Alaska by Land: Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage and Seward (July 28 - August 8, 2015)

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Alaska by Land: Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage and Seward (July 28 - August 8, 2015)


TOUR PRICE:  The price for this twelve days, air-inclusive package is $4295.00 per person based on double occupancy and Alaskan Airlines taxes of approximately $107.00 (subject to change until ticketing. The single room supplement is $1545.00.


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Day 1: Fairbanks arrival

Arrival at Fairbanks airport where you will be met by your guide. Transfer by motorcoach to your downtown hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and overnight Fairbanks.

Day 2: Fairbanks sightseeing 

Morning sightseeing tour of Fairbanks where you will learn about the culture of this unique city and its beginnings in the Gold Rush era. As the tour continues, view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, an 800-mile engineering feat built in the 1970's. This pipeline runs from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez and transports 25% of the USA’s oil. This afternoon, we suggest an optional visit to the University of Alaska Museum which displays the natural and cultural history of Alaska. Exhibit highlights include a 2,000-year spectrum of Alaska art, from ancient ivory carvings to contemporary paintings and sculpture, the state's largest public display of gold and Blue Babe, a 36,000-year-old mummified steppe bison. The museum also features an exhibit on the Aurora Borealis. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 3: Fairbanks

This morning, enjoy a Riverboat Discovery Cruise. The 3.5 hour cruise on the Chena River is on board an authentic Sternwheeler and stops en route at an Athabaskan Indian Village for a short visit. Overnight Fairbanks.

Day 4: Fairbanks / Denali

Morning departure by coach south along the scenic George Parks Highway to Denali National Park. Enjoy the views of massive Mount McKinley and the Alaska Range. Overnight Denali. 

Day 5: Denali National Park

This morning we take a 7 hour wildlife tour into the heart of Denali National park. This tour offers a good chance of seeing the wildlife of the park, in particular, Grizzly Bears, caribou, moose and perhaps even a wolf. Return to Denali mid-afternoon with time for hiking or a visit to the Visitor Centre. Overnight Denali.

Day 6: Denali National Park

This morning, enjoy a free day in Denali National Park where you will have the opportunity to explore on your own or simply relax and take in the scenery. Overnight Denali.

Day 7: Denali / Anchorage

Today we will enjoy a scenic train ride to Talkeetna. The train moves into Broad Pass, at 2,363 feet it's the highest point on the railroad, and where caribou migrate through during the fall. The track climbs toward tree line, crossing Hurricane Gulch, the longest bridge on the railroad just over 914 feet and 296 feet above Hurricane Creek. Approaching Talkeetna, the track follows the serpentine banks of the Susitna River. On clear days, more views of Mt. McKinley emerge across the river presenting many chances for photos. Black and brown bear frequent the sandbars and scuttle into the brush as the train approaches. Upon arrival to Talkeetna we will board the bus again en route to Anchorage. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 8: Anchorage sightseeing

Morning sightseeing tour of Anchorage passing Earthquake Park, the largest floatplane harbour in the world and downtown Anchorage. Visit the Anchorage Museum of History and Art which displays the art, culture and history of the Alaskan peoples and the Log Cabin and Visitor Information centre for a taste of Alaska. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight Anchorage

Day 9: Anchorage / Seward

Today we will head for Portage Glacier near Whittier and cruise the placid Portage Lake to Portage Glacier. This cruise takes only one hour, but it could be the most impressive 60 minutes of your life. Watch for huge chunks of ice to break away and crash in to the lake as the MV Ptarmigan weaves through iceberg-dotted waters. Then, departure for Seward, named after William Seward, who arranged the purchase of Alaska from the Russians. On our way down we will stop at Alyeska Resort for a ride up the Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway. A seven-minute ride bringing you to a viewing deck which provides breath taking panoramic views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, towering spruce, and an array of wildlife. Continue toward Seward for overnight.

Day 10: Seward 

This morning, enjoy a Kenai Fjords National Park boat cruise (6 hours) for a chance to spot marine wildlife including Orca whales and sea otters plus gives close up views of tidewater glaciers which may calve huge blocks of ice into the waters. Overnight Seward.

Day 11: Seward 

Morning visit to the Sea Life Centre which displays the wonderful marine life of Alaskan waters. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Seward.

Day 12: Seward / Anchorage departure

Based on your flight times, transfer back to Anchorage airport for your return flight home.

ALASKA BY LAND TOUR FEATURES:  See the below daily itinerary for complete details.  Highlights include round trip air transportation to Fairbanks with a return from Anchorage on Alaskan Airlines out of Newark Liberty International Airport;  11 total nights in three and four star hotels with breakfasts daily  (the hotels include 3 nights Fairbanks at the Springhill Suites, 3 nights Denali at the Denali Park Village, 2 nights Anchorage at the Hilton Anchorage and 3 nights Seward at the Breeze Inn);  an attractive sightseeing program consisting of a Riverboat Discovery Cruise in Fairbanks, a Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali, Deluxe Dome Rail from Denali to Talkeetna, entrance to the Anchorage Museum, a Portage Glacier one hour cruise in Whittier, the Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway in Girdwood, Kenal Fjords National Park Boat Cruise (six hours) in Seward and entrance to the Alaska Sea Life Center;  other services include a fulltime ArawjoTours, LLC Tour Representative (Jack Schellenberg),  a fulltime tour guide for the entire twelve days and motor coach and driver services as outlined in the itinerary.  We also plan to conduct a pre-departure orientation at a local restaurant.