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Day 1:  Anchorage for 1 night
Pick up car in Anchorage
Fullsize SUV  Chevrolet Tahoe or similar automatic unlimited mileage basic coverage
Accommodation at Hotel Captain Cook
Located in downtown Anchorage, this luxury hotel is near the Anchorage Museum.
Large and modern hotel with  4 restaurants, a conference centre, and 15 retail stores..
Among the various dining options is the Crow’s Nest featuring fine dining French/American cuisine and a wide variety of wine. The Pantry café specializes in Alaskan dishes.
Beautiful views of the Chugach Mountains or Cook Inlet are provided from each room at Captain Cook Hotel. Decorated with rich colors and carpeted floors, all rooms include free Wi-Fi and a refrigerator.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore on own

Located in Southcentral Alaska on the shores of Cook Inlet, the Municipality of Anchorage is a unique urban environment situated in the heart of the wilderness. There’s a special mystique to Alaska. The name conjures up adventure, raw natural beauty — glaciers, mountains and seas, unmatched the world around — fascinating wildlife, a unique cultural heritage, and independent, pioneering people. Here you will find four-star restaurants and small cafes, an outstanding Museum of History and Art and a multitude of other fun activities.
Enjoy downtown shopping at any of the artist hot spots, or relax and enjoy the nightlife of Anchorage. Infamous restaurants dot the downtown area and offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy everything from fresh salmon to prime rib. Be sure to get to sleep early, as tomorrow is the start of your tour.

Day 2:  Denali  National Park for 2 nights
Drive north towards Denali National Park, 250 miles away from Anchorage. The majesty of the park is worth the long drive.  You will enjoy its vast wilderness and peaks sprinkled with snow.
Everything about Denali National Park is big: the scenery, the mountains, the incredible beauty and the animals.

Accommodation at The Grande Denali Lodge
The Grande Denali Lodge, with 160 guest rooms and 6 guest cabins, is conveniently located one mile north of the entrance of Denali National Park. Perched above the park atop Sugarloaf Mountain, the Grande has the best views of the Alaska Range in the area. The courtesy shuttle will take you to the Denali National Park visitors center, Alaska Railroad depot, Denali bus depot and area attractions, just a few minutes away from your serene retreat on the hill.

Day 3
Denali Park Shuttle Tour, an excellent way to spot the wildlife for which Alaska is so famous: moose, bear, wolves, caribou, dall sheep.
The bus stops every 1 hr 10 min. for restrooms and whenever wildlife is sighted as you travel. Opened in June 2008 the completely reconstructed Eielson Visitor Center was built as sustainable construction and features informative interpretive exhibits. This is the turnaround point, allowing 30 minutes to explore the visitor center or the surrounding area with a short hike. This shuttle time is 8 hours roundtrip, including all stops. AAU arranges for and includes a boxed lunch and beverage for the trip. So bring your camera and binoculars.
Mount McKinley National Park was established in 1917 to protect its large mammals, not because of majestic Mt. McKinley. In 1980, the boundary was expanded to include both the Denali caribou herds wintering and calving ground and the entire Mt. McKinley massif. This more than tripled the size of the park, and was renamed Denali National Park and Preserve. It was also designated an International Biosphere Reserve significant for the potential for sub-arctic ecosystem research.
Denali is an Athabascan word meaning “The High One”. The mountain is officially named Mt. McKinley but is also referred to as Denali. Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. It creates its own weather system and is often covered in clouds. Mt. McKinley is only visible about 1/3 of the time, so visitors to the park only have about a 30% chance of viewing Mt. McKinley.

Day 4:  Fairbanks for 1 night
Take the route that follows the pipeline and crosses Alaska, from Prudhoe Bay in the north to Valdez in the south.  This is a scenic road made of rough landscapes and dominated by Mount McKinley in the background.
On the way, stop in the small town of Healy before reaching Fairbanks.
The second largest city in Alaska, this former trading post founded on the banks of the Chena River still retains evidence of the Gold Rush.
Experience the Alaska of 100 years! Pioneer Park is an historic village that features original buildings moved from downtown Fairbanks, as well as museums and a Gold Rush town street. But it’s also a theme park with a carousel and train that runs the perimeter, shops, and restaurants.

