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10 Day Grand Discovery of Alaska

10 Day Grand Discovery of Alaska

Are you ready for a ten-day adventure of a lifetime? On our 10-Day Grand Discovery of Alaska Tour, you'll see it all! Our seasoned Alaskan guides accompany you through areas resplendent with wild beauty and take you deep into the land of the midnight sun.

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Are you ready for a ten-day adventure of a lifetime? On our 10-Day Grand Discovery of Alaska Tour, you'll see it all! Our seasoned Alaskan guides accompany you through areas resplendent with wild beauty and take you deep into the land of the midnight sun.

WELCOME TO ALASKA!

 

As you immerse yourself in the wonder of Southcentral Alaska, our knowledgeable, local-resident guides will introduce you to the history and lore of Alaska while sharing personal stories of their own. Relax as Alaskan hospitality combined with superior service takes care of all your tour details.

 

Our tours let you experience the frontier spirit of this untamed land by showing you many breathtaking natural wonders and the habitats of bear, moose, caribou, and many more animals native to Alaska. Choose from whitewater rafting, flightseeing, glacier trekking, wildlife tours, river jet boots, day cruises, and additional activities. From Anchorage to Denali Notional Pork, to Seward and bock, stay in unique and charming accommodations with all the magnificence of Alaska at your doorstep.

 

AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED

 

Optional Tours

Glacier View - Helicopter Glacier Landing Upgrade - $249 per person

Talkeetna - Glacier Landing Upgrade - $100 per person

Denali - ATV 4-wheel Adventure - $150 Single; $250 Double; $350 Triple

Denali - 9 Hole Tundra Golf - $124 per person

Denali - Zipline - $160 per person

Seward - Helicoper to Glacier Dog Sled - $580 per person

Seward - Zipline - $160 per person

Seward - Fishing - Full Day/Halibut $410; Full Day/Combo $435; Half Day/Combo $305

Seward - Day 9 -Upgrade by choosing both tours - $105 per person

Anchorage - Lake Clark Bear Viewing (6-8 hours} - $1,150 per person + park fee - The flight for this bear watching adventure deports Anchorage at 9:00 AM and returns at 3:30 PM. (6.5 hours total--4 hours of bear viewing, 2.5 hours of flight time) Times are approximate and are for general planning purposes only.

**For the Mobility Impaired: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking on uneven terrain (approximately 1-2 miles). If you are concerned about your or someone in your party's ability to do so, please contact our office to review the options. **

Anchorage -Katmai Bear Viewing {8-10 hours} - $1,350 per person + park fee - Flight departs Anchorage at 8:00 AM and returns to Anchorage around 6:00 PM. {10 hours total--4 hours of bear viewing, 5.5 hours flight time) Times are approximate and depend on weather and plane type available.

**Bear sightings cannot be guaranteed. Also, due to volatile weather in remote bear viewing regions, we HIGHLY recommend purchasing travel insurance.**

 

Optional Pre/Post Trip Add

Pre-night Hotel | Anchorage |  $305 Moderate - $385 Upscale

Post-night Hotel | Anchorage | $305 Moderate - $385 Upscale

 

 

Single Supplement Price $6,699.00

 

 

 

Day One

ANCHORAGE - Evening at leisure in Anchorage before you begin your adventure tomorrow.

Day Two

ANCHORAGE - Today you get to explore the history of our state! Your guide will meet you in front of the lobby at 11:00 AM. You'll recognize our executive-mini coaches by the unique gold and black Alaska Adventure Unlimited branding. **Travel across town to the spectacular Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural museum, where guests con learn about Alaska's first people. In the Welcome House at the Native Heritage Center, you'll see o celebration of contemporary Alaska native cultures,. The outdoor sites allow the exploration of ancient traditions and the presentation of stories from Alaska's post. Upon leaving the Anchorage area, you will travel north to the Motonusko Valley, the forming belt of Alaska. Along the way, we will visit the native village of Eklutno. Enjoy the Russian Orthodox influenced church and native-influenced "spirit houses," while shoring in native cultural traditions.
**This activity may be switched to the Alaska Wildlife ConseNation Center depending on your tour dates.

