Alaska Land Tour Highlights
* Travel Scenic Byways and witness indescribable beauty. Enjoy abundant photo opportunities for panoramic mountain views, majestic glaciers and endearing wildlife.
* Visit Dream a Dream kennels for an informative Iditarod presentation by a veteran musher. Meet Vern Halter’s team, experience a short trail ride with these amazing sled dogs!
* Explore the Denali Park Visitor Center for informative films and interpretive displays to learn more about the history and ecosystems within Denali Park.
* Destination Denali Park. Choose the day to explore this National Park and surrounding area at your own pace. A selection of OPTIONAL adventures are offered varying from 0-$$-$$$ added cost.
* Travel via the park shuttle service into Denali National Park and Preserve, where visitors experience unique opportunities to observe wildlife, landscapes, mountains and more.
* Ride the glass-dome cars aboard the Denali Star, Alaska Railroad ‘s flagship train while enjoying first class service and dramatic views from Denali to Talkeetna.
* OPTIONAL: Experience the ultimate highlight with a Southside Explorer flight tour and glacier landing. Stand among the peaks of Denali and your surroundings will astound you.
* The Glacier Discovery Train to Spencer Glacier with Rafting will astound you. Wilderness setting with giant blue icebergs and easy paddle float.
* Explore the Alaska Wildlife Conservation center, a facility dedicated to the care of rescued Alaska wildlife. See moose, bear, bison, musk ox, elk, deer and more.
* Walk the trails at Exit Glacier and learn about the topography, vegetation and natural habitat surrounding a glacial environment.
* Cruise Kenai Fjords National Park to see abundant marine wildlife and tidewater glaciers. See otters, sea lions, whales and calving glaciers!
* Visit the Alaska Islands & Ocean visitor center for wildlife viewing tips and wildlife refuge information. Guided walks and programs featured daily.
* Explore Homer, Alaska, a quaint town nestled on the shore o Kachemak Bay offering breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife. OPTIONAL Excursions may be added - fishing, kayaking, and more.
* Tour the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center near the Portage glacier for award-winning exhibits, presentations, and a short film - "Voices from the Ice."
Rates and Details:
12 Day - Ultimate Adventurer
Trip Code: 2020 ATG-19 July 14, 2020 to July 25, 2020
Your Trip Includes: Transportation: Alaskan driver-guide and executive coach transportation. Accommodations: 11 nights lodging - quality hotels. * Room Upgrades, if available are at Additional Cost* Activities: All listed activities and attraction admissions. Optional activities are additional cost. Meals: 10 Breakfasts (B) ; 5 Lunches (L) and 2 Dinner (D) are included in the tour rate.
$5,499 per person, double occupancy
$7,599 Single Occupancy
$4,859 per person Triple Occupancy
$4,539 per person Quad Occupancy
Open to travelers ages 13 and above.
All rates are USD. $274.95 Taxes and fees included in rate published.
Cancellations must be received in writing and are subject to the following fees per person: Any cancellation up to 91 days prior to tour departure: 5% of Deposit amount.
Cancellations with notice 90 days or less prior to departure: No refund, regardless of circumstance.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
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Ultimate Alaska Adventurer Tour 2020 - 12 Day Tour Itinerary
July 14 to July 25, 2020
SMALL GROUP ALASKA LAND TOUR. Maximum 13 passengers traveling with 1 Alaska resident guide in one of our deluxe small coaches. Designated for travelers of age 13 and above.
DAILY ITINERARY: Your escorted vacation is spent fully discovering Alaska and meeting Alaskans. Trip days generally begin 8-9 am and end 8-9 pm, give or take an hour if the day warrants. Travel is at a comfortable pace with time out of the vehicle experiencing many things along the way. Custom and Optional activities can be arranged for an even more personal experience.. Travelers should be able to walk unassisted (at least a block and up a few stairs), and in good medical condition in order to participate in this small group tour. Times listed are approximate and if needed ATG may alter the schedule as needed to suit the situation. Our tours are meant to experience Alaska in a more personal way with more time away from the crowded larger coach destinations. We focus on showing you some of the real Alaska where you're one in 13 rather than one in 100 or 1000.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Arrival Day: - Anchorage, Alaska
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska. Explore Anchorage on your own as time allows.
We're happy to assist with any information for individual plans this day. **Unguided. (Meals and activities for this day are at your own expense. The hotel room and tax is included in the tour rate).
