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Jewels of Alaska Guided Tour

Experience the Alaskan Way of Life During a 1-Week Guided Tour in the U.S.

Explore the wild and wonderful Alaskan wilderness during this 1-week guided tour. Begin your adventure in Anchorage with a sweet treat: Taste agutak — Inuit Ice Cream — after an exclusive demonstration by Alaska's Indigenous people at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Board a jet boat for a tour along the Chulitna River to a trapper’s cabin, where you will learn about the lifestyle of hunting and trapping in the state. Ride along the world-famous, glass-domed Alaskan Railroad toward Denali National Park, where the country’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley, will greet you. Meet the champion dog team of a four-time Iditarod winner and allow him to regale you with tales of the 1,049-mile dogsled race over lunch at his home. From Whittier, take a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and the see the glaciers of College Fjord.

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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A humpback whale surfaces suddenly into the sparkling air... a tidewater glacier calves into the sea... a majestic bald eagle quietly soars in a cloudless sky... snow-clad mountains tower over deep blue rivers of ice... forested landscapes and glistening fjords of the 49th state reward with priceless treasures...

The ultimate whale-watching experience off the shores of juneau....

Embark on a quest this morning to spot the magnificent whales of Alaska and also be on the lookout for bald eagles, seals, sea lions, black bear, countless birds and more of Alaska's wildlife! The star of these whale-watching cruises is, of course, the humpback whale – but you will always be on the lookout for playful orcas. Humpback whales migrate, sometimes up to 3,000 miles, to summertime Northern Pacific waters; they usually come up for air every 10 to 15 minutes, and are known as the "acrobats of the ocean" for their breaching, rolling and flipper / tale slapping antics.

Private flightseeing above Denali National Park

One of life's memorable experiences – flightseeing over denali national park, near north america's highest peak....

An experienced Alaska bush pilot who loves to share Alaska's most inaccessible and spectacularly-wild setting – up close – takes you on a flightseeing adventure around the southern side of Denali. Take in all possible views of the summit on a flight over the vast Alaska wilderness, untouched by modern man. View incredible glaciers, peaks and valleys soaring above open alpine tundra and glacier-fed, braided rivers – with a possibility of spotting cascading icefalls and wildlife such as moose, bear, swans and the occasional wolf or coyote.

Hotel Captain Cook

"it's not just the little things, it's everything...".

With sweeping views of downtown Anchorage, Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains, Hotel Captain Cook is definitely the preferred address in Anchorage. The hotel was inducted into Historic Hotels of America, the official travel organization of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, lauded for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. Most notably, the hotel's private art collection celebrates the adventures of Captain James Cook – and along with the hotel's architecture itself, stained glass, paintings, woodwork and sculpture tell his story. The legendary sea captain and the hotel that bears his name share two great qualities: a love of nature and an indomitable Alaskan spirit.

Seven-night cruise aboard a Princess ship

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Cruise Alaska's coastal waters in style...

Cruising Alaska's magnificent Inside Passage, coastline, glaciers and bays aboard your Princess ship is a true voyage of discovery. Each Princess ship is a destination in itself with a wide range of wonderful amenities and delightful diversions from the Lotus Spa®, hot tubs, gym and fitness area, a swim-against-the-current lap pool and swimming pools to entertainment such as Movies Under the Stars® showing first-run feature-length films, a theatre for live performances by musicians, singers and dancers, a casino, and themed bars and lounges that range from a cozy space to sip cocktails to a dance floor and nightclub-style entertainment.

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Grand Alaska aboard Princess begins in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S., and ends in Vancouver, Canada.

If you are a U.S. citizen traveling internationally, you will need a passport valid for six months beyond the completion of your Tauck journey to enter Canada and for embarkation. Click here for more information on the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Patrol website. Passport Cards are not acceptable for air travel between Canada and the USA.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not require a visa for the short duration of this tour. Please note that longer stays abroad for any purpose may require additional travel documentation. If you are a frequent traveler to Canada from the U.S., you may benefit from the NEXUS program which is a joint initiative between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency that allows pre-screened and approved travelers faster processing at designated highway lanes in high-volume border crossing locations, at certain airports, and at certain marine reporting locations in the Great Lakes and Seattle regions. For further information, you may log on to the Nexus Internet site by clicking here.

If you are a citizen of another country traveling internationally, please contact an embassy or consulate of Canada and of the U.S. to determine what travel documentation will be required. A passport is required for embarkation.

The White Pass & Yukon Route train excursion on day 11 from Skagway to British Columbia, Canada is a round trip journey that crosses the border into Canada but does not stop; therefore, there is no presentation of passports on this day.

Anyone with a criminal record (including some misdemeanors such as Driving While Impaired (DWI) charges) may be excluded or removed from Canada, and should contact a Canadian embassy or consulate well in advance of any planned travel to ensure proper travel documentation.

As part of their mandatory check-in process, Princess Cruises requires that all guests provide them with some rudimentary personal information including full legal name, date of birth and email address. For your convenience and to avoid lengthy delays on embarkation day, we are happy to provide the necessary check-in information to Princess Cruises on your behalf. If you have not done so already, we ask that you provide us with these details.

Upon receipt of your mandatory check-in information, Princess Cruises will create a profile for you, and will reach out to you via email, with details on accessing their useful MedallionClass app using your smartphone or other device. Among other critical functions, the MedallionClass app will streamline your experience on board, enabling faster embarkation, access to daily programs, simplified dining reservations and the easy communication of dietary restrictions (if necessary). Although you are traveling on board the ship with Tauck, access to the MedallionClass app is a key part of your experience onboard.

If you do not want your information furnished to Princess Cruises in advance, please contact us as soon as possible at [email protected]. Once again, this mandatory check-in information must be provided to Princess at embarkation, if not provided in advance. Delays on embarkation day can be expected if this information is not provided in advance.

We strongly recommend that you make at least two photocopies of all the travel documents that you bring with you. Include copies of the photo page of your passport that contains the date of issuance, the date of expiration and your citizenship. Secure one set of copies in the safe in your room while traveling and leave one set behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your documents are misplaced, lost or stolen.

To facilitate Travel Requirements, destinations are increasingly utilizing online forms that require digital proof that you've successfully completed your submission (via an email, QR code, etc.) To ensure smooth travels and peace of mind, we strongly recommend all guests carry a personal smart phone and sign up for international data plans before traveling overseas.

Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.

How to Book a Tour

See your travel advisor, or call Tauck at 800-468-2825 to make a reservation.

At the time of booking, please have the following information ready for all members of your party:

  • Tour Name and Departure Date
  • Traveler's Name: First and last names as they appear on your passport or driver's license
  • Traveler's Address(es)
  • Email Address*
  • Traveler's Phone Number(s)*
  • Emergency Contact Information: Please provide the name and phone number  of a relative or friend (not travelling with you) whom we could contact during the tour in the unlikely event of an emergency
  • Interest in purchasing a travel protection plan (US and Canada)
  • Interest in extending your trip by staying in a Tauck recommended hotel before your trip begins or after it ends
  • Interest in our specially negotiated airfares

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Deposits & Final Payment

The deposit and the fees for the optional Protection Plan or Cancel Fee Waiver [CFW] coverage are due at time of booking.

