Tour in the Spotlight
July 10 to 17, 2017
This 8 day and 7 night land tour of Alaska is the perfect way to explore the wonderful sights of the 49th state. This “great land” is known for its majestic landscapes, magical wildlife and magnificent discoveries.
Day 1 - We begin our tour with a flight from Tucson to Anchorage (via Seattle) on board Alaska Airlines. Upon our late arrival in Anchorage we transfer to our overnight hotel – The Crowne Plaza.
Day 2 - This morning we'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Anchorage which will include the historic downtown area, the Ship Creek fish ladder and Lake Hood – the largest float plane base in North America. Then we travel south along the scenic Turnagain Arm on the Seward highway, designated an All-American Road. The Kenai Peninsula is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Along the way we stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center which is a spot dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through public education. Then we'll enjoy a scenic drive into Kenai Fjords National Park to Exit Glacier. We’ll walk the easy trail to discover how glaciers like this have reshaped the landscape of Alaska and how plant life reclaims the barren land exposed by a glacier’s retreat. We check into our hotel for the evening – The Seward Windsong Lodge. (B,D)
Day 3 - This morning we travel into Seward which lies at the head of Resurrection Bay and is a year-round port surrounded by beautiful mountains. We climb aboard a sightseeing cruise to explore the spectacular Alaskan marine ecosystem. You’re likely to encounter Stellar sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals and multiple seabirds like puffins and cormorants. With luck, we may even catch glimpses of humpback whales, orcas and porpoises traveling through Resurrection Bay. This cruise will take us alongside active tidewater glaciers, where we will hopefully see chunks of glacier ice “calving” into the water. Then we travel North back to Anchorage. Then we check into the hotel – The Days Inn – for a good night’s rest. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - All aboard for an unforgettable rail adventure on the Alaska Railroad! Travel in style on the Denali Star domed railcar, complete with an open-air viewing deck and first class dining service. Enjoy the scenery as you pass through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Enjoy lunch on the train. We make a brief stop in the small town of Talkeetna, best known as the staging area for expeditions to Mt McKinley. Once we leave Talkeetna, the train will take you into the Alaska Range where you will have views of mountains, glaciers, rivers and canyons. The remainder of the ride to Denali is considered the most scenic, passing over the incredible Hurricane Gluch, all the while in the shadow of Mt McKinley. Once we arrive at Denali National Park entrance we check into our hotel, Grande Denali Lodge for a two night stay. (B,L)
Day 5 - Denali National Park encompasses the heart of the 600-mile long Alaska Range, a stunning chain of peaks with many over 10,000 feet tall. The crown jewel of these mountains is Mt McKinley, popularly known as Denali. Traveling deep into the park, the Tundra Wilderness Tour offers a sub-artic experience like no other. Incredible scenery, a narrated history of the park and some of the best opportunities to view and photograph wildlife like Dall sheep, moose, caribou, and grizzly bears. When Mt McKinley is visible, it may be possible to travel to Stony Hill Overlook and view the entire mountain from base to summit. A boxed lunch has been included today. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Today we travel onboard our motorcoach northeast towards Fairbanks which is situated in the heart of the Tanana Valley. Fairbanks is the second-largest city in Alaska and combines modern amenities with a frontier atmosphere. Commonly referred to as “Gateway to the Artic,” Fairbanks has a long and colorful history dating back to the late 1800s and the discovery of gold. We enjoy some local Fairbanks touring and a visit to "Tails of the Trails" with celebrated musher and author Mary Shields. This evening we check into The Bear Lodge in Fairbanks. (B,D)
Day 7 - Today we board the Riverboat Discovery, a restored sternwheeler, to enjoy a Chena River cruise filled with scenery, history and culture. Afternoon is free to explore Fairbanks. We are booked on an evening flight to Seattle. Upon arrival at Seatac we'll transfer to The Hilton for a good night's rest. (B,L)
Day 8 - This morning we depart Seattle on board a non-stop Alaska Airlines flight with great memories of this beautiful part of the world! We look forward to showing you Alaska! (B,)
$4,578.00 per person double
$5,456.00 per person single
Payment Policy: We require a $200.00 per person (non-refundable) deposit. A second payment of $500.00 (non-refundable) per person is required by February 24, 2017 and the final payment is due to our office by April 3, 2017.
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Anchorage and Fairbanks/Seattle - Seattle/Tucson), 7 nights lodging, 15 meals, dome car train to Denali, all transfers and motorcoach transportation, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
All information subject to change