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TA-SD04 Alaska Self Drive Tour Package | 10-Day Tour from Anchorage

Individual Alaska Self Drives: National Parks, Glacier and Wildlife Tours

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Discover Alaska self drive tour package on a "Classic Route" from | to Anchorage. You'll travel to Alaska's most scenic tourism destinations, explore the magnificent national parks, cruise through Prince William Sound and see glaciers and abundant wildlife. The tour includes most of the highlights and scenic areas within central Alaska. Drive from Anchorage to Talkeetna and get onbord of an Alaska Air Taxi for a breathtaking flightseeing trip around Mt. McKinley. Continue your self drive tour and visit Denali National Park for outstanding wildlife viewing for grizzly bear, caribou, moose and a variety of birds in a spectacular wilderness setting. Explore Alaska's interior: Fairbanks with it's gold rush atmosphere and Chena Hot Springs for some outstanding Aurora Borealis viewing from September onwards. Discover the rugged and scenic coastline of Alaska and cruise to magnificent Columbia Glacier - the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska ! You'll travel with a comfortable ferry throughout Prince William Sound from Valdez to Whittier and continue to the Kenai Fjords National Park with incredible scenery, abundant marine wildlife, whales and calving glaciers. You have plenty of time to take a guided salmon fishing trip, experience sea kayaking, hike on a wilderness trail or fly with a helicopter into Alaska's backcountry.

Day 1: Anchorage

Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer to your hotel. Pick up your rental car and get ready for a Alaska vacation of a lifetime. Spend the rest of the day with sightseeing activities in and around Alaska's largest city: take a hike along the coastal trail with sweeping views of Mt. McKinley and Mt. Susitna aka: the "Sleeping Lady" - shop for Alaska Native Art, or spend some time at a museum. Try some fresh Alaska seafood (salmon, halibut and dungeness crab) for dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants around the hotel. Overnight: Anchorage

Day 2: Anchorage - Talkeetna

Enjoy sweeping views of snowcapped mountain peaks in the distance while traveling from Anchorage on the George Parks Highway to Wasilla - home of the Iditarod Headquarter "The Last Great Sled Dog Race on Earth". Continue to Talkeetna: Talkeetna was established as a mining town and trading post before either Wasilla or Anchorage existed. Several of its old log buildings are today historical landmarks. The community is internationally recognized as the base for many of the climbing expeditions that challenge Mt. McKinley, Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foraker during the summertime, so it is not unusual to find a larger number of international visitors walking these quiet streets. The Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers join the Susitna River at Talkeetna and the town reportedly takes its name from an Indian word meaning "where the rivers join". A museum in The Little Red Schoolhouse, built in 1917. Local art, old books, and historical items are on display.  Tip: Reserve a spectacular Denali Flightseeing Tour | Kahiltna Glacier Landing into the Alaska Mountain Range. (Distance 110 Miles) Overnight: Talkeetna

Day 3: Talkeetna - Denali National Park

Leave Talkeetna and follow the highway through the Denali State Park with good wildlife viewing, canoe rental and excellent hiking opportunities. Arrive at Denali National Park and check in your hotel. (Distance 120 Miles) Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 4: Denali National Park

Denali, the “Great One”, is the name Athabascan people gave the massive peak that crowns the 600-mile-long Alaska Range. Denali National Park and Preserve was created 1980 from the former Mt Mc.Kinley National Park. At over 6 million acres, the park is larger than the State of Massachusetts. It exemplifies interior Alaska’s character as one of the world’s last great frontiers for wilderness adventure and it remains largely wild and unspoiled, as the Athabascan knew it. Early (pre-reserved time) shuttle bus departure - the park road is closed for private vehicles - for a full day wildlife observation and sightseeing tour to the Eielson Visitor Center, Wonder Lake or Kantishna within the shadows of Mt. McKinley - with 20.320 ft. the highest mountain in North America. The views from here are just spectacular. Watch for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolf, lynx, wolverine and fox roaming throughout the park or observe one of the 150 different bird species which inherit the Denali National Park area. Many hiking trails along the ridges and throughout the valleys are easily accessible from the road. Park ranger at the visitor center are conducting interesting campfire talks, sled dog demonstations and short guided nature walks on a regular basis. Return to the Park entrance at anytime during the day. Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 5: Denali National Park - Fairbanks

