Escorted Journey with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations
6/13 Nts From €1800 (Per Person)
June 2015 to August 2015
Prices from €2273
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Anchorage: Expand your understanding of Alaska's first people with a private presentation at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.
Anchorage: In much of Alaska, where large distances separate towns and the road system is limited, bush planes are a part of everyday life. Visit the largest float plane base in the world and meet one of the experienced pilots.
Alaska Railroad: Relax on this flagship train and enjoy stunning scenery all the way to Denali National Park.
Denali: A detailed explanation of the National Park's wildlife and ecosystem accompanies a leisurely hike.
Girdwood: Enjoy an exclusive lunch and a chance to meet the dogs at the home of a champion dog musher.
Girdwood: Ride a gondola to the top of the ski area for panoramic views of the mountains and Cook Inlet.
Prince William Sound: Experience the sounds of the thundering calving of glaciers on your included cruise.
Seward: Visit the aquarium and learn about the wildlife rescue efforts with a representative of the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Anchorage: Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the downtown area.
Denali National Park: See Mt. McKinley.
Anchorage: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at an Anchorage restaurant.
Denali: A night of fun, festivity and food! Get a taste of old-time Alaska at a rollicking theatre dinner.
Mount Alyeska: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine and newfound friends.
Welcome Reception (WD), 6 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 lunches (L), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) 7 Full Breakasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D) on the ms Zaandam or ms Oosterdam*
Anchorage: The Sheraton Hotel and Spa simply boasts the finest lodging in the city.
Denali: The Grande Denali Lodge offers panoramic views of the entire canyon.
Alyeska: The luxurious Hotel Alyeska is nestled in lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views.
Your expert Insight Tour Director will smooth your way throughout your vacation. Acting as a 'travelling concierge', he or she is also an expert guide, a consummate organiser and your friend in a foreign land
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas and WiFi is also generally available on most touring coaches.
We include Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing an authentic food or beverage of the region
We'll handle your Baggage everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
Your Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
Day 1 Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers
Welcome to Alaska! Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, there is an airport transfer to your hotel. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Day 2 Anchorage Sightseeing
After a good night's rest, get acquainted with downtown Anchorage. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and learn about the traditions of Alaska's first people during this private presentation. Afterward, drive around Lake Hood to visit the largest float plane base in the world. Meet a bush pilot who shares fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. The rest of the afternoon is yours to browse among the shops or native art galleries. This evening, you are invited for a delectable Highlight Dinner at a popular downtown restaurant.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 3 Journey along the Alaskan Railroad
After breakfast, board your luxury motorcoach for the journey to Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount McKinley, North America's tallest peak and the inspiration for the TV program “Northern Exposure”. After a brief visit downtown, board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over narrow gorges and swift-rushing streams to Denali National Park. View steep valleys framed by craggy mountains from the comfort of your reclining seat in the deluxe dome railcar. Your welcoming hotel is located on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, perched at the edge of a bluff with unparalleled views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and Nenana River Canyon. Tonight, enjoy a taste of the frontier at a rollicking highlight theatre dinner, featuring old-time sourdough song-and-dance and hearty Alaska fare.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 4 Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness
After breakfast, the six million acre Denali National Park and Preserve is just minutes away. Begin with an easy one-hour guided hike to learn about the tundra and wildlife in the park. The remainder of the day is open for recreation or optional activities. Why not take an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River, or a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mt. McKinley?
Day 5 Girdwood and Mount Alyeska
Board a deluxe motorcoach for your journey south on the George Parks Highway. Stop along the way for lunch and an exclusive visit with a champion dog musher and four-time Iditarod winner. At the home of Martin Buser, you are invited to meet his dogs and share the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile dogsled race. Continue on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views. Arrive in the town of Girdwood, home of Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for panoramic views of the mountains and sea at your leisure. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner complete with wine and good cheer.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Celebration Dinner
Day 6 Prince William Sound Cruise
Today is devoted to the 26 Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thundering calving of glaciers and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as sea otters, porpoises and whales.
Full Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 To Seward and out of Anchorage - or join your Glacier Discovery Cruise
Visit the aquariums of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward and enjoy an exclusive presentation about their marine research and rehabilitation program. Have lunch and explore downtown at your own pace. Then transfer to Anchorage Airport, or the tour hotel if extending. Please do not schedule any flights before 6.00 pm. Guests continuing on the Glacier Discovery Cruise to Vancouver, are transferred to the Port of Seward to board the ms Zaandam or ms Oosterdam. Set sail this evening.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Insight Vacations have top class hand picked hotels in the best locations, in all their destinations.
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas
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The accommodation on this tour, as with all Insight Vacations tours is of a very high standard, ranging from four star to de-luxe hotels in great locations. Accommodation where appropriate is within the National parks. You won't be disappointed !
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