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Wonders of Alaska

Sparkling turquoise waters, glistening, snowy mountains, vast arctic tundra and lush, green forests await on our Wonders of Alaska self drive trip.

This 7-night tour of ‘The Last Frontier State’ starts and ends in Anchorage, where you can get a taste of Alaskan city life and try fresh, local seafood in one of the city’s excellent restaurants.

From there, drive to the historic coastal city of Seward along the epic Seward Highway, which is one of the most scenic routes in North America. Located just a short distance from the Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward is a town with a focus on the great outdoors. You’ll find lots of outdoor activities and excursions available, as well as the mighty Exit Glacier, which is easily accessible by road.

Make your way from Seward via the town of Talkeetna to magnificent Denali (Mount McKinley), the highest peak in North America. Explore the vast Denali National Park and Preserve, marvelling at its imposing peaks and rugged terrain. This perfectly preserved park is home to incredible wild beasts including bears, wolves, moose and caribou. You can also experience the power of the Nenana River in full flow, on an exhilarating rafting excursion or by kayak, before heading back to your original starting point in Anchorage.

Our Wonders of Alaska self drive tour is the ideal route for those wanting to see the very best of Alaska’s unrivalled natural beauty, which you won’t see anywhere else on earth.

Duration
8 days

Guide Price

 £3,599  pp
Options
Private basis, Self-Guided
Start your journey
Bears in Katmai National Park

Trip highlights

  • Explore stunning natural scenery including giant glaciers and North America’s highest peak, Denali (Mount McKinley)
  • See the sights of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska
  • Drive along the famous Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway
  • Visit the majestic Denali National Park and Preserve

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska’s vibrant second city. After collecting your rental car and driving to the hotel, it’s time to explore. Nestled in the shadow of the beautiful Chugach Mountains, within touching distance of huge national parks, sparkling glaciers and vast expanses of water, Anchorage is surrounded by nature, while its vibrant social scene gives you a taste of Alaskan city life. If you have time, why not cycle along the Coastal Trail and explore some of the city’s parks? Finish the day dining at one of the many restaurants Anchorage is home to.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hilton Anchorage or similar
Downtown Anchorage in Winter

Drive from Anchorage to the seaside city of Seward along one of the country’s most scenic routes, Seward Highway. Certified as a National Scenic Byway, this epic road winds along the shoreline of Turnagain Arm and past the Chugach Mountains, offering incredible views at every stretch.

The landscape here is unparalleled, with the immense flats of Turnagain Arm reaching Cook Inlet and mountains in the distance. Stop at Beluga Point Lookout to see Beluga whales splashing in the ocean and incredible bore tides.

After travelling through the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll reach historic Seward. Known as the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward has a focus on outdoor adventure and recreation, and there are plenty of outdoor excursions and activities which you can take part in too, in the surrounding area.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Breeze Inn or similar
Glacier Bay National Park

Spend the day exploring the charming port city of Seward. The town has an attractive harbour and waterfront full of shops, galleries and restaurants, which makes it a pleasant place to spend an afternoon.

From Seward the impressive Exit Glacier can easily be reached by car. The glacier is a major attraction in the area and one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska. Whilst here, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and book on to a day cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park and Fox Island, where you can sail on sparkling turquoise waters, and see whales and other wildlife in their natural habitat, surrounded by breath taking icy glaciers.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Breeze Inn or similar
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Time to carry on your Alaskan adventure by heading back towards Anchorage and the delightful town of Talkeetna. This pioneer town offers fabulous views of Denali (Mount McKinley). It’s also the meeting point of three glacial rivers, so there are exhilarating excursions on the water to be had.

On the way to Talkeetna, take a detour to the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in North America, which was built beneath Maynard Mountain.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge or similar
Denali National Park

Climbing to the summit of Denali might be a little too challenging, but you can still enjoy the unrivalled view from the peak of this enormous mountain.

Leave Talkeetna to delve further into the wonders of Denali National Park and Preserve, which is the third largest park in the United States and the pinnacle of Alaskan wild beauty.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Grande Denali Lodge or similar

Discover the splendour and tranquillity of Denali, a sprawling national park covering 6 million acres and home to wild animals that live undisturbed as they have done for centuries. The park is home to icy lakes, snow capped mountains, dense forest and alpine tundra. It’s where you’ll see the tallest peak in North America, Denali, which stands majestic with a summit standing at 20,310 foot above sea level. The park is intersected by a single 92 mile long road, Denali Park Road. During the summer months, cars are not permitted past mile 15 of the road, so jump on a hop on hop off shuttle bus or take a guided tour bus to fully experience the wonders of this breathtaking landscape.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Grande Denali Lodge or similar
Denali

Before returning to Anchorage, experience Denali from the water with an adventure on the Nenana River.  Alaska is known for its fishing and no stay in Anchorage would be complete without trying some fresh fish and seafood, caught locally in the freezing Alaskan waters. The city has a successful dining scene and you’ll be spoilt for choice by the array of seafood restaurants serving the day’s fresh catch.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hilton Anchorage or similar

It is time for your Alaskan adventure to come to an end. Stay another day in Anchorage or return home with memories to treasure forever.

Included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 7 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis: Room only
  • Car hire and insurance
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Gratuities for local guides and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)