Guided tours are the most fulfilling way to do a land tour in Alaska. Many of our top vendors like Globus provide a very inclusive package that includes hotels, tour bus, full-time guides, daily breakfast, and some dinners at very affordable prices. A typical guided tour might look like this Globus Tour AJ.
Day 1. Arrive in Anchorage where you will be provided transportation to your hotel. Meet your tour director and enjoy an informative chat.
Day 2. In Anchorage you will have an informative orientation, followed by one of the most scenic first-day rides in the world. From your modern tour bus, see farms with cabbages growing up to seventy pounds, mountain streams that may be teaming during salmon runs, and eagles gorging on the salmon. See glaciers and fjords, and then on to Valdez and a live Alaska fishing demonstration.
Day 3. A cruise on Prince William Sound takes you along Columbia Glacier, looking for sea otters, seals, whales, and perhaps an Alaskan bear or two.
Day 4. Our tour bus heads for Fairbanks along the Alaska Highway. A stop in a quaint Alaska village gives us a feel for life in a true homestead. Tonight our Hotel in Fairbanks will give us a glimpse of the second largest city in Alaska.
Day 5 is my favorite day of this tour. We ride a narrow gauge rail to Gold Dredge #8 and pan for gold! We also enjoy a sternwheeler river boat and a stop at a true Alaska Indian village. We stop at a dog training camp to see an Iditarod training camp and learn how to “mush” an Alaskan sled dog team. Tonight we all enjoy a fresh salmon bake in Fairbanks.
Day 6 puts us aboard the Alaska Railroad for a trip to Denali Park and the best scenery in Alaska. We have a free afternoon to enjoy the visitor center and museum. We also enjoy dinner together in the park.
Day 7. We have a chance to take an optional flight-seeing trip, or a river float trip. After lunch we climb aboard the government-run buses for our wilderness tour of the one million acre Denali Park. This is our chance to see the “Big 3” up close.
Day 8 puts us on the road in our tour bus, heading toward Anchorage. We stop to visit with four-time Iditarod winner Martin Buser and his sled dogs. In Anchorage tonight, we will have a very special dinner together. Over dessert we will enjoy a presentation by an Alaskan bush pilot.
Day 9 takes us on a drive along Turnagain Arm, one of the most scenic drives in Alaska. In Seward we will board our ship to cruise Kenai Fjords National Park to see glaciers calving and perhaps whales and sea otters.
Day 10. We have free time until our flight home. Our tour guide might recommend some great things to do here in Anchorage. Then it is homeward bound with memories for a lifetime of learning in ten days.