Alaska “On A Dime” Tour

Visit two of Alaska's National Parks on a budget!

Trip Code: 111CTA
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $1709 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August
  • Highlights: Explore two of Alaska's most popular national parks at your own pace in only one week. This tour is designed for travelers with limited time and budget but still features two great national parks - Denali and Kenai Fjords. This trip includes a guided bus tour into Denali National Park, where you can enjoy the park's pristine wilderness and look out for wildlife and a view of Mt. Denali. In addition, take a cruise to view Portage Glacier in Chugach National Forest and explore Resurrection Bay from Seward, gateway to the massive Harding Ice Field flowing into Kenai Fjords National Park.

Tour Overview

Designed for a lower budget, this self drive tour features two popular National Parks, Kenai Fjords and Denali. Enjoy stunning drives along scenic Alaska highways. You will have opportunities to see massive glaciers (Bear Glacier and Portage Glacier) on two different boat cruises. Travel into Denali National Park and learn about the history of the park, ecosystems and wildlife from park rangers. The affordable price of this attractions-filled Alaska tour will allow you to add-on optional flightseeing, rafting and other excursions everyone can enjoy.

What's Included

  • 7 night accommodations in tourist class / budget hotels
  • 7 days midsize rental car
  • 4.5 hour cruise with lunch from Seward
  • 1 hour glacier cruise from Portage
  • Approx. 7-8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (in May/Sept tour may be shorter due to road conditions)
  • All taxes and fees

What's Not Included

Meals, gratuities, car rental coverage (such as LDW or additional liability), additional driver fees, gas and GPS rental.

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Tour Itinerary


Anchorage Arrival

Arrive at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and transfer to the hotel by courtesy shuttle. There are no activities planned today so the entire day is yours to explore on your own or to participate in optional excursions. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage to Seward

This morning pick up your rental car in downtown Anchorage and drive south to Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. As you depart Anchorage you will have time to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, home to bears and moose, as well as other animals native to Alaska. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way for a short hike or picnic. Overnight in Seward.




This morning, there is time to explore the small, friendly port city of Seward. At noon, board a sightseeing vessel to cruise through the wildlife-rich and glacier-filled waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. First, you cruise to Fox Island for an all-you-can-eat wild Alaska salmon and prime rib lunch at a remote lodge. Watch a presentation by a National Park Ranger and explore the "skipping stone" beach before continuing your cruise on Resurrection Bay. Watch for sea otters, puffins, sea lions, whales and other wildlife as you travel past pristine rain forest. See Bear Glacier at a distance, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.  Overnight in Seward.


Seward to Anchorage

After breakfast on your own you will drive back to Anchorage along the Seward Highway enjoying the natural beauty of south central Alaska between Seward and Anchorage. About mile 79, you will see Whittier/Portage turn off on your right to Portage and visit the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center. Take an unforgettable one-hour cruise on Portage Lake right up to the face of Portage Glacier. Watch for chunks of ice to calve into the water with a splash. After your cruise, drive on to Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage to Denali National Park

Depart Anchorage and follow the Glenn Highway northbound. A few interesting stops along the way are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Eklutna Indian Village. Continuing on the Parks Highway towards Denali National Park, you will drive through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Denali State Park. You can take a side trip to the small gold mining community Talkeetna for an optional jet boat tour or a ski-plane flight to land on mountain Denali along the route to Denali National Park. This afternoon you may wish to take an optional Denali River rafting tour or attend a dinner theater (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight near the Denali Park Entrance.


Denali National Park

This morning is free for optional tours, such as river rafting (not included). In the afternoon, 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. 8 hour tour*. Overnight near the Denali Park Entrance.


Denali National Park to Anchorage

Today you continue your driving adventure by heading back to Anchorage. If you did not stop on the way to Denali, you still have the opportunity to stop by Talkeetna for optional tours such as a jet boat tour or a flightseeing tour to land on Denali. Overnight in Anchorage.


Anchorage Departure

Today return your rental car at the airport in time to meet your departure flight, or extend your Alaska vacation by adding additional days to your trip.

* 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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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.

This program is designed to give you the opportunity to see Alaska on a rather lower budget. Please keep in mind Alaska has a short tourism season and costs are higher in comparison to many other destinations. In this program we have included reasonably priced services that allow you to explore and see what Alaska has to offer. Accommodation will be in clean and comfortable but not necessarily updated budget hotels.

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Browsing Optional Add-on's for the Alaska “On A Dime” Tour:

Dinner Theater
Availability: Not operating in 2020
Starting at: $75 / per person
Duration: 2 hours

** This tour is not operating in 2020 ** 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 1900's Alaska. This dinner theater fun combines... Read More

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