Alaska Adventure

Traveling in Alaska is like traveling to no other place on Earth. There are 586,000 square miles here, and almost that many possibilities. You will be delighted when you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two in tow, or that instant when the silence of a misty fjord is shattered by a pod of giant humpback whales, breaching high into the air, then crashing back against the sea. Float by crystal glaciers, toward the midnight sun, remember: This is Alaska. This is real. This is the adventure of a lifetime.

Day 1 – Thursday August 18th – Salem, OR to Anchorage, AK
Upon arrival in Anchorage, we’ll direct you to luggage claim, and then to our luxury motor coach. First stop is our home for the night, the Lakefront Hotel… enjoy some of the best views in Anchorage and lunch at their outstanding restaurant featuring some of Alaska’s freshest seafood all while watching the floatplanes land… a truly unique experience. Your evening is free to explore… the hotel has a free shuttle to town or just soak up your lakefront home! Lakefront Hotel (L)

Day 2 – Friday August 19th – Anchorage, AK to Seward, AK
Today we depart Anchorage via train… it winds along Turnagain Arm and through the backcountry wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula… Enjoy massive glaciers and towering waterfalls along the length of the trip before the train comes to a halt on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward… Beautiful! Next we’ll depart on Alaska’s most popular wildlife and glacier cruise! We’ll learn all about the Kenai Fjords National Park… it is a place of towering ancient glaciers and abundant sealife. Many types of whale swim in these waters; rookeries teem with arctic birdlife; seal and sea lions haul-out onto rocky outcrops; Dall’s porpoises swim along the bow wave of the boat… See why the cruise received the 2008 and 2009 “Alaska Shore Excursion of the Season”. We’ll make our way to the Windsong Lodge, our home for the night, it’s just outside Seward. Enjoy towering mountains, fragrant spruce trees and the rush of the Resurrection River. Windsong Lodge Seward (B, L)

Day 3 – Saturday August 20th – Seward, AK to Girdwood, AK
After breakfast this morning, we’ll head to the jewel of the Resurrection River Valley… Exit Glacier. This massive wall of blue ice descends the mountainside from the Harding Ice Field, down to the Resurrection River. Your naturalist guide provides insightful narration about the topography, vegetation and natural habitats of a glacial environment. Enjoy some free time in the quaint town of Seward before we depart for Girdwood. Then welcome to our home for the night… The Hotel Alyeska, Alaska’s premier resort. Nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views, The Hotel offers luxurious accommodations and convenient access to the magnificent Alaskan wilderness Enjoy the indoor saltwater pool and whirlpool, take a dog sledding trip, riverboat trip… or just relax and enjoy the beautiful lodge. With an average annual snowfall of 650 inches and 2,500 vertical feet of diverse terrain, Alyeska Resort lives up to – and helps define – Alaska’s spectacular “steep and deep” reputation. After we settle in to the resort, we’ll ride a seven minute scenic ride from the hotel to the top of Mt. Alyeska on the The Alyeska Aerial Tram. You can see out for miles in all directions… including views of the Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range. Don’t forget to look down! Moose and bear sightings are common on these rides. Once we reach the top a fantastic dinner awaits at the 7 Glacers Restaurant… A Four Diamond award winning mountain-top luxury restaurant. Offering signature Alaskan entrees in an elegant atmosphere, the Seven Glaciers experience is extraordinary from start to finish. Alyeska Hotel Girdwood (B, D)

Day 4 – Sunday August 21st – Girdwood, AK to Talkeetna, AK
Your morning is free to explore this fabulous lodge and its many wonderful amenities… We’ll head out for lunch in Gerdwood before heading to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center… The animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center are their greatest ambassadors! Most of the animals that have come to AWCC were either orphaned or injured. With consent from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, animals are taken in, treated and rehabilitated. Depending on their individual case and condition, they may be released back into the wild, transferred to another facility, or given a permanent home at the Center. We’ll see Bear, Moose, Eagle, Elk, Musk Ox, Porcupine, Caribou and more. We depart for Talkeetna, our home for the next two nights, Talkeetna Lodge… set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), the lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, yet it’s just minutes from adventures of a lifetime. Talkeetna Lodge (B, D)

Day 5 – Monday August 22nd – Talkeetna – Free Day
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure as your day is free to take in the many activities the area offers… Take a scenic airplane ride for magnificent glacier views. Tours include stops on the glacier or simply fly over the heavily glaciated waters of Prince William Sound in a helicopter. Talkeetna Lodge (B, D)

Day 6 – Tuesday August 23rd – Talkeetna, AK to Fairbanks, AK
After a leisurely morning we make our way to the train station where we’ll board The Alaska Railroad’s flagship train. Each day in the summer, the Denali Star departs on a journey north to Fairbanks, while a sister train in Fairbanks makes the same trip in the reverse. On a clear day, passengers enjoy spectacular views of the train’s namesake mountain: Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Welcome to Fairbanks our home for the next two nights. Just 188 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks is the largest city of Alaska’s Interior region. Known as “The Golden Heart City” – a reference both to its location near Alaska’s geographic center and also to the discovery of gold in 1902 Fairbanks is a hub for goods and transportation to remote villages as well as the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay. Despite a population of over 30,000 people, Fairbanks still retains a frontier charm. The Westmark Hotel Fairbanks (B, D)

Day 7 – Wednesday August 24th – Fairbanks – Local Touring
You’re in for a real treat today as we’ll cruise the great rivers of Alaska! This three-hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and introduce you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for five generations. You will see a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture where our Alaskan Native guides take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village. This afternoon we tour the Museum of the North… 1.4 million artifacts and specimens represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. Next be prepared to pan your heart out! You will receive a poke of quality Alaskan pay dirt with guaranteed gold! You will also have access to unlimited gravel brought in from local gold-bearing creeks. Learn to pan and catch Gold Fever! The Westmark Hotel Fairbanks (B, D)

Day 8 – Thursday August 25th – Fairbanks, AK – Salem, OR
After breakfast we’ll head to the airport for our flight home, with great memories of this beautiful and diverse state… Great Alaska! (B)

Alaska

“Custom Tours” were designed for groups of 24 or more… If you have a group that wants to book one of these trips… or wants us to design a tour for your groups specific needs… please don’t hesitate to call us. Our tours are designed with a “love of discovery”. Our creative itineraries can be custom-designed to your request including some “must see” attractions as well as “off-the-beaten-path” experiences.