All Alaska Classic Tour

Explore Alaska's Scenic Byways at your own pace and visit unique towns that many Alaskans love to call home!

Trip Code: 1517CTA
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Accommodation: 14 nights
  • Starting at: $3509 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August
  • Highlights: Explore three of Alaska's National Parks: Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias and Kenai Fjords. Great wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. Travel on four designated National Scenic Byways showcasing the natural beauty of Alaska with its jagged mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows and pristine lakes and rivers all along the way.

Tour Overview

This classic Alaska self-drive tour provides you with a vacation to see the best of Alaska’s scenic highways and features three of Alaska’s spectacular national parks. A stay in the massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in North America, a glacier and wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, and a wilderness bus tour deep into the heart of Denali National Park.  This itinerary provides ample opportunities to take optional excursions to round out a very comprehensive independent vacation in Alaska. Stopovers in the scenic Alaska towns of Talkeetna, Valdez, Seward, Homer, Anchorage and Fairbanks make this the ultimate “All Alaska” driving tour!

What's Included

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 14 day midsize rental vehicle with unlimited mileage
  • 6 to 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park with snack
  • Roundtrip bush plane flights between Chitina and McCarthy
  • Ferry passage from Valdez to Whittier for all passengers and vehicles
  • 6 to 7.5 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with lunch
  • 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

Day
1

Anchorage Arrival

Upon arrival in Anchorage pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel. 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.

Day
2

Anchorage to Talkeetna

Drive the Glenn Highway northbound, connecting to the Parks Highway in Wasilla. A few interesting stops along way are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. Talkeetna is a small and unique gold mining community, famous for its special charm and as the expedition base for mountaineers seeking to summit Denali. You'll have time for some great optional excursions, including Denali flightseeing and jet boat excursions (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Talkeetna.

Day
3

Talkeetna to Denali National Park

In the morning you may have time to take a sightseeing flight to Denali, the tallest mountain in North America before continuing north from Talkeetna along the scenic Parks Highway. Your route will travel along the boundary of Denali State Park and Hurricane Gulch with massive peaks of the Alaska Range in view nearly the entire route. At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure. Your hotel will be at the park entrance, where most of the park services and hotels are located. Optional tours include rafting trips and flightseeing by helicopter or bush plane (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

Day
4

Denali National Park

Early this morning embark on a 6 to 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (approximately 55 miles into the park). The park is inhabited by many different animal species and with some luck you may see bears, caribou, moose, sheep, wolves and a variety of birds. Mt. Denali may also be seen, weather permitting. A snack and park fees are included. Overnight near the Denali Park Entrance.

Day
5

Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Drive north on the Parks Highway to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes you will drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and Ester, an old mining camp. There are several optional Fairbanks activities available for today, including an Arctic Circle adventure or a sternwheeler riverboat cruise (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day
6

Fairbanks

Today is at your leisure to explore Alaska’s second largest city, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” You may wish to add an optional activity, such as a tour over the Arctic Circle or a historical riverboat cruise (see Tour Add-ons). Attractions in Fairbanks include the Museum of the North, Pioneer Park, the Ice Museum, and the Santa Claus House in the nearby town of North Pole. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day
7

Fairbanks to Kennicott / McCarthy

Travel south from Fairbanks along the Alaska and Richardson Highways to Chitina, where you will leave your rental car and board a bush plane for the scenic flight into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Your final destination is the spectacular Kennicott mines and Kennicott Glacier Lodge. Overnight in Kennicott / McCarthy.

Day
8

Kennicott / McCarthy

Enjoy a full day in this unique area, which has a year-round population of about 30 people. Kennicott is an abandoned copper mining town and was built by Kennecott Copper Corp in the early 1900s, and the miners lived in nearby McCarthy. Kennecott was the richest copper mine in the world until its closure in 1938. They processed more than 536,600 tons of copper ore and employed some 800 workers. Today it is preserved as part of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and is one of Alaska's best kept secrets. We recommend taking an optional tour, such as a glacier hike and/or a guided tour of the mine’s Mill Building (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Kennicott / McCarthy.

Day
9

Kennicott / McCarthy to Valdez

Fly back to Chitina to retrieve your rental vehicle and then drive south to the end of the spectacular Richardson Highway. Part of the route parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and weather permitting you'll have incredible views of the St. Elias Mountains. Drive by Worthington Glacier and through Keystone Canyon which is home to many cascading waterfalls. This evening you have an opportunity to participate in an optional natural history kayaking tour through Valdez harbor (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight in Valdez.

Day
10

Valdez to Seward

This morning, drive your car aboard the Alaska Marine Highway ferry in Valdez. As you depart Valdez you will sail past the huge oil tankers which transport Alaskan oil around the world. Enjoy the scenery and relaxing pace as you cruise through Prince William Sound, where playful sea otters and lazy sea lions abound - don't forget your binoculars! On arrival in the port of Whittier, drive off of the ferry and into a mountain tunnel which takes you to Portage Glacier Valley. From here, it is a beautiful drive to Seward. Along the way you can stop at Portage Lake or Exit Glacier. Overnight in Seward.

