11 Day Alaska's Natural Beauty

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11 Day Alaska's Natural Beauty

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(Hotels may vary based on departure day of the week)
Sunday Departure
Pike's Waterfront Lodge Fairbanks, AK
Denali Park Village Denali National Park, AK
Young's Motel Tok, AK
Totem Hotel & Suites Valdez, AK
Knik River Lodge Palmer, AK
Alyeska Resort Girdwood, AK
Thursday Departure
Pike's Waterfront Lodge Fairbanks, AK
Denali Park Village Denali National Park, AK
Young's Motel Tok, AK
Totem Hotel & Suites Valdez, AK
Knik River Lodge Palmer, AK
Alyeska Resort Girdwood, AK

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2023 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $2100
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Not Included:
Gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price includes flights Chitina-McCarthy & McCarthy-Chitina. Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include the group departure transfer to Anchorage Airport on Day 11. There will be two group departure transfers on Day 11. Please select flights that depart Anchorage no earlier than 12 PM, in order to join the group transfer to the airport.

Some domestic flights arrive late at night on Day 1.

Due to the use of small passenger planes (3, 4, 6 or 15 seat small planes), there is a weight restriction for luggage of 30 pounds per person (including hand luggage) for flights. Please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

The route and program may vary according to weather condition, season changes and safety issues.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This itinerary is very active and will require walking five or more miles over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. This adventurous trip includes several early morning starts, full-day excursions and many different modes of transportation, including bush plane, railroad, ship and tram car, which require agility to embark and disembark. Bus access to Denali National Park is regulated by the National Park Service and only authorized buses are allowed to operate within the park. These buses are school buses with bench seats and no restrooms on board. This program covers a lot of ground each day, and you spend most of your time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy. The Denali Highway is partially paved with gravel and one of lesser traveled highways. There is a significant amount of walking areas visited during the trip. This itinerary is designed for those who are interested in a faster-pace, adventure-filled experience. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities. Some hotels in Denali, Tok and Girdwood are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, sitting, or who have heart conditions. Some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot. Route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details





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  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Additional Nights

Flight Details




Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Seattle-Fairbanks, Anchorage-Seattle
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Gulkana-McCarthy* & McCarthy*-Chitina
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Fairbanks
    • 2 nights Denali
    • 1 night Tok
    • 2 nights Valdez
    • 1 night Palmer
    • 2 nights Girdwood
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Group departure transfer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Deluxe Dome Rail from Fairbanks to Denali National Park
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features


*Small passenger planes (3, 4, 6 or 15 seat planes) are used for flights to and from McCarthy

Tour Highlights

  • Our most complete tour of Alaska featuring its most popular attractions, ample wildlife viewing opportunities and rarely visited sites including remote, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. This tour is designed for guests who want to spend part of their time far from the crowds in a small-group setting.
  • Visit Gold Daughters, to learn about the gold rush in Fairbanks
  • Dinner at a local musher's who enlightens you about the legendary Iditarod race
  • Travel in deluxe Dome Rail to Denali National Park
  • Enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful day in Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Visit the Kennecott Mines abandoned copper mining camp named a National Historic Landmark
  • Cruise on majestic Prince William Sound, boasting the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers in the world
  • The spectacular Wrangell-St. Elias National Park will take your breath away
  • Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view some of Alaska's famous wildlife up-close!
  • Ascend 2,300 feet by tram to the peak of Mt. Alyeska for stunning panoramic views

Is This Trip Right for You?

This itinerary is very active and will require walking five or more miles over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. This adventurous trip includes several early morning starts, full-day excursions and many different modes of transportation, including bush plane, railroad, ship and tram car, which require agility to embark and disembark. Bus access to Denali National Park is regulated by the National Park Service and only authorized buses are allowed to operate within the park. These buses are school buses with bench seats and no restrooms on board. This program covers a lot of ground each day, and you spend most of your time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy. The Denali Highway is partially paved with gravel and one of lesser traveled highways. There is a significant amount of walking areas visited during the trip. This itinerary is designed for those who are interested in a faster-pace, adventure-filled experience. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities. Some hotels in Denali, Tok and Girdwood are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, sitting, or who have heart conditions. Some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot. Route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Sunday - Arrive in Fairbanks
Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, and transfer to your hotel. Time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with the "Golden Heart City"
Overnight: Fairbanks