The deposit amount is $1,500 per person

Final Payment is due to Tauck  60  days before departure for lands trips, and  120  days before departure for cruises and rail journeys. If your deposit was made by credit card, final payment will be automatic unless you opted out at time of booking. Bookings without full payment at this time may be subject to cancellation without notice. Failure to make payment will be a considered a cancellation by the guest and all applicable cancellation fees will apply.

Tauck Travel Protection Product / If You Have To Cancel

Effective for plans purchased as of July 1, 2021:

Tauck's Cruise & Event Protection

Tauck's Cruise & Event Protection provides you with cancellation protection before your journey begins as well as insurance benefits while you are traveling. Guest Protection includes the following:

Cancellation Waiver – Provided by Tauck:

Under Tauck's Cancellation Fee Waiver you can cancel your tour for ANY REASON and Tauck will  reduce the regular cancellation fees outlined herein, provided we are notified of cancellation before your cruise departs. Certain terms and restrictions apply (see below*).

*Extreme Circumstances:  In the event of an act of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorism, accident, natural disaster, outbreak of disease, or other event or circumstance beyond our control that contributes to or results in cancellation rates above our historical cancellation rates in the absence of such event or occurrence, Tauck reserves the right to issue a credit to you in lieu of a money-back refund, applicable to a future Tauck journey. Travel Insurance Benefits – Underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company.

  • Trip Cancellation –  Should you cancel for covered reasons, the plan reimburses cancellation fees imposed, up to your total trip cost. 
  • Trip Interruption –  If you have to interrupt your tour for covered reasons, the plan provides reimbursement to catch up to your tour or return home.
  • Travel Delay –  Provides reimbursement for missed, prepaid travel arrangements if you are delayed by a common carrier, natural disaster, unannounced strike, or other reasons as cited in the plan.
  • Medical Expense –  Reimburses covered medical expenses incurred in the event you become injured or sick during your trip. 
  • Baggage / Personal Effects Protection –  Provides reimbursement in the event your luggage or personal effects are, lost, stolen, damaged or delayed during your trip.

Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services –  Provided by Carefree Travel Assistance; 24-hour emergency telephone assistance hotline for medical and travel related problems.

The cost of Tauck's Cruise Protection is  $699  per person.

This plan provides cancellation coverage for your trip and other insurance coverages that apply only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.

This optional Cruise & Event Protection must be requested at time of booking and fee must be included in initial payment. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your reservation. Cruise & Event Protection does not protect travel agent commissions. Reimbursements will be made according to original method of payment. The amount of any refund shall be reduced by any recoveries obtained by you from any third parties.

To obtain your state-specific Certificate of Insurance that contains the complete terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the certificate, visit

If You Have To Cancel

If you cancel within 10 days of initial deposit

Within the first 10 days after you place your initial deposit, you may cancel your reservation for any reason with no cancellation fees.

If you cancel more than 10 days after initial deposit

Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed bookings. These fees vary from tour to tour. Therefore, the following fees apply for this tour.

Cancellation Fees with Tauck's Cruise Protection Plan:

120 days or more before departure: Loss of cost of Tauck's Cruise and Event Protection fee per person 119 – 60 days before departure: Loss of 25% of the cost of the cruise, not including air (if applicable), plus loss of Cruise and Event Protection fee, per person 59 – 1 days before departure: Loss of 50% of the cost of the cruise, not including air (if applicable), plus loss of Cruise and Event Protection fee, per person Cancellation Fees without Tauck's Cruise Protection Plan: 120 days or more before departure: $1500 per person 119 – 60 days before departure: Loss of 50% of the cost of cruise, not including air (if applicable), per person 59 - 1 days before departure: Loss of 100% of the cost of cruise, not including air (if applicable), per person Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in our Wilton Woods, CT office.

Tour Interruption Fees

If you have to interrupt your tour en route, you may be entitled to a refund for the unused land portion if it exceeds 24 hours; certain restrictions apply. Such refunds are based upon the number of overnights missed less a fee of $40 per person per day for unused transportation and other fixed expenses.

Partial Room Cancellation

A person who cancels or leaves a tour while a roommate remains constitutes a cancellation of one type of accommodation and rebooking of another type of accommodation. The price charged to the remaining person is the new, higher price for the new accommodation.

In the event of an unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, Tauck reserves the right to amend the cancellation and transfer terms outlined herein. Note: All Guests, regardless of residency, who book a Tauck journey have the option of purchasing the Cancellation Waiver provided by Tauck in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. Tauck's Cruise & Event Protection, which includes both the Cancellation Fee Waiver and the Travel Insurance Benefits and Assistance Services described above, is not available to residents of Puerto Rico.

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Travel Requirements For This Tour

Air Information and Luggage Restrictions

AIRFARE: Airfare to and from this destination is not included in the journey cost. If purchasing your air elsewhere, it is very important to provide us with your confirmed arriving and departing flight information no later than 3 weeks before your arrival date. Flight information can be submitted to Tauck (or verified, if you've already provided it) in the My Account section of

TAUCK AIRPORT TRANSFERS are included at the start and end of the journey between the airport and the Tauck hotel. Airport transfers are available for any pre tour or post tour hotel stays immediately consecutive to the tour, providing flight information is received in the Tauck office no later than three weeks in advance. Details on locating your transfer upon arrival to the tour start city will be included in your final documents.

AIRLINES and CHECKED LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations during your Tauck journey, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one average-size suitcase per person. Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and are free to revise luggage policies without notice. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies. PLEASE NOTE that if you are booked on a tour that includes on-tour flights, the checked luggage weight restrictions for these flights may be lower than the weight restrictions for your international flights.

Checked Luggage – General

Due to space restrictions, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one suitcase per person weighing no more than 50 pounds (23 kg) and with overall dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 62 inches (158 cm).

Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and luggage exceeding airline standards for size or weight may result in expensive overage fees or other consequences.

Airlines are free to revise luggage policies without notice, and certain airlines have different baggage allowances for different classes of service. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies.

Tauck luggage tags will be provided by your Tauck Director on Day 1 of your itinerary. Please do not attach a Tauck luggage tag to any carry-on items, as the Tauck tags designate luggage that is to be handled and transferred by ground operators and hotel staff during your journey.

Carry-on Luggage - General

Although oversize bags and wheeled, carry-on luggage are popular for airline travel, they are often not convenient or appropriate for motor coach travel or for many on-tour flights. Most modern sightseeing motor coaches offer limited space for numerous or larger items. Space under seats or in the overhead rack is typically small, and designed to accommodate items like coats, hats, purses, and small camera bags, etc.

For your day-to-day travel while on tour, we recommend that you limit your hand luggage to a small, soft-sided carry-on piece, and that you bring only those items you need handy during the day such as make-up, medications, cameras, film, etc. Items too large to fit under the motor coach seat or on the overhead rack must be stored in the luggage bays beneath the motor coach, and may be inaccessible during daytime travel.

