Mon, Aug 21: Fly into Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Meet your Alaska guide and transfer to local hotel.
Tue, Aug 22: Anchorage & Seward. Enjoy a brief city tour of Anchorage, which includes the historic downtown district. Included visit to the Anchorage Museum, a world-class museum that seeks to preserve, exhibit and interpret the art and history of Alaska. Board a deluxe motorcoach for today’s grand adventure to Seward, gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. As you travel along the scenic Turnagain Arm, keep an eye out for Dall sheep high up in the rocky cliffs, as well as moose, bears and eagles on your journey. Check into your hotel in Seward where you’ll stay for two nights. Dinner included this evening. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Wed, Aug 23: Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park. Spend the morning exploring the coastal community of Seward. Later this morning, board a glacier and wildlife cruise and travel through the majestic Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore the face of a glacier and keep your eyes open for seals, sea lions, sea otters, whales, walrus, bears, eagles and puffins throughout this half-day exploration cruise with lunch included on the boat. (B,L)
Thu, Aug 24: Seward & Denali National Park. Board the motorcoach for a journey north to Denali National Park. The route takes you along the scenic Parks Highway where you will make several stops along the way. Watch for a glimpse of the majestic Denali and wildlife along the way. Evening open for optional tours. Overnight Denali. (B)
Fri, Aug 25: Denali National Park. This morning travel deep into Denali National Park on the Tundra Wilderness Tour and search the vast wilderness for bear, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. This six-to-eight-hour journey is narrated, allowing for insight into the animals, flora and fauna of this spectacular region and includes a snack on the bus. Enjoy the remainder of the day exploring this pristine area at your leisure by either participating in a complimentary park service activity or optional tour. There are many from which to choose, including mild or wild-river rafting, flightseeing, a jet boat safari on the Nenana River or a visit to an Iditarod champions award-winning dog kennel. (B,S)
Sat, Aug 26: Denali National Park & Talkeetna. This morning ride Deluxe Dome Railcars touring south to the community of Talkeetna, which began as a trading post when gold was first discovered in the Susitna River. The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy this quaint town or participate in an optional tour such as flightseeing, hiking, or a jet boat adventure. Overnight in Talkeetna.
Sun, Aug 27: Anchorage. Ride the motorcoach south to Anchorage. Tonight, share stories of your Alaskan Adventure with your traveling companions at a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Mon, Aug 28: Your adventure comes to an end as you transfer to the Anchorage airport and return to Indianapolis. (B)
Anchorage Hilton, Anchorage
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Hilton Anchorage has an extensive Alaskan art collection and guestrooms have magnificent views of the Chugach Mountain Range, Cook Inlet or the city. Highlights: comfortable, modern guestrooms • in-room coffee/tea maker • high-speed Internet access (fees apply) • restaurant • bar • room service • lobby coffee kiosk • high-speed Internet access • fitness center • indoor pool • gift shop.
Seward Windsong Lodge, Seward
Nestled on the edge of a protected tidal lagoon, the Glacier Lodge offers miles of pristine beachfront and breathtaking views of stunning Pedersen Glacier. Highlights: charming and spacious guest cabins with private baths • TV • restaurant • bar • complimentary wireless Internet access.
Grande Denali Lodge
Inviting accommodations and spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon are just two of the highlights of this lodge on Sugarloaf Mountain. The main lodge has warm log architecture with a rock fireplace and vaulted ceilings, and the interior design has an Alaska Native Heritage style. Owned by Native Alaskans (Alutiiq). Highlights: spacious guestrooms with A/C and private baths • in-room coffee/tea maker • Wi-Fi Internet access available in lobby (fees apply) • restaurant • bar/lounge • coffee shop • complimentary shuttle service.
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Talkeetna
Set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali, this rustic-styled, luxurious lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range. Relax nest to the 46-foot tall river rock fireplace. Recipient of Wine Spectator magazine’s prestigious “Award of Excellence.” Owned by Native Alaskan Tribes. Highlights: spacious guestrooms • full private baths • in-room coffee makers and refrigerators • satellite TVs • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply – free in the business center on hotel computers) • two restaurants • coffee shop • gift shop • complimentary shuttle service into Talkeetna.