DAY 2, Monday - Highlights of Fairbanks, Visit Gold Daughters
Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at this morning's orientation meeting. Later, take a city tour of Fairbanks featuring the 48-inch wide trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Continue with a visit to Gold Daughters to learn about the gold rush in Fairbanks. Experience real Alaska gold panning and get a chance to pan for gold. Tonight, savor a dinner at a local musher's where you gain knowledge about the legendary Iditarod, often called the "Last Great Race on Earth" and meet his sled dog team
Overnight: Fairbanks
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Deluxe Dome Rail to Denali
Travel on famous deluxe dome rail on a scenic journey to Denali National Park. After breakfast on board, enjoy the relaxing ambiance and panoramas of untamed wilderness. Arrive in Denali and visit the Denali Visitor Center. Spend time at leisure, or perhaps join the optional Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Raft Trip. Tonight, attend a Welcome to Denali talk, ahead of tomorrow's exploration of the park
Optional: Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Raft Trip
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour
The day begins in Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. On a clear day, you can see the 20,310 foot Denali up-close! Look out for the Alaskan moose. As you travel over mountain passes, the high point offers expansive views of the Alaska Range on the horizon. A box lunch will be provided during the tour
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Thursday - Denali Highway, Wrigley Farms, Tok
The drive today on the famed Denali Highway promises unending vistas. This path takes you through some of Alaska's most fascinating wilderness, with possible animal sightings along the way. Continue to Delta Junction and along the Alaska Highway to reach Wrigley Farms. Visit this 1700-acre farm, where they mill homegrown wheat and barley. Later, on to Tok for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Flight to McCarthy, Kennecott Mill, Travel to Valdez
This morning, head to Gulkana where you board your flight to the remote community of McCarthy. Upon arrival, visit the Kennecott mines, an abandoned copper mining camp designated a National Historic Landmark. After lunch at the main lodge, take a scenic flight to Chitina. Your travels then take you to Valdez. Located on the shores of Prince William Sound, it is the southern terminus for the trans-Alaska pipeline
Overnight: Valdez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Saturday - Prince William Sound
This morning, spend free time exploring Valdez independently. Later, embark on a cruise into Prince William Sound, Glide through the calm waters of the sound, with views of cascading waterfalls and glaciers calving onto the ocean. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, otters, seabirds and occasionally whales. Savor lunch during your cruise. Afterward, return back to Valdez
Overnight: Valdez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Sunday - Wrangell-St. Elias Park, Palmer
Depart Valdez this morning and travel to Matanuska area, offering panoramic mountain views and wildlife spotting opportunities. Continue to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. You will be surrounded by soaring peaks of mountain ranges, glaciers, and mighty rivers. Stop at the visitor center before heading to the town of Palmer for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Palmer
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Independence Gold Mine, Hatcher Pass, Reindeer Farm
Today's exploration begins with a visit to the Independence Mine State Historical Park. Learn about life at the mine and Alaska's mining days during your tour. Scenic drive to Hatcher Pass, a alpine passage that cuts through the Talkeetna Mountains. Later, visit the Reindeer Farm to get an up-close look and even feed the reindeer. Lunch is at a local farm. Continue to the resort town of Girdwood for overnight
Overnight: Girdwood
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Tuesday - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Mount Alyeska
This morning, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, set on the shores of Turnagain Arm and surrounded by the Chugach Mountain Range. The center's mission is to provide refuge for orphaned, injured and ill animals that cannot survive in the wild. Continue to Mt. Alyeska. Ascend 2,300 feet on a tram to the peak for panoramic views. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager, and to Alaska
Overnight: Girdwood
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Return Home
After breakfast, transfer to Anchorage Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Fairbanks
Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, and transfer to your hotel. Time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with the "Golden Heart City"
Overnight: Fairbanks

