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Our Alaska's National Park Tour takes you into the heart of 4 of Alaska's most fascinating national parks, all of which provide unique experiences to some of the most remote and wild lands left on earth! Enjoy scenic drives along the Seward Highway to visit Kenai Fjords National Park and the Glenn Highway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park.Travel on the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park and the remote Kantishna area. Conclude your in-depth tour by viewing bears in their natural habitat at the famous Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. Add the visit of another national park while in Fairbanks. From Fairbanks we offer two optional tours taking you across the Arctic Circle and into the Gates of the Arctic National Park; learn about the unique lifestyle of the last remaining settlement of the Nunamiut (inland northern Inupiat Eskimo). Ask us about customizing the tour to include other national parks, as well!

 

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DAY
1
 
Arrival Anchorage
Arrival Anchorage Upon arrival in Anchorage, transfer via hotel courtesy shuttle or taxi to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for an optional excursion, such as a floatplane tour (not included). Overnight in Anchorage.

DAY
2
 
Anchorage
Anchorage Today is yours to recover from your flight and explore Alaska's largest city. Pick up your rental car at your leisure from the downtown rental agency. Go shopping, visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, take a walk along the Coastal Trail, drive to Chugach State Park, or enjoy an optional guided hike or sightseeing tour (not included). Overnight in Anchorage.

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

Your drive to Seward takes you along scenic Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Few roads in the United States can offer the diversity of scenic landscapes and unique natural features so concentrated in one area. Recommended stops along the route include the aerial tram up Mt. Alyeska, the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Just before you reach Seward, you have a chance to visit Exit Glacier. This is one of the few glaciers that visitors can walk to. This afternoon, you also have time for a guided kayaking tour or dog sled ride (not included). Overnight in Seward.

DAY
4
 
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise At approx. 11:45am, depart on a full-day 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 orca and humpback 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 ice chunks fall off the glacier. Overnight in Seward. (Lunch on board included)

DAY
5
 
Seward to Sheep Mountain / Glennallen / Copper Center
Seward to Sheep Mountain / Glennallen / Copper CenterDistance/driving time: approx. 300 miles / plan 6 hours driving time, not including stops.

Today you will travel back up the Seward Highway, through the lush Matanuska Valley, and onto the breathtaking Glenn Highway. This is one of the oldest and most scenic highways in Alaska. The Glenn, as it is known by locals, follows the Matanuska River up to its beginning at the Matanuska Glacier. Along the way, there are opportunities for guided river rafting (not included). This is a perfect day to plan a picnic! Overnight in Sheep Mountain or Glennallen / Copper Center Area.

DAY
6
 
Sheep Mountain / Glennallen / Copper Center to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Sheep Mountain / Glennallen / Copper Center to Wrangell-St. Elias National ParkDistance/driving time: approx. 68 miles / plan 1.5 hours driving time, not including stops. Flight Chitina to McCarthy approx. 30 minutes.

Start the day with a short drive to the small town of Chitina, where you will leave your rental car and board a bush plane for the scenic flight into Wrangell St. Elias National Park. At 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park in the United States and equivalent in size to the country of Switzerland! This tremendous park includes four mountain ranges, nine of the country's 16 highest peaks, and extensive ice fields. Overnight in Kennicott / McCarthy (standard program has room with shared bath).

DAY
7
 
Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Wrangell St. Elias National Park Take a step back in time today on a 2.5-hour historical tour of Kennicott that was built by the Kennecott Copper Corporation in the early 1900s. Catch a glimpse of what it was like to live and work in this remote wilderness, while hearing tales of lucky fortunes, tenacious frontiersmen, and tragic endings. This afternoon, you have plenty of time for an optional guided glacier hike (not included). Overnight in Kennicott / McCarthy.

DAY
8
 
Wrangell St. Elias National Park to Fairbanks
Wrangell St. Elias National Park to FairbanksDistance/driving time: Flight McCarthy to Chitina approx. 30 minutes. Drive Chitina to Fairbanks 313 miles / plan 6 hours driving time, not including stops.

Return to Chitina by bush plane this morning. Your drive continues on the Richardson Highway, which began in 1898 as a Gold Rush trail to Eagle. This route follows the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, one of the world's greatest engineering feats. Along the way, there are several rest stops, including historic roadhouses and scenic viewpoints. This evening, explore the historic gold mining town of Fairbanks, also known as Alaska's "Gateway to the Arctic". Return your rental car tonight. Overnight in Fairbanks.

