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
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 through 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, on 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 down a wild 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. Continue over the Kahiltna Glacier to the climbers’ base camp, where you land and step out on the glacier (weather permitting) for an exhilarating wilderness experience. Return to your lodge for an evening at leisure.
Day 5 - Girdwood
Set out for Girdwood, stopping en route to visit the kennels of
four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. Go up close with
members of his Alaskan husky sled-dog teams. Afterward, eat
lunch on site. Then, proceed to Girdwood, a resort community
at the base of Mount Alyeska. Cap your day with a ride on
the Scenic Alyeska Tram, summiting the mountain to take in
the glorious vistas of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy an
evening at leisure at your resort.
Day 6 - Seward
Journey along scenic Turnagain Arm, through forests and
across coastal flats to Seward, keeping watch for Dall sheep high up in the rocky cliffs. Next, board a boat and cruise into
Kenai Fjords National Park, where you view massive glaciers
and keep an eye out for whales, sea otters, sea lions and other
marine wildlife. Enjoy lunch on board before returning to
the harbor. Next, board the Alaska Railroad deluxe dome rail
train for the return to Girdwood, marveling at the scenery
and enjoying dinner on board.
Day 7 - Girdwood
Today, ride the Scenic Alyeska Tram from sea level up to
2,300 feet for spectacular views of the rugged surrounding
landscapes. Return to your lodge for an afternoon and
evening at leisure.
Day 8 - Anchorage
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. Continue to Anchorage for a visit of Earthquake Park
to learn the city’s earthquake history and visit the historic
downtown area. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner, where
you will meet the chef and celebrate your Alaskan adventure.
Day 9 - Depart Anchorage
Transfer to the Anchorage airport and depart.