DAY 2, Friday - Highlights of Fairbanks, Visit Gold Daughters
Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at this morning's orientation meeting. Later, take a city tour of Fairbanks featuring the 48-inch wide trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Continue with a visit to Gold Daughters to learn about the gold rush in Fairbanks. Experience real Alaska gold panning and get a chance to pan for gold. Tonight, savor a dinner at a local musher's where you gain knowledge about the legendary Iditarod, often called the "Last Great Race on Earth" and meet his sled dog team
Overnight: Fairbanks
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Deluxe Dome Rail to Denali
Travel on famous deluxe dome rail on a scenic journey to Denali National Park. After breakfast on board, enjoy the relaxing ambiance and panoramas of untamed wilderness. Arrive in Denali and visit the Denali Visitor Center. Spend time at leisure, or perhaps join the optional Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Raft Trip. Tonight, attend a Welcome to Denali talk, ahead of tomorrow's exploration of the park
Optional: Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Raft Trip
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour
The day begins in Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. On a clear day, you can see the 20,310 foot Denali up-close! Look out for the Alaskan moose. As you travel over mountain passes, the high point offers expansive views of the Alaska Range on the horizon. A box lunch will be provided during the tour
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Denali Highway, Wrigley Farms, Tok
The drive today on the famed Denali Highway promises unending vistas. This path takes you through some of Alaska's most fascinating wilderness, with possible animal sightings along the way. Continue to Delta Junction and along the Alaska Highway to reach Wrigley Farms. Visit this 1700-acre farm, where they mill homegrown wheat and barley. Later, on to Tok for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Tok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Flight to McCarthy, Kennecott Mill, Travel to Valdez
This morning, head to Gulkana where you board your flight to the remote community of McCarthy. Upon arrival, visit the Kennecott mines, an abandoned copper mining camp designated a National Historic Landmark. After lunch at the main lodge, take a scenic flight to Chitina. Your travels then take you to Valdez. Located on the shores of Prince William Sound, it is the southern terminus for the trans-Alaska pipeline
Overnight: Valdez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Wednesday - Prince William Sound
This morning, spend free time exploring Valdez independently. Later, embark on a cruise into Prince William Sound, Glide through the calm waters of the sound, with views of cascading waterfalls and glaciers calving onto the ocean. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, otters, seabirds and occasionally whales. Savor lunch during your cruise. Afterward, return back to Valdez
Overnight: Valdez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - Wrangell-St. Elias Park, Palmer
Depart Valdez this morning and travel to Matanuska area, offering panoramic mountain views and wildlife spotting opportunities. Continue to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. You will be surrounded by soaring peaks of mountain ranges, glaciers, and mighty rivers. Stop at the visitor center before heading to the town of Palmer for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Palmer
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Independence Gold Mine, Hatcher Pass, Reindeer Farm
Today's exploration begins with a visit to the Independence Mine State Historical Park. Learn about life at the mine and Alaska's mining days during your tour. Scenic drive to Hatcher Pass, a alpine passage that cuts through the Talkeetna Mountains. Later, visit the Reindeer Farm to get an up-close look and even feed the reindeer. Lunch is at a local farm. Continue to the resort town of Girdwood for overnight
Overnight: Girdwood
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Mount Alyeska
This morning, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, set on the shores of Turnagain Arm and surrounded by the Chugach Mountain Range. The center's mission is to provide refuge for orphaned, injured and ill animals that cannot survive in the wild. Continue to Mt. Alyeska. Ascend 2,300 feet on a tram to the peak for panoramic views. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager, and to Alaska
Overnight: Girdwood
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Return Home
After breakfast, transfer to Anchorage Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Raft Trip

Embark on a thrilling rafting experience down the Nenana River. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the scenic views as you raft. The trip is approximately 3 hours (11 miles) with a total of 2 hours on the water. The upper Nenana scenic wilderness raft trip is great for the whole family. Guests will wear dry suits; waiver is required.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours including transfers from your hotel. Details to be advised locally.

Day #3 22 May 2023 - 10 Sep 2023 $159.00
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Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Raft Trip

Embark on a thrilling rafting experience down the Nenana River. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the scenic views as you raft. The trip is approximately 3 hours (11 miles) with a total of 2 hours on the water. The upper Nenana scenic wilderness raft trip is great for the whole family. Guests will wear dry suits; waiver is required.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours including transfers from your hotel. Details to be advised locally.

Day #3 22 May 2023 - 10 Sep 2023 $159.00
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