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10 Day Alaska's Natural Beauty

10 Day Alaska's Natural Beauty


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Arrive in Fairbanks
Depart for Fairbanks, Alaska; arrive and transfer independently to your hotel. Time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with the "Golden Heart City," second largest city in Alaska
Overnight: Fairbanks

DAY 2, Monday - Highlights of Fairbanks, Reindeer Ranch, Welcome Evening
Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at this morning's orientation meeting about the spectacular experiences and discoveries that await you in Alaska. View the architecturally abstract Museum of the North with its glacier inspired design and the 48-inch wide trans-Alaska oil pipeline, truly a man-made wonder of the Last Frontier, traversing nearly 800 miles of frozen tundra, forests, rivers and rugged mountain ranges. A highlight of the day is the visit to the Running Reindeer Ranch at the base of Moose Mountain. On this unique tour led by a lifelong Alaskan, you'll be guided through the birch forest accompanied by friendly reindeer that run freely through the woods. Tonight, attend a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Fairbanks
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Deluxe Dome Rail to Denali, Rafting on the Nenana River
Fabulous vistas lie ahead today as you travel on world-famous deluxe dome rail on an extraordinary scenic journey to Denali National Park. After breakfast on board, enjoy the relaxing ambiance and magnificent panoramas of untamed wilderness. Later, after lunch, a rafting trip on the glacier-fed Nenana River. Picture perfect views surround you as you float serenely in the great Alaska wilderness and revel in the peace and quiet. At tonight’s dinner, share reflections of a glorious day
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Iditarod Musher and Sled Dog Team
The day begins deep in Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. On a clear day, you can see the 20,310 foot Denali up-close! Look out for the most impressive animal in the park - the Alaskan moose, largest in the world, weighing up to 1,600 pounds. As you travel over mountain passes; the high point offers expansive views of the Alaska Range on the horizon. After lunch, an afternoon visit enlightens you about the legendary Iditarod, often called the "Last Great Race on Earth." Meet with an Iditarod musher and his sled dog team to hear about this annual Alaskan race that travels over 1,049 miles of extreme terrain that includes mountain ranges, frozen rivers and miles of windswept coast. Dinner is in Denali
Overnight: Denali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Denali Highway to Chitina, Flight to McCarthy
The drive today on the famed Denali Highway promises fantastic unending vistas. Much of the route lies above timberline, so the amazing panoramas go on forever. The mountains and glaciers of the Alaska Range form a majestic backdrop, with miles of rolling tundra punctuated by shallow lakes. This path takes you through some of Alaska's most fascinating wilderness, with possible animal sightings along the way. Arrive at the little historical town of Chitina at the confluence of the mighty Copper River, jumping off point to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and seasonal center of Copper River red salmon fishing. Enjoy lunch before getting ready for a spectacular flight to McCarthy through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. You'll see soaring peaks of mountain ranges, massive glaciers, and mighty rivers. Later, on to Kennicott with its amazing views and warm and friendly hospitality for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Kennicott
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Glacier Hike to the Root Glacier
An unmatched adventure today. A half day hike with a mountain guide on the Root Glacier, one of the few accessible glaciers in North America. Your journey begins with an interpretive tour through historic Kennicott and a trail that leads you directly to the glacier. From stunning vistas of Mt. Blackburn and the mile high Stairway Icefall to fascinating blue pools and sculptured ice, truly an incredible experience. All of the essentials including crampons will be provided to make your hike easier on this most memorable day of fun and discovery. Dinner tonight is at the lodge
Overnight: Kennicott
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Kennecott Mill, Travel to Valdez, Prince William Sound
This morning, visit the Kennecott mines, an abandoned copper mining camp designated a National Historic Landmark. Tour several mining buildings to learn the history of one of the richest copper strikes in history; see mining equipment and personal artifacts left as they were in the early 1900s. Afterward a scenic flight back to Chitina. Your travels then take you on the route to Valdez, surrounded on three sides by snow-capped mountains. Valdez offers the most dramatic mountain views in Prince Williams Sound and is the southern terminus for the trans-Alaska pipeline. Situated less than 25 miles east of the Columbia Glacier, its location makes it justly an outdoor paradise. Drive through the Copper Valley, with its towering mountains, huge glacier valleys and fish filled rivers and lakes. Join the interesting conversation on board the bus about what is like living in remote towns
Overnight: Valdez
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Sunday - Prince William Sound, Wildlife Conservation Center, Mt. Alyeska, Anchorage
This morning, embark on a cruise to Whittier, Alaska on majestic Prince William Sound. En route, disembark and stop at the magnificent 200-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, set on the shores of Turnagain Arm, surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers. The center’s mission is to provide refuge for orphaned, injured and ill animals that cannot survive in the wild and educate visitors about Alaskan wildlife. Animals that cannot be released are given a permanent home here, located in different areas of the park. Continue to Mt. Alyeska. Ascend 2,300 feet on a tram to the peak for panoramas of majestic mountains, sparkling streams, and towering spruce. On to Anchorage, the state's largest city nestled between the Chugach Mountains and the waters of the Cook Inlet. Tonight, discover this lively city and its trendy restaurants on your own
Overnight: Anchorage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Monday - Anchorage, Bird TL Center Animals, Alaska Native Heritage Center
The exploration of Anchorage begins in the vibrant downtown area. View the monument to President Eisenhower commemorating Alaska’s admission to the Union in 1959. Meet with a local organization that rescues wild birds, and provides medical treatment and rehabilitative care. Continue to the Alaska Native Heritage Center to see how humans survived before central heating. View the exhibits in the main house. Head outside to walk around authentic structures from the Aleut, Yupik, Tlingit and other tribes arranged around a picturesque lake. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your newfound friends and to your fabulous discovery of Alaska
Overnight: Anchorage
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Seattle-Fairbanks, Anchorage-Seattle
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Chitina-McCarthy* & McCarthy-Chitina*
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Fairbanks
  • 2 nights Denali
  • 2 nights Kennicott
  • 1 night Valdez
  • 2 nights Anchorage
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 21 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Deluxe Dome Rail from Fairbanks to Denali National Park
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

