Circle Alaska Adventure Tour

This fun and educational Alaska vacation features Denali, Fairbanks, Valdez and Seward.

Trip Code: 1549CTA
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Accommodation: 11 nights
  • Starting at: $2839 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August
  • Highlights: We have tailored this tour to allowing plenty of time to explore Alaska's amazing sights with hand's-on learning opportunities. The itinerary inclusions ensure the best opportunity to experience wildlife and nature, along with gaining an appreciation of the unique history and culture of the Greatland through interactive and educational tours. The touring route offers scenic photo opportunities every single day with travel by scheduled transportation or abroad the Alaska Railroad to Denali and Fairbanks and by car to Valdez, Seward and Anchorage providing ample free time for memory making.

Tour Overview

This tour is a great adventure! Ride the Alaska Railroad, explore Denali National Park, search for gold, meet a sled dog team and much more!

This “Circle Alaska” adventure vacation includes an amazing array of Alaska attractions and adventures for a truly unique experience for everybody.  This tour begins with a trip on the Alaska Railroad (selected days) which provides an easy pace with scenic vistas and excellent on-board service.  From Anchorage, you will travel north toward Denali National Park with several opportunities to see mountain Denali along the way.  In Fairbanks, you will pan for gold and cruise aboard a classic sternwheeler riverboat.

While in Fairbanks, you’ll pick up a rental car and enjoy the freedom of exploring on your own for the remainder of your vacation.  You will drive along Wrangell St. Elias National Park to Valdez. Afterwards you’ll continue on to Seward and visit the Alaska Sea Life Center, a unique marine life research facility that is both educational and fun.  In Seward, take an optional boat cruise into scenic Kenai Fjords National Park. Top off your Alaska adventure with a summer sled dog ride at a championship kennel, a thrill at any age!

What's Included

  • 11 nights accommodations
  • Scheduled Bus or Van transfer from Anchorage to Denali and from Denali to Fairbanks (on certain days, upgrade to the Alaska Railroad possible)
  • Approx. 7-8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (in May and September tour may only be 4 hours long due to snow and road conditions)
  • Sternwheeler Riverboat cruise
  • Visit to Gold Dredge 8 in Fairbanks
  • Admission to the Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Wilderness dog sled ride with the Seavey's in Seward
  • 8 days mid size car rental including one way fee Fairbanks to Anchorage and unlimited mileage
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage, meals unless otherwise noted, and gratuities. Optional car rental coverages (such as LDW or additional liability), additional driver, fuel or GPS. Upgrade to the Alaska Railroad

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Tour Itinerary


Arrival Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel.  Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.  If time allows visit the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Log Cabin Visitor Center, and other downtown attractions all within walking distance of your hotel. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage to Denali National Park

This morning, time to explore Anchorage downtown and perhaps enjoy a little city tour on the Anchorage Trolley. At 3 pm, depart from the Anchorage Museum on a motor coach or van to Denali National Park. Relax and capture the scenery from large picture windows. A short stop will be made in Talkeetna before arriving in Denali at 9 pm. Overnight near the Denali park entrance Overnight near the Denali park entrance.


You may also upgrade to a scenic train ride on the Alaska Railroad, if available. If you travel by train, the train departs Anchorage at 8:15am and arrives in Denali at 3:40pm.


Denali National Park Bus Tour

Early this morning, depart on a bus tour of Denali National Park. This tour takes you through the best wildlife viewing portion of the Park Road, approximately 55 miles into the park. As you travel through the pristine wilderness, look for wildlife, such as bears, caribou, and moose, as well as views of the Mountain. Your experienced driver/guide will provide commentary and make stops during your approx. 7-8 hour tour*. Rest of the day is at leisure. Check out the Visitor Center at the park entrance or relax. Overnight near the Denali park entrance


Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Sleep in this morning. At 11:00am depart Denali by scheduled van transfer and travel to Fairbanks. Rest of afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Fairbanks.


