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Alaska’s Mountains, Glaciers & Wildlife | First Time Favorites Drive Tour

Alaska Self-Drive Road Trip

9 Days / 8 Nights Anchorage to Fairbanks

Priced at USD

$1,849

per person

Prices are per person and include all taxes.

Child age 10 yrs & under

INTRODUCTION

Explore two of Alaska's most popular National Parks on this leisurely 9 day road trip from Anchorage to

Fairbanks. This Alaska land tour is designed for travelers with limited time, but thoughtfully includes a

Prince William Sound cruise, Homer on the Kenai Peninsula, Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords. A

guided bus tour will take you into Denali National Park, where you can enjoy pristine wilderness and look

out for views of wildlife and Mount Denali.

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1

Anchorage to Seward | Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise

DAY 2

Seward | Kenai Fjord Wildlife Cruise

DAY 3

Seward to Homer

DAY 4

Homer | Day at Leisure

DAY 5

Homer to Girdwood

DAY 6

Girdwood to Talkeetna

DAY 7

Talkeetna to Denali National Park

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MAP

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 Anchorage to Seward | 239 km/149 mi | Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise

This morning travel along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm, a body of water featuring the world’s second highest tides at over 30 feet. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay or Dall sheep along the highway. From Portage travel through mountain tunnels to the port town of Whittier. Board the 26 Glacier Cruise and venture deep into Prince William Sound, finding yourself so close to glaciers that you can “hear” them move and gaze at their brilliant blue hues. Discover several types of glaciers including Alpine hanging, Piedmont and Tidewater, plus watch for glacier calvings (broken pieces of ice that have fallen into the water and become icebergs). Lunch is included onboard. Following your cruise it is an approximate 2 hour drive to Seward.

Day 2 Seward | Kenai Fjord Wildlife Cruise

Kenai Fjords National Park boasts abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery and both alpine and tidewater glaciers. As you cruise through Resurrection Bay, keep watch for Steller sea lions, seals, puffins, eagles and whales like orcas and humpbacks. Cruise past the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large variety of birds, on your way to either the Holgate or Aialik Glacier. You will stop in front of the glacier to hear it moving and possibly see ice fall into the ocean. (Deli style lunch is included today)

Day 3 Seward to Homer | 270 km/168 miles

Continue your self-drive journey and follow the Sterling Highway, a designated scenic highway covering miles of spectacular landscape. Along the way view snowcapped mountains, active volcanoes including Mt. Iliamna, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Augustine, deep ocean bluffs, excellent salmon fishing opportunities along the Kenai River, and a magnificent coastline.

Day 4 Homer | Day at Leisure

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Day 5 Homer to Girdwood | 297 km/185 mi

This morning, drive north on the scenic Sterling and Seward Highways back towards Girdwood. Along the way we have included admission to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife. Here you can safely get close, observe, and photograph some of Alaska’s largest land animals including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears, muskox. Continuing to Girdwood, take an aerial tram up Alyeska Mountain for views of Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and the endless peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range. At the base of the tram is your overnight accommodation at Alyeska Resort.

Day 6 Girdwood to Talkeetna | 241 km/150mi

Drive north from Girdwood along scenic Turnagain Arm, traveling through Anchorage and the agricultural region of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, to the small, picturesque town of Talkeetna. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. Denali climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour.

Day 7 Talkeetna to Denali National Park | 257 km/153 mi

Today, explore Denali’s south side or depart early for the drive to Denali National Park. You’ll have as much time as you like to experience the majesty of Denali National Park, take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive at your hotel near the park entrance to take advantage of an optional excursion or a visit to the Denali Visitor Centre.

Day 8 Denali National Park Backcountry Tour | Coach | Flightseeing

This full-day narrated coach trip explores the entire 148 km/92 mi of Denali Park Road on your way to Denali Backcountry Lodge. With multiple stops for wildlife viewing and photography, your experienced driver-guide will help search for grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou and Dall sheep while sharing the biology and geology of the area. For the return trip, board a small Alaskan bush plane for a flightseeing tour back to the park entrance where if weather permits, you will fly close to Mount Denali (Lunch & snacks included today between Jun 4 - Sep 12) (Please note during May to Jun 4 this tour does not include the scenic return flight and will be

replaced with a shorter 6-7 hour Tundra Wilderness Coach Tour while the road further into the park thaws and dries out.) Day 9 Denali National Park to Fairbanks | 198 km/123 mi

Continue on the George Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes, you’ll drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and Ester - an old mining camp. Upon arrival into Fairbanks your incredible Alaska self drive adventure comes to an end.

INCLUDED

Package Includes:

2 nights accommodation in Seward

2 nights accommodation in Homer

1 night accommodation in Girdwood

1 night accommodation in Talkeetna

2 nights accommodation in Denali

Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise + Lunch onboard the cruise

Kenai Fjord National Park Cruise with deli-style lunch

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Denali Backcountry Adventure Tour with scenic flight back to Denali

Please note during May to Jun 4 this tour does not include the scenic return flight and will be replaced with a shorter

6-7 hour Tundra Wilderness Coach Tour while the road further into the park thaws and dries out.

Denali National Park entrance fee

Meals as per itinerary

Hotel Information | Moderate Grade

Seward - Exit Glacier Lodge | Deluxe Queen/Double Room

Homer - Land’s End Resort | Port Bay Room

Girdwood - Alyeska Resort | Deluxe Room

Talkeetna - Susitna River Lodge | Cabin

Denali Park Entrance - Denali Cabins | Standard Cabin

Hotel Information | Superior Grade

Seward - Seward Windsong Lodge | Standard Room

Homer - Land’s End Resort | Midship Bay Room

Girdwood - Alyeska Resort | Deluxe Room

Talkeetna - Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge | Guest Lodge Room

Denali Park Entrance - Grande Denali Lodge | Standard Room

Homer accommodation is the best available in the area and considered lower end of 3 star.

Information Required at Time of Booking:

Passengers names as per passport

Date of birth

Body weight

Not included:

Gratuities

Activities other than specified

Portage fees

Rental car

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DATES & PRICING

Departs from Anchorage: Daily

(Tour Code: SDA16)

     

DATE TWIN SINGLE TRIPLE CHILD

Moderate Grade 14 May - 28 May, 2021 29 May - 01 Sep, 2021 02 Sep - 05 Sep, 2021 $1,849 $2,580 $2,351 $2,934 $3,947 $3,487   $467 $1,053 $1,053

 

Superior Grade 14 May - 28 May, 2021 29 May - 01 Sep, 2021 02 Sep - 05 Sep, 2021 $2,186 $2,970 $2,740 $3,607 $4,727 $4,266 $1,786 $2,459 $2,305 $419 $1,005 $1,005

 

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