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Jewels of Alaska

One Week Tour to Anchorage & Denali National Park

7 Days
1 Country

United States

6 Cities

Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, Girdwood, Alyeska, Whittier

11 Meals

3 Dinner with Wines, 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Explore the wild and wonderful Alaskan wilderness during this 1-week guided tour. Begin your adventure in Anchorage with a sweet treat: Taste agutak — Inuit Ice Cream — after an exclusive demonstration by Alaska's Indigenous people at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Board a jet boat for a tour along the Chulitna River to a trapper’s cabin, where you will learn about the lifestyle of hunting and trapping in the state. Ride along the world-famous, glass-domed Alaskan Railroad toward Denali National Park, where the country’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley, will greet you. Meet the champion dog team of a four-time Iditarod winner and allow him to regale you with tales of the 1,049-mile dogsled race over lunch at his home. From Whittier, take a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and the see the glaciers of College Fjord.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers

Welcome to Alaska, an adventurous land of wildlife, mountains, national parks and glaciers. Savor a dinner accompanied by wine in the company of your fellow travelers.

Anchorage Alaska Moose with city in background, Anchorage Alaska, USA
Welcome Meet your Travel Director at 18:00
Marriott Anchorage Downtown View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Marriott Anchorage Downtown

About the Hotel

Anchorage, United States

Marriott Anchorage Downtown is perfectly situated in downtown Anchorage, just five miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Being within walking distance of the bus and train station makes getting around the city a breeze, helping you maximize your time. With picturesque city and mountain views greeting you when you rise and everything from a buffet breakfast to indoor pool to enjoy, you are sure to have a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining
Anchorage Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers to savor Alaskan flavors over dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Anchorage Sightseeing and the Matanuska Valley

Get acquainted with Anchorage with on an immersive city tour. During a visit to the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you enjoy an exclusive presentation on Agutak (Eskimo ice cream) while learning how it's made by Alaska's first people. Learn how this culinary treat establishes a link to the past, inspires a sense of pride and spurs a dialogue on a culture's remarkable ability to survive. This afternoon, travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley and stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and glacial silt create the perfect environment for growing vegetables and flowers. Depart Anchorage for the quaint community of Talkeetna. The evening is yours at leisure, feel free to ask your Travel Director for suggestions on the best spots to grab a bite.

Beautiful Matanuska Valley, Alaska, USA
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

About the Hotel

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge by Pursuit is set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali. The lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, while also just minutes from adventures of a lifetime. Enjoy casual or fine dining featuring Alaska specialties and an impressive local wine selection.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Anchorage City Tour Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage City Tour

Get acquainted with Alaska's largest city on an immersive city tour. Discover how this urban landscape enriched with culture came to be as you explore the historic downtown.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Local Farm Matanuska Valley, Alaska
Visit a Local Farm in Matanuska Valley

This afternoon, depart Anchorage and travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley making a stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and ...

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Insight Experiences

Day 3

Talkeetna Sightseeing

This morning, you can choose between an immersive jet boat tour up the Chulitna River with a visit to a trapper's cabin, or enjoy a scenic float on the Talkeetna River. The rest of the day is yours to explore, perhaps discovering more of Talkeetna or joining an optional experience such as a flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range or a hike along Talkeetna's best trail with a naturalist guide.

Alaska Range Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

About the Hotel

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge by Pursuit is set on a ridge above the small community of Talkeetna on the south side of Denali. The lodge offers unforgettable views of Denali and the Alaska Range, while also just minutes from adventures of a lifetime. Enjoy casual or fine dining featuring Alaska specialties and an impressive local wine selection.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Choice Chulitna River Talkeetna, Alaska
Enjoy a Jet Boat Tour

Enjoy a jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and visit a trappers cabin. 

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice Bald Eagle in flight in Alaska, USA
Enjoy a Scenic Float

Enjoy a scenic Float Trip on the Talkeetna River for amazing views of Mountain Denali and possible wildlife sightings.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Day 4

Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad

Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning before boarding the world-famous Alaska Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve. View the majestic surroundings from the comfort of your glass-domed rail car. Upon arrival settle in at the lodge before meeting a local climber who will share stories about what it's like to a climb Denali, one of the most daunting and tallest land-based mountains in the world. You'll learn about the incredible physical and mental fortitude required to withstand the 17- to 18-day round trip that presents conditions so challenging climbers are forced to build snow walls for protection against the elements. For tonight's Dine-Around dinner, the choice is yours between a charming local brewery or the lodge's rustic restaurant.

