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Tour Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Day 1 - Welcome to Fairbanks, Alaska
    On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Pikes Waterfront Lodge. Settle in to your river view room and enjoy this terrific setting on the banks of the Chena River. A brief meeting with General Tours expert Alaskan guide sets the stage for the adventures that await.
  2. Day 2
    Day 2 - Exploring Fairbanks + Running with the Reindeer
    Situated at the 64th Parallel, Fairbanks is very much a city of the far north. Surrounded by the imposing mountain ranges, pristine waterways and abundant wildlife of Central Alaska, it also boasts a charming downtown, thriving arts community and rich Alaska Native culture. Setting out this morning with General Tours guide, you’ll get to know the varied facets of this vibrant river city. Heading north of town, you’ll also visit the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint for an up-close view of this $8 billion engineering marvel. As you stand here watching this silver thread winding its way across the Alaskan wilderness, know that more than a million dollars of black gold is flowing through it every hour.
     
    This morning, we’ll also take you for a private visit to a family farm in the picturesque Goldstream Valley. Learn about the family’s herd of reindeer as you walk with them through the towering conifers. Accompanied by one of the ranch’s owners, a lifelong Alaskan resident, you’ll learn about the natural history of this boreal forest as you follow these amazing creatures; the reindeer are domesticated but not trained, and sometimes decide to take their own route… So bring your spirit of adventure along with your camera!
     
    This afternoon we’ll take you to the Museum of the North, located on the Fairbanks Campus of the University of Alaska. This is the only research and teaching museum in Alaska, and its highly regarded collection of artifacts and specimens showcase the biological diversity and rich cultural traditions of the North. Then it’s on to the Morris Thompson Cultural Center for a private tour led by one of the museum’s docents - followed by an exclusive talk about the Aurora Borealis and life in the 49th State. We’ll end this day with dinner in a local restaurant and then return to General Tours hotel.  Meals B+D
  3. Day 3
    Day 3 - Deluxe Dome Train
    This morning, we’ll take you to the Fairbanks Rail Depot to board the Alaska Railroad train bound for Denali. From your comfortable reclining seat on the upper level, you’ll have breathtaking 360º views through the full-length curved glass dome of these deluxe rail cars. A freshly-prepared breakfast will be served in the lower-level dining room as you make your way southward through the Alaska wilderness. Late in the morning, the spectacular vistas of the Nenana River Gorge signal General Tours approach to Denali.
     
    Step off the train at midday for a short visit to the Denali Visitor Center before lunch at a local restaurant with General Tours Alaskan guide.  We’ll then check-in to General Tours accommodations for the next two nights, the Denali Bluffs Hotel, right at the edge of the National Park.  This afternoon, we’ll visit a Sled Dog Kennel to learn about these remarkable canines, their training and how they highlight Alaska’s famous Iditarod before dinner.  Meals B+L+D
     
    [Please Note: As you may have learned, a significant landslide has cut off access to the remote interior of Denali National Park along part of the 92-mile long Denali Park Road.  While the park remains open, General Tours stay on its edge and will venture in to explore during General Tours two-day visit.]
  4. Day 4
    Day 4 - Guided Adventure Deep Inside Denali National Park
    Arise this morning overlooking Denali’s wilderness.  Setting out after breakfast, we’ll join a naturalist for a coach excursion into the Tundra Wilderness amidst spectacular scenery as General Tours search for grizzly, moose, caribou, Dali Sheep and wolves.  Following breaks along the way and a boxed lunch, we’ll return to the hotel in the early afternoon for your choice of one of these included activities:

    A choice of a float trip on the Nenana River or a walk offered through Denali terrain, accompanied and narrated by a professional naturalist who will point out the significant geological and glacial history of this part of Alaska.  The wild and natural environment is everywhere around you as you walk at a gentle pace with frequent stops along the way.  
      
    + Front Country Walk of Denali National Park: A easy hike through the boreal forest ecosystem, led by a naturalist who will explain the artic conditions that have molded the land.  It’s about three miles in length with about 12 guests and takes 2-3 hours..
     
    + Wilderness Scenic Raft: With outfitting provided (a ‘dry’ suit, lifejacket and ‘river’ boots and a helmet), this is a guided, two-hour scenic float trip in boats oared by the river guides.  Traveling along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, we’ll encounter beautiful scenery and some class I and mild class II whitewater.
     
    We’ll gather this evening for dinner.  Meals B+L+D
  5. Day 5
    Day 5 - Deluxe Dome Train to Talkeetna
    After breakfast, the morning is free with the opportunity to explore on your own before General Tours board the Alaska Railroad once again and settle into General Tours reclining seats with 360˚ views through the full-length curved glass dome. This leg of the southbound journey offers some of the best views of Mt. Denali itself and also takes you over Hurricane Gulch on a 914-foot-long bridge that spans a creek flowing nearly 300 feet below the train! Lunch will be served in the lower- level Dining Room.
     
