THE GREAT ALASKA TOUR

TRIP LENGTH:  14- DAY TOUR
Custom Trips Available, from 7 to 21 days.

AVAILABLE MAY 15 - SEPTEMBER 15
TRIP DETAILS

Our experts curate the best of Alaska for you to truly make your journey amazing.  You'll see some of Alaska's great sights, and experience them in ways you have always dreamed of.  This guided tour of Alaska begins in Fairbanks, where you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Alaska's rich history and gold-rush roots.  

Next, we'll enjoy the healing waters and numerous attractions at Chena Hot Springs Resort.  Then, we'll travel deep into Denali National Park along the 92 miles of restricted-access Park Road for numerous animal encounters and an up-close experience of North America's tallest peak.  

Following a comfortable ride in a tour bus, we'll arrive in Alaska's largest city, Anchorage.  You'll see the bustling town and it's countless attractions.  Next, we'll board an Alaskan bush caravan airplane which will take us up and over the Alaska Range to the village of McGrath.  An authentic wilderness village and dubbed the "friendliest village", you'll explore life in the wild and the rich culture through the eyes of a local.

This truly is the best of Alaska, and we can't wait to show you why we call it Home.

See it all and more with this city to village tour.

ITINERARY
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

  
Day 1 - Arriving in Fairbanks
Celebrate the past: Jump into your Alaska adventure with a day exploring Fairbanks at your leisure. You may decide to join a Gold Dredge No. 8 tour on the Chena River, explore the larger than life sculptures inside the ice museum or tour the facinating artifacts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum before returning to your hotel to rest and prepare for the next day’s adventures.
  
Day 2 - The Golden Heart City of Fairbanks
Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery paddleboat to enjoy their tour before exploring Pioneer Park.  Pioneer Park lets you walk back to an era when gold was king and narrow-gauge railroads were the way to get around. You'll find museums, a riverboat, a native Alaskan village, a mining operation, and more. Play golf on the world's farthest north mini-golf course, or take a lazy ride on the Crooked Creek and Whiskey Island Railroad.  For dinner, the Alaska Salmon Bake offers an authentic Alaskan dining experience in a truly unique environment.  Featuring a nightly All-You-Care-to-Eat menu of Wood Grilled Salmon, Beer Battered Cod, and Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Pioneer Park’s Salmon Bake is known for wild Alaskan seafood and flavorful family recipes.  Following dinner, we’ll take in a show.  Recognized by the Alaska Visitor’s Association, and thousands of satisfied patrons every summer, as “The Number One Show Throughout Alaska and Canada”, the Palace Theatre’s GOLDEN HEART REVIEW  is a hilarious musical comedy that will leave you laughing, and a bit wiser about life in the last frontier.

DAY 3 - Chena Hot Springs
Board a luxury motor coach for a quick drive to Chena Hot Springs.  Check-in to your room or suite and take a long soak in the natural  hot springs.   World famous for its legendary healing mineral waters, beautiful Aurora Borealis displays in the fall and winter, renewable energy projects, and the Aurora Ice Museum-a year round geothermal technology wonder. Also enjoy an "Appletini" at the Aurora Ice Bar! You will love the healing mineral waters of the natural outdoor hot springs Rock Lake, outdoor hot tub, or indoor family pool. Relax and enjoy the waters while soaking and viewing the Northern Lights above when possible.
   
Day 4 - Denali National Park
Drive from Chena Hot Springs to Denali National Park and stay at an award-winning Denali Park hotel, offering a world-class wildlife viewing wonderland. Explore the park’s village and you’ll soon find a wide array of activities to introduce you to Alaska’s Backcountry.  Raft the mighty Nenana River, take an ATV or Jeep Wilderness Tour, Zipline through Alaska’s most breathtaking background, take in a dinner theater or play 9-holes of golf under the midnight sun.  The activities are endless and awe-inspiring.  

Day 5 - Denali Road Tour
To experience the best of the Park, we’ll take a fascinating interpretive tour. This tour gives you the opportunity for wildlife spotting – and also allows you the chance to sit back, relax, and listen to your Certified Interpretive Guide share their stories about the history, culture, and geography that surrounds you.  An Interpretive Naturalist leads all tours. They will assist you in further exploring the wilderness, wildlife, and history of Denali.

