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This self-drive tour features many of Alaska's most popular attractions and scenic road ways. The circular route avoids backtracking and allows time to experience Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park. This tour works well for the independent-minded traveler before or after an Alaska cruise.

 

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DAY
1
 
Anchorage Arrival
Anchorage Arrival Pick up your rental vehicle at the Anchorage airport upon your arrival and drive to your hotel. Overnight in Anchorage.

DAY
2
 
Anchorage to Denali National Park
Anchorage to Denali National ParkDistance/driving time: 237 miles / plan 5 hours driving time, not including stops.

Drive the Glenn Highway northbound at your leisure. A few interesting stops along the way are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. As you travel on the Parks Highway towards Denali National Park, you drive through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Denali State Park. You can take a side trip to the small gold mining community Talkeetna for an optional jet boat tour or a ski-plane flight to land on Mt. McKinley (not included). Continue on to Denali National Park. This afternoon, you may wish to take an optional rafting tour or attend a dinner theater (not included - see Add On Tours). Overnight near the Denali Park Entrance.

DAY
3
 
Denali National Park
Denali National Park Today enjoy a 6 to 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (approx. 55 miles/88 km 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. McKinley may also be seen, weather permitting. A snack is provided during your tour. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.

DAY
4
 
Denali National Park to Fairbanks
Denali National Park to FairbanksDistance/driving time: 125 miles / plan 2.5 hours driving time, not including stops.

Continue on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Surrounded by forests and mountains, you drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and Ester, an old mining camp. In Fairbanks, explore the town on your own or participate in optional excursions like the Riverboat Discovery Cruise (not included - see Add On Tours). Another option is to drive to Chena Hot Springs and visit the Ice Museum or take a relaxing bath in the hot springs. Overnight in Fairbanks.

DAY
5
 
Fairbanks to Valdez
Fairbanks to ValdezDistance/driving time: 366 miles / plan 7 hours driving time, not including stops.

Today your journey continues as you head southeast toward Delta Junction. As you depart Fairbanks, you will drive through North Pole, home of the Santa Claus House. In Delta Junction, take the spectacular Richardson Highway south towards Valdez. Part of the route parallels the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Weather permitting, you'll have incredible views of the Alaska Range and the St. Elias Mountains. Drive by Worthington Glacier and through Keystone Canyon with its many cascading waterfalls. Overnight in Valdez.

DAY
6
 
Valdez
Valdez Today is at your leisure to enjoy Valdez and its surroundings. Try a scenic kayaking trip or a wildlife and glacier cruise into Prince William Sound (not included). Overnight in Valdez.

DAY
7
 
Valdez to Seward
Valdez to SewardDistance/driving time: Ferry from Valdez to Whittier (3 or 6 hours). Drive Whittier to Seward 85 miles / plan 2 hours drive time, not including tunnel waiting period or stops.

Today you'll depart Valdez on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry and travel through beautiful Prince William Sound. Upon arrival in Whittier, drive through the Whittier-Portage Tunnel (one-lane tunnel, open to traffic during certain hours only) to meet up with the Seward Highway, a nationally recognized Scenic Byway. We recommend a stop at Portage Glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Continue along south through scenic landscapes and a mountain pass to Seward. Possible side trips include visiting the Gold Rush community of Hope and walking to Exit Glacier. Overnight in Seward.

DAY
8
 
Seward to Anchorage
Seward to AnchorageDistance/driving time: 127 miles / plan 3 hours driving time, not including stops.

There is plenty of time today to enjoy optional excursions, including a cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park (not included - see Add On Tours), or a visit to an Iditarod musher homestead and dog sled ride (not included). Later you will return to Anchorage. Before reaching the city, you have the option of visiting the resort community of Girdwood for a guided (glacier) hike or tram ride up Mt. Alyeska (not included). Overnight in Anchorage.

DAY
9
 
Anchorage Departure
Anchorage Departure Return your car to the Anchorage airport car rental station. Depart or start an additional program.

Below you will find descriptions of optional tours. When you book this tour package, you will see prices and be able to select which optional tours you would like to reserve.
Additional tours are available under our Day Tours section

DAY
2
 
Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali - 5:00pm (17:00) Show 
 
Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali - 5:00pm (17:00) Show
Get a taste of old-time Alaska at this popular dinner theater performed in an authentic, 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 1900s Alaska. It's a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music and humor, brought to life by talented performers. The all-you-can-eat meal is served family-style and includes Alaskan salmon, barbecue ribs, potatoes, corn, drop biscuits, and blueberry cobbler.

NOTE: Children under three are free if sitting on parents lap for ENTIRE dinner show.

Season: Daily shows May 19 - September 2, 2014
Departure Time: 5:00pm (17:00H)
Duration: 2 hours
 
 
DAY
2
 
Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali - 7:00pm (19:00) Show 
 
Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali - 7:00pm (19:00) Show

Get a taste of old-time Alaska at this popular dinner theater performed in an authentic, 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 1900s Alaska. It's a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music and humor, brought to life by talented performers. The all-you-can-eat meal is served family-style and includes Alaskan salmon, barbecue ribs, potatoes, corn, drop biscuits, and blueberry cobbler.

NOTE: Children under three are free if sitting on parents lap for ENTIRE dinner show.

Season: Daily shows September 3 - 10, 2014
Departure Time: 7:00pm (19:00H)
Duration: 2 hours

 
 
DAY
2
 
Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali - 7:30pm (19:30) Show 
 
Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater in Denali - 7:30pm (19:30) Show
Get a taste of old-time Alaska at this popular dinner theater performed in an authentic, 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 1900s Alaska. It's a great mix of colorful storytelling, spirited music and humor, brought to life by talented performers. The all-you-can-eat meal is served family-style and includes Alaskan salmon, barbecue ribs, potatoes, corn, drop biscuits, and blueberry cobbler.