Health, Safety and Mobility

This itinerary is one of the more rigorous domestic itineraries we offer. To enjoy this cruise, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces. Some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot. The amount of walking you do, however, is at your discretion. The adventurous journey includes several early morning starts, full-day excursions and many different modes of transportation, including airplane, railroad, cruise ship, boat tender, ferry, catamaran, jet boat, river raft and tram car.

There is a significant amount of walking in Denali National Park and other wilderness areas visited during your journey.

The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge has two floors and no elevator. If you have difficulty walking, be sure to advise your Tauck Director at the beginning of the tour so that rooms close to the public areas can be requested when possible.

As this itinerary is designed for those who are interested in a faster-paced, adventure-filled experience, if you have a medical condition which might limit your participation in activities, please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice and notify us as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. We will advise your Tauck Director accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE:  We regret that we're unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs.  The responsibility of the Tauck Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest.  Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

On board  Princess , smoking is not permitted in passenger state rooms or balconies. There are clearly marked "Designated Smoking Areas" available on board with a sufficient number of ashtrays which are emptied regularly. Generally, these areas include cigar lounges, a section of the nightclub and casino, as well as a portion of the open decks.

The medical center on the Princess ship is staffed by full-time British-registered doctors and nurses. In addition to daily office hours, they are available 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency. If you require medical services, charges for those services will be added to your shipboard account, and you will be provided with an itemized account to submit to your insurance company.

The Princess cruise ship is registered in Bermuda. Please check with your insurer to learn if coverage applies outside the United States, or purchase appropriate travel insurance. If you need to bring and use syringes or other medical equipment onboard, we request that you bring a sharps box and that you contact the shipboard medical infirmary for disposal instructions.

No vaccinations are currently required for travel to Alaska . For complete vaccination information, contact your physician, the public health service in your area, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. The CDC operates a 24-hour information number at 800-232-4636 (toll-free in the U.S.). You may also log on to the CDC website by clicking here .

Reading List

We have compiled a reading list of recommended books to give you more information about the destinations you will be traveling to on your upcoming journey!

You can view the reading list  here.

Although the assumption is that Alaska is a land of snow and sub-zero temperatures, the Alaskan climate is actually extremely varied, caused by the state's six different topographic regions. The far north is extremely dry and very cold, with Arctic conditions and temperatures average about -20 °F (-29 °C). Summer temperatures in the lowlands are surprisingly high, averaging in the 60's °F (16° C), and they have been known to reach 90 °F (32 °C), and up. The southeast tends to be fairly moderate, with damp, rainy and sometimes mild conditions, with temperatures in July averaging 56 °F (13 °C), and temperatures in January averaging 30 °F (-1 °C), and the south and central areas tend to be similar, with slightly colder winter temperatures. Western Alaska tends to be rainy, while the Aleutian Islands in winter are damp and rainy, with fog. Heavy snows are common in the north and central regions of the state.

To read about current weather conditions, we suggest you log on to the Internet website, , by clicking here .

What To Pack

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The weather in Alaska is unpredictable. You will be visiting the warmer, dryer area of the interior and the cooler, wetter rainforest of the southeast coast. We suggest you pack clothing that can be layered for various weather conditions. Slacks, a sweater or fleece, a lightweight jacket and a rain coat are versatile clothes for touring, and comfortable "walking shoes" are a must!

We suggest that you dress for a cruise on the Princess ship the same way you would for any stylish land-based resort. Casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight pants and jogging suits, is the order of the day. We recommend you bring a sweater, a jacket or an all-weather coat for cool evenings, and for shore excursions. Due to unpredictable weather, don't forget a hat or visor and a collapsible umbrella. You'll also want low-heeled, rubber-soled shoes for strolling on deck, as well as comfortable walking shoes or sandals to wear while on shore excursions.

There are two designations of evening wear aboard  Princess : Smart Casual and Formal.

Smart Casual Evenings:

Passengers dress as they would for a fine restaurant at home

Skirts/dresses, slacks, and sweaters for ladies

Pants and open-neck shirts for men

Formal Evenings: (one)

Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for ladies

Tie and jacket, or suits for men

In the dining room, items such as cutoff tee-shirts, shorts, halter tops, and jeans are not permitted and shoes must be worn at all times. Princess cruises require passengers to use cover-ups over bathing suits when entering the ship's public rooms.

Laundry and dry-cleaning services are available on board the Princess. Valet laundry is available at all hotels on this tour except for the McKinely Princess and Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge where you will find coin-operated facilities.

We recommend that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medication in its original container to last through your entire journey, together with a copy of your doctor's prescription or a letter from your health-care provider on office stationery explaining that the medication has been prescribed for you, a list of the generic names of your medication, your travel documents and a change of clothing in your carry-on bag to avoid any inconvenience in the event that your flight or luggage is delayed. No medications are sold on board the cruise ship other than those prescribed and stocked by the ship's physician.

We suggest that you pack the following items your journey:

  • Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes that have already been broken in (very important!)
  • Rain gear - rain coat and umbrella (very important!)
  • Casual daytime wear – slacks, long and short-sleeved shirts
  • Jacket and tie for men 
  • Casually elegant evening wear for ladies
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat
  • Fleece jacket or warm sweatshirt
  • Warm hat, gloves and socks 
  • Binoculars (7x50 preferably)
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, lenses, batteries, memory cards and chargers
  • Travel alarm clock/cell phone with alarm functions (many hotels do not have clocks in the rooms)
  • Rain poncho and collapsible umbrella
  • Reusable zipper-lock bags or other waterproof bags
  • Daypack for camera equipment
  • Sundries and toiletries that may be difficult to find en route
  • Copies of your travel documents that should be secured in the safe in your ship cabin while traveling

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Alaska Fjords and Glaciers Cruise

Duration: 8 days

Starting at: $5800 / pp

Beginning in Juneau or Ketchikan on Alaska's Inside Passage, this adventure cruise sails through Dawes Glacier, the Wrangell Narrows, Behm Canal, and Misty Fjords National Monument. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of... Browse itinerary

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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

Starting at: $4400 / pp

Discover Alaska on this seven-night adventure cruise round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Tracy Arm and Frederick Sound. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of this impressive... Browse itinerary

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Alaska’s Glacier Wilderness with Glacier Bay Cruise

Starting at: $6100 / pp

This seven night adventure cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage sails round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Kuiu Island, and Frederick Sound - a prolific summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Guests enjoy... Browse itinerary

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Northern Passage and Glacier Bay Cruise

Starting at: $5600 / pp

Seven nights of adventure cruising aboard your "floating lodge." Destinations include Chichagof Island, Icy Strait, and Glacier Bay National Park, where a national park ranger comes on board for a day. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience... Browse itinerary

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Chinitna Bay Bear Viewing

Length: 6 hours

Starting at: $1076 / pp

Depart from Anchorage by wheeled plane for a 90-minute scenic flight southwest over Cook Inlet toward the Chigmit Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska and Aleutian Mountain Ranges and two active volcanoes – Mt. Redoubt and Mt.... Browse itinerary

