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Grand Alaska

Fully escorted coach tour with an expert guide taking you along Alaska’s scenic roads and visiting popular destinations en route.
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Escorted Tour

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Starting at: $2159 / per person
  • Availability: May, June, July, August, September
  • Highlights: Great option as a stand alone touring program or as a comprehensive land tour before or after an Alaska cruise. Every day there is spectacular mountain scenery, with local sightseeing insights from a professional guide the entire tour. First, journey through scenic Prince William Sound to the town of Valdez. Travel north to Fairbanks to enjoy the Riverboat Discovery showcasing life in the great interior of Alaska, then tour into Denali National Park by bus with great chances to view a variety of wildlife. This circle tour route of Alaskan highlights ends with a transfer via deluxe domed rail car from Denali to Talkeetna and a scenic coach transfer back to Anchorage.

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Trip Features
  • Alaska Native Cultures
  • Alaska’s “Big Five”
  • Alaska’s Glaciers
  • Alaska’s Midnight Sun
  • Marine Wildlife
  • Sightseeing
Mode of Travel
  • Bus Tours
  • Fully-Guided Bus Tours
  • Rail & Bus

Tour Overview

Packed with multiple highlights, this escorted bus tour gives you the experience of a lifetime in the 49th state! Travel by deluxe motor coach or van with an expert guide who will inform and entertain you on this 7-night guided trip all around Alaska. Marvel at spectacular mountains and valleys, observe wildlife and sea life in their natural habitats, and view enormous glaciers. On this “Grand Alaska” you visit Valdez, the epicenter of the infamous 1964 earthquake. Then travel to Fairbanks, a modern city with a gold rush past. Tour Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak. Your experienced and knowledgeable Alaska guides will make this is truly an incredible Alaska vacation for you

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in moderate hotels with baggage handling
  • 7 breakfasts (B),  1 dinner (D)
  • Ground transportation as follows: van transportation for group size 1 to 8 people (driver guide only) or full-size motorcoach transportation for group size 9 to 50 people
  • Journey through Prince William Sound by marine vessel (Whittier to Valdez)
  • Knowledgeable guide throughout
  • Sightseeing in Anchorage and Fairbanks
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center admission
  • University of Alaska’s Museum of the North admission
  • Sternwheeler cruise in Fairbanks
  • Approx. 8 hour bus tour into Denali National Park (in May and September tour may only be 4 hours long due to snow and road conditions)
  • Dome train from Denali to Talkeetna
  • All taxes and fees

Tour Itinerary

Enjoy rail and bus service through some of Alaska’s most scenic routes, a bus tour into famed Denali National Park and a scenic journey through Prince William Sound. This program is recommended for those who want to experience the comfort and convenience of a fully guided group tour while travelling aboard the Alaska Railroad and deluxe motorcoach / van.



Anchorage Arrival

Arrive into Anchorage and transfer by courtesy shuttle or on your own to the hotel. The day is free for exploring Anchorage or for optional sightseeing tours (see Tour Add-ons). Overnight Anchorage.



Anchorage to Valdez

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Anchorage including a visit of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Later, travel by motorcoach/van* to Whittier before boarding a marine vessel for a scenic journey through Prince William Sound to the town of Valdez. Overnight Valdez. (B)



Valdez to Fairbanks

Board the motorcoach/van* for the drive north to Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. The route takes you along Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest park in the US and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Overnight Fairbanks. (B)




This morning includes a sightseeing tour of the gold mining town of Fairbanks with a stop at the University of Alaska Museum. In the afternoon, cruise the Chena River aboard a classic Sternwheeler. A stop will be made to see a sled dog team, a trapper’s cabin, and an historic Native Alaskan settlement. Overnight Fairbanks. (B)



Fairbanks to Denali National Park

Relax and enjoy the views as you travel south along the Parks Highway to Denali. The afternoon is free for optional attractions found in the area. Overnight near the Denali park entrance area. (B)



Denali National Park

Travel deep into Denali National Park on a bus tour looking for bear, moose, caribou, and sheep. When the weather is good there are several opportunities for views of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, during your 6 to 8 hour bus tour**.  Overnight near the Denali park entrance area. (B)



Denali National Park to Talkeetna to Anchorage

Travel by train on a deluxe dome rail car from Denali to Talkeetna. Upon arrival in Talkeetna, board your motorcoach/van* for a scenic transfer south to Anchorage. In the evening, enjoy a closing dinner and farewell. Overnight Anchorage. (B. D)



Anchorage Departure

Your tour comes to an end with a hotel courtesy transfer to the airport. (B)

IMPORTANT NOTES: 1) This tour may operate in reverse direction on some departure dates. 2) * Ground transportation as follows: van transportation for group size 1 to 8 people (driver guide only) or full-size motorcoach transportation for group size 9 to 50 people. 3) ** Please note that in May/September the bus tour into Denali Nat Park may be shorter (only up to 4 hours) due to road and weather conditions

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