Journey along the Alaskan Railroad, Alaska, USA
Grande Denali Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Grande Denali Lodge

About the Hotel

Denali National Park, United States

Relaxation and adventure await you at the Grande Denali Lodge. The lodge features an authentic design with log construction and offers stunning panoramic views of the entire canyon.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Alaskan Railroad, Talkeetna,  USA
Board the Alaska Railroad Transport

Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning before boarding the world-famous Alaska Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, tow...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights
Visit Denali National Park and Join a Private Experience with a Local Climber

Meet a local climber at a private reception and hear first-hand about their experience climbing the tallest land-based mountain in the world. A Den...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Try a selection of Czech beers in Prague
Dine-Around Denali

For tonight's dinner with wine, the choice is yours between a charming local brewery or your lodge's rustic restaurant during your Dine-Around evening.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 5

Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness

Embark on an extensive Tundra Wilderness Tour for some of the best opportunities to view the park's wildlife. You’ll have the whole afternoon free to participate in an array of optional activities. This magnificent land is nature at its most pure yet has something to offer all. From a blissful stroll through one of the meadows, to a rewarding hike, this Park is for everyone. You will also find that to be true with the exciting optional experiences which include a rafting trip down the Nenana River, (waiver required) to a helicopter flightseeing tour - just don't forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge where you'll enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings under the star filled night.

Denali National Park, caribou in front of Mt. McKinley, Alaska, USA
Grande Denali Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Grande Denali Lodge

About the Hotel

Denali National Park, United States

Relaxation and adventure await you at the Grande Denali Lodge. The lodge features an authentic design with log construction and offers stunning panoramic views of the entire canyon.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences
Denali Natural History Tour

Join a specialist for a Denali Natural History Tour and learn about the Alaskan natives who once lived in the park and the first ascent of Denali, ...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Denali National Park wilderness walking tour, Alaska, USA
Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

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 ama...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Experience life above the trees along 6 suspension bridges and 8 thrilling zip lines in Denali National Park, USA
Denali Zipline

Experience life above the trees! After a short trail ride shuttle and gearing up, certified guides will lead you along 6 suspension bridges and 8 t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a 100 minute fixed wing flightseeing journey over Mount Denali, USA
Fixed Wing Flightseeing Denali Glacier Landing

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, es...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a day Fly Fishing in the heart of Denali National Park, USA
Denali Fly Fishing

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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a fixed wing flightseeing journey following the Alaska Range from Mount Denali, USA
Denali Fixed Wing Flightseeing

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.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Enjoy a warm welcome and experience a true Alaskan lifestyle at a kennel with an Iditarod expert. Learn what it is like to live with the world’s gr...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy an ATV ride with 360° overlook stops with views of lakes and valleys in Denali National Park, USA
Denali ATV Wilderness Adventure

Get ready for some adventure! Whether a novice or expert ATVer, this tour will be a memorable 10 mile ride in the scenic Alaskan wilderness on a Si...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a helicopter glacier landing expedition in Alaska, USA
Helicopter Glacier Landing Expedition - 50 Minutes

Step into another world most people never see. Walk upon an ancient glacier tucked away deep in the Alaska Range. Blue ice, stunning views, and tow...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy this short 15 minute helicopter ride through the peaks and valleys of the Alaska Range, USA
Helicopter Tundra Landing Expedition

Don’t just fly over the mountains. Get out in them. Enjoy this short helicopter ride through the peaks and valleys that make up the Alaska Range. E...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Girdwood and Mount Alyeska

Enjoy a scenic journey along the George Parks Highway. Stop in Big Lake and visit four-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser at his own home, Happy Trails Kennels. Arriving at the kennel, you will be greeted by between thirty and sixty excited sled dogs. Spend time with Martin and learn about the many challenges faced on the 1,049-mile dogsled race. Take a virtual trip along the Iditarod trail alongside Martin's narration including countless stories from his thirty-five years of racing, as well as a great deal of Iditarod history - a true insider experience into the world of the Iditarod. Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort. Tonight, join your Travel Director for a wonderful dinner complete with wine and good cheer.

