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Featuring Denali National Park, Alaska Railroad, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tundra Wilderness Tour

Tour Dates: July 31 - August 6, 2017
Waitlisted!

7 Day Package
8 Meals Included

Price:
$1699 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2399 Per Person / Single Occupancy

 


Take a moment to imagine this: rugged, glacial landscapes of white, the feeling of delight if you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two in tow, the majestic sight of Denali as you ride along the famous Alaska Railroad. This is the essence of Alaska. Embark on this adventure of a lifetime to discover our nation’s largest, and perhaps most beautiful, natural wonder.

 

 Tour Highlights:.
  • A unique land tour led by an Alaskan native and featuring the best of Alaska aboard a train, riverboat, and motorcoach at a time of year when the weather is usually most favorable

  • In Denali National Park, search for grizzly bears, moose, and Dall sheep on a tundra wilderness tour; take part in optionals such as river rafting, jet boat safari, visit to an Iditarod dog kennel or flight-seeing Mt. Denali

  • Travel in deluxe dome cars aboard the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Anchorage and watch for glimpses of Mt. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley)

  • In Anchorage, a city tour and a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center which celebrates, perpetuates and shares Alaska Native culture

  • While in Fairbanks enjoy a sternwheeler cruise on the Chena River, visit the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North to learn about the Alaskan Gold Rush and enjoy an authentic salmon bake dinner


   Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-2: Rivers Edge Cottages - Fairbanks, AK
  • Nights 3-4: Grizzly Bear Resort - Denali, AK
  • Nights 5-6: The Lakefront Anchorage - Anchorage, AK
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Monday, 7/31/2017 - Travel to Fairbanks
Optional transfers from your home or our departure points this morning will have you at the Los Angeles International Airport for a connecting flight to Fairbanks, the largest city in Alaska’s interior. Located near the confluence of the Tanana and Chena Rivers, Fairbanks is Alaska’s second largest city. Upon arrival, an included transfer to your Fairbanks accommodations to begin a two-night stay. Here, you will be met by your tour director, a local Alaskan who knows Alaska inside and out.
Day 2
Tuesday, 8/1/2017 - Fairbanks
Following an included breakfast, a guided tour of Fairbanks – known to Alaskans as the “Golden Heart City.” Learn how the gold rush affected Alaska’s interior on a sightseeing tour of the Fairbanks area. An included visit to the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska. Enjoy time at leisure for browsing and lunch on your own in Fairbanks’ downtown area. This afternoon you’ll travel back to the time when traditional riverboats plied the waterways of Alaska’s interior during the late 1800’s.  All aboard a riverboat for a 3-hour cruise on the Chena River to experience the thrill of river travel. Tonight, enjoy an included authentic salmon bake dinner. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 3
Wednesday, 8/2/2017 - Denali National Park
Following an included breakfast, travel south into Denali National Park. Denali National Park & Preserve features North America’s highest mountain – 20,320-foot tall Mt. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley). The Alaska Range also includes a myriad of other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. Enjoy the afternoon exploring this pristine area at your leisure by either participating in a complimentary park service activity or an optional tour. There are many activities to choose from, including mild or wild river-rafting, flight-seeing Mt. Denali, a jet boat safari on the Nenana River or a visit to the award-winning dog kennel of Iditarod champion, Jeff King. Arrive at your Denali accommodations in the Denali area later in the day. An optional dinner and show at the Denali Dinner Theatre is available.
Breakfast
Day 4
Thursday, 8/3/2017 - Denali National Park
Following an included breakfast you’ll travel deep into Denali National Park on a Tundra Wilderness Tour and search the pristine wilderness for bear, moose, caribou and Dall sheep. This 6-8 hour narrated journey provides insight into the animals, flora and fauna.  Return to the property in the late afternoon.
Breakfast
Day 5
Friday, 8/4/2017 - Alaska Railroad
Following an included breakfast, travel by motorcoach to the community of Talkeetna. You may catch a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Denali or black bears along the banks of the Susitna River. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this quaint Alaskan town. This afternoon board Deluxe Dome Railcars on the world-famous, Alaska Railroad, and travel through some of the most scenic and rugged territory in Alaska to Anchorage. Begin a two night stay at a downtown Anchorage hotel.
Breakfast
Day 6
Saturday, 8/5/2017 - Anchorage
This morning following an included breakfast, enjoy a guided driving city tour of Anchorage. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and a surprising metropolis, including the historic downtown district. The town was originally settled in 1915 at the mouth of Ship Creek to support railroad construction. Anchorage has grown steadily to become the business, cultural and distribution epicenter of Alaska. Nowadays nearly half of Alaska’s 600,000 residents live in Anchorage.  An included visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates and shares Alaska Native cultures. Tonight, an included farewell dinner to share tales from the road with your traveling companions. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 7
Sunday, 8/6/2017 - Journey Home
Your Alaska tour comes to an end with an included transfer to the Anchorage Airport and a return flight to Los Angeles. Those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off destinations. 
Breakfast
Tour Inclusions:
  • 6 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 8 Meals: 2 dinners, 6 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and services of a professional Good Times Travel Tour Director/local guides
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach and aboard the Alaska Railroad in deluxe dome cars
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


Additional Information:

  • Package-Partner Tour (operated by Premier Alaska Tours)
  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: CON, FV, SBL, LHS, CLH or meet the group at LAX
  • A deposit of $300 p.p.+ airfare (if purchasing the group airfare) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $695 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (home pickup available – call for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: On-the-Go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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