ALASKA LAND SPECTACULAR
Aug. 17-26, 2021 (10 days)
$4,320* from Baton Rouge
Led by Wayne Barnes
*Pricing is approximate and subject to change based on suppliers and air
Price is per person, double occupancy and includes all transportation from Baton Rouge, superior hotels, breakfast daily, one lunch, one dinner, full sightseeing, entrance fees, hotel baggage handling, all taxes and tips to drivers and guides. Tips for personal services (hotel maids, etc.) are not included). Approximate single supplement - $799; Triple reduction - $150 per person.
Day 1 - Fairbanks, AK – Morning departure from Baton Rouge (or other departures) for Fairbanks, Alaska.
Day 2 - Fairbanks – Fairbanks is the 2nd largest city in Alaska, and located in the heart of Alaska’s interior. Today we enjoy a fully narrated cruise on the authentic sternwheeler, Discovery III, along the Chena and Tanana rivers. See a bush pilot’s demonstration, watch a fish wheel in operation. Visit a replica of an Athabascan Indian Village and meet Susan Butcher’s famous Iditarod sled dog team.Visit Gold Dredge #8 and try our luck panning for gold. See the trans-Alaskan pipeline. Tonight enjoy the Alaskan Salmon Bake and Show.
Day 3 - Fairbanks – Today we go to the town of North Pole and visit Santa Claus’ house. We tour historic downtown Fairbanks, the Visitor’s Center Museum and the University of Alaska Museum. Time for pictures and shopping.
Day 4 - Denali – Board the world famous Alaska Railroad and journey through untamed wilderness to Denali National Park, location of North America’s highest peak, 20,320 foot Mount McKinley. This afternoon is available for shopping or optional tours such as river rafting and flightseeing, or simply enjoy the beauty. (Optional dinner and show, approximately $80)
Day 5 - Denali – Morning at leisure. This afternoon, we take a fully narrated Natural History Tour, led by a naturalist driver guide. Be on the lookout for grizzly, caribou, moose, wolves, Dall sheep and other wildlife.
Day 6 - Anchorage – This morning we continue our exploration of Alaska as we motor coach to Anchorage. The first 150 miles provides us with the best opportunity to view Mt. McKinley. We stop along the way at Talkeetna, setting for Northern Exposure. Journey south and stop at Wasilla for a visit to Happy Trails Kennels, home of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. See mushing demonstration.
Day 7 - Anchorage - Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and began in 1915 along Ship Creek as a tent city. Today we enjoy one of the world’s most scenic drives, the south shore of lovely Turnagain Arm. Then, a spectacular mid-day & afternoon cruise aboard the Klondike Express, a luxury catamaran , visiting the largest concentration of glaciers in Alaska – calm waters, wild sights, Prince William Sound & College Fjord. See towering glaciers in Harriman Fjord & watch for curious otters, whales & sea lions.
Day 8 - Anchorage – Today is a day of personal choices – some may have opted to continue the trip with a 7-day southbound cruise and will be transferred from Anchorage to Whittier for their departure. (This cruise will be unescorted.) Others may choose this day for independent activities. For those who prefer to stay with the group, we will return to Turnagain Arm to view scenic areas and visit a wildlife rehabilitation center. We will visit Girdwood and then back to Anchorage, with time for downtown shopping.
Day 9 - Anchorage – Morning visit to the Native Cultural Center. Afternoon visit to the Anchorage Museum of History & Art. More time for downtown shopping. Arrive at the airport by early evening for flight to Louisiana (or other home airports.)
Day 10 - Home – Arrive home by mid-day.
"Great people, wonderful trips and value." ~Mary Anne Daigle