The Grand Alaska escorted land tour is an experience of a lifetime. See spectacular mountains and valleys, watch wildlife and sea-life in their natural habitats, and view enormous glaciers. This complete Alaska land tour vacation is a great option for small groups wishing to join an existing tour. The eleven departure dates range from mid-May through early September allowing for spring, summer and fall options. This is the perfect tour for previous cruisers to Alaska! Standard tours begin in Anchorage on Friday, and conclude in Anchorage on Sunday. Tour can be modified to include an enhanced meal plan and align with a cruise sailing.
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GRAND ALASKA ESCORTED LAND TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1 - Friday
Fly into Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Transfer via hotel courtesy shuttle and overnight in Anchorage (or purchase meet/transfer service from Premier).
Day 2 - Saturday
Breakfast will included this morning. Today board a deluxe motorcoach for a grand adventure to Valdez. Drive through the Matanuska Susitna Valley where world record monster size vegetables grow in the 24-hour daylight. Stop by Worthington Glacier for a look at this gigantic piece of ice. Early evening arrival into Valdez, nestled between the waterfront and mountains, giving it the nickname, Alaska's Little Switzerland.
Day 3 - Sunday
Breakfast will be included this morning. Spend the morning exploring the quaint community of Valdez with included entrance to the Valdez Museum. Later, board a glacier and wildlife cruise and travel through the majestic Prince William Sound. Explore the three-mile face of the mighty Columbia Glacier, and hear tales of the region as told by the Alaskan Crew. Keep your eyes open for seals, sea lions, otters, whales, and puffins throughout this half-day exploration cruise with lunch included on board. Overnight Valdez.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Monday
Breakfast will be included this morning. Board your motorcoach for a journey north to the largest city in the interior, Fairbanks; known to Alaskans as the Golden Heat City. This route takes you along the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest park in the U.S., and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Overnight Fairbanks.
Day 5 - Tuesday
Today learn how the gold rush affected Alaska's interior on a sightseeing tour 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 a sternwheeler and experience the thrill of river travel. Travel back to the time when traditional riverboats plied the waterways of Alaska's interior during the late 1800's. Tonight, partake in an optional authentic salmon bake.
Day 6 - Wednesday
Ride the motorcoach south to Denali National Park. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring this pristine area at your leisure by either participating in a complimentary park service activity or optional tour. There are many to choose from including mild or wild river rafting, flight seeing Mt. Denali, a jet boat safari on the Nenana River or a visit to an Iditarod champion Dog Kennel.
Overnight: Denali National Park
Day 7 - Thursday
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This morning, travel deep into Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour and search the pristine wilderness for bear, moose, caribou, and sheep. This tour is approximately eight hours and includes a snack and hot beverage. Open evening in Denali.
Overnight: Denali National Park
Meals: B, S
Day 8 - Friday
Breakfast will be included this morning. This morning travel by motorcoach to the climbing town of Talkeetna. Watch for a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Denali or black bears along the banks of the Susitna River. Enjoy time on own to explore this quaint Alaskan town. This afternoon your journey continues south to Anchorage by rail in Denali Dome Railcars.
Day 9 - Saturday
Enjoy a city tour of Anchorage, which includes the historic downtown district. Included visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates and shares Alaska Native cultures. Tonight, feast on an Alaskan style meal and share tales from the road with your traveling companions.
Meals: B, D
Day 10 - Sunday
Your Grand Alaska Tour comes to an end with a hotel courtesy transfer to the airport (or purchase meet/transfer service from Premier).
Please note that tour may operate in a reverse format (Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Valdez).
Primary Hotel Listing
As our Guaranteed Departures are very popular, it is necessary to have multiple hotels at each location. Our "Or Similar" disclaimer protects you the Agent from disappointed or confused guests should a hotel change occur last minute.
Primary Hotels by Destination are:
- Anchorage - Quality Suites or Similar
- Valdez - Tsaina Lodge, Best Western Valdez, Similar
- Fairbanks - Rivers Edge Cottages or Similar
- Denali - Grizzly Bear Resort or Similar
Hotels are confirmed at 30 days prior to the start of the tour and documents for tour are forwarded electronically at that time.
Included meals are noted on the tour itineraries and correspond to the following: