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Duration: 7 days Visiting: Alaska
Welcome to Alaska. A haven for nature lovers, this US state is home to sweeping landscapes, calving glaciers and spectacular national parks. While here you'll have the opportunity to explore the iconic Denali National Park and to immerse yourself in its natural beauty, which is abundant in wildlife and breathtaking views. You'll have a range of stylish transportation options to see you through your trip, with the second half of your journey on board your Holland America cruise ship.
Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers.
Welcome to Alaska. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at MUSE, located in the Anchorage Museum.
Anchorage Sightseeing to Talkeetna.
Get acquainted with Anchorage with an included city tour. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Centre and learn about the fascinating traditions of Alaska's first people during a private presentation. In the afternoon, depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak. Upon arrival, meet a bush pilot who will share fascinating stories about the joys and hazards of flying in rural Alaska. The evening is yours at leisure, so ask your Travel Director for suggestions on where is best to head for a bite to eat.
Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad.
This morning is yours to explore more of Talkeetna. Later in the morning board the world-famous Alaskan Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, towards Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed railcar before meeting a local climber who will tell stories about what it's like to brave a climb up the tallest land-based mountain in the world. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner hosted by Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theater. This theatrical dinner mixes old-time Alaska with storytelling, music and humour as you join a cast of characters in a tale of adventure in 1900s Alaska. The menu includes hearty Alaskan classics such as salmon, barbeque ribs and corn.
Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness.
With the Denali National Park and Preserve just a short drive away from your hotel, you'll find a number of ways to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness on your own, or spend the day partaking in one of our optional activities. From an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River (waiver required) to a helicopter flightseeing tour for close-up views of Mount Denali, the choice is yours – just don’t forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge and enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings at night.
Girdwood and Mount Alyeska.
Enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway. After lunch, meet the champion dog team of four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 km) dogsled race. Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort and ski area. Ride the aerial gondola for sweeping views of the mountains and sea. The evening is free for you to enjoy.
Prince William Sound Cruise.
Today is devoted to the 26-Glacier Cruise through Prince William Sound and College Fjord. Experience the thunderous calving of glaciers and keep your eyes open for sea otters, porpoises, and whales. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, featuring a variety of local seafood specialities, complete with wine and good cheer. You’ll get some shut eye at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, which is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views.
Seward and Return to Anchorage.
Visit the aquariums of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward and enjoy an exclusive presentation about their marine research and rehabilitation program. Have lunch and explore downtown at your own pace. Your Travel Director will be on hand to give you a few recommendations. Return to Anchorage and transfer to the airport or head to the trip hotel for guests extending their stay. Airport arrival will be at 17:00.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
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, Knik Glacier is one of Southcentral Alaska’s biggest and most spectacular glaciers. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: USD 263.00
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.
Adult Price: USD 190.00
Visit with an Iditarod Champion! Step back from the crowds and join an intimate group for a personal tour of the homestead kennel of four-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.
Adult Price: USD 59.00
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!
Adult Price: USD 94.00
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: 35 minutes
Adult Price: USD 411.00
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: 15 minute flight with 3 hour hike
Adult Price: USD 599.00
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). Flight duration: 60-70 minutes. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: USD 405.00
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.
Adult Price: USD 110.00
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.
Adult Price: USD 195.00
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.
Adult Price: USD 509.00
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.
Adult Price: USD 549.00
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 end of the road is open.
Adult Price: USD 190.00
A helicopter is used to transport you to our alpine camp where our experienced guide will accompany you as you mush along a snow-covered glacier. Drive the sled yourself or ride if you prefer as you enjoy the dramatic scenery. Back at camp you can bundle yourself up in actual Iditarod racing gear including an original bib-number for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. You will learn about Alaskan Huskies and the legendary Alaska dog mushing Seavey family.
Adult Price: USD 529.00
Explore the majestic coastline and calm protected waters by kayak! This tour includes a short transfer from Girdwood to Whittier, where your guide will provide a safety orientation and introduction to sea kayaking. Experience the natural beauty of the fjord, with its waterfalls, rock formations and wildlife from the serene “otter’s eye” perspective of your sea kayak.
Adult Price: USD 135.00
Land on a glacier! Extend your flightseeing adventure by taking our most popular tour that explores the Lake George Glacier, Lake George Valley, Whiteout Glacier and Colony Glacier. As you fly through the Chugach backcountry, the panorama opens to glacial-formed valleys and magnificent fields of ancient translucent blue glaciers. Highlight your trip with a glacier landing on Colony Glacier or atop a high ridge with a 360-degree panorama of mountains and glaciers and become surrounded by the surreal landscape. In the summer, your return flight provides opportunities to see mountain goats, moose and bears.
Adult Price: USD 389.00
Anchorage (Traditional) - USA
The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa boasts the finest lodging in the city and is moments from downtown Anchorage's best restaurants, museums and attractions, while still being located in the heart of the great Alaskan wilderness. Whatever your plans are, you'll find a feeling of welcome unlike any other at this hotel in Anchorage. With room to spread out in, our 370 guest rooms at this hotel in Anchorage have everything for a great night, including our signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, 42" flat screen TV, refrigerator, and High Speed Internet Access.
Talkeetna (Traditional) - USA
Denali National Park (Traditional) - USA
The Grande Denali Lodge on Sugarloaf Mountain is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Your first stop is the main lodge, where you will experience warm log architecture with a rock fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The interior design highlights the Alaska Native Heritage of its owners while it offers panoramic views of the surrounding Denali wilderness and the Nenana River canyon. You'll find the lodge is a very special place where you can truly relax, meet friends, share a meal, or simply take in the beauty all around you.
Girdwood (Resort) - USA
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11477 independent user reviews received during the past year.
08 July, 2018
Trip: Denali WOW would have preferred more time there and not in Anchorage. Train amazing as were all other inclusions.
Service: Yes I would use Insight again. Except for the Grand Denali Lodge which is not close to anything and the land it is situated on is riddled with erosion. The bus driver, Marilyn was exceptional in her interaction with all the group, cleanliness of bus and good driving.A
26 June, 2018
Trip: There was a great variety of excursions - some outdoors, some inside; some academic and thought-provoking, some hands-on.
Service: The trip leader and bus drivers were polite, interesting, and helpful. A great experience!
26 June, 2018
Trip: Weather was a bit limiting when we got to Prince William Sound but it’s just potluck! We can’t control that. I really enjoyed the visit to the Seward Sealife centre, especially being able to feed puffins and other birds in the aviary.
Service: General knowledge of area was great, well organised. Always cheerful!
26 June, 2018
Trip: Good choice of destinations and experiences.
Service: Well organised and friendly.
25 June, 2018
Trip: The itinerary gave us a good overview of life in Alaska through visiting the interesting locations of Denali, Talkeetna, Anchorage, Whittier, Girdwood, and Seward.
Service: We had a wonderful tour guide, Cheryl Sennett. and bus driver, Marilyn. Cheryl went out of her way to help us.
24 June, 2018
Trip: I liked the cities we toured. I would have loved another day in Denali.
Service: The tour and locations were great and the tour was well planned and executed.
24 June, 2018
Trip: Everything was well planned. As returned Insight travelers, our tour of Alaska met all our expectations. Nothing was left wanting. All meals, accommodations and activities were first class. A lot of the credit for such a coordinated itinerary goes to the Tour Director. She worked tirelessly in the hotel lobbies late in the evening hours to ensure the daily program successes.
Service: Travel Made Easy
24 June, 2018
Trip: I felt that we saw and learned so much about Alaska in just 1 week, great trip!
Service: We enjoyed our trip, the tour went smoothly and our guide Cheryl and driver Marilyn were terrific!
18 June, 2018
Trip: Everything we wanted our trip to be including great weather. Please see your AAA agent today for a seminar and or booking. Or use ours Ms Jackie Mcfarlen of Battle Creek Michigan.
Service: Everything went great, accomadations, resorts top notch and food gourmet. Transportation, buses and train and multiple boats were well appointed. Tour guide Cheryl and bus driver where very accommodating, cheerful and welling to accommodate all personal needs from motion sickness to special dining reservations. Would highly recommend Insight and our AAA agent of Battle Creek, Michigan, Ms Jackie Mcfarlen.
12 June, 2018
Trip: The range of experiences were excellent
Service: Organisation of tour manager and driver excellent. Level of accommodation very good.
03 June, 2018
Trip: Not sure this is possible but it would be great if the days could be shorter. We were up at 5:30 and frequently didn't have dinner until 7 or later. Exhausted by the end of a short tour.
Service: This was our sixth tour with Insight; we appreciate the 40 only passengers plus the extra leg room. However, on this tour the bus would have held 48 and there wasn't any extra leg room. Hopefully this isn't the new norm for Insight. The optional tours were horribly overpriced so we declined to take any. While they sounded interesting we have never seen such awful prices. What happened. The train ride was outstanding! The boat ride not so hot; Insight needs a much smaller, private boat. My husband uses a cane and was pushed and shoved aside more than once. I had a huge man intentionally step in front of me to block my ability to take a photo. He chose to stand even tho he had an window table and wasn't taking photos. It would simply be safer and more enjoyable to have our own boat.