DAY 1 - Arrive in Anchorage
Welcome to Anchorage! Meet your Tour Director this evening between 5 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.
DAY 2 - Anchorage–Valdez
Meet your fellow travelling companions at this morning’s welcome orientation. Travel through Palmer in the Matanuska Valley, where cabbages can grow to an amazing 70 pounds in the 24-hour daylight all the way to Tahneta Pass for wonderful vistas of Matanuska and Worthington Glaciers. Stop at Bridal Veil Falls before arriving in the seaside port of Valdez, often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Alaska’.
Day 3 - Valdez Cruise on Prince William Sound
Go for a cruise on Prince William Sound. Keep an eye out for wildlife including seals, sea otters, birds and even whales along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier. Before returning to Valdez, see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal where super tankers are loaded with crude oil from Prudhoe Bay.
DAY 4 - Valdez–Delta Junction–Fairbanks
Travel along Richardson Highway and stop at DELTA JUNCTION, a living history homestead with a museum, original roadhouse and farm animals. You can then head west on the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city.
DAY 5 - Fairbanks
Today check out of the Hotel and get transferred to the airport/station to connect to your onward destination.
DAY 6 - Fairbanks–Alaska Railroad–Denali National Park
Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness. Today’s ride ends at DENALI NATIONAL PARK where North America’s highest peak, (20,320 ft) Mount McKinley (Denali), majestically dominates the park’s 6 million acres. The afternoon is free for you to choose your activities. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Murie Science & Learning Centre followed by an exclusive presentation on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist.
DAY 7 - Denali National Park
This morning is at leisure for you to choose from optional activities which include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Then, dress comfortably to explore a wilderness expedition into Denali National Park.
DAY 8 - Denali National Park–Big Lake–Anchorage
Continue exploring Denali National Park as you head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at Happy Trails Kennels home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser and his dogs. Meet an Iditarod competitor and learn how they race and care for their dogs. You will also see a demo on mushing complete with a mock Iditarod checkpoint and get a chance to play with the sled dogs! Upon arrival in Anchorage, take a city sightseeing tour. This evening, your tour director hosts a special farewell dinner just for you.
DAY 9 - Anchorage.Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
Witness one of the world’s most scenic drives as you follow the south shore of lovely Turnagain Arm. Upon arrival in Seward, board your vessel for a cruise of KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK and get the opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters and more!
DAY 10 - Anchorage
Your journey comes to an end this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided for your comfort.