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Alaska's National Parks: Denali & the Kenai Fjords

with Anchorage & Juneau extension
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  • Duration: 10 or 12 days
  • Group size: 15-35
  • Reviews: 9
Experience all Alaska has to offer, from fjords to mountains.

Majestic glaciers, unique wildlife, and pristine views do justice to Alaska’s nickname as the Last Frontier. Learn about the history of famous traditions like the Iditarod, and experience the beauty of both Denali and the Kenai Fjords National Parks. In small villages, and in the untamed wilderness, picture-perfect landscapes will appear around every corner.

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Anchorage
  • Denali National Park
  • Iditarod Headquarters museum
  • Alaskan Railroad train ride
  • Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
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Day-by-day itinerary
Anchorage, Alaska2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Anchorage

Welcome to Alaska! Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Anchorage
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out on a guided tour of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.

• Walk through Earthquake Park, to learn about how the 1964 natural disaster impacted the city

• Stop at the Lake Hood Seaplane Base

• Venture downtown to see the Captain Cook Statue and salmon ladders

Please note: The stops along the guided tour may vary based on season.

Spend a free afternoon in Anchorage, before joining your group for a welcome dinner this evening.

Fairbanks, Alaska2 nights
Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Fairbanks
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a flight to Fairbanks this morning. When you arrive, take a sightseeing tour of the city.

• Stop at Golden Heart Plaza, a park located on the banks of the Chena River

• Enter the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

• See beautiful flora and fauna at the Georgeson Botanical Garden

• Step inside the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum

Please note: The stops along the guided tour may vary based on season.

This evening, attend a traditional Alaskan salmon bake dinner.

Day 4: Free day in Fairbanks
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Fairbanks or add an excursion.

Riverboat Discovery Cruise & Gold Dredge Tour
Excursion (additional cost)
Denali National Park1 night
Day 5: Denali National Park via Nenana
Included meal: Breakfast

Head to Denali this morning and on the way, visit Nenana Village.

When you arrive in Denali, stop at the National Park Visitor Center. Grab lunch on your own before setting off on a scenic drive through the park.

• Look for wildlife such as grizzly bears, moose, wolves, caribou, and eagles

• See Denali, North America’s tallest mountain (weather permitting)

Stop for free time to enjoy a late dinner on the way out of the park, before heading to the hotel.

Anchorage, Alaska1 night
Day 6: Anchorage via Talkeetna & Wasilla
Included meal: Breakfast

On your way to Anchorage, visit two historic towns to learn more about Alaskan culture and traditions.

• First, stop in Talkeetna to enjoy free time to shop and eat downtown

• Continue on to Wasilla to tour the Iditarod Headquarters and museum to learn about the famous race

• Visit the dog kennel and choose to head out on a short dog sled ride (weather and time permitting)

End your day in Anchorage, and spend a free evening in the city.

Seward, Alaska2 nights
Day 7: Train ride to Seward
Included meal: Breakfast

Hop aboard the scenic Alaskan Railroad to travel to Seward.

• Ride along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet and through the Kenai Peninsula

• View massive glaciers and towering waterfalls

Spend the rest of the day exploring Seward on your own.

Day 8: Kenai Fjords National Park cruise
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Embark on a full-day cruise through the waterways of Kenai Fjords National Park to experience the panoramic glacial views the area is known for.

• Float along the pristine waters on the Kenai Peninsula

• Try to spot wildlife, such as birds and whales

• Enjoy an included boxed lunch

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 9: Anchorage via Portage & departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the Kenai Mountain Range, making a stop in Portage.

• Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to learn about the organization’s animal rescue work

• Continue on to Anchorage, stopping at Portage Lake to enter the Begich Boggs Visitor Center

• Soak in spectacular views of the Explorer Glacier

Enjoy a farewell dinner in Anchorage with your group. After, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home or, extend your stay to continue exploring Alaska.

Please note: If you’re booked on the extension, you’ll spend the night in Anchorage.

Arrive Home
Day 10: Arrival at Home

Arrive home today.