Hotel: Clarion Suites Downtown: All two-room suites are nicely furnished and feature refrigerators, microwaves, sofa sleepers and coffee makers. This hotel offers a wide range of amenities, including: * Free hot breakfast buffet * Free Wi-Fi * Free 24-hour airport shuttle service * Exercise room. Be sure to take a dip in the indoor heated pool or relax in the accompanying hot tub.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - Escorted Tour Begins / Dream a Dream sled dog kennel tour and ride / Denali Park Visitor Center
Hotel breakfast room. 8:00 am meet and greet your Alaskan Tour guide in the hotel lobby, ready to begin your exciting adventure. Travel with a small group, in a comfortable executive shuttle and with an Alaska resident as your driver -guide. Benefit from local resident knowledge and first hand experiences. Your ATG guide provides genuine Alaskan hospitality and concierge-level service so you have the best vacation experience.
Depart for travel north towards Denali. This travel day allows for several stops in route for scenic views, any wildlife sightings, special highlights and of course, any restroom and meal stops as needed.
10:00 am In route stop in Willow, Alaska the heart of mushing country to tour Dream a Dream kennels and meet the team of Vern Halter, a veteran Iditarod musher. Presentations weave the history of the Iditarod into an informative and interactive experience. Meet with the huskies who make up this incredible team of athletes. Enjoy a short nature walk with the newest members, cute puppies abound! Then take a ride on a multi-seat All Terrain Vehicle with the option of standing positions too. These dog limos are the coolest and most realistic way to ride with a sled dog team in the summer months. It’s great training for the dogs and you’ll see how they love it! End with lunch and time to interact with mushers while enjoying lunch.
The Denali National Park Visitor center offers Denali's visitors a chance to learn more about the park by interacting with rangers, viewing the award winning film "Heartbeats of Denali," and exploring the exhibit area. The building boasts a number of environmentally sustainable features . The Denali Bookstore offers an extensive collection of educational materials on the natural and cultural heritage of Denali.
Dinner as a group is included.
Hotel: The Denali Bluffs Lodge offers new rooms with views of the Nenana River. Spacious guest rooms are a comfortable place to relax and recharge, 2 queen beds.
MEALS: B, L, D DRIVE TIME: 5 hours
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - Denali National Park Shuttle - Eielson Visitor Center
Hotel Breakfast voucher for full buffet. 7:45 am Depart for Denali Park entrance.
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Denali Park Shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center. Denali National Park and Preserve, located in Interior Alaska, centered on Denali (Mt. McKinley), the highest mountain in north America, encompasses more than 6 million acres and provides visitors with the experience of a lifetime. 92 miles long, the Denali Park Road parallels the Alaska Range and travels through low valleys and high mountain passes. It is the only road in the park. Along its route, beautiful landscapes can be seen at every turn, and there are to view Mt McKinley - if weather permits. Wildlife can often be seen, too, though sightings are not guaranteed - they are, after all, wild animals roaming an unfenced land. The Eielson Visitor Center is the turnaround point for your park trip. It features interpretive exhibits and has a ranger led walk program. This also a good place for anyone who wishes hike to do so, it is easier to sign up for open seats on a return bus later. This shuttle travels 65 miles one way, 8 hours round trip if you stay with the same bus. It stops every hour and 15 minutes for view points and restroom stops. It also stops anytime wildlife is sighted. Your ATG guide will arrange for a boxed lunch for you to take along.
Spend your second night at the Denali Bluffs Lodge.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 15 min. SHUTTLE TIME: 8 hours, not all drive time.
Friday, July 17, 2020 - Denali - Custom Day
Hotel Breakfast voucher for full buffet.
Explore Denali your way. Choose from a variety of no-cost to low-cost to added expense adventures and experience this National Park at your own pace. Leisure and no cost is the Denali Visitor Center, front country trails, shopping, relaxing at your lodging.
Free shuttle to Savage River for trail hikes. Low cost includes National Park Shuttles, recommend 8 hour bus to Eielson Visitor Center for best sights and wildlife viewing. Longer shuttles or upgraded tour are available with advance reservations.
Moderate to higher cost adventures include river rafting, a choice of easier floats or exciting whitewater ; ATV tours driving single seats or riding double to quad; unguided lake kayak rentals; Denali Highway Jeep Tours.
Note: More details about optional excursions and pricing is provided once you’ve signed up for our tour. Optional activity costs are subject to 2020 price changes.
Spend your third night at the Denali Bluffs Lodge.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: minimal to/from activity
Saturday, July 18, 2020 - Alaska Railroad Goldstar - Denali to Talkeetna / Talkeetna, Alaska
Hotel Breakfast voucher for full buffet.
