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Majestic Alaska

8 Days from $3,125 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Explore the scenic river valleys and snowcapped peaks of Alaska, traversing Denali's tundra and Hurricane Gulch to Kenai Fjords National Park—home to Black Bears and Resurrection Bay.

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Overview

Explore the scenic river valleys and snowcapped peaks of Alaska, traversing Denali's tundra and Hurricane Gulch to Kenai Fjords National Park—home to Black Bears and Resurrection Bay.

  1. Kick-start your epic adventure through 'The Great Land' in the remote city of Fairbanks, the Arctic gateway to Alaska's Midnight Sun. This evening, Join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Rivers Edge Resort
  2. Dive deep into the history of the Gold Rush in Alaska's largest city in the interior, Fairbanks. A Local Specialist, Fairbanks' Gold Daughters will guide you through the process of panning for gold in real Alaskan paydirt. Board the Riverboat Discovery, to hear tales of the Gold Rush and visit a recreated Athabascan Village. Later today, indulge in a salmon bake Regional Meal.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  3. Admire the soulful expanse of Tanana River Valley, stretching hundreds of miles in every direction until it collides into the snow-capped peaks of Denali National Park. Touch the sky as you wind your way through this untamed wilderness to catch a glimpse of the 'Great One'. Join a Local Specialist at your lodge to learn about the rare Subarctic flora and fauna, before delving into Denali's lively history during a Regional Meal and show at the Denali Dinner Theater.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Denali Park Village
  4. Tune into your unfettered surrounds - a free day to connect with Denali on your terms. Be present amidst the sounds of Bunting and Gray Jays, hike through the wilderness or take the perfect shot of Mount Denali. Today is yours to indulge in the contemplative solitude offered by this national park.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. A leisurely start to our day sees us board the famous Alaska Railroad for the scenic journey south to Anchorage. Epic Alaskan landscapes provide an inspiring backdrop for expert insights into such icons as Hurricane Gulch and Indian River Canyon. Arriving in Anchorage, we enjoy an evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Anchorage Marriott Downtown
  6. Explore Anchorage's historic downtown and view the scenic shores of Cook Inlet as you travel to a nearby local sports fishing hatchery where you'll learn about this complex process and its positive impact on the local communities. We'll visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center where you'll gain a deeper understanding of Alaska's 11 major cultural groups through storytelling and authentic demonstrations. Enjoy some free time to explore before joining your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  7. We join a Local Specialist on a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center before embarking on a sightseeing cruise into the icy heart of Kenai Fjords National Park. Share the choppy waters with Humpback whales and glacial icebergs as you enjoy a lunch made with fresh, local ingredients. Our journey through the Alaskan wilderness at its end, we bid farewell to our newfound friends who will be joining the Glacier Discovery Cruise with Holland America Line.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Seward Windsong Lodge
  8. Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the last exquisite views of Resurrection Bay, before returning to Anchorage. Stops will be made at Anchorage International Airport and the Anchorage Marriott Downtown for guests extending their stay. Airport arrival will be at 4:00 pm, please be aware when booking your flights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: $1,195.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

12 meals: 7 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Local Specialist

  • Pan for gold in real Alaskan paydirt
  • Learn about the rare subarctic flora and fauna and the uniqueness of Alaskan wildlife
  • At a wildlife rehabilitation center

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage, a sports fish hatchery, Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Alaska Pipeline, Denali National Park Visitors Center and Seward
  • Cruise in a paddlewheel boat in Fairbanks with the historic Binkley Family's Riverboat Discovery, into Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Iconic train journey through Alaska's wilderness aboard the Alaska Railroad
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Reviews

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Vacation:
Service rating : Responsive, efficient, organized & detailed with my inquiries, billing & follow-up with timely provision of travel documents.
Vacation : This tour fully encompassed all aspects of comfortable travel (coach & train + cruise option) that fit my expectations to see/explore the diversity of Alaska's environment, locations, economic contributions and terrain. Experiences, descriptions, and stories provided by local tour guide, Debbie, allowed me to be fully immersed in the history, culture and day-to-day life of persons living and working in Alaska. Bus driver, Maurice, stressed safety & was gracious in providing an inviting and safe riding experience. The dome train experience was phenomenal, enhanced by stories & descriptions of area by the local train guide & our local tour guide, as well as the ideal weather day that was clear & sunny and allowed us to see the summit of Denali at every turn. Upon completing this tour I had a greater appreciation of the beauty, diversity and unpredictability of Alaska's environment; the resiliency and adaptations necessary to live in our 49th state; and the influence of historical and cultural beliefs and values on day-to-day life. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring individual towns with allotted time on my own, and tour options, with thorough descriptions by tour guide so I could make an informed decision.
Monday, August 20, 2018
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Vacation:
Service rating : Well done tour of Alaska. We like tours that are educational and this one was. It was full of adventure and excitement. There were wonderful options to customize our trip and we took advantage of them. Our tour guide and driver were excellent and had intimate knowledge of Alaska and call Alaska their home. We feel privileged to come away with an understanding of Alaska, its people, its history, and its truly awesome natural beauty.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We couldn't be happier to see your review and that you enjoyed beautiful Alaska! Thank you for takin g the time to write.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Vacation : Money well spent. Worth every penny.
Joseph D'Onofrio
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The customer service was fantastic. Land tour was great, cruise not so much. Would definitely recommend GET to everyone and would use them again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments from your trip to Alaska. We are sorry to see that the cruise portion fell short of your expectations, but we hope some happy memories were made along the way. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip very soon!
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Vacation : Just did. Land tour was fantastic, cruise not so much.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : It would be more helpful if they would also schedule airline travel in the US.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your note. Great news, we are now able to book airfare for travel within the US and Canada.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Vacation : The price of the trip was good, however some of the excursions were a bit pricey, so we could only do a couple of them.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Anton Machacek
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Service rating : We had excellent service from the lady who helped us. We had to change our daughter,s reservation to our granddaughter when our daughter passed away. we have traveled with you since 1999.
Vacation : The tour was very good but we had problems t the hotels. You need to tell people that denali is a hotel not the park . Also the bus tour should be part of the tour not 95 dollars extra . This is the only suggestion I would have to improve the tour . Our guide and driver were excellent.
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Denali National Park

