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Alaska Sample Custom Designed Tour Itineraries

We offer Alaska tours any time of the year, but we feel the best timeof the year for your tour is during the last days of May and the first days of June.  This season offers the best potential for good weather and thus better views of the mountains and more enjoyable outdoor activities. It is also less crowded, and there are fewer mosquitoes.  One of our Alaska custom tailor-made tour itineraries will be specially designed for your needs and interests.  Enjoy a custom itinerary that provides the opportunity to be away from the crowded cruise ships, buses, and large groups.  For additional information, click on: Alaska

8-Day "Best of Alaska" Tour itinerary

Day 1 ~ Arrival Day, Fairbanks, Alaska
Fly into to Fairbanks AK and meet your guide at the Airport for transportation to a hotel, sharing dinner together that evening.

Depending on arrival time, part of the day could be spent visiting Fairbanks.  Options would include the magnificent UA Museum of the North, the Large Animal Research Station, a stroll in Pioneer Park with a viewing of the historic paddle-wheel Nenana, other museums, & the Georgeson Botanical Garden

Day 2 ~ Travel to Denali National Park
It is a short two-hour drive to the entry of Denali National Park.  Options on arrival include the Visitor Center, a photo nature walk in the woods from the Visitor Center, a white-water rafting ride on the Nenana River, and/or an interior park shuttle guided tour.

Day 3 ~ Explore Denali National Park
This will be the primary day to see Denali, the bears, caribous, and other wildlife.  The park’s shuttle bus system is the only access into the park and reservations are required, especially for the earlier morning departures.  We will ride deep into the park, taking all our food, water, warm jacket, raincoat, and good hiking shoes.  This is a remarkable opportunity for a low-stress, low-cost wilderness experience.  We will just catch another shuttle bus on the way back.

Day 4 ~ Flying over Mount McKinley ~ Anchorage Visit
We will get an early start for a 3-hour drive to Talkeetna for a morning flight over Mount McKinley (if openings are available & weather allowing).  The flight services that carry mountain climbers to the flanks of North America’s tallest peak can also take us there for a landing on a high-elevation glacier.  After lunch and a walk around Talkeetna, the Back Door to Denali, we will drive about 2 hours to Anchorage. Anchorage offers the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.  In the evening, we can have dinner at one of Alaska’s best restaurants.

Day 5 ~ Inlets, Mountains, Kenai Peninsula, Whittier
We will drive along the shore of the Turnagain Arm inlet, stopping at Girdwood and the nearby Mount Alyeska for a tram ride up the mountain.  We will take a short photo hike overlooking the inlet and surrounding Mountains.

We will continue the trip to Whittier with some special photo stops along the way.  We will drive through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel that is cut through the Chugach Mountain Range.  The quaint hamlet of Whittier is nestled at the base of some very photographic snow-covered peaks on the Kenai Peninsula.  The surrounding peaks cradle alpine glaciers with sheer cliffs that drop into the “Passage Canal”.  Whittier is the gateway entrance to the western Prince William Sound area and it is at the end of one of the many long, deep fjords where eagles and marine mammals are common.

Day 6 ~ Prince William Sound Boat TourThe day will begin with a boat tour into a portion of the western areas of Prince William Sound.  There are a number of boat tour options, including large group boats and boats for groups as small as three passengers. If this itinerary is booked, a description of all the boat tour options will be provided from which one will be selected.  Besides having spectacular scenery, the water is usually calm, making seasickness unlikely.  If there is a concern, these boat tours are a better option than the rougher seas going to Kenai Fjords National Park.

After a boat tour, we will travel to Seward.  On the way to Seward we will take a short detour for a close-up walk to Exit Glacier, another very photographic area. Exit Glacier is the only inland area of the Kenai Fjords National Park that is accessible by car.

Day 7 ~ Boat Tour: Seward to the Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords is all about remote mountains, ice and rocks along the ocean shore and the animals that live in the area.  The park comprises 670,000 acres of the southern coast of the Kenai Peninsula.  The fjords only became a park in 1980, so its history as such has barely started. Most of the park is difficult to reach and very remote. 

There is one company that provides boat tours to Kenai Fjords especially designed for photographers.  Seas in the area can be rough and sea sickness is common, so we will need to be well prepared with sea sickness medication as well as a telephoto camera lens.  Other options are available if this tour is not taken.