George Parks Highway in Alaska, USA
The Hotel Alyeska View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

The Hotel Alyeska

About the Hotel

Girdwood, United States

Nestled in the Chugach Mountain Range in the resort community of Girdwood, the luxurious Hotel Alyeska is situated in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers, and spectacular ocean views. The hotel is set in a modern, chateau-style property surrounded by mountain peaks to set the mood for the ultimate picturesque stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Resort
Insight Experiences
Meet a Champion Iditarod Racer in Denali

Meet four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser. Learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 kilometer) race and enjoy lunch at his home.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Celebration Dinner Jewels, Alaska
Girdwood dinner

In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful dinner, complete with wine and good cheer.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Helicopter Dog Sled Tour

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. D...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Helicopter Glacier Landing

Land on a glacier!  Extend your flightseeing adventure by taking our most popular tour that explores the Lake George Glacier, Lake George Valley, W...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
ATV-Backcountry Adventure

Join this Alaskan ATV adventure where you will be guided along a trailhead to explore the backcountry up and down hills and near creeks and rivers....

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Portage River Scenic Float

Take in panoramic views of cascading glaciers floating through the Portage Valley, as your guide rows down the Portage River.  Get views of Middle ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Portage River Scenic Float and Salmon BBQ

Take in panoramic views of cascading glaciers rafting through the Portage River Valley, as your guide rows down the Portage River to dinner. A perf...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Prince William Sound Cruise and depart Anchorage

Take this morning to enjoy the surroundings and amenities at the beautiful Alyeska Resort. Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile (160-kilometer) boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord with the chance to see the glaciers up close. Visit with the Captain in the wheelhouse to learn how he expertly navigates the icy waterways and sit down to a sumptuous lunch against an incredible backdrop. For those saying farewell today, will travel back to Anchorage. 

26 Glacier Cruise, Whittier, Alaska, USA
Departure Transfer Arrive at the airport at  20:30
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Top Rated Highlights 26 Glacier Cruise, Whittier, Alaska, USA
26 Glacier Cruise

Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord where you will come u...

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Anchorage City Tour

Get acquainted with Alaska's largest city on an immersive city tour. Discover how this urban landscape enriched with culture came to be as you explore the historic downtown.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Visit a Local Farm in Matanuska Valley

This afternoon, depart Anchorage and travel through the fertile Matanuska Valley making a stop at a local farm to see how the long summer days and ...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Enjoy a Jet Boat Tour

Enjoy a jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and visit a trappers cabin. 

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Enjoy a Scenic Float

Enjoy a scenic Float Trip on the Talkeetna River for amazing views of Mountain Denali and possible wildlife sightings.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Board the Alaska Railroad Transport

Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning before boarding the world-famous Alaska Railroad train for a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, tow...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Denali National Park and Join a Private Experience with a Local Climber

Meet a local climber at a private reception and hear first-hand about their experience climbing the tallest land-based mountain in the world. A Den...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Denali Natural History Tour

Join a specialist for a Denali Natural History Tour and learn about the Alaskan natives who once lived in the park and the first ascent of Denali, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Meet a Champion Iditarod Racer in Denali

Meet four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser. Learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 kilometer) race and enjoy lunch at his home.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
26 Glacier Cruise

Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord where you will come u...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. 
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Authentic Dining

3 Dinner with Wines, 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs

Anchorage Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers to savor Alaskan flavors over dinner.

Dine-Around Denali

For tonight's dinner with wine, the choice is yours between a charming local brewery or your lodge's rustic restaurant during your Dine-Around evening.

