Authentic Alaska

August 30, 2021 thru September 6, 2021

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Imagine – eight days on land experiencing authentic Alaska. Our week begins in Fairbanks with stays in Denali, Anchorage and Homer. Enjoy a riverboat cruise, a rail journey, a tundra wilderness tour, bay cruise, incredible wildlife sightings and more!


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air included in package price.

Transportation

Motorcoach

Transportation

Rail

Transportation

Cruise

Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Activity Level 3

Moderate

Appropriate for: Travelers who are somewhat physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Meals

14 Meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Livery service from/to home included


Tour Highlights

  • Museum of the North
  • Fairbanks River Discovery Tour
  • Fairbanks City Tour
  • Morris Thompson Cultural Center
  • Denali National Park
  • Tundra Wilderness Tour
  • Dome Railcar on Alaskan Railroad
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor’s Center
  • Kachemak Bay Wildlife Cruise

 

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Fairbanks / Anchorage
  • Transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • Pick-up/livery service
  • 7 nights lodging
  • 14 Meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Services of a tour director
  • Goldstar railcar ticket
  • Admissions & tours as described
  • Baggage handling (where available)
  • Taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
  • Tour director, driver & local guide tips


Day 1 - Tucson to Fairbanks

Today we travel to Fairbanks, where we transfer to the Bear Lodge at the Wedgewood Resort for a two-night stay. Take some time to rest and enjoy a meal at one of three on site dining venues.

Day 2 - Fairbanks

This morning we visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. At the Museum of the North we will discover Alaska Native cultures, natural wonders, diverse wildlife and Arctic dinosaurs. Explore 2,000 years of Alaska art. Learn about research by museum scientists, original exhibits and breathtaking architecture. You may also enjoy the Geophysical Institute’s outdoor exhibits which include a rocket, satellite dishes, the Planet Walk and more! This afternoon we board the Riverboat Discovery, a three-hour journey that will take you into the heart of Alaska. Operated by a family who has made the Alaskan rivers home for five generations, we witness a Bush Pilot take off and land beside the boat and hear stories of flying into remote Alaska firsthand. We will be immersed in frontier living with a guided walking tour of a recreated Athabascan Indian village and see cabins made of spruce logs, along with other indigenous dwellings that have allowed the strong Athabascan people to survive for thousands of years in this harsh environment.  After a brief rest at the Hotel we will have our traditional group welcome dinner. (B,D)

Day 3 - Fairbanks & Denali National Park

This morning we visit the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum on the grounds of the resort. After a brief city tour of Fairbanks we have an introduction to the people, wildlife, landscapes and seasons of Interior Alaska at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, followed by lunch downtown Fairbanks. We will then travel by motorcoach from Fairbanks to Denali where we have a two-night stay at the Denali Bluffs Hotel. Tonight, we dine together at the Hotel Restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4 - Denali National Park

More than just the mountain, Denali National Park is six-million acres of wild land. Today we tour into this pristine region of Alaska on a tundra wilderness tour on the only road into and out of the park. Along the way, we enjoy a fully narrated ride learning about the flora and fauna of the area while looking out for the wild animals that roam freely and call this park home. We will travel 53 miles into Denali National Park, enjoying the incredible scenery and some of the best opportunities to see wildlife in its natural setting. A boxed lunch in included for the tour. (B,L)

Day 5 - Alaskan Railroad

After a free morning in Denali, all aboard for an unforgettable rail adventure on the Alaska Railroad from Denali to Anchorage! Travel in style in the Midnight Sun domed railcar feature 360-degree views and an open-air viewing deck. First-class dining and beverage service are included. We first have lunch onboard and travel over the incredible Hurricane Gulch, all while in the shadow of Denali, or, as local Alaskans call it, “The Great One.” Then through the Alaska Ranch where we will have views of mountains, glaciers, rivers, and canyons. We make a brief stop in Talkeetna and then on to Anchorage, enjoying the scenery and dinner on board as we pass through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Tonight, we check in for a one-night stay at the Comfort Inn Ship Creek in Anchorage. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Anchorage & Homer

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Anchorage, which includes the Ship Creek fish ladder, and Lake Hood – the largest float plane base in North America. Next, we visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center which offers a unique experience for each visitor to learn and explore the traditional and contemporary ways of Alaska’s Indigenous cultures. More than a museum, the Center is a place to engage and interact–to ask questions and discover. Our visit will take us on a journey through 10,000 years of Alaska Native history and culture through art, dance, and Native Games demonstrations, exhibits, traditional Native dwellings and more. We then head south and tour down the Turnagain Arm where we will stop for lunch in Girdwood before we continue along the Seward Highway. This “All American Scenic Highway” has spectacular views of the Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains. In dramatic fashion, see where the mountains meet the sea. Watch along the banks of the rivers where fishermen call this area home from May to September. As we continue through the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula down the coast, enjoy the spectacular views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains, and several volcanic peaks across Cook Inlet, including Mt. Augustine, Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt. Near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, we encounter the town of Homer, an authentic Alaskan community not geared toward mass tourism and often described as “where the land ends and the sea begins.” Homer has a history steeped in commercial fishing and a mild climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean. This results in warmer winters and cooler summers compared to other areas of Alaska. Homer is also famous for the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long natural spit of land extending into Kachemak Bay, which you can explore in the evening. We stay one night in Homer at the Land’s End Inn, which offers an onsite restaurant and a local shuttle. (B,L)

Day 7 – Homer

This morning we board a traditional fishing boat to travel across Kachemak Bay – some of the most scenic and vibrant waters anywhere. One of the highlights of the cruise is a visit to Gull Island, a bird sanctuary. Gull Island is home to nine nesting species of birds. Many, many other species may be found here during migration, and before and after nesting. Binoculars and camera gear are a must!  In addition to the fabulous birds on Gull Island, Kachemak Bay is teeming with sea life – sea otters, seals, whales, porpoise and more! After an independent lunch on the Homer Spit we visit the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center – a window to the largest seabird refuge in the world with all the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors. Enjoy the modern displays, movies, and information throughout as the Center takes you on an incredible journey through this rough and rugged land. We then return to Anchorage along the Starling Highway. A brief stop will be made in the community of Soldotna, also known as the “Fishing Capital of the World” to enjoy views of the world-famous Kenai River and see where the monster King Salmon fish are lured by fisherman and learn about the five species of salmon that call Alaska home. Tonight, we have our Farewell Dinner before checking in to the Anchorage Hilton for our final night. (B,D)

Day 8 – Anchorage to Home

Our journey ends with departure from Anchorage airport to home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change. ***Please contact us for special pricing if you are joining the tour from outside of Tucson.


Package Pricing

$4,455 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$5,544 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Price Includes

Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Fairbanks/Anchorage*
Transfers & motorcoach transportation
Pick-up/livery service
7 nights lodging
14 Meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)
Services of a tour director
Goldstar railcar ticket
Admissions & tours as described
Baggage handling (where available)
Taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Tour director, driver & local guide tips


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

The cost may vary depending on the total price of your tour. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

The Activity Level 3: Moderate.

Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.

Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport or other city of departure. If you have an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License is required in Alaska but you must have a valid US Passport for the cruse portion of the tour. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On Alaska Airlines our preferred airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $30 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Alaska can be pleasant during the day but colder at night. When we are on or close to the Ocean those temperatures drop 5-10 degrees or more. Typically, the air is much more humid than in Tucson and we can expect some Fall storms. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain / warm jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat and gloves. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.

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