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: $2719 / 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 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 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
  • Train from Anchorage to Denali and Denali to Fairbanks
  • 3-6 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (depending on weather and road conditions)
  • Sternwheeler Riverboat cruise
  • Visit to Gold Dredge 8 in Fairbanks
  • 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.

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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 transfer to the Anchorage train station by hotel courtesy shuttle or on your own. At 8:15am, you will travel from Anchorage to Denali National Park aboard the Alaska Railroad. Upon arrival in Denali at 3:45pm transfer to your hotel by courtesy shuttle. With a size of over 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world’s greatest wild animal preserves. Here, protected from hunting, the animals roam freely in a region dominated by the continent’s tallest mountain. Most visitor facilities are grouped near the park entrance. Your evening is free for optional activities or you can relax and enjoy some leisure time. Overnight near the Denali park entrance.


Denali National Park Bus Tour

Today, depart on a narrated bus tour into Denali National 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.  The tour is approx. 3-6 hours long and takes you approx. 30 - 43 miles into the park, depending on weather and road conditions. The rest of the day is free for optional tours, such as river rafting and flightseeing tours (see Tour Add-Ons). Overnight near the Denali park entrance.


Denali National Park to Fairbanks

Sleep in this morning or enjoy one of the optional tours at the Denali Park entrance. In the afternoon, travel by train to Fairbanks. Upon arrival in Fairbanks at 8:00pm, transfer to your hotel by courtesy shuttle. Overnight in Fairbanks.



This morning 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 for an optional Kenai Fjords National Park tours today (see Tour Add-Ons) - certainly a "must do"! If time allows, you have the option to visit the Alaska Sealife Center, an aquarium and Alaska's only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility. 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.

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Browse Dates & Rates

*Child prices are valid for children 11 years and younger, sharing a room with at least 2 full paying adults with the existing bedding. Maximum of 4 people per room.

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 Circle Alaska Adventure Tour:

Dinner Theater
Availability: June 1 - September 4, 2022, no shows on Thursdays and Fridays
Starting at: $80 / per person
Duration: 2 hours

Get a taste of old-time Alaska as you enjoy a popular dinner theater performance in Denali National Park set in an authentic, Alaska 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...

Availability: May 15 - September 19, 2022, not daily
Starting at: $145 / per person
Duration: 6 hours

This Valdez glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board you will have a chance to view Prince Williams Sound's wildlife, including sea lions, sea otters, and whales. Learn about mining, oil shipping, the 1964 earthquake, and fishing...

Availability: May 7 - September 25, 2022
Starting at: $185 / per person
Duration: 6 hours

Take an unforgettable glacier and wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park! This Alaska national 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...

Availability: May 15 - September 10, 2022, except July 4
Starting at: $106 / per person
Duration: 4 hours

This kayaking tour from Seward is a fun and adventuresome way to explore the spectacular beauty of Resurrection Bay! The kayaking tour starts out of Lowell Point in Seward and takes you into the calm waters of Resurrection Bay. Come face to face with sea otters and...

Availability: May 20 - September 10, 2022
Starting at: $120 / per person
Duration: 3 hours

On this Alaska river rafting day trip on the Nenana River bordering Denali National Park, you may see moose, sheep, caribou and bear, as you raft downstream 11 miles. Your rafting guide will handle the oars so you can relax and enjoy the Alaska views. This...

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