Juneau Helicopter Glacier Walkabout

Juneau Icefield Helicopter Tour and Glacier Hike

Length: 3.25 hours

Starting at: $465 / pp

On this fun and low-stress Juneau day tour, find out why glacier hiking is the most enjoyable way to explore the scenic wonders of the glaciers flowing from the Juneau Icefield.  After a scenic 15-20 minute helicopter flight,... Browse itinerary

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Arctic Circle Fly & Drive Tour from Fairbanks

Length: 12-13 hours

Starting at: $479-499 / pp

This guided tour departs from Fairbanks in the afternoon with a local guide who will provide insights into Alaska's Arctic region. Travel by air, landing above the Arctic Circle and by land on the famed Dalton Highway "ice... Browse itinerary

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Arctic Circle Flight Adventure in Summer

Length: 5 hours

Starting at: $569-669 / pp

Fly north from Fairbanks in a small bush plane and land across the Arctic Circle. The tour focuses on a 2.5-hour land tour of a local Alaskan community. Your return provides another opportunity to see the Yukon River,... Browse itinerary

River Rafting Tours, Float Trips & Rafting Day Trips

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Canyon Run Whitewater River Rafting from Denali

Length: 3 hours

Starting at: $130 / pp

Hang on – there’s Denali National Park whitewater ahead at Canyon Run! Choose to paddle as a river rafting team or let your rafting guide do all the work on this exciting Class III-IV whitewater rafting day trip... Browse itinerary

Adventure Driving Tour

Duration: 9 days

Starting at: $2079 / pp

Enjoy an Alaska adventure vacation from Anchorage, exploring Alaska’s “playground” of the Kenai Peninsula and discovering Denali National Park by car. Raft, hike, and discover fantastic scenery and wildlife throughout your Alaska road trip. You’ll first leave Anchorage... Browse itinerary

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Glacier Discovery Rail and Raft Trip

Length: 9 hours

Starting at: $304 / pp

This Anchorage day tour starts with a southbound tour aboard the Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery train—the 3.5-hour train ride tours along Cook Inlet’s scenic Turnagin Arm and the Chugach National Forest.   On arrival at Spencer Glacier, the Alaska... Browse itinerary

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Bears, Trains & Icebergs from Anchorage

Starting at: $384 / pp

On this entertaining and outdoorsy Anchorage day trip, you depart on the Alaska Railroad in the morning for a 2-hour ride to Portage.  Upon arrival at Portage, a van will pick you up to transfer you to the... Browse itinerary

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“Active Alaska” Rail Package

Starting at: $2959 / pp

Experience Alaska’s must do outdoor activities: raft, hike, kayak, even take a zipline tour! You start your trip in Fairbanks and travel to Denali where you raft and hike. Then continue south to Seward via Anchorage for a... Browse itinerary

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Alaska by Rail Tour

Duration: 10 days

Starting at: $3449 / pp

Travel the entire Alaska Railroad in just nine days! Take the train from Anchorage to Seward, Talkeetna, Denali, and Fairbanks. Cruise to an active glacier, jet boat on the Talkeetna River, view wildlife in Denali National Park and... Browse itinerary

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Glaciers and Wildlife Tour

Starting at: $2289 / pp

Combining Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, and Denali, this tour provides wildlife viewing opportunities and scenic touring throughout. You travel by the Alaska Railroad to Seward and cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park, well known for glacier scenery and viewing... Browse itinerary

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Denali & Glacier Experience

Duration: 6 days

Starting at: $1919 / pp

By train, travel along the scenic Seward and Portage Glacier Highways before entering the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the second-longest tunnel in North America. On arrival in Whittier, embark on the 26 Glacier Cruise with lunch. Enjoy viewing... Browse itinerary

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In seven days see a spectrum of Alaska, from its whales to its grizzlies, its fjords to its mountain peaks.

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Trip Overview

Spend seven days and six nights exploring favorite sites on this popular Alaska vacation package. The itinerary focuses on two areas, Seward and Denali Park . Activities and transportation are picked specifically for active travelers who want to experience Alaska by foot, boat, train, and even plane. The itinerary includes an overnight in Anchorage , two nights at a hotel on the Seward harbor, one night at a Talkeetna lodge, and two nights in the Denali Park area. This affords travelers time for day tours into Kenai Fjords National Park and Denali National Park , both of which often provide opportunities for wildlife viewing. The package starts and ends in Anchorage.

Trip Highlights

  • Spot marine wildlife and float alongside massive tidewater glaciers on a day cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Explore deep into the Denali National Park backcountry on a guided bus tour.
  • Travel by train through Alaska's scenic country between Seward, Anchorage, and Denali Park.
  • See the mightiest peaks in the Alaska range on a flightseeing experience out of Talkeetna.

Why Pick This Trip

Alaska is vast and its landscapes diverse. This itinerary links two wildly different settings into a seamless trip ideal for guests traveling in Alaska for the first time.

Here is everything that is included. Remember, we can easily add or remove services so this vacation package is the perfect fit for your party.

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Anchorage | 1 Night

Just minutes from the Anchorage airport, the Courtyard is a top choice for travelers arriving late or departing early from Anchorage. Learn More >

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Depart 6:45 AM | Arrive Seward 11:20 AM

Travel along the Turnagain Arm, past glaciers and gorges in the Kenai Mountains, and through Sitka spruce forests on this scenic Alaska Railroad route. Learn More >

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Seward | Depart 1:15 PM | 3 Hours

Explore Kenai Fjords National Park's only road-accessible glacier on this two-hour guided hike to the toe of Exit Glacier. Learn More >

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Seward | 2 Nights

Tucked along a salmon stream and within walking distance to most of Seward's main attractions, the Gateway Hotel is also this small coastal community's newest hotel. Learn More >

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Seward | Depart 11:30 AM | 6 Hours

Experience glaciers, wildlife, and Alaska's remarkable coast on this preeminent cruise through Kenai Fjords. Learn More >

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Depart 10:30 AM | Arrive Talkeetna 5:30 PM

Relax aboard the Park Connection motorcoach connecting coastal Seward to the views and adventures awaiting in Talkeetna. Learn More >

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Talkeetna | 1 Night

When the mountain is "out" Denali is unmissable from this ridge-top property. The lodge comprises two full-service restaurants, a coffee shop, bar, and comfortable guest rooms with either forest or mountain views. Learn More >

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Talkeetna | Depart 1:30 PM | 1 Hour

Experience the extreme beauty of Denali and the fortress of granite peaks surrounding it on this must-do flightseeing trip out of Talkeetna. Learn More >

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Depart 5:45 PM | Arrive Denali Park 8:30 PM

Leave in the morning or leave in the evening aboard a luxury Park Connection motorcoach bound for the entrance to Denali National Park. Learn More >

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Denali Park | 2 Nights

Enjoy unparalleled hospitality minutes from the Denali National Park entrance. The hotel offers standard hillside and premium deluxe rooms as well as a restaurant serving up the area's best barbeque. Learn More >

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Denali Park | Depart 6:00 AM | 5 Hours

Fully narrated bus tour with a turnaround point at the historic Murie Cabin deep inside Denali National Park. Learn More >

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Denali Park | Depart 7:30 AM | 3 Hours

Float down the Nenana River on mild water excursion with Denali's longest-running rafting company. Learn More >

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Depart 12:30 PM | Arrive Anchorage 8:00 PM

Alaskan owned and operated, this premier rail service offers passengers reserved seating in a luxury dome car and delicious dining options for lunch and dinner. The southbound Wilderness Express arrives in Anchorage at 8 PM. Learn More >

Read on for a day-by-day breakdown of this tour package. Click on an item to get started, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions.