11:20 am check in to board The Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, GoldStar Service from Denali to Talkeetna. On this route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the landscape. Enjoy first-class service aboard double-deck dome cars. Luxury rail travel has never been better. Reserved upper-level dome car seating, upper-level outdoor viewing deck, exclusive lower-level dining room, lunch and beverages included. Two adult beverages included. Order from the menu of Alaskan cuisine including choices that vary from seafood to reindeer sausage. Adult beverage menu includes award winning Alaskan brewery selections. The train departs at 12:20 and your guide will drive with luggage and meet you in Talkeetna at 4:40 pm
Talkeetna, Alaska is a historical frontier town with lots of Alaskan flavor! The rustic and charming community is popular with visitors and offers a lot of hospitality with a choice of delicious eateries, quaint shops featuring local artists and even it’s quirky museums. Some of the best views of the Alaska range and Mt. Denali are seen from this location if weather permits. There’s also a bit of adventure in the town if time or budget allows.
Lodging: Denali Fireside Suites & Cabins. This Talkeetna lodging features hotel quality amenities along with quaint gas fireplaces, rustic log construction, custom log furniture and distinctive Alaskana décor. This suite features two comfortable pillow top Queen size beds. www.denalifireside.com
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 15 min. RAIL TIME: 4 hour, 15 min.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
- Talkeetna, Alaska /National Scenic Byway / Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Breakfast at local diner included.
This morning offers a chance for individual custom fun before departing Talkeetna. OPTIONALS subject to 2020 Rates: Southside Denali Explorer Flight tour with Glacier Landing, Jetboat wilderness tour, or Zipline Canopy Tour
Afternoon depart to travel south of Anchorage, along the Seward Highway. This National Scenic Byway passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The landscape varies from the muddy waters of Turnagain Arm to the icy blue glaciers that hang almost to the sea. Wildflowers and waterfalls brighten every corner of the road as it glides below rough mountains that pierce thick, heavy clouds. Only Alaska's Seward Highway can offer this particular mix created by climate, geography, and geology.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a non profit organization that cares for rescued wildlife, injured and orphans. They promote better awareness of Alaska Wildlife conservation methods through public education and they provide a fantastic opportunity to photograph Alaska wildlife up close. See moose, brown and black bear, wood bison, musk ox and many more rescued animals.
Hotel: The Hotel Alyeska is a Chateau style property located on Mount Alyeska's ski slopes. The 60 person aerial tram travels 2300 feet to the Glacier Express and Seven Glaciers restaurants atop Mount Alyeska. Summit rooms are 340 square feet and located on floors 4-7 with panoramic Mountain or Valley views. King or Two Double Beds. 3 adults maximum occupancy.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours
Monday, July 20, 2020 - Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float / Seward, Alaska
Breakfast voucher for hotel dining included.
Enjoy a leisure morning at the hotel pool and jacuzzi or hiking along the trails to more fully enjoy this resort.
Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float: Take the Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train to the beautiful Spencer Glacier and enjoy an easy raft tour floating amongst icebergs in Alaska wilderness. 1:00 pm check in for 1:25 pm departing train trip south down the Placer Valley leaving the highway behind and into country only accessible by train. Several hanging glaciers appear before the stop at Spencer Glacier. This is another wildlife habitat populated with bear, moose, coyotes and wolves. Swans pause here on their migration, yellowlegs and arctic terns also make their home here. Get up close and personal to the icebergs on this scenic float suitable for all ages. Our experienced and professional guides will row you right up to picturesque icebergs on Spencer Lake. The panoramic views of the Spencer Glacier and surrounding mountains are beautiful. From Spencer Lake, Raft 7 river miles down the pristine Placer River, where the river meets back up with the train tracks the Glacier Discovery train will stop to pick us up. 5:15 pm Arrive at the Portage depot where you continue travel with your ATG guide and coach to Seward, your next destination.
Seward Windsong Lodge is nestled in a spectacular glacier river valley. Guest rooms are spread out in a wooded setting, surrounded by spruce trees and wildflowers. Furnished and well-appointed with comfortable, Alaskan-style décor. From your rooms, wander the trails amidst the spruce and cottonwood forest. Rooms provide that genuine Alaskan feel inside and out. Deck Rooms are second floor with 2 Queen beds.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: 1.5 hours
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
- Kenai Fjords National Park Tour
Breakfast in a local diner included.
10:30 am check in to Kenai Fjords 6 hour National Park Tour. 11:30 am to 5:30 p.m. Experience Alaska's most popular wildlife and glacier cruise! Kenai Fjords National Park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers. Smaller vessels that seat up to 150 passengers get closer to than the larger cruise ships. Heated cabins have bench and table seating with large windows. Outside decks allow you closer up views. This 6 hour tours depart from Seward, Alaska, and provide in- depth experience within pristine Kenai Fjords National Park. Tours are fully narrated by an accredited wildlife interpreter and include a visit to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge - home to a large variety of whales, sea lions, sea otters and more. The tour travels out to the face of one of the glaciers where the boat will stop and quietly wait as you watch and listen for the glacier to calve. A small deli style lunch is included. A caesar chicken wrap, apple and cookie. A concession stand is on board for purchases and your guide will have a small soft side cooler that you can stock extras and take. The tour returns 5:30 pm.
