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Alaska: Call Of The Wild

 

 

8 days from $3,697

Journeys by land, sea and air are the best ways to experience the natural treasures of America's 49th state on this unique family-friendly tour of Alaska. After a night in Anchorage, it’s off to the northern interior for a jet boat ride, a wilderness hike and two nights at a wilderness lodge. Meet Alaskan huskies at a dog sled training facility and soar above the foothills of Mt. McKinley on a flightseeing adventure. Travel to Alaska’s alpine playground in Kenai for a two-night wilderness lodge stay and a choice of activities including kayaking, river rafting and a guided wilderness hike in the Kenai River region. Cruise the Kenai Fjords with a naturalist who points out wildlife along the way. During your final two-night stay in Girdwood, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to meet animals being rehabilitated (from moose to grizzly bears), and pan for gold at the Crow Creek Mine.

Mount McKinley

 

 

  1. Jet boat ride in bush Alaska, a look inside a fur trapper’s cabin & a cultural presentation
  2. Meeting and learning about dogs in training for the Iditarod race
  3. Flightseeing over the wilderness
  4. Kayaking, river rafting and hiking on the Kenai Peninsula
  5. Visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and gold panning at Crow Creek Mine
  6. Rail journey and glacier cruise in Prince William Sound
  7. Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  8. 17 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners); all gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides & drivers, service charges, taxes & porterage

 

Day 1 - Alaska, the Great Land
Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner. Overnight Hotel Captain Cook (D)

Day 2 - Alaska’s Northern Interior
In Alaska, dog sledding is both a very popular sport and an important mode of transportation to remote places where roads still don't go. Drive from Anchorage this morning to Big Lake, where you'll meet the mighty dogs that respond to the cry of "Mush!" by racing off into the wild and pulling heavy sleds over the snow – Alaskan Huskies – on a visit to a facility where Alaskan huskies in training to run next year’s world-famous Iditarod Race learn how to be sled dogs, sure to be a highlight of your family's Alaska tour. Continue on to Talkeetna for a jet boat* ride with a naturalist guide to look for bald eagles, beavers, moose and even bears that live along the river, and a nature walk in the Alaskan bush to see an authentic, turn-of-the-century trapper's cabin. If the weather is good, you'll have an incredible view of Alaska's famous Mount McKinley – which the Athabascan Indians called Denali, meaning "the Great One" – en route to your wilderness lodge. Once there, you and your family can compete in a high-tech treasure-hunting game – known as geocaching – where you'll use a GPS system to find hidden treasures! Overnight Talkeetna Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Talkeetna Lake
Nature is everywhere on a morning hike at Talkeetna Lake, with loons and kingfishers above you, and a forest brimming with wildflowers and wildlife surrounding you. As you walk, your local guide shares stories about how the first native peoples survived in this beautiful but wild land in the shadow of Denali, and about life in Talkeetna today – and, of course, about amazing encounters with wildlife. In Alaska, dog sledding is both a very popular sport and an important mode of transportation to remote places where roads still don't go. After lunch, you'll meet the mighty dogs that respond to the cry of "Mush!" by racing off into the wild and pulling heavy sleds over the snow – Alaskan Huskies – on a visit to an Alaskan homestead where huskies in training to run next year’s world-famous Iditarod Race learn how to be sled dogs, sure to be a highlight of your family's Alaska tour. Later, enjoy an interpretive experience with storytelling, s'mores and more around an old-fashioned campfire tonight. Overnight Talkeetna Lodge. (B,L)

Day 4 - Kenai Peninsula
Depart your lodge in Talkeetna and soar over the Denali foothills in a small plane (weather permitting) for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of towering Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. After your flight, you'll have some free time to explore Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, before continuing on to the wildlife-rich Kenai Peninsula and a two-night wilderness lodge stay in Cooper Landing, nestled within Chugach National Forest. Overnight Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (B,D)

