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Alaska Explorer

Unleash your inner explorer on this exciting trip to Alaska. Begin in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city with its diverse blend of history, cultures, and personalities. Travel by rail to Talkeetna and have a thrilling Wilderness Jetboat Adventure. Learn about the tundra and watch for Alaskan wildlife during a guided tour in Denali National Park. Pan for gold at the Historic Gold Dredge 8 and enjoy a riverboat excursion in Fairbanks. Relax and be amazed at the scenery as we travel throughout the massive 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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Day 1 : Fly to Anchorage

We fly to Anchorage to begin our exploration of Alaska, 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 bear 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 all-things-Alaska including art, culture, history, ecology, and ethnography.

Lunch

Day 3 : Talkeetna

We depart from Anchorage by rail to Talkeetna. Enjoy onboard breakfast and Alaska’s epic scenery on the ride as we journey north in a dome rail car.

Our fun in Talkeetna includes a thrilling Wilderness Jetboat Adventure where the wilderness will be your classroom as you learn about local animals, trapping, and the indigenous Dena’ina people. This immersive experience kicks off our discovery of all that Alaska’s natural wonders offer.

We check-in to our hotel in Talkeetna and enjoy free time this evening.

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 Tundra Wilderness Tour for a guided exploration of Denali National Park's unique setting. 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

This morning, discover Denali however you choose. From hiking to river rafting, shopping, or visiting a sled dog kennel, there are plenty of options!

In Fairbanks, we visit the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center where we casually explore and learn about life in Alaska's interior and its four seasons.

We check-in to our hotel for a two-night stay in Fairbanks.

Breakfast

Day 6 : Gold Dredge 8 & Riverboat Discovery lll

Start today with a demonstration of different mining methods and learn to pan for gold at Gold Dredge 8. Try panning yourself and keep what you find! We’ll also view and learn about the incredible Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, an engineering marvel. Feast on a "miner's lunch" at Discovery Landing before our afternoon adventures.

We 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 peoples 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 crossing the river on an impressive suspension bridge.

Enjoy the remainder of the day on a relaxing ride south to Valdez, the quaint harbor town where we'll stay for the next two nights.

Breakfast

Day 8 : Alaskan Beauty

After breakfast, we embark on a scenic drive up Keystone Canyon with photo stops for Worthington Glacier and Thompson Pass. Experience the larger-than-life scenery of these mountains and stunning coloration of massive glaciers.

Have the rest of your day at leisure in Valdez. You may wish to go flightseeing, kayaking, hiking, view exhibits at the Valdez or Whitney Museums, or visit a local fish hatchery.

Breakfast

Day 9 : Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

Today we embark on a great adventure with a Glacier & Wildlife Cruise on Prince William Sound. Our narrated cruise offers a chance to see the wildlife that makes the sound its home. See Meares Glacier, a tidewater glacier that is currently advancing, located in the Chugach National Forest. Whales, sea otters, Dall's porpoise, and sea birds are often seen while cruising the waters of Prince William Sound.

Enjoy an included lunch on the cruise.

Then sit back and relax on our way to Whittier, where we'll disembark and board our coach for a short ride to Girdwood, our home for the night.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 : Fond Farewells

Our last full day is filled with appreciation and celebration. Enjoy spectacular views as we glide up Mt. Alyeska aboard an aerial tram.

Then, gather for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Lunch. We’ll enjoy a delicious meal while reliving our fun adventures exploring the great state of Alaska.

We return to Anchorage, perhaps with time to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center to learn about the native cultures that have shaped how people in Alaska live. Later, we fly overnight to return home.

Lunch

Day 11 : Arrive Home

Arrive home with unforgettable memories from phenomenal Alaska.

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

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

Attractions & Highlights

  • Anchorage city tour
  • The Anchorage Museum
  • Train ride from Anchorage to Talkeetna in a dome car
  • Mahay's Jetboat Adventure
  • Time at leisure in Talkeetna
  • Alaska State Veterans Memorial
  • Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Time at leisure at Denali
  • Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center
  • Gold Dredge 8
  • Riverboat Discovery III
  • Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline
  • Scenic drive up Keystone Canyon
  • Time at leisure in Valdez
  • Glacier & Wildlife Cruise on Prince William Sound
  • Meares Glacier
  • Time at leisure in Girdwood
  • Alyeska’s Aerial Tram

13 Excellent Meals Featuring

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

Highest Elevation: 3,900 feet.

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