ALASKA, DENALI & NORTHERN LIGHTS

8 days departing ANCHORAGE from

Style: Leisurely
Destination: Alaska
Tour Code: ADN

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Trip Overview

NASA has predicted 2014 to be the best time in 50 years to witness the magic of the northern lights. This teamed with the rugged beauty and brilliant wilderness of Alaska makes this an unbeatable tour, especially as there is the chance to see the lights every night. Delve into the wintery side of Denali National Park on an included tundra wilderness tour, admire snowy peaks, and explore the more remote areas of Alaska as well as the cultural hubs. Why not add on our Arctic one night extension to complete your journey.

Included Highlights
  • Admire amazing views in the Kenai Peninsula
  • City tours of Anchorage, Seward and Fairbanks
  • Evening opportunities to view the incredible northern lights
  • Tundra Wilderness tour in Denali National Park
  • Overnights in remote locations perfect aurora viewing
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 7 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 7 breakfasts included
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Fairbanks - Riverboat Discovery Tour US$60
  • Talkeetna - Wilderness Jetboat Adventure US$70
  • Talkeetna - Devil's Canyon Tour US$165
  • Seward - Kenai Fjords Cruise (6 hours) US$140
  • Fairbanks - Railroad Gold Dredge Tour US$40
  • Seward - Sealife Center US$20
  • Talkeetna - McKinley Flight with glacier landing (min 3) US$364 per person
  • Denali - Gold Rush Dinner Theater US$63
  • Denali - McKinley Flightseeing US$375
  • Denali - Huskey Homestead Tour US$60


Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: Anchorage

Bordered by the shores of Cook Inlet, Anchorage stands as an enchanting metropolis surrounded by rugged wilderness. The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is home to nearly half of the state's population. It is also one of the only places in Alaska with all the modern fixtures of city life: a performing arts centre, gourmet restaurants and numerous shopping malls. We begin today's sightseeing tour of Anchorage with an included trip of the historic downtown area, the Ship Creek fish ladder, Lake Hood and the largest floatplane base in North America.
Accommodation: Hotel included

Day 2: Seward

Travel south along the scenic Turnagain Arm on the Seward highway, designated an 'All-American Road'. The Kenai Peninsula is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, and combines amazing scenery with a variety of activities for people of all ages and abilities. Seward lies at the head of Resurrection Bay and is a year-round port defined by its surrounding snow-capped mountains.
Accommodation: Hotel included

Optional activities:
Alaska SeaLife Center: Alaska's only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. Visitors to this "window of the sea" have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sealife while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska's rich seas and diverse sea life. Price: US$20

Kenai Fjords Cruise: See orca (killer whales), grey whales, humpback whales, porpoises, seals, walrus, sea lions and numerous species of marine birds, including bald eagles and puffins on this 6 hour cruise, going deep into Kenai Fjords National Park. Includes deli style lunch and is fully narrated. Price: US$140

Day 3: Talkeetna

Head north on the Seward highway and along scenic Turnagain Arm, passing incredible jagged peaks, alpine meadows, breathtaking fjords and crystal lakes. Now take the Parks Highway through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley which is considered one of the most important agricultural areas in Alaska. Upon arrival in Talkeetna you have the remainder of the day free to explore this wonderful area on your own. Why not head up to one of the mountain lodges for breath-taking views of Denali National Park, before settling down to watch nature's paintbox, the northern lights.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast included

Optional activities:
McKinley Flyer with Glacier Landing: Incredible flightseeing tour of the Mount McKinley - a flight of a lifetime! Includes a spectacular glacier landing. (3 person minimum) Price: US $364

Wilderness Jetboat Adventure: This 2 hour tour provides access into Alaska's untamed wilderness aboard a 15 to 20 passenger jet boat. Travel 20 miles of scenic river with a naturalist/narrator and spot nesting bald eagles, beavers, and sometimes bears and moose. Price: US$70

Devil's Canyon Tour: This 5 hour tour takes you on a 130 mile round trip excursion through Denali State Park and into the nationally registered Wild River Park of "Devils Gorge". Few have ventured here, but you will travel in style aboard the jet boat that takes you through incredible white water rapids to reach this unforgettable wilderness area. Deli style lunch is included. Price: US$165

