MAP - Nature's Best: Alaska 2016

Nature's Best: Alaska (CK)

7 Day Tour from Fairbanks to Anchorage

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From Fairbanks to Anchorage, see what the "Great Land" of Alaska has to offer on this exhilarating Alaska tour. You’ll visit Denali National Park, where North America’s highest peak—Mount McKinley—dominates the park’s six million acres. In Denali National Park, enjoy an exclusive presentation on the park from a local Naturalist—a special experience offered by Globus—and enjoy a wilderness expedition in search of grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and more.

You’ll have an opportunity to ride the thrilling, world-famous Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service for a journey through untamed wilderness to Talkeetna, where you’ll overnight at the Talkeetna Lodge. With amazing views of Mount McKinley, it’s another special adventure offered by Globus! More spectacular scenery awaits you on one of the world’s most scenic drives as you follow the south shore of Turnagain Arm, with its dramatic shorelines and majestic mountains, to Seward, a scenic town with Mount Marathon rising steeply behind the town. You’ll also cruise aboard a sternwheeler riverboat in Fairbanks and visit Happy Trails Kennels near Willow, the official start of the famous Iditarod Race. Here, you’ll learn about the Iditarod and meet the sled dogs—another fun experience offered by Globus.

You’ve seen photos of glaciers calving into the sea, but nothing compares to being there in person. During your cruise on Kenai Fjords National Park, watch the glaciers crash into the sea and hear the thunderous roar. It’s a spectacular sight! Along the way, watch for wildlife, including sea otters, seals, birds, and more.

Alaska is a destination that should not be missed. So grab your camera, sit back, and let Globus handle all the details on this Alaska tour—a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

FAIRBANKS
Cruise aboard sternwheeler riverboat Discovery
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
DENALI—TALKEETNA
Journey aboard Alaska Railroad in Deluxe Dome Service.
BIG LAKE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit Happy Trails Kennels
ANCHORAGE
Farewell dinner at the Alaska Native Heritage Center with a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite storyteller presentation
KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
Cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park

NOTE:

  • While wildlife in Alaska is frequently seen, early season (May and 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.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 3 lunches including a box lunch in Denali National Park, 2 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Anchorage

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. Meet your Tour Director this evening between 4 pm and 8 pm in the hotel reception area.

Day 2 Fairbanks–Denali National Park

This morning, 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! We then continue to National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation DENALI NATIONAL PARK, home to North America’s highest peak. 20,320-foot Mount McKinley majestically dominates the park’s 6 million acres. 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 Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 Denali 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 Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 4 Denali National Park–Alaska Railroad–Talkeetna

Continue your exploration of Denali National Park and then board the world-famous ALASKA RAILROAD for a journey through untamed wilderness (see page 39 for information about your train). Today’s ride ends in the unique town of Talkeetna, a model for the TV show Northern Exposure.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Talkeetna Lodge, where you can enjoy hiking, flightseeing, jet boating, or just relaxing on the deck with amazing views of Mount McKinley.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Talkeetna–Big Lake–Anchorage

Today, 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. See a demonstration on mushing, complete with a mock Iditarod checkpoint, and get a chance to play with the sled dogs! Upon arrival in Anchorage, visit the ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER, where you’ll be treated to a tour to learn more about Alaska’s indigenous people. Afterward, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner. Over dessert, enjoy a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite storytelling presentation.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch
DinnerDinner

Day 6 Anchorage. 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 National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK and the opportunity to see glaciers calving into the sea, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and more!

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 7 Anchorage

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

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SVEN AUGIMERI

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Born in Switzerland, it was my childhood dream to live in America. It happened in 1983 and I started a new life in New York. As a Tour Director, I have worked in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Canadian Rockies, the American West, and Hawaii. I like to brag about America's national parks and share stories about them so our guests will have plenty of reasons to travel with us again.

Tour Director - SVEN AUGIMERI

 Accommodations

Fairbanks
Denali National Park
Talkeetna
Anchorage

Fairbanks

Wedgewood Hotel

First-Class

Wedgewood Hotel 212 Wedgewood Drive, Fairbanks, AK United States

212 Wedgewood Drive
Fairbanks, AK United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Resort is located on a peaceful wooded environment adjoining a wildlife preserve, just minutes from downtown Fairbanks and near shopping, dining, attractions, and the University of Alaska. The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, gift shop, guest laundry, business center, internet access, on-site auto museum, and nature trails.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite

Denali National Park

Denali Park Village

Moderate First-Class

Denali Park Village 240 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park, AK United States

240 George Parks Hwy
Denali National Park, AK United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Approximately seven miles south of Denali National Park & Preserve sits the Denali Park Village Lodge. Positioned along the banks of the Nenana River, and spread over 20 acres, the lodge offers hiking trails throughout the facility from lighter trails to the more rugged. You'll be close to the action of Denali, yet enjoy the evening solitude as you relax to the sound of the river sweeping by. The new Summit Lodge is eco-friendly and features a high-timber lodge look and feel and is home to the Gold Rush Dining Room, Lucky Miss Saloon, Quigley's Coffee Station, Summit Gift Shop and 24-hour concierge desk.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Gift Shop
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms

Talkeetna

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

First-Class

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge 23601Talkeetna Spur Road, Talkeetna, AK United States

23601Talkeetna Spur Road
Talkeetna, AK United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

At the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, it's all about the view. Built atop a high bluff, the lodge overlooks the Susitna River Valley and surveys the entire Alaska Range, with Mt. McKinley right in the middle. On a clear day, all of the common rooms (and 72 of the guest rooms) offer this same stunning panorama of river valleys and rugged peaks. Accommodations are comfortable with plush bedding and all the amenities you'll need to feel right at home.

Hotel Amenities

  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Internet Access

Anchorage

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa 401 East 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK United States

401 East 6th Avenue
Anchorage, AK United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The hotel is located in the heart of Anchorage and just moments from Anchorage's best restaurants, museums and attractions. The hotel has a fitness center, hot tub, business center, concierge service, gift shop, lounge, and 24 hour room service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Fly Fish Denali

Fly Fish Denali

Fish for Arctic Grayling on lakes in the heart of the Alaska Range for a true wilderness experience. This catch and release fly fishing excursions is half day with no experience necessary. This personalized and fully outfitted trip includes gear, guide, equipment, and transportation. Fishing License is additional cost (approx. $20USD) and can be purchased in advance through the state or through your fishing guide.

Approximate value: $175 USD per person

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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