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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Explore the wild and wonderful Alaskan wilderness during this 1-week guided tour. Begin your adventure in Anchorage with a sweet treat: Taste agutak — Inuit Ice Cream — after an exclusive demonstration by Alaska's Indigenous people at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Board a jet boat for a tour along the Chulitna River to a trapper’s cabin, where you will learn about the lifestyle of hunting and trapping in the state. Ride along the world-famous, glass-domed Alaskan Railroad toward Denali National Park, where the country’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley, will greet you. Meet the champion dog team of a four-time Iditarod winner and allow him to regale you with tales of the 1,049-mile dogsled race over lunch at his home. From Whittier, take a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and the see the glaciers of College Fjord.

  1. Day 1
    Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers
    Welcome to Alaska, an adventurous land of wildlife, mountains, national parks and glaciers. Savor a dinner accompanied by wine in the company of your fellow travelers.Accommodation: Marriott Anchorage Downtown
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Anchorage Sightseeing and the Matanuska Valley
    Get acquainted with Anchorage with on an immersive city tour. During a visit to the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you enjoy an exclusive presentation on Agutak (Eskimo ice cream) while learning how it's made by Alaska's first people. Learn how this culinary treat establishes a link to the past, inspires a sense of pride and spurs a dialogue on a culture's remarkable ability to survive. This afternoon, travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley and stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and glacial silt create the perfect environment for growing vegetables and flowers. Depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna. The evening is yours at leisure, feel free to ask your Travel Director for suggestions on the best spots to grab a bite.Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Talkeetna Sightseeing
    This morning, you can choose between an immersive jet boat tour up the Chulitna River with a visit to a trapper's cabin, or enjoy a scenic float on the Talkeetna River. The rest of the day is yours to explore, perhaps discovering more of Talkeetna or joining an optional experience such as a flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range or a hike along Talkeetna's best trail with a naturalist guide.Accommodation: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad Relaxed Start
    Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning before boarding the world-famous Alaska Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed rail car. Upon arrival settle in at the lodge before meeting a local climber who will share stories about what it's like to a climb Denali, one of the most daunting and tallest land-based mountains in the world. You'll learn about the incredible physical and mental fortitude required to withstand the 17- to 18-day round trip that presents conditions so challenging climbers are forced to build snow walls for protection against the elements. For tonight's Dine-Around dinner, the choice is yours between a charming local brewery or the lodge's rustic restaurant.Accommodation: Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness
    Embark on an extensive Tundra Wilderness Tour for some of the best opportunities to view the park's wildlife. You’ll have the whole afternoon free to participate in an array of optional activities. This magnificent land is nature at its most pure yet has something to offer all. From a blissful stroll through one of the meadows, to a rewarding hike, this Park is for everyone. You will also find that to be true with the exciting optional experiences which include a rafting trip down the Nenana River, (waiver required) to a helicopter flightseeing tour - just don't forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge where you'll enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings under the star filled night.Accommodation: Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Girdwood and Mount Alyeska
    Enjoy a scenic journey along the George Parks Highway. Stop in Big Lake and visit four-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser at his own home, Happy Trails Kennels. Arriving at the kennel, you will be greeted by between thirty and sixty excited sled dogs. Spend time with Martin and learn about the many challenges faced on the 1,049-mile dogsled race. Take a virtual trip along the Iditarod trail alongside Martin's narration including countless stories from his thirty-five years of racing, as well as a great deal of Iditarod history - a true insider experience into the world of the Iditarod. Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort. Tonight, join your Travel Director for a wonderful dinner complete with wine and good cheer.Accommodation: Alyeska Resort Girdwood
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Prince William Sound Cruise and depart Anchorage Relaxed Start
    Take this morning to enjoy the surroundings and amenities at the beautiful Alyeska Resort. Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile (160-kilometer) boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord with the chance to see the glaciers up close. Visit with the Captain in the wheelhouse to learn how he expertly navigates the icy waterways and sit down to a sumptuous lunch against an incredible backdrop. For those saying farewell today, will travel back to Anchorage.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 6 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Lunch (L)

Choice Highlights

  • Talkeetna: Enjoy a jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and visit a trappers cabin.
  • Talkeetna: Enjoy a scenic Float Trip on the Talkeetna River for amazing views of Mountain Denali and possible wildlife sightings.

Additional Included Highlights

  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Authentic Dining

  • Anchorage: Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers to savor Alaskan flavors over dinner.
  • Denali National Park: For tonight's dinner with wine, the choice is yours between a charming local brewery or your lodge's rustic restaurant during your Dine-Around evening.
  • Girdwood: In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful dinner, complete with wine and good cheer.

Insight Choice

  • Talkeetna: Enjoy a jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and visit a trappers cabin.
  • Talkeetna: Enjoy a scenic Float Trip on the Talkeetna River for amazing views of Mountain Denali and possible wildlife sightings.

Insight Experiences

  • Matanuska Valley: This afternoon, depart Anchorage and travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley making a stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and glacial silt create the perfect environment for growing GIANT award- winning vegetables and flowers. Even through the growing season is months shorter than the rest of the country, Alaska’s farmers grow some of the largest vegetables in the world. The photosynthetic boost also makes the produce sweeter – a fascinating and insightful experience that shows a different side of Alaska.
  • Denali National Park: Join a specialist for a Denali Natural History Tour and learn about the Alaskan natives who once lived in the park and the first ascent of Denali, North America’s highest peak.
  • Big Lake: Meet four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser. Learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 kilometer) race and enjoy lunch at his home.

Make Travel Matter

  • Anchorage: Enjoy an exclusive Agutak (Inuit ice cream) making demonstration during a visit to the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center. Learn how this culinary treat establishes a link to the past, inspires a sense of pride and spurs a dialogue about an ancient people’s remarkable ability to survive.

Summary

  • Anchorage city tour • Talkeetna • Scenic ride on Alaska Railroad • Denali National Park • Alyeska Resort stay • Scenic 26 Glacier Cruise

Top Rated Highlights

  • Anchorage: Get acquainted with Alaska's largest city on an immersive city tour. Discover how this urban landscape enriched with culture came to be as you explore the historic downtown.
  • Alaska Railroad: Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning before boarding the world-famous Alaska Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed railcar.
  • Denali National Park: Meet a local climber at a private reception and hear first-hand about their experience climbing the tallest land-based mountain in the world. A Denali climb begins deep in the heart of the Alaska Range and takes around 17-18 days round trip from the base – to hear the tales about such a trek from someone who has experienced it firsthand is truly captivating.
  • Whittier: Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord where you will come up close and personal to the glaciers. Visit with the Captain in the wheelhouse and enjoy an included lunch.

Well-being

  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 4 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Our group had an experienced tour guide who grew up in Alaska. She shared remarkable stories about living there for nearly 73 years! She had the driver bring us to a few off the agenda spots she knew about. Alaska was beautiful even on the days that were a bit rainy. We had one perfectly clear day and the entire Denali range was visible from our hotel. Unforgettable.

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