ALASKAN HIGHLIGHTS - 2018
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From $2339 AUD
This Alaska tour is a dream come true for value-minded travelers seeking to experience Alaska's breathtaking scenery and thrilling experiences. You'll start and end your tour in Anchorage with overnights also in Valdez and Denali National Park. In between destinations, you'll have the opportunity to witness scenery unlike anywhere else, with untamed wilderness and exciting wildlife sightings.
A tour highlight is your cruise across the striking Prince William Sound. Witness the three-mile face of the Mears Glacier as you keep your eyes open for marine wildlife, such as otters, seals, and whales, all while you admire stunning glaciers. Another tour highlight is your ride from Talkeetna, a quaint town exemplifying small-town Alaska, to Anchorage aboard the Alaska Railroad. On this train trip, you’ll travel through gorgeous wilderness and understand Alaska’s allure. Two nights in Denali National Park give you the opportunity to explore this amazing park, home to six million acres and North America's highest peak (20,320-foot Denali). Perhaps go for a hike or participate in an optional outing, such as a wilderness tour to seek out grizzly bear, moose, caribou, and more. But that’s not all…on this Alaska vacation, you’ll witness stunning views as you travel over the top of Thompson Pass, where you’ll admire unforgettable scenery, and into Alaska’s interior across the Denali Highway. The Denali Highway is a seldom-traveled road through true wilderness with frequent wildlife sightings.
With magnificent scenery, opportunities to witness wildlife in the natural environment, and awe-inspiring experiences, this Alaska tour is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!
Extend your tour with an Alaska Cruise extension (inside cabin)
Extend your tour with an Alaska Cruise extension (outside cabin)
Extend your tour with an Alaska Cruise extension (verandah cabin)
In Anchorage; Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise, Alaska Railroad, and Anchorage Museum.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Prince William Sound, Valdez, Thompson Pass, Denali Highway, Interior of Alaska, Denali National Park & Preserve, and Talkeetna.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Journey on the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Anchorage; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Day by Day
Arrive in Anchorage and make your way to your hotel. This afternoon, you are free to explore the "Last Frontier" on your own.
ANCHORAGE-WHITTIER-PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND-VALDEZ.
Today, travel to the port community of Whittier, and the gateway to Prince William Sound. View the tunnel built during the World War II era by the Army Corps of Engineers to allow materials to travel undetected into Interior Alaska. This afternoon, board your vessel to travel across the magnificent PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND. Explore the three-mile face of the mighty Mears Glacier and hear tales of the region as told by the Alaskan crew. Keep your eyes open and cameras ready for marine wildlife such as otters, seals, and whales while viewing spectacular glaciers. End the journey today in the town of Valdez, nestled between the waterfront and mountains, giving it the nickname, Alaska's Little Switzerland. (CB)
VALDEZ-THOMPSON PASS-DENALI HIGHWAY-DENALI NATIONAL PARK.
Today, travel over the top of Thompson Pass. Well-known for the annual snowfall in the winter months, Thompson Pass offers summer guests unforgettable views. Continue into the interior of Alaska and travel across the Denali Highway. This seldom-travelled road was the first road to allow access to Denali National Park and is true wilderness with frequent wildlife sightseeing and amazing views of the Alaska Range. Arrive at DENALI NATIONAL PARK and stay for the next two nights.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK.
Denali National Park and Preserve, home to North America's highest peak, 20,320-foot (6193 metre) Denali, (formerly known as Mount McKinley) majestically dominates the park's 6 million acres. A free day for independent activities. A hike along the many wilderness trails might be fun. Also take advantage of several optional outings, including a wildlife tour to seek out grizzly bears, caribou, moose, and Dall sheep; a raft trip down the Nenana River; or a helicopter ride over the park. Your Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK- TALKEETNA-ALASKA RAILROAD- ANCHORAGE.
Relish one last look at the outstanding scenery and wildlife of Denali, before travelling to the quaint community of Talkeetna, a model for the TV show Northern Exposure. Enjoy strolling along the shops in downtown or take a walk to the river. This evening, board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a memorable train journey through untamed wilderness to Anchorage. If the weather cooperates, you will have the opportunity to view Mt. Denali from the train.
This morning, a city sightseeing tour of Anchorage, with a visit to the ANCHORAGE MUSEUM, where you will see a quality display of artifacts of the native people of Alaska. The afternoon is free for independent exploring. (CB)
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Anchorage International Airport are included. (CB)
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