Tundra Wilderness Tour

Travel deep into Denali National Park by school bus and search for moose, caribou, bear, wolves, and Dall sheep amongst a spectacular backdrop of valleys and mountains. This 6-8 hour tour is led by experienced driver guides, who provide a narrated history of the Park Road and the animals that call Denali home. Approx. duration: 6-8 hours
Adult Price: $190

Husky Homestead

Visit with an Iditarod Champion! Step back from the crowds and join an intimate group for a personal tour of the homestead kennel of two-time Iditarod Champion Jeff King. Meet champion sled dogs, visit with puppies and see summer training in action. Two and a half-hour narrated kennel tour.
Adult Price: $59

Rafting the Nenana River

Enjoy a scenic trip or wild canyon run on the Nenana River! Each trip is approximately three hours with a total of two hours on the water. The scenic Wilderness Run is perfect for the family and travels 13 miles through the Alaska wilderness. Perfect for the beginning rafter! The Canyon Run is an exciting whitewater adventure with Class III and IV rapids. This is one ride where you might get wet! Approx. duration: 3 hours.
Adult Price: $94

Mt. Denali by Helicopter Excursion

Get an up close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar (Weather dependent). This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers." Approx. flight duration: 35 minutes.
Adult Price: $411

Mt. Denali by Helicopter Glacier Expedition

Get an up close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar (Weather dependent). This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Approx. duration: 50 minute flight time with 15-20 minutes on the glacier
Adult Price: $536

Mt. Denali Heli-Hiking Adventure

Get an up close view of Mt. Denali, the Great One! Enjoy a helicopter thrill as you soar high above the land and view wildlife, alpine glaciers, the Alaska Range and Mt. Denali from afar (Weather dependent). This tour is highly recommendable for our “once in a lifetime” adventurers. Heli-Hiking Adventure. Approx. duration: 15 minute flight with 3 hour hike
Adult Price: $599

Fixed Wing Flightseeing in Denali

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 (weather dependent). Approx. duration: 1.5 hours.
Adult Price: $405

Denali Wilderness Hiking

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 amazing geology and glacial history of this part of the world. Walk through boreal forests and discover how plants and animals have adapted to the extreme sub-arctic environment. Walk in the footsteps of animals, and gain a new appreciation for this far north landscape.
Adult Price: $110

Fly Fish Denali

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 fishing package offers half day opportunities with no experience necessary. This personalized and fully outfitted trip includes gear, guide, equipment, and transportation. Fishing License additional.
Adult Price: $195

Arctic Circle Air Adventure from Denali

Fly above the Arctic! This thrilling tour allows a guest to experience the Brooks Range, cross the Arctic Circle and fly the wilderness airways of Alaska’s Arctic. Once on ground, this narrated ground adventure also includes a visit to the community of Wiseman, views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and mighty Yukon River. The flight is not fully narrated. Guests receive an official Arctic Circle Certificate upon completion of tour.
Adult Price: $509

Kantishna Wilderness (Denali NP Bus)

Go deeper into Denali National park. Join our private bus for a day-trip of a lifetime while experiencing all 92 miles of the Denali National Park road. Our knowledgeable Driver/Guides will share the biology, geology, and history of the region with you as you. Enjoy lunch and an activity at the exclusive Kantishna Roadhouse, located just past Wonder Lake. 13 hour tour with stops every 90 minutes. Only offered June through August when the road is end of the road is open.
Adult Price: $190

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, especially photos of Denali. Upon arrival at one of the glacier landing zones passengers deplane and step into the "Ice Age". Passengers spend 20 minutes snowball throwing, snow angel making, picture taking, or just being awed by the beauty of the "other worldly" surroundings.
Adult Price: $549

Wilderness Dog Sled Ride

Learn about the lifestyle of Seward’s own Iditarod racing family and see what it takes to prepare musher and sled dogs for the world’s most demanding race. Tour the racing kennels, cuddle puppies, and climb aboard a comfortable custom wheeled sled for a thrilling two-mile sled ride from the Seavey Homestead to the base of Resurrection Mountain.
Adult Price: $80

Anchorage

Float Plane Flightseeing

Fly over a Glacier! Take a Knik Glacier tour and experience a glacier and wildlife adventure. Soar over towering Knik Glacier - At 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, it is one of Southcentral Alaska’s biggest and most spectacular glaciers. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $263

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