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Alaska National Parks Guided Bus Tour

Explore Alaska with an experienced tour guide leading the way.

Tour Code: 1005CTA

Tour Overview

The Alaska National Parks tour is a guided Alaska group tour by bus and by the Alaska Railroad featuring two amazing iconic parks: Denali National Park and a cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park! Enjoy stunning wilderness scenery as you travel in a deluxe motor coach or van as well as on the deluxe dome train on the Alaska Railroad from Denali to Talkeetna. Your professional guides and drivers are experts on Alaska and after awhile, traveling with them is almost like traveling with a friend! This land tour perfectly compliments an Inside Passage cruise in Alaska.

What's Included
  • 7 nights accommodation in moderate hotels with baggage handling
  • 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch on boat cruise, 2 dinners (D)
  • Ground transportation as follows: van transportation for group size 1 to 9 people (driver guide only) or full-size motorcoach transportation for group size 10 to 50 people
  • Dome-Car rail journey on the Alaska Railroad from Denali to Talkeetna
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Sightseeing in Anchorage
  • Anchorage Museum admission
  • Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
  • 4-6 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (depending on weather and road conditions)
  • All taxes and fees
What's Not Included

Meals other than those noted and gratuities.

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Anchorage Arrival

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer from the airport to the hotel. A shuttle is available on a set schedule – please email us your flight arrival details if you would like to take advantage of that transfer. Otherwise, transfer from the Anchorage airport to the hotel on own. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 2
Anchorage to Denali

Today board the motor coach or van* for a journey north to Denali. The route takes you along the picturesque Parks Highway making several stops along the way. Watch for black bears along the banks of the Susitna River and glimpses of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.  A welcome dinner is included this evening.  Overnight in Denali. (B, D)

Day 3
Denali National Park

Today, depart on a narrated bus tour (simple park bus) 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. The driver will provide commentary.  The tour is approximately 4-6 hours long and takes you approximately 30 – 43 miles into the park, depending on weather and road conditions. Overnight near Denali Park Entrance area. (B)

Day 4
Denali to Talkeetna

In the late morning board a deluxe dome rail car for travel from Denali National Park to Talkeetna, which began as a trading post when gold was first discovered in the Susitna River. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring this quaint town at your leisure by participating in an optional tour such as flightseeing, hiking, or a jet boat adventure (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight Talkeetna. (B)

Day 5
Talkeetna to Seward

Board the deluxe motorcoach/van for today’s grand adventure to Seward, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. As you travel along the scenic Turnagain Arm, keep an eye out for Dall sheep high up in the rocky cliffs, as well as moose, bears and eagles on your journey. Overnight Seward. (B)

Day 6
Seward

Spend the morning exploring the coastal community of Seward. Later this morning board a glacier and wildlife cruise through the majestic Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore the face of a glacier and keep your eyes open for seals, sea lions, sea otters, whales, bears, eagles, and puffins throughout this half-day exploration cruise with lunch included on the boat. Overnight Seward. (B, L)

Day 7
Seward to Anchorage

Return by motorcoach/van to Anchorage where you will enjoy a brief city tour, which includes the historic downtown district. Visit the Anchorage Museum, a world-class museum which seeks to preserve, exhibit and interpret the art and history of Alaska. Tonight share stories of your Alaskan adventure with your traveling companions at a closing night dinner. Overnight Anchorage. (B, D)

Day 8
Anchorage Departure

Your adventure comes to an end with a transfer to the airport this morning. (B)

IMPORTANT NOTES: 1) This tour may operate in reverse direction on some departure dates. 2) * Ground transportation as follows: van transportation for group size 1 to 9 people (driver guide only) or full-size motorcoach transportation for group size 10 to 50 people.

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Tour Add-ons

Browsing optional excursions for the Alaska National Parks Guided Bus Tour:

Cabin Nite Dinner Theater

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 Alaska Gold Rush tale of adventure in early 1900’s Alaska. This dinner theater fun combines a great... Browse tour

Denali Flightseeing Experience from Talkeetna

This tour out of Talkeetna, Alaska takes you on a magnificent bush plane flight within six miles of Denali’s 20,310 foot summit. As your flight departs Talkeetna, you begin to see how the last Ice Age has shaped Alaska’s landscapes. Moments later, you enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier filled... Browse tour

Talkeetna Lakes Evening Hiking Tour

On this evening hiking tour from Talkeetna explore Talkeetna’s best hiking trail with an experienced and informative naturalist guide. A new scene of beauty unfolds around every turn on this 3-mile moderate hiking trip. Look for loons and kingfishers on the lakes, moose and bears in the woods and the mountain of Denali on the horizon.... Browse tour

Wilderness Excursion Jetboat Tour

This day tour from Talkeetna treats you to a scenic journey aboard a 15- to 52-passenger jetboat on the Susitna River and will give you the opportunity to experience wildlife, folklore, and historic artifacts. Conditions permitting, enjoy panoramic view of Denali and the Alaska Range. Along the way, look for bald eagles, beavers, or moose.... Browse tour

We had a great time! Travel and accommodations were great and extremely well planned.  We had no problems with reservations for any of our planned activities or stays. Thanks so much.  This was a wonderfully stress free way to travel.

Beth | Kentucky