DAY
9
 
Fairbanks Fee Day / Optional: Visit Alaska's Arctic
Fairbanks Fee Day / Optional: Visit Alaska's Arctic Today is at your leisure to explore Fairbanks and surroundings.

Add a visit to Alaska's Arctic or the Gates of the Arctic National Park today! We offer a variety of optional excursions to from Fairbanks. For all details see under Add On Tours! The price for the optional excursions are displayed during the booking process, after you selected your travel dates.

DAY
10
 
Fairbanks to Denali National Park
Fairbanks to Denali National Park Transfer via hotel courtesy shuttle to the Fairbanks rail station. At 8:15am, depart aboard the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park. Upon arrival at 12:15pm, you will have time for lunch before meeting for your wildlife bus tour through Denali National Park to Kantishna. Your experienced driver will provide narration about the history, wildlife, and geology of the park. With some luck you may see moose, bear, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and fox. A snack will be provided with your bus transfer. The tour will arrive at the lodge about 8pm. Enjoy a late dinner and relax at the lodge. Overnight inside Denali National Park. (Snack and dinner included)

DAY
11
 
Denali National Park
Denali National Park Spend the day enjoying a guided hike or walk, gold panning, mountain biking through the backcountry, or touring the park by bush plane. In the evening, enjoy a presentation focusing on the local area, read a book from the extensive natural history library, or just relax and share stories from the day. All outdoor activities (except flights) are included. Overnight inside Denali National Park. (All meals included)

DAY
12
 
Denali to Anchorage
Denali to Anchorage Enjoy a light breakfast early this morning before departing at 6am on the bus back to the park entrance. For a truly unique experience, upgrade to a scenic flight past Mt. McKinley to the park entrance. At 12:15pm, depart on the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage. Enjoy spectacular views through large picture windows, visit the gift shop or have a meal in the dining car (not included). Upon arrival in Anchorage at 8pm transfer to your hotel by hotel courtesy shuttle or taxi. Overnight in Anchorage. (Breakfast included)

DAY
13
 
Day Ecursion to Brooks / Katmai Or Lake Clark National Park
Day Ecursion to Brooks / Katmai Or Lake Clark National Park For many Alaska visitors, bear viewing is the highlight of their vacation. To offer the best bear viewing opportunity, the bear viewing tour today will go to a place that offers best possibilities depending on the time of the summer. Please keep in mind that even though we are trying to schedule the bear viewing to places with possible good viewing, we cannot guarantee any bear sightings!

Visit to Katmai Nat Park - for package start dates June 8 to July 19
Transfer to the Anchorage Airport by courtesy hotel shuttle or taxi. Depart Anchorage at approximately 7:30am aboard a scheduled flight to King Salmon or Kulik. Upon arrival, a local representative will transfer you to a seaplane for a 20-minute flight to Brooks Camp. At Brooks Camp, you will meet with Park Service staff for a brief orientation in bear safety before spend a day exploring Katmai National Park, viewing brown bears from observation platforms, and hiking to Brooks Falls. Your return flight to King Salmon will depart this afternoon, typically between 3 and 4pm. You arrive back in Anchorage at between 7 and 9pm. Transfer to your hotel via hotel courtesy shuttle or taxi.

Visit Lake Clark National Park - for package start dates July 20 - August 30
Depart from Lake Hood Sea Plane Harbor in Anchorage and fly southwest over Cook Inlet toward the Chigmit Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska and Aleutian Mountain Ranges and two active volcanoes - Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna - before landing in Crescent Lake within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. You will disembark at Redoubt Mountain Lodge where knowledgeable guides escort you by boat to lakeside areas to view bears feeding on spawning Alaska salmon. About 6-7 hours will be spent of guided bear viewing. This bear watching flight safari offers a great adventure for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages! The tour is approx. 10 - 12 hours long total.

Overnight in Anchorage.

DAY
14
 
Anchorage Departure
Anchorage Departure Depending on your departure flight, you may have some free time for souvenir shopping or additional excursions (not included). Transfer to the airport via hotel courtesy shuttle or taxi. 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
 
Chugach State Park Hiking Tour - Half Day - from Anchorage 
 
Chugach State Park Hiking Tour - Half Day - from Anchorage

Explore the wilderness trails of Chugach State Park! The park offers a variety of trails to suit your interests and ability, including easy wooded paths and strenuous mountain hikes with views. On your approx. 4 hour hike, our naturalist guide will point out and discuss the flora and fauna, which can include moose, marmots, eagles, and other local species. No experience necessary. Tour includes: trekking pole, snack and transfers from most Anchorage hotels

NOTE: This trip operates in ALL weather conditions. There is a 2-person minimum for this tour to operate.  Participants must be at least 7 years old.