Day 6 - Denali Park
Our last day at Denali, you’ll have the opportunity to experience more of this great park’s activities including touring Husky Homestead where Iditarod Champion Jeff King raises and trains for the famous Alaskan race; take a flight-seeing tour of Denali, or just relax in Alaska’s endless summertime sun and take in the views.  

Day 7 - Anchorage
 We'll depart Denali Park in the late afternoon for Alaska's largest and most bustling city, Anchorage.  Check-in to your hotel room, and spend the evening enjoying Alaska's midnight sun.  Many attractions and souvenir shops are open late during the summer.

Day 8 - Anchorage
Take a self-guided tour of downtown Anchorage. Downtown is the northwest corner of Anchorage with high rise hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants, many attractions and the log cabin Visitor Information Center where you can pick up a map for your walking tour. On weekends, the Anchorage Saturday Market is a good choice for shopping, entertainment, and food. The city also has an extensive trail system. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail begins west of 2nd Avenue and winds along Cook Inlet. Alternatively, you might visit the Anchorage Museum or enjoy shopping at the 5th Avenue Mall. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 9  - McGrath, Authentic Alaskan Village Life
Travel to McGrath from Anchorage, aboard Alaska Air Transit, in a safe and comfortable Grand Caravan bush plane.  The hour-long flight will take you up and over the majestic Alaska Range.  Keep your camera handy as you will want to capture images of this massive range.  The northern gem of the village of McGrath features an authentic look at life in the Alaskan Wilderness.  Plenty of fresh air and wide open country, you’ll enjoy meeting locals in this friendly village.  Check-in to your private room or suite at Hotel McGrath, then take a tour of the Tochiak Museum.  Dinner is served nightly at Hotel McGrath.

DAY 10 - Gold Mine Expedition
Travel from McGrath by river boat to Sterling Landing where your tour will continue by van or truck.  Your host and driver will guide you through the century-old Ophir Gold Mining District on an epic photo safari in some of Alaska’s most beautiful scenery.  Be on the look-out for over 200 species of birds as well as some of Alaska’s most elusive animals: moose, marten, otter, fox, mink, beaver, muskrat, black bear, grizzly bear, wolves, wolverine, fox and lynx.   You'll even have a chance to pan for gold!  You keep what you find! After enjoying a hearty dinner, you will spend the night at the neighboring village of Takotna after taking a relaxing sauna.

DAY 11 - Takotna River Tour
Pack your camera and extra batteries as you cruise the Takotna River on your way back to McGrath, a slow moving river with many opportunities to capture photos of Alaska’s most wild beasts.  Many moose, bears and beavers tend to gather at the edge of the river, giving you an excellent opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat.  Try your luck fishing Alaska’s river monster, the Northern Pike.  Gourmet Alaskan lunch freshly grilled and served as you explore a sand bar rich with Agate gems.  You keep what you find!  Return to Hotel McGrath for dinner and a comfortable night’s sleep.

DAY 12 - Free Day! Relax and enjoy the healthy benefits of Alaska’s wilderness. Go for a short kayak trip along the shores of the Kuskokwim river, or sign up for one of our Alaskan Experiences classes: 
* Berry Picking & Agutuk Making                              * Cabin/Sauna Construction                                     * Cottonwood Bark Carving
* Wildlife & Nature Photography                              * Traditional Athabascan Skin Sewing                 * Traditional Athabascan Beadwork       * Athabascan Birch Bark basket making              * Punk and Chaga hunting & processing
Meet for dinner at Hotel McGrath, followed by a farewell bonfire gathering with traditional Athabascan treats before retiring to your room for the evening.

DAY 13 -  Say goodbye to the Real Alaska, where you've made many friends and even more amazing memories.  We'll catch the morning flight to Anchorage before taking a short drive south to Portage Glacier.  This amazing sight is located in Chugach National Forest and is one of Alaska’s most visited attractions. The Portage Glacier Access Road winds about five miles from the highway, past a series of campgrounds and to the impressive Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. Portage Glacier is in retreat, and is no longer visible from the center’s observation decks and telescopes, but the center is still an interesting stop thanks to exhibits that let visitors walk through a simulated ice cave, view live ice worms or touch an iceberg. To get up close to the glacier, we'll take an hour-long sightseeing boat cruise on Portage Lake.  Return to Anchorage to enjoy dinner and settle into the hotel.

DAY 14 - Following a group breakfast at Gwennie's, a truly unique Alaskan restaurant, you'll be free to explore the city sights before catching your flight home.  Our itinerary ends here, but your memories will last a lifetime.