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Spectacular Alaska! From Anchorage to Fairbanks, see what the "Big Land" of Alaska has to offer on this exhilarating escorted tour. Begin your tour in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and travel to the seaside port of Valdez. Board a boat for a cruise on Prince William Sound and along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier.

Keep an eye out for wildlife, including seals, sea otters, birds, and even whales. In Alaska's second-largest city of Fairbanks, enjoy panning for gold and cruising on a sternwheeler on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Other highlights of your escorted tour include a ride on the world-famous Alaska Railroad through untamed wilderness to Denali National Park and a cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park for an opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more. What a grand Alaska vacation!

Activities Cruise
Pan for gold
Sternwheeler Riverboat Ride
Guided Wilderness Expedition
Walking Tour

Arrive in Anchorage

imagesDay 1: Welcome to Anchorage! Meet your Tour Director this evening between 5 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.

Anchorage – Valdez

imagesDay 2: Meet your fellow traveling companions at this morning’s welcome orientation. Travel through Palmer in the Matanuska Valley, where cabbages can grow to an amazing 70 pounds in the 24-hour daylight, up over Tahneta Pass with wonderful vistas of Matanuska and Worthington Glaciers. Stop at Bridal Veil Falls before arriving in the seaside port of Valdez, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Alaska.”

Valdez: Cruise on Prince William Sound

imagesDay 3: Board your boat for a CRUISE on Prince William Sound and along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier, keeping a watchful eye out for wildlife, including seals, sea otters, birds, and even whales! Before returning to Valdez, see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal, where supertankers are loaded with crude oil from Prudhoe Bay.

Valdez – Delta Junction – Fairbanks

imagesDay 4: Great scenery all the way as you travel along the Richardson Highway. Stop at DELTA JUNCTION, a living history homestead with a museum, original roadhouse, and farm animals. Then, head west on the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, the state's second-largest city.


imagesDay 5: Visit the EL DORADO GOLD MINE, then ride the narrow-gauge railroad and head inside the mine’s permafrost tunnel. Try your luck as you pan for gold. Later today, board the sternwheeler DISCOVERY for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers with a stop at the Chena Indian Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. You will also have the chance to meet Iditarod mushers and their famed dog teams to learn about breeding, training, and the big race!

Fairbanks – Denali National Park

imagesDay 6: Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness. Today’s ride ends at DENALI NATIONAL PARK, where North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, majestically dominates the park’s 6 million acres. The afternoon is free. This evening, enjoy song, dance, and delicious food at the DENALI DINNER THEATER.

Denali National Park

imagesDay 7: Morning at leisure. Optional activities include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Then, dress comfortably for a WILDERNESS EXPEDITION into Denali National Park to seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and other wildlife.

Denali National Park–Anchorage

imagesDay 8: Continue your exploration of Denali National Park as you head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at the IDITAROD HEADQUARTERS, home of the famous dogsled races. Upon arrival in Anchorage, take a city sightseeing tour. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Anchorage. Cruise in Kenai Fjords

imagesDay 9: Witness one of the world’s most scenic drives as you follow the south shore of lovely Turnagain Arm. Upon arrival in Seward, board your vessel for a cruise of KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK and the opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more!


imagesDay 10: The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided.

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