Majestic Alaska & Cruise

14 day Guided Tour - from £3025

A once-in-a-lifetime wilderness experience awaits as you explore the scenic valleys and snowcapped peaks of Alaska. Traverse Denali’s tundra and Hurricane Gulch on your way to Kenai Fjords National Park – home to Black Bears, the Harding Icefield Trail and Resurrection Bay.

Highlights:

  • Cruise in a paddlewheel boat in Fairbanks
  • Iconic train journey through Alaska’s wilderness
  • Explore Denali National Park
  • Visit a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Fairbanks

Welcome to Fairbanks. Spend the afternoon getting settled in or do some sightseeing. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Rivers Edge Resort

Day 2: Fairbanks

Start your day with a visit to Creamer’s Field Refuge where a Local Specialist will take you on a peaceful nature walk to view migratory birds before a visit to the historic farmhouse. Board a paddlewheel riverboat on a journey to a recreated Athabascan village. Enjoy some free time to explore Fairbanks on your own before a salmon bake Regional Meal.

Hotel: Rivers Edge Resort

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Day 3: Fairbanks - Denali National Park

Wind your way through the scenic Tanana River Valley on your way to vistas of snowcapped Mount Denali-at 20,320 feet (6,194 metres), it is the highest peak in North America and the centrepiece of Denali National Park. Settle into your hotel and enjoy a presentation by a Local Specialist about the uniqueness of the Subarctic flora and fauna before delving into Denali’s lively history at a Regional Meal and show at the Denali Dinner Theatre.

Hotel: Denali Park Village

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Day 4: Denali National Park

In 1976 President Jimmy Carter designated Denali National Park as an international biosphere reserve, focusing on ecosystem conservation and prudent use of national resources. Today is yours to completely explore the park as you wish.

Hotel: Denali Park Village

Meals: 1 Breakfast

Optional: Tundra Wilderness Tour

Travel deep into Denali National Park by school bus and search for moose, caribou, bear, wolves, and Dall sheep amongst a spectacular backdrop of valleys and mountains. This 6-8 hour tour is led by experienced driver guides, who provide a narrated history of the Park Road and the animals that call Denali home. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

Optional: Husky Homestead

Visit with an Iditarod Champion! Step back from the crowds and join an intimate group for a personal tour of the homestead kennel of two-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King. Meet champion sled dogs, visit with puppies and see summer training in action. Two and a half-hour narrated kennel tour.

Optional: Rafting the Nenana River

Enjoy a scenic trip or wild canyon run on the Nenana River! Each trip is approximately three hours with a total of two hours on the water. The scenic Wilderness Run is perfect for the family and travels 13 miles through the Alaska wilderness. Perfect for the beginning rafter! The Canyon Run is an exciting whitewater adventure with Class III and IV rapids. This is one ride where you might get wet! Approx. duration: 3 hours.

Optional: Mt. Denali by Helicopter Excursion

Get an up close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar (Weather dependent). This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers.” Approx. flight duration: 35 minutes.

Optional: Mt. Denali by Helicopter Glacier Expedition

“Get an up close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar (Weather dependent). This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Approx. duration: 50 minute flight time with 15-20 minutes on the glacier.

Optional: Mt. Denali Heli-Hiking Adventure

Get an up close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar (Weather dependent). This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Heli-Hiking Adventure. Approx. duration: 15 minute flight with 3 hour hike.

Optional: Fixed Wing Flightseeing in Denali

Travel like the Bush pilots of Alaska! Enjoy a 60-70 minute fixed wing flightseeing journey following the Alaska Range out to about one mile from Mt. Denali (weather dependent). Approx. duration: 1.5 hours.

Optional: Denali Wilderness Hiking

Go for a hike! Take an interpretive, guided walk in the Denali area with a naturalist guide who will point out the landmarks and talk about the amazing geology and glacial history of this part of the world. Walk through boreal forests and discover how plants and animals have adapted to the extreme sub-arctic environment. Walk in the footsteps of animals, and gain a new appreciation for this far north landscape.

Optional: Fly Fish Denali

Fly Fish in Alaska! Experienced or beginner; you will fish for Arctic Grayling on lakes in the heart of the Alaska Range. The catch and release fly fishing package offers half day opportunities with no experience necessary. This personalized and fully outfitted trip includes gear, guide, equipment, and transportation. Fishing License additional.

