Adventure Driving Tour

Whitewater rafting, hiking, as well as an optional adventure kayaking or glacier hiking tour, ensure great action in some of Alaska's special places.

Trip Code: 1551CTA
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Accommodation: 8 nights
  • Starting at: $2059 / per person
  • Availability: June, July, August
  • Highlights: Access Alaska’s back country by Denali transit bus and opportunities for off-the-beaten-path experiences. This self-drive vacation includes white water river rafting, hiking and the opportunity to explore more of Denali National Park and Preserve on the unguided, but flexible, transit bus 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! Raft, hike and discover amazing scenery on this self-drive tour. Visit Denali National Park on a transit bus giving you the opportunity to get off the bus and do some hiking in the park. You will also explore the beautiful Kenai Peninsula in South Central Alaska, where you can go fishing, add a kayaking or even bear viewing excursion. On day 5 of the program you also have the chance to book an optional tour that gives you a chance to ride on the Alaska Railroad into the back country for a kayaking paddle around icebergs OR an amazing helicopter glacier hike on ancient ice of Spencer Glacier. 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
  • Transit bus to Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park
  • 2 hour whitewater rafting at Denali National Park
  • 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

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 (near the airport).

 

Important 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.

Day
2

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.

Day
3

Denali National Park

This morning, depart on a transit bus to the Eielson visitor center, located deep in Denali National Park. The approx. 8-hour ride takes you approximately 66 miles into the park. The transit bus to Eielson offers visitors the ability to get off the bus, take a hike, take in the sights and re-board a different transit bus to return. The transit bus drivers can answer many of your questions but do not provide a formal, narrated tour. As you travel through the pristine wilderness, search for wildlife, such as bears, caribou, and moose, as well as views of the Mountain. The bus will turn around at the 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.

Day
4

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 mountain Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range. Later 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.

Day
5

Girdwood

Day for optional excursions or take in Mt Alyeska and its numerous hiking possibilities, depending on your sense of adventure today. If you are looking for a "once in a life time" experience, you may opt for the Helicopter Glacier Hiking Tour from Girdwood. With this tour you fly up to Spencer Glacier by helicopter and spend about 2 hours to explore the blue glacier ice OR take an afternoon kayaking tour with icebergs. On this tour you ride on the Alaska Railroad whistle stop train to Spencer Glacier and enjoy an unforgettable kayaking trip around blue glacier iceberg. Overnight Girdwood.

 

Note: The optional kayaking or helicopter glacier hiking tour are not included and at additional charge.

Day
6

Girdwood to Homer

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.

Day
7

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. There are some great hiking opportunities. Or you may prefer to participate in optional excursions, including halibut fishing or a bear viewing flight safari (see Tour Add-Ons - NOTE: the optional fishing and bear viewing may not be available on a daily basis). Overnight in Homer.

Day
8

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 (near the airport).

Day
9

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

To confirm this reservation we will need:  Full name including middle name(s), Gender, Date of Birth and body weight.

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.


Minimum age for this tour is 10 years due to the included activities.

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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Browsing Optional Add-on's for the Adventure Driving Tour:

Availability: May 25 - September 10, 2019
Starting at: $680 / per person
Duration: 5-6 hours

Enjoy a scenic 1 to 1 1/4 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

Availability: May 20 - September 5, 2019 (not available Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Starting at: $267 / per person
Duration: 8 - 10 hours

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


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