Day 1 Anchorage
Make your own way to Anchorage , where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Your Tour Manager will meet you at your hotel for your welcome meeting this evening.
Day 2 Anchorage
Surrounded by mountains and set in a fabulous location at the head of Cook Inlet, Anchorage offers all the amenities of any modern US city. It was founded as a railroad construction camp in 1915 and we'll discover its highlights on a tour. We'll explore the historic downtown area, try to spot salmon swimming in Ship Creek and visit Earthquake Park, where an entire neighbourhood slid into the ocean during an earthquake in 1964.
Get to know your travelling companions better over a welcome dinner this evening.Meals included: B,D
Day 3 Seward
We're going to take to the road and head to Seward today. Our scenic route will take us alongside the beautiful shore of Turnagain Arm and we will make a stop to ride the aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska. We'll take in spectacular views of the waterway, mountains and hanging glaciers, so be sure to have your camera at the ready.
Seward is one of Alaska's oldest towns and when we arrive we'll visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the area's wildlife. Orphaned black and brown bears, moose and lynx are just some of the species found at the centre.Meals included: B
Day 4 Seward
Seward is situated on the Kenai Peninsula at the head of Resurrection Bay. Today we're going to cruise through the beautiful scenery of the Kenai Fjords National Park. We'll keep our fingers crossed for wildlife sightings and enjoy a buffet lunch, with freshly-prepared salmon and prime rib on the menu!Meals included: B,L
Day 5 Talkeetna
After breakfast we're going to make our way to the historic mining and railway town of Talkeetna. We'll travel back along the shores of Turnagain Arm and north of Anchorage through the fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The streets of Talkeetna are lined with log cabins and timber-clad houses, and the town is known for its thriving arts community. After settling in at the hotel, you may wish to visit some of its galleries in the company of your travelling companions.Meals included: B
Day 6 Denali National Park
We will enjoy fantastic views today as we travel towards our next destination, Denali National Park. Look out for wildlife, such as bears and beavers, as we head to our cabins near the park's entrance.Meals included: B
Day 7 Denali National Park
Moose, Dall sheep, wolves, bears and caribou all make their home in Denali National Park and we're going in search of them on today's Tundra Wilderness Tour. We'll set off early and travel deep into the national park on an unforgettable narrated adventure. We'll soak up the parks' incredible scenery and may even get to see Denali, the tallest peak in North America at more than 6,100 metres above sea level. Lunch is included today.Meals included: B,L
Day 8 Copper Center and Wrangell St Elias National Park
Today we leave Denail and make our way to Copper Center, the gateway to Wrangell St Elias, America's largest national park. On arrival this afternoon, we’ll head to the the visitor centre to learn about the history of the park and surrounding area - home of the native Athna people. We'll then get a glimpse of the region's stunning scenery when a Local Guide takes us on a short hike to admire views of the Wrangell Mountains and the Copper River. Continuing on our way, we'll visit the Copper Center Museum, which houses artefacts including photographs, clothing and letters.Meals included: B
Day 9 Copper Center & Wrangell St Elias National Park
Today you can spend time relaxing at the lodge or exploring the local area with your travelling companions. A perfect spot for a stroll is the Klutina Lake Trail, a route used by miners during the time of the Alaska gold rush.
Alternatively, you could join our optional excursion into the Wrangell St Elias National Park. It covers 20,000 square miles of spectacular mountain wilderness and is one of the least visited National Parks in the country. When copper was discovered deep inside the park, the famous Kennicott mines were developed, along with the frontier towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. When the mines closed in 1938 the towns were abandoned, and to this day Kennicott remains a ghost town. You'll step back in time and experience this legacy of Alaska's mining era on a scenic flight to McCarthy, which is followed by a tour of Kennicott ghost town and lunch at a nearby lodge.
Day 10 Valdez
Our adventure continues today as we travel to Valdez, a city on the shores of Prince William Sound. Our journey takes us along Alaska's oldest highway, the Richardson, past lush farms and magnificent mountains. This evening is yours to do just as you please, you could perhaps head out and explore the harbour with your fellow travellers.Meals included: B
Day 11 Valdez
Prince William Sound is prized for its stunning coastal scenery, tidewater glaciers and abundance of wildlife, both in and out of the water. We'll explore its beauty on a cruise today, so keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, puffins, seals, eagles, otters, bears and even whales. We will sail past impressive hanging glaciers and forest-covered mountains, and stop at the huge, rapidly retreating Columbia Glacier. If we're lucky, we may see it calving - when chunks of ice break off and crash into the water. Lunch is included today.Meals included: B,L
Day 12 Anchorage
After an early breakfast we will make our way back to Anchorage, driving along the Glenn Highway, which is recognized as a National Scenic Byway. It runs alongside the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and we'll enjoy breathtaking views of huge glaciers, towering mountains and scenic river valleys.Meals included: B
Day 13 Departure
Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfersMeals included: B