9 Day Classic Alaska
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Gate 1 Travel
DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Anchorage
Welcome to Alaska! Arrive in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, where most of the population resides. Transfer independently to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to get familiar with this thriving city located between the Chugach Mountains and the waters of the Cook Inlet. In the afternoon, your Tour Manager will be available to offer suggestions for your free time. The downtown area in Anchorage has grown into a prosperous and vibrant center with a world-class museum and plenty of gift shops, galleries, and restaurants. Stop to see the bronze statue of Captain Cook at Resolution Park dedicated to his exploration of Cook Inlet in 1778 or visit the monument to President Eisenhower commemorating Alaska’s admission to the Union in 1959.
DAY 2, Friday - Denali National Park
Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the world-famous Deluxe Dome Rail for the scenic journey from Anchorage to Denali National Park. Sit back, relax and enjoy this picturesque train ride. View magnificent panoramas along the route, including the Susitna River, the longest in South Central Alaska, with its premier streams sometimes plentiful with salmon and rainbow trout. Arrive in Denali, home to the six million acre Denali National Park and the tallest peak in North America. After the Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant, arrive at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 3, Saturday - Tundra Wilderness Tour, Denali
This morning, head into Denali National Park, a vast region of unspoiled beauty, home to awe-inspiring Denali, the highest peak in North America. Today’s Tundra Wilderness tour takes you through the National Park, and if the weather is clear, you'll see Denali. During the early part of the trip, keep a sharp lookout for the most impressive animal in the park - the Alaskan moose, largest in the world, weighing up to 1600 pounds. It’s possible that you'll see Dall sheep on the mountainsides, caribous anywhere above the tree line, eagles soaring above and grizzly brown bears too! It’s possible to also see and hear howling wolves in the distance. As you travel over mountain passes; the highest points offer expansive views of the Alaska Range on the horizon. While glaciers cover one-sixth of the Park, the sub-arctic wilderness also supports many species of colorful flowering plants. Return for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY 4, Sunday - Depart Denali, Arrive in Seward
Travel today from Denali to Seward on the beautiful Parks Highway. En route, stop for lunch at leisure, then continue on one of the world’s greatest scenic drives along the Turnagain Arm, where the mountains rise out of the sea and the ever-changing landscape is abundant with wildlife. Arrive in the coastal community of Seward, the most popular port in Alaska, with its colorful history of Russian fur traders and gold prospectors. Upon arrival, enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, Monday - Kenai Fjords National Park
Today join a boat cruise from Seward into magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park. The Park features dramatic fjords, calving glaciers, and the massive 300 square mile Harding Ice Field. The waters of Kenai Fjords are teaming with marine wildlife like Steller sea lions, harbor seals, Dall porpoises, sea otters, and humpback, killer and Minke whales. After lunch on board, return to the harbor for an afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 6, Tuesday - Depart Seward, Kenai Cultural Center
This morning, visit Exit Glacier, located in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Walk along the trail and river beds to see the changes in vegetation and the melting glacier – you may even hear it crackle! Depart to Kenai, the largest community on the Kenai Peninsula with its dramatic backdrop of the Alaska Range and three active volcanoes. The Kenai River's legendary salmon is the reason Kenai is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Alaska, often referred to as one of the greatest sport fishing areas in the world. Visit the Kenai Cultural Center to view the display of Alaskan artifacts and historical exhibits on the city's Russian heritage. Then, continue the journey south, past lush green valleys and fields of wildflowers to the charming and colorful town of Homer. As the road turns east along the bluffs overlooking Kachemak Bay, see the astonishing panorama of mountains, white peaks, glaciers and the famous Homer Spit, a long strip of land that stretches into that beautiful deep blue bay. Upon arrival to Homer, head towards Homer Spit for Dock Walk of the Harbor and learn about marine wildlife and its great tidal range. (Breakfast)
DAY 7, Wednesday - Full Day in Homer
Discover the unique coastal town of Homer on your day at leisure; activities like fishing and sea kayaking are options for your day at leisure. Perhaps try the Islands and Ocean Visitor’s Center, "Your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world." There are exhibits inside as well as interpretive trails throughout its sixty acre site or explore this tempting town with its quirky gift shops and art galleries, and plenty of fantastic seafood restaurants. (Breakfast)
DAY 8, Thursday - Travel to Anchorage, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Depart Homer for Anchorage. En route, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers, the perfect place to learn about Alaskan wildlife. View a variety of Alaska's wildlife in this natural park setting and see the injured animals that are cared for by the Center. Continue to Anchorage. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on your final night in Alaska with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 9, Friday - Return Home
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
8 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
12 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Rail service from Anchorage to Denali National Park
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Board the Deluxe Dome service, for a scenic journey to Denali National Park
Enjoy a Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park
A chance to view majestic Denali, the tallest mountain in North America
Boat cruise to magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park, teeming with marine wildlife
Take an walk to the edge of the massive Exit Glacier
Visit to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, to learn about Alaskan wildlife
Anchorage: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Denali National Park: Denali Park Village
Seward: Windsong Lodge
Homer: Homer Ocean Shores
Some domestic flights arrive late at night on Day 1. Departure from Anchorage on Day 2 is early.
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.
This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect up to four hours walking every touring day. A few early wake-ups as well as one long 8-hour train ride to Denali are necessary to cover the territory. 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. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and steps throughout the tour. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Flights to Anchorage may arrive late and depart very late (red eye). Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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