TA-SD07 Alaska Self Drive Tour Packages | 14-Day Alaska Wonderland

Individual Alaska Self Drive Tours: The Alaska Wonderland Adventure Tour

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Discover Alaska's Wonderland at your own pace. Our two-week circle adventure self drive tour features most of the highlights and scenic wonders of Alaska's great outdoors. Originating in Anchorage you'll travel to Denali National Park where you observe grizzly bears and a variety of wildlife, all in the shadow of towering Mt. McKinley - the highest mountain in North-America. Continue to Fairbanks with its gold rush atmosphere, board the Alaska Ferry and explore scenic Prince William Sound with magnificent Columbia Glacier - the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska. It's time to visit the communities of the Kenai Peninsula - Seward, Homer, Soldovia and Kenai. It is your choice to try your luck fishing, go kayaking, join a wildlife cruise or visit a remote community. The schedule leaves plenty of time for side trips and outdoor activities such as river rafting, flightseeing, wildlife viewing, whale watching and short hiking trips.

Day 1: Anchorage - Talkeetna

Pick up your rental car in Anchorage and drive north on the Parks Highway. Enjoy sweeping views of snowcapped mountain peaks while traveling from Anchorage via Wasilla (Iditarod Museum) to Talkeetna - the base for most climbing expeditions. This afternoon you may enjoy a flightseeing tour to Mt. McKinley (optional). This magnificent flight takes you within six miles of Mt. McKinley's summit. As your flight departs, you begin to see how the last ice age has shaped the land. Moments later, you enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier filled valleys. See the Sheldon Amphitheater, beautiful Ruth Glacier, and the Great Gorge. (Distance 120 Miles) Overnight: Talkeetna

Day 2: Talkeetna - Denali National Park

Continue your journey along the Alaska Range through Denali State Park with countless wildlife viewing opportunities. Stopover at Byers Lake and rent a canoe or kayak. Arrive at Denali Village. The Denali parks office provides many informative ranger-naturalist programs, slide shows and sled dog demonstrations. (Distance 110 Miles) Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 3: 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 anytime during the day. Overnight: Denali National Park

Day 4: Denali National Park - Fairbanks

Short drive via Nenana (Alaska Ice Classics) to Fairbanks. Fairbanks, known as the Golden Heart City of Alaska, is the gateway to the interior and features almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer months. You are invited to explore the local gold rush history, its vibrant traditional native cultures as well as its abundant wildlife and fantastic scenery. Tucked into miles of unexplored wilderness only 120 miles from the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks offers excellent year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. This afternoon you may visit the renown Alaska University Museum featuring Alaska's natural history best collection, Alaskaland or take an authentic sternwheeler on a scenic 20-mile roundtrip cruise down the Chena and Tanana Rivers. Enjoy lively narration, stop at a reconstructed Athabascan Indian Village to learn about native hunting & fishing techniques and watch a dogsled demonstration. (Distance 120 Miles) Overnight: Fairbanks

Day 5: Fairbanks

In Fairbanks you have the unique chance to go on a bush mail plane flight to Alaska's vast, roadless interior. Enjoy the scenic flight above the arctic circle and experience how the Gwich'in Athabascan Natives live in "Bush" Alaska. Put your hand in the 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 along Chena Hot Springs road (watch out for moose!), go on a hiking trip and visit Chena Hot Springs Resort. Here you can relax in the large heated indoor pool or the natural outdoor rock lake. Visit the Aurora Ice Museum and grant yourself to a "Appletini" beverage served in an ice glass. Return to Fairbanks.

Day 6: Fairbanks - Copper Center | Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Heading south, the Richardson Highway passes 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. Visit the historic roadhouse in Copper Center and watch native fish wheels at the nearby Copper River, providing an excellent salmon run. (Distance 260 Miles) Overnight near Copper Center with great views of the Wrangell Mountains - Mt. Deborah, Mt. Sanford and Mt. Drum.

Day 7: Copper Center - Valdez

Stopover at Worthington Glacier where a boardwalk leads to the toe of the glacier. Arrive in Valdez - often called "the Switzerland of Alaska", the gateway for salmon fishing trips and narrated cruises to magnificent Columbia Glacier. This afternoon you have time to take a scenic cruise to Columbia Glacier. On board you will have a chance to view the Sound's wildlife including Bull Head Sea Lion Haul-out. You will learn about the mining, oil, earthquake, and fishing history and you will hear stories about the native people exploring Prince William Sound. Visit the terminus of the Alaska Pipeline Terminal, enjoy a kayaking or a short hiking trip. (Distance 100 Miles) Overnight: Valdez