You may choose to dine in town before returning to your hotel for the evening. There is also a restaurant at and nearby to the hotel.
Spend your second night at the Seward Windsong Lodge.
MEALS: B, L DRIVE TIME: 15 minutes CRUISE TIME: 6 hours
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - Travel to Homer, Alaska/ Alaska Islands & Oceans Center
Hotel breakfast voucher for full buffet included.
Travel down the Kenai Penisula to the end of the road and the town of Homer, Alaska along stretches of Scenic Byway with views of pristine wilderness rivers, glaciers, snow-capped mountains and massive volcanoes in route. Drive time between Anchorage and Homer: About 4 hours
The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center offer tips on wildlife viewing, wildlife refuge information and points of interest. A self-guided tour, featuring sculpted re-creations of wildlife and settings and interactive stations, simulates a journey through the nation's most far-reaching wildlife refuge. Many of the interpretive programs are outdoor experiences. Outdoor trails lead to Bishop's Beach through adjoining wetlands. Guided walks and programs are offered daily
Land’s End ocean front Starboard Bay suites. Indulge yourself. All rooms feature breathtaking views of Kachemak Bay. These suites have two separate rooms with a variety of sleeping arrangements, including King size beds. Includes: Satellite TV, Wifi, Mini-fridge, Microwave, Small deck, and much more.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: 3.5 hours
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Homer, Alaska - CUSTOM DAY to customize your vacation with many choices: Added cost items - Fishing charters, Bear viewing, Sea Kayaking, Seldovia tours, Wildlife cruises and more.
Hotel Breakfast Voucher.
A quaint town nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay offering breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife. Homer is known to many as the 'Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea,' but it was made famous in Tom Bodett's tales as 'The End of the Road.' This beautiful destination offers a variety of activities . Today is a custom day in Homer where we work to coordinate individual activity preferences.
Choose to relax and enjoy a stroll along the spit, do some beach combing or rent a bicycle for an afternoon ride. If you want added adventure, low cost and low impact is the Seldovia Wildlife tour, or for the more adventurous, you can add ocean fishing charters or sea kayaking adventures of varied lengths. Subject to 2020 prices.
Spend your second night at the Land’s End ocean front Starboard Bay suites.
MEALS: B DRIVE TIME: Minimal to/from activity
Friday, July 24, 2020 - Travel to Anchorage / Portage Glacier Visitor Center / Tour End Anchorage
Hotel Breakfast voucher.
Depart Homer to travel back up the Kenai Penisula along those wonderful stretches of Scenic Byway with views of pristine wilderness rivers, glaciers, snow-capped mountains and massive volcanoes in route. Drive time between Homer and Anchorage: About 4 hours Short stops made in route for points of interests and meal time.
The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is built upon the terminal moraine left behind by Portage Glacier in 1914. The visitor center offers an unique opportunity to learn about the Chugach National Forest, America's second largest national forest. Award-winning exhibits and presentations highlight the unique features of the region.
Depart for return travel to Anchorage. City tours are dependent on time allowed and weather of the day. Options include visits to Earthquake Park, Ship Creek, and other downtown locations for shopping or dining or to add small attractions. The Anchorage Market & Festival is hosted on Saturdays with a collection of Alaskan foods, arts and crafts, entertainment.
5:00 pm Dinner as a group is included. After dinner, the escorted portion of your tour ends with check in at the hotel. Next day departures are self-navigated with use of the hotel to airport shuttle.
Hotel: The Lakefront Anchorage, formerly Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage, offers modern, lodge-like accommodations on the shores of Lake Spenard and Lake Hood. The lobby is rich with displays of animals indigenous to Alaska, including a Kodiak brown bear, polar and black bears. Numerous king salmon, moose and caribou mounts also adorn the spacious lobby. From a lakeside deck, guests can watch over 800 floatplanes land every day at Lake Hood, the largest and busiest floatplane base in the world. Newly renovated 2015, well-appointed rooms.
MEALS: B, D DRIVE TIME: 4 hours
Saturday, July 25, 2020- Departure Day: - Depart Anchorage. Alaska
Continental Breakfast room provided for hotel guests. Depart Anchorage via use of complimentary hotel shuttle tranfers. MEALS: none