Dredge 8. Try panning yourself and keep what you find! We also see and learn about the incredible Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, an engineering marvel, then feast on a "miner’s lunch" at Discovery Landing. Board the Riverboat Discovery III for a fascinating excursion on the Chena River. Witness a bush plane maneuver and watch dog mushing in action. Step ashore at a recreated fishing and hunting camp where we learn about the lifestyles of indigenous people in Alaska’s Interior.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 : Valdez

This morning, get a rare photo opportunity with the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, the monumental line that crosses the river on an impressive suspension bridge. Enjoy the remainder of the day on a relaxing ride south to Valdez.


Day 8 : Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

Today we embark on a great adventure on Prince William Sound with a Columbia Glacier & Wildlife Cruise. Our narrated cruise offers a chance to see some of the marine life that makes the sound its home. Watch for humpback whales, orcas, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles and sea birds.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 : Scenic Byway

Marvel at the abundant scenic views as we drive up Keystone Canyon, climb Thompson Pass, and stop at Worthington Glacier. We continue on the Glenn Highway, a scenic byway of majestic mountain views that takes us to sprawling Matanuska Glacier. Later we arrive in Anchorage.


Day 10 : Fond Farewells

Today we explore the native cultures that shape how people live in this amazing state during a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Enjoy a delicious farewell meal as we celebrate our shared adventures in the 'Great Land.' Later our overnight flight returns us home.


Day 11 : Journey’s End

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights in Anchorage
  • 1 night in Talkeetna
  • 1 night near Denali National Park
  • 2 nights in Fairbanks
  • 2 nights in Valdez
  • 1 night in Anchorage

Attractions & Highlights

  • Anchorage city tour
  • The Anchorage Museum
  • Jet Boat Adventure
  • Alaska Veterans Memorial
  • Denali National Park guided tour
  • Train ride from Denali National Park to Fairbanks
  • Gold Dredge 8 & gold panning
  • Riverboat Discovery III cruise featuring floatplane, sled dogs, and native lifestyle demonstrations
  • Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
  • Columbia Glacier & Wildlife Cruise on Prince William Sound
  • Thompson Pass & Worthington Glacier
  • Leisure time in Talkeetna, Valdez, Girdwood & the Denali area
  • Alyeska’s Aerial Tram
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center

15 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch
  • Miner's Lunch at Discovery Landing
  • Lunch on Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

Highest Elevation: 3,895 feet.

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Final Payment Date: 05/13/2023

Tour Map for Alaska Explorer

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