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

Scenic cruise from Valdez to Whittier onboard the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry. 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. Short drive to Seward - gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is a coastal community 125 miles south of Anchorage. Abrupt mountain slopes cloaked in shaggy summer greens and perpetual snows form an impressive backdrop for this  progressive city of some 4,000 people. Shipping, fishing and tourism provide Seward's economic base. Large passenger cruise ships and freight ships call frequently at the Alaska Railroad dock. Cargos are transferred to and from the Alaska Railroad. Three modern fish plants process salmon, caviar, crab, herring, halibut and other bottom fish. Seward's history is among the oldest in Alaska. The great Russian governor Alexander Baranof stopped here in 1793, named Resurrection Bay, and built a ship, which later sank, probably because Baranof's workers didn't have proper materials. Gold prospectors blazed trails from here to finds on Turnagain Arm starting in 1891, and in 1907 the army linked those trails with others all the way to Nome, finishing the Iditarod Trail. The broken concrete and twisted metal you see on the beach walking north are the last ruins of the Seward waterfront, which was destroyed by a tsunami wave in the 1964 earthquake. (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 - Homer

This morning visit the Alaska SeaLife Center or go on another hiking trip. Continue your journey and follow the Sterling Highway - a designated scenic road covering miles of spectacular landscape with snowcapped mountains and volcanoes (Mt. Iliamna, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Augustine), deep ocean bluffs, excellent salmon fishing opportunities along the Kenai River and a magnificent coastline. Homer is blessed with a view to the south that is stunning in its beauty and grandeur. The rugged Kenai Mountains spread across the sparkling waters of Kachemak Bay. (Distance 170 Miles) Overnight: Homer

Day 11: Homer

Homer - aka: "Halibut Capital of the World" is located at the gateway to beautiful Kachemak Bay State Park. You have a full day to explore the area and kayak to remote coves and beaches, hike, take a scenic cruise to Seldovia and the artist community of Halibut Cove with it's many native art galleries along the wooden boardwalks or watch for wildlife including whales, seals, sea otters and a large variety of shorebirds. Homer and Katchemak Bay are also world-class fishing destinations for trophy sized halibut and five spezies of salmon. If you wish to observe grizzly bears up-close-and-personal in their natural environment, book a flight to the coastal areas of Katmai - and Lake Clark National Park. This is an experience you'll never forget. Get back to Halibut Cove in the evening and enjoy freshly prepared Alaska seafood with a view at the renowned Saltry Restaurant (dinner reservation included) Return to Homer by water taxi. Overnight: Homer

Day 12: Homer - Cooper Landing

Leave Homer this morning and drive to Cooper Landing located at the world famous Kenai River. Attend a 1/2 day guided fishing trip for salmon on the Kenai or Russian River. Your fishing guide is expert in spinning, casting and fly fishing techniques on these waters. Or if you prefer, join the Kenai Canyon raft trip. Start with a scenic float searching for moose, bald eagles and salmon, then ride the Class II+ spirited rapids through the Kenai River Canyon. End with a cruise along the wild and scenic shore of a glacier-carved lake in the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Distance 120 Miles) Overnight: Cooper Landing

Day 13: Cooper Landing - Anchorage

Leave Kenai Peninsula and drive north towards Girdwood / Alyeska Ski Resort. If time allows take the tram on top Alyeska mountain offering a splendid view of Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Mountain Range. Continue along Seward highway traveling past salt water bays, ice blue glaciers and alpine valleys. You have a great chance to spot a bear, moose and dall sheep along the way. Arrive in Anchorage and check in your hotel. Spend the last evening visiting one of Anchorage excellent seafood restaurants. (Distance 100 Miles) Overnight: Anchorage

Day 14: Anchorage

Check out of your hotel. Your vacation ends with the return of your rental car.

Tour Includes

  • 13 Nights Superior OR First-Class Accommodation
  • Hotel and State Taxes
  • 14 Day Compact Rental Car
  • Unlimited Free Mileage
  • Rental Car Licensing Fees
  • MOA - State Vehicle Rental Taxes
  • 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-SD07 | Daily Departures
Single Double Triple Quad

May 01 - May 31 | Superior Hotels

June 01 - August 31 | Superior Hotels

September 01 - September 20 | Superior Hotels













Tour Number | TA-SD07 | Daily Departures
Single Double Triple Quad

May 01 - May 31 | First Class Hotels

June 01 - August 31 | First Class Hotels

September 01 - September 20 | First Class Hotels













Optional Sightseeing Tours

Rates in US$ / per person

Talkeetna: 1 hr Mt. McKinley Flightseeing Tour (Glacier Landing: add $85)

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

Valdez: Columbia Glacier Wildlife & Glacier Cruise




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

Full Size SUV | Jeep Grand Cherokee or similar

Mini Van | Dodge Grand Caravan or similar