    On arrival in Talkeetna, you’ll be escorted to the outstanding Talkeetna Alaska Lodge. Set on a ridge just above this small community, General Tours lodge offers majestic views of Denali. This evening, you can explore the quaint town of Talkeetna at your own pace or just enjoy the ambience of General Tours Lodge, with its curated collection of Native art.  Meals B+L
  6. Day 6
    Day 6 - Tailor your Stay in Talkeetna
    After breakfast, tailor your morning to your personal taste for adventure with one of General Tours included guided adventures!
     
    + Jet Boat Expedition: Fed by clear icy waters of the Susitna Glacier, this eponymous river flows for more than 300 miles through South Central Alaska. With broad tranquil stretches and narrow rushing courses, its picturesque forested shores are home to diverse wildlife including beavers and bald eagles. Capable of navigating even through extremely shallow waters, General Tours fleet of high-tech jet boats are one of the few ways to explore this otherwise impenetrable wilderness. Accompanied by General Tours engaging naturalist, this 2-hour adventure offers plenty of excitement, great views of the Alaska Range, and another chance to really experience Alaska’s wild and wonderful beauty.
     
    + Forest Zipline Adventure: Covering vast swaths of the Northern Hemisphere, mostly north of the 50th Parallel, General Tours planet’s boreal forests are characterized by coniferous woodland of mostly pine, spruce and larch. Here outside f town, you’ll find a pristine boreal forest set on a ridge above the Talkeetna River. Setting out with an experienced guide, you’ll explore this unique biome along a carefully planned network of nine ziplines and three suspension bridges. Spectacular views of Denali and the Alaska Range are enhanced by heart-pounding adventure and a chance to learn more about the boreal forest and the formation of the Alaska Range and the area’s glacial river valleys.
     
    After lunch in Talkeetna, the balance of your afternoon is free to explore or relax as you wish. If you wish, optional excursions are available including Flightseeing around Denali and river rafting.  Meals B+L
  7. Day 7
    Day 7 - Through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley to Mt. Alyeska
    The Matanuska-Susitna Valley is known to historians and agriculturalists as a fertile farmland that was settled by families who came here from the lower 48 as part of the New Deal relief programs in the mid 1930’s. But as you depart Talkeetna after breakfast and travel along the celebrated George Parks and Glenn Highways into the Valley, you’ll soon discover that it’s also still a land of pure Alaska wilderness; indeed, its farms and communities are set amidst towering mountains and deep glacier valleys blessed with waterfalls, fish-filled rivers and abundant wildlife.
     
    Your destination this morning is the Musk Ox Farm where General Tours privately arranged visit offers a fun and educational up-close introduction to this Ice Age mammal that roamed the Earth alongside saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths! Today, this once-endangered animal is prized for its dense undercoat that produces qiviut, one of the world’s finest wools. Set on one of the 1930’s-era farms deep in the picturesque Matanuska Valley, this not-for-profit organization is dedicated to the preservation and domestication of the musk ox, and to the promotion of qiviut production as a gentle and sustainable agricultural practice in the Far North. With the largest herd of musk ox in the world, you’ll see frisky calves and seasoned old bulls as you explore the property and learn more about these giant prehistoric creatures.
     
    The Valley’s colonial-era farms are not just historic, but known as well for their produce – which grow to incredible size due to the fertile soil and immense amount of summer sunlight. Taking a break from sightseeing, today’s lunch will feature this locally-sourced, farm-to-table bounty. In the afternoon, General Tours visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center will be led by a native Alaskan eager to share their knowledge and passion for Alaska’s history and culture.
     
    Continue along the Seward Highway, celebrated for spectacular views as it hugs the shoreline between the jutting peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the waters of the Turnagain Arm. Arrive in Girdwood and check in to the Hotel Alyeska, where your evening is free to enjoy the splendid setting of General Tours resort. General Tours also provide a ticket for the Alyeska Aerial Tram. Departing right from the hotel, the ride up to the 2,300-foot peak of Mt. Alyeska offers sweeping views in all directions – including the Turnagain Arm and several hanging glaciers in the Chugach Range. As you make the ascent to the summit, be sure to look down: Moose and bear sightings are common from the Tram! This evening enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.  Meals B+L+D
  8. Day 8
    Day 8 - Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise
    This morning’s scenic journey takes you around the eastern end of the Turnagain Arm, the site of one of the world’s most impressive bore tides. Continuing southward, we’ll make General Tours way over the Turnagain Pass, driving through the spectacular Chugach Mountains and the 6-million-acre National Forest that was established more than a century ago. The Turnagain Pass is the highest point along the Seward Highway and offers a great place to witness the tremendous power that glaciers have had on the Alaskan landscapes.
     