Required at time of booking:  Hotel information in Anchorage
Season: Daily departures June 1 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 10:00am (10:00H)
Duration: approx. 4 hours including transfers

 
 
DAY
3
 
Wilderness Sled Dog Race & Tour from Seward - 15:30H departure 
     
   
DAY
9
 
Gates of the Arctic National Park & Nunamiut Eskimo Village at Anaktuvuk Pass from Fairbanks 
 
Gates of the Arctic National Park & Nunamiut Eskimo Village at Anaktuvuk Pass from Fairbanks

Ancient mountains, arctic tundra, and Eskimo culture make this small group tour a truly memorable arctic journey! A 1.5-hour flight takes you into the Brooks Range, an area of glacially carved mountains that rise to 6400 feet. You will land within the Gates of the Arctic National Park at Anaktuvuk Pass, nearly 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The Pass is a major migration route for caribou and home to bears, wolves, moose, Dall sheep, wolverines, and fox. In the village, you will learn of the Nunamiut (inland Eskimo) way of life and how they blend modern ways with traditional life. After lunch, experience how they travel, hunt, and use the land by exploring subsistence hunting trails with your guide on an 8-wheel all-terrain vehicle. A visit will also be made to the National Park ranger station. Fly back to Fairbanks in the evening. Tour includes: Lunch.  Not included: transfers in Fairbanks (Tour departs from the East ramp of the Fairbanks airport)

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights

Season: Daily departures (except Sundays,May 26, July 4, and Sept 1 ) May 21 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 8:00am (8:00H)
Duration: 9-10 hours

 
 
DAY
9
 
Arctic Circle Anaktuvuk Pass Evening Adventure from Fairbanks 
 
Arctic Circle Anaktuvuk Pass Evening Adventure from Fairbanks

In the evening fly from Fairbanks to the Nunamit Eskimo Village of Anaktuvuk Pass. You will fly over vast and remote Alaska landscape. You land in Anaktuvuk Pass, nestled in the heart of Gates of the Arctic National Park. Here you will visit the local village and learn about the Nunamiut culture. At the end of your tour, you will fly back to Fairbanks. Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel (Tour departs from the East ramp of the Fairbanks airport).

NOTE: Not recommended for young children.

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights

Season: Daily departures June 1 - August 31, 2014
Departure Time: 7:00pm (19:00H)
Duration: 5 - 5.5 hours

 
 
DAY
9
 
Arctic Circle Air Adventure from Fairbanks - 7:00am (07:00H) departure 
 
Arctic Circle Air Adventure from Fairbanks - 7:00am (07:00H) departure
Begin this tour with a small plane flight from Fairbanks and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a walk on the treeless arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic regions. A 2.5-hour ground tour of a rural community is included. Your return flight provides another opportunity to see the Yukon River, the Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline from the air. Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel (Tour departs from the East ramp of the Fairbanks airport).

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights

Season: Daily departures June 01 - August 31, 2014
Departure Time: 7:00am (7:00H)
Duration: 5 hours
 
 
DAY
9
 
Arctic Circle Air Adventure from Fairbanks - 7:00pm (19:00H) departure 
 
Arctic Circle Air Adventure from Fairbanks - 7:00pm (19:00H) departure
Begin this tour with a small plane flight from Fairbanks and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a walk on the treeless arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic regions. A 2.5-hour ground tour of a rural community is included. Your return flight provides another opportunity to see the Yukon River, the Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline from the air. Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel (Tour departs from the East ramp of the Fairbanks airport).

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights

Season: Daily departures May 15 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 7:00pm (19:00H)
Duration: 5 hours
 
 
DAY
9
 
Arctic Circle Fly/Drive Adventure from Fairbanks - 5:30H departure 
 
Arctic Circle Fly/Drive Adventure from Fairbanks - 5:30H departure

Take a small group tour into the Alaskan arctic by air and land. Depart from Fairbanks and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a walk on the arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic regions. Return to Fairbanks with a bus tour on the rugged Dalton Highway. Along the way, marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland's most famous waterway, the Yukon River, and learn of its storied past. View the remarkable Trans-Alaska Pipeline and visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post, situated in the rural community of Joy, Alaska. Typically the morning tour begins with land tour. Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel (Tour departs from the East ramp of the Fairbanks airport).

