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Jewels of Alaska

Operated by: Insight Vacations

7 Days from $3,565 per person
MAY - SEP 2022
Serenity Lake, Alaska

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, Girdwood, Alyeska, Whittier (AK) ...more Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, Girdwood, Alyeska, Whittier (AK)
  1. Day 1 Anchorage, the City of Lights and Flowers

    Welcome to Alaska, an adventurous land of wildlife, mountains, national parks and glaciers. Upon arrival at Anchorage International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel.Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa.
  2. 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, nestled at the base of Mount Denali, North America's tallest peak. The evening is yours at leisure, feel free to ask your Travel Director for suggestions on the best spots to grab a bite.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
  3. Day 3 Talkeetna Sightseeing

    This morning, enjoy an immersive jet boat tour up the Chulitna River and make a visit to a trapper's cabin. Learn about the fascinating lifestyle of hunting and trapping in Interior Alaska.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 dryland dog sledding ride.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
  4. Day 4 Journey Along the Alaskan Railroad Relaxed Start

    Board the world-famous Alaska Railroad train after a morning at leisure and embark on a spectacular journey over swift-rushing streams, toward Denali National Park and Preserve.Later, meet a local climber who will share stories about what it's like to brave a climb up the tallest land-based mountain in the world.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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park.
  5. Day 5 Denali National Park, the Crown Jewel of the Alaskan Wilderness Relaxed Start

    With the Denali National Park and Preserve just a short drive away from your hotel, you'll find a number of ways to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness on your own, or spend the day partaking in one of our optional experiences. From an exciting rafting trip down the Nenana River(waiver required) to a helicopter flightseeing tour or a Denali Wilderness walking tour, the choice is yours – just don't forget your camera! End the day back at your lodge where you'll enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings at night.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grande Denali Lodge, Denali National Park.
  6. Day 6 Girdwood and Mount Alyeska

    Depart Denali and enjoy a scenic journey on the George Parks Highway.Stop in Big Lake and meet four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 kilometre) dogsled race while enjoying lunch at his home.Journey on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm with its dramatic views, before arriving in the town of Girdwood, home of the Alyeska Resort.In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, complete with wine and good cheer.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood.
  7. Day 7 Prince William Sound Cruise and depart Anchorage Relaxed Start

    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-kilometre) 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.For those saying farewell today, travel back to Anchorage where you will arrive at the Anchorage Airport at approximately 20:00.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
Jewels Alaska Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • 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.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • 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).

Choice Highlights

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.

Summary

  • Anchorage: Begin your vacation in culinary style at MUSE, a bespoke restaurant and atrium café located within the Anchorage Museum.

Authentic Dining

  • Anchorage: Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.
  • Denali National Park: 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: In the evening, join your Travel Director for a wonderful Celebration Dinner, complete with wine and good cheer.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Breakfast (B), 3 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 2 Lunch (L)

Insight Experiences

  • Anchorage: 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.
  • Denali National Park: Meet a local climber at a private reception and hear first-hand about their experience climbing the tallest land-based mountain in the world.
  • Denali National Park: Meet four-time Iditarod winner, Martin Buser and learn about the challenges of competing in the 1,049-mile (1,688 kilometre) dogsled race while enjoying lunch at his home.

Make Travel Matter

  • Anchorage: Visit the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Center, enjoy an exclusive presentation on Agutak (Eskimo ice cream) while learning how it's made by Alaska's first people.

Top Rated Highlights

  • : 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.
  • Talkeetna: Enjoy a jet Boat Tour up the Chulitna River and visit a Trappers Cabin. Learn about the fascinating lifestyle of hunting and trapping in Interior Alaska.
  • Alaska 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 railcar.
  • Whittier (AK): Travel to Whittier to board the 26 Glacier Cruise for a 100-mile (160 kilometre) boat tour of Prince William Sound and into the College Fjord, where you'll get an up-close and personal look at the impressive glaciers.
  • Whittier (AK): 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 up close and personal to the glaciers. Visit with the Captain in the wheelhouse and enjoy an included lunch.

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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Service
Very easy process!
Vacation
Super relaxing and peaceful! Good amount of stops and free time plus beautiful views
Mary Moreno
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Service
The associates assigned to my account kept me informed about all the changes from May of 2020 through departure in
Vacation
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
Response from Grand European Travel:
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.
Monday, June 21, 2021
Trusted Customer
Monday, September 23, 2019
Service
friendly, reasonably knowledgeable
Vacation
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
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Service
Everything was professional from Day 1. Loved the tour and the excellent service.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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
Vacation
The trip was everything we had hope for and more.
Sally Porter
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Service
knowledgeable and helpful. Straightforward with information and prices. Have used this company for previous trips. Great value for money
Vacation
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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