Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa, Grand Denali Lodge, The Hotel Alyeska Girdwood
Summer 2018 Departure Dates: July 30, September 3
Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska’s first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center. In much of Alaska, where large distances separate towns and the road system is limited, bush planes are a part of everyday life. Visit the largest float plane base in the world and meet one of the experienced pilots. Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the downtown area.
Alaskan Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery all the way to Denali National Park.
Denali: Learn about the National Park’s wildlife and ecosystem accompanied by a local climber. See Mt. Denali.
Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains and Cook Inlet. Enjoy a chance to meet the dogs of a championship dog musher and learn about Alaskan Huskies and Arctic dog sleigh racers.
Prince William Sound: Experience the sounds of the thundering calving of glaciers on your cruise.
Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a reseacher of the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Anchorage: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
Denali: A night of fun, festivity and food. Get a taste of old-time Alaska at a boisterous theatre dinner.
Mount Alyeska: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner featuring a variety of local seafood specialities with wine and newfound friends.
Included Quality Dining: 6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), 4 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).
On-Board Glacier Discovery Cruise: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)
ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES
An expert Tour Director
Enjoy the unique comfort of a luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights
Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
Hotel and restaurant tips included plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour
DAY 1 ANCHORAGE, THE CITY OF LIGHTS AND FLOWERS
Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
Hotel:Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
Dinner with Wine
DAY 2 ANCHORAGE SIGHTSEEING
Get acquainted with downtown Anchorage. Journey around Lake Hood to visit the largest float plane base in the world. Meet a bush pilot who will share fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the traditions of Alaska’s first people during a private presentation. The rest of the afternoon is yours to browse among the shops or native art galleries. In the evening, savour dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
Full Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3 JOURNEY ALONG THE ALASKAN RAILROAD
Journey to Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America’s tallest peak. After a brief visit to downtown, board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your dome railcar. Meet a local climber who will regale with you tales of what it’s like to brave a climb up Denali. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner accompanied by boisterous theatre, featuring old-time sourdough, song-and-dance and hearty Alaskan fare.
Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 4 DENALI NATIONAL PARK, THE CROWN JEWEL OF THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS
(Relaxed Start) The 6-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve is just a short walk away from your hotel. The day is completely open for recreation or optional activities. Perhaps take an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River, or a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mount Denali?
Hotel: Grande Denali Lodge.
DAY 5 GIRDWOOD AND MOUNT ALYESKA
Enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway. After lunch, meet the champion dog team of four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 km) dogsled race. Continue on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views. Arrive in the town of Girdwood, home of Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for panoramic views of the mountains and sea. The evening is free for you to enjoy.
Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska.
Full Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6 PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND CRUISE
(Relaxed Start) Today is devoted to the 26 Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thundering calving of glaciers and keep your eyes open for sea otters, porpoises, and whales. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, featuring a variety of local seafood specialities, complete with wine and good cheer.
Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
DAY 7 TO SEWARD AND OUT OF ANCHORAGE
Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and enjoy an exclusive presentation about their marine research and rehabilitation program. Explore downtown at your own pace. Return to Anchorage and transfer to the airport or head to the tour hotel for guests extending their stay. Airport arrival will be at 17:00. Guests continuing on the Glacier Discovery Cruise to Vancouver will be transferred to the Port of Seward to board their Holland America Line cruise and set sail in the evening.
Hotel: Holland America Line – MS Noordam or MS Westerdam