Alaskan Discovery Tour

From $1849 (was $2099)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days

2 lunches included throughout the tour
Passport Recommended

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Introduction

From panning for gold in Fairbanks to spotting wildlife in Denali and sailing past glaciers in Kenai Fjords, this is the real Alaska that locals share with visitors to leave them in awe and wanting more. From Fairbanks to Anchorage, see the 49th state's most iconic sights on this 10-day tour.

Discover Alaska and learn why they call it "The Last Frontier!" Begin your journey in beautiful Fairbanks, and visit the machinery and town that were built during the gold rush. From there travel into the Alaskan Interior to Denali National Park. Embark on a Denali Natural History Tour and learn about the history, culture, and natural environment of this 6 million acre park. Continue your journey on to Seward, stopping to visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters on the way. In Seward board a catamaran for our Glacier and Wildlife tour. Guided by a Park Ranger you will see glacier calving, whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, eagles, and other wildlife, all from the comfort of your ship. Drive around the brilliantly blue Kenai lake on your way to Homer, the "Halibut Capital of the World." From Homer turn North to the city half of Alaskan's call home, Anchorage! You can bid farewell to the 49th State from Anchorage. But your adventure doesn't have to end there!

 

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

You can choose to add a 7 night Inside Passage cruise to your itinerary. Boarding Norwegian Sun in Seward, the next stage of your vacation begins! The Inside Passage cruise includes stops in Icy Straight Point, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and cruising in the Hubbard Glacier and Inside Passage. Upon disembarking in Vancouver, your transfer to the airport is included. Click here to view this extended itinerary option.

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

Trip includes

  • Hotel Accommodations: 9 nights based on twin/double accommodations in moderate hotels.

  • Sightseeing: Special events as listed.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

  • Service: A professionally trained tour director who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

Activity Level

Moderate activity level

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Trip 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 4-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
  • Visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters

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Alaskan Discovery Tour

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Alaskan Discovery Tour

Tour Starts: Fairbanks, AK

Tour Ends: Anchorage, AK

Day 1

Arrive Fairbanks

Today your Alaskan adventure begins upon arrival in Fairbanks. If you purchased your airline tickets from YMT Vacations, you will be welcomed by a YMT representative and transferred to your hotel.

River's Edge Resort or similar

Note: Flights from most gateways arrive into Fairbanks in the late evening. Departure flights from Anchorage to most cities are overnight and arrive the following day; some flights depart Anchorage after midnight.

Day 2

Fairbanks and 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.

River's Edge Resort or similar

Day 3

Fairbanks to Denali

We leave Fairbanks and travel south on the Parks Highway en route to Denali National Park. Learn about how permafrost presents a challenge here to road construction and maintenance, as you travel through the sparely populated Alaskan Interior.

Alaska Discovery Tour Option Alaska Railroad UpgradeOPTION: ALASKA RAILROAD UPGRADE:

Upgrade to a scenic 4-hour train ride along the famous Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Denali Park. Enjoy 360° views in upper-level seats on Deluxe Dome Railcars for $185 p/p. Alaska Railroad upgrade must be prebooked.


Arrive in Denali in the afternoon with time to explore the area on your own or join one of the many optional excursions available.

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort or similar

Day 4

Denali Natural History Tour

At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world's great frontiers for wilderness adventure. This morning, embark on a Denali Natural History Tour. With a focus on the rich, cultural history of Denali National Park, the Denali Natural History Tour provides insight into the diverse native and early pioneer influences in and around Denali. Your driver/ naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park. Visit Savage Cabin, the original cook's cabin in the park's first tourist camp, and still a ranger patrol cabin used by the Park Service. The balance of the day is yours to explore more of the area at your own pace.

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort or similar

Alaska Discovery Tour Option Tundra Wilderness TourOPTION: TUNDRA WILDERNESS TOUR:

Upgrade to the 7-8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour for a more in-depth Denali National Park experience for $95 p/p. This tour travels 53 miles into the park. Opportunities for wildlife viewing increase as you travel farther into the park, and additional viewpoints enhance your chances for spotting Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley. Please note that the park road is unpaved and riding on the elementary park bus for a longer duration may be strenuous for some. Tundra Wilderness Tour includes a snack. Tundra Wilderness Tour option must be prebooked. Please add this option at time of booking.

Day 5

Denali to Seward via Anchorage

We leave Denali this morning to continue our journey south and travel through Matanuska- Susitna Valley, one of the most important agricultural areas in Alaska. En route, we will visit the Iditarod Sled Dog Headquarters near Wasilla where you will have the opportunity to learn about "The Last Great Race". We stop in Anchorage for an included lunch and continue on to Seward in the afternoon. (L)

Edgewater Hotel or similar

Day 6

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier & Wildlife Cruise

Today, board a catamaran for another highlight on your Alaskan Discovery: Enjoy a 6-hour cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park to see marine wildlife, witness tidewater glacier calving, and feast on an included Alaskan Salmon and Prime Rib lunch buffet. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Seward. (L)

Edgewater Hotel or similar

Day 7

Seward to Homer

This morning, we continue by motor coach and travel across the Kenai Peninsula to Homer, the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. Upon arrival in Homer your tour director will take you on a guided walk along the Homer Docks and the infamous Salty Dawg Saloon.

The Ocean Shores or similar

Day 8

Homer Leisure Day

Enjoy this day at leisure in the quaint town of Homer. Your tour director will be happy to help you plan your day to make the most of your time in this versatile destination; whether you head out on an optional Halibut fishing expedition or take the ferry to the remote town of Seldovia, perhaps Alaska's best kept secret, you are sure to enjoy the breathtaking scenery here!

The Ocean Shores or similar

Day 9

Return to Anchorage

We leave Homer and the Kenai Peninsula today as we head north to Anchorage, Alaska's largest city and home to almost half of the state's residents.

Crowne Plaza Anchorage Midtown or similar

Day 10

Depart for Home:

Today, bid farewell to Alaska. Transfers to Anchorage's airport are included for guests who purchased their air from YMT.

Note: Flights from most gateways arrive into Fairbanks in the late evening. Departure flights from Anchorage to most cities are overnight and arrive the following day; some flights depart Anchorage after midnight.


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. 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 tours 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.


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.


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