|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.
Pick up your rental vehicle at the Anchorage airport upon your arrival and
drive to your hotel. Overnight in Anchorage.|
(Note: Please provide
us with your flight arrival information at time of booking, so that we can
schedule the car rental pick up time correctly.)
Anchorage to Denali National Park
|Distance/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.
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.
Denali National Park to Fairbanks
|Distance/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.
|Distance/driving time: 366 miles / plan 7 hours driving time, not
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
|Distance/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.
|Distance/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.
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
Price per Person - USD|
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This program includes a ferry sailing with the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry. The 2016 summer schedule and information is expected to be available in early December. When available, we will update the itinerary and rates for this program for 2016.
If you like the overall program and do not mind removing the ferry sailing if needed, please call or email us today as we are happy to put together a custom program / proposal for you!
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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, name of airline and flight originating city) when
you make your reservation. That way we can book the rental car
Number of Rooms:
Number of People per Room (4 people maximum per room):
Number of Adults
Number of Children (0-18 years)**
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|Age Child 2|
|Age Child 3|
** Please note that most child rates are only valid for child 11 years and under. The exact age limitation for child prices of this
program is listed under the rate table. Even if a child price cannot be offered, we still need the correct ages of children.
|PLEASE NOTE:||When amending travel dates or number of nights, your flexible package will include flights and hotels only. You will have the opportunity to add additional services prior to finalizing your reservation.|