Alaska Explorer
Featuring Denali National Park, Alaska Railroad, Fairbanks, Local Alaskan Guide

Departing: Sunday, September 5, 2021

6 Day Package
7 Meals Included
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$1799 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2399 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Take a moment to imagine this... rugged, glacial landscapes, the feeling of delight if you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two in tow, the majestic sight of Mt. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) as you ride along the famous Alaska Railroad...this is the essence of Alaska. On this unique land tour that includes Fairbanks and Denali National Park, you’ll travel aboard a train, riverboat, and motorcoach, while led by a local Alaskan at a time of year when the weather is most favorable. Embark on this adventure of a lifetime to discover our nation’s largest, and perhaps most beautiful, natural wonder.

 Tour Highlights:
  • This six-day land tour of Alaska at the time of year when the weather is most favorable, is led by an Alaskan tour director and includes travel by train, riverboat, and motorcoach
  • Stay two nights in Alaska’s interior in the “Golden Heart City” of Fairbanks with a driving tour, riverboat cruise on the Chena River, a visit to the Museum of the North and an authentic salmon bake dinner
  • Join a certified naturalist-guide on a Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour in search of quintessential Alaskan wildlife such as moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears
  • Travel in deluxe railcars aboard the world- famous Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star train from Denali to Talkeetna
  • Stay overnight in Talkeetna at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and take advantage of optional excursions into Denali National Park

   Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-2: River's Edge Resort - Fairbanks, AK
  • Night 3: Grizzly Bear Resort - Denali National Park, AK
  • Night 4: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge - Talkeetna, AK
  • Night 5: SpringHill Suites University Lake - Anchorage, AK
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 9/5/2021 - Welcome to Fairbanks
Optional transfers from home or our departure points this morning will have you at the Los Angeles International Airport for a connecting flight to Fairbanks, the largest city in Alaska’s interior. Those guests not taking advantage of the optional group air, should arrive at the Fairbanks Airport by 8:00 p.m. if they want to receive the included meet and greet at the airport followed by an included transfer from the airport to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, meet your tour director and begin a two-night stay.
Day 2
Monday, 9/6/2021 - Fairbanks
Following an included breakfast, depart the hotel with your local Alaskan tour director and begin a driving tour of Fairbanks – known to Alaskans as the “Golden Heart City.” Located near the confluence of the Tanana and Chena Rivers, Fairbanks is Alaska’s second largest 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 Fairbanks’ downtown area. 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 of Alaska’s interior during the late 1800’s. Enjoy an included, authentic salmon bake dinner this evening.
Day 3
Tuesday, 9/7/2021 - Denali National Park
Following an included breakfast, continue south by motorcoach to Denali National Park (elevation, 4,000 feet). Denali National Park & Preserve features North America’s highest mountain, Mt. Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) and is one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers. The Park features a myriad of spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. You’ll join a certified naturalist-guide on a 6-8-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 quintessential Alaska wildlife such as moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears. Depending on weather and visibility you may catch a glimpse of the awe- inspiring Mt. Denali itself – North America’s highest peak at 20,310 feet. Late this afternoon, arrive at your resort located at the entrance to Denali National Park.
Day 4
Wednesday, 9/8/2021 - Alaska Railroad to Talkeetna
Enjoy an included breakfast followed by a short transfer to the Denali Park Train Depot to board the deluxe, railcars of the world-famous Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star Train. Your Adventure Class seating offers comfortable seats and large picture windows with the option to take advantage of open seating in the Vista Dome cars. Sit back, relax and enjoy a four-hour rail journey south through some of the most scenic and rugged territory in Alaska. Later, arrive in the quaint, climb- ing town of Talkeetna which began as a trading post when gold was first discovered on the Susitana River. You’ll enjoy an overnight stay in Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, a custom designed, authentic Alaskan Lodge. Relax in a rocking chair by the crackling fire in a giant, 46-foot high river rock fire- place and enjoy the unforgettable views of Mount Denali and the Alaska Range.
Day 5
Thursday, 9/9/2021 - Talkeetna to Anchorage
Following an included breakfast, you’ll have the morning at leisure to explore Talkeetna on your own. Or take advantage of optional excursions (with additional fees) such as white-water rafting, a scenic float trip, a scenic jet boat ride, flight-seeing Mt. Denali, a Denali photo tour and many others. 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. This afternoon, we’ll reboard the motorcoach and continue south to Anchorage. This evening, enjoy an included farewell dinner with your traveling companions before an overnight stay in Anchorage.
Day 6
Friday, 9/10/2021 - Journey Home
Your Alaska tour comes to an end with an included transfer to the Anchorage Airport and a re- turn flight to Los Angeles. Those guests not taking advantage of the optional group air, may depart the Anchorage Airport at any time today. Back in Los Angeles, those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective drop-off destinations. You’ll always remember the incredible history, memorable sites and stunning scenery experienced on this Alaskan adventure.

Optional Rail, Glacier & Wildlife Cruise
Take advantage of this optional excursion on Day 6 for an additional $395 per person. Early in the morning (approximately 5:30 a.m.), you’ll be transferred from the Anchorage hotel to the Anchorage Rail Depot where you will board Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic Train. Your GoldStar Class seating features premium, reclining, forward-facing seats, a tour guide providing narration, glass- dome ceilings allowing for 360-degree views and an outdoor, upper-level viewing platform. As you enjoy an included breakfast onboard, you’ll travel south toward Seward along Alaska’s scenic Turn- again Arm. In Seward you’ll enjoy a glacier and wildlife cruise through the calm, protected waters of Resurrection Bay surrounding Kenai Fjords National Park. This fully narrated cruise includes lunch onboard and will allow for sightings of alpine glaciers tucked in the surrounding Chugach and Kenai Mountain Ranges. Wildlife sightings may include orca whales, humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, puffins, bald eagles, and many species of marine birds. Upon your return to Seward, board your deluxe motorcoach for a scenic transfer to Anchor- age. Upon arrival into Anchorage (approximately 9:30 p.m.) you’ll be dropped off at the Anchorage Airport for your red-eye flight or you can take advantage of a post-night hotel stay (additional fee).

The land portion of this tour is operated by Premier Alaska Tours, a local tour operator that specializes in this region and provides a professional, Alaskan tour director to lead the group upon arrival in Alaska. A Good Times Travel tour director will accompany our group only with a minimum number of guests. The tour will operate with a driver-guide in a Sprinter van with nine or fewer guests. Optional pre-night and post-night hotel stays (with included breakfast) are available to lengthen your time in Alaska.
Tour Inclusions:
  • 5 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 7 Meals: 2 dinners, 5 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a professional Alaskan tour director/local guide
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach and aboard the Alaska Railroad in deluxe dome cars
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

  • Package-Partner Tour (operated by Premier Alaska Tours) Good Times Travel tour director will go with a minimum number of passengers
  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: LB, FV, SBL, LHS or meet the group at LAX
  • A deposit of $250 p.p.+ airfare (if purchasing the group airfare) 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 – call for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: Moderate (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: Moderate (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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