Accommodation at A Taste of Alaska Lodge
Located in Fairbanks, close enough to take advantage of the city yet far enough from town to view the Northern Lights.
A Taste of Alaska Lodge offers accommodation with a patio or a balcony, free WiFi and flat-screen TV, as well as a garden.
A buffet breakfast is available daily at the lodge.
Hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Day 5:  Copper Center for 1 night
On the road again for about 250 miles.  You will be driving  south on the Rirchardson
Highway, towards Copper Center.
Along the way, discover the cities of Paxson and Delta Junction, nestled in the forest in the heart of a mountainous landscape.
Stop for the night in this small picturesque village on the edge of the river, with its wooden houses and its few hundred inhabitants.

Accommodation in Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
On a bluff overlooking the Copper and Klutina rivers with spectacular views of the Wrangell-St. Elias mountain range. The lodge features the area’s best dining at the restaurant and lounge, Guest Service desk, gift shop and espresso bar. The lodge borders the largest national park in the U.S., Wrangell-St. Elias, which has 14 peaks over 14,000 ft.

Day 6:  Kennicott for 2 nights
Drive to Chitina to catch a bush plane to Kennicott.
This 30-minute overview provides a first (and spectacular) contact with the landscapes of Wrangell St Elias National Park, as well as a first glimpse of the Root Glacier.

Accommodation at Kennicott Glacier Lodge
The lodge is a replica of one of the historic copper-mining buildings. It’s a luxurious property that sits in the heart of the ghost town and the center of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, surrounded by spruce and mountains. Curl up by the fireplace with a book, enjoy the home-cooked meals, and linger with a glass of wine on the deck that nearly juts out over the Kennicott Glacier.

Day 7:
Private Guided hike to the Root Glacier
With your guide follow the path that goes along the old railway line built in the 1920s. When you arrive at the foot of the Root Glacier, you put on your crampons to start walking on the glacier. Along the way, discover many rivers that have dug deep crevices in the ice, forming a set of blue pools and waterfalls. The day continues with the discovery of Kennicott’s mining past, always in the company of the guide.

Day 8:  Knik Glacier for 1 night
Take a bush plane to Chitina and pick up a car at the airport
Drive west towards Knik Glacier. The latter takes foot at the northern end of the Chugach Mountains. 40 kilometers long, 8 kilometers wide: beautiful proportions that make it one of the largest glaciers in Alaska.

Accommodation at Alyeska Resort
This luxurious hotel is nestled among the beautiful Chugach Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking scenery and wildlife.
Located only 64 km from Anchorage, guests can easily experience top-rated ski trails, view stunning glaciers or get closed to the exciting wildlife, only seconds away.
Activities can also be arranged  such as glacier hiking, white water rafting and dog sledding.
Guests can also take a ride on the hotel’s tramway, leading to the top of the mountains and offering unrivaled views of the surrounding area.
Authentic accommodations are furnished with Native Alaskan artwork, creating a special atmosphere. 
Ski boot storage and MP3 compatible radios.
A large variety of dining options are also available on-site at the Alyeska. Guests can enjoy fine cuisine at Seven Glaciers, or casual dishes at the Tramway Cafe.

Day 9: Seward for 2 nights
On the way, stop at Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, home to the only domesticated muskoxen on the planet. The Indians use their wool to make traditional clothes.

RESURRECTION BAY Cruise at 12 pm with lunch included
This afternoon’s all inclusive adventure begins with a cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park, “Alaska’s # 1 Wildlife and Glacier Cruise”. These custom vessels have walk around viewing decks and inside seating with large picture windows for great viewing of the close-up glacier experience.  Wildlife and marine life is abundant through out. Listen to narration provided by our experienced Captains and Crew.

Kenai Fjords Tours’ wildlife and glacier cruises take you deep into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park and an incredible abundance of marine and land-based wildlife –whales, porpoise, Steller sea lion, along with more than 80 different species of birds make Kenai Fjords National Park their home. Enjoy a diverse array of sights, from rugged coastline to emerging rainforests and calving glaciers. Lunch is included with your tour.  Upon disembarking this evening, relax at your Seward accommodations

Accommodation at Hotel Seward Windsong Lodge
It makes an excellent base for anyone who wants to explore Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park. The 180-room full-service lodge is close to the action—it’s only 4 miles from downtown Seward and 10 from Exit Glacier—but thanks to the wooded setting, vibrant wildflowers and the rushing river, you’ll feel like you’re a world away.