Girdwood dinner

In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful dinner, complete with wine and good cheer.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Grande Denali Lodge

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Denali Wilderness Walking Tour

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 ama...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Denali Zipline

Experience life above the trees! After a short trail ride shuttle and gearing up, certified guides will lead you along 6 suspension bridges and 8 t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Fixed Wing Flightseeing Denali Glacier Landing

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, es...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Denali Fly Fishing

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Denali Fixed Wing Flightseeing

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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sled Dog Kennel Tour

Enjoy a warm welcome and experience a true Alaskan lifestyle at a kennel with an Iditarod expert. Learn what it is like to live with the world’s gr...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Denali ATV Wilderness Adventure

Get ready for some adventure! Whether a novice or expert ATVer, this tour will be a memorable 10 mile ride in the scenic Alaskan wilderness on a Si...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Helicopter Glacier Landing Expedition - 50 Minutes

Step into another world most people never see. Walk upon an ancient glacier tucked away deep in the Alaska Range. Blue ice, stunning views, and tow...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Helicopter Tundra Landing Expedition

Don’t just fly over the mountains. Get out in them. Enjoy this short helicopter ride through the peaks and valleys that make up the Alaska Range. E...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Helicopter Dog Sled Tour

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. D...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Helicopter Glacier Landing

Land on a glacier!  Extend your flightseeing adventure by taking our most popular tour that explores the Lake George Glacier, Lake George Valley, W...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
ATV-Backcountry Adventure

Join this Alaskan ATV adventure where you will be guided along a trailhead to explore the backcountry up and down hills and near creeks and rivers....

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Portage River Scenic Float

Take in panoramic views of cascading glaciers floating through the Portage Valley, as your guide rows down the Portage River.  Get views of Middle ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Portage River Scenic Float and Salmon BBQ

Take in panoramic views of cascading glaciers rafting through the Portage River Valley, as your guide rows down the Portage River to dinner. A perf...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Alaska

  • Official Languages across Alaska: English the official language of Alaska.
  • Currency used in Alaska The currency of Alaska is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital City:: The capital of Alaska is Juneau.
  • Time Zone(s) in Alaska: The time zone of Alaska is Alaska Standard Time (AKST) during standard time and Alaska Daylight Time (AKDT).

Alaska's climate varies significantly across its vast expanse, with a diverse range of weather patterns and conditions. In general, the state experiences cold winters and relatively mild summers. The southeastern regions, including Juneau, have a temperate maritime climate with abundant rainfall. The central and northern regions have a subarctic or polar climate, with colder temperatures and less precipitation. Coastal areas may experience frequent fog and strong winds, while inland regions can have drier conditions. Overall, Alaska's climate is influenced by its high latitudes, proximity to large bodies of water, and mountain ranges.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a trip to Alaska will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Still, it requires careful consideration due to the diverse climate and activities you might encounter. Here's a comprehensive list of packing tips to ensure you're well-prepared:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. Waterproof hiking boots are essential, along with comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.
  • Layering is key: Bring a variety of lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and waterproof outer layers to adapt to changing weather conditions.
  • A warm jacket: A waterproof and insulated jacket will be essential for colder days.
  • Rain gear: Waterproof rain jacket and pants are a must to stay dry during rainy spells.
  • Fleece or sweaters: These provide extra warmth and can be worn over base layers.
  • Quick-dry pants: Opt for comfortable pants that dry quickly if they get wet.
  • Gloves and mittens: Pack lightweight gloves or heavy mittens for colder days.
  • Hats: A warm beanie and a sun hat with a wide brim for sun protection.
  • Polarized sunglasses for glare reduction and eye protection.

Sun Protection:

  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring "Reef-Safe" sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history and current health status.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Saw a good deal of Alaska, its animals and plants, bus driver was great, tour director knowledgeable and personable, wellness director efficient and diplomatic, and the experiences varied and intriguing
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Thank you for sharing your experiences about your trip! We are pleased that you got to see so many of the highlights. Our team worked very hard to make sure that all guests were informed of the many changes prior to this trip departing so we couldn't be happier that it all went so well.
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Review date: Monday, September 23, 2019
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friendly, reasonably knowledgeable
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nice trip, well organized. Joel, our tour director was great, great communications skills, knowledgeable, friendly. Hotels were very nice. A second day in Denali would have been nice (lots to do there)-maybe cut out Anchorage or Girdwood. Good excursion choices
Mary Javins
Review date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
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Everything was professional from Day 1. Loved the tour and the excellent service.
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We are thrilled to be able to help you plan that trip of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing you lovely comments.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
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The trip was everything we had hope for and more.
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Review date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
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knowledgeable and helpful. Straightforward with information and prices. Have used this company for previous trips. Great value for money
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ship 30+ years old but well maintained. The optional trips above just disembarking at stops and walking in the towns, were vary expensive.
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