World Voyager Vacations by CEALS
Interior Alaska offers some of the most magnificant scenery and wildlife viewings imaginable. Whether by scenic railcar, motorcoach, private car or RV, you will be captured by the raw beauty and fascinating sites. We can arrange the kind of trip that meets your interests and preferences. We work with the top tour companies in Alaska who have a solid track record of providing top quality experiences at a fair price. They know Alaska and put together outstanding escorted tour and independent programs. Because the season is short, book early to get best prices and selection.
Grand Alaska Land Tour 2011/12
DAY 1 - Fly into Anchorage, Alaska. Transfer to the hotel via hotel courtesy shuttle and overnight in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city.
DAY 2 - This morning, meet your fellow traveling companions during an orientation breakfast. Board a deluxe motorcoach for today’s grand adventure to Valdez. Drive through the Matanuska Valley where they grow world record monster vegetables in the 24-hour daylight and visit the town of Palmer, home of the Alaska State Fair. Stop by to photograph Worthington Glacier for a look at this gigantic piece of ice. Early evening arrival into Valdez, which is nestled between the waterfront and mountains, giving it the nickname, Alaska’s Little Switzerland. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner and admission to the Valdez Museum. Overnight in Valdez. (Meals: BB, D)
DAY 3 - Continental breakfast at the hotel. This morning is open to relax or take a stroll through the community to see the sights. Late this morning, cruise through the majestic Prince William Sound and explore the three-mile face of the mighty Columbia Glacier. Keep your eyes open for seals, sea lions, otters, whales, dolphins and puffins throughout this half-day exploration cruise. A deli-style lunch is included. Return early this evening with time to experience the long daylight hours. Overnight in Valdez. (Meals: CB, DL)
DAY 4 - Continental breakfast at the hotel. Board the motorcoach for the drive north to Fairbanks. The route takes you along the Wrangell- St. Elias National Park, the largest park in the U.S. and the Trans- Alaskan PipeLine that runs 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. Along the way, visit a rustic Alaska roadhouse and hear tales of an Alaska long ago. Overnight in Fairbanks. (Meals: CB)
DAY 5 - Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This morning, learn how the gold rush affected Alaska’s interior on a city sightseeing adventure of Fairbanks with an included visit to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Museum. Time is available for shopping, walking or dining on your own in the downtown area. Cruise on the Chena River aboard the grand sternwheeler- Riverboat Discovery III which will transfer you back to the time when rivers were used as transportation. During the cruise, learn about Alaska Native culture on a tour of an Athabaskan Indian village, hear a professional racer discuss dog mushing, and see a bush pilot take off and land. This evening, take an optional trip to the Fairbanks historical Pioneer Park (AlaskaLand) and enjoy the famous salmon bake dinner, where salmon and halibut are the specialty. Overnight Fairbanks. (Meals:BB)
DAY 6 - Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Ride the motorcoach south along the Parks Highway to Denali National Park with a stop at the rural community of Nenana known for its river festivals and the Nenana Ice Classic. Afternoon free at Denali Park to experience the many optional attractions in Denali including rafting, flightseeing, helicopter tours, hiking, Park Service programs or the Denali Dinner Theatre. Overnight at Denali. (Meals: BB)
DAY 7 - Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Open morning in Denali. This afternoon, travel deep into Denali National Park on the Tundra Wildlife Tour and search the pristine wilderness for bear, moose, caribou, and sheep. This tour is approximately eight hours and includes a snack box dinner and hot beverage. Overnight at Denali. (Meals: BB, SBM)
DAY 8 - Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Your morning is free for optional activities. This afternoon board the world famous Alaska Railroad for the day trip to Anchorage. As you travel along the Susitna River, you may catch a glimpse of the majestic Mt. McKinley or black bear along the banks of the Susitna River. Overnight in Anchorage. (Meals: BB)
DAY 9 - Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of Anchorage including a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, an interpretive center featuring native cultures; Lake Hood, the busiest float plane base in the world; and hear the history of the downtown area. The rest of the day is open to explore until your evening farewell banquet. Tonight, feast on an Alaskan style meal as you and your traveling companions discuss your Alaskan adventure. Overnight in Anchorage. (Meals: BB,D)
DAY 10 - Your Grand Alaska Tour comes to an end with a hotel courtesy transfer to the airport for your flight home.
or, if you would like to follow the Gold Rush...
Day 1: Anchorage - We’ll greet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel. If the spirit moves you, take advantage of one of many optional Anchorage activities to begin your adventure.