Day 4: Denali National Park

The drive today displays a valley rimmed by three major mountain ranges, as well as working and abandoned gold mines along the way. At 6 million acres, Denali National Park is one of the world's last great frontiers for wilderness adventure, encompassing the heart of the 600-mile long Alaska Range. The crown jewel of these mountains is Mt. McKinley, popularly known as Denali, meaning "The High One" in Athabascan, the tallest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. Getting off the beaten track is encouraged here, and those who venture out may be rewarded with sights of Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast included

Optional activities:
Cabin Nite: This is a popular dinner theater performed in an authentic, log paneled roadhouse. The talented cast brings to life an array of colorful Alaska characters in this true to life Gold Rush tale. Price: US$63

McKinley Quest Tour from Denali: This flightseeing tour provides up close views of the rugged glacial beauty of the Alaska Range and Denali National Park. Price: US$375

Husky Homestead Tour: Experience the true Alaskan lifestyle with Iditarod Champion Jeff King, Alaskan Artist Donna Gates and their family on Goose Lake. This tour is widely heralded as an authentic look into rural lifestyles based on 35 years of Alaskan adventures. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating a championship team and carving a family life in Alaska's Interior. Price: US$60

Day 5: Denali Day Tour

Included today is a Tundra Wilderness Tour travelling deep into the park. This offers a sub-arctic experience like no other. Incredible scenery, a narrated history of Denali National Park, and some of the best opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. When Mt. McKinley is visible, it may be possible to travel to Stony Hill Overlook and view the entire mountain from base to summit. Choose to go whitewater rafting (not included) for a pure adrenaline rush. This evening, rest or explore the vast park on your own or simply sit back with a warm drink and admire nature's finest views as the aurora borealis dances above the mountains.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 6: Fairbanks

Situated at the heart of the Tanana River Valley, Fairbanks is a city that combines modern amenities with a quintessentially Alaskan frontier spirit. Commonly known as the "Gateway to the Arctic," the second-largest city in Alaska has a colorful history dating back to the late 1800s and the discovery of gold in the area. An included tour takes you to Golden Heart Park at the centre of the city, and this evening you head out away from the town's artificial lights to maximize aurora sightings. Fairbanks is one of the best places to see the northern lights and features views of the Alaska Range Mountains, Mt. McKinley and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast included

Optional activities:
Gold Dredge 8: The adventure at Gold Dredge 8 begins with a ride on a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad through the gold fields of Interior Alaska where you will see first-hand how the dredge worked the gold fields. You will find gold - we guarantee it! After you find your gold, explore the dredge and feel the history come alive. Price: US$40

Riverboat Discovery Tour: Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable cruise into the history of Interior Alaska. Travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on the only authentic sternwheeler riverboat operating in Alaska. This narrated tour provides background on the area's natural history and the Athabascan Native culture. Price: US$60

Day 7: Fairbanks

This day is free to explore Fairbanks on your own. Today is the perfect day to try optional winter activities which makes this area at this time of the year so amazing. Why not try a dog sledding tour or venture out to the Chena Hot Springs to soak your weary muscles. To avoid missing out we recommend you book these prior to departure.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 8: Fairbanks

This morning is free to explore Fairbanks. Your tour finishes at noon today however, why not stay longer to enjoy continued northern lights viewing or join our pooled 'Arctic Adventure' and additional night in Fairbanks.
Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast included

We can you book your flight from Fairbanks back to Anchorage for approximately GBP142 per person. Please contact us for more information.

This northern lights holiday is operated by our local Alaskan operator.

Tour Notes

Although Aurora viewing cannot be guaranteed, the itinerary and time of departure is created to maximise the chance of sightings.

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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7951 for a flight inclusive quote

Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Ramada Anchorage Downtown

ANCHORAGE - RAMADA ANCHORAGE DOWNTOWN
Located in Downtown Anchorage, the Ramada is conveniently located and offers free airport transfers and comfortable rooms at a great rate.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.


Springhill Suites Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS - SPRINGHILL SUITES
Explore Fairbanks from your stylish studio suite with separate sitting and kitchenette areas. Hotel also offers indoor pool, gym and free breakfast.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.


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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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Arctic Extension

Want even more adventure? Why not add on our Arctic one night extension to complete your journey.

Arctic Extension

Why not join our pooled overnight service to explore the wonders of the Arctic Circle. Ancient mountains, arctic tundra and Eskimo culture make this small group tour a truly memorable arctic journey!

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