Alaskan Discovery Tour

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Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

8 Days


 

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Alaska Land Tour Details

This is the real Alaska. Take an Alaska tour of the stunning sites that locals love, and that leaves visitors with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Your journey begins in beautiful Fairbanks. Discover the story of one of Alaska's biggest gold rushes on a visit to the restored Gold Dredge #8. Then, fall in love with Denali National Park on a tour that uncovers the history, culture, and natural environment of this breathtaking 6-million-acre wilderness. Continue to Anchorage, the coastal city that half of Alaskans call home.

Cross the Kenai Peninsula to Homer, the "Halibut Capital of the World." Then take a full day catamaran cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park. See marine wildlife, coastal fjords and islands, lush forests, and magnificent tidewater glaciers. Enjoy the views while eating like royalty on an included Alaskan salmon and prime rib lunch buffet.

EXTEND THIS VACATION WITH A 7-NIGHT INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE!

Your Alaskan journey doesn't have to end! Add a 7-night Inside Passage cruise to your itinerary. From Whittier, board the ms Noordam and cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Ketchikan, the Inside Passage, and Vancouver. Click here to view this extended itinerary option.

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Alaskan Discovery Tour!

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • Fairbanks
  • Denali National Park
  • Anchorage
  • Seward
  • Homer
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
Hotel Accommodations
  • 7 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 2 Lunches
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Moderate activity level

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit iconic Denali National Park and sail Kenai Fjords National Park, two of Alaska's most majestic natural treasures
  • Explore Seward and Homer, two quaint yet distinctively different remote fishing communities, during your combined 3-night stay on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula
  • Included visit to Gold Dredge #8 where you'll relive Alaska's gold rush history
  • Tour Fairbanks and Anchorage, the two largest cities in the state

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks prior to departure, to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice.

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Alaskan Discovery Tour

Tours Starts: Fairbanks, Alaska

Tours Ends: Seward, Alaska

Day 1

Arrive in Fairbanks

Today your adventure begins upon arrival in Fairbanks, the largest city in the interior of Alaska. If you purchased your airline tickets from YMT, you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel.

SpringHill Suites Fairbanks or similar

Day 2

Gold Dredge #8 Visit

Explore the area’s gold mining history as we visit the restored Gold Dredge #8. The visitor center offers a great perspective with artifacts from the gold rush era, bringing to life the history of Fairbanks. To round off your visit here you can learn to pan for gold and take a picture with the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, an American engineering marvel. In the afternoon, explore Fairbanks on your own.

SpringHill Suites Fairbanks or similar

Day 3

Denali Natural History Tour

Travel along the George Parks Highway to Denali National Park. At 6 million acres, Denali is one of the world's great frontiers for wilderness adventure. Get a deeper look at this amazing park on a Denali Natural History Tour. With a focus on the rich cultural history of Denali National Park, this memorable tour provides insight into the diverse native and early pioneer influences in and around the park. Your dedicated naturalist will provide a great introduction to Denali's landscape, geology, and past. Visit Savage Cabin, the original ranger's cabin that is still used by the Park Service today. This afternoon you will have free time to spend in the park at your leisure. Along with aweinspiring mountain views, it’s not rare to see some combination of Alaska’s Big Five. Look for grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall Sheep, and wolves, along with other animals such as wolverines and countless songbirds.

Denali Park Village or similar

OPTION: ALASKA RAILROAD UPGRADEOPTION: ALASKA RAILROAD UPGRADE:

Upgrade to a scenic 4-hour train ride along the famous Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Denali Park. Enjoy 360° views in upper-level seats on Deluxe Dome Railcars for $155 p/p. Upgrade must be prebooked.Please add this option at time of booking.







Day 4

Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters and Anchorage City Tour

Head south through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Next, stop at the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters to learn about the legendary dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome. You might even get to meet some husky sled puppies in training! Continue to Anchorage for an included lunch and city tour. (L)

Crowne Plaza Anchorage or similar

Day 5

Anchorage to Homer

Travel across the picturesque Kenai Peninsula to Homer. Your first stop will be the Homer Spit, a long, narrow finger of land that extends more than four miles into Kachemak Bay. Continue with a guided walking tour of the Homer Docks. See the Salty Dawg Saloon, Homer's oldest and most famous landmark. Now topped with distinctive lighthouse tower, it started life in 1897 as one of the very first cabins in town. In the more than a century since, the landmark served as a post office, railroad station, grocery store, and school house. For the full Salty Dawg experience, add a signed dollar bill to the saloon's wall, alongside thousands of others. The peculiar practice started decades ago, when a local barfly tacked a dollar to the wall for his friend to use later on an ice cold beer!

Best Western Bidarka or similar

Day 6

Homer Leisure Day

Enjoy a free day in Homer. Your Tour Director will be happy to help you plan your day to make the most of your time in this charming coastal destination. Whether you stay in Homer to sample its incredible halibut, venture out on an optional tour, or take a ferry to the nearby town of Seldovia, you are sure to enjoy Homer and its beautiful surroundings!

Best Western Bidarka or similar

Day 7

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

Spend the day enjoying a memorable catamaran cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park. See marine wildlife, coastal fjords and islands, lush forests, and magnificent tidewater glaciers. Eat like royalty on an included Alaskan salmon and prime rib lunch buffet. Back on land, you'll have free time to explore Seward. (L)

Breeze Inn or similar

Day 8

Depart for Home

On your way from Seward to Anchorage, visit the town of Whittier, known for its isolation and strategic importance during WWII. Then continue to Anchorage and depart for home.

Note: Most flights from Anchorage are non-direct with at least one or two connections. Departure flights from Anchorage to most cities are overnight and arrive the following day; some flights depart Anchorage after midnight. Guests choosing to book their own flights must book flights departing after 5pm.


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



FAQ

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You have the ability to move your booking to another date or destination. We'll waive all land or cruise penalties and transfer you to the new vacation (airlines impose different change policies and penalties). See our Peace of Mind Program for more details.

A worry-free experience for our guests is very important to us. With guest's help and the implementation of a few changes and new protocols such as increased sanitization, responsible social distancing, and enhanced tour director training, you can continue to enjoy peace-of-mind while traveling. For more information on our new safety protocols, please see our Travel Safe Program.

No, guests will not need to bring adapters or converters as the U.S. uses standard 110V plugs.

U.S. guests do not need a passport or visa for this tour. Starting October 1, 2021, guests are required to have a REAL ID-compliant identification which includes REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses, US passports, US passport cards, US military IDs, and federally recognized tribal-issues photo IDs.

A full list can be found here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

Before this date, any government-issued ID, including any state driver's license and any federal ID, will suffice.

Several weeks prior to your departure date, you will receive notification via email that Optional Tours are available for booking at an additional cost. These Optional Tours are also available for purchase online by logging into your YMT account. Optional Tour information will also be emailed to you along with your travel documents.

For more information about the different types of optional tours, read this article.

The weather in Alaska will be fairly cooler with average temperatures between 62°F and 48°F during the months of May through September.

You can find more on the weather in Alaska here.

For more information, check out our How To Pack for Your Alaskan Vacation article.

You will need U.S. dollars.



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