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Grand Alaska Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Denali National Park, Prince William Sound, Alaska Railroad, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez

Tour Dates: August 31 - September 9, 2018
Waitlisted!

10 Day Package
12 Meals Included

Price:
$2449 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$3299 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Additional Departure Dates:

Experience a land of bald eagles, calving glaciers and majestic national parks on our grandest Alaska land tour. You’ll travel aboard a train, riverboat, cruise boat and motorcoach while led by a local Alaskan. This adventure of a lifetime includes Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez, Prince William Sound, Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias national parks and a ride on the Alaska Railroad. Embark on this adventure of a lifetime to discover our nation’s largest, and perhaps most beautiful, natural wonder.

Tour Highlights:
 
  • A unique and comprehensive land tour aboard a train, riverboat, cruise boat and motorcoach led by a local Alaskan at a time of year when the weather is most favorable
  • Explore the quaint port city of Valdez
 
  • Travel through the Prince William Sound to see the face of Columbia Glacier and a variety of wildlife on a glacier & wildlife cruise
 
  • While in Fairbanks, enjoy a driving tour, riverboat cruise on the Chena River, visit to the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North and an authentic salmon bake dinner
 
  • In Denali National Park, search for grizzly bears, moose, and Dall sheep on a tundra wilderness tour, and take part in a variety of optional activities available at an additional cost
 
  • Travel in deluxe dome cars aboard the Alaska Railroad from Talkeetna to Anchorage 
 
  • In Anchorage, a city tour and a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center

 

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
 
  • Nights 1 & 8-9: Clarion Suites - Anchorage, AK
  • Nights 2-3: Best Western Valdez - Valdez, AK
  • Nights 4-5: River's Edge Cottages - Fairbanks, AK
  • Nights 6-7: Grizzly Bear Resort - Denali Nat'l Park, AK
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Friday, 8/31/2018 - Travel to Anchorage
Optional transfers from home or our departure points this morning will have you at the Los Angeles International Airport for a connecting flight to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city and a surprising metropolis. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should arrive at the Anchorage Airport by 8:00 p.m. if they want to be included on the complimentary meet and greet at the airport and included transfer from the airport to the hotel. After the short included transfer from the airport, you’ll meet your local tour director at your Anchorage hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2
Saturday, 9/1/2018 - Anchorage to Valdez
Following an included breakfast, you’ll depart the hotel with your local Alaskan tour director who knows Alaska inside and out. Today’s grand journey takes you to Valdez via the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, known for its world-record sized vegetables that grow so large due to the extensive daylight in summer. Stop by Worthington Glacier to admire this gigantic piece of ice! In the early evening arrive in Valdez, nestled between the waterfront and mountains, giving it the nickname, Alaska’s “Little Switzerland.” Begin a two-night stay in Valdez.
Breakfast
Day 3
Sunday, 9/2/2018 - Valdez & Prince William Sound
Following an included breakfast, you’ll spend the morning exploring the quaint port community of Valdez including a visit to the Valdez Museum. This afternoon, board a small cruise boat and travel through the pristine waters of majestic Prince William Sound on a glacier and wildlife cruise. Explore the three-mile face of the mighty Columbia Glacier and hear tales of the region as told by the Alaskan crew. Keep an eye out for an amazing array of wildlife including seals, sea lions, otters, whales and puffins throughout this half-day cruise with an included lunch onboard.
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 4
Monday, 9/3/2018 - Valdez to Fairbanks
After an included breakfast, continue to Fairbanks, the largest city in Alaska’s interior. The route follows the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and skirts along Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the United States. Arrive in Fairbanks this evening for a two-night stay.
Breakfast
Day 5
Tuesday, 9/4/2018 - Fairbanks
Following an included breakfast, enjoy a driving tour of Fairbanks – known to Alaskans as the “Golden Heart City.” Learn how the gold rush affected Alaska’s interior during a visit to the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska. Enjoy time at leisure for browsing and lunch on your own in downtown Fairbanks. This afternoon, board a sternwheeler for a 3-hour cruise on the Chena River to experience what life was like when traditional riverboats plied the waterways here in the late 1800’s. Enjoy an included, authentic salmon bake dinner this evening.
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 6
Wednesday, 9/5/2018 - Denali National Park
Following an included breakfast, you’ll continue south by motorcoach into Denali National Park, (elevation, 4,000 feet). Enjoy the afternoon participating in a complimentary park service activity or an optional excursion available for additional fees. Optional excursions include white water rafting or a scenic float trip, an ATV wilderness adventure, flight-seeing Mt. Denali, a Denali bike tour, a Denali photo tour or a visit to Husky Homestead – home of Iditarod Champion Jeff King – to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating a championship Iditarod team. Note that all optional excursions are subject to change and all excursions may not be available. All bookings/payments are made with your tour director while on tour. Late this afternoon, arrive at your resort located at the entrance to Denali National Park. This evening, an optional dinner show is available.
Breakfast
Day 7
Thursday, 9/6/2018 - Denali National Park
Following an included breakfast you’ll travel deep into Denali National Park on a 4-6 hour “Tundra Wilderness Tour” that takes you deep into the wilds of Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Traveling through forest and alpine tundra and over high mountain passes, you may see moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears and, depending on weather and visibility, awe-inspiring Denali itself – North America’s highest peak at 20,310 feet. Return to the resort in the late afternoon with the balance of the evening at leisure.
Breakfast
Day 8
Friday, 9/7/2018 - Alaska Railroad
After an included breakfast, continue south by motorcoach with time at leisure for browsing and lunch on your own in the quaint town of Talkeetna with a downtown area classified as a National Historic Site. This afternoon, board deluxe railcars on the world-famous, Alaska Railroad and enjoy a 3-hour rail journey through some of the most scenic and rugged territory in Alaska to Anchorage. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Denali or black bears along the Susitna River.
Breakfast
Day 9
Saturday, 9/8/2018 - Anchorage
Following an included breakfast, enjoy a driving tour of Anchorage including the historic downtown district. Later, you’ll arrive at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates and shares Alaska Native cultures. This evening, enjoy an included farewell dinner and share tales from the road with your traveling companions.
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 10
Sunday, 9/9/2018 - Journey Home
Your Alaska tour comes to an end with an included transfer to the Anchorage Airport and a return flight to Los Angeles. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, may depart the Anchorage Airport at any time today. Those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off destinations. An incredible Alaskan adventure featuring incredible history, memorable sites and stunning scenery providing many fond memories. 

Note that the land portion of this specialized tour is operated by a local tour operator partner of ours that specializes in this area and provides a professional tour director to lead the group upon arrival in Fairbanks. Our group will be joined by passengers from other tour operators. A Good Times Travel tour director will accompany our group only with a minimum number of Good Times travelers.
Breakfast
Tour Inclusions:
 
  • 9 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 12 Meals: 2 dinners, 1 lunch, 9 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides
  • Transportation on a deluxe motorcoach
  • Airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:
 
  • Package-Partner Tour (operated by Premier Alaska Tours)
  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: LHS, FV, SBL, CON or meet the group at LAX or in Anchorage
  • A deposit of $250 p.p. + airfare (if purchasing packaged air) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $795 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (home pickup available ask for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: On-the-Go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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