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Alaskan Family Adventure

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  • Holidays
  • USA and Canada
  • Alaska

Price:

From $3,858

Stay:

8 nights

Travel Dates:

Friday 15th of May 2020 until Friday 4th of September 2020

Description:

Alaskan Family Adventure - 9 Days / 8 Nights - from $3858* per person (with World Journeys).

• Anchorage • Girdwood • Seward • Talkeetna • Denali National Park • Fairbanks

This one way self drive is perfectly suited for the family travelling to Alaska.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Anchorage. Arrival Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer at your own cost to your chosen hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights. With almost 300,000 people calling it home, Anchorage is the largest city and cosmopolitan centre of Alaska. While not the capital of the state, it is the self-proclaimed gateway to Alaska for many visitors. Built originally as a railway depot, the city grew with the development of the farming collective in the Mat-Su valley and the building of Air Force bases. With the discovery of oil, the city became the commercial and financial centre of the state. Situated on the Pacific Ocean on Cook Inlet and moderated by the ocean, the city does not often get the extreme weather that much of Alaska is renowned for. A vibrant and unique city on the edge of the Alaskan wilderness - parks, trails, and moose all make for a unique setting, and there are plenty of opportunities for exploring if you choose. The quaint log cabin visitor centre is a good place to start.

Overnight at: The Lakefront Anchorage - Deluxe Room

Day 2: Anchorage >Girdwood (62 km). This morning travel along the Seward Highway towards scenic Turnagain Arm. Turnagain Arm is a body of water featuring the world's second highest tides at over 30 feet. Keep an eye out for Beluga whales chasing salmon in the bay or Dall sheep along the highway. Continue onto the Alyeska Highway a short distance to the town of Girdwood and the Alyeska Resort. At the Alyeska Resort, take the Aerial Tram (included) to the peak for a view of seven glaciers and Turnagain Arm. This resort has activities available for all, from the Roundhouse Museum at the peak to mountain biking and hiking in the summer.

Overnight at: Alyeska Resort - Junior Suite

Day 3: Girdwood > Seward (144 km). Depart today from Alyeska Resort. En-route to Seward, stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife. The Center maintains over 200 acres of spacious habitats for animals to feel at home and display their natural "wild" behavior. Continuing towards Seward you will begin to climb into the mountains and alpine that lies at the centre of the Peninsula. A picturesque community nestled between the Kenai Mountains and Resurrection Bay; Seward attracts many visitors during the summer months and is the gateway to majestic Kenai Fjords National Park. The easiest place to start is at the Visitor Reception Centre as you come into town for the first time. We have arranged admission to the SeaLife Centre (included), and we also suggest a visit to Exit Glacier.

Overnight at: Harbour 360 Hotel - Standard Room

Day 4: Seward with Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise (L) Today we have arranged for you to take a half-day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. Adventure into the exciting world of Alaska's wildlife. This 4.5 hour cruise travels through the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay for up close encounters with wildlife. Enjoy an exclusive visit to Fox Island for lunch. Continue to cruise Resurrection Bay while viewing the jagged cliffs, seabirds, marine wildlife and alpine glaciers, including magnificent Bear Glacier.

Overnight at: Harbour 360 Hotel - Standard Room

Day 5: Seward > Talkeetna (386 km). Head back to Anchorage today taking in the sights of the Seward Highway as you go. Continue on through Anchorage and drive the Glenn Highway north to Wasilla and on to Talkeetna. Stops can include a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Centre in Anchorage and the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla. Talkeetna serves as a base camp for Mt. Denali climbers; the community of 857 residents is located at the confluence of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers. A turn-of-the-20th-century gold-mining centre, the town has retained much of its early Alaskan flavour. Log cabins, a roadhouse and clapboard storefronts line the dirt streets, colourful locals and bush pilots stroll the wooden sidewalks, while Mount Denali looms overhead. Main Street, the only paved road in town, begins with a "Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna" sign at the town park and ends at the banks of the Susitna River, a nice place to view the big mountain when it's out.

Overnight at: Talkeetna Cabins - Cabin

Day 6: Talkeetna > Denali National Park Entrance (169 km). This morning, embark on a 2 hour jet boat tour (included). Stand in the splendor of Denali and the great Alaska Range from a spectacular vantage point on the Susitna River! The folklore, artifacts and a panoramic view of Denali in the Alaska Range combine to make this an unforgettable and unique Alaskan river adventure. After your jet boat tour, drive the Parks Highway north to Denali National Park, passing by incredible forest and mountain landscapes. You'll have as much time as you like to experience the majesty of Denali National Park, take in the sights of the George Parks Highway or arrive at your hotel near the park entrance to take advantage of an optional excursion or a visit to the Denali Visitor Centre.

Overnight at: Denali Cabins - Family Cabin

Day 7: Helicopter Denali Glacier Landing & Husky Homestead Tour. This morning, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience walking upon an ancient glacier tucked away deep in the Alaska Range. Your adventure begins at our private heliport. Immediately upon lift off, you will be immersed in the vastness of the Denali National Preserve. Soar over the rolling tundra, keeping an eye out for local residents - caribou, moose, bear and Dall sheep. Snow capped peaks and glaciers abound on this journey before you set down on a river of ice. Enjoy 15-20 minutes of glacial exploration with endless photo opportunities.

Later in the day, enjoy a warm welcome and experience a true Alaskan lifestyle at Husky Homestead, home of four-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King. Cuddle a puppy upon arrival and share an intimate view of the Alaskan Husky as they explode from the yard on a training run and witness their beauty in motion as they run on our 50' treadmill. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating a championship team and carving a life in Alaska's Interior.

Overnight at: Denali Cabins - Family Cabin

Day 8: Denali > Fairbanks (198 km). Today continue on the Parks Highway north to Fairbanks. Accompanied by incredible forest and mountain landscapes you drive through the communities of Healy, Nenana and Ester - an old mining camp.

Overnight at: Pikes Waterfront Lodge - Standard Room

Day 9: Depart Fairbanks. Your self drive ends upon check out from your Fairbanks hotel.

Includes: • 8 nights accommodation • Alyeska Scenic Tram Ride • Wildlife Conservation Centre • Alaska Sealife Centre • Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise • Wilderness Adventure Jet Boat Tour • Helicopter Denali Glacier Landing (50 min flight, 20 min glacier landing) • Husky Homestead Tour

Departs: Daily 15 May - 4 Sep 2020.

Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.

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