    Arriving in Seward, we’ll continue to the harbor to embark General Tours afternoon cruise into the dramatic landscapes of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park, home to calving glaciers and the massive 300 square mile Harding Ice Field. These waters are teeming with marine wildlife, and engaging guides are onboard to help you identify the animals - including stellar sea lions, harbor seals, Dall porpoises, sea otters and walruses. Humpback, killer and Minke whales also inhabit these waters, and the shores are home to bears and other Alaskan mammals. After this marine adventure, we’ll return to the Hotel Alyeska. Meals B+L
  9. Day 9
    Day 9 - Departure from Anchorage
    After breakfast, we’ll take you to the Anchorage Airport for your homeward flight.  Meals B

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Inclusions

Health and Safety Protocols for Alexander Roberts Tours

Committed to Your Well Being While You’re With Alexander Roberts

  • All Alexander Roberts' staff will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times, so expect a warm and genuine greeting but not a handshake or a hug!
  • All high-touch surfaces in coaches and private cars – like door handles, railings, arm rests, and window controls – will be sanitized each morning and regularly throughout the day.
  • Alexander Roberts' expert guides and drivers will don face masks whenever in proximity to guests.
  • Alexander Roberts staff have been trained on Extra Care procedures – and how to respond to issues that may arise as you travel.
  • Complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in all vehicles while touring.
More Space + Extra Care While Touring
  • Larger luxury motorcoaches so each traveler will have two seats to themselves while touring.
  • Private airport transfers with a spacious luxury vehicle when you come and go for every tour
  • Regular and frequent sanitizing of all high-touch vehicle surfaces.
  • Prearranged entry for all sightseeing minimizes standing in line with other travelers.
  • Whisper Headsets for groups of 5 or more allow for proper physical distancing while sightseeing, except for certain nature activities in remote areas like the Amazon.
More Space + Extra Care While Dining
  • Alexander Roberts carefully selects restaurants to avoid crowded high-capacity venues; Alexander Roberts emphasizes fine farm-to-table dining with attentive and efficient service – and the choice to dine al fresco whenever available.
  • No large-group dining; enjoy more spacious dining settings and smaller, well-spaced tables for included meals.
  • Restaurant staff will follow the guidance of local health authorities and WHO protocols which may include facial coverings.
Extra Care at Luxury Hotels
  • Alexander Roberts' hotels are always selected for their outstanding locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service – and cleanliness.
  • OAlexander Roberts' partners include the most respected luxury brands – like Belmond, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Kempinski and JW Marriott; they are now leading the industry with their sophisticated hygiene standards and protocols to ensure the well being of all their guests.
  • Hotels will be continuously and rigorously vetted to ensure that they are following established WHO guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing procedures of guestrooms and public spaces.
  • Hotel breakfasts will usually feature à la carte service and group seating will be replaced by smaller, appropriately distanced tables.
And Always... Alexander Roberts' Distinctive Style

In a Small Group of Never More than 16 Guests or on a Privately Guided Tour for just your traveling party, their experienced guides have the flexibility to adjust your sightseeing based upon local conditions – to avoid times of heaviest traffic and crowding, for example. Alexander Roberts can dine in smaller authentic restaurants, minimize the time waiting in lines, and leave a lighter footprint. You’ll learn the history and stories behind the world’s most iconic landmarks, immerse more deeply in the wonders of the natural world, and delight in genuine cultural engagement not possible in a larger group. It’s travel without a crowd.

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Accommodations

River's Edge Resort - Fairbanks, Alaska
Set along the banks of the tranquil Chena River, your overnight stay in a charming private cottage is the perfect way to start your Alaska adventure!

Kantishna Roadhouse - Denali, Alaska
Situated 90 miles inside the National Park, General Tours deluxe backcountry lodge is surrounded by remote wilderness 25 miles from the base of Denali’s 20,000-foot peak.

Talkeetna Alaska Lodge - Talkeetna, Alaska
Built of stone and timber, General Tours charming lodge is set on a ridge just above the town of Talkeetna with inspiring views of the mighty Alaska Range.

Hotel Alyeska - Girdwood, Alaska
Surrounded by mountain peaks and hanging glaciers, your stay at General Tours deluxe resort includes a ride on the Aerial Tram to the 2,300-foot peak of Mt. Alyeska.

Pikes Waterfront Lodge - Fairbanks, Alaska
Overlooking the Chena River, enjoy comfortable and spacious rooms with balconies.  With free Wi-Fi throughout the lodge, each room offers individually controlled air conditioning, flat screen TV with cable, coffee-making facilities and even a 24-hour dry sauna.

Denali Bluffs Hotel - Denali, Alaska
Just on the edge of Denali National Park, with expansive views of the surrounding Alaska range, this lodge-like property sits on a sloping hillside surrounded by trees in individual buildings.  Wi-Fi is complementary with spacious rooms, cable television and coffee-making facilities.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Alexander Roberts Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
3.8
Value for Money
3.8

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