Day 2: Anchorage - Tour Anchorage’s top attractions, all the while within view of three stunning mountain ranges. Then travel to Portage Lake along the scenic Seward Highway. Visit the fascinating Begich-Boggs Visitor Center to see glaciology in action. Your one-hour cruise aboard the mv Ptarmigan to within 300 yards of Portage Glacier presents a truly personal perspective.
Day 3: Anchorage – Denali - Journey between the mountains of the spectacular Alaska and Talkeetna ranges on an incomparable sightseeing experience aboard the McKinley Explorer railcars. Luxurious glass-domed observation cars carry you along the rails of the historic Alaska Railroad.
Take in the wide-open scenery as you travel through the Matanuska Valley, a farming region known for mammoth vegetables, past colorful towns like Wasilla, billed as the “Home of the Iditarod,” along scenic rivers like the Susitna, which means “Mother River,” and across Hurricane Gulch, where the train slows to 5 miles per hour to cross over the trestle built over the creek 296 feet below. From the depot, you’ll be transferred to your accommodations for an overnight stay at magnificent Denali National Park.
Day 4: Denali - Fairbanks - This morning, get a deeper understanding of one of North America's most remarkable national parks on the four-to-five-hour Natural History Tour of the taiga forest and expansive rolling tundra. You'll marvel at Denali's awesome beauty, and hear colorful stories about the area's cultural and geological history.
This afternoon re-board the train and travel deeper into Alaska’s lovely interior. This portion of the route includes many scenic highlights including the town of Nenana, where Nenana Ice Classic competitors attempt to predict the date of ice breakup on the river, and the Mears Memorial Bridge, which is one of the largest single span railroad bridges in the United States. When you reach Fairbanks, you’ll be met at the depot and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay in Alaska’s second largest city.
Day 5: Fairbanks – Tok - Kick off your day with a visit to historic Gold Dredge No. 8, pan for gold and enjoy a delicious miner’s lunch. Finish with a fascinating journey on the famed Alaska Highway to the village of Tok. Billed as the “Dog Capital of Alaska,” Tok’s Race of Champions Sled Dog Race,is one of the oldest in the state and the town is a mecca of dog breeding, training and mushing. The Northern Lights are visible August through May of each year, another of Tok’s colorful attractions.
Day 6: Tok - Dawson - Listen as your motor coach driver regales you with favorite tales as you motor along the Taylor Highway to the settlement of Eagle. Here you’ll board the mv Yukon Queen II for an unforgettable cruise along the legendary Yukon River into the very heart of the Klondike gold country. The “River of Gold" carried thousands of fortune seekers who came here from every state in the union. Today the river is a magnet for those who love wild, untamed scenery virtually untouched by the hand of man.
Day 7: Dawson - This is where the prospectors landed to set off to stake their claim in the nearby gold fields. Once known as the "Paris of the North", Dawson is a living museum filled with nostalgia. Townsfolk wear costumes and guide tours of the beautifully restored historic buildings that line the unpaved streets. A visit to the gold fields and Gold Dredge No. 4 gives you a chance to pan for gold just like the sourdoughs did in days gone by. And visit to Diamond Tooth Gertie’s makes your visit complete.
Day 8: Dawson – Whitehorse - Enjoy the scenery from your motor coach window as miles of untouched wilderness roll by along the Klondike Highway on your way to the Yukon Territory's capital of Whitehorse. You might catch of glimpse of the region’s famed peacekeepers, as Whitehorse is the headquarters for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Another attraction in town is the Klondike Historic Site. Tonight, enjoy the high-kicking antics of the Frantic Follies vaudeville revue.
Day 9: Whitehorse – Skagway - Continue on the Klondike Highway to Fraser, British Columbia, and then get ready for a real thrill as you ride the historic White Pass & Yukon Railroad following the still-visible Gold Rush trail to the summit of White Pass. “Too cold for a polar bear and too steep for a billy goat" is how the Pass was once described and you can imagine what it must have been like to have been crossing here on foot. But the train will bring you back down the mountain into the port town of Skagway. Here your evening is free for your own explorations and you’ll find no end of fun and adventure in this restored Gold Rush Town. It’s all part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park so you can’t help but soak up 1890’s flavor.
Day 10: Skagway – Juneau - Let us show you around this historical gold rush boomtown on a morning tour. You’ll learn about the stampeders who came to Skagway at the Trail of ’98 Museum and hear stories about con artist Soapy Smith and his nemesis Frank Reid at the Gold Rush Cemetery. Take a last look at Skagway on the transfer to the airport. Then Fly to Juneau and transfer to your hotel in Alaska's capital city.
Day 11: Juneau - There’s so much to see and do in Juneau that you might want to stay another day. But if you just can’t stay with us any longer, we’ll take you from your hotel to the airport and bid farewell.
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