Please note: This arrival time applies to east coast gateways. If you live in another region, you may arrive home on the evening of day 9.

Extension to Anchorage & Juneau

Immerse yourself in more of Alaska's natural vistas as you explore Juneau, one of America's most remote capital cities. Spend time walking through the downtown area and soak in views of the Mendenhall Glacier. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife while floating along the Tracy Arm Fjords.

Juneau, Alaska2 nights
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Juneau
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Juneau this morning. After you arrive, take a guided sightseeing tour of Alaska’s capital city.

• Pass by the State Capitol building and the Alaska State Museum

• Stop at DIPAC’s Macaulay Salmon Hatchery to learn about the fishing industry

• Walk along the trails at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to soak in views of the icebergs and surrounding lake

Spend a free evening in Juneau.

Day 11: Free day in Juneau
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Whale Watching & Alaskan Salmon Bake
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Awesome Alaska
by 2nd time traveler 

First of all, Cole was an amazing tour guide. He was able to teach us about Alaska with personal experiences, stories, and facts, always keeping it interesting and fun to listen to. He made the tour run smoothly. I'm sure he was doing a lot of behind the scenes arrangements but to us it looked s...

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by 5th time traveler 

Great trip! The hotel rooms were excellent and meals were good. Our director. Cole was so knowledgeable and fun that it made the trip very memorable. I must say I have never been disappointed with my four tours with EF Go Ahead Tours.

by 3rd time traveler 

Fabulous. Tour. Well organized, knowledgeable tour director and saw the beauty of Alaska.

Traveling Solo
by 6th time traveler 

I am a 72 year old adventurer. When my husband died three years ago, I thought my traveling days were over. I have just returned from Alaska National Parks: Denali & Kenai Fjords tour. I had an amazing time and met so many friendly people in our group. The tour director was interesting, helpful a...

DISAPPOINTED
by 9th time traveler 

I have been on a number of GoAhead Tours and others so am familiar enough with tours to make a value judgement. The tour began with being dropped at the wrong hotel , which was corrrected. only to be taken to the Springhill Suites University Lakes, several miles from shops, restaurants, etc. This...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Anchorage University Lake

This modern hotel is located in the University neighborhood. Guests enjoy a pool, a hot tub, and a fitness center. Nearby you’ll find the Far North Bi...

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairbanks

This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of downtown. Guests enjoy a restaurant, a pool, and a fitness center. Nearby you’ll find the Golden He...

Flights

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States.
  • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Anchorage, Alaska (or Juneau, Alaska on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks and a train ride from Anchorage to Seward are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Anchorage to Juneau.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • With a large focus on fishing and hunting, Alaskan fare is known to be very fresh. Salmon and king crab are two of the most popular seafood dishes. Local meat specialties often reflect the type of game that is hunted in the area. This can include moose, caribou, and deer.
  • A variety of fresh berries grow all throughout Alaska. Some types include lingonberries, mossberries, and salmon berries. Enjoy these on their own, in a spread, or in desserts.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Alaska is four hours behind Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 8am in Anchorage.
Currency
  • You will use the U.S. dollar on this tour.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in USD.
  • We recommend tipping $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. Travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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13 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
May 24–Jun 2, 2019
Extension available
Call to book
$3,849$3,699
Jul 19–Jul 28, 2019
$3,949$3,749
Aug 16–Aug 25, 2019
Extension available
$3,749$3,649
Sep 6–Sep 15, 2019
$3,749$3,299
Last-minute special
May 22–May 31, 2020
$3,849
Jun 5–Jun 14, 2020
$3,949
Jul 10–Jul 19, 2020
$3,949
Jul 17–Jul 26, 2020
$3,949
Jul 24–Aug 2, 2020
$3,949
Aug 7–Aug 16, 2020
$3,949
Aug 14–Aug 23, 2020
$3,949
Aug 28–Sep 6, 2020
$3,749
Sep 4–Sep 13, 2020
$3,749
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