  • *Small passenger planes (3, 4, 6 or 15 seat planes) are used for flights to and from Kennicott

    Tour Highlights

  • Our most complete tour of Alaska featuring its most popular attractions, ample wildlife viewing opportunities and rarely visited sites including remote, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. This tour is designed for guests who want to spend part of their time far from the crowds in a small-group setting.
  • Walk with frolicking reindeer through the beautiful boreal forest of the Goldstream Valley
  • Celebrate interior Alaska's people, land, and culture at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center
  • Travel in deluxe Dome Rail to Denali National Park
  • Meet an Iditarod musher and his sled dog team who enlighten you about this legendary race
  • Enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful day in Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Rafting on the Nenana River reveals picture perfect views and serenity of the wilderness
  • A spectacular flight through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park will take your breath away
  • Hike on the Root Glacier with a professional mountain guide - a unique adventure!
  • Visit the Kennecott Mines abandoned copper mining camp named a National Historic Landmark
  • Travel to Valdez through Thompson Pass, considered the 'snowiest' place in Alaska
  • Cruise on majestic Prince William Sound
  • Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see some of Alaska's famous wildlife up-close!
  • Ascend 2,300 feet by tram to the peak of Mt. Alyeska for stunning panoramic views
  • In Anchorage, meet with a local organization that rescues wild birds and provides medical care
  • At the Alaska Native Heritage Center see authentic dwellings from the regional tribes
  • *Not Included:
    Prices do not include transfers and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price includes flights Chitina-McCarthy & McCarthy-Chitina.

    Some domestic flights arrive late at night on Day 1.

    Due to the use of small passenger planes (3, 4, 6 or 15 seat small planes), there is a weight restriction for luggage of 30 pounds per person (including hand luggage) for flights. Please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

    The route and program may vary according to weather condition, season changes and safety issues.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.

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    Accommodations

    Pike's Waterfront Lodge
    This tourist class hotel is a friendly, family run hotel located on the banks of the Chena River.

    Denali Park Village
    This tourist class lodge is situated nearby the Nenana River.

    Kennicott Glacier Lodge
    This tourist class hotel is located at the center of America's largest national park.

    Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn
    This tourist class hotel is located on the picturesque waterfront of Valdez Harbor.

    The Voyager Inn
    This tourist class hotel is situated in Downtown Anchorage.

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    Questions & Answers

    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.

    Gate1 Tours Customer Reviews

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    4.3
    Accommodations
    4
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.5
    Repeat with Operator
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    Value for Money
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    Gate 1 Discovery Tour was more than we expected, hotels were excellent, attraction entrance fees were all included. Couldn't be more pleased!

    Gate 1 was much better than I expected. I was really pleased with the tour and would consider traveling with them again.

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