Fly into Ted Stevens International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Explore Anchorage at your leisure. Overnight Anchorage.

Board the southbound train to Seward in the morning. After departing the Anchorage Depot, the route follows the Turnagain Arm. The first of many glaciers come into sight at Girdwood and Portage after which the train cuts into the Kenai Mountains. Upon arrival into Seward, meet a local naturalist guide for a mellow hike to Exit Glacier. Overnight Seward.

Take time in the morning to explore the shops and docks within Seward's quaint Small Boat Harbor before climbing aboard a spacious catamaran for a six-hour boat tour to Kenai Fjords National Park. You'll cruise past the gnarly spires and cliffsides framing Resurrection Bay. These protected waters provide the best chance to glimpse orcas, whales, sea otters, porpoises, seals, and an array of birdlife. Neighboring fjords lead to massive tidewater glaciers.

Upon returning to land, enjoy a final night in Seward.

This morning you'll meet the Park Connection Motorcoach for a comfortable ride north to Talkeetna. A midday stop in Anchorage gives you a chance to grab lunch. The motorcoach continues north along the Parks Highway to Talkeetna, delivering you directly to your hotel. Overnight Talkeetna.

Today's adventure takes you by air into the Alaska Range. At midday you'll climb into a bush plane flown by an experienced mountain pilot for an hour-long flight to Denali and the extraordinary ring of peaks surrounding it. After landing back in Talkeetna, return to your hotel and catch the Park Connection to the Denali Park area. Overnight Denali.

A wildlife bus excursion into Denali National Park awaits! You'll ride through untamed landscapes, stopping frequently to view wildlife spotted by your driver-guide. Overnight in Denali.

Your final day starts with a scenic raft trip on the Nenana River. The earlier hour gives rafters a better chance to spot wildlife along the water. Once the float concludes, transfer to the Denali Depot and board a deluxe dome train car back to Anchorage. The route takes you over some of the rail's most dramatic sections of track, climbing up and over Broad Pass and crossing the precipitous Hurricane Gulch. Your Alaskan adventure concludes upon returning to Anchorage.

Check out the map below for a visual overview of this specific tour package. You can see a larger version of the map here , or try our an interactive tour map by using the link below.

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The prices below will give you an idea of approximately how much this trip will cost. Keep in mind your actual price will likely vary based on your departure date, availability, and any modifications you make. You can use one of the links below to request an exact quote for your party, or price the trip yourself if you prefer using our My Trip feature. You can often save money by traveling in the value season, typically May and September.

This is one of our most popular Alaska tour packages, but you can make it even better! We can add or remove services to make it a perfect match for your party. For example, many of our guests choose to upgrade their rail tickets to Seward, while others add a day in Anchorage for a bear viewing trip. Need more adventure? Try whitewater rafting in Denali instead of the included scenic float. The choices are endless, and just a few suggestions are listed below.

You can make these changes at check out and your final package price will be updated to reflect just the services you choose. Give us a call or request a quote for more specifics.

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Talkeetna | Depart 8:30 AM | 1 Hour

Land on a glacier deep within the Alaska Range on this unforgettable flightseeing trip out of Talkeetna. Learn More >

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Seward | Depart 8:30 AM | 8 Hours

Explore the farther reaches of Kenai Fjords National Park on this full-day boat trip designed for birders, photographers, and marine wildlife enthusiasts. Learn More >

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Anchorage | Depart 8:00 AM | 6 Hours

Fly by floatplane into the Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat, an isolated wilderness area home to a dense population of black and brown bears. Learn More >

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Denali Park | Depart 10:00 AM | 3 Hours

Splash through wilder rapids in the Nenana River Gorge on this three-hour trip with Denali’s longest-running rafting company. Learn More >

Package Detail

  • Tour ID 120
  • Price From $2,552 + Tax
  • Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Start / End Anchorage / Anchorage
  • Departure Dates Daily from 5/23/2024 to 9/4/2024
  • Travel By Train, Motorcoach
  • Tour Type Self Guided
  • Destinations Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, Denali Park

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Cruise Prince William Sound Glacier

You won’t want to blink when we take you on a glacier and wildlife cruise around Prince William Sound. The towering ice cliffs of the Columbia Glaciers have carved giant blue icebergs into the bay, and you’ll have the chance to spot seals, otters, porpoises and sea lions as you sail around the glaciers.

Admire Alaska’s majestic highways

Home to some of the world’s most scenic highways, we’ll take you on an unforgettable drive when we travel Alaska. Catch sight of Mount Denali on the Denali Highway, see the snowy summits of the Alaska Range on the Richardson Highway, and journey into the clouds along the Top of the World Highway.

Take an iconic train journey through Alaska's wilderness

One of the best ways to discover Alaska is by train and our Alaska tours will take you winding through the wilderness on an iconic train journey aboard the Alaska Railroad. Relax in a deluxe dome railcar and keep your eyes peeled as you journey through the stunning valley landscapes.

Visit Denali National Park

Of all the things to do in Alaska, Denali National Park is one of the most memorable. This untamed wilderness is full of pinch-me moments, like hiking through remote landscapes, rafting the wild waters of the Nenana, discovering rare subarctic wildlife, and learning about the Alaskan natives who once lived in the park.

Enjoy a city tour of Anchorage

As the biggest city in Alaska, Anchorage is the perfect launch pad to your adventure through the state. But first, we’ll take you on an Anchorage tour to discover this buzzing city and learn more about Alaska’s native cultures. Be sure to check out all the city’s fantastic parks, markets and museums.

Our top 5 things to do in Alaska

From exploring the fjords and glaciers of the national parks, to driving the scenic highways, you’ll get to see the best of Alaska with our Alaska cruises and tours.

Wrangell St Elias Visitor Center

We’ll make a stop at the fantastic visitor center for Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the USA. Established in 1980, the park is part of a massive World Heritage Site and the visitor center is full of fascinating information on local history, maps, hiking trails, and local plants and animals.

Valdez Museum

We’ll dive into the unique heritage of Valdez with a visit to the Valdez Museum, where you'll discover the city’s role in the salmon canning, fur trading and mining eras. Some of the top sights are the saltwater aquariums with the marine life of Port Valdez, a restored 1907 Ahrens ‘Continental’ steam fire engine, and a turn-of-the-century saloon bar.

Alaska Native Heritage Center

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is one of the best Anchorage museums, and we’ll take you there to get a deeper insight into Alaska’s native cultures and traditions. You can learn native dances, observe the making of traditional arts, and tour full-size replicas of Alaska native buildings, all while surrounded by peaceful wilderness.