NOTE: Children under three are free if sitting on parents lap for ENTIRE dinner show.

Season: Daily shows May 19 - September 2, 2014
Departure Time: 7:30pm (19:30H)
Duration: 2 hours
 
 
DAY
4
 
Sternwheeler Riverboat from Fairbanks - 14:00H departure 
 
Sternwheeler Riverboat from Fairbanks - 14:00H departure
Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable cruise into the history of Interior Alaska. Travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska. This narrated tour provides background on the area's natural history and the Athabascan Native culture. You will see a floatplane take off, meet sled dogs, witness the "wedding of the rivers," and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture. Alaskan Native guides who have worked and lived in Alaska will take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village. Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel (Tour departs from the Riverboat Discovery Dock).

Season: Daily departures May 13 - September 19, 2014 (following dates are not available: Sep 13) 
DepartureTime: 2:00pm (14:00H)
Duration: 3 hours
 
 
DAY
6
 
Duck Flats Kayaking Tour from Valdez 
 
Duck Flats Kayaking Tour from Valdez
Enjoy an exciting and educational paddle over the calm waters of duck flats in a double or triple person sea kayak. From the small boat harbor in Valdez, you and your group will kayak into the calm protected waters of Duck Flats. The path of the tour will follow a chain of small islands recognized for their nesting birds and sun bathing seals. Your guide will relate information about the town's unique past, from its early Gold Rush days to the destruction of the original town site by the 1964 earthquake. This is a wonderful paddle for first time kayakers and those with limited time. Tour includes: Kayak instruction, gear, and guided sea kayaking.

Season: Daily departures May 24 - September 10, 2014
Departure Time: Various times depending on tides.
Duration: 3 hours
 
 
DAY
6
 
Shoup Glacier Kayaking Tour from Valdez 
 
Shoup Glacier Kayaking Tour from Valdez
This kayaking tour offers an intimate experience at one of Prince William Sounds' many calving tidewater glaciers. It is perfect for children, beginners and experienced kayakers. Climb aboard a motor boat for a 40-minute ride to Shoup Bay where your scenic journey begins. Over the course of the day, you will paddle around floating icebergs, past a nesting colony of Black-Legged Kittiwakes, and up to the face of the glacier. Wildlife abounds in the area - birds, ducks, sea otters and harbor seals are common. Enjoy a short walk on the beach and a lunch break with a colorful glacier view (lunch not included). At the end of the paddle you will be returned to Valdez by motorboat. Tour includes: Roundtrip motor boat transfer from Valdez, kayaking and necessary gear.  Not included: Lunch and transfers within Valdez.

NOTE: A 4-person minimum is required for the tour to operate.

Season: Daily departures May 24 - September 10, 2014
Departure Time: Various times depending on tides.
Duration: 8 hours
 
 
DAY
8
 
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward - 8:00am (8:00H) departure 
 
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward - 8:00am (8:00H) departure
Take an unforgettable glacier and wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park! The park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. As you cruise through Resurrection Bay, keep watch for Stellar Sea Lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and whales. 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 to see icebergs and watch for glacier ice to fall into the ocean. A deli-style lunch is served onboard. Tour includes: Shuttle from the train station at scheduled arrival/departure times.  Not included: Transfers to and from hotels.

Required at time of booking: Dietary restrictions

Season: Daily departures June 7 - August 18, 2014; additional tours on May 18, 25, June 1, August 24, 25, 31 and September 7, 14 (following date is not available: August 12)
Departure Time: 8:00am (8:00H)
Duration: 6 hours
 
 
DAY
8
 
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward - 11:30am (11:30H) departure 
 
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward - 11:30am (11:30H) departure
Take an unforgettable glacier and wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park! The park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. As you cruise through Resurrection Bay, keep watch for Stellar Sea Lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and whales. 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 to see icebergs and watch for glacier ice to fall into the ocean. A deli-style lunch is served onboard. Tour includes: Shuttle from the train station at scheduled arrival/departure times.  Not included: Transfers to and from hotels.

Required at time of booking: Dietary restrictions

Season: Daily departures May 10 - September 28, 2014
Departure Time: 11:30am (11:30H)
Duration: 6 hours
 
 
Price per Person - USD
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Standard Program
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Jun 01, 14 - Aug 31, 14
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$3219$1769$1319$1089$230
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Tour starts daily (excluding Thursdays) from May 19 to Sept 5.***

* Children 11 years and under, sharing room with at least 2 full paying adults with existing bedding. Maximum 4 people per room.

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IMPORTANT NOTES

*** Dates of Operation: Due to the ferry schedule, this tour does not operate daily. When you make your reservation, you will only be able to select certain departure dates. However, the ferry schedule is subject to change without notice, and therefore we reserve the right to modify the itinerary.


Booking requirements: we require following information for each traveler at time of reservation: Full name including middle name(s), citizenship, gender and date of birth.

Please also provide us with your flight arrival information (arrival time, flight number and name of airline) when you make your reservation. That way we can book the rental car accordingly.


Tour Highlight

  • Easy pace for exploring each day or optional excursions.
  • Experience many of Alaska's highlights in one week.
  • Great option for a pre or post cruise land tour.

Tour Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 day midsize rental car with unlimited mileage
  • Bus tour into Denali National Park with snack and park fee
  • Ferry passage for passengers and vehicle
  • All taxes and fees


Not included: Any insurances for rental car, additional driver fees, gas. Meals, optional excursions, park/admission fees other than mentioned, gratuity.

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