Day
11

Seward

This morning you will depart on a 6-hour cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Alaska's treasures. As you cruise through the park and the Chiswell Islands National Wildlife Refuge, watch for Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles and whales. During the cruise, you will see examples of Alpine, Cirque, Piedmont and Tidewater glaciers. A stop will be made at either Holgate or Aialik Glacier to witness glacier calving - when large ice chunks fall off the glacier. An all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib buffet is included onboard. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Seward.

Day
12

Seward to Homer

Spend the day touring Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. You will travel along the turquoise blue Kenai River, a world-class salmon fishing area. Continue to Homer with opportunities to stop in historic villages, or take advantage of great photographic opportunities along the Cook Inlet coastline. Homer is a picturesque seaside town located on the shores of Kachemak Bay. Overnight in Homer.

Day
13

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.

Day
14

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 the quiet ski village of Girdwood for a tram ride up Mt. Alyeska. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day
15

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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Browse Dates & Rates

Due to the ferry schedule the tour departs only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Please note the ferry schedule can change without notice and we reserve the right to modify the itinerary if needed.

To complete this reservation we will need: Flight arrival information, Full name including middle name(s), Citizenship/US drivers license issuing state, gender, body weight, and date of birth.


*Child prices are valid for children 11 years and younger, sharing room with at least 2 full paying adults with existing bedding. Maximum 4 people per room.

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.

Accommodation in Kennicott: the Kennicott Glacier Lodge opened in 1987 and is a replica of a historic mining building from the town's copper mining days. The 'main lodge' has comfortable rooms with a sink and cold running water. Bathrooms at the lodge are private use, but shared by all guests. The Standard Program tour will have the shared bathroom.

In 2004 a separate building was added offering 10 rooms, each with a private bathroom. The Upgraded Program tour will have a room with a private bathroom.



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Browsing Optional Add-on's for the All Alaska Classic Tour:

Availability: May 22 - August 20, 2017
Starting at: $399 / per person
Duration: 11-12 hours

Take a small group tour into Alaska's Arctic Region by air and land with an afternoon departure from Fairbanks in a small plane which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic region. Enjoy a walk on the arctic tundra and visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post, situated in the rural community of Joy, Alaska. Return by bus... Read More


Availability: May 28 - September 10, 2017
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Duration: 5-6 hours

Enjoy a scenic 1 to 1 ¾ hours day trip out of Homer, Alaska on a scenic flight by small plane which takes you over volcano and glacier-rich scenery to either Lake Clark National Park or the east coast of Katmai National Park (this tour does NOT go to Brooks Falls). The final location will be decided based upon the... Read More


Dinner Theater
Availability: May 17 - September 16, 2017
Starting at: $65 / per person
Duration: 2 hours

Get a taste of old-time Alaska as you enjoy a popular dinner theater performance in Denali National Park set in an authentic, Alaska log-paneled roadhouse. Join heroine Fannie Quigley and an unforgettable cast of characters in this true-to-life Gold Rush tale of adventure in early 1900's Alaska. This dinner theater fun combines a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music... Read More


Availability: May 20 - September 5, 2017 (except Wednesdays, July 18, 25; Aug 1)
Starting at: $303 / per person
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The Alaska city of Homer is known as the "Halibut Capital of the World" and offers some of Alaska's best halibut fishing from mid-May to September. The boat trip itself on this Alaska day fishing trip is a treat - cruising the beautiful shore line you regularly see sea otters, whales, puffins, and other marine wildlife. The ship captains are... Read More


Availability: May 23 - September 6, 2017
Starting at: $66 / per person
Duration: 3 hours

The perfect Fairbanks trip combines river views and Alaska Native history and traditions! Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise into Alaska's history of the Interior Region of Alaska. Travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska. This narrated, guided Alaska tour provides background on the area's natural history and... Read More


Availability: May 27 - September 11, 2017
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Duration: 8 hours

On this glacier hike day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, enjoy all the benefits of the half day hike but with additional time to explore the Root Glacier's dynamic features. After “lunch with a view”, the possibilities are endless. You and your guide may decide to head up the glacier towards the massive 7,000 Stairway Icefall. You may also set your... Read More


Availability: May 27 - September 11, 2017
Starting at: $90 / per person
Duration: 5 hours

On this half day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, depart Kennicott on a two-mile trail that was originally built in the 1920's as a wagon road. Along the way, stops will be made to discuss glaciology and local geology and enjoy spectacular views of the rock-covered Kennicott Glacier and the surrounding mountain peaks. At the base of the Root Glacier, you... Read More


Availability: May 27 - September 11, 2017
Starting at: $118 / per person
Duration: 7 hours

On this half-day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, experience the best of Kennicott with this hiking and sightseeing combination tour! First enjoy a spectacular half-day hike on the Root Glacier, searching for deep crevasses, shimmering blue pools and waterfalls. After about 5 hours of hiking, you will return to Kennicott where you will have a short break before stepping back in... Read More


Availability: May 15 - September 20, 2017
Starting at: $75 / per person
Duration: 2 hours

This tour from Talkeetna treats you to a scenic journey aboard the 52-passenger "Talkeetna Queen" and will give you the opportunity to experience wildlife, folklore, and historical artifacts. Conditions permitting, enjoy panoramic view of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) and the Alaska Range. Along the way, look for bald eagles, beavers, or moose. During your Talkeetna jetboat tour you will stop... Read More




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