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Our Alaska holidays show you the vibrant history and culture of the state through the best Alaska museums, from native cultural storytelling to tales of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Reindeer Dogs

If you’re looking for Alaskan street food, it doesn’t get much better than reindeer dogs. They’re like hot dogs, but made with reindeer sausage, and we’ll show you where to find them on street corners all over the cities. Add on your favorite toppings like onions, mustard and ketchup and you’ve got the perfect snack.

Black cod and salmon

Fish takes a starring role in Alaskan cuisine and we can see why, as you can often get it caught fresh just a few meters from your dinner plate. The most popular fish is salmon and you can try it baked, grilled, broiled or smoked, while black cod is another favorite, especially when it's marinated and grilled to perfection.

Akutaq (also known as Eskimo Ice Cream)

Akutaq is not your usual ice cream. This Native Alaskan dish was traditionally made with the whipped fat from hunted animals like seals, bears and reindeer, mixed with snow and wild berries, but more recent versions make it with vegetable shortening and berries. We’ll show you where to find this tasty dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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From the famously fresh fish pulled from the water, to the Alaska-style hot dogs and ice cream, there is no shortage of tasty Alaskan foods to try.

What to pack for Alaska

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Waterproof coat

Even if you travel Alaska during the warmer months from May to September, you’ll still encounter temperatures anywhere from below freezing to around mid 20°C (mid-70s F), so bring a coat to stay warm.

Hiking shoes

Alaska is packed with spectacular parks and hiking trails. Pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes to see all the sights, from the Denali mountains to the Dawson gold mines.

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Help keep Alaska beautiful by using a reusable water bottle to avoid adding to waste with disposable plastic bottles. Remember to leave no trace when you visit the pristine national parks.

With some of the world’s most phenomenal landscapes, you can’t visit Alaska without bringing a camera to capture all the beauty. Bring a few extra SD cards too so you never run out of space.

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Alaska Small Group Tours

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Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure Tour

Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure

"She had everything planned out perfectly and was very punctual! She had a great attitude, positive energy, and was very professional." Ameet, traveled in August 2022

Alaska Adventure - 20 Days Tour

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Alaska Adventure - 20 Days

"Fantastic trip of a lifetime. Their aim is to ensure that everyone has the best possible experience." Sandra, traveled in July 2023
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Alaska Kenai Adventure 9 Days Tour

Alaska Kenai Adventure 9 Days

"I had such a great time, I already booked the Denali trip for next Summer!" Mark, traveled in July 2021

Journeys: Discover Alaska National Geographic Journeys Tour

Journeys: Discover Alaska National Geographic Journeys

"The tour was well planned and well managed. The group we were with was also a very pleasant group which made the experience that much more enjoyable." Vilas, traveled in July 2023

4 day Alaska Seward Camping Adventure from Anchorage Tour

4 day Alaska Seward Camping Adventure from Anchorage

"This tour has everything from hiking, kayaking, boat rides - and of course visiting the cool town of Seward." Cate, traveled in March 2024
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Alaska: Ocean Wildlife to Interior Wilderness Adventure - 9 Days Tour

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Alaska: Ocean Wildlife to Interior Wilderness Adventure - 9 Days

"We were able to see parts of Alaska that few get the opportunity to see. The excursion started with us being picked up at the Anchorage Airport." Michael, traveled in July 2019

Hike Alaska: Valdez and Wrangell St Elias Tour

Hike Alaska: Valdez and Wrangell St Elias

"It was a very fun and adventuresome trip. The camp sites were well-organized and hard-working." James, traveled in July 2022

11 Day Alaska Interior Explorer Tour Tour

11 Day Alaska Interior Explorer Tour

"Sooooo much fun! Lots of organization goes behind these tours - and this company does a great job." Donna, traveled in March 2024

Hiking in Denali National Park Tour

Hiking in Denali National Park

"Great experience, great local guide." Erick, traveled in September 2023

Best of Alaska Tour

Best of Alaska

"Stayed in really cool places. Really recommend it." Ela, traveled in September 2023

Anchorage: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park 5 Day/4 Night Adventure Tour

Anchorage: Kenai Fjords & Denali National Park 5 Day/4 Night Adventure

"Some wonderful scenery and animal sightings. Well worth the visit." Shane, traveled in August 2023

USA – Alaska Northern Lights Winter Wonderland Tour

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USA – Alaska Northern Lights Winter Wonderland

"The Alaska Northern Lights Winter Wonderland tour was amazing. Highly recommend." Krystle, traveled in March 2022

USA – Alaska Fall Colors with Northern Lights Tour

USA – Alaska Fall Colors with Northern Lights

"The tour was amazing, great and tour guides:)." shamsudeen, traveled in September 2022

Outdoor Alaska Tour

Outdoor Alaska

"Great! Excellent itinerary! Excellent transportation van! Excellent guide!" Susan, traveled in August 2021

Northern Coast Mountains: Sightseeing Tour from Whitehorse to Anchorage Tour

Northern Coast Mountains: Sightseeing Tour from Whitehorse to Anchorage

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I highly recommend Infinite Adventures in general and this trip particularly. If you want to see the best of Alaska you have to join the team and their bus, In 20 days I have seen more from Alaska than I would ever have expected. Dave and Tory are amazing and I would travel with them any time. 5 stars all the way!!!
Excellent trip! I would absolutely recommend the Infinite Adventures trips to anyone who loves an adventure, enjoys being outside and is flexible in their travel. In this tour, you should be ready for the weather (have good gear) and love camping because much of it is outdoors. This was overall a great trip with lots of activities along the way.

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7 day tour itinerary.

The Spirit of Alaska tour is a 6 night, 7 day Alaska land package . The tour begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska.  Travel north to explore Denali National Park. After that, travel south to enjoy a glacier day cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park.  Ride aboard the Alaska Railroad dome rail-cars to see breathtaking views.  Tour a working sled dog kennel to learn about this long-time Alaskan sport.

These small tour groups are a maximum 13 passengers and 1 Alaska resident guide traveling mainly by small coach. These 7 day tours are designated for travelers of age 13 and above.

7 DAY ALASKA TOUR:   Our days begin 8-9 am and end 8-9 pm, with a little flexibility. Travel is at a comfortable pace. We enjoy several stops along the way to get out of the vehicle often. Optional activities can be arranged to enjoy a more personalized experience.

Meal packages vary with tours. Included meals are listed at the end of each day in the schedule. If meals are not included, then access and assistance to dining is still provided by the guide.

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Arrival Day, Anchorage, Alaska

Today is the scheduled arrival day into Anchorage, Alaska.

The arrival day is an unguided day. Meals and activities for this day are the traveler’s own expense. The tour rate includes the cost of a hotel room and tax.

Hotel: The  Dimond Center Hotel  offers modern, comfortable accommodations in South Anchorage.   Amenities include a refrigerator, microwave, deep soaking tub, & flat-screen TV in each room.   Complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi, & 24 hour airport shuttle provided. 1 king or 2 queen Ultimate Dream Beds.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Escorted Tour Begins;  Sled Dog Kennel tour;  Denali, Alaska

A  breakfast voucher for hotel dining is provided.

