Your experienced Alaska guide will help make your “Gold Rush and Glacier Bay” vacation smooth and enjoyable as you experience the attractions of Alaska and Canada’s... Read more.
Packed with multiple highlights, this escorted bus tour gives you the experience of a lifetime in the 49th state! Travel by deluxe motor coach or van with an expert guide who will inform and entertain you on this 7-night guided trip all around Alaska. Marvel at spectacular mountains and valleys, observe wildlife and sea life in their natural habitats, and view enormous glaciers. On this “Grand Alaska” you visit Valdez, the epicenter of the infamous 1964 earthquake. Then travel to Fairbanks, a modern city with a gold rush past. Tour Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak. Your experienced and knowledgeable Alaska guides will make this is truly an incredible Alaska vacation for you
Enjoy rail and bus service through some of Alaska’s most scenic routes, a bus tour into famed Denali National Park and a scenic journey through Prince William Sound. This program is recommended for those who want to experience the comfort and convenience of a fully guided group tour while travelling aboard the Alaska Railroad and deluxe motorcoach / van.
Arrive into Anchorage and transfer by courtesy shuttle or on your own to the hotel. The day is free for exploring Anchorage or for optional sightseeing tours (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight Anchorage.
Anchorage to Valdez
This morning after breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Anchorage including a visit of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Later, travel by motorcoach/van* to Whittier before boarding a marine vessel for a scenic journey through Prince William Sound to the town of Valdez. Overnight Valdez. (B)
Valdez to Fairbanks
Board the motorcoach/van* for the drive north to Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. The route takes you along Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest park in the US and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Overnight Fairbanks. (B)
This morning includes a sightseeing tour of the gold mining town of Fairbanks with a stop at the University of Alaska Museum. In the afternoon, cruise the Chena River aboard a classic Sternwheeler. A stop will be made to see a sled dog team, a trapper's cabin, and an historic Native Alaskan settlement. Overnight Fairbanks. (B)
Fairbanks to Denali National Park
Relax and enjoy the views as you travel south along the Parks Highway to Denali. The afternoon is free for optional attractions found in the area. Overnight near the Denali park entrance area. (B)
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 bus driver 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. Overnight near the Denali park entrance area. (B)
Denali National Park to Talkeetna to Anchorage
Travel by train on a deluxe dome rail car from Denali to Talkeetna. Upon arrival in Talkeetna, board your motorcoach/van* for a scenic transfer south to Anchorage. In the evening, enjoy a closing dinner and farewell. Overnight Anchorage. (B. D)
Your tour comes to an end with a hotel courtesy transfer to the airport. (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.