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Alaska Family Vacation

 

 

8 days from $4,329

Discover the beauty and majesty of “the last frontier” on an Alaska family vacation. Home to Denali, the highest point in North America, as well as volcanic islands, over 3 million lakes, and 16,000 square miles (41,439 square km) of glacier ice — you'll explore some of the most stunning landscapes and terrains in the world — by train, jet boat, and bike.

Kenai Fjords

 

 

    Behind-the-scenes visit to Happy Trails Kennels to learn the history of the Iditarod, the world's most famous sled race and meet the racing dogs.

    Learn how to track wolves with radio telemetry on a private guided hike through Denali National Park.

    Cruise through the breathtaking Kenai Fjords National Park and get an up-close view of the dramatic fjords and the tidewater glaciers

    Ride an exhilarating jet boat along the glacier-fed Susitna River

    Adventure Guide

 

Day One – Welcome to Anchorage
Welcome to The Last Frontier! Upon arrival, you will be met by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers as you celebrate your first night in Alaska and the beginning of your trek. (D)

Day Two – Alaska Native Heritage Center

Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel this morning before heading out to the scenic trail of Cook Inlet. Bike along the coastline and soak up stunning views of the Chugach Mountains. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, like bald eagles soaring overhead and moose ambling on the shore. After your bike ride, meet a bald eagle up close at this fascinating presentation in the park. Take the opportunity to ask questions and snap photos of this amazing creature. Afterwards, join your fellow Adventurers for lunch at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and share your first impressions of The Last Frontier! Celebrate the heritage of Native Alaskan cultures as you learn about the ancient traditions and stories of Alaska's first people. Explore the center with a guide and then be blown away by feats of balance, strength and dexterity at a demonstration of the Native Youth Olympics! There will be time to explore the village sites in a whole new way as you embark on an outdoor scavenger hunt for various Native items. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city where the midnight sun smolders on the summer horizon. Hop on a shuttle from downtown to the Anchorage Zoo, or stroll through this historic city and see the spectacular scenery of this metropolis beneath the majestic Chugach Mountains. (B, L)

Day Three – Talkeetna / Denali National Park
Depart Anchorage by coach bound for the charming village of Talkeetna. Rich with natural beauty and local color, this small town at the edge of Denali National Park boasts some of the best outdoor sporting in Alaska! Spend the morning there exploring on your own before boarding a jet boat for an exhilarating scenic cruise along the glacier-fed Susitna River into the Alaskan wilderness. Your jet boat lands ashore at a Native Alaskan village for a picnic boxed lunch. Later, listen as a local trapper reveals his story of life in Alaska's vast wilderness. Climb back aboard the jet boat for a ride upstream to where the coach continues to your next hotel. Be swept off your feet by the stunning, panoramic views of the Denali Canyon at a reception on the hotel deck. A mountain climber joins you to share his experiences climbing Mt. McKinley. Feel free to check out his climbing gear and ask questions! Tonight, gather at the Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse for a hearty pizza dinner and generous portions of rustic charm. Check out the collection of antique Alaskan photos, artifacts and maps for a special peek into the past. (B, L, D)

Day Four – Denali National Park

Revel in Alaskan splendor on this whitewater rafting trip! On class II and mild class III rapids, drift past the dramatic heights of Mount Fellows and Pyramid Mountain. Next, witness the Yanert Fork River merging with the mighty waters of the Nenana below Musher's Monument—a natural rock formation that resembles a dog sled team. Following lunch, take some time to see Denali National Park on your own. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife, including roaming Dall sheep and soaring golden eagles. Hike through novice or expert trails, or take the rest of the day to relax back at the lodge, enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the landscape. (B,L)

Day Five – Big Lake / Girdwood

After breakfast, board the coach for your trip to Big Lake, home of the Happy Trails Kennels, owned by award-winning dog musher Martin Buser. A resident puppy and Iditarod veteran greet you on board the coach. Adults watch an exciting sledding demonstration as kids join the Adventure Guides to meet the season's litter of eager puppies. After lunch, continue your guided visit to the kennel, where you learn about the history of Iditarod and the loving care the dogs receive. Continue your travels to the historic mining town of Girdwood, taking in the sights along Turnagain Arm on the scenic drive to your hotel. This evening the adults will enjoy dinner at their leisure, while kids set off for a special Junior Adventurer's meal followed by an active night full of entertainment with the Adventure Guides. Kids will learn to spin an Eskimo yo-yo, play soccer or join any one of the other lively games planned for the evening. (B, L, D)

Day Six – Kenai Fjords

Following breakfast at the hotel, ride to Seward and get your sea legs ready for an unforgettable day of adventure as you cruise through the breathtaking Kenai Fjords National Park. Get an up-close view of the dramatic fjords and the tidewater glaciers that tower over the water. Keep your binoculars at hand to catch popular wildlife throughout the park, including sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, puffins and a variety of whales. Maintaining the integrity of the great north's marine ecosystem is the mission of the Alaska SeaLife Center. Head to the touch tanks for a hands-on experience with the amazing, colorful creatures that inhabit Alaska's tidal zones, and observe a mysterious Giant Pacific octopus. Then visit the aviary to meet some of the resident puffins before you take time to explore the Center on your own. This evening dine in the underwater-viewing area. Watch puffins, seals and sea lions dance through the arctic water while you fashion your own puffin out of clay to take home. (B, L, D)

Day Seven – Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center / Portage and Byron Glaciers

Surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is the perfect setting to see firsthand the conservation efforts taking place in Alaska. After exploring the Center with a naturalist and getting up close and personal with bears, moose and bison, learn how they have been rescued and rehabilitated. Get a good seat when one of the Center's rescued family members makes a special appearance. Next, see the striking ice formations of Portage Glacier from across Portage Lake. You might catch a glimpse of "ice calving," a spectacular event where the ice breaks away from the glacier into the water. Next, hike the gentle Byron Glacier Trail and revel in its dramatic scenery until you reach the mighty Byron Glacier itself. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon at leisure to explore the year-round resort community of Girdwood. Charming shops and friendly folks are just a few of the things you'll come across as you leisurely stroll the streets of this historic gold-mining town on your own. As your Alaskan vacation comes to a close, join your travel friends back at the resort for a farewell dinner. Get into the rhythm during a performance of traditional dancers and drummers as Alaska's native heritage comes to life before your eyes. (B, D)

Day Eight – Tour Conclusion

After your last breakfast in the Land of the Midnight Sun, board pre-arranged transportation to the airport and bid each other farewell. (B)


 

Anchorage: Anchorage Marriott Downtown

Denali National Park: Grand Debali Lodge

Girdwood: Hotel Alyeska

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
Jun 23, 2014 - Jun 30, 2014 Adult: $5,149, Child: $4,899    
Jul 07, 2014 - Jul 14, 2014 Adult: $4,999, Child: $4,579    
Jul 21, 2014 - Jul 28, 2014 Adult: $4,329, Child: $4,119    
Aug 04, 2014 - Aug 11, 2014 Adult: $4,719, Child: $4,489    
Aug 18, 2014 - Aug 25, 2014  Adult: $4,459(Adult Exclusive 18+)    

 

Additional Information

 

Prices land-only, per person based on double occupancy.