Spectacular Alaska! (AJ) - 2014

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10 days from Anchorage to Anchorage


Spectacular Alaska!
Enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear in Denali National Park
Enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear in Denali National Park
Enjoy the scenic beauty Denali National Park has to offer
Cruise on Prince William Sound
Looking down the grand Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska
Iditarod Sled Dogs
Denali National Park, Alaska
Visit Happy Trails Kennels near Anchorage, where you will learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs
Brown bear in Denali National Park, Alaska
The Kenai Fjords in Alaska

Vacation Overview

When you think of a spectacular Alaska vacation, what comes to mind? Witnessing glaciers calve into the sea? Riding the world-famous Alaska Railroad? Seeking out wildlife in Denali National Park? Or maybe it’s cruising through the sea to watch for seals, sea otters, birds, and even whales. Whatever it is, this tour through Alaska is sure to delight!

Board the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park, where you’ll hear a private presentation by a Denali park ranger. Seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and more on a wilderness expedition. Take a cruise on Prince William Sound and along Columbia Glacier, the second-largest tide-water glacier in North America. Just imagine the gorgeous scenery you’ll see! You’ll also take a cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park to see glaciers calving into the sea and hear the thunderous roar. Photos and videos cannot adequately capture the experience—you must witness it in person. On both cruises, be sure to watch for wildlife.

See the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal near Valdez, take a sternwheeler cruise in Fairbanks, visit the home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser near Anchorage, and enjoy all the scenery and majesty that only a vacation to Alaska can offer. Grab your camera and get ready for a trip that will leave you breathless and inspired—a travel experience of a lifetime.

Similar Vacations that may interest you:

VALDEZ
Cruise Prince William Sound

DELTA JUNCTION
Visit the living history homestead

FAIRBANKS
Pan for gold at Gold Dredge #8; cruise aboard sternwheeler riverboat Discovery; enjoy an Alaska salmon bake

FAIRBANKS–DENALI
Journey aboard the Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service

DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Dinner and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite exclusive presentation at the Murie Science & Learning Center by a local Naturalist; guided wilderness expedition

BIG LAKE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit Happy Trails Kennels

ANCHORAGE
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner

KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
Cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park

NOTES:

  • Your train The Alaska Railroad travels through Alaska’s spectacular scenery. Globus has obtained a complimentary upgrade for our guests in Deluxe Dome Service, which features confirmed seats in the upper-level dome car; priority seating in the dining room; and a private outdoor viewing deck.
  • While wildlife in Alaska is frequently seen, early-season (May & early June) and late-season (September) departures offer even greater opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife. Departures after mid-August will enjoy blazing fall colors.


DAY 1Arrive in Anchorage

Welcome to Anchorage! Meet your Tour Director this evening between 5 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.

Experience the beauty Anchorage has to offer 
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DAY 2Anchorage–Valdez

Meet your fellow traveling companions at this morning’s welcome orientation. Travel through Palmer in the Matanuska Valley, where cabbages can grow to an amazing 70 pounds in the 24-hour daylight, up over Tahneta Pass for wonderful vistas of Matanuska and Worthington Glaciers. Stop at Bridal Veil Falls before arriving in the seaside port of Valdez, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Alaska.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 3Valdez. Cruise on Prince William Sound

Board your boat for a CRUISE on Prince William Sound and along the 3-mile face of Columbia Glacier, keeping a watchful eye out for wildlife, including seals, sea otters, birds, and even whales! Before returning to Valdez, see the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal, where supertankers are loaded with crude oil from Prudhoe Bay. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Cruise on Prince William Sound 
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DAY 4Valdez–Delta Junction–Fairbanks

Great scenery all the way as you travel along Richardson Highway. Stop at DELTA JUNCTION, a living history homestead with a museum, original roadhouse, and farm animals. Then, head west on the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. (Breakfast)

Looking down the grand Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska 
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DAY 5Fairbanks

Visit GOLD DREDGE #8 and ride the narrow-gauge railroad. Then, try your luck as you pan for gold. Later today, board the sternwheeler DISCOVERY for a cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers, with a stop at the Chena Indian Village to learn about Athabascan Native culture. You will also have the chance to meet Iditarod mushers and their famed dog teams to learn about breeding, training, and the big race! This evening, enjoy a special Alaska salmon bake. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Iditarod Sled Dogs 
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DAY 6Fairbanks–Alaska Railroad–Denali National Park

Board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness. Today’s ride ends at DENALI NATIONAL PARK, where North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley (Denali), majestically dominates the park’s 6 million acres. The afternoon is free. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Murie Science & Learning Center followed by an exclusive Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PRESENTATION on Denali National Park by a local Naturalist. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Alaska Railroad 
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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 7Denali National Park

Morning at leisure. Optional activities include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Then, dress comfortably for a WILDERNESS EXPEDITION into Denali National Park to seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and other wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 8Denali National Park–Big Lake–Anchorage

Continue your exploration of Denali National Park as you head south toward Anchorage. Stop along the way at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HAPPY TRAILS KENNELS, home of four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser and his dogs. Meet an Iditarod competitor and learn how they race and care for their dogs. You will also see a demo on mushing, complete with a mock Iditarod checkpoint, and get a chance to play with the sled dogs! Upon arrival in Anchorage, take a city sightseeing tour. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Iditarod Sled Dogs Visit Happy Trails Kennels near Anchorage, where you will learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs Experience the beauty Anchorage has to offer 
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Our partnership with Tourism Cares, established by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), helps us not only show off the world's most spectacular destinations and sights, but also assist in the preservation of attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience.

DAY 9Anchorage. Cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park

Witness one of the world’s most scenic drives as you follow the south shore of lovely Turnagain Arm. Upon arrival in Seward, board your vessel for a cruise of KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK and the opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters,
and more! (Breakfast, Lunch)

The Kenai Fjords in Alaska 
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DAY 10Anchorage

The tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 4 lunches including a picnic lunch in Denali National Park, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Anchorage

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.