Drive via Nenana (Alaska Ice Classics) to Fairbanks. Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City of Alaska, is the gateway to Alaska's Arctic and provides almost 24-hours of daylight during the summer months from June until August. Get a glimpse of Fairbanks goldrush history and visit the excellent Alaska University Museum to get aquainted with the vibrant traditional native cultures. Tucked into miles of untouched wilderness areas  - only 120 miles from the Arctic Circle - Fairbanks provides excellent year-round outdoor recreational activities. Visit Alaskaland or step onbord of the authentic sternwheeler for a very scenic 20-mile roundtrip cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers with lively narration, a stop at a reconstructed Athabascan Indian Village for a demonstration of native hunting and fishing techniques or watch a authentic Iditarod Race dogsled demonstration. (Distance 120 Miles) Overnight: Fairbanks

Day 6: Fairbanks

Fairbanks provides also a unique option to fly with bush mail plane to Alaska's vast, roadless interior. Enjoy the scenic flight above the arctic circle and experience how the Gwich'in Athabascan Natives are living in "Rural" Alaska. See the mighty Yukon River, travel through the wetlands and crest the rounded peaks of the Northern Edge of the Alaska Range looking out for moose and dall sheep. Another option is to drive on the Chena Hot Springs Road (watch for moose) to the resort with it's many outdoor mineral pools, rock lake, the Aurora Ice Museum and outstanding Northern Lights viewing from September onwards, take a hiking trip or simply relax in Fairbanks on the banks of the Chena River and sample some micro brews from the area. Overnight: Fairbanks

Day 7: Fairbanks - Valdez

Traveling south, the Richardson Highway leads through stands of white birch and black spruce, often photogenically close to the Tanana River. Soake up the raw beauty of the drive into the central Alaska Range, often paralleled by the Alaska Pipeline. Stopover for a lunch at the historic roadhouse in Copper Center, fish for king salmon on the Copper River and take a short hike to the face of the scenic Washington Glacier. Arrive in Valdez, gateway to Prince William Sound. Tip: Our favourite tour is a 5-hour cruise to the icy face of the Columbia Glacier - the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska. (Distance 360 Miles) Overnight: Valdez

Day 8: Valdez - Prince William Sound | Ferry - Seward

Board the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry for a cruise from Valdez to Whittier. Prince William Sound encompasses 3,800 miles of coastline, bounded to the east and north by the Chugach Mountains and to the west by the Kenai Peninsula. Commercially important for the fishing and oil industries, the sound is also prized for its abundance of marine and coastal life, its rain forest of Sitka spruce and western hemlock, and its glacier-studded landscape. The sound contains 150 glaciers including 17 tidewater glaciers, known for dramatically calving huge ice chunks into the sea. More than 220 species of birds, 30 species of land mammals, and at least a dozen marine mammal species are found in the region. Bald eagles are plentiful along treetops and shorelines. Among the estimated 200,000 seabirds that summer in the sound are marbled murrelets, black-legged kittiwakes, and glaucous-winged gulls. Resident marine mammals include humpback, sei, fin, minke, and killer whales as well as Steller sea lions, harbor seals, and sea otters, all of which reach some of their greatest numbers in Prince William Sound. In the distance you'll see Columbia Glacier - one of the largest tidewater glaciers in Alaska.
 
Arrive in Whittier and drive to the Portage Glacier Visitor Center with interesting exhibitions about glaciers. Continue to Seward, a small fishing community at the shores of Resurrection Bay - the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. This afternoon free time to visit the easily accessible Exit Glacier. Short trails lead to the toe of the Glacier where you can climb on the surface of the glacier itself. (Distance 80 Miles + Ferry) Overnight: Seward

