SECRETS OF ALASKA / ENGLISH SPEAKING / Private Tours
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Upon arrival into Anchorage proceed to the baggage claim to pick up your luggage. Please use the courtesy phone near baggage claim to call your Anchorage downtown hotel for a complimentary shuttle transfer. The Quality Suites Near Convention Center is located on 8th Avenue in downtown Anchorage.
The remainder of your day is open to explore Alaska’s largest city. Visit the remodeled Anchorage Museum or the Saturday Market & Festival. Enjoy a walk or bike ride on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. There are plenty of good restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.
Overnight at the Quality Suites Near Convention Center.
Anchorage - Denali (B) 379 km
Enjoy hot breakfast at your hotel. At 8:30am meet your driver/guide and fellow travelers for a short briefing and introductions. Leave Anchorage onboard a private touring van and head north to Denali National Park. Total driving time between Anchorage and Denali is five hours. Your driver/guide will determine where and when to stop for meals and Mt. McKinley views.
A stop at the Denali Park Visitor Center is on the program for this afternoon.
Overnight at the McKinley Chalet Resort located at Milepost 238 Parks Highway.
This morning you will travel 65 miles into Denali National Park to the Eielson Visitor Center. By riding the shuttle bus system, visitors can enjoy viewing the park without worrying about maneuvering a vehicle, and riding in a bus enhances the chances of spotting wildlife. On a clear day, this 8-hour shuttle bus trip into the park affords outstanding views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range when visible, and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Opened in June 2008 the completely reconstructed Eielson Visitor Center was 3 years in the making. The new sustainably constructed building and all new interpretive exhibits are well worth the visit. Take a hike on your own on the trails around the visitor center, or join National Park Service Rangers for daily guided walks.
This afternoon there is time for optional tours such as flight seeing, river rafting, hiking or jet boat tours. Your guide will help arrange any optional tours you would like to take.
Overnight at the McKinley Chalet Resort.
Denali – Talkeetna – Knik 390 km
At noon you will board the Denali Star train for your rail journey from Denali Park to Talkeetna. Arrive into Talkeetna by 4:40pm where your guide will be waiting with the van. There is time for a short visit of the colorful town of Talkeetna before your journey to the Knik River Lodge located near Palmer.
Overnight at the Knik River Lodge.
Situated above the tree line at 3,000 feet in the Talkeetna Mountains you will find Hatcher’s Pass and Independence Mine State Historical Park. In 1906, Robert L. Hatcher staked and filed the first hard rock gold claim opening one of the richest chapters in Alaska mining history lasting until 1953 when Independence Mine was finally closed. In the late 1970's, the Independence Mine State Historical Park was established.
Learn what it was like to live and work in one of Alaska’s largest gold mining camps.
The afternoon is free for optional tours such as Knik Glacier boat tours, Helicopter flight seeing or Helicopter dog mushing.
Overnight at the Knik River Lodge.
Knik – Girdwood - Cooper Landing - Soldotna 325 km
Leave the Matanuska Valley this morning for your drive to the Kenai Peninsula. Stop at the Alyeska Hotel in Girdwood for an included Tram ride. The Alyeska Aerial Tram is a seven-minute scenic ride from The Hotel Alyeska to 2,300 ft in elevation and the top of Mt. Alyeska. From the Tram, you can see miles in all directions including views of the Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range.
Continue to Cooper Landing where you will join Alaska Wildland Adventures on a serene two-hour float trip along a non-motorized stretch of the scenic Upper Kenai River. Have your camera ready for moose, eagles, Dall sheep, salmon, waterfowl, beaver, and bears as your guide navigates you through the snow-capped mountain scenery of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Hear the stories behind the sights; the wildlife, the native inhabitants and early settlers, and the forces that shaped the Kenai River Valley. Continue your drive along the Sterling Highway to Soldotna. Overnight at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna.
Soldotna – Homer 155 km
Travel to Homer, the southern-most point of the Sterling Highway and home to many famous Alaska artists. Upon arrival into Homer stop at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visit Center for a self guided tour. Stroll through inside exhibits and explore interpretive trails on the Center's sixty-acre site. Homer is a quaint town nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay offering breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife. Whether it's fishing, kayaking, bear viewing or flight seeing you will have plenty of optional tours to choose from.
Overnight at the Land’s End Resort located on the Homer Spit.
Choose from optional excursions including world-class halibut fishing, bear viewing or tour the Homer Spit. You can also take a water taxi to other local communities, such as Seldovia or Halibut Cove. Your tour guide will help you arrange optional excursions.
Overnight at the Land’s End Resort.
Homer - Seward 288 km
Break up the drive to Seward by visiting the fishing community of Ninilchik, once a Russian fur trading village. The Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1900, and the historic cemetery overlook this rustic village peacefully share the brilliant Alaskan sunset skyline with Mount Redoubt and Mount Iliamna perched across Cook Inlet. Upon arrival into Seward there is time for an included visit of the Alaska SeaLife Center.
The SeaLife Center is Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. Visitors to this “window on the sea” have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska’s rich seas.
Overnight at the Breeze Inn.
Seward - Anchorage, 203 km
This morning you will discover Kenai Fjords National Park on a fully-narrated wildlife and glacier cruise. Kenai Fjords National Park abounds with marine sea life and is a must for those interested in Alaska glacier cruises, whale watching, Alaska bird watching, and wildlife viewing. Depart from the Seward Small Boat Harbor on a 6-hour cruise including a healthy chicken Caesar wrap for lunch.
Depart for Anchorage this afternoon and enjoy the beautiful drive along Turnagain Arm.
Overnight in downtown Anchorage at the Quality Suites Near Convention Center.
Your escorted tour comes to an end today with a complimentary transfer to the Anchorage Airport. Depending on your return flight spend the day exploring Anchorage’s Big Wild Life. Take a guided hike into Chugach State Park, the third largest state park in the nation, or opt for an exciting excursion to Brooks Falls or Redoubt Bay Lodge.
ransfer to airport.
- Experienced driver guide fluent in English and German
- All local sales and bed taxes, port fees and park service access permits
- Private van transportation (day 2-10)
- 10 overnight accommodations
- Day excursions included: Denali Park shuttle bus to Eielson, Alyeska Tramway, Kenai River float, Alaska SeaLife Center Admission, Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
- Alaska Railroad standard class Denali to Talkeetna
- Select meals
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