NOTE: Not recommended for young children.

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights

Season: Daily departures May 21 - September 17, 2014
Departure Time: 5:30am (5:30H)
Duration: 12 hours

 
 
DAY
9
 
Arctic Circle Fly/Drive Adventure from Fairbanks - 1:00pm (13:00H) departure 
 
Arctic Circle Fly/Drive Adventure from Fairbanks - 1:00pm (13:00H) departure

Take a small group tour into the Alaskan arctic by air and land. Depart from Fairbanks and land across the Arctic Circle in a ceremonious fashion, where you will receive an official Arctic Circle certificate. Enjoy a walk on the arctic tundra, which will give you a sense of the vast scale of Alaska's arctic regions. Return to Fairbanks with a bus tour on the rugged Dalton Highway. Along the way, marvel at the majestic beauty of the northland's most famous waterway, the Yukon River, and learn of its storied past. View the remarkable Trans-Alaska Pipeline and visit the Arctic Circle Trading Post, situated in the rural community of Joy, Alaska. Typically the morning tour begins with land tour and the afternoon tour begins with flight. Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel (Tour departs from the East ramp of the Fairbanks airport).

NOTE: Not recommended for young children.

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights

Season: Daily departures May 22 - August 20, 2014
Departure Time: 1:00pm (13:00H)
Duration: 12 hours

 
 
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* 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

  • Accommodation in Kennicott: The Kennicott Glacier Lodge was opened in 1987 and is a replica of one of the historic mining buildings from the copper mining boom town days. This "main lodge" building has comfortable rooms with a sink with cold running water. There are plenty of spotlessly clean bathrooms and shower rooms located throughout the lodge for your use. Baths are "private use", but SHARED by other guests. In 2004 a new (separate) building was added, offering 10 rooms with a private bath.

    If you book the STANDARD program, you will be accommodated in the main lodge building in a room with a SHARED bath.
    If you book the UPGRADED program, you will be accommodated in the separate building in a room with a private bath. Depending on availability we might only be able to accommodate you in the main lodge in a room with shared bath (you would be notified).

  • Excursion to the Gates of Arctic National Park (day 9) - Optional (not included):   You can book optional day tours to the Gates of Actic National Park. There are two tour options, the Gates of the Arctic National Park & Nunamiut Eskimo Village at Anaktuvuk Pass OR the Arctic Circle Anaktuvuk Pass Adventure. For more information about this tour see under Add On Tours. You find the price for this tour when you start the booking process.

    There are other day tour options from Fairbanks leading into Alaska's Arctic and across the Arctic Circle. See under Add On Tours.

  • Bear Viewing Tour on Day 13: In order to offer the best possible bear viewing, this package includes a bear viewing tour to Katmai Nat Park OR to Lake Clark National Park. If the package is started June 8 to July 19, you will visit Brooks River in Katmai Nat Park. If the package is started July 20 to August 30, you will visit Lake Clark National Park. Please note that we are not able to guarantee any bear sightings!   

  • Scenic flight information: The scenic fly-out from Kantishna to the Denali Park entrance is approximately 55 minutes in duration. The flight takes you past Mt. McKinley, providing amazing views, and is via small bush plane (maximum 5 passengers). It is refundable if cancelled due to weather (less an administrative fee). Please contact us for rates.   


Tour Highlight

  • Visit five National Parks! Kenai Fjords, Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Wrangell-St. Elias and Katmai.
  • Experience Alaska's diverse, wildlife, natural history and native culture.
  • Spend two nights deep inside Denali National Park.
  • See the bears at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park.

Tour Includes

  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 8 days (pick up day 2) midsize car rental including one way fee from Anchorage to Fairbanks and unlimited mileage
  • Park admission fees into all five parks
  • Roundtrip flights from Chitina to McCarthy
  • Train journey on the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali and from Denali to Anchorage
  • Full day cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park with lunch from Seward
  • 2.5-hr guided Historical Kennicott Tour in Kennicott  
  • Roundtrip bus transfer and wildlife viewing tour from Denali park entrance to lodge inside Denali National Park
  • Meals during stay at lodge inside Denali National Park as listed
  • a day excursion to Katmai Or Lake Clark National Park
  • All taxes

Included for upgraded programs are taxi transfers on days 1, 12, 13, & 14 in Anchorage.

Not included: Any insurances for rental car, additional driver fees, gas. Meals, excursions, park/admission fees other than mentioned, gratuity. Taxi transfers in Anchorage for standard program.

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