CB, BL, D

Day Three

GLACIERVIEW - Get ready for oneof the most scenic drives in the state! As you head north to Glacier View, the Motanusko River winds its way north beside us, cutting a cavern of beauty through the Motonusko Volley. Several overlook stops provide spectacular views of mountains, volleys, and glaciers.
TWO FLOAT OPTIONS AVAILABLE:
*Motanuska Float Trip - 2.5 hours
• Relaxed guided sightseeing with photo opportunities
• Easily navigable class II rapids
*Lion's Head Raft Trip - 3.5 hours
• Most popular trip for over 28 years
• Excellent for first-timers & experienced enthusiasts
• Closs Ill & IV rapids offers you a hands-on adventure
After lunch, discover the true beauty of glaciers up close by walking on one! You'll hear all about the history of the Motonuska Glacier as you trek up it. No experience is necessary to join in the fun. Intermittently placed picnic benches allow guests to choose their own participation level. Great photo ops and views from all picnic benches.
(*HELICOPTER GLACIER LANDING UPGRADE AVAILABLE/ $249 per person*)

CB

Day Four

TALKEETNA - Next up, you're off to see Mt. Denali. Today will be a highlight of your Alaska adventure. You'll be stopping in the small, charming town of Talkeetno. Talkeetna is a local gem where three Alaskan rivers meet. It's also where you'll see one the most photographed vistas in our state: the towering peaks of Denali, which ore port of the Alaska Range. On this day, you'll be able to choose ONE of the following adventures to enjoy in Tolkeetno:
* Denali Flightseeing
1- Hour flight time
• This magnificent flight tokes you within six miles of Denoli's summit - the highest peak in North America at 20,310 feet!
• All guests hove a window seat and an experienced pilot-guide will highlight points of interest in the area.
**GLACIER LANDING UPGRADE AVAILABLE/ $100 per person
OR
*Riverboat
2- hour cruise time
• This exciting adventure takes you on on enclosed Jetboat where guests con see beautiful views of Mt. Denali from the river.
• Visit an authentic trapper's cabin and view how trappers lived in "Bush" Alaska at the turn of the century.

CB

Day Five

DENALI - Wilderness and wildlife spotting ore your adventures for today In Denali Notional Pork. Try and spot the Big 5: moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Doll sheep, and wolves. Your guide will escort you to the Wilderness Access Center where you'll embark on the Denali Park Shuttle Tour. The shuttle tokes you deep into the pork for o five-hour roundtrip tour, including all stops.

CB, BL

Day Six

DENALI - Today is of day of leisure. There are lots of things to do and experience in and around Denali National Park. Guests may enjoy the scenery and activities provided at their accommodations (some accommodations provide kayaks). There are also various hiking options in and around Denali National Park. In addition, Denali National Park Visitor Center offers many activities for guests to enjoy (exhibits, movies, dog kennel tours.
Consider adding ONE of the optional UPGRADE adventures listed below
1) ATV 4-Wheeler Adventure (2 hours}:
$150 Single Rider; $250 Double Rider; $350 Triple Rider
Ride on several terrain types. There are coal mining trails, rocky creek beds, hills ta climb, water to traverse, and mud crossings. Total tour covers about 10 miles. Approximately 1½ hours on the actual trails.
2) 9-Hole Tundra Golf: $124 Per Person
Black Diamond is a challenging course with "Alaskan hazards," such as tundra marshes or even the occasional moose hoof print! The course is relatively short, which makes it accessible and fun for any style of play.
3) Denali Zip Line (3 hours} : $160 Per Person
Your adventure begins with o three-mile ATV trail ride to your launching point through the scenic Alaskan wilderness. After gearing up, certified guides will lead you along six sky bridges and seven thrilling zip lines. Over half a mile of zips including the dual racer finale!

CB

Day Seven

HATCHER PASS/KNIK GLACIER: Hatcher Pass is a favorite of guests. They love its beauty, wildflowers, berries, and wildlife. The best photography here Is In later summer when the pass comes alive with color.
GOLD PANNING: Teke In the beautiful scenery of Hatcher Pass while visiting Independence Gold Mine (built in the early 1900's). Try your hand at gold panning; we bring our own gold pans and have fun trying to strike it rich! A park naturalist is often available to share the history of the mine, as well as information about the flora and fauna of the area.
KNIK GLACIER BOAT TOUR: Your next adventure will take you aboard a riverboat as you travel to Lake George, which sits along the base of Knik Glacier. The Knik Glacier is one of Alaska's grandest natural attractions. The glacier was "born" in the Pleistocene Glaciation period (the beginning of the Ice Age) 600,000 years ago. Knik Glacier originally covered the whole Anchorage bowl and the entire Cook Inlet. This glacier remains active today. It's In a constant state of change, although the motion is imperceptible to the naked eye.
ANCHORAGE: Upon arrival in Anchorage, you'll soy good-bye to your AAU tour guide. Early tomorrow morning, you will begin your AAU choreographed 2-day Kenai Peninsula adventure (featuring the Alaska Railroad and the Kenai Fjords).

