DISCOVER ALASKA
8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

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Traveling through Alaska is different from every other destination in the world. Every day offers an unforgettable memory: the cosmopolitan city of Anchorage, a mother moose and calf, glaciers and mountains, unique native cultures, its Russian legacy and gold rush days. The best memories of Alaska are often in the moments that are unpredictable: a humpback whale leaping clear of the water, the face of a glacier releasing huge ice chunks, a bear feasting on salmon in a river. Our tour opens your eyes and heart to the natural wonderland that surrounds you morning, day, and night.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ease of Travel
  • Traveling the USA
  • Alaska’s diverse culture & rich history
  • Spectacular scenery & wildlife
  • Historic Fairbanks
  • Alaska’s gold rush history
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline
  • Gold Dredge #8
  • US Premier National Park Denali
  • Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters
  • Scenic Seward
  • Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
  • Mount McKinley
  • Ice Age Glaciers
  • Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY


Day 1 Arrive Fairbanks, Alaska
Embark on your Alaskan adventure today as you board your flight to Fairbanks. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your Aventura World representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in this breathtaking state!

Day 2 Fairbanks - Gold Mining History Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, travel back in time with an exciting excursion to explore the area's gold mining history. Today we will delve into the restored Gold Dredge 8 with an up-close view of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline - a true engineering wonder - and the opportunity to learn about its construction and operation. Climb aboard a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad and listen to the interesting insights and tales of prospectors that came and went in droves during the gold rush. Then take-in a "how to" lesson on gold panning before trying it out for yourself. The afternoon beckons with even more opportunities to discover Fairbanks at leisure. (B,D)

Day 3 Fairbanks - Denali
After breakfast at your hotel we depart Fairbanks and travel along the George Parks Highway to Denali National Park. The sparsely populated Alaskan Interior is your backdrop as we drive and your tour director shares some of the challenges of constructing roads and maintaining them due to permafrost conditions where the soil underfoot is actually frozen, even while there may not be snow cover. In the afternoon you will be greeted by the awe-inspiring beauty of Denali where you can head out to adventure around the area at your own pace or relax and drink in the natural beauty. (B)

Day 4 Denali - Denali Natural History Tour
Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel and prepare for a day of discovery and amazement in Denali National Park. It is almost impossible to fathom that this world-famous frontier encompasses 6 million acres. Today we will journey along on a Denali Natural History Tour showcasing the storied cultural history of Denali National Park. Get to know the distinctive influences that shaped Denali from early natives and pioneers. Learn about the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park from your insightful naturalist driver. Here we will visit Savage Cabin, the original ranger's cabin, where you get to see firsthand how the cabin was utilized in the past and how it continues to be used today. Enjoy the remainder of today at leisure. (B)

Day 5 Denali/Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters/Seward
After breakfast this morning we depart the Denali area and head southbound, traveling through the verdant Matanuska-Susitna Valley, essential to the region as one of the state's key agricultural areas. Along the way near Wasilla, we will take some time to discover the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about the world's premier sled dog race, billed as "The Last Great Race." Then, enjoy lunch along the way before we continue on to Seward. (B,L)

Day 6 Seward - Kenai Fjords National Park
After breakfast at your Seward hotel, get ready for a full day of adventuring and yet another highlight on this Discover Alaska travel program. Step onto a catamaran (weather permitting) and enjoy sailing through Kenai Fjords National Park. View amazing wildlife, experience tidewater glaciers calving, and savor a hearty Alaskan Salmon and Prime Rib lunch buffet, included in today's itinerary. After lunch, you will have plenty of free time for exploring Seward and its many treasures on your own. (B,L)

Day 7 Seward/Anchorage City Tour/Anchorage
Today starts with breakfast at your hotel then it's off to explore charming Seward at your own pace. Situated on the Kenai Peninsula at the top of Resurrection Bay, enjoy Seward's backdrop of peaks and passes sculpted by Ice Age glaciers. Chock-full of exciting options for exploring the area, your tour director is on hand to help you plan your day! Take a historic walking tour, opt for a fishing or kayaking adventure, visit area attractions such as Seward Museum or Alaska Sealife Center. Later we will depart towards Anchorage, Alaska's largest city where the rugged wilderness melds effortlessly with the conveniences of the modern world. Upon arrival Anchorage invites your exploration, welcoming you with an exciting city tour, featuring America's highest peak, Mt. McKinley, peering out in the distance. (B)

Day 8 Depart Anchorage
Depending on flight times you can venture on for more exploration of Anchorage before heading to the airport for your return flight home with the fondest of memories to share of your unforgettable Alaska adventure. (B)


Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

INCLUDES

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 10 included meals consisting of 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner (coffee/tea with all included meals)
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: a visit to a true engineering wonder, Trans- Alaska Pipeline, Gold Dredge #8, Replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad, Denali National Park, Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Anchorage city tour
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy, and interaction with locals
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Fairbanks
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

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