Day 9: Seward | Kenai Fjords National Park

Morning Kenai Fjords National Park cruise departure. Board our comfortable and stable tour boat with in/outside seating areas, multiple viewing decks and fog-free windows for your exciting glacier and wildlife day cruise into magnificent Aialik Bay with actively "calving" glaciers and a magnificent scenery. Covering 110-miles, the trip is narrated by a National Park Ranger, who is highly adept at spotting wildlife and pointing out the many spectacular sights. The fjords and rugged islands of Kenai Fjords National Park and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge showcase the best of Alaska’s marine world in a compact package. Murres, kittiwakes, puffins and other seabirds perch and nest along cliff faces just above the swells. Sea otters float belly-up eating mussels and clams. Harbor seals haul out on icebergs off Aialik and Northwestern glaciers. Humpback whales spend the summers fattening on forage fish such as herring. Gray whales pass in April on their epic migration to the Arctic. Steller sea lions mate and raise pups on Chiswell Island. In early and late summer, pods of fish-eating resident killer whales roam the region in pursuit of salmon. After reaching the mighty Aialik Glacier guests witness "the calving" a process by which glaciers shed giant blocks and slabs of ancient ice. A delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib lunch is served buffet style with guaranteed reserved table seating in a heated cabin for every guest. Overnight: Seward. 

Day 10: Seward - Alyeska - Anchorage

You may spend some time at the Alaska SeaLife Center – the world's first cold water marine search institute with wildlife rehabilitation and public education facilities, try your luck halibut or salmon fishing or attend a kayaking tour from Lowell Point - the choice is yours. On your drive back to Anchorage, stopover at Alyeska. Tucked in a glacier valley between the mountains and the sea, the community is a popular year-round destination. Take the Alyeska Tramway to get a bird's eye view of the surrounding glaciers and the Turnagain Arm. Continue to Anchorage and drop off your rental car. (Distance 130 Miles)

Tour Includes

  • 9 Nights Superior OR First-Class Accommodation
  • Hotel and State Taxes
  • 10 Day Compact Rental Car
  • Unlimited Free Mileage
  • Rental Car Licensing Fees
  • MOA - State Vehicle Rental Taxes
  • Full Coverage CDW Insurance | Int'l Clients Only
  • 1 Hr. Mt.McKinley Flightseeing Tour
  • Prince William Sound Ferry Valdez - Whittier
  • Denali National Park Fee
  • Denali Shuttle Bus Ticket to Eielson Visitor Center
  • Full Day Kenai Fjords Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
  • Seward Harbor Tax, Kenai Fjords Park Fee
  • Tour Documentation

Rates per Person in US $ from Anchorage

Tour Number | TA-SD04 | Daily Departures
Single Double Triple Quad

May 10 - May 31 | Superior Hotels

June 01 - August 31 | Superior Hotels

September 01 - September 20 | Superior Hotels

 

$2770.00

$3340.00

$2810.00

 

$1710.00

$1965.00

$1750.00


$1375.00

$1545.00

$1425.00


$1205.00

$1355.00

$1235.00


Tour Number | TA-SD04 | Daily Departures
Single Double Triple Quad

May 10 - May 31 | First Class Hotels

June 01 - August 31 | First Class Hotels

September 01 - September 20 | First Class Hotels

$3085.00

$3925.00

$3175.00

$1825.00

$2250.00

$1855.00

$1460.00

$1685.00

$1490.00

$1250.00

$1515.00

$1270.00


Optional Sightseeing Tours

Rates in US$ / per person
Adult

Talkeetna: Add on Glacier Landing

Fairbanks: 1/2 Day Bush Mail Plane Flight to Arctic Village

Fairbanks: 5 hr Arctic Circle Flightseeing Tour to Fort Yukon & the Yukon River

Fairbanks: Full Day Guided Arctic Circle Fly/Drive to Coldfoot & the Yukon River

$85.00

$329.00

$379.00

$375.00


Tour Package | Rental Car Upgrades

Rental Car Category | Taxes + Unlimited Free Mileage Included
Upgrade Extra Day

Compact Car | Chevrolet Aveo or similar

Mid Size Car | Toyota Corolla or similar

Full Size Car | Chevrolet Malibu or similar

Mid Size SUV | Ford Escape or similar

Full Size SUV | Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar

Mini Van | Dodge Grand Caravan or similar

 

 

 

 

 

Included

$120.00

$170.00

$650.00

$950.00

$650.00

$110.00

$117.00

$122.00

$177.00

$192.00

$177.00