You may also upgrade to a scenic train ride on the Alaska Railroad, if available. If you travel by train, the train departs Denali at 3:45pm and arrives in Fairbanks at 8:00pm.



This morning take the hotel shuttle to pick up your rental car at the Fairbanks airport to begin you day of sightseeing the local area. Arrive at the Gold Dredge 8 for a 2-hour guided tour to learn about the gold history surrounding Fairbanks folklore. Your guide provides lively commentary about the history of mining in Alaska. Board a narrow gauge train to the dredge where you will see first hand how the dredge worked the gold fields. Once the train arrives at the camp you will receive a brief but informative course in mining, and then you will try panning for gold yourself - you will find gold - its guaranteed! Explore the dredge and feel the colorful history of the era come alive. After the Gold Dredge 8 tour you have time for lunch before your departure aboard a classic sternwheeler riverboat. On this 3 hour river cruise you see an Athabascan fish camp, Alaskan bush pilot demonstration and a championship sled dog team. Overnight in Fairbanks.


Fairbanks to Valdez

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Richardson Highway, one of the oldest and most scenic highways in Alaska. This route follows the Alaska oil pipeline, one of the world's greatest engineering feats. Just outside of Fairbanks, stop at the Santa Claus House in the town of North Pole. Along your drive, there are several rest stops, including historic roadhouses and scenic viewpoints. As you near your final destination of Valdez, you are very near the boundary of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve. This region of Alaska offers impressive vistas of several of North America's tallest peaks. Take some time today to explore and visit the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park headquarters and ranger station, then continue into the Chugach Mountains and through Thompson Pass. There are several places to stop and enjoy the amazing landscapes, including Worthington Glacier and Bridal Veil Falls. Overnight in Valdez.



Today is at your leisure to enjoy Valdez and surroundings. Try a leisurely and scenic kayaking trip or see some of Prince William Sound's well known glaciers with a glacier cruise (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight in Valdez.


Valdez to Sheep Mountain or Wasilla area

Today drive the Richardson Highway back north to the Glenn Highway. Take the Glenn Highway towards Anchorage to either the Sheep Mountain or Palmer/Wasilla area (depending on accommodation availability). Check out scenic Matanuska Glacier before you relax for the evening. Overnight in Sheep Mountain or Palmer/Wasilla area (depending on accommodation availability).


Sheep Mountain or Wasilla area to Seward

This morning continue driving the Glenn Highway to Anchorage and continue south on the Seward Highway. The Seward Highway takes you first along beautiful coastal scenery and then through scenic mountain areas. When arriving in Seward, check out Exit Glacier. Overnight in Seward.



Today you have time to explore the quaint town of Seward, known as the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Admission is included into the state-of-the-art marine science facility at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Here you will get an up close look at Alaska's diverse marine life and sea birds.  There is also time for an optional Kenai Fjords National Park tours today (see Tour Add-Ons) - certainly a "must do"! Overnight in Seward.


Seward to Anchorage

This morning enjoy a 90-minute tour of Mitch Seavey's Iditarod Racing Kennel in Seward. Here you will meet the famous sled dogs that run the Iditarod sled dog race every year. Cuddle adorable puppies, dress up as an Iditarod musher, and then take in the spectacular Alaskan wilderness as you mush for two miles with an Iditarod racer. Later, drive back to Anchorage. On your drive to Anchorage you first pass through the Kenai Mountains and then along Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm. Look for Dall sheep, black bears, and beluga whales along the Arm. En route we suggest a few worthwhile stops, including the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the aerial tram in Girdwood and the Potter's Marsh bird sanctuary. Overnight in Anchorage.



Depending on your departure time, you may have time to visit the Alaska Zoo, the Alaska Native Heritage Center and an optional guided excursion. Return your car to the airport rental station in time to meet your departure flight.

* Please note that in May/September the bus tour into Denali Nat Park may be shorter (only up to 4 hours) due to road and weather conditions.

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