Day 1 - Arrive Fairbanks, Alaska
Arrive in Fairbanks, nicknamed the Golden Heart City,
where you are met and privately transferred to your hotel.
Tonight, enjoy a reception and welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Fairbanks
Start your day with a guided tour of historic Fairbanks, and
then board a small plane for a sightseeing flight (weather
permitting) that carries you over the majestic Brooks Range
to a landing above the Arctic Circle, in the town of Wiseman.
Visit this far-flung outpost with a local guide and learn more
about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the Koyukuk River, a
tributary of the mighty Yukon River. Return to Fairbanks for
an evening at your leisure.
Day 3 - Talkeetna
This morning, it’s “all aboard” a deluxe dome railcar for a
scenic ride with views of Denali National Park, looking out large windows at the verdant wilderness. Savor breakfast and
lunch as you take in the passing vistas of Denali’s pristine
forests and snow-capped peaks. Arrive in Talkeetna, a quirky
village set at the confluence of three rivers, and transfer to
your hotel. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a
Scenic Sundowner, relaxing with drink in hand as the sun
sets outside your lodge.
Day 4 - Talkeetna
This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Zipline in Talkeetna, zooming through the treetops on
progressively faster runs, for a thrilling outdoor adventure.
Hike with a Naturalist Guide,
along Talkeetna’s best trail,
watching for diverse wildlife in an old-growth forest.
Relax on a Leisurely Float Trip on a scenic river, taking in
the breathtaking mountain panoramas all around you.
This afternoon, board an airplane for a flightseeing adventure
to the remote western end of Denali National Park, taking
in marvelous views of Denali as well as Mount Foraker
and Mount Hunter. Weather permitting, land on the slopes
of Denali and step out onto a glacier for an exhilarating
wilderness experience. Return to your lodge for an evening
Day 5 - Anchorage
Start the day with a private visit to the kennels of the Iditarod
champion Seavey family in Talkeetna. Go up close with
members of their Alaskan husky sled-dog teams. Afterward,
drive to Anchorage for lunch, followed by a tour of the city’s
highlights, including Earthquake Park, where you learn the
city’s earthquake history, and the historic downtown area. Then, proceed to Girdwood, set at the base of Mount Alyeska.
Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 6 - Kenai Peninsula
Cruise the dramatic glacier and marine wildlife country of
Prince William Sound by private boat. Spy calving glaciers
and watch for orcas, puffins and sea lions as well as bald
eagles overhead, and, during your cruise, enjoy a guided
beach walk. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon for
dinner on your own at any of the restaurants at the hotel or
in nearby Girdwood.
Day 7 - Mount Alyeska
Today, ride the Scenic Alyeska Tram from sea level up
to 2,300 feet for a short hike with spectacular views of
the rugged surrounding landscapes. After lunch in a
characteristic local roadhouse, set out for the Alaska Wildlife
Conservation Center, where you enjoy an up-close visit
with the native Alaskan species being rehabilitated there,
including bison, moose and grizzly bears. Tonight, celebrate
your Alaskan journey with a special farewell dinner.
Day 8 - Depart Anchorage
Transfer to the Anchorage airport and depart.