This circular self-drive itinerary is a wonderful way to discover Alaska for the first-time visitor. Travelling from the coast to the mountainous interior and back again, pass through spectacular scenery, spot remarkable wildlife and experience Alaskan culture; a superb overview for those who wish to travel independently
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Arrive into Anchorage and make your own way to the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa for a 2-night stay. (N)
Day at leisure. Use this time to explore the city or take an optional excursion such as bear viewing in Katmai National Park or a glacier cruise from Whittier (payable locally). (N)
Collect your car hire and drive from Anchorage to Talkeetna. Stay at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge for 1 night. This evening we would recommend booking a scenic bush plane flight to see Denali (Mount McKinley), with optional glacier landing (payable locally). (N)
This morning, join a shared scenic cruise to learn about trapping with possible wildlife viewings.
Afterwards continue north on the Glenn Highway towards Denali National Park, through the Matanuska-Susitna valley and the Denali State Park. Stay at the Grande Denali Lodge for 2 nights. (N)
Take a full-day shared tour into Denali National Park in search of moose, wolves, caribou, eagles and bears. Marvel at the spectacular views as you travel through the park. On a clear day, it is possible to see Denali (Mount McKinley), North America’s highest peak. (N)
As you head towards Fairbanks, enjoy the beautiful scenery of forest and mountains and pass through several small communities. Overnight stay at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. We recommend a visit to the Museum of the North to learn about Alaskan art, wildlife and culture. (N)
Journey south-west on the Richardson Highway with spectacular views over the Alaska Range and the St Elias mountains. Part of this route will run parallel with the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. End in Valdez for a 2-night stay at Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn or The Mountain Sky Hotel. (N)
Day at leisure. Hike along one of many walking trails or take a cruise through Prince William Sound to see the Columbia glacier, sea lions and whales (payable locally). (N)
Board the Alaska Marine Ferry for the scenic journey through Prince William Sound. Arrive into Whittier then drive towards Seward. We highly recommend a stop at Portage glacier and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre. Stay 2 nights at Seward Windsong Lodge. (N)
Take a shared cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park to see some impressive coastal scenery and a variety of marine life such as orcas and humpback whales (payable locally). (N)
Drive on the Seward Highway to Anchorage. Return your hire car at the airport today and fly home, or continue your holiday. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Day 7 involves a drive of approximately 7-8 hours excluding stops. An additional overnight can be made at Glennallen on this day to reduce driving time, although accommodation here is basic.
International flights are not included with this itinerary. Transfers are also not included as taxis are easy, reliable and affordable in Alaska. For flight and transfer options and prices, please speak to your Cox & Kings tour consultant.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5094 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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HDR2018: 10 Nights