8:00 am Meet your Alaskan Tour guide in the hotel lobby to begin your exciting Alaska tour. This 7 day Alaska tour travels with a small group, in a deluxe small coach. A longtime Alaska resident will be your driver-guide. Benefit from local resident knowledge and first hand experiences. Your ATG guide provides genuine Alaskan hospitality and concierge-level service to provide you the best vacation experience.  Depart Anchorage to travel north to Denali Park.

Make an in-route stop in Willow, Alaska. This Alaska town is the heart of mushing country. Tour Dream a Dream Kennels to meet the team of Vern Halter, a veteran Iditarod musher.  Presentations weave the history of the Iditarod into an informative and interactive experience. Take a ride on a multi-seat All Terrain Vehicle.  These dog limos are the most realistic way to ride with a sled dog team in the summer months It’s great training for the dogs and you’ll see how they love it!  

A private group lunch and more time with the mushers is one of those personal experiences to remember.

Continue the drive to our destination, Denali National Park.

Hotel: The  Grande Denali Lodge  offers vistas of the Denali wilderness and the Nenana River that will take your breath away! Spacious guest rooms are a comfortable place to relax and recharge. 1 king or 2 queen beds.

MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: 5 hours

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Alaska Tour Day 3

TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Denali National Park Transit

This morning includes a Breakfast voucher for hotel dining.

Depart for Denali Park entrance. Denali National Park and Preserve, which is located in Interior Alaska, features Mt. Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Park lands encompass more than 6 million acres of scenic wilderness. A trip into it entreats visitors to an experience of a lifetime.

The Denali Park Road parallels the Alaska Range. Scenic travel through low valleys and high mountain passes. This is the only road inside the park. Along its route, sightseeing of beautiful landscapes at every turn, and a view of Denali – if weather allows. Witness wildlife in its natural habitat.

The turnaround point for your park experience will be at Mile 43 of the park road.

This shuttle travels 43 miles one way, 6 hours round trip if you stay with the same bus. It stops every hour and 15 minutes for view points and restroom stops. The shuttle bus will stop for wildlife when sighted.

Your ATG guide will arrange for a boxed lunch for you to take along .

Spend your second night at the Grande Denali Lodge .

MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: 30 min. plus Park Shuttle (not all drive time)

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TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska Railroad Goldstar – Denali to Talkeetna;  Wasilla, Alaska

11:20 am check in to board The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad’s flagship train, GoldStar Service from Denali to Talkeetna . On this Alaska tour route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the scenic landscape. Enjoy first-class service aboard double-deck dome cars.

The train departs at 12:20 and your guide will meet you with your luggage in Talkeetna at 4:40 pm. Next, depart Talkeetna by ATG small coach for the drive to our overnight destination in Wasilla.

Lake Lucille Inn guests enjoy beautiful mountain and lake views along with comfortable accommodations. Guest laundry and wireless internet available. A full hot breakfast buffet is provided each morning. Deluxe rooms feature a lake view.

MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: 1.5 hours | RAIL TIME: 4 hours 15 minutes .

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TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: National Scenic Byway; Begich Boggs Visitor Center; Seward, Alaska

Hot breakfast Buffet included.

Travel south along the Seward Highway. This National Scenic Byway passes through some of the most spectacular sightseeing in the country. The landscape varies from the muddy ocean waters of Turnagain Arm to the icy blue glaciers hanging above. Wildflowers and waterfalls seem to brighten every turn of the road as it glides below rough mountains that pierce thick, heavy clouds. Only Alaska’s Seward Highway can offer this particular mix created by climate, geography, and geology.

In-route visit to the Portage Valley.  Surrounded by glaciers, the  Begich Boggs Visitor Center  sits on the shore of the glacial Portage Lake.  The visitor center offers an unique opportunity to learn about the Chugach National Forest, America’s second largest national forest. Award-winning exhibits, presentations, and movie highlight the unique features of the region.

Continue the drive south.

Seward, Alaska is a picturesque coastal community where the mountains melt into the seas. Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park offer spectacular views of wildlife, glaciers and mountains. Stop by the harbor to see returning fish charters and their catch of the day, peruse the souvenir shops, or stroll along the bayfront.

Today includes a group Dinner .

Hotel: The Gateway Hotel . This is Seward’s newest hotel. Spacious rooms provide 2 queen beds or one king bed. Includes continental breakfast room. Easy walking distance to shops, dining, and convenient for a walk along the bay under the late evening sun.

MEALS: B, D | DRIVE TIME: 3.5 hours

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Alaska Tour Day 6

TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Kenai Fjords National Park Wildlife and Glacier Tour

Hotel breakfast room included.

10:30 am check in for the 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park tour . This 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Providing a full narration to your journey, an experienced captain will point out the spectacular sights and provide information on the area’s ecology, history, and geology. Spend time in front of the mighty Holgate Glacier, an actively calving tidewater glacier. Cruise about islands and coves of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, common murres, and black-legged kittiwakes. Other possible wildlife sightseeing include bears, mountain goats, sea otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises, fish, and whales. This day includes a deli style lunch .

The tour returns 5:30 pm.

Spend your second night at the: Gateway Hotel .

MEALS: B, L | DRIVE TIME: none | CRUISE TIME: 6 hours

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7 Day Alaska Tour – Final Day

TOUR DAY HIGHLIGHTS: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; Anchorage, Alaska 

Travel north as you return along the Seward Highway allowing a second opportunity for magical views and potential wildlife sightings in their natural habitat.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non profit organization that cares for rescued wildlife; injured and/or orphaned. This is a fantastic opportunity to photograph Alaska wildlife up close. See moose, brown and black bear, wood bison, musk ox and many more rescued animals.

3:30 pm arrival into Anchorage. Any departing flights should be booked for 6:00 or later, with a check in time of 4:00 or later. ( We advise a check in time of at least 2 hours p rior to departure time).

Time allowed and weather of the day will determine if any City touring is available before drop off. Options include visits to Earthquake Park, Ship Creek, and other downtown locations for shopping, dining or to add small attractions.

*Your 7 day Alaska tour concludes in Anchorage with pre-arranged drop off at the airport or hotel. End of tour drop off is 4-5 pm.

MEALS: B | DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours

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Brendan Sainsbury

May 27, 2024 • 7 min read

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The best itineraries in Alaska involve plenty of epic highways, wildlife, camping and scenic train routes along the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad © Justin Foulkes/Lonely Planet

In a state where the journey is as often as absorbing as the destination, the temptation to draw up a challenging, action-packed Alaska itinerary is more than compelling. Routes here take in everything from Panhandle forests to frigid Arctic tundra.

However, with a road network only slightly larger than that of Rhode Island, there’s a limit to how far you can get with a car. Fortunately, many of the state’s more remote corners are accessible by plane, train, or ferry.

Remember, Alaska is two-and-a-half times the size of Texas. If it were a country, it would be the world’s 17th largest. Even a two-week sojourn only offers a small taste of this great unsullied wilderness, but what a taste it is!   

Try these four busy itineraries that take you to Alaska's most dramatic sights and experiences.