Set in a huge glacier valley, the Seward Windsong is spread out over 17 buildings. The cedar-log cabins, named after wildflowers, look rustic on the outside, but they offer a refined, natural style.

Day 10:
Full day cruise in the Kenai fjords
Departing from Seward, this cruise glides past seals, whales and puffins as we explore coastal rainforests, tidewater glaciers and remote Alaskan islands. Experienced and engaging captains narrate the trip, so you walk away knowing a whole lot more about Kenai Fjords National Park and its wonders.

Private Hiking Day on the Exit Glacier
This massive wall of blue ice descends the mountainside from the Harding Ice Field, down to the Resurrection River.
Beautiful walking trails wind through the alders and rock croppings to this glistening mass of ice. Seward Windsong Lodge offers two daily guided tours of Exit Glacier. Your naturalist guide provides insightful narration about the topography, vegetation and natural habitats of a glacial environment.

Day 11:  Homer for 3 nights
Hit the road and drive to the southern tip of the Kenai peninsula and the small fishing village of Homer, 7 km of land in the heart of a sublime glacial bay.

Accommodation at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge
Nestled in a spectacular ocean and mountain setting abundant with wildlife, birds and sealife, Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge’s remote location is the Best in Alaska. With just five cabins, generally never more than 10–12 guests per week, ensuring a customized stay according to your needs and interests.  The lodge also provide a knowledgeable Alaskan team of naturalist guides.    They make sure that every stay is different and that you come back with memories of a lifetime.  This all-inclusive world-class Lodge features private, deluxe accommodations and gourmet five-star meals.

Day 12:
Full day private guided tour of Katmai National Park
A day on the traces of brown bears.
Take a bush plane over active volcanoes and glaciers on the east coast of Katmai National Park.
After landing on the beach, a nice walk allows you to observe the brown bears evolving in their natural environment: they fish, dig in search of clams, play together. The lucky ones may also spot foxes, bald eagles and sea animals.

Day 13:
Day at leisure to do some of the below activities
Sea Kayak:  Cruise the quiet bays and coves of our pristine estuary and visit the nearby sea bird rookery.
Hiking:  hiking trails range from an easy walking trail through the forest that includes a beach walk, to a challenging all day alpine hike.
Birding:  From bald eagles soaring overhead, to loons calls echoing across the water, you will find dozens of bird species including black oystercatchers, puffins, Steller’s jays, harlequin ducks, woodpeckers, and so many more.
Canoeing:  Float with the tide while your guide navigates. Watch for eagles, sea otters, black bears and other wildlife. Stop at a remote beach for a campfire and picnic lunch.
Tide Pooling:  If there are low tides during your stay, your naturalist guide can lead you to explore tide pools teeming with abundant marine life including octopuses, sea urchins, and colorful sea stars.
Lodge Fishing:  Guided casual beach fishing is offered for Dolly Varden, salmon and flounder.
Berry Picking:  In season, mid to late summer, pick wild blueberries, raspberries, red and black currants, salmonberries and other varieties. Hike with your guide to remote berry patches, or pick right around the Lodge
Halibut Cove:  Enjoy a boating excursion for an afternoon to Halibut Cove, a small island artists’ village where « the streets are paved with water ». There is an excellent local artist gallery to visit. You may see eagles, sea birds and marine mammals along the way.

And much more….

Day 14: Anchorage for 1 night
Head back to Anchorage for your last night in Alaska

Accommodation at Hotel Captain Cook
Located in downtown Anchorage, this luxury hotel is near the Anchorage Museum.
Large and modern hotel with  4 restaurants, a conference centre, and 15 retail stores.\.
Among the various dining options is the Crow’s Nest featuring fine dining French/American cuisine and a wide variety of wine. The Pantry café specializes in Alaskan dishes.
Beautiful views of the Chugach Mountains or Cook Inlet are provided from each room at Captain Cook Hotel. Decorated with rich colors and carpeted floors, all rooms include free Wi-Fi and a refrigerator.

Dinner reservation at the hotel at the Crow’s Nest for an amazing view on the water and mountains.

Day 15:
Drop off car at Anchorage airport



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