Wonders of Alaska Self-Drive
• Denali National Park • Prince William Sound • Sheep Mountain Lodge • Kenai Fjords National Park
Experience the wonders of Alaska both by road and rail. Begin your journey by travelling north on the classic Alaska Railroad to the incredible scenery and wildlife of Denali National Park and the former gold rush boomtown city of Fairbanks. Return south on the scenic highway as you self-drive to the tidewater glaciers and abundant marine wildlife of Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park.
Day 1: Anchorage Make your own way to your hotel for check-in and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 2: Anchorage > Denali National Park Board the Denali Star, the Alaska Railroad's flagship train, in the Goldstar Railcar to Denali National Park. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3: Denali National Park Enjoy a full day narrated coach trip exploring Denali National Park. Your experienced driver-guide will help search for grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou and Dall sheep while sharing the biology and geology of the area. Return to your lodge via a flightseeing tour in a small Alaskan bush plane.
Day 4: Denali National Park > Fairbanks Morning at leisure for optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flightseeing or hiking. Later, board the Denali Star train and enjoy the late afternoon scenery as you travel to Fairbanks.
Day 5: Fairbanks > Valdez Collect your rental car and settle in for a day of driving. Pass Delta Junction, home to the Delta Bison Sanctuary, and continue south where you enter the Chugach Mountains. Stop at Thompson Pass for views of Worthington Glacier before arriving in Valdez.
Day 6: Valdez & Prince William Sound Discover the magic of Alaska on a cruise of Prince William Sound. A local captain and crew will guide you through the Trans Alaska Pipeline Terminal and Columbia Bay before arriving at Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in South Central Alaska. Look out for wildlife along the way; if you're lucky you could spot porpoises, puffins, sea lions and sea otters.
Day 7: Valdez > Sheep Mountain Lodge Drive to Sheep Mountain Lodge, located along the scenic Glenn Highway between the towns of Palmer and Glenallen. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the area. There are over 20 kms of trails near the lodge perfect for exploring. Birds and wildflowers abound, and maps are provided in each cabin for self-guided hiking.
Day 8: Sheep Mountain Lodge > Seward Head south this morning, passing through Anchorage and the many farming communities in the Mat-Su Valley. Travel along the Seward Highway towards Turnagain Arm, keeping an eye out for Beluga whales in the bay or Dall sheep along the highway.
Day 9: Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park Today embark on a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise. The park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. Stop in front of one of the glaciers to hear it moving and possibly see ice fall into the ocean.
Day 10: Seward > Anchorage Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre, which provides care and rehabilitation for injured and orphaned wildlife. Time permitting, take an aerial tram up Alyeska Mountain for views of Turnagain Arm, "hanging" glaciers and the endless peaks of the Chugach Mountains before arriving in Anchorage to return your rental car.
• Tailor-made rail and self-drive journey • 9 nights' accommodation • Alaska Railroad in Goldstar service • Anchorage > Denali > Fairbanks • 6 day full size sedan rental • Denali Backcountry Adventure tour with scenic flight back to Denali • Denali National Park entrance fee • Prince William Sound Columbia Glacier cruise with lunch • Kenai Fjord National Park cruise with deli-style lunch • Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs daily 20 May - 8 Sep
2021 Departs daily 20 May - 8 Sep