Adventure Driving Tour

Whitewater rafting, hiking, and an off-the-beaten path Alaska Railroad excursion, ensure great action in some of Alaska's special places.

Trip Code: 1551CTA
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Accommodation: 8 nights
  • Starting at: $2329 / per person
  • Availability: June, July, August
  • Highlights: Access Alaska’s back country by Denali shuttle bus and by train for great adventure activities and off-the-beaten-path experiences. This self-drive vacation includes white water river rafting, glacier kayaking, and the opportunity to explore more of Denali National Park and Preserve on the unguided, but flexible, shuttle system that takes you to the Eielson Visitor Center, which boasts spectacular views of Denali on clear days.

Tour Overview

Enjoy an in-depth active Alaska adventure! Drive through amazing scenery, raft and hike in Denali National Park, and ride the Alaska Railroad into the back country for a kayaking paddle around icebergs followed by hiking over the ancient ice of a glacier. You will also explore the beautiful Kenai Peninsula in South Central Alaska, where you can go fishing, rafting, or add a bear viewing excursion. This very special Alaska tour is planned especially for active outdoor and nature enthusiasts and is the perfect way to truly experience all Alaska has to offer.

What's Included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 days midsize rental vehicle with unlimited mileage
  • Shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park
  • 2 hour whitewater rafting at Denali National Park
  • Spencer Glacier hike & raft with lunch and roundtrip transfer to Girdwood
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Meals, optional excursions, and gratuities. Car rental coverage (such as LDW or additional liability), additional driver fees, gas and GPS rental.

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Tour Itinerary


Anchorage Arrival

Arrive into Anchorage and pick up your rental car at the airport. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Offering an abundance of shopping, cultural attractions, and gourmet restaurants, Anchorage provides an excellent start to your vacation. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage to Denali National Park

Today you depart Anchorage and travel north to Denali. Along the way are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. The drive through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Denali State Park can have stunning views of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. This evening enjoy a 2 hour white water rafting tour which takes you 11 miles through class III and one class IV rapid. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.


Denali National Park

This morning, depart on a shuttle bus to Eielson, deep in Denali National Park. The 8-hour ride takes you approximately 66 miles into the park. The shuttle bus to Eielson provides visitors with a convenient trip into the park with the ability to get off, take a hike, take in the sights and re-board a different shuttle bus to return. The shuttle drivers can answer many of your questions but do not provide a formal, narrated tour. As you travel through the pristine wilderness, look for wildlife, such as bears, caribou, and moose, as well as views of the Mountain. The bus will turn around at the recently renovated Eielson Visitor Center, where National Park Service Rangers and interactive displays provide information about the park and its abundant resources. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.


Denali National Park to Girdwood

The scenic drive southbound as you make your way back down to Anchorage. Along the way, stop in the quaint town of Talkeetna, known for its special backcountry town charm. Weather permitting, Talkeetna can have one of the best views of Denali and the Alaska Range. You also can depart on a spectacular flightseeing tour from here or a wilderness riverboat excursion (see Tour Add-Ons). After Talkeetna, drive through Anchorage and along Turnagain Arm. This route has beautiful views of the Chugach Mountains. Girdwood is a quaint ski town with one of the nicest resorts in Alaska. Overnight in Girdwood.



Today you will be transferred by shuttle to the Portage train station where you will board the Alaska Railroad’s wilderness route to Spencer Glacier. This part of the Chugach National Forest is only accessible by train. You will kayak across a lake, past icebergs, to the face of Spencer Glacier (approx. 1.5 miles and 1 hour one way). Your guide will equip you with glacier trekking gear, including crampons and helmets, and then lead you onto the blue glacier ice. During your three hours on the ice, peer down crevasses, see moulins, look for ice caves, and learn about glaciology up close. Afterwards, paddle back to the train depot and ride the Alaska Railroad back to Portage. Overnight in Girdwood.


Girdwood to Homer

Today you will drive south along Turnagain Arm onto the Kenai Peninsula. Head west on the Sterling Highway, following the world famous Kenai River. Homer is a quaint fishing town with a beautiful spit of land that extends into Kachemak Bay. Overnight in Homer.



Spend a free day exploring all that Homer and Kachemak Bay have to offer. Highlights include the Homer Spit, a local winery, the Islands and Ocean Center, the Pratt Museum, fresh seafood restaurants, and views from East End Road. Or you may prefer to participate in optional excursions, including halibut fishing or a bear viewing flight safari (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Homer.


Homer to Anchorage

This morning, drive north on the scenic Sterling and Seward Highways back to Anchorage. Possible stopovers include the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Portage Glacier, or take one of the many hikes along the Turnagain Arm. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage Departure

Depending on your departure time, you might have free time for some souvenir shopping or additional excursions. Return your car to the Anchorage airport rental car station. Depart or start an additional program.

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To confirm this reservation we will need:  Flight arrival information, Full name including middle name(s), Gender, Date of Birth and Weight.

Children minimum age is 13 years old. due to the included activities. Contact us for pricing.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.

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