CB

Day Eight

ALASKA RAILROAD TO SEWARD - The leisurely trip you'll take down to Seward is listed among the most spectacular roil trips in the world! Ride the famous Alaska Railroad and experience the Kenai Peninsula, a unique and scenic area of Alaska.
DELUXE package - Breakfast INCLUDED • First-Class Gold Star glass-domed train with access to an open air viewing deck; • Seats on second level of double-decked domed car; • Complimentary beverages provided.
KENAI FJORDS GLACIER CRUISE: A Kenai Fjords wildlife and glacier cruise takes you deep into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park, a place many marine and land-based wildlife call home. • Spectacular views, from rugged coastlines to emerging rainforests and calving glaciers • Chances to see Incredible Alaskan wildlife up close (humpback and area wholes, seals, sea otters, puffins, eagles, etc.)

FB, L

Day Nine

SEWARD - Your next day in Seward begins with ONE included activity, your choice of the below:
*Dog Sled Ride: The intrigue of the lditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, also known as Alaska's Superbowl, comes alive as you mush through the Alaskan wilderness to the base of Resurrection Mountain along Box Canyon Creek. You will have a guide with you while a team of lditarod dogs pull you In a wheeled cart on a gravel road. All summer long, these dogs use these carts to train and get in shape for their demanding winter jobs.
*Tandem Sea Kayaking: While you're charting the waters of beautiful Resurrection Bay, keep your eyes open as you look for marine wildlife. This adventure is perfect for all groups and allows for a tandem kayaking experience for all participants. Your two-hour guided kayaking tour will go to Tonsino Creek. Kayaking gear, beverage, and snack provided. Dry bags available as well.
**Guests can also upgrade by choosing BOTH of the above tours, one for the morning and one for the afternoon ($105 per person).**
YOU MAY ALSO FURTHER UPGRADE BY CHOOSING INSTEAD:
1) Helicopter with Glacier Dog Sled Ride: $580 per person - Touchdown on the upper part of Godwin Glacier just outside of Seward. Land on a snowy icefield and experience the magic of winter in summer.
2) Zipline Canopy Adventure (3 hrs): $160 per person - You can't beat the views from this canopy treetop adventure. Featuring eight ziplines, three suspension bridges, and two roppels--this tour will excite and owe you!
3) Half or full-day salmon, halibut, or combo fishing charter: {subject to fuel surcharge) - Full Day- Halibut (June) $410; Combo (Jul-Aug) $435; Half Day- Salmon (Jul-Aug): $305 - Explore the Gulf of Alaska as you search for halibut, salmon, rockfish, or lingcod. Experienced captains, great vessels, and the right equipment will make your fishing experience an unforgettable one.

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Day Ten

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE: Today you hove two choices! Spend a morning at leisure in Seward doing any of the options from DAY 9 that you may hove missed, OR have a day at leisure in Anchorage.

FB=Full Breakfast, CB=Continental Breakfast, L=Lunch, BL=Box Lunch, D=Dinner

Suggested Packing

-Comfortable walking shoes

-Hat and Sunscreen

-Cash and Credit Cards (Only those needed)

-Medicine and spare prescriptions

-Extra glasses and/or contacts

-Book, Word Search and/or Crossword Puzzle

-Binoculars

-Seat Cushions and/or Blanket (If attending a parade or show)

-Ear plugs and sleep mask

-Mini-Sewing Kit

-Toiletries and Tissues

-Chargers for devices (Cell phones, Tablets, etc.)

-Extra Memory Cards (Digital Cameras) or Extra Film

 

Passports and Visas:    Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited.

 

PRE/POST NIGHT OPTIONS

*PARIS | 3 Nights - Become enchanted by the romance of France’s capital. Browse the art collections in the Louvre or stroll along the Champs-Élysées. Ascend the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the “City of Light.”

*PARIS PREMIUM | 3 Nights - Indulge yourself with a stay at the Sofitel Le Scribe, an elegant hotel with a historic heritage. Your included tour—in an intimate group—allows you to discover more and gain tips to make the most of your stay. On your own, stroll along the Seine or delight in a taste of France’s famed cuisine.

*OXFORD & HIGHCLERE CASTLE | 3 Nights - Spend three days amid the rolling hills of England’s countryside. Explore the historic University of Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds. And enjoy an exclusive visit to Highclere Castle, recognized by fans worldwide as the “real Downton Abbey.”

*THE LOIRE VALLEY | 3 Nights - Enjoy three additional days in France, exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley with guided tours of the region’s most spectacular cities, estates and cathedrals including Orleans and Chartres Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

*PARIS: A CULINARY EXPERIENCE |3 Nights - Explore the culinary scene of the French capital and discover the importance of fresh produce in every Parisian kitchen. Get hands on during a baking  and learn the art of table etiquette at the Jacquemart-Andre Museum. Savor delectable cuisine as you experience the gastronomic delights of Paris.

 

Average Temperature

October | Paris, France | 66 / 56°F

 

Inclusions

6 guided tours

Visit 1 UNESCO Heritage Site

All onboard meals

Culture Curriculum

Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

Free Wi-Fi

Port taxes & fees

 

Exclusions

Airfare 

Travel Insurance

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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