8 days

Alaska, Denali & Northern Lights

Alaska, Denali & Northern Lights

Denali National Park

Northern lights near Fairbanks

Seward Harbour

Mount McKinley

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  • Few places in the world can match Alaska's breathtakingly rugged beauty. From the daunting heights of Mt McKinley to tracking grizzly bears in Denali National Park, this is a grand journey that will leave you planning a hasty return!

    Why we love it

    • The modern city of Anchorage
    • The beauty of the Kenai Peninsula
    • City tours of Anchorage, Seward and Fairbanks
    • Evening opportunities to view the incredible northern lights
    • Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour
    • Try your hand at dog sledding
    • Overnights in remote locations perfect aurora viewing
    • Overnights in remote locations perfect aurora viewing

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Anchorage

    • Your tour starts at 7:30 am at the Ramada Anchorage Downtown. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour. Bordered by the shores of Cook Inlet, Anchorage stands as an enchanting metropolis surrounded by rugged wilderness.
    • The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is home to nearly half of the state's population. It is also one of the only places in Alaska with all the modern fixtures of city life: a performing arts centre, gourmet restaurants and numerous shopping malls. You will begin today's sightseeing tour of Anchorage with a trip down to the historic downtown area before heading off to see the Ship Creek fish ladder and Lake Hood, which has the largest float plane base in North America.
    Ramada Anchorage Downtown or similar

    Day 2 - Seward - Kenai Peninsula

    • Travel south along the scenic Turnagain Arm on the Seward highway, designated an 'All-American Road'. The Kenai Peninsula is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, and combines amazing scenery with a variety of activities for people of all ages and abilities. Seward lies at the head of Resurrection Bay and is a year-round port defined by its surrounding snow-capped mountains.
    Breeze Inn or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Talkeetna

    • Head north on the Seward highway and along scenic Turnagain Arm, passing incredible jagged peaks, alpine meadows, breathtaking fjords and crystal lakes. Now take the Parks Highway through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley which is considered one of the most important agricultural areas in Alaska.
    • Upon arrival in Talkeetna you will have the remainder of the day free to explore this wonderful area on your own. Why not head up to one of the mountain lodges for breath-taking views of Denali National Park, before settling down to watch nature's paintbox - the northern lights.
    Swiss Alaskan Inn or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 4-5 - Denali National Park

    • The drive today displays a valley rimmed by three major mountain ranges, as well as working and abandoned gold mines along the way. At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world's last great frontiers for wilderness adventure, encompassing the heart of the 600-mile long Alaska Range.
    • The crown jewel of these mountains is Mount McKinley, popularly known as Denali, meaning 'The High One' in the Athabascan language. At 6196 metres (20,327 feet), it is the highest peak in North America. Getting off the beaten track is encouraged here and those who venture out may be rewarded with sights of Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears.
    • Included on Day 5 is a Tundra Wilderness Tour that will take you deep into the park. This offers a sub-arctic experience like no other. Incredible scenery, a narrated history of Denali National Park, as well as some of the best opportunities to view and photograph wildlife.
    • When Mount McKinley is visible, it may be possible to travel to Stony Hill Overlook and view the entire mountain from base to summit. Choose to go whitewater rafting (not included) for a pure adrenaline rush. This evening, rest or explore the vast park on your own or simply sit back with a warm drink and admire nature's finest views as aurora borealis dances above the mountains.
    Denali Bluff Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Fairbanks

    • Situated at the heart of the Tanana River Valley, Fairbanks is a city that combines modern amenities with a quintessentially Alaskan frontier spirit. Commonly known as the Gateway to the Arctic, the second largest city in Alaska has a colourful history dating back to the late 1800s and the discovery of gold in the area.
    • An included tour takes you to Golden Heart Park at the centre of the city, and this evening you will head out away from the town's artificial lights to maximize aurora sightings. Fairbanks is one of the best places to see the northern lights and features views of the Alaska Range Mountains, Mount McKinley and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
    Springhill Suites or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Fairbanks

    • This day is free to explore Fairbanks on your own. Today is the perfect day to try optional winter activities which makes this area at this time of the year so amazing. Why not try a dog sledding tour or venture out to the Chena Hot Springs to soak your weary muscles? If you are interested and to avoid missing out, ask your tour leader to help you book this when you start this tour.
    Springhill Suites or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Fairbanks

    • This morning you will be free to explore Fairbanks. Your tour finishes at noon, but why not stay longer to continue enjoying the northern lights. Additional nights in Fairbanks can be booked when booking this tour.
    Breakfast
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    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader.
    • Sightseeing and entrance fees to national parks.
    • 7 breaksfasts included.
    • City tours of Anchorage, Seward and Fairbanks.
    • Denali National Park tundra wilderness tour.
    • Overnights in remote locations away from artificial light for perfect aurora viewing.
    • Transport in a customised vehicle.

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Trip Code PNADN
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Anchorage, Alaska, United States
End City: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Style: Small Group

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