5-day itinerary: Fairbanks to Seward by train 

This land-based itinerary takes advantage of the beautifully maintained Alaska Railroad . Start out in Fairbanks , the railroad's northernmost terminus, where you can spend a day exploring the museums and a night appreciating the remarkable phenomenon of a sun that barely sets.

Hop on the train to Denali National Park , and enjoy a good day hike on the Triple Lakes Trail . The next morning, take the extraordinary eight-hour ride to Anchorage . Along this stretch, the tracks leave the road and probe into asphalt-free wilderness, paralleling rivers instead of the highway, with the icy mass of 20,310ft Denali in view if you're lucky.

Spend two nights and one full day in Anchorage, taking advantage of its surprisingly sophisticated shopping and dining scene. Check out the world-class Anchorage Museum , or rev up for a salmon bake with a bike ride along the Coastal Trail . Then hop aboard for another spectacular journey to Seward .

Again, the train deviates from the road and takes you 10 miles into the Chugach Mountains. Seward is the southern terminus of the railroad, ending at gorgeous Resurrection Bay. Be sure to take a tour of Kenai Fjords National Park to spot sea lions, sea otters and whales before you leave.

10-day itinerary: Katmai National Park to Anan Creek 

One of the fastest-growing activities in Alaska is bear watching, and the state has no shortage of bears, nor tourists wanting to see one – preferably catching and devouring a salmon. Make it to at least one of the following destinations and you’re likely to spot one.

One of the most famous bear-viewing sites is our start point: Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park & Preserve . Here you can snap the ultimate Alaskan photo: a dozen grizzlies perched on the edge of a waterfall, snapping salmon out of the air as they leap upstream. There are so many bears here in July, in fact, that the moment you step out of your floatplane at Brooks Camp, you'll be ushered into the national parks office for a mandatory bear orientation (likely passing a grizzly or two ambling up the shore of Naknek Lake on your way).

A bit more accessible than Katmai is Denali National Park , which is accessible by road after the plane ride to Anchorage. Here you can jump onto a park shuttle bus and press your face against the glass as you scour the sweeping landscape for both brown and black bears. Not only are you likely to spot one of these legendary beasts, you’ll also probably catch sight of caribou and moose too (note that the 92-mile road is only open up to mile 43 until summer 2023).

Brown bear with a fish in its mouth at the Brooks River in Katmai National Park

You'll need to fly again to get to Utqiaġvik and Point Barrow for a chance to spot a polar bear at the top of the world. Photographing one of these massive white predators in the wild is an experience few will ever have. A guided tour will take you out of town where you might also catch sight of walruses near the water.

For a more urban experience, fly on to Juneau . The most affordable bear-watching in Alaska is found here, since you don’t have to travel far from the city to catch black bears feasting on salmon. Just head to Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier. Time permitting, you can also make a short out-and-back hop in a seaplane to Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.

Finish off in the southern panhandle at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory 30 miles southeast of Wrangell, one of the only places in Alaska where black and brown bears coexist. Get here from Juneau by air.

The scenic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad passes wildflowers near Skagway, Alaska

2-week itinerary: Cruising Southeast Alaska

One of the most exciting trips is taking the Alaska Marine Highway from Bellingham, Washington , to Skagway. It’s an easy-to-plan journey through a scenic region of Alaska, although you should reserve space on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry if you want a cabin.

Board the ferry in Bellingham and enjoy the coastal scenery of Canada – including lonesome lighthouses – for a couple of days before disembarking for two days at Ketchikan . If it’s not raining, spend a day climbing Deer Mountain and enjoy lunch on the peak with panoramic views of the Inside Passage.

Head out to Totem Bight State Park to see carved totems and a colorful Indigenous community house. If it is raining, book a flightseeing tour of Misty Fjords National Monument , an almost-mystical landscape of steep fjords and waterfalls running off foggy green mountains.

Native American totems at Totem Bight State Historic Site, Alaska

Catch the ferry to Wrangell and take a wild jet-boat tour up the Stikine River, North America’s fastest navigable river. Be sure to visit Petroglyph Beach , where ancient rock carvings of faces and spirals emerge at low tide. Continue to Sitka on the ferry for an afternoon at Sitka National Historical Park and another on a whale-watching cruise.

Head to Juneau and sign up for a walk across the beautiful ice of Mendenhall Glacier . Top that off the next day by climbing Mt Roberts and then having an Alaska-brewed beer (or two) before taking the Mt Roberts tramway back to the city. In the evening enjoy one of the city’s salmon bakes and indulge in the cheerful tourist trap that is the Red Dog Saloon .

Climb aboard the high-speed Fjord Express catamaran for two days in Skagway, the historic start point for the Klondike gold rush. Board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad for a two-hour trip to the summit of White Pass and in the evening catch the rollicking Days of '98 Show back in Skagway.

If you can eke out another day, take the fast ferry to Haines , a quiet, local-loving Alaskan town with some fine hikes and a great brewery. After returning to Skagway, you’ll need to backtrack to Juneau if you want to fly home – or you can jump back on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry in Auke Bay.

A winding road in Denali National Park in fall, Alaska

2-week itinerary: Burning rubber on Alaska’s uncrowded roads

Driving the very wide open roads in such a dramatic landscape is what road-tripping is all about. Get yourself a rental vehicle and stick on some Springsteen: you’re in for an amazing ride across Alaska.

Fly into Anchorage and pick up your car (make sure you book well in advance). Stop at one of the city’s large supermarkets, stock up with road-trip goodies and some liquid refreshment and then beat it out of town.

Head north and take the George Parks Hwy through Wasilla. Turn at the Talkeetna Spur Rd and hang out in Talkeetna , a laid-back climbers’ town. Spend the day on the last flag-stop loco in the US, the Hurricane Turn Train . In the evening, be sure to check out the antics at the historic Fairview Inn ’s bar.

Head back to the Parks Hwy and continue north to the Denali Highway. Open only in summer, this 134-mile dirt road traverses the foothills of the Alaska Range. Take your time – the going is rough and the scenery stunning. Pitch a tent along the road wherever it feels right, preferably next to a rushing stream, and then continue heading east in the morning until you hit the Richardson Hwy.

Bull Moose on highway at Denali National Park, Alaska

Travel south and then follow the McCarthy Rd east to the Kennicott River, 127 miles from Glennallen. Spend the next day exploring the quaint village of McCarthy and the amazing mining ruins at Kennecott . Return to the Richardson Hwy and head south and then west.

Continue into Valdez and stay an extra day to splurge on a Columbia Glacier cruise. Drive onto the Alaska Marine Highway ferry (reserve this in advance) and sail across Prince William Sound to Cordova. Spend 24 hours dissecting the Sound's most attractive town and its free-thinking locals, incorporating a hike around the Copper River Delta with its many bird species.

From Cordova, take a ferry to Whittier. On the same day drive 90 miles to Seward , passing through the 2.5-mile Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. Stay two days in Seward; book a boat tour or kayak in Resurrection Bay, but on the afternoon of the second day hightail it back to Anchorage (127 miles) to turn in your hire car before the dealer closes.

This article was first published Jun 6, 2022 and updated May 27, 2024.

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