Day 8 ~ Morning Touring around Seward & return to Anchorage
On the return trip to Anchorage, we will make photo stops at any locations missed on the first drive.  Before departure from Seward, visitation options in this small-town include the Alaska Sea-Life Center, the Iditarod Trailhead, the Seward Museum, and the steep-roofed St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Your departure for home can be any time in the evening or on the next day.

19-Day "Alaska discovery tour"

The following itinerary is one that we refer to as an "Outline or Short Description Itinerary".  Your itinerary would be very detailed, scheduled and planned according to your needs, requests and interests.

Day 1~ Arrival

Fairbanks.  Flight from Phoenix to Denver to Fairbanks

Day 2  
SITES ~ Georgeson Botanical Garden, Univ. of Alaska Museum of the North.  Morris Thompson visitor center has advice about outdoor activities. Yukon Quest Sled Dog Headquarters.
ACTIVITIES ~ Touring Fairbanks.  

Day 3  
ROUTE ~ Chena Hot Springs Road
SITES ~ Chena Hot Springs Road and Resort
ACTIVITIES ~ Hike, Hot Springs bath, Historical review

Day 4
ROUTE ~ The Richardson Highway through the town of North Pole and Copper Center on highway 2 and 4
ACTIVITIES ~ Scenic highway stops.  Museum & Park visits; views of Mount McKinley if weather allows

Day 5
ROUTE ~ Drive from Copper Center to Chitina for a morning air flight to the Kennecott/McCarthy area within the Wrangleli-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (Largest U.S. NP).  Van shuttle back to Chitina.  Drive back to local accommodations.
ACTIVITIES ~ Take a short hike. 
ACCOMMODATIONS ~ Copper Center area

Day 6
ROUTE ~ Drive to Valdez over scenic Thompson Pass on Highway 4. 
ACTIVITIES ~ Hikes/walks, lots of scenic view stops, Bridal Veil Falls, wildlife stops, all on the way to Valdez.

Day 7
ROUTE ~ Take a ferry from Valdez to Whittier.
ACTIVITIES ~ Explore Whittier area; possible sea kayaking in protected cove
SITES ~ Prince William Sound,Glaciers, whales

Day 8
ACTIVITIES ~ Morning walks and activities in Whittier; 12:30 to 5:30 Glacier Cruise or an all-day cruise.

Day 9
ROUTE ~ Drive to Seward, stopping at a Visitor Center, scenic vistas, and other sties along the way.
ACTIVITIES ~ Visit the “Alaska SeaLife Center”, Explore Seward,

Day 10
SITES ~ Many glaciers and lots of wildlife.
ACTIVITIES ~ Cruise to Kenai Fjords NP.

Day 11
ROUTE ~ Drive to Soldotna
ACTIVITIES ~ Explore Kenai Wildlife Viewing Areas; visit the town of Kenai & the overlook where the Kenai River enters the ocean
ACCOMODATONS ~ Soldotna area

Day 12
ROUTE ~ Drive to Homer for the day
ACTIVITIES ~ Tour Homer and historic sites along the way

Day 13
ROUTE ~ Drive to Anchorage along the shore of the Turnagain Arm inlet
SITES ~ Girwood and Mt. Alyeska
ACTIVITIES ~ Ride the tram up Mt. Alyeska, take a walk/hikeACCOMMODATIONS ~ Anchorage

Day 14
SITES ~ Anchorage harbor
ACTIVITIES ~ Explore Anchorage; visit the world-class Anchorage Museum

Day 15
ROUTE ~ Drive North 112 miles to Talkeetna (Approx. 2 hours.)
SITES ~ Denali/Mt. McKinley
ACTIVITIES ~ Morning flight over Denali/Mt. McKinley, weather permitting.  Otherwise, do flight tomorrow.
Or tour Talkeetna area, shopping, walking, hiking, etc.

Day 16
ROUTE ~ Drive North 150 miles, or 3 hours to Denali NP
SITES ~ Denali Visitor center
ACTIVITIES ~ Early morning flight over Denali if not done yesterday.  Explore along the drive to Denali as time permits

Day 17
SITES ~ Denali NP, wildlife, etc.
ACTIVITIES ~ Take NP bus tour through the park

Day 18
ROUTE ~ Drive to Fairbanks
SITES ~ Sled Dog Demonstration; Great vistas on the way back to Fairbanks
ACTIVITIES ~ Sled Dog Demonstration; Hike/walk in the Denali park area relax

Day 19