Optional: Arctic Circle Air Adventure from Denali

Fly above the Arctic! This thrilling tour allows a guest to experience the Brooks Range, cross the Arctic Circle and fly the wilderness airways of Alaska’s Arctic. Once on ground, this narrated ground adventure also includes a visit to the community of Wiseman, views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and mighty Yukon River. The flight is not fully narrated. Guests receive an official Arctic Circle Certificate upon completion of tour.

Optional: Kantishna Wilderness (Denali NP Bus)

Go deeper into Denali National park. Join our private bus for a day-trip of a lifetime while experiencing all 92 miles of the Denali National Park road. Our knowledgeable Driver/Guides will share the biology, geology, and history of the region with you as you. Enjoy lunch and an activity at the exclusive Kantishna Roadhouse, located just past Wonder Lake. 13 hour tour with stops every 90 minutes. Only offered June through August when the road is end of the road is open.

Optional: Fixed Wing Flightseeing – Denali Glacier Landing

We offer the only flight that lands on glaciers at the base of Mt. Denali. The pilot will ensure everyone has ample opportunity for photographs, especially photos of Denali. Upon arrival at one of the glacier landing zones passengers deplane and step into the “Ice Age”. Passengers spend 20 minutes snowball throwing, snow angel making, picture taking, or just being awed by the beauty of the “other worldly” surroundings.

Optional: Wilderness Dog Sled Ride

Learn about the lifestyle of Seward’s own Iditarod racing family and see what it takes to prepare musher and sled dogs for the world’s most demanding race. Tour the racing kennels, cuddle puppies, and climb aboard a comfortable custom wheeled sled for a thrilling two-mile sled ride from the Seavey Homestead to the base of Resurrection Mountain.

Day 5: Denali - Alaska Railroad -Anchorage

Enjoy free time this morning before boarding the famous Alaska Railroad for the scenic journey to Anchorage. Relax in the Deluxe Dome Railcar as onboard experts discuss the spectacular landscapes of Hurricane Gulch and Indian River Canyon. After arriving in Anchorage, the evening is all yours.

Hotel: Hilton Anchorage

Meals: 1 Breakfast

Day 6: Anchorage Sightseeing

Explore Anchorage’s historic downtown district and view the scenic shores of Cook Inlet. Stop at a local sports fishing hatchery where over 6 million sport fish are hatched every year. Your Local Specialist will explain this complex process and its positive economic impact on the local communities. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center where you can walk along wooded paths past indigenous villages and meet with natives from different parts of the state. After some free time, join your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner and toast to your Alaskan adventure.

Hotel: Hilton Anchorage

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Optional: Float Plane Flightseeing

Fly over a Glacier! Take a Knik Glacier tour and experience a glacier and wildlife adventure. Soar over towering Knik Glacier – At 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, it is one of Southcentral Alaska’s biggest and most spectacular glaciers. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours.

Day 7: Anchorage - Kenai Fjords National Park - Seward

Visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre with a guide before embarking on a sightseeing cruise into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park. Enjoy a lunch made of fresh, local ingredients while taking in the views of abundant wildlife and magnificent glaciers. Bid farewell to those who will be joining the Glacier Discovery Cruise with Holland America Line.

Hotel: Seward Windsong Lodge

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 8: Scenic Alaska Cruise

Enjoy the facilities on board ship today during this day at sea.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9: Glacier Bay National Park

Watch as Glacier Bay National Park’s immense glaciers, towering peaks and icy rivers pass you by.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10: Haines

Haines is home to autumn’s Alaska Bald Eagle Festival and lies alongside the longest fjord in the U.S. Visit the quaint downtown.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11: Juneau

Stroll Juneau’s picturesque streets, stopping in eclectic shops and saloons from the Gold Rush era. Perhaps embark on an optional trip on the Mount Roberts Tramway for exhilarating views of the harbour and nearby mountains.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12: Ketchikan

Check out the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles, intricately carved with native designs. Perhaps take an optional guided tour through town or a floatplane flightseeing trip.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13: Cruise the Inside Passage

Revel in the scenery as you slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by rugged, isolated islands.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14: Depart Vancouver

Sail into Vancouver Harbour early this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the hotel if you wish to extend your stay.

Meals: 1 Breakfast

14 day Guided Tour - from £3025

With flights from £3850

Alternative Option

Alternatively, choose our 8 day Majestic Alaska Guided Tour from £2232 for shorter stays.

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call or enquire now for more details. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2020 onwards.

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YOUR TOURING EXPERIENCE

First class touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your Guided Tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 6 nights cruise accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, plus other meals as shown
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

Departure dates:

13 & 20 May 2019
10 & 24 June 2019
1, 8 & 15 July 2019
19 & 26 August
2 September 2019

 

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