Day 5 - Kenai Peninsula at Leisure
Today, you can choose how you and your family will experience the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula, as your Alaska tour continues to this wilderness wonderland between Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. Go kayaking*; take a scenic river-rafting trip*; or take a five-mile hike into the wilderness with a local guide! You might also want to take advantage of optional opportunities for fishing that may be available at an additional cost. Overnight Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center / Crow Creek Mine
Get a close-up glimpse of Alaskan wildlife on a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Turnagain Arm, meeting moose, bison, elk and other orphaned or injured animals being rehabilitated here. Then head to the Crow Creek Mine in Alaska's historic gold rush country, where you'll meet a "prospector," pan for gold and dig into a barbecue lunch. Arrive at your resort in Girdwood, and spend the evening enjoying its many amenities. Overnight Hotel Alyeska (B,L)

Day 7 - Alaska Railroad Excursion
Hop aboard an Alaska Railroad self-propelled rail car for a trip along Turnagain Arm to Whittier; there, a private boat for Tauck Bridges guests only awaits to take your family on a glacier adventure cruise in Prince William Sound! With an expert wildlife guide aboard, you'll sail past thundering waterfalls and two tidewater glaciers... and touch part of a real glacier. Tonight, join us back at the hotel for our farewell dinner, where you'll share memories of your family's Alaska tour experience with your new-found friends. Overnight Hotel Alyeska (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Tour Conclusion
As your Alaska tour comes to an end, fly home anytime. A transfer from the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood to Anchorage International Airport (approximately 75 minutes) is included for your flight home. Allow a minimum of two hours at the airport for check-in. (B)

 

Hotel Captain Cook - Anchorage, Alaska: The Hotel Captain Cook is indisputably one of the very finest hotels in Anchorage, offering superior service and amenities. In tribute to Captain James Cook, who first sailed into Anchorage in 1778, the decor and ambiance have a nautical flavor. The comfortable guest rooms offer inspiring views of either Cook Inlet or the Chugach Mountains and feature luxury linens and bedding, full-length robes, irons and ironing boards and high-speed wireless Internet. The Athletic Club offers an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, workout, aerobics and circuit training rooms and a racquetball court. The Whale’s Tail, a gourmet coffee and wine bar, serves over 30 different wines by the glass as well as popular cocktails and lattes, mochas and cappuccinos.

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - Talkeetna, Alaska:From the moment you arrive at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge just outside the town of Talkeetna on the south side of Mt. McKinley, you’ll know why this hotel says “Denali is our backyard” because… there it is, right before your eyes! Awesome views of North America’s tallest mountain and other Alaska Range peaks are all around you. If you look carefully at the pillars at the lodge’s entrance, see if you can find the bunny, bear paw, sea turtle and starfish created by one of construction workers who was from Hawaii. When you see the Great Room, you can’t help but notice the 46-foot-tall rock fireplace, built with rocks from the Matanuska River gathered by members of the Colony High School football team as a fund-raiser to buy new uniforms. Nicely played! Comfortable guest rooms have a hair dryer, coffee maker, refrigerator and satellite TV. Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge has been honored to receive Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" annually since 2003 and its culinary creations have also been featured on the Food Network. Enjoy a fine dining experience and amazing views of the mountains at the Foraker Dining Room or head to the Base Camp Bistro, offering down-home favorites, a family-friendly atmosphere and, of course, great views.

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge - Cooper Landing, Alaska: Located in Alaska’s famous Kenai River valley, the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge is a gem in the wilderness. Take a walk with your family along the scenic, self-guided nature trail that winds through the forest and along the bluff. Refresh yourself in one of the indoor or outdoor hot tubs or relax in your comfortable, bungalow-style room after a busy day of exploration.

Hotel Alyeska - Girdwood, Alaska: Set amidst the beauty of pristine Alaskan wilderness, the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska offers all the facilities and amenities that one would expect of a fine resort. There are a wealth of enjoyable optional activities and adventures available for your enjoyment.

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
6/14/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
6/25/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
7/2/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
7/9/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
7/16/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
7/23/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
7/30/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
8/6/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
8/13/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00
8/20/2014 $3,990.00 $4,921.00 $3,732.00

 

Additional Information

 

Children 11 and under Discount $175

Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult; exceptions may be granted under certain circumstances with parental consent. Quadruple accommodations are not available for four adults. Triples and quadruples are usually a two-bedded room plus one rollaway cot, when available.

Recommended age: 8+

*Soft adventure excursions

CB = Continental Breakfast, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner