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Quintessential Alaska

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REGARDING TRIPS DESIGNATED AS CUSTOMIZED/PRIVATE TOURS:  Tour dates for these trips are for seasonal pricing purposes and can be altered to better fit your schedule after deposit has been processed and you have been redirected to specific tour provider for trip finalization. 

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Featuring the most popular destinations in Southcentral Alaska, you will see the best Alaska has to offer on this 8-day private tour.  As you board the Alaska Railroad traveling south to Seward, take in the breathtaking scenery of the Turnagain Arm and majestic mountain ridges. Explore the Kenai Fjords National Park by water to view glaciers, sea lions, puffins, and whales. Journey into the interior of Alaska, where the scenery changes from the lush forests to carved, braided rivers and vast tundra in Denali National Park.

Departure & Return Location

Anchorage, Alaska

Price Includes

  • Private direct transfer from Anchorage Airport to hotel (one transfer planned for party)
  • 5 Nights hotel accommodations, as listed or similar, including daily breakfast
  • Services of a private vehicle and driver/guide Day 2 through Day 5
  • Visit to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center from Girdwood
  • Nature Hike from Girdwood (not private)
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise (not private) from Seward, including lunch
  • Luxury dome rail passage, Seward to Girdwood, including dinner
  • Private Iditarod Kennel Tour
  • 2 Nights at Kantishna Roadhouse including roundtrip sightseeing transfers, all meals, all guided/unguided activities
  • Luxury dome rail passage, Denali to Anchorage including lunch and dinner onboard
  • Private transfer from Anchorage Rail Depot to hotel
  • Private transfer from Anchorage hotel to airport to meet departing flight (one transfer planned for party)
  • Applicable Taxes and Fees

Price Excludes

  • Driver/guide gratuity for private transfers and sightseeing touring days
  • Gratuity for included activities/excursions, hotel services, or lodge stay
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional excursions/activities
  • Flights to/From Alaska

What to Expect

With a private vehicle and driver guide visit the Chugach Mountains and Kenai Fjords National Park. Then explore Denali National Park with a stay at a remote wilderness lodge. Both park visits include ample opportunities to spot wildlife!

Major Highlights List

  • Glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park

  • Stay at the Hotel Alyeska, nestled in the Chugach Mountains

  • Scenic Rail Journeys in upper-level cars offering panoramic views

  • Travel with a private vehicle and driver/guide

  • Stay within Denali National Park at a wilderness lodge

  • Denali National Park road tour for wildlife spotting opportunities

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Anchorage

Upon arrival in Anchorage meet your private driver at the Anchorage Airport and transfer to your downtown hotel. Bordered by the shores of Cook Inlet, Anchorage stands as an enchanting metropolis surrounded by rugged wilderness. The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is home to nearly half of the state’s population. It is also one of the only places in Alaska with all the modern fixtures of American life: a performing arts center, gourmet restaurants and numerous shopping malls. There are no activities planned today, so the entire day is yours to explore on your own or participate in optional excursions.

Overnight Anchorage: Hotel Captain Cook or similar

Day 2Anchorage to Girdwood, Alaska Flora and Fauna

Driving Distance: 39 miles / 62 kilometers

Travel south with your private driver/guide along the scenic Seward Highway – graced by stunning coastal and mountain views. Watch for moose, bears, and Dall sheep.
Enjoy a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The Conservation Center takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides them with spacious enclosures and quality care. The Center maintains over 200-acres so the animals can display their “wild” natural behavior; visitors can spot brown bears, musk-ox roaming the grounds, and more.
Arrive in Girdwood and embark on a Nature Hike while exploring part of the Historic Iditarod Trail. A naturalist guide will point out and discuss the flora and fauna of North America’s northernmost temperate coastal rainforest. In the company of a naturalist, you will: nibble on edible leaves, flowers and berries, Explore traditional and contemporary herb lore, identify bird song and animal behaviors and enjoy stories about Native and Alaskan history. You may even see a moose!

Overnight Girdwood: Hotel Alyeska or similar (Breakfast)

Day 3Kenai Fjords National Park

Continue your journey along Turnagain Arm to Seward, known as the Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Board a cruising vessel and sail through Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Your 6-hour cruise will allow you to explore the scenery, wildlife, and glaciers found in the Park. Look for whales, porpoises, Steller sea lions, sea otters, and puffins as you travel through the park. Providing a full narration to your journey, a uniformed National Park Ranger will guide you to the many spectacular sights while fielding any questions you may have. Stop at the mighty Holgate Glacier, an actively calving tidewater glacier and enjoy a delicious Alaskan salmon and prime rib buffet onboard.

Return to Seward at the conclusion of your cruise and travel aboard luxury dome rail cars for your return journey. Large, panoramic windows will allow for mostly unrestricted views of the scenery around you. Leave the shores of Resurrection Bay behind as you enter the backcountry wilderness before continuing along Turnagain Arm, where the steep mountains
of the Chugach Range border the Seward Highway, one of the most beautiful stretches of railway in America. Dinner is included during your journey. (Train departs Seward at 18:00H, and arrives into Anchorage at 22:15H.)

Overnight Girdwood: Hotel Alyeska or similar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Girdwood to Talkeetna

Driving Distance: 150 miles / 242 kilometers

Today, travel north from Girdwood to Talkeetna on the Parks Highway. With your private driver and vehicle drive through the scenic Matanuska-Susitna Valley, bordered by three major mountain ranges: the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains, and the Chugach Mountains. The drive features expansive views of alpine peaks and valleys, rivers and streams, and vast pine and birch forests.

Stop at Happy Trails Kennel you will be greeted by 30 to 60 excited sled dogs. The Happy Trails Kennel tour begins with a virtual trip along the Iditarod trail via a video narrated by Iditarod champion Martin Buser, continuing with a visit to a mockup Iditarod checkpoint where life on the trail is described as well as how to care for the dogs. The tour concludes with puppy playtime and a dog sled demonstration, a photo op will be available following the demonstration.
Continue to Talkeetna, the quaint town is known as the jumping off point for climbing Denali. You will have the opportunity to settle into your accommodations. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight Talkeetna: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge or similar (Breakfast)

Day 5Talkeetna to Kantishna / Denali National Park

Driving Distance: 152 miles / 245 kilometers

From Talkeetna travel by private vehicle to the Denali Park Entrance. “Denali” means “the high one” in a local Athabascan dialect and it lies in the heart of the 600-mile long Alaska Range. Denali National Park is one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure. Meet your lodge shuttle for the scenic journey through Denali National Park to Kantishna. Along the way watch for caribou, moose, grizzly bears, and Dall sheep. With luck you will also have views of mighty Denali – North America’s tallest peak.

In the evening arrive at your accommodations, Kantishna Roadhouse. Located in the heart of Denali National Park, the Kantishna Roadhouse offers guests an unparalleled experience. The long summer days provide plenty of adventure during the day and relaxation in the evening, creating the ideal Denali experience for those who stay. An orientation and dinner will be provided upon arrival before settling into your cabins.

Overnight Denali National Park: Kantishna Roadhouse or similar (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6Kantishna / Denali National Park

Various guided walks and hiking programs are available each day. Options will vary according to length and difficulty, so there is always something for everyone. Kantishna is rich is gold rush history and the lodge staff can provide the materials and tutorial for you to gold pan on your own. Other non-guided activities you can enjoy on your own include use of mountain bikes to explore the Denali park road or fishing rods and reels for you to try your hand at some catch-and-release fishing inside Denali National Park.

Evening programs often feature lodge staff or guest speakers to share information on topics such as photography, the aurora borealis, Denali expeditions, Kantishna’s gold rush history, or a myriad of other topics unique to Alaska. On clear evenings when Denali is visible, the lodge staff will provide a guided excursion to Wonder Lake for the opportunity to see majestic Denali in full color with the evening alpenglow.

Overnight Denali National Park Kantishna Roadhouse or similar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Kantishna to Anchorage

Driving Distance: 237 miles / 379 kilometers

Depart the lodge early this morning by lodge shuttle. You will travel the park road back to the park entrance. There will be additional opportunities to look for wildlife during your journey.

At the park entrance board your luxury dome railcars for passage to Anchorage. Enjoy panoramic views of the passing alpine scenery and possible wildlife sightings. Travel through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, which is considered one of the most important agricultural areas in Alaska. Lunch and dinner are served onboard. In Anchorage a private driver will greet you for the short transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Anchorage: Hotel Captain Cook or similar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Anchorage Departure

A private transfer will be provided